Agenda and minutes

North Western Area Planning Committee - Wednesday 16th June 2021 7.30 pm

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Chairman's notices


The Chairman welcomed everyone present and went through some general housekeeping arrangements for the meeting.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors K W Jarvis and J V Keyes.


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 25 May 2021, (copy enclosed).


RESOLVED by assent that the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 25 May 2021 be approved and confirmed.


Disclosure of Interest

To disclose the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, other Pecuniary Interests or Non-Pecuniary Interests relating to items of business on the agenda having regard to paragraphs 6-8 inclusive of the Code of Conduct for Members.


(Members are reminded that they are also required to disclose any such interests as soon as they become aware should the need arise throughout the meeting).



Councillor M F L Durham declared a non-pecuniary interest as a Member of Essex County Council, a statutory consultee on all planning related matters.


Councillor Mrs J L Fleming declared a non-pecuniary interest as a Member of Essex County Council, a statutory consultee on all planning related matters.


20/00428/FUL - Land Opposite 34 Hall Road, Great Totham pdf icon PDF 798 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Service Delivery (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.

Additional documents:


Application Number



Land Opposite 34 Hall Road, Great Totham


Erection of 30 dwellings with associated access and landscaping.


Lynton Homes Limited


Mr Russell Forde - Smart Planning Ltd

Target Decision Date

19.08.2020 EOT 25.09.2020

Case Officer

Hannah Bowles



Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Major Application

Departure from the Local Plan


A Members’ Update had been circulated prior to the meeting that detailed an additional letter of objection together with amendments to recommended conditions.  The Officer then verbally confirmed receipt of agreement to the pre-commencement conditions outlined under the ‘Officer Note’ on the Members’ Update.


Following the Officer’s presentation, an Objector, Ms Sophie Brownsell, and the Agent, Mr Russell Forde, addressed the Committee.


A debate ensued where Members raised a number of concerns including poor design; materials to be used; potential contamination; adverse impact on amenity space and possible adverse effects on the intrinsic character and beauty of the area.


The Lead Specialist Place, addressing some of the issues raised, noted that the design and materials were standard across the district.  That the issue of contamination had been covered through reports from both Environmental Health and the Environment Agency and appropriate conditions put in place.  Taking into account the presumption in favour of sustainable development known as the ‘Tilted Balance’ he advised there was a need to demonstrate that the harm from the development was very high and outweighed any benefits bearing in mind the Inspector had already found this application acceptable when the authority had a Five Year Housing Land Supply (5YHLS).


Further discussion by Members acknowledged that whilst the development was not perfect in all aspects there was an appeal in favour of the development in March 2017 and given the current lack of a 5YHLS there was no real alternative but to approve.


There being no further discussion the Chairman moved the Officer’s recommendation to approve the application together with the amended conditions outlined in the Members’ Update.  This was seconded by Councillor Morley.


The Chairman then put the recommendation to the Committee and it was agreed.


RESOLVED that the application be APPROVED subject to the following conditions:


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

2.               The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in complete accordance with approved drawings 19.7013/M001, 19.7013/E101, 19.7013/P201G, 19.7013/P202, 19.7013/P203, 19/7013/M002, 19.7013/P204, 19.7013/P235, 19.7013/P234, 19.7013/P229, 19.7013/P225, 19.7013/P224, 19.7013/P223, 19.7013/P222, 19.7013/P240, 19.7013/P239, 19.7013/P237, 19.7013/P236, 19.7013/P233, 19.7013/P232, 19.7013/P231, 19.7013/P230, 19.7013/P228, 19.7013/P227, 19.7013/P226, 19.7013/P221, 19.7013/P219, 19.7013/P217, 19.7013/P215, 19.7013/P213 Rev B, 19.7013/P211, 19.7013/P209, 19.7013/P207, 19.7013/P205, 19.7013/P220, 19.7013/P218, 19.7013/P216, 19.7013/P214, 19.7013/P212 Rev A, 19.7013/P210, 19.7013/P208, 19.7013/P206, 20.053/LA01 Rev C, 20.053/LA02 Rev C, 200107/1 REV A, 200107/2 REV A and 20.053/HW01 Rev A.

3.               The development shall be implemented in accordance with the details of external finishing materials set out within the document titled Schedule of Materials and shall be retained as such in perpetuity.

4.               The development shall be implemented in accordance with the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 111.