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The Chairman welcomed all those in attendance to this the first meeting of the District Planning Committee and then referred to the notices printed on the agenda.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors M G Bassenger, R P F Dewick, M S Heard, JV Keyes, K W Jarvis and S P Nunn.
Disclosure of Interest
To disclose the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, other Pecuniary Interest or Non-Pecuniary Interests relating to items of business on the agenda having regard to paragraphs 6 – 8 of the Code of Conduct for Members.
(Members are reminded that they are also required to disclose any such interest as soon as they become aware should the need arise through the meeting.)
Councillors Mrs P A Channer and M F L Durham declared a non-pecuniary interest in RES/MAL/19/00411 – Land South of Wycke Hill and Limebrook Way, Maldon, Essex as Members of Essex County Council advising that the County Council a consultee on this application in relation to matters relating to education, highways and other matters within its remit.
To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.
Following the Officers’ presentation, the Agent, Ms Williams addressed the Committee.
Councillor R G Boyce proposed that the Officers’ recommendation as set out in the report be approved. This proposal was duly seconded.
The Chairman clarified, in response to a question, that the Committee was considering the whole application as before them, but the size of the gardens and design of the flats were being highlighted as the Council had approved all other matters at a previous meeting.
In response to a number of questions, the Principal Planning Officer provided Members with the following information:
· Provision was made for allotments within the outline planning application related to this site and the Officer outlined the proposed location of these.
· The technical matters relating to flooding and Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) were dealt with as part of the outline application and relevant conditions had been imposed. A Flood Risk Assessment had been submitted as part of the outline application. It was noted that Essex County Council SuDS had raised no objections to this application.
· Details of the Officers’ assessment in respect of potential noise and other pollution was highlighted in the Officers’ report. The Officer advised that no objection had been raised to the proposal with respect to the noise impact on dwellings which would front Limebrook Way when windows were open due to the distance from the road and as a similar situation had been found to be acceptable phase one of this development.
· The housing mix was agreed and conditioned as part of the outline application and Members were advised that this was not something that the Council could revisit in respect of this application. Members were advised that proposed housing mix relating to future new outline or full planning applications would be considered in line with the Council’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment.
Councillor B E Harker raised some concern regarding potential noise levels and proposed an amendment to condition 7 requesting that acoustic fences be placed in front of properties abutting Limebrook Way. The Chairman advised that as the Council had not required this previously he was not minded to consider this proposal.
The Chairman then put the proposal to approve the application in accordance with Officers’ recommendations and upon a vote being taken this was duly agreed.
RESOLVED that the application be APPROVED subject to the following conditions:
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