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25.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Steven Hollowell declared a general Non-Statutory Disclosable Interest in all archaeological aspects of planning applications, as a member of the Northamptonshire Archaeological Society.

 

12. Land off Belle Baulk, Towcester.

Councillor Lisa Samiotis, Non Statutory Disclosable Interest, as a member of Towcester Town Council which had been consulted on the application.

 

Councillor Martin Johns, Non Statutory Disclosable Interest, as a member of Towcester Town Council which had been consulted on the application.

 

Councillor Richard Dallyn, Non Statutory Disclosable Interest, as a member of Towcester Town Council which had been consulted on the application.

 

26.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 9 July 2020.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 9 July 2020 were agreed as a correct record and would be signed by the Chairman in due course.

27.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

Minutes:

The Chairman made the following announcements:

 

1.       The Chairman reminded Members of the remote meeting etiquette and asked all Members to ensure they complied with the protocol.           

 

2.      The Chairman explained that in light of this being a virtual meeting the arrangements for public participation had been slightly amended to facilitate the process whilst still ensuring public participation was possible.  A pre-recorded address would be played, or a written statement would be read by the Chairman at the appropriate time in lieu of members of the public speaking in person during the meeting. 

28.

Proposed Pre-Committee Site Visits (if any)

Report of Assistant Director - Planning and Economy

 

This will be circulated at the meeting.

Minutes:

There we no proposed pre-committee site visits.

S/2020/0498/MAF

29.

South Northants Homes, Burcote House, Burcote Road, Towcester, NN12 6TF pdf icon PDF 262 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Deferred, reasons to be set out in the minutes.

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2020/0498/MAF for the demolition of an existing office block and construct a three-storey apartment block consisting of 20 no. apartments and associated parking spaces at South Northants Homes, Burcote House, Burcote Road, Towcester, NN12 6TF for Grand Union Housing Group.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Martin Johns and seconded by Councillor John Townsend that application S/2020/0498/MAF be deferred to allow for consultation with the applicant to enable amendments to the application, as the Committee, although in agreement with the principal of the application, did not agree with the industrial façade and sealed windows.

 

In reaching its decision the Committee considered the officer’s report and presentation and the written updates.

 

Resolved

 

(1)       That application S/2020/0498/MAF be deferred to allow for further consultation with the applicant.  

S/2020/0385/MAR

30.

Towcester Vale Phase 1, London Road, Towcester (1) pdf icon PDF 627 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved, subject to various requirements to be set out in the Minutes

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2020/0385/MAR consent for all reserve matter for 127 units (parcels H16 and H18) and the surrounding strategic landscaping (part phase 1,2 and 3) pursuant to the previously approved outline planning permission S/2007/0374/OUTWNS (which had been accompanied by an Environmental Statement) at Towcester Vale Phase 1, London Road, Towcester for Persimmon Homes Midlands

 

In reaching its decision the Committee considered the officer’s report and presentation.

 

Resolved

 

(1)      That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director Planning and Economy to grant permission for application S/2020/0385/MAR subject to the following conditions (and any amendments to those conditions deem necessary)

 

CONDITIONS

 

TIME LIMITS AND GENERAL IMPLEMENTATION CONDITIONS

 

Approved plans

1.      The development shall not be carried out otherwise than in complete accordance with the approved plans unless a non-material amendment is approved by the Local Planning Authority under the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015. The approved plans are:

         

          General Plans

          1020 -001 rev F (Site layout plan)

          1020- 002 rev A (Materials plan)

          1020-004 rev B (Boundary treatments plan)

          1020-H16H18-006 (Site location plan)

          1020-003 rev A (Chimney location plan)

          1016-00-05 (finished floor levels)

          P1176_24 rev C (detailed planting plan)

          Q6689 (Play equipment details)

         

          House types

          TOW-H16H18-CA1-001 rev A (Appletree - Georgian)

          TOW-H16H18-CA1-002 rev A (Appletree Link - Georgian)

          TOW-H16H18-CA1-003 rev A (Appletree Link – Georgian (RENDER))

          TOW-H16H18-CA1-004 rev B (Blakesley Corner)

          TOW-H16H18-CA1-005 rev B (Blakesley Corner)

          TOW-H16H18-CA1-006 rev B (Yardley)

          TOW-H16H18-CA1-007 rev B (Yardley)

          TOW-H16H18-CA1-008 rev B (Adstone)

          TOW-H16H18-CA2-001 rev B (Yardley)

          TOW-H16H18-CA2-002 rev B (Yardley)

          TOW-H16H18-CA2-003 rev B (Whittlebury)

          TOW-H16H18-CA2-004 rev A (Maidford)

          TOW-H16H18-CA2-005 rev A (Edgcote)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-000 rev A (Ithon/Eydon End Terrace)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-001 rev B (Ithon)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-002 rev A (Eydon/Ithon/Eydon Terrace)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-003 rev A (Eydon)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-004 rev A (Piddington)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-005 rev B (Eydon/Weedon Terrace)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-006 rev B (Eydon/Weedon Terrace)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-007 rev A (Eydon/Weedon End Terrace)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-008 rev A (Weedon/Eydon/Weedon Terrace)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-009 rev B (Silverstone)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-010 rev B (Charlton)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-011 rev B (Radstone - Victorian)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-012 rev B (Radstone - Victorian)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-013 rev B (Radstone/Radstone Corner)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-014 rev B (Radstone/Radstone Corner)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-015 rev B (Radstone Corner)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-016 rev B (Radstone Corner (RENDER))

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-048 rev A (Radstone Corner - Victorian)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-017 rev B (Hartwell)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-018 rev B (Hartwell)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-019 rev A (Appletree - Georgian)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-020 rev A (Appletree Link - Georgian)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-021 rev A (Halse V1)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-022 rev A (Halse V2)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-023 rev B (Blakesley)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-024 rev B (Blakesley Corner)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-025 rev B (Radstone/Blakesley Corner)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-026 rev B (Radstone/Blakesley Corner)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-030 rev A (2B (AFF) – terrace of 4)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-031 rev A (2B (AFF) – terrace of 4)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-032 rev A (2B (AFF) – terrace of 3)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-033 rev A (3B/3B/2B Corner - AFFORDABLE)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-034 rev A (3B/3B/2B Corner - AFFORDABLE)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-035 rev A (3B Corner - AFFORDABLE)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-040 rev B (Yardley)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-041 rev B (Adstone)

          TOW-H16H18-CA3-042 rev B (Syresham)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 30.

S/2020/0680/MAR

31.

Towcester Vale Phase 1, London Road, Towcester (2) pdf icon PDF 463 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved, subject to various requirements to be set out in the Minutes

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2020/0680/MAR for the approval of a reserved matters application, (In relation to the previously approved outline planning permission S/2007/0374/OUTWNs) for consent of strategic landscaping (part phase 2) at Towcester Vale Phase 1, London Road, Towcester for Persimmon Homes.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Martin Johns and seconded by Councillor Lisa Samiotis that application S/2020/0680/MAR be approved subject to an extra condition that the footpath be lit.

 

In reaching its decision the Committee considered the officer’s report and presentation and the written updates.

 

Resolved

 

(1)       That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director Planning and Economy to grant permission for application S/2020/0680/MAR subject to the following conditions (and any amendments to those conditions as deemed necessary):

 

CONDITIONS

 

TIME LIMITS AND GENERAL IMPLEMENTATION CONDITIONS

 

1.      The development shall not be carried out otherwise than in complete accordance with the approved plans and details unless a non-material or minor material amendment is approved by the Local Planning Authority under the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 (as amended).  The approved plans and details are: [insert plan nos and received date]

         

          Reason: To clarify the permission and for the avoidance of doubt.

 

          Park View Stables gateway feature

2.      Details of the metal gate feature at the eastern entrance to Park View Stables shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority, thereafter, the work shall be completed in accordance with the approved details and prior to the first opening of the open space to the public.

         

          Reason: In the interests of visual amenity.

 

          Phasing of implementation

3.      No building shall be constructed above slab level that fronts onto these areas of public open space until a phasing strategy for the implementation of the landscaping to the public open spaces hereby approved (which details a timetable for completion of landscaping as the development progresses) has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Thereafter, the landscaping shall be installed in accordance with the approved phasing strategy and timetable.

         

          Reason: To ensure that the landscape scheme is provided in a timely manner in the interest of well-planned development and visual amenity and to accord with policy SS2 of the South Northamptonshire Part 2 Local Plan.

 

          Works to existing trees

4.      The existing retained trees within the site shall be inspected by a qualified Arborist who shall produce a report outlining the conditions of the trees and any work required to them in the interests of good arboricultural practice (including deadwooding, ivy removal, crown thinning, etc). The report shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and the work completed prior to the opening of the open space to the public. All tree works shall be carried out in accordance with British Standard 3998: Recommendations for Tree Works and undertaken by suitably qualified and insured arboricultural contractors.

         

          Reason: In the interests of good arboricultural practice and maintaining the amenity value of the existing trees.

 

          Maintenance  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

S/2020/0708/FUL

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Selby Barns, Caswell Road, Duncote, Towcester, NN12 8AL pdf icon PDF 225 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved, subject to various requirements to be set out in the Minutes

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2020/0708/FUL for a new commercial unit with field access at Selby Barns, Caswell Road, Duncote, Towcester, NN12 8AL for Clayborne Developments.

 

The Chairman read a statement from Councillor Charles Manners, local ward member who was unable to attend the meeting.

 

A pre-recorded address from David Steventon, a local resident, speaking in objection to the application was played to the Committee.

 

In reaching its decision the Committee considered the officer’s report and presentation.

 

Resolved

 

(1)     That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director for Planning and Economy to grant permission for application S/2020/0708/FUL subject to the following conditions (and any amendments to those conditions as deemed necessary):

 

CONDITIONS TO BE COMPLIED WITH AT ALL TIMES

 

          Approved Plans

1.      The development shall not be carried out otherwise than in complete accordance with the approved plans and details unless a non-material or minor material amendment is approved by the Local Planning Authority under the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 (as amended).  The approved plans and details are:  Site & block plan 4463/01 Rev P2, dated April 2020; Floor plans 4463/02 Rev P1, dated April 2020; Elevation plans 4463/03 Rev P1, dated April 2020.

         

          Reason: To clarify the permission and for the avoidance of doubt.

 

          Landscaping

2.      All planting comprised in the approved details of landscaping shown on the site & block plan reference 4463/01 Rev 2, dated April 2020, shall be carried out in the first planting seasons following the occupation of the building(s) and shall be maintained for a period of 5 years from the completion of the development. Any trees and/or shrubs which within a period of five years from the completion of the development die, are removed or become seriously damaged or diseased shall be replaced in the next planting season with others of similar size and species, unless the Local Planning Authority gives written consent for any variation.

         

          Reason: To ensure that the agreed landscaping scheme is maintained over a reasonable period that will permit its establishment in the interests of visual amenity and to accord with Policy SS2 General Development Principles (e) of the South Northamptonshire, Part 2, Local Plan and Government guidance contained within the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

          Hedge Retention

3.      The existing hedge along the boundary with Caswell Road shall be retained at a minimum height of not less than three metres and any trees or plants which die, are removed or become seriously damaged or diseased within 5 years from the completion of the development shall be replaced in the next planting season with others of similar size and the same species, unless the Local Planning Authority gives written consent to any variation.

         

          Reason: To provide an effective and attractive screen for the development in the interests of visual amenity and to accord with Policy SS2 General Development Principles (e) of the South Northamptonshire, Part 2, Local Plan.

 

          Construction Method Statement

4.      The Construction Method Statement approved by the Council on the 20.12.2018, application reference  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.

S/2020/0441/MAO

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Land at Waters Lane, Middleton Cheney pdf icon PDF 303 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Refused contrary to officer recommendations, reasons to be set out in the minutes.

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2020/0441/MAO an outline application for the development of up to 54 dwellings (use class C3) including means of access into the site (not internal roads), associated highway works, public open space and extended gardens to No’s. 6, 8, 10, 16 Waters Lane and 15 Thenford Road at land at Waters Lane, Middleton Cheney for Catesby Strategic Land Limited.

 

The Chairman read a statement from Stephen Buckley, local resident, in objection to the application

 

A pre-recorded address from Ed Barrett of Catesby Estates, speaking in support of the application, was played to the Committee.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Steven Hollowell and seconded by Councillor Paul Wiltshire that application S/2020/0441/MAO be refused, contrary to the officer recommendation, as it was outside the village confines and not in the local plan.

 

In reaching its decision the Committee considered the officer’s report and presentation, the addresses of the public speakers and the written updates.

 

Resolved

 

(1)       That application S/2020/0441/MAO be refused for the following reasons:

 

1.         The application site lies outside the settlement confines for Middleton Cheney as designated in the adopted South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2) and is therefore in open countryside. The adopted Development Plan seeks to focus new development within the settlement boundaries of settlements and the development proposed would therefore conflict with an up to date and adopted Development Plan, in particular Policy R1 (g) of the adopted West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy 2014 and Policy LH1 of the adopted South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2). In addition, to permit the development would conflict with paragraphs 12 and 47 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

2.         Policies INF 1 and INF 2 of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy 2014 are concerned with infrastructure and developer contributions, and state that 'developers will be expected, in negotiation with the Local Planning Authority to make provision for related infrastructure and community facilities the need for which arises from the development’. This is consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework. In the absence of a signed legal undertaking the Council cannot be satisfied that the development proposal would make sufficient provision to mitigate the impacts of the development on existing community services and infrastructure serving the development including early years and primary education infrastructure; affordable housing; public open space; public transport and rights of way refuse/recycling infrastructure; libraries and primary healthcare infrastructure. The application is therefore contrary to Policies H2, INF 1 and INF 2 of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy 2014, Policies LH8, INF1 and GS1 of the South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2) and the adopted Supplementary Planning Document ‘Developer Contributions’ (December 2010).

 

(2)       That it further be resolved that authority be delegated to the Assistant Director Planning and Economy to agree the content of a S106 Agreement in the event that an appeal is received.

S/2020/0183/MAF

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Land South of Thenford Road, Middleton Cheney pdf icon PDF 368 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Refused, reasons to be set out in the minutes.

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2020/0183/MAF for a residential development comprising 2x1-bedroom apartments, 2x2-bedroom apartments, 4x2-bedroom houses, 7x3-bedroom houses and 5x4-bedroom houses (20 in total) including open space, access and ecological enhancements at land south of Thenford Road, Middleton Cheney for Manor Oak Homes.

 

A pre-recorded address from Geoff Armstrong, Agent for the applicant, speaking in support of the application was played to the Committee.

 

In reaching its decision, the Committee considered the officer’s report and presentation, the address of the public speaker and the written update.

 

Resolved

 

(1)       That application S/2020/0183/MAF be refused for the following reasons:

 

1.         The application site lies on the edge of Middleton Cheney, beyond its established built up limits and outside the settlement confines for the village as designated in the adopted South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2). The site therefore lies within open countryside. It also lies within a designated Special Landscape Area (SLA). SLAs are those parts of the district which are of particularly high landscape value and more fragile and sensitive to change. The adopted Development Plan seeks to meet identified housing needs via an urban-focussed distribution of development which concentrates development primarily in the rural service centres of Brackley and Towcester, whilst limiting development in the remainder of the rural areas in order to promote sustainable growth, reduce the need to travel and to protect the intrinsic character of the countryside and rural area. It also seeks to ensure that any development proposal within or affecting an SLA will contribute positively to the conservation, restoration or enhancement of the area’s character and appearance. Policy NE2 of the Part 2 Local Plan is clear that development within SLAs on unallocated sites and sites outside settlement confines should avoid harmful impacts to the character and appearance of the area. In this case the proposal would result in Moderate Adverse landscape and visual effects which are considered to be significant. The development proposed would therefore conflict with the adopted Development Plan as a whole, in particular Policies SA, S1, S3 and R1 of the adopted West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy 2014 and Policies SS1, SS2, LH1 and NE2 of the adopted South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2). In addition, it would conflict with paragraph 170 of the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Guidance. The Council can demonstrate a 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites (with the appropriate buffer), such that the policies which are most important for determining any application on this site, are not out of date and the presumption under Paragraph 11(d) of the NPPF does not apply. Given the Council’s evidenced housing delivery, there is no over-riding need to deliver 20 homes on this site in contravention of the Development Plan. Material planning considerations sufficient to outweigh the provisions of the Development Plan in this instance have not been demonstrated.

 

2.         Policies INF 1 and INF 2 of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy 2014 are concerned with infrastructure and developer contributions, and state that 'developers will be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

S/2010/0090/OUTWNS

35.

Land off Belle Baulk, Towcester pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved, subject to various requirements to be set out in the Minutes.

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2010/0090/OUTWNS for the re-allocation of S106 contributions from WNDC Outline Planning Application - outline application for residential development up to 82 units including public open space and associated works at land Off Belle Baulk, Towcester for Barwood Development Securities Limited.  All matters reserved.

 

In reaching its decision the Committee considered the officer’s report and presentation.

 

Resolved

 

(1)       That some of the secured S106 contribution on be re-allocated to alternative schemes as follows:

 

·         £7,500 - £8,500 towards installation of bollards around the Towcester recreation land.

36.

Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.