Agenda and minutes

Officer Panel (COVID-19)
Monday, 30th March, 2020 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Democratic Services  Tel: (0116) 257 2775 Email: democratic.services@oadby-wigston.gov.uk

Note: *** This ad-hoc meeting is convened under Part 3, Section 6, Paragraph 1.4.5 of the Council's Constitution (Urgency Provisions) by the Chief Executive for the purpose(s) of exercising decision-making responsibly in respect of all Council functions in so far as the law allows for the interim period in light of the Ministerial Statement issued by the Prime Minister on Monday, 23 March 2020 in relation to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As such, this ad-hoc meeting is a closed meeting for Officers and is not open to the press or public to attend and observe in person. *** 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Officers.

Minutes:

None.

2.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

The Chair declared an interest insofar as a consultee to which a Neighbour Letter had been sent to by the Local Planning Authority in relation to Planning Application No. 19/00356/OUT (Land at Cottage Farm, Glen Road, Oadby) was personally known to her. It was confirmed that the consultee in question however had not submitted any form of response to or as part of the planning application’s consultation process.

3.

Report of the Development Control Manager (March 2020) pdf icon PDF 492 KB

Report of the Development Control Manager

Additional documents:

3a

Application No. 19/00356/OUT - Land at Cottage Farm, Glen Road, Oadby, Leicestershire pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Report of the Development Control Manager

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel gave consideration to the report (as set out at pages 4 - 36 of the agenda reports pack), the further representations and responses received thereto in the addendum (as set out at pages 1 - 5 of the supplementary agenda reports pack) and the Officers’ Presentation (as set out at slides 1 - 13) as presented and summarised by the Development Control Manager which asked the Chair to determine a planning application for a development of 350 dwellings, comprising a full planning application for the first 250 dwellings (Phase 2A) and an outline planning application for an additional 100 dwellings with all matters reserved for subsequent approval (Phase 2B).

 

A discussion led by the Chair was had whereby it was accepted that, for the reasons set out in the report and upon the advice provided by fellow Panel Officers at the meeting, the Officers’ recommendation to permit the planning application was well-reasoned and justified and that, conversely, there were insubstantial material planning grounds upon which a refusal of planning permission could be framed.

 

The reason(s) given by the Chair for this decision was that, in accordance with the Oadby and Wigston Local Plan as adopted in April 2019 (“the Local Plan”), and the specific provisions of Policy 21 contained therein, due to the site being an allocated site for at least 250 dwellings, and with the application totalling 350 dwellings (i.e. 250 dwellings in ‘full’ form and up to 100 dwellings in ‘outline’ form), on balance, the principle of the development was acceptable as was the overall acceptability having taken the other relevant considerations into account and, as such, was deemed to significantly contribute to the Borough’s evidence-based local housing supply need.

 

The Head of the Built Environment and the Head of Law & Democracy / Monitoring Officer also spoke upon the planning application in relation to specific and pertinent planning policy and legal matters and considerations.

 

In particular, the Chair was advised that, having received a request from an adjoining landowner to include a suitably worded condition in any forthcoming approval confirming that the development must safeguard access through the site to the adjoining land, this adjoining land was not allocated in the Local Plan, despite having been promoted through the Local Plan preparation and Examination process, with its location in the Green Wedge and lack of access being two significant constraints. It was further advised that a condition in this respect was not considered to meet the tests in terms of it being necessary, reasonable and enforceable, and that it would relate to the ‘outline’ element of the application where the detailed layout was, as yet, unknown.

 

Having carefully and systematically taken into account the fellow Panel Officers’ advice on every response and representation received by each statutory and neighbour consultee (as set out in the report and the addendum), together with the detailed responses from the applicant where appropriate, the Chair was satisfied that the real and/or perceived concerns raised by the consultees in relation to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3a

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