Agenda and minutes

District Planning Committee - Thursday 9th July 2020 1.00 pm

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1059.

Chairman's Notices

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the remote meeting, held under new regulations which came into effect on 4 April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 situation.  The Chairman then went through some general housekeeping arrangements for the meeting.

 

A roll call of all Members present was taken at this point.

1060.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors R P F Dewick and J V Keyes.

1061.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the District Planning Committee held on 3 June 2020 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting of the District Planning Committee held on 3 June 2020 be approved and confirmed.

1062.

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.)

Minutes:

The following disclosures of interest were made:

 

In relation to Agenda Item 5 – 15/01327/OUT Lane North and West of Knowles Farm, Wycke Hill, Maldon:

 

·                 Councillor C Mayes declared a non-pecuniary interest as she knew the owner of Knowles Farm.

 

·                 Councillor Mrs P A Channer declared a non-pecuniary interest as a Member of Essex County Council who were consulted on matters relating to this application.

 

In relation to Agenda Item 6 – 20/00157/FUL Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea:

 

·                 Councillor Mayes declared a non-pecuniary interest as she was a member of the Bradwell Working Group.

 

·                 Councillor Mrs Channer declared a non-pecuniary interest as she was an Essex County Councillor and the County Council were involved in the Joint Member Bradwell Board (JMBB) with Maldon and although she did not sit on this board there was joint working which related to Bradwell.

 

·                 Councillor B E Harker declared an interest as Chairman of the Bradwell B Working Group and a member of the JMBB.  He advised that he would leave the meeting at the end of Agenda Item 5.

 

·                 Councillor A S Fluker declared a non-pecuniary interest as a member of the both JMBB and Bradwell B Working Group.

 

·                 Councillor N J Skeens declared a non-pecuniary interest as he was a member of the Bradwell B Working Group.

 

·                 Councillor M G Bassenger declared a non-pecuniary interest as he was a member of the Bradwell B Working Group.

 

·                 Councillor K M H Lagan declared a non-pecuniary interest as he had held conversations with local groups who objected to the proposed work.

 

·                 Councillor Mrs M E Thompson declared a non-pecuniary interest as a member of the both JMBB and Bradwell B Working Group, advising that it was not directly related to this application.

 

·                 Councillor Miss S White declared a non-pecuniary interest as a member of both the JMBB and Bradwell B Working Group.

 

·                 Councillor M W Helm declared a non-pecuniary interest as a member of the Bradwell B Working Group.

 

·                 Councillor R G Boyce declared that although he agreed with nuclear power in principle and for reasons that were not planning reasons he had concerns regarding this application and would therefore be abstaining from voting, for his personal vote.

 

Councillor M F L Durham declared a non-pecuniary interest as a Member of Essex County Council.  He advised that he was the Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Development which included planning and a member of the JMBB.

1063.

15/01327/OUT - Land North and West of Knowles Farm, Wycke Hill, Maldon, Essex pdf icon PDF 801 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Application Number

15/01327/OUT

Location

Land North And West Of Knowles Farm, Wycke Hill, Maldon, Essex

Proposal

C3 residential development (up to 320 new homes) of mixed form, size and tenure, small scale B1 employment development (up to 2,000sqm), C2 / D1 community uses, a new relief road to the north of A414, strategic landscaping, pedestrian and cycle linkages, estate roads, open space, drainage and sewerage (including SUDS) and other associated development. - All matters reserved except for access.

Applicant

Mr Nick Mann - Dartmouth Park Estates Ltd.

Agent

Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners

Target Decision Date

31.08.2020

Case Officer

Kathryn Mathews

Parish

MALDON WEST

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Local Development Plan (LDP) site allocation Site S2(b)

 

It was noted from the Members’ Update that there a proposed amendment to conditions 4 and 42 and informative 6.

 

Following her presentation of the application and in response to a question regarding delivery of the relief road mentioned within the application, the Officer advised that proposed the Section 106 agreement (S106) would require a financial contribution towards the construction of the relief road and these together with contributions already secured would be used by Essex County Council (ECC) to build the relief road.  There were no timescales detailed within the S106 but ECC were working with the Council to deliver the relief road in accordance with the infrastructure delivery plan.

 

The Chairman advised Members that under the Council’s public participation scheme one submission had been received from Nicolas Mann, the Applicant.  In line with the public participation scheme he had reviewed the submission and the Lead Specialist Development Manager proceeded to read out the submission received.  The Chairman then moved the Officers’ recommendation of approval subject to the conditions detailed within the report.  This was not supported.

 

Councillor N G F Shaughnessy declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item of business as she knew one of the objectors.

 

A lengthy debate ensued, a number of Members commented on the application raising concerns about a variety of issues.  In response to these concerns and questions raised Officers provided further detailed information which included:

 

·                 the percentage of affordable housing provided by the scheme;

 

·                 how the proposed relief road would be delivered, that the sum anticipated to be required for construction of the relief road was identified at the time the Council’s Local Plan was developed and that this funding had been secured through Section 106 Agreement.  The Officer also provided Members with information regarding why the construction of the proposed relief road would be carried out by Essex County Council Highways rather than the developer as had originally been proposed.

 

·                 the requirement for a Strategic Phasing plan was covered in proposed condition 8.

 

·                 non-compliance with conditions relating to landscaping etc. would be an enforcement matter.

 

·                 the proposed bridleway location was identified, and Members were advised that its location remained unchanged from what was proposed in 2017.

 

·                 a horse crossing was not part of the proposal and had not been requested by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1063.

1064.

20/00157/FUL - Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea pdf icon PDF 968 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillors Mrs P A Channer and B E Harker left the meeting at this point and did not return.

 

Application Number

20/00157/FUL

Location

Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea

Proposal

Application to carry out ground investigations, load test and associated works in connection with a proposed new Nuclear Power Station at Bradwell-on-Sea, together with the creation of two site compound areas and associated parking areas.

Applicant

Bradwell Power Generation Company Limited

Agent

N/A

Target Decision Date

EOT: 17/07/2020

Case Officer

Devan Hearnah

Parish

BRADWELL-ON-SEA

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Not Delegated to Officers

Major Application

 

The Members’ Update circulated prior to the meeting detailed an amendment to paragraph 5.3.4 of the report and advised that a consultation response and seven additional letters of objection had been received.  An amendment to condition 5 was also detailed.

 

Following the Officers’ presentation, the Chairman advised Members that under the Council’s public participation scheme three submissions had been received from:

 

·                 an objector, Ms Gemmill;

 

·                 Ms Allen on behalf of Bradwell-on-Sea Parish Council;

 

·                 the Applicant, Mr Murdoch (Project Development Director). 

 

In line with the scheme Chairman had reviewed the submissions and the Lead Specialist Development Manager proceeded to read out the submissions received.  The Chairman then moved the Officers’ recommendation of approval subject to the conditions detailed within the report and Members’ Update.  This was duly seconded.

 

A lengthy debate ensued and a number of Members raised detailed concerns regarding the proposal.  The Lead Specialist Place reminded the Committee that the application was for temporary, not permanent works with any harm being removed in five years and did not facilitate or grant anything in relation to a power station at Bradwell.

 

The Specialist: Development Management advised that the site would be restored to its current condition once works had taken place.  During the further discussions that ensued and in response to a number of concerns raised, the Officer provided the Committee with detailed information regarding the proposed works, which included:

 

·                 impact on the character and appearance of the area, including noise;

 

·                 heritage and impact on the World War 2 buildings, with particular concern being raised in relation to the Watch Tower and hangers.

 

·                 there being no requirement for net biodiversity gain due to temporary nature of the works;

 

·                 Impact on noise and light of adjacent residential properties;

 

·                 The close proximity of ecological receptors, the Officer clarified the nearest was 950m away.

 

·                 Hours of work and how those proposed were outside of the Council’s policy;

 

·                 Environmental impact, it was noted that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds had raised concerns;

 

·                 Flood risk.

 

Members were advised by Officers that a number of the concerns raised would be addressed and monitored through the proposed conditions.

 

The Chairman then moved the proposal to approve the application in accordance to the conditions as set out in the report.  Upon a vote being taken this was declared lost.

 

During the vote, Councillor A S Fluker clarified that in accordance with paragraph 4.9 of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1064.