Venue: Phoenix Chamber, Phoenix House, Tiverton
Contact: Carole Oliphant Member Services Officer
APOLOGIES AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS
To receive any apologies for absence and notices of appointment of substitute.
There were no apologies.
PUBLIC QUESTION TIME (00-03-53)
To receive any questions relating to items on the Agenda from members of the public and replies thereto.
Note: A maximum of 30 minutes is allowed for this item.
The Chairman read a set of questions from Mrs Bingham referring to Item 6 (application 21/00454/MARM) on the agenda:
Why are Redrow Homes being allowed to place 20 properties against the boundary of the existing 10 Blundell’s Road properties, which is a ratio of 2-to-1 and yet David Wilson placed only 11 properties against the 14 existing properties at The Fairway - a ratio of 0.8?
Why are Redrow Homes being allowed to present that there are no amenity impacts by having this higher density housing against the existing 10 Blundell's Road properties?
Why are Redrow Homes only providing 2 bungalows when there is a pressing requirement for more bungalows in Tiverton?
The Chairman also read a set of questions from Hannah Kearns with regard to the same application:
How can it be justified for the Planning Officer to state “that Members also noted ongoing concern in relation to road safety? However, road crossings on Blundells Road/Linking Road Spine Road lie outside the parameters of this Reserved Matters application”. The matter of road safety surely cannot simply be dismissed in this manner?
If road safety matters cannot be discussed by Planning Committee Members in relation to this application, then when have they been discussed in the past, or when will they be in the future?
Why are Redrow Homes being allowed to totally ignore the road safety concerns highlighted by the belatedly formed Specialist Design Review Panel?
Why have Redrow Homes been allowed to totally remove the fully segregated off road cycle lanes either side of the Linking Road and Spur Road?
Why are Redrow Homes being allowed to totally remove the Green Boulevard to the north of Blundells Road i.e. the Linking Road?
Mr Salter referring to the same application and referring to an email written by the Cabinet Member for Planning with regard to the Ministerial Statement of 22 November 2021 with regard to the provision of EV charging and stating that despite this statement it is observed that Redrow Homes are only intending to install working charging points to market homes, and only ducting, with no cables to affordable homes.Can the Planning Officers please explain what has changed, and. why do Redrow Homes appear to be discriminating against Affordable Home owners?
Again referring to the Ministerial Statement or a change in policy he asked: as the policy has changed will the Planning Committee now give material consideration to the fact that Redrow Homes are not providing active charging points to all, irrespective of tenure?
Referring to the approved revised Building Regulation L – Conservation – Fuel and Power which would come into effect in June 2022: Do the Redrow Homes already meet this standard, and do Redrow Homes currently meet all the other revised standards in the new Regulation Part L?
Given that Redrow Homes have stated in a separate document that they do not expect completion of this first phase of the Tiverton EUE Development until 2026, is this just one more material consideration for ... view the full minutes text for item 142.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS UNDER THE CODE OF CONDUCT (00-26-00)
To record any interests on agenda matters.
The following declarations were declared:
Cllrs G Barnell, E J Berry, S J Clist, Mrs F J Colthorpe, L J Cruwys, Mrs C P Daw, R J Dolley, C J Eginton, P J Heal and F W Letch made declarations in accordance with the Protocol of Good Practice for Councillors dealing with planning matters as they had received emails and attended meetings with regard to application 21/00454/MARM.
Cllr B G J Warren also made a declaration as set out above with the additional reasons that he had received information, complaints and allegations as the Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee.
To consider whether to approve the minutes as a correct record of the meeting held on 5 January 2022.
The minutes of the meeting held on 4 January 2022 were agreed as a true record and duly signed.
CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS (00-29-56)
To receive any announcements the Chairman may wish to make.
The Chairman explained his proposed process for discussing the application before the Committee.
APPLICATION 21/00454/MARM - RESERVED MATTERS (APPEARANCE, LANDSCAPING, LAYOUT AND SCALE) FOR 164 DWELLINGS WITH THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC OPEN SPACE, VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS, LANDSCAPING, DRAINAGE AND RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENGINEERING WORKS FOLLOWING OUTLINE APPROVAL 14/00881/MOUT - LAND EAST OF TIVERTON, SOUTH OF A361, AND BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH OF BLUNDELLS ROAD, UPLOWMAN ROAD, TIVERTON (00-30-50) PDF 409 KB
To consider a report of the Interim Development Management Manager with regard to this application.
The Committee had before it a *report of the Interim Development Management Manager with regard to the above application.
The Area Planning Officer addressed the questions posed in public question time: referring to the questions received in writing prior to the meeting, she advised that she had provided a written response to members which would be attached to the minutes. She advised that:
With regard to questions relating to procedure, these were not directly related to the application.
With regard to the question highlighting the centre to edge policy, the officer’s report of 28 July 2021 detailed the centre to edge policy.
Referring to the question about Condition 14 and the phasing of the scheme; the application had been submitted but no decision had been made.
With regard to questions referring to the trees – she would like more details and then could provide an answer. Addressing the questions with regard to the local vernacular and the proposed red brick properties, this had been raised before. With regard to the location of the play area and its proximity to the linking road, the masterplan identified play areas to the south of Blundells Road. The play area to the north of Blundells Road had been at the request of members – she would provide a further written response.
Addressing questions with regard to policies: she referred to more mature planting, she would seek clarification from the questioner and provide an answer to the concerns raised. With regard to the heat source pumps, the applicant had followed the Fabric First approach through the proposed constructions and was meeting the standards as required. Referring to the lack of social housing and a request for more bungalows, this was the first phase of the larger development; this scheme included social housing and bungalows had been introduced into the scheme at the request of Members.
Referring to the EV charging points, the cabling and ducting would all be installed, all that would be missing was the final plug in box and this was referred in Condition 12.
The officer then outlined the contents of the report by way of presentation highlighting the site location plan, the table of events as set out in the officer report which included the committee dates, the officer/member and stakeholder meetings that had taken place, the key changes following engagement and the issues that had been raised during those meetings. She outlined the issues raised from the meeting of 6 December 2021 that would be addressed today: that of the inclusion of visitor parking and a review of landscape planting at the play area north of Blundells Road. She also explained the illustrative framework plan, an aerial view of the site, the parking layout and visitor spaces which had been achieved by extending the hard landscaping and the informal play space which had included a full review of the planting scheme.
The objector then addressed the Committee highlighting the following:
· The planning process and the failings of the developer to ... view the full minutes text for item 146.