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The Chairman referred to the notices printed on the agenda.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Miss A M Beale, B S Beale MBE, V J Bell, B E Harker, M S Heard, M W Helm, K W Jarvis and N J Skeens.
To confirm the Minutes of the special meeting of the District Planning Committee held on 23 October 2019 (copy enclosed).
RESOLVED that the Minutes of the special meeting of the District Planning Committee held on 23 October 2019 be approved and confirmed.
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.)
The following disclosures were made in respect of Agenda Item 5 – 19/01093/FUL Land South of Wycke Hill and Limebrook Way (Western), Maldon, Essex:
· Councillor M F L Durham a non-pecuniary interest as a Member of Essex County Council (ECC) who were statutory consultees in respect of certain elements of this application.
· Councillor Mrs P A Channer, a non-pecuniary interest as a Member of ECC who is consulted on matters in relation to highways, education, flooding and other matters pertinent to this application.
To consider the report of the Director of Service Delivery (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.
Councillor C Morris joined the meeting during this item of business.
It was noted from the Members’ Update that a consultation response had been received from the Tree Consultant. Members were advised that the recently submitted Arboricultural Method Statement needed to be included in the list of documents referred to in suggested condition 2. This amendment was noted. A second Members’ Update circulated detailed a consultation response received from Essex County Highways and set out a proposed additional condition in response to the consultation response.
Following the Officers’ presentation the Agent, Ms Williams from Savills addressed the Committee.
A lengthy discussion ensued, during which and in response to questions raised the Lead Specialist Place and Specialist – Development Management provided Members with further clarification in respect of a number of areas, including:
· Tree removal;
· Flood risk;
· Access to the site including cycle ways.
In response to a question regarding Section 104 agreements the Specialist – Development Management advised that these related to the adoption of sewers, was under different legislation and had no bearing on Section 106 agreements, payments or financial contributions.
The Chairman moved the recommendations as set out in the report as amended by the Members’ Updates. This proposal was duly seconded.
In accordance with Procedure Rule No. 13 (3) Councillor C Morris requested a recorded vote.
For the recommendation:
Councillors E L Bamford, Mrs P A Channer, M F L Durham, M R Edwards,
Against the recommendation:
Councillor C Swain.
Councillor R G Boyce.
During the recorded vote Councillor Morris was advised by the Chairman, that in accordance with the Council’s Constitution as he had not been present for the whole of the discussion on this item of business he was not able to vote.
RESOLVED that this 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 and maintained in accordance with the following approved plans and documents:
· Phase 2 Ecological Surveys and Assessment dated October 2019
· Flood Risk Assessment ref. 181870-05B
· Written Scheme of Investigation for a Programme of Archaeological Evaluation August 2018
· Construction Code of Conduct Method Statement Rev B dated October 2019
· Arboricultural Impact ... view the full minutes text for item 5.