Agenda and decisions

Planning and Development Committee
Tuesday, 3 March 2020 6.30pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Daneshill House, Danestrete

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Sarah-Jane McDonough.

 

There were no declarations of interest.

2.

MINUTES - 4 FEBRUARY 2020 pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the previous meeting of the Planning & Development Committee held on 4 February 2020.

Decision:

It was RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting of the Planning and Development Committee held on 4 February 2020 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

3.

19/00474/FPM - LAND TO THE WEST OF LYTTON WAY, STEVENAGE pdf icon PDF 487 KB

To consider an application for the demolition of existing office building (Use Class B1) and structures, and the construction of seven apartment buildings comprising 576 dwellings (Use Class C3) together with internal roads, parking, public open space, landscaping, drainage and associated infrastructure.

Decision:

It was RESOLVED that application 19/00474/FPM be refused planning permission for the following reasons:

 

1.         The proposed development by virtue of its height, design and appearance would result in an incongruous form of development which would be harmful to the visual amenities of the area.  The proposal would, therefore, be contrary to policies SP7, SP8 and GD1 of the Stevenage Borough Local Plan 2011-2031 and the advice in the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 and the Planning Practice Guidance 2014 relating to high quality design.

 

2.         The proposal comprising 576 dwellings in 7 flatted blocks on this constrained site would result in an overdevelopment of the site which would be harmful to the character and appearance of the area.  The proposal would, therefore, be contrary to policies SP7, SP8 and GD1 of the Stevenage Borough Local Plan 2011-2031 and the advice in the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 and the Planning Practice Guidance 2014 relating to high quality design.

 

3.         The proposal would fail to provide the necessary mitigation required to deal with the impact that the proposed development would have on the demand on the infrastructure required to support the proposed development.  The proposal would, therefore, be contrary to policy SP5 of the Stevenage Borough Local Plan 2011-2031.

4.

19/00283/FP - BARNWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL. SHEPHALL GREEN, STEVENAGE pdf icon PDF 234 KB

To consider an application for the extension and resurfacing of playing courts, erection of 12no. 8m high floodlights, installation of 4.5m high fencing and siting of storage container.

Decision:

It was RESOLVED that the determination of application 19/00283/FP be deferred to enable the applicant to liaise with local objectors, with a view to the consideration of revised proposed hours of operation of the sports facility (including clarity as to proposed hours of operation on Bank Holidays), and that the outcome be reported back to the next meeting of the Planning & Development Committee.

5.

20/00102/ENF - LAND BETWEEN WATERCRESS CLOSE, COOPERS CLOSE AND WALNUT TREE CLOSE, STEVENAGE pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To consider the instigation of enforcement action against the unauthorised erection of 2m high hoarding, enclosing open space between all three roads.

Decision:

It was RESOLVED:

 

1.         That an Enforcement Notice be issued and served by the Assistant Director of Planning and Regulation and subject to an appointed solicitor by the Council being satisfied as to the evidence, requiring the removal of the three areas of hoarding and to reinstate the land to its original open state.  The precise terms of the Enforcement Notice, including all time periods, to be delegated to the Assistant Director of Planning and Regulation.

 

2.         That, subject to an appointed solicitor by the Council being satisfied as to the evidence, the Assistant Director of Planning and Regulation be authorised to take all steps necessary, including prosecution or any other litigation/works in default to secure compliance with the Enforcement Notice.

 

3.         That, in the event of any appeal against the Enforcement Notice, the Assistant Director of Planning and Regulation be authorised to take any action required to defend the Enforcement Notice and any appeal against the refusal of planning permission.

6.

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY (CIL) - UPDATE

To receive an update presentation on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Decision:

It was RESOLVED that the update on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) be noted.

 

7.

PARKING PROVISION AND SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT (SPD) - UPDATE

To receive an update presentation on the Parking Provision and Sustainable Transport Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

 

Decision:

It was RESOLVED that the update on the Parking Provision and Sustainable Transport Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) be noted.

8.

INFORMATION REPORT - DELEGATED DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To note a report on decisions taken by the Assistant Director Planning and Regulatory in accordance with his delegated authority.

Decision:

It was RESOLVED that the report on Delegated Decisions be noted.

9.

INFORMATION REPORT - APPEALS/CALLED IN APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To note a report on decisions taken by the Assistant Director Planning and Regulatory in accordance with his delegated authority.

Additional documents:

Decision:

It was RESOLVED that the report on appeals/called-in applications be noted.

10.

URGENT PART I BUSINESS

To consider any Part I Business accepted by the Chair as urgent.

Decision:

None.

11.

EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider the following motions that:

 

1.         Under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as described in paragraphs 1-7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act as amended by Local Government (Access to information) (Variation) Order 2006.

 

2.         Members consider the reasons for the following reports (if any)being in Part II and determine whether or not maintaining the exemption from disclosure of the information contained therein outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

Decision:

Not required.

12.

URGENT PART II BUSINESS

To consider any Part II Business accepted by the Chair as urgent.

Decision:

None.