To receive and consider the attached report of the Chief Planning Officer regarding an outline application for residential development.
The report of the Chief Planning Officer presented an outline planning application for a residential development comprising up to 119 dwellings at land off Walton Road, Walton, Wetherby.
Members were advised of an additional condition: Scheme for delivery of renewable energy to be submitted and approved.
Members were also advised of additional representations:
Additional objection from a Wetherby resident on the grounds that:
Representation from the Wetherby Liberal Democrats:
Members had visited the site earlier in the day, photographs and plans were shown at the meeting.
The application was brought before the North and East Plans Panel as this is a major and sensitive development.
The application was in outline with all matters reserved, save for access which includes two vehicular access points. Members were informed that the site was currently partly undesignated within the development (UDPR) however, part of the application site was allocated as a protected playing pitch under save policy N6 of the (UDPR). It was noted that the pitch had formed part of HMP Wealstun but had become surplus and had been transferred to Homes England in January 2015.
Members were advised that the overall site was being put forward as a housing allocation within the advanced Site Allocation Plan (SAP). The SAP put forward a target of 142 dwellings on this site alongside an area of land within the allocation which is already subject to a positive resolution to grant permission for 23 dwellings and if combined with the 119 proposed dwellings would meet the 142 dwelling allocation target.
The proposed layout would split the site into two component parts, with the southern most portion comprising of 32 dwellings which would be served by Grange Avenue and the remaining 87 dwellings would be served by a new access onto Street 5 within Thorp Arch Trading Estate. Members were advised that there would also be pedestrian links between the two sites and that there would be bus stops for travel towards Wetherby and Boston Spa.
Members were advised that provision for land to the south eastern boundary be designated as Site of Ecological Interest (SEGI) and that this area should not be transferred to private ownership. It was noted that to the south east corner of the application site allotments were proposed, adjacent to the SEGI.
Members were informed that 35% of the site would be affordable housing with a mix of 2, 3, 4 bed houses.
In attendance at the meeting to speak against the application were:
Cllr. Alan Lamb
The Panel were informed of the following objections to the proposals:
In response to Members questions the Panel were advised of the following points:
Mr Walton the agent and Mr O’Brian the applicant were at the meeting and addressed the Panel:
In response to questions and comments from the Members the following points were noted:
· Public footpaths and cycle ways would be provided;
· The site was on white land;
· Bungalows could be considered at reserved matters stage should there be found to be a need for them;
· The development would not impact negatively on already existing traffic issues;
· The consultation event had been well attended at the Community Hall where comments had been taken on board and revisions had been made to the plans in light of the comments put forward;
· Consultation had taken place with GP’s and dentists;
The Lead Planning Officer for the Panel commented, with reference to central government planning policy and guidance, on some of the points raised by objectors and the applicant. This included that the starting point for the consideration of any planning application was against the policies of the development plan, that central government planning policy guidance sets out that in the absence of a 5 year housing land supply there is a tilted balance in favour of granting planning permission for sustainable development, that it would be difficult to sustain a planning argument that the development is premature in light of the tests set out in government planning guidance, that as the SAP is at an advanced stage towards its adoption government advice is that weight should be attached to that document, the council in proposing to allocate the site for housing in the SAP has set out that the council considers it to be a sustainable and suitable form of development at this site, that the implications that arise from the failure of the development to fully comply with the council’s accessibility standards need to be weighed against other factors including the scale of development, the proximity to sources of employment and that the site is close to other residential properties.
The Panel also discussed:
At the conclusion of discussions Councillor Nash moved a motion to defer the application for further work to be undertaken and information to be provided to Panel in respect of the sustainability of the site and the proposed development. The motion was seconded by Councillor Arif. On being put to the vote, Councillor’s Nash’s motion was passed.
RESOLVED – To defer the application for further work to be undertaken on the sustainability of the site and the development and particularly:
Councillor Dobson left the meeting at 15:45 at the end of this item.