To consider application UTT19/1219/FUL.
The Development Management Team Leader presented a proposal for the erection of a refuse lorry depot, a building for classic car storage and restoration building, and flexible office space. The proposals also include a substantial area of open space, including a car park for public parking and a bridge over the River Chelmer to provide connectivity to the wider footpath network.
The application was recommended for refusal.
Various public speakers expressed strong support for the application. It had received support from five District Councillors outside of the Planning Committee, Great Dunmow Town Council and Little Canfield Parish Council.
Councillor Storah presented comprehensive reasons for supporting the application in that it was in accordance with the Great Dunmow Neighbourhood Plan and that on tilted balance the adverse impacts highlighted were of no real substance and that the application was in accordance with the Uttlesford Local Plan S7. He stated that the site was in a good position, next to an existing waste treatment plant.
Members discussed employment opportunities, police security concerns, the size of the site, noise and light pollution and the need to assess the proposal on its own merits and not alongside the possible future needs of UDC’s depot facilities.
The Development Manager stated that if Members were minded to approve the application then proposed conditions with S106 would have to be brought back to a future Committee. He asked for an indication of the priorities. The importance of employment opportunities and the provision of a depot facility were highlighted.
Councillor Storah proposed the motion to approve the application with conditions with a comprehensive S106 being brought back to a future Committee.
Councillor Fairhurst seconded the motion.
RESOLVED to approve the application subject to draft conditions and suggested Heads of Terms for a S106 agreement being brought back to a future Committee for approval.
I Butcher, Councillor C Day, J Delafield, J Fulcher, R Jones, Councillor P Lavelle (on behalf of Great Dunmow Town Council), J Poulton and D Wolfe spoke on the application.
The Committee adjourned at 5.01 pm and reconvened at 5.07 pm.