The Cabinet had before it a *report of the Director of Place seeking approval for public consultation on the draft updated NW Cullompton Masterplan SPD.
The Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration outlined the contents of the report referring to Policy CU1 of the Mid Devon Local Plan which allocated 100 hectares of land at North West Cullompton for 1350 homes, infrastructure and community facilities. The initial SPD had been adopted in 2016 but was now considered to be out of date with 3 additional land parcels being allocated in the new Local Plan. He informed the meeting that 3 planning permissions had been granted on the land totalling 600 homes. Feedback from the consultation would help shape the final version of the Masterplan SPD which when adopted would support the local plan and guide development of the proposed allocation.
Consideration was given to the views of one of the local Ward Members with regard to the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan, Policy CU1 of the Local Plan and the CCA management plan with regard to the transport infrastructure, the number of houses to be occupied before the spine road was established and the impact of construction traffic accessing the site via Tiverton Road. It was felt that the views of local residents were being ignored.
Officers provided a response stating that 3 applications had already been approved; Policies CU1-CU6 of the Local Plan required the spine road to be available before the occupation of 500 dwellings, planning permission had already been granted for 600 dwellings. The S106 agreement for the Persimmon parcel (one sector of the spine road) had a trigger of 100 dwellings with the Barratt/David Wilson Homes agreement stating that the remainder of the spine road to be completed before the occupation of 100 dwellings. Construction traffic would initially have to travel via Tiverton Road until the trigger had been met, and a Construction Management Plan submitted with the planning applications would be consulted on to manage the traffic impacts.
It was therefore: RESOLVED that:
i) That the document at Appendix 1 is approved for public consultation.
ii) That delegated authority be given to the Director of Place in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration to finalise the consultation material.
(Proposed by Cllr R J Chesterton and seconded by Cllr B A Moore)
Reason for the decision: the existing adopted masterplan is out of date, there is a need for a new masterplan to be approved for public consultation.
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.