Agenda and minutes

Development Control Committee
Thursday, 22nd November, 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Offices, Station Road, Wigston. View directions

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

Items
No. Item

33.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Dr T K Khong.

34.

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:

None.

35.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 67 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 25 October 2018 be taken as read, confirmed and signed.

36.

Petitions and Deputations

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

Minutes:

None.

37.

Ash Dieback in the Borough: Strategy and Action Plan DOCX 292 KB

Report of the Arboricultural Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to the report and appendix (as set out at pages 1 - 14) which asked it to note the strategy and action plan to be implemented to address Ash Dieback in the Borough.

 

It was reported that Oadby and Wigston Borough Council was to be responsible for surveying all trees situated on land under its ownership and Leicestershire County Council was to be responsible for surveying all trees forming part of the Highway.

 

It was advised that it was the responsibility of private land-owners to ensure all trees situated on private-land were in a safe condition, although discretionary powers did exist under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 for authorities to deal with dangerous trees on private-land in last resort or emergency situations.

 

By affirmation of the meeting, it was

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED THAT:

 

The contents of the report and appendix be noted.

38.

Report of the Planning Control Team Leader DOCX 298 KB

In accordance with Rule 14.1 of Part 4 of the Constitution, a motion needs to be proposed and seconded before the Committee can debate a planning application. This is an administrative process designed to assist the Chair to manage the meeting effectively and efficiently. This is not an indication of how the proposer and seconder intend to cast their votes at the conclusion of the debate. Members can only make a decision once they have considered the content of the debate and all of the information in front of them.

Additional documents:

38a

Application No. 18/00260/FUL - Land South, Newton Lane, Wigston, Leicestershire DOCX 13 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Miss H Bareford spoke upon the application on behalf of the applicant. A copy of the agent’s representations is filed together with this minute at Appendix 1.

 

The Committee gave consideration to the report and addendum (as set out at pages 16 - 29 of the agenda and pages 5 - 12 of the agenda update) which asked it to determine a planning application to amend an original planning permission (No. 18/00087/REM) with respect to amended house types, changes to layout and the provision of an additional 32 dwellings.

 

A debate thereon was had whereby Members acknowledged that, upon the advice of Officers, there were insubstantial material planning grounds upon which a refusal of permission could be framed. This was because the application, and the wider development as a whole, when assessed on its own merits: was deemed acceptable in terms of all National and Local Policy Frameworks; it continued to observe the principles established by the “Design Code” document approved under the original outline permission (No. 13/00403/OUT); the additional effects of the proposed additional 32 dwellings were not deemed to “sufficiently severe” and; the proposed mix of housing would better meet local housing needs, including the provision of affordable housing, in line with the most up-to-date evidence-base, taking into account the change in demographics since the outline permission was granted.

 

Notwithstanding the above, a number of Members expressed some reluctance to support the grant of planning permission due to the following items of concern:

 

1.     The lateness of negotiation of the application’s proposals being at such a stage when development had already commenced and was nearing completion, thereby suggesting a lack of openness and transparency on behalf of the applicant in terms of the intended outcome of the final development;

2.     The proposed mix of housing types did not reflect or meet perceived local housing needs, particular in respect of the inclusion of six-bedroom dwellings and the exclusion of bungalow-dwellings into/out of the housing mix;

3.     the lack of affordability of those dwellings earmarked as “affordable” housing;

4.     the perceived net additional effects of the proposed additional 32 dwellings in terms of the heightened impact of and/or upon comparable site density, increased vehicular movements, highway and pedestrian safety and inadequate parking provision in proportion to the revised number of dwellings;

5.     the signposting of the site which incorrectly referred to the “Meadows Estate”;

6.     the delay in installing essential highway infrastructure ahead of the completion of the initial 150 dwelling, in order for the same to be adequately serviced;

7.     the proposals purposely falling short of the requisite number of dwellings in order to trigger developer contributions in order to meet the increasingly critical need for additional education, healthcare and transport provision.

 

In reaching its decision, the Committee was advised that although most of the conditions carried forward from the original outline permission had been discharged or satisfied, their inclusion reflected the fact that this application amounted to a new planning permission in its own right. As such,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38a

38b

Application No. 18/00432/FUL - 9 Hill Way, Oadby, Leicestershire, LE2 5YG DOCX 13 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Mrs C Hurst spoke upon the application as an objector. A copy of the objector’s representations is filed together with this minute at Appendix 2.

 

Mr M Sheth spoke upon the application as a supporter. A copy of the supporter’s representations is filed together with this minute at Appendix 3.

 

Councillor M L Darr spoke upon the application as the Ward Councillor for the Oadby Brocks Hill Ward. He stated that the proposals amounted to an overdevelopment which would have detrimental impact on neighbouring residential properties and the existing street scene which, if permitted, would set an unwelcome precedent.

 

The Committee gave consideration to the report (as set out at pages 30 - 34) which asked it to determine a planning application for a proposed ground floor and rear extensions, two story side extension and loft conversion.

 

A debate thereon was had whereby most Members accepted that although the scale and bulk of the proposals were considered to be borderline overdevelopment, and did result in a marginal loss of light and outlook, the proposals were, on balance, supportable, subject to compliance with the proposed conditions. However, to mitigate concerns raised by Members in view of the extensive enlargements to the dwelling, it was further agreed that, by way of condition, general permitted development rights were to be removed in order to safeguard neighbourly interests.

 

In reaching its decision, the Committee was advised that although the proposals would alter the frontal appearance of the existing dwelling, in the absence of any Conservation Area or similar “special controls”, that change was not objectionable. Any issues of overlooking from the proposed rear facing roof lights were also said to be unfounded due to the minimum 22 metres “back-to-back” distances being exceeded. The net loss of light and outlook arising from the proposed rear extension given its location and orientation was also said to be assessed as unobjectionable.

 

It was moved by the Chair, seconded by the Vice-Chair and

 

RESOLVED THAT:

 

The application be GRANTED planning permission in accordance with the submitted documents and plans, subject to the prescribed conditions (as amended), including the additional condition removing general permitted development rights.

 

Votes For                  10

Votes Against          0

Abstentions             1

38c

Application No. 18/00433/FUL - 20 Burgess Street, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 1PF DOCX 13 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Mr B Mullin spoke upon the application on behalf of the applicant. A copy of the agent’s representations is filed together with this minute at Appendix 4.

 

The Committee gave consideration to the report (as set out at pages 35 - 45) which asked it to determine a planning application for retrospective planning permission to sub-divide a dwelling into two separate dwellings with associated parking and amenity space.

 

A debate thereon was had whereby Members acknowledged that, upon the advice of Officers, there were insubstantial material planning grounds upon which a refusal of retrospective permission could be framed as the scheme of development was not considered to compromise design, character and appearance, fall short of amenity, impact on neighbouring properties, or the safe and efficient use of the highway.

 

Notwithstanding the above, the Committee insisted that its disapproval be placed on record regarding the applicant’s course of conduct which, considering the relevant planning history, it thought amounted to an abuse of process. In particular, the Committee condemned the piecemeal development of the site which had resulted in retrospective planning permission being sought on one more than one occasion in order to remedy multiple and systematic breaches of planning control. Members were also of the opinion that the correct enforcement action had not been taken.

 

In reaching its decision, the Committee was advised that although affirmative enforcement action was being pursued, this was superseded by virtue of the retrospective planning application being submitted. Officers also assured Members that, going forward, enforcement procedures and processes would be strengthened in order to minimise the likelihood of abuses of process being committed again.

 

It was further agreed that, by way of condition, that existing boundary treatment, being a lower section of fencing, be continued around the perimeter of the site. 

 

It was moved by the Vice-Chair, seconded by Councillor B Dave and:

 

RESOLVED THAT:

 

The application be GRANTED planning permission in accordance with the submitted documents and plans, subject to the prescribed conditions (as amended), including the additional condition of extended boundary treatment.

 

Votes For                  8

Votes Against          1

Abstentions             2