Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Remote meeting

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Items
No. Item

2.

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.

 

3.

Appointment of Vice Chairman

Minutes:

Resolved

 

(1)  That Councillor Ken Pritchard be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee for the municipal year 2020-21.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 3 September 2020 and 16 September 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 3 September 2020 and 16 September 2020 were agreed as a correct record to be signed by the Chairman in due course.  

5.

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. 

6.

Proposed Pre-Committee Site Visits (if any)

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy

 

This report will be circulated at the meeting.

Minutes:

There we no proposed pre-committee site visits.

 

7.

Land South of Station Road, Blisworth, NN7 3DN pdf icon PDF 250 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Refused, reasons to be set out in the minutes.

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2020/0930/MAO, an outline application for up to 35 (maximum) residential dwellings including access with all other matters reserved at Land South of Station Road, Blisworth, NN7 3DN for Land Allocation Limited.

 

A pre-recorded address from Viv Hartley, Clerk to Blisworth Parish Council speaking on behalf of Blisworth Parish Council in objection to the application, was played to the Committee.

 

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

 

Councillor Stephen Clarke, Local Ward Member, addressed the Committee in objection to the application.

 

The Chairman read out a statement from Leanne Richardson, Agent for the applicant in support of the application.

 

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

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That application S/2020/0930/MAO be refused for the following reasons:

 

1.    The application site lies outside Blisworth, 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. 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. In this case the application site is detached from the village and does not integrate well with the existing built form of the village, the site surrounds and the character of the area and would therefore result in moderate adverse landscape and visual effects.

 

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, and LH1 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 2 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.    The proposal will harm the setting of designated Heritage Asset (the Grade II Listed Building at 25-27 (Grafton Villas) Northampton Road due to the loss of the rural agrarian setting; this identified harm is significant, albeit less than substantial. The public benefits of the scheme are not considered to outweigh the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Appeals Progress Report pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy

 

Purpose of Report

 

This report aims to keep members informed upon applications which have been determined by the Council, where new appeals have been lodged, Public Inquiries/hearings scheduled or appeal results achieved.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1        To accept the position statement.

 

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)           That the position statement be accepted.

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Director – Planning and Economy submitted a report which aimed to keep Members informed upon applications which have been determined by the Council, where new appeals have been lodged, Public Inquiries/hearings scheduled, or appeal results achieved.

 

Resolved

 

(1)          That the position statement be accepted.

 

9.

Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.