Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Strategic Planning Committee - Monday 13th December 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Forum, Towcester

Contact: Diana Davies, Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

15.

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:

10. S/2020/1644/EIA - Hybrid Application for Employment Uses on AL3 - Tiffield Road Towcester.

 

Councillor Phil Bignell declared a Non Statutory Disclosable Interest, as he had a personal interest and would leave the meeting for the duration of the item.

16.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 436 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 18 October 2021.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 18 October 2021 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

17.

Chair's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chair.

Minutes:

The Chair advised the Committee of a change to the order to the agenda.  Planning applications would be heard in the order of Item 5, 6, 10, 7, 8 and 9. 

 

In light of the Covid restrictions in place there would be a short interval after each item to allow for a rotation of interested parties to the respective items being heard at the meeting.

18.

WNS/2021/0894/MAR - Reserved Matters, Phase 1A , 439 dwellings, Norwood Farm pdf icon PDF 386 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application WNS/2021/0894/MAR for the Reserved Matters submission relating to phase 1a pursuant to hybrid planning permission S/2016/1324/EIA. RM for phase 1a comprising 439 new homes with associated infrastructure, open space and children’s Local Equipped Area of Play, with 15% affordable housing.

 

Suzanne Taylor, Principal Planning Officer, outlined the application for the reserved matter for phase 1a comprising 439 new homes with associated infrastructure, open space and children’s Local Equipped Area of Play, with 15% affordable housing.

 

Sophia Thorpe, the applicant/agent, addressed the committee in support of the application with Daniel Oliver in attendance to answer technical questions that committee may have had in relation to the application.

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

(1)  That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director for Growth, Climate Change and Regeneration to grant permission, for application S/2021/0894/MAR subject to the conditions set out in the report (and any amendments to those conditions as deemed necessary).

 

(2)  Receipt of satisfactory technical information regarding surface water drainage

 

If the surface water drainage and ecology matters are not satisfactorily resolved by 14 February 2022 (and no extension of time has been agreed between the parties), delegate to the Assistant Director for Growth, Climate Change and Regeneration to refuse permission on the following grounds (final wording delegated to Assistant Director for Growth, Climate Change and Regeneration);

 

·         Increased risk of surface water flooding and/or

·         Harm to wildlife/bio diversity

 

CONDITIONS

 

Time Limits, Plans, Phasing/Levels, alternative development

 

Compliance with 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:

      

·         Location plan – Drawing No. AAH5693 9203 received 25 June 2021;

·         Street Scenes Frontage - Drawing No. AAH5693_7802_P01.01 received 25 June 2021;

·         Street Scenes – Drawing No. AAH5693_7801_P01.02 received 25 June 2021;

·         Boundary Details - Drawing No. AAH5693_9501 received 25 June 2021;

·         Coloured Planning Layout A1- Drawing No.AAH5693_8001_Rev W received 30 November 2021;

·         Proposed Layout - Drawing No.AAH5693_8001_Rev W received 26 November 2021;

·         Materials - Drawing No. AAH5693_8002_P01.09 received 26 November 2021;

·         Parking Plan - Drawing No. AAH5693-RPS-xx-00-DR-A-0001 Rev J received 26 November 2021;

·         Enclosure Plan - Drawing No. AAH5693_8003_Rev H received 26 November 2021;

·         Refuse and Recycling Plan Drawing No. AAH5693-RPS-xx-00-DR-A-9102 Rev F received 26 November 2021;

·         Landscape and Ecological Management Plan EC01545_Norwood Farm_A_210420 received 25 June 2021;

·         House Type/Plot Schedule - Project Code P17-2479_26-1A received 30 November 2021;

      

       House Type Drawings:

·         AAH5693-RPS-AFF-UL-0764-T241 - TYPE 241 received 22 September 2021;

·         AAH5693-RPS-AFF-UL-0550-1B-Rev 01 - TYPE 1B received 22 September 2021;

·         AAH5693-RPS-AFF-UL-0746-0445-T241A-1BA received 22 September 2021;

·         AAH5693-RPS-AFF-UL-0890-T351-Rev 01 - TYPE 351 received 22 September 2021;

·         AAH5693-RPS-AFF-UL-1149-T461 - TYPE 461 received 22 September 2021;

·         AAH5693-RPS-BOV-RE-0681-HW-Rev A – HAWTHORN received 26 November 2021;

·         AAH5693-RPS-BOV-RE-0822-FL – FLANDERS received 04 November  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.

19.

WNS/2021/1198/MAR - Reserved Matters, Site wide - Sports Pitches, Pavillion, Country Park, Play Areas and Public Open Space - Norwood Farm pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Deferred, reasons to be set out in the Minutes.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application WNS/2021/1198/MAR Reserved matters (scale, layout, appearance and landscaping) for the provision of sports pitches, pavilion, country park, play areas and public open space, in accordance with planning permission ref S/2016/1324/EIA.

 

Suzanne Taylor, Principal Planning Officer outlined the application for the reserved matters (scale, layout, appearance and landscaping) for the provision of sports pitches, pavilion, country park, play areas and public open space, in accordance with planning permission ref S/2016/1324/EIA.

 

Linda Carter, representing Harpole Parish Council, addressed the committee in objection to the application in relation to the application.

 

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

 

Resolved:

That the application be deferred, to enable the developer time to engage with all parties.

 

Having declared an interest in the following item, Councillors Phil Bignell left the room during consideration of the following item and took no part in the discussion or voting thereon.

20.

S/2020/1644/EIA - Hybrid Application for Employment Uses on AL3 - Tiffield Road Towcester pdf icon PDF 519 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Deferred, reasons to be set out in the Minutes.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application S/2020/1644/EIA Hybrid planning application comprising: Outline application with all matters reserved for an employment park comprising B1a, B1b, B1c, B2 and/or B8 uses, including ancillary offices (B1a), Sui Generis (selling and/or displaying motor vehicles, showrooms and petrol filling station), and/or A1 and A3 uses, service yards and HGV parking, plant, vehicular and cycle parking, earthworks and landscaping. Full planning application for a new roundabout access from the A43, internal spine road, substation, lighting infrastructure, engineering operations including foul pumping station, earthworks (including creation of development plot plateaus), pedestrian and cycle infrastructure and strategic landscaping including drainage infrastructure.  (Application accompanied by an Environmental Statement).

 

Justin Price-Jones, Planning Solicitor (Locum) outlined the application before the committee and advised members that they could view the application before them either in part or, as the application was originally viewed by the legacy authority South Northants Council, choose to review the application as a whole.

 

Andrew Longbottom, Principal Planning Officer outlined the application for the major development ad additional matters to be considered since the application was previously placed before members.

 

Anne Gray and Jason Tate addressed the committee objecting to the application.

 

Cllr Martin Johns of Towcester Town Council, Pam Dixon of Easton Neston Parish Meeting, Graham Ferrie of Tiffield Parish Council and Charles Askew of Towcester Town Council each represented their Parishes, addressing the Committee objecting to the application.

 

David Smith, the applicant, addressed the committee in support of the application. Damien Holdstock and Dave Neale also attended to answer technical questions from the Committee in relation to the application.

 

In reaching its decision, the Committee considered the planning officers advice, officer’s report and presentation, the address of the public speakers and the written update for the committee.  They formed the consensus opinion that a site visit would be required and that it would be prudent to hear in detail from the Council’s Highway Consultant before an informed decision could be made.

 

Resolved:

 

(1)   Committee resolved to defer the application: Contradiction to policy S11. Don’t believe we had a proper hearing and not allowed a site visit, not fully appraised of the impacts eg. Visual landscape assessment. Traffic survey contrary to opinion from the application from DHL.

21.

WND/2021/0172 - Reserved Matters, 350 Dwellings, Overstone Leys pdf icon PDF 188 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application WND/2021/0172 Reserved matters application (access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for 350 dwellings (Zone 10) pursuant to outline approval DA/2013/0850 and approval of Condition 26 (noise) and Condition 37 (travel plan).

 

Rebecca Grant, Major Projects Officer, outlined the application for the reserved matters application for 350 dwellings (phase 10) within the southern part of the Overstone Leys Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE).

 

Part of the application site fronts the A43 to the west, the approved spine road to the north, the approved Taylor Wimpey development (WND/2021/0152) to the east and Round Spinney Industrial Estate to the south.

 

The site proposes a total of 92 affordable units which is 26% of the units of which 70% will be affordable rent and 30% will be shared ownership.

 

Victoria Southern, the applicant, was called to address the committee in support of the application but declined the offer.

 

In reaching its decision, the Committee considered the officer’s report and presentation, and the written update.  Environmental Health Officers need to be satisfied that the amended noise report is acceptable before planning permission can be issued.

 

Resolved:

 

(1)  To approve application WND/2021/0172, subject to conditions.

 

CONDITIONS

 

Drawing Numbers

1.    The development shall be carried out strictly in accordance with the following drawings; 

    

Layouts

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0200-D5-P2-Site Location Plan

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0230A-S2-P6-Site layout Combined

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0230-D5-P7-Site layout Plan

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0231-D5-P5-External materials and boundaries treatment plan

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0232-D5-P4-Surface Finishes Plan

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0233-D5-P3-Affordable Tenure Plan

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0234-D5-P4-Refuse Management Plan

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0235-D5-P4-Parking Strategy Plan

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0236-S2-P2-Garden Sizes Plan

 

House Types

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-A43 Corridor HT Portfolio

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-General Neighbourhood & Rural Edge Portfolio_Part1

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-General Neighbourhood & Rural Edge Portfolio_Part2

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-Primary Street HT Portfolio

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-Garages Portfolio

 

Street Scenes and Site sections

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0300-D5-P2 - Illustrative Streetscenes A, B, C & D

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0301-D5-P2 - Illustrative Streetscenes E, F, G & H

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0302-D5-P2 - Illustrative Streetscenes I & J

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0305-D5-P1-Site sections Type AA, Type BB

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0306-D5-P2-Site sections Types CC, Type DD

·      OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-DR-A-0307-D5-P1- Site sections Type EE, Type FF

 

Engineering

·      18927-OVER-5-200-C Levels & Drainage Strategy- Sheet 1 of 2

·      18927-OVER-5-201-C Levels & Drainage Strategy- Sheet 2 of 2

Landscape 7463.LS.1.0.B. Landscape strategy

 

Other

·      N46712-1r2 - Overstone Leys, Northamptonshire - Noise Impact Assessment Part 1

·      N46712-1r2 - Overstone Leys, Northamptonshire - Noise Impact Assessment Part 2

·      N46712-1r2 - Overstone Leys, Northamptonshire - Noise Impact Assessment Part 3

 

Reason : To ensure development is in accordance with the submitted drawings and to enable the Local Planning Authority to consider the impact of any change to the approved plans. 

 

Hard landscaping  

  

2.    Notwithstanding Drawing OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0231-D5-P5-External materials and boundaries treatment plan prior to construction of the dwellings above slab/foundation level details of hard landscaping works shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. Details of hard landscaping works shall include boundary treatments (including hedgehog holes), including full details of the proposed boundary walls, fences, railings and gates to be erected, specifying the colour of the railings and gates; footpaths. The hard landscaping works shall thereafter be completed in full accordance with the approved details prior to first occupation of the dwellings to which they relate.   

 

Reason : Drawing OLNVNH-MCB-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-0231-D5-P5-External materials and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

22.

WNS/2021/1594/MAF - Wind Tunnel Facility at Racing Point - Silverstone pdf icon PDF 505 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application WNS/2021/1594/MAF Wind Tunnel Facility consisting of a wind tunnel with associated machinery and test sections, ancillary office with associated access, reconfiguration of parking, landscaping and associated works.

 

Tracey Hill, Major Projects Manager, outlined the application for the development proposed, the construction of an aerodynamic test facility consisting of a wind tunnel with associated machinery, test sections, ancillary offices and workshops.  The reconfiguration of the carparking is also proposed along with extensive landscaping to complement the wider site’s ambitious parkland setting for the new HQ building to the east.

 

Stuart Routledge, addressed the committee in support of the application.

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

(1) That authority be delegated to the Assistant for Planning and Economy to grant permission, for application WNSS/2021/1594/MAF subject to the conditions detailed (and any amendments to those conditions as deemed necessary) and no objection received from the LLFA.

 

CONDITIONS

 

Time Limits and General Implementation Conditions

 

1.    The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

 

Reason : To comply with the provisions of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by Section 51 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

           

Approved Plans and Documents

 

2.    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: 

 

Drawings

·       60S04050-JAC-ZZ-XX-DR-A-01-0001-P01- Location Plan received

04/10/2021

·      60S04050-JAC-XX-ZZ-DR-L-01-0006-P01 Proposed Site Plan received 04/10/2021

·      60S04050-JAC-ZZ-00-DR-A-02-0001-P02 Ground Floor Plan received 04/10/2021

·      60S04050-JAC-ZZ-01-DR-A-02-0002-P02 First Floor Plan received 04/10/2021

·      60S04050-JAC-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-04-0001-P02 Elevations received 04/10/2021

·      60S04050-JAC-ZZ-ZZ-DR-A-05-0001-P02 Sections Plan received 04/10/2021

·      60S04050-JAC-XX-ZZ-DR-L-05-0001-P02 Site Sections Sheet 1 North and South received 15/10/2021

·      60S04050-JAC-XX-ZZ-DR-L-05-0002-P02 Site Sections Sheet 2 East and West received 15/10/2021

·      60S04050-JAC-ZZ-03-DR-A-02-0003-P02 Roof Layout Plan received 04/10/2021

 

Documents (received 04/10/2021 & 15/10/21)

·       Design and Access Statement Dated 30/09/21

·       Planning Statement

·       Transport Assessment TA/01m dated September 2021

·       Arboricultural Impact Assessment – 19-0549

·      Review of Air Quality Assessment - 60S04050-JAC-ZZ-XX-RP-Y-00-0002-P02 dated 27/09/21

·      Archaeological Investigtion, Recording, Analysis & Publication V1.0 dated 26/02/21

·       BREEAM Pre Assessment Appendix A

·       Ecological Assessment - 8181.EcoAss.vf1 dated July 2019

·       Landscape and Visual Appraisal (including figures) dated October 2021

·      Flood Risk Assessment 60S04050-JAC-ZZ-XX-RP-D-01-0001 P02 dated 27/09/21

·       Drainage Strategy document 60S04050-JAC-ZZ-XX-RP-D-01-0002 P02

·      Geotechnical Desk Study - 60S04050-JAC-XX-XX-RP-D-01-0001 Preliminary Revision dated 31/08/21

·      Noise Impact Assessment - 60S04050-JAC-ZZ-XX-RP-Y-00-0003 P02 dated 27/09/21 and Addendum dated 29/11/21

·      Lighting Impact Assessment - 60S04050-JAC-XX-XX-RP-Y-00-0004 P02 dated 27/09/21

·       1024-DFL

·      Dormice and bats additional survey received 07/10/2019 approved under S/2019/1490/MAF

 

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

 

3.    The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the recommendations, mitigation and enhancements in section 5 of the Ecological Assessment by Ecology Solutions dated July 2019 (Ref: 8181.EcoAss.vf1) and Ecology Statement  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

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S/2020/1706/MAR - Reserved Matters, 51 Houses - Towcester South pdf icon PDF 389 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application S/2020/1706/MAR Application for reserved matters for consent of 51 units (Parcel H14) and the surrounding strategic landscaping (Part 1,2, and 3). Pursuant to outline planning permission S/2007/0374/OUTWNS). The outline application was accompanied by an Environmental Statement.

 

Daniel Callis, Principal Planning Officer, outlined the application which comprises all the reserved matters for 51 dwellings within part of phase 2 of the SUE (as defined on the Phasing Parameter Plan – P.0329_76K-7).  It also includes an area of public open space (a small green containing a play area) and linear greenways along all boundaries of the parcel).

 

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

 

Resolved:

 

(1)  To approve application S/2020/1706/MAR subject to the conditions

 

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

·      1034-H14-005 rev C (site location plan)

·      1034-H14-001 rev F (Site layout plan – dated 07/12/21)

·      1034-H14-002 rev F (Materials plan)

·      1034-H14-003 rev F (Boundary treatments plan)

·      1034-H14-004 rev E (Chimney location plan)

·      P1176_31 rev G (landscaping overview - public open space)

·      P1176_32 rev F (detailed planting plan - public open space - sheets 1- 3)

·      Q6921_B (play equipment details)

·      1034-H14-008 rev A (POS Areas Plan)

·      1020-007 rev F (parking plan)

           

House types

·       TOW-H14-CA3-001 rev D (Yardley)

·       TOW-H14-CA3-002 rev B (Yardley - render)

·       TOW-H14-CA3-004 rev B (Adstone)

·       TOW-H14-CA3-005 rev C (Adstone)

·       TOW-H14-CA3-006 rev B (Syresham)

·       TOW-H14-CA3-007 rev A (Sulgrave)

·       TOW-H14-CA3-008 rev C (Sulgrave - Victorian)

·       TOW-H14-CA3-009 rev B (Cosgrove)

·       TOW-H14-CA3-010 rev C (Whittlebury)

·       TOW-H14-CA3-011 rev B (Maidford - Georgian)

·       TOW-H14-CA3-012 rev C (Edgcote)

·       TOW-H14-GAR-001 rev A (single garage)

·       TOW-H14-GAR-002 rev A (double garage)

           

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

 

      Public open space

 

2.    The areas of open space are identified on Drawing No. 1034-H14-008 rev A. These areas shall not be enclosed within the curtilages of any private dwelling at any time during the lifetime of the development and, notwithstanding the provisions of Class A of Part 2, Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (or any order revoking or re-enacting or amending that order), no gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure shall be erected, constructed or placed on the land, at any time, without the prior express planning permission of the Local Planning Authority.

           

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

 

      Floor levels

 

3.    No development shall take place until details of all finished floor levels in relation to existing and proposed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any items of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

Minutes:

The Chair raised the subject of the meeting start time in light of changes to the West Northamptonshire Council Constitution passed by Full Council on 2 December 2021, noting that the current start time of the Committee was 2pm.

 

In response to the changes, Members of the Committee expressed their desire to retain the existing start time of 2pm in the event that any changes be proposed in the future. 

 

The committee was advised that the Assistant Director Growth and Regeneration would provide the date for an additional meeting, which would be held in January 2022, in due course.  Members were asked to give consideration for monthly Strategic Planning Committees to meet the business need of the planning deadlines.  Members requested further time to consider this. 

 

Further consideration should be given to Strategic Planning Committee being moved from the second Monday in the month.   Members requested further time to consider this.