To receive an implications report of the Head of Planning and Regeneration following discussions at the previous meeting where members were minded to refuse the application.
The Committee had before it an * implications report of the Head of Planning and Regeneration regarding the above application which had been deferred from a previous meeting as Members had been minded to refuse the application.
The Area Team Leader outlined the contents of the report highlighting by way of presentation the location of the site and the proposal for 6 affordable dwellings, the central access, proposed parking, design and elevation plans as discussed at a previous meeting. She also explained the proposed reasons for refusal as outlined in the report.
Referring to the questions posed in public question time, the officer supplied the following answers:
· Referring to the recent planning application to extract an additional 600,000 tonnes from the quarry, she had looked at the application; the number of movements would remain the same as the removal would just be for another 9 months at the current level with the same level of output, there would be no additional movements from the quarry.
· The fact that a Governor of the school had been appointed to lead on investigating the situation relating to the impact on school children from diesel emissions was noted.
· Members had been given clear advice within the report from Environmental Health on the air quality issues.
· New Government policy on diesel emissions on town and villages, the Environmental Health Department had been unable to confirm any specific policy.
· With regard to the stone spillage, this was a safe site for affordable housing; the site was set up above the level of the road.
· With regard to a sustainable location, this had been explained within the report.
Consideration was given to:
· The views of the local Ward Members with regard to number of lorries continually climbing the hill out of Burlescombe and the lack of facilities in the village.
· The housing needs survey for the village and the need for affordable housing
· The fact that the Highways Authority had no objection to the proposal subject to conditions
· School places available at the village school
· The suitability of the location for development
RESOLVED that having considered the implications report and having further considered issues of sustainability regarding exception sites in the open countryside, planning permission be granted subject to the receipt of amended plans/information and prior to the signing of a S106 agreement to ensure that the site was only developed as an affordable housing exception site and with conditions as recommended by the Head of Planning and Regeneration
(Proposed by Cllr C J Eginton and seconded by Cllr F W Letch)
(i) Cllr R J Dolley declared a personal interest as he knew some of the objectors and had played skittles in the village;
(ii) Cllrs Mrs H Bainbridge, Mrs C A Collis, Mrs F J Colthorpe, R J Dolley, C J Eginton, D J Knowles, F W Letch, B A Moore and J D Squire made declarations in accordance with the Protocol of Good Practice for Councillors Dealing in Planning Matters as they had all received correspondence regarding this application;
(iii) The initial proposal to support the officer’s recommendation of approval was not supported with Cllrs R J Dolley and F W Letch requesting that their abstention from voting be recorded. A further proposal to refuse the application on the grounds of sustainability was also not supported. Further consideration was then given to the implications report and the issues of sustainability regarding exception sites in the open countryside and the final resolution (above) was achieved, with Cllrs Mrs H Bainbridge and Mrs C A Collis requesting that their vote against the decision be recorded;
(iv) *Report previously circulated copy attached to signed minutes.