Agenda and minutes

Development Control Committee
Thursday, 15th March, 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Council Offices. View directions

Contact: Planning Control  Tel: (0116) 288 8961 Email: planning@oadby-wigston.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

56.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillors Mrs L M Broadley, F S Broadley, D A Gamble and Dr T K Khong.

57.

Declarations of Interest

Members are reminded that any declaration of interest should be made having regard to the Members’ Code of Conduct. In particular, Members must make clear the nature of the interest and whether it is 'pecuniary' or ‘non-pecuniary'.

Minutes:

In respect of application no. 17/00539/OUT, the Chair advised the Committee that he did visit the display which the applicants held in the Rugby Club. He confirmed that he attended the meeting without prejudice and with an open-mind and that he did not enter into any discussions with anyone else present at the meeting.

58.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting held on 15 February 2018 pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To read, confirm and sign the minutes of the previous meeting in accordance with Rule 17 of Part 4 of the Constitution.

Minutes:

By affirmation of the meeting, it was

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED THAT:

 

The minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee held on 15 February 2018 be taken as read, confirmed and signed.

59.

Petitions and Deputations

To receive any Petitions and, or, Deputations in accordance with Rule 24 of Part 4 of the Constitution.

Minutes:

None.

60.

Report of the Planning Control Team Leader DOCX 82 KB

Report(s) of the Planning Control Team Leader and the relevant Planning Control Officer(s).

Additional documents:

60a

Application No. 17/00539/OUT - Land South of St Pettrox Nursery, Welford Road, Wigston, Leicestershire

Minutes:

Councillor M H Charlesworth, Ward Councillor for the All Saints Ward, spoke upon the application. He raised various points for consideration including the reduction of the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph between Wigston and Kilby Bridge, a safe crossing point from the Harcourt Estate to the proposed access to the school, the noise issue of the adjacent landowner and that any section 106 monies contribution to sport provision is only used for Horsewell Lane and/or Willow Park, Wigston.

 

The Committee gave consideration to the report (at pages 4 - 27) as delivered and summarised by the Planning Control Team Leader which should be read together with these minutes as a composite document.

 

A debate thereon was had by Members raising a number of potential concerns including the provision of school / school places.  The local schools have very little scope for expansion and with the new developments being under the 500 homes threshold no new provision is being provided.  Members were directed to the section of the report entitled section 106 obligations (at page 18) stating that the developer would be required to pay a set amount towards primary education.

 

Concerns were also voiced over the current 40mph speed limit and for it to be reduced to 30mph before a serious incident occurs. 

 

Members also raised concerns in relation to flooding in the area.  It was noted that on page 8 of the report that the Leicestershire County Lead Local Flood Authority have not raised any issues, however, on the plans shown to the Committee, the area highlighted with blue does flood and was flooded on the day of the meeting.

 

A further area of concern was the lack of affordable housing, especially for first time buyers, as another developer in our Borough were currently marketing two bedroom town houses for over £200k.

 

On page 7 of the report, under Archaeological Services, it stated that no archaeological investigations are required, however, previously on this land two gold coins and an intact Roman vase have been discovered.

 

A proposal for a crossing at this site has previously been requested but rejected by Leicestershire County Council.

 

On photographs displayed by the Planning Control Team leader as part of his report, the site land clearly shows many furrows which would need to be investigated prior to the start of any building works.  Also, concerns were raised in relation to wildlife in particular newts and bats and retention of hedgerows as highlighted (at page 7) of the report under heading Ecology.  Questions were raised as to how the Council enforce this and how homeowners would be aware.

 

The Head of Law & Governance reassured the Committee that the applicant has indicated that they would fund a Traffic Regulation Order in relation to the speed reduction and that there was no intention to build on the area on the plan edged with blue and as the Section 106 Agreement was still in discussion we can take forward the issue of affordable housing.  He also advised  ...  view the full minutes text for item 60a

60b

Application No. 18/00006/TPO - Beaufort Way Spinney, Beaufort Way, Oadby, Leicester

Application withdrawn by applicant on 13/03/2018.

Minutes:

The application withdrawn by applicant on 13 March 2018.