Agenda and draft minutes

Planning and Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 24th August, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Rutland County Museum , Catmos Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HW - The meeting will be available to view online at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/97221590699

Contact: Governance Team  Email: Governance@rutland.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES

To receive any apologies from Members.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor W Cross and Councillor A Lowe.

2.

MINUTES

To confirm the previously circulated minutes of the Planning and Licensing Committees held on 13 and 27 July 2021.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the minutes of the meetings held on 13 and 27 July 2021.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the minutes of the meetings held on 13 and 27 July be APPROVED as accurate records of the proceedings.

3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

In accordance with the Regulations, Members are invited to declare any disclosable interests under the Code of Conduct and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this Agenda and/or indicate if Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.

Minutes:

Councillor A Brown declared a pecuniary interest item in item 5 – Planning Applications, application 2021/0672/FUL as the applicant, and that he would leave the meeting when the Committee came to consider the application.

 

Councillor M Oxley declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 5 – Planning Applications, application 2021/0672/FUL as a friend and political group leader to Councillor Brown, and that he would leave the meeting when the Committee came to consider the application.

 

Councillor A MacCartney declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 5 – Planning Applications, application 2021/0672/FUL as Councillor Brown was a regular customer in her shop, Councillor MacCartney confirmed she would remain in the meeting for consideration of the item.

4.

PETITIONS, DEPUTATIONS AND QUESTIONS

Requests to speak on planning applications will be subject to the RCC Public Speaking Scheme.

 

To request to speak at a Planning Committee, please send an email to

Governance@rutland.gov.uk

Minutes:

In accordance with the Planning and Licensing Committee Public Speaking Scheme, the following deputations were received:

 

In relation to item 5 – Planning Applications, application 2019/1389/FUL, Kenneth Gilman would be speaking as a member of the public in objection to the recommendations, and Nick Grace would be speaking as the agent on behalf of the applicant.

5.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 4 KB

To receive Report No 103/2021 from the Strategic Director of Places.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report No 103/2021 was received from the Strategic Director of Places.

 

Item 1 - 2019/1389/FUL- Land adjacent to Barleythorpe Hall, Main  Road, Barleythorpe, 6 no. detached dwellings with garaging and associated site work.

 

(Parish: Barleythorpe; Ward: Barleythorpe)

 

Paul Milne, Planning Officer, addressed the Committee and gave an executive summary of the application, recommending delegation to the Chair for approval subject to the signing of a Section 106 Agreement and the conditions set out in the report and addendum. Officers also further recommended that condition 4 should be amended to replace ‘development’ with ‘ground works, including archaeological works’, an additional condition be added regarding the retaining of the existing wall in accordance with the masterplan, and a further condition requiring details of the proposed green screen boundary fence to be submitted before final approval.

 

Prior to debate, the Committee heard from Kenneth Gilman, a member of the public objecting to the recommendation, and Nick Grace the agent for the application. These speakers had the opportunity to take questions from Members of the Committee.

 

During debate, Members raised a number of points. Concern was expressed on the potential for the new development to overbear on existing properties and it was suggested that a site visit would assist Members in making a judgement. Robyn Green, Highways Engineer also set out the changes in highways access to the development compared to previous applications and how these had led to no highways objections. 

 

Members also queried the process of deciding when a developer could provide a Commuted Sum in lieu of building affordable homes and queried how and when the proposed sum would be used in the future, Justin Johnson,. Development Manager  set out the national policies that determined the process and provided a brief overview of the processes then followed for the site in question by the Planning Policy and Housing team. It was also highlighted that were often difficulties in finding registered providers willing to take on properties of the proposed sizes for use as affordable housing.

 

Councillor E Baines moved from the Chair that the application be deferred to allow a site visit to be arranged to assess the potential for overbearing on neighbouring properties, and for further information to be provided regarding the proposed Commuted Sum. This was seconded and with 10 votes in favour the motion was unanimously carried.

 

RESOLVED

 

That application 2019/1389/FUL be DEFERRED in order to allow a site visit to be arranged and further information provided regarding the proposed Commuted Sum.

 

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Councillors A Brown and M Oxley left the meeting at 8.14pm having declared interests in the remaining planning application for consideration.

 

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Item 2 - 2021/0672/FUL - Fairchild Lodge, Lyddington Road, Caldecott, LE16 8TE, Demolition of existing agricultural barn and the erection of 3 no. two-storey dwellings together with associated car parking and landscaping.

 

(Parish: Caldecott; Ward: Lyddington)

 

Andrew Waskett-Burt, Planning Officer, addressed the Committee and gave an executive summary of the application, recommending approval subject to the conditions set out in the report. There  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

APPEALS REPORT pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To receive Report No 104/2021 from the Strategic Director of Places.

Minutes:

Justin Johnson, Development Manager, introduced Report No 104/2021 from the Strategic Director of Places. The purpose of the report was to list the appeals received since the last meeting of the Planning & Licensing Committee and summarise the decisions made.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Committee NOTE the contents of the report.

7.

ANY OTHER URGENT BUSINESS

To consider any other urgent business approved in writing by the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Committee.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business for consideration but it was suggested by Members that it would be beneficial to receive a briefing session from officers in Planning Policy regarding the processes around affordable housing provision and particularly the calculation of commuted sums.