Agenda and minutes

District Planning Committee - Thursday 13th August 2020 1.00 pm

Venue: Members to access the meeting via Teams. Members of the press & public may listen to the live stream on the Council's website: https://democracy.maldon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=277&MId=2148

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1135.

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 pandemic. Shetook Members through some generalhousekeepingissues,togetherwiththe etiquettefor the meeting and then asked Officers present tointroducethemselves.

 

This was followed by a roll call of all Members present.

 

1136.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Miss A M Beale, R P F Dewick, M F L Durham, B E Harker, J V Keyes, C P Morley, W Stamp and Miss White.

1137.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 155 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the District Planning Committee held on 9 July 2020 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

(i)              That the Minutes of the meeting of the District Planning Committee held on 9 July 2020 be received.

 

Minute 1064 – 20/00157/FUL- Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell -on-Sea

 

Councillor E L Bamford requested that the 3rd line in the first paragraph on page 13 be amended to read as follows: ‘making it necessary to undertake the proposed extensive groundwork investigations and insufficient information provided with regard to the effects on the wildlife and heritage sites’.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

(ii)            That subject to the above amendment the Minutes of the District Planning Committee held on 9 July 2020 be confirmed.

1138.

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:

Councillor M H Lagan declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 11 - 20/000157/FUL, Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell -on-Sea as he had numerous conversations with a wide range of residents  regarding this item.

 

Councillor  N J Skeens declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 5 - 19/01208/FUL, Land North of Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex as a  Burnham Town Councillor and Agenda Item 11 - 20/000157/FUL, Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea as he was a member of the Bradwell B Working Group.

 

Councillor A S Fluker declared a pecuniary interest on Agenda Item 5 - 19/01208/FUL – Land North of Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex as he was a Member of the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society), he had a perceived bias relating to Agenda Item 10 -15/015327/OUT, Land North and West of Knowles Farm. Wycke Hill, Maldon, Essex and that he had lost connectivity last time round on Agenda Item 11- 20/000157/FUL, Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea therefore he could not partake in the debate or vote. Given that he could not partake in any items on the meeting agenda he removed himself from the meeting.

 

Councillor  F G F Shaughnessy declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 10-15/015327/OUT, Land North and West of Knowles Farm. Wycke Hill, Maldon, Essex   as she knew the Objectors.

 

Councillor C Mayes declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 7- Planning Decision – Legal Advice Relating to Land North and West of Knowles Farm Maldon and 10 -15/015327/OUT, Land North and West of Knowles Farm. Wycke Hill, Maldon, as she knew the land owner. She also declared on Agenda Item 8 Planning Decision- Legal Advice Relating to Bradwell-on-Sea Ground Investigations and 11- 20/000157/FUL, Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell -on-Sea as a member of the Bradwell B Working Group.

 

Councillor C Morris declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 11- 20/000157/FUL, Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell -on-Sea, as he had conversations with several residents regarding this item.

 

Councillor M G Bassenger declared a non-pecuniary interest on Item 8- Planning Decision- Legal Advice Relating to Bradwell-on-Sea Ground Investigations and Item 11- 20/000157/FUL, Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea, as a member of the Bradwell B Working Group

 

Councillor V J Bell declared a non-pecuniary interest on Agenda Item 5- 19/01208/FUL, Land North of Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex as a member of Burnham Town Council.

 

Councillor Fleming advised that she would not be partaking in the debate or voting on Agenda Item 8 - Planning Decision- Legal Advice Relating to Bradwell-on-Sea Ground Investigations and Item 11- 20/000157/FUL, Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell -on-Sea as she lost connectivity at the last meeting on 9 July 2020.

 

Councillor Mrs M E Thompson declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8- Planning Decision- Legal Advice Relating to Bradwell-on-Sea Ground Investigations and Item 11- 20/000157/FUL, Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea as a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1138.

1139.

19/01208/FUL - Land North of Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex pdf icon PDF 875 KB

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

 

Minutes:

Application Number

19/01208/FUL

Location

Land North Of Marsh Road, Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex

Proposal

Residential development comprising the construction of 90 residential dwellings (Use Class C3), public open space, landscaping and associated infrastructure.

Applicant

Taylor Wimpey (East London)

Agent

Ms Catherine Williams - Savills

Target Decision Date

17.07.2020

Case Officer

Devan Hearnah

Parish

BURNHAM NORTH

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Strategic site within the strategic submitted Local Development Plan

 

The Chairman introduced the application and said that before she asked the Officer to give their presentation she wished to make a statement.

 

She said that she was not present at the meeting on 9 July 2020 where Agenda Item 11 20/00157/FUL- Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea was first discussed, therefore, she would not be able to partake in the debate or vote. Furthermore, as per her earlier declaration there was a possible conflict with agenda item 10 Land North and West of Knowles Farm, Maldon.  Therefore, for the efficient and effective business of the meeting she would remove herself from the Chair after the conclusion of Item 5 19/01208/FUL- Land North Of Marsh Road, Burnham-On-Crouch, Essex.  She then sought proposals for a Member to chair the remainder of the meeting.

 

There were two councillors proposed, Councillor Mrs M E Thompson and Councillor M S Heard.  Councillor Heard said that he was content for Councillor Mrs M E Thompson to chair the remainder of the meeting from Item 6 onwards.

 

The Chairman then asked the Officer to proceed with the planning presentation.

 

Following the Officer’s presentation, the Chairman addressed a public participation submission from the Applicant, Catherine Williams of Savills (on behalf of Taylor Wimpey).

 

She then moved the Officer recommendation that planning application 19/01208/FUL, Land North of Marsh Road, Burnham-on-Crouch be approved subject to a S106 agreement and the conditions in section 8 of the report. This was seconded by Councillor Helm.

 

A debate ensued where concerns were raised around safe egress and access to the Primary Schools and infrastructure saturation. Members sought reassurance regarding safe pedestrian crossings, footpaths, additional school allocations, adequate NHS services and road capacity for the additional properties.  Both Councillor Skeens and Councillor Bell reminded the Committee that Burnham-on Crouch had already exceeded its agreed housing allocation.

 

Councillor Bamford sought clarity on the S106 agreement in particular the issue of the management committee as there was no reference to it in the draft version. She was also concerned that landscaping maintenance covered all key areas including the LEAP (Local Equipped Area for Play) and Orchard. In addition, she asked if there was a way to prevent any changes/alterations to the bungalows that were deemed a distinct characteristic in the site.

 

Planning Officers responded to all aforementioned issues as follows:

 

·                 That this was the first draft of the s106 and that the final version will contain detailed   proposals for the management committee and the maintenance, management and landscaping of all open spaces.

 

·                 School place provision would be secured  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1139.

1140.

Exclusion of the Public and Press

To resolve that under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act, and that this satisfies the public interest test.

Minutes:

Prior to moving into Private Session, the Chairman deferred to the Monitoring Officer, Mr Quelch to take the Committee through the process for the remainder of the meeting.

 

The Monitoring Officer drew Members’ attention to the content of his email circulated prior to the meeting. He reminded  the Committee that the Constitution required that a member must be present for the entire discussion on an application therefore, if  a member was not present during the previous discussion or experienced connectivity problems on items 10 15/015327/OUT, Land North and West of Knowles Farm. Wycke Hill, Maldon, Essex and 11 20/000157/FUL, Land East of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea, that member would not be able to partake in the debate or vote.

 

The Chairman then addressed the proposal to move into private session in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.  At this point Councillor Morris interrupted the Chairman and requested a vote on whether the Committee move to private business. The Chairman explained that she was taking the Committee through a proposal to go into private session and that the Committee would vote on that proposal. This was seconded by Councillor Helm. A recorded vote was requested.

 

The Monitoring Officer asked if he could address certain issues should the Committee vote against the proposal to move into private session. He advised that the legal advice would be open to both the developers and the public and may not be in the best interests of the Council. The Chairman asked if the advice sought was intended to be made public or not. The Monitoring Officer replied that given the nature of the advice it would not be in the interests of the Council to make the advice open to the public.

 

 

1141.

Closure of the Meeting

Minutes:

Due to further interruptions on the part of Councillor Morris, the Chairman, having asked on a number of occasions for order, exercised her discretion in accordance with Rule 10 paragraph 3 and closed the meeting, as it was not possible for the orderly despatch of business.