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Apologies for Absence and Declarations of Interest
To receive any apologies for absence and declarations of interest.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Howell and Ryles.
Councillor S Barker declared a personal interest in relation to site allocations in the draft Local Plan, in that she was a member of Essex County Council for the Dunmow Division.
Councillor Redfern declared a personal interest in relation to site allocations in the draft Local Plan, in that she was a member of Great Chesterford Parish Council.
To consider the Regulation 19 pre-submission draft Local Plan.
The following people spoke on this item: Councillor N Hargreaves, Councillor T Knight, J Collins, I Carter, B Ross, K McDonald, I Grant, J Cheetham, S Merifield, G Mott and A Armstrong. Summaries of their statements are appended to these minutes.
The Chief Executive was asked to explain the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of the previous draft Local Plan two years ago.
The Chief Executive said she had believed the plan would not be supported going forward and that members did not have sufficient information to determine the plan. After consultation with senior officers, she had therefore made the decision to withdraw the previous plan. The decision to pause the plan had been entirely hers.
Councillor Barker said if the Council did not move forward with the plan, then control of the plan would be taken out of its hands and the additional cost would fall back on the Council. The draft plan had a vast amount of supporting evidence. The number of houses and jobs required had been updated since the Regulation 18 plan had been sent out to consultation, and a number of other changes had been made, such as additional allocations and changes to the wording of policies.
The Planning Policy Team Leader responded to queries raised by public speakers. He said the Land South of Thaxted Road, Debden site was not located within the Environment Agency’s flood zones. Any planning application at the site would have to ensure flooding would not impact on properties. Similarly, a planning application would have to be accompanied by a transport assessment and an assessment of how to mitigate any impact on views.
The Planning Policy Team Leader said criteria from GEN 2, 4 and 5 were felt to have been carried forward to the draft Regulation 19 Local Plan in policies D1, SP12 and EN16 to EN20.
The Planning Policy Team Leader said the plan proposed a housing requirement of 14000 based on the 2017 SHMA, taking into account an amendment to the market signals uplift, the recognition of people living in communal establishments and the need to build in an element of robustness. A supply of 14700 houses had therefore been proposed to adapt to changes or delays within the plan period.
The Planning Policy Team Leader said archaeological sites at Stebbing would inform the development plan documents. The Chairman said a development plan document was a robust vehicle to use to deliver development in consultation with communities. Being a junior partner in the development of the West of Braintree site would not disadvantage the voice of Uttlesford residents.
The Planning Policy Team Leader said a smaller scale of development was proposed in Elsenham than that which had been included in the Local Plan in 2014 and the rejected planning application in 2016. The forty units proposed had been considered through the Infrastructure Delivery Plan and were considered appropriate.
The Planning Policy Team Leader said the Land south of B1256 (Stortford Road) and West of Buttley’s Lane, Great ... view the full minutes text for item 2.