Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Monday 28th March 2022 5.30 pm

Venue: Guildhall, High Street, Exeter

Contact: Howard Bassett, Democratic Services Officer (Committees)  01392 265107 or email  howard.bassett@exeter.gov.uk

Note: Due to the current social distancing restrictions brought about by the Corona Virus outbreak, any members of the public wishing to attend the meeting please contact the Democratic Services Team committee.services@exeter.gov.uk in advance as there is limited capacity for public attendance. Priority however will be given to those addressing the Committee under the public speaking provisions on the basis of one supporting and one opposing an application. If you wish to speak under these provisions or have an enquiry regarding any items on this agenda, please contact Howard Bassett, Democratic Services Officer (Committees) on 01392 265107. 

Items
No. Item

7.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 222 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2022.

 

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2022 were taken as read, approved and signed by the Chair as correct.

 

 

8.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors are reminded of the need to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests that relate to business on the agenda and which have not already been included in the register of interests, before any discussion takes place on the item. Unless the interest is sensitive, you must also disclose the nature of the interest. In accordance with the Council's Code of Conduct, you must then leave the room and must not participate in any further discussion of the item. Councillors requiring clarification should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer prior to the day of the meeting.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made by Members.

 

 

9.

Planning Application No. 21/0020/OUT - Land off Pendragon Road, Exeter pdf icon PDF 654 KB

To consider the report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Project Manager and Acting Major Projects Team Leader presented the outline planning application for a residential development of up to 100 dwellings and associated infrastructure (All matters reserved except access) - Revised plans and additional information received.

 

The Principal Project Manager and Acting Major Projects Team Leader described the layout and location of the site through the site location plans, aerial views and photos of the site and panoramic views from and to other parts of the city, the report presented setting out the following key issues:-

 

·         impact on Landscape Setting, character and local distinctiveness of the hill to the north of the city;

·         loss of open space;

·         access and impact on local highways and parking provision;

·         affordable housing;

·         design;

·         impact on trees and biodiversity;

·         archaeology;

·         contaminated land;

·         impact on air quality;

·         flood risk and surface water management;

·         sustainable construction and energy conservation; and

·         CIL, development plan, material considerations and presumption in favour of sustainable development.

 

The Principal Project Manager (Development) and Acting Major Projects Team Leader provided the following additional detail:-

 

·         the proposal was to develop up to 100 dwellings on the site with associated infrastructure. An illustrative layout drawing had been provided indicating 64 dwellings constructed on the west field and 36 dwellings constructed on the east field with public open space indicated on the upper parts of the site to the north of the housing;

·         the site was unallocated lying within the Landscape Setting area shown on the Core Strategy Key Diagram and on the Proposals Map of the Local Plan First Review. The southern part of the site and hedge-bank to the south were part of a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI);

·         a “Fringes Study” of 2007 indicated the housing use capacity;

·         the site was part of the North Exeter Wooded Hills and Meadows ‘Habitat Reservoir’ of the Green Infrastructure Study and of the Green Infrastructure Strategy - Phase II;

·         the access plans showed two access points into the site from Pendragon Road for vehicles and pedestrians. Another pedestrian/cycle access was proposed from/to Mile Lane in the southwest corner of the site where there was an existing informal access. Roads and footways led from the access points into each field; and

·         in February 2022 the applicant had offered to provide 50% of the dwellings as affordable housing, whereas previously the offer had been 35% in accordance with Policy CP7.

 

The Principal Project Manager and Acting Major Projects Team Leader in conclusion stated that the application was recommended for refusal for the reasons set out in Section 18 of the report. He confirmed that no additional reasons for refusal were recommended regarding the access arrangements following confirmation by Devon County Council in its role as Local Highway Authority that access details could be dealt with by planning condition. In respect of drainage, the Principal Project Manager and Acting Major Projects Team Leader considered that this could also be dealt with by planning condition despite no response from Devon County Council in its role  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

List of Decisions Made and Withdrawn Applications pdf icon PDF 16 KB

To consider the report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Deputy Chief Executive was submitted.

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

 

11.

Appeals Report pdf icon PDF 289 KB

To consider the report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

Minutes:

The schedule of appeal decisions and appeals lodged was submitted.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

 

 

12.

SITE INSPECTION PARTY

To advise that the next Site Inspection Party will be held on Tuesday 12 April 2022 at

9.30 a.m.  The Councillors attending will be Councillors Morse, Sparkes and Sutton.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the next Site Inspection Party will be held on Tuesday 15 March 2022 at 9.30 a.m. The Members attending will be Councillors Morse, Sparkes and Sutton as necessary.