Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Strategic Planning Committee - Monday 18th October 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Jeffery Room, Guildhall, Northampton

Contact: Diana Davies, Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

5.

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:

5. WNS/2021/0498/EIA – Solar Farm at Greatworth

Councillor Rosie Herring, Non-Statutory Interest, as the Local Ward Member of Middleton Cheney.

6.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 260 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 16 August 2021.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 16 August 2021 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

7.

Chair's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chair.

Minutes:

There were no Chair’s announcements.

8.

WNS/2021/0498/EIA - Solar Farm at Greatworth pdf icon PDF 394 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application WNS/2021/0498/EIA for the proposed development is the creation of a solar farm through the installation of rows of photo-voltaic panels alongside other ancillary development such as access tracks, containerised inverters, a substation compound, fencing, and new landscaping. The estimated total output of the project would be around 30Mw, which would be sufficient to power just under 10,000 homes and displace 6,740 tonnes of CO2 annually once connected to the national grid.

 

James Harley-Bond, the applicant, 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 Director – Planning and Economy to grant permission for application WNS/2021/0498/EIA subject to

 

1)   The receipt of ‘no objection’ from the County Archaeologist following the completion of trial-trenching, and

 

2)   Subject to the conditions set out in the report (and any amendments to those conditions or additional conditions as deemed necessary) and an additional condition requiring details of signage associated with the development plus an informative to confirm that the Council will not regard the site as previously-developed land in the future.

 

CONDITIONS

 

Time limits

 

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.

 

2.   The planning permission hereby granted shall cease to have effect no later than 40 years from the date when electricity is first exported from any of the solar panels to the electricity grid ('First Export Date'). Written notification of the First Export Date shall be given to the Local Planning Authority within 14 days of its occurrence.

    

Reason : This is a time limited permission only given the nature and lifespan of the development proposed and to ensure the long term protection of the character and appearance of the countryside in accordance with Policy SA of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core strategy and Policies SS1 and SS2 of the South Northamptonshire Local Plan (Part 2).

 

Restoration

 

3.   Within 12 months of the date of expiry of the permission hereby granted a scheme shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for its written approval within 3 months from the end of the 12 month period for the removal of the solar panel(s) and associated equipment and the restoration of (that part of) the site to agricultural use. The approved scheme of restoration shall then be fully implemented within the timescale set out in the scheme. If any part of the solar array ceases to be used to generate electricity for a continuous period of 12 months, a scheme shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for its written approval within 3 months from the end of the 12 month period for the removal  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

DA/2020/1178 - Reserved Matters for 129 Dwellings at Overstone Leys pdf icon PDF 456 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Refused, reasons to be set out in the Minutes.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application DA/2020/1178 for the reserved matters application (access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for 129 dwellings pursuant to outline approval DA/2013/0850 and approval of Condition 14 (finished floor levels), Condition 15 (soft landscaping), Condition 16 (tree protection details), Condition 26 (acoustic report), Condition 37 (travel plan), Condition 39 (arrangements for management and maintenance of proposed streets), Condition 42 (soil management plan) and Condition 43 (compensatory habitat creation).

 

Laura Robinson, the applicant addressed the committee in support of the application.

 

Steven Townsend, a local resident, addressed the Committee in objection to the application.

 

John Austin, a parish council representative, addressed the Committee in objection 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.

 

Councillor David James proposed that the application be refused by reasons of its high density would constitute an overdevelopment of the site and its surroundings.  The proposition was seconded by Councillor Phil Bignell and on being put to the meeting was declared carried with six voting in favour, three against and one abstention.

 

Resolved

 

That the application be REFUSED against the officer recommendation on the grounds of the proposed development by reason of its high density constitutes an overdevelopment of the site which would result in a development which would not blend well within the site and its surroundings.  As such, the proposed development failed to accord with policy ENV10 of the Settlements and Countryside Local Plan (part 2) for Daventry (adopted February 2020). 

10.

WND/2021/0072 - Reserved Matters for 59 Dwellings at Overstone Leys pdf icon PDF 355 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application WND/2021/0072 for the reserved matters application (Zone 8) (access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for 59 dwellings pursuant to outline approval DA/2013/0850 and approval of Condition 36 (bus stops), Condition 37 (travel plan), Condition 38 (public rights of way) and Condition 16 (tree protection details).

 

Tom Nightingale, the applicant 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 Director – Growth, Climate and Regeneration to grant permission for application WND/2021/0072 subject to

 

1) The application is recommended for approval subject to the conditions set out in the report (and any amendments to those conditions or additional conditions as deemed necessary).

 

Conditions

 

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

1012_002 (Rev B) Site Layout

1012_003 (Rev B) Enclosures Plan

1012_004 (Rev B) Materials Layout

1012_005 (Rev B) Parking Layout

1012_006 (Rev B) Refuse Strategy

1012_008 (Rev B) Storey Heights Plan

H5557-AH-Z8 Affordable Housing Tenure Plan

Z8_TTE_00_ZZ_DR_C_SK01 P01 Zone 8 Exceedance Flow Rates

Z8_TTE_00_ZZ_DR_C_SK01 P02 Zone 8 Drainage Strategy

DWH23241-11A 1 of 6                

DWH23241-11A 2 of 6

DWH23241-11A 3 of 6

DWH23241-11A 4 of 6

DWH23241-11A 5 of 6

DWH23241-11A 6 of 6

 

House Type Pack

  

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. 

  

2.   Hard landscaping  

 

Notwithstanding Drawing1012_003 (Rev B) Enclosures 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 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 be completed in full accordance with the approved details within three months of the first occupation of each dwelling hereby permitted. 

  

Reason : Drawing 1012_003 (Rev B) Enclosures Plan is not acceptable in its current form as elements of enclosures are missing.  In the interest of residential amenity further details are required in accordance with Policy ENV10 of the Settlements and Countryside Local Plan (Part 2). 

 

Means of enclosure

 

3.   Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) (or any Order revoking and re-enacting that Order with or without modification) no alterations shall be made to any means of enclosure hereby approved that front a highway, footpath or private drive, and no new means of enclosure shall be erected within the curtilage of any dwelling house forward of any wall of that dwelling house which fronts on to a highway, footpath or private drive, in either case without the prior written consent of the Local Planning Authority. For the avoidance of doubt,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

WND/2021/0132 - Reserved Matters for Road at Overstone Leys pdf icon PDF 554 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application WND/2021/0132 for the reserved matters (access – primary infrastructure for Zone 9) pursuant to Condition 1 of the outline planning approval DA/2013/0850 granted approval on 27.08.2015

 

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

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the Strategic Planning grant permission for application WND/2021/0132 subject to

 

Conditions

 

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

      18865-OVER-5-SK017 A

      18865-OVER-5-SK016 C

      P19-2289_017 Sheet 1 Rev E

  

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. 

  

NOTES As required by Article 35 of the Town and Country (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 (as Amended) the following statement applies: In dealing with this planning application the Local Planning Authority have worked with the applicant in a positive and proactive manner with a view to seeking solutions to problems arising in relation to the consideration of this planning application.

12.

WND/2021/0152 - Reserved Matters for 320 Dwellings at Overstone Leys pdf icon PDF 379 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application WND/2021/0152 for reserved matters application (access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for 350 dwellings (Zone 9) pursuant to outline approval DA/2013/0850 and approval of Condition 14 (finished floor levels), Condition 15 (details of open space), Condition 26 (internal noise levels), Condition 36 (bus stops), Condition 37 (travel plan) and Condition 41 (lighting)

 

The Chair highlighted a typographical error on the agenda and it was noted that the application for consideration was, as corrected on the supplementary information, for 350 dwellings.

 

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

 

Resolved

 

(1) that authority be delegated to the Assistant Director – Growth, Climate and Regeneration to grant permission for application WND/2021/0152 subject to

 

1)   The updated landscaping plans and

 

2)   Subject to the condition set out in the report (and any amendments to those conditions or additional conditions as deemed necessary).

 

Conditions

 

Drawing Numbers

 

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

P19-2289_005-1 Planning Layout (1 of 2) AK

P19-2289_005-2 Planning Layout (2 of 2) AK

P19-2289_005-3 Planning Layout (1:1000) AK

P19-2289_005-4 Coloured Layout (1:1000) AK

P19-2289_009 Street Scenes B

P19-2289_017 Site Location Plan: Infrastructure E

P19-2289_018 Site Location Plan G

P19-2289_020 Affordable Tenure Plan E

P19-2289_021 Boundary Treatments Plan D

P19-2289_022 Refuse Plan E

P19-2289_023 Parking Plan E

P19-2289_024 Materials Plan E

P19-2289_025 Hard Surfaces Plan C

P19-2289_033 Site Sections A

P19-2289_034 Southern Site Sections

P19-2289_201 House Type Pack C

 

Landscaping/Arboriculture:

 

7463.LMP.001 Landscape Management Plan – April 2021

7463.Land.Spec.001 Specification for Landscape & Horticultural Works – April 2021

7463.PP.1.0 – 7463.PP.1.23 Rev C Planting Plans

7463. PSD.2.0 LEAP Playspace Plan Rev. C

10909_AIA.001 Rev. A Arboricultural Impact Assessment

1090 TCP 01 Tree Constraints plan

 

Engineering:

18865 – FRA-C Rev. A

18865-OVER-5-200 E – Levels & Drainage Strategy 1 of 2

18865-OVER-5-201 E – Levels & Drainage Strategy 2 of 2

18865-OVER-5- SK010 G – Refuse Vehicle Tracking 1 of 2

18865-OVER-5-SK011 D – Refuse Vehicle Tracking 2 of 2

18865-OVER-5- SK012 E Fire Tracking 1 of 2

18865-OVER-5-SK013 E Fire Tracking 2 of 2

18865-OVER-5- SK014 C Visibility Splays Layout

Green Travel Plan – March 2021

 

Noise:

Noise Impact Assessment N4084-1R3 (Ensafe) - September 2021

 

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 P19-2289_021 Rev D Boundary 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 be completed in full accordance with the approved details within three months of the first occupation of the dwellings hereby permitted.

 

Reason  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

WNS/2021/0366/COND & C/2017/0899- Design Code Condition at Northampton West pdf icon PDF 987 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered the application WNS/2021/0366 & C/2017/0899 for the Condition 7 [Design Code] Application for approval of details submitted pursuant to condition 7 of dual planning permissions S/2017/2270/EIA and DA/2017/0889 [Outline application for the demolition of existing barns and the erection of up to 1750 dwellings, a primary school, A mixed use Local Centre (Uses A1-A5, D1), together with associated public open space, landscaping, highways sustainable drainage systems, and all ancillary infrastructure works, including a new primary sub-station. (Application accompanied by an Environmental Statement).

 

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

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That permission to discharge Condition 7 of the Outline Planning Permissions for applications S/2017/2270/EIA & C/2017/0889, be granted by the Strategic Planning Committee.

 

14.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.