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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 Councillor Bagnall: Councillor Coote substituted.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Loughlin: Councillor Caton substituted.
There were no declarations of interest.
To consider the minutes of the previous meeting.
The minutes of the previous meeting held on 15 December 2021 were approved.
To consider the Speed and Quality statistics.
The Development Manager outlined the report.
The report was noted.
To consider the amended Development Management Local Validation Checklists and associated document.
The Business and Performance Manager confirmed that the Local Validation Checklist needed to be reviewed every two years.
Consultations were undertaken in 2021 and the main proposed addition was relating to the Recreational Disturbance Avoidance Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) payments which covers part of Felsted. The RAMS is a payment due for all additional new houses of £127.30.
For developments of nine or less houses it was proposed that payment is submitted as part of the validation, to be fully refunded if permission is refused. Alternatively, a unilateral undertaking could be submitted to confirm agreement to pay the RAMS payment if planning permission is granted.
The Chair proposed the adoption of the amended Local Validation Checklist, and this was seconded by Councillor Fairhurst.
RESOLVED to adopt the amended Development Management Local Validation Checklists and associated document for Development Management validation purposes.
To consider application UTT/21/1833/FUL.
The Principal Planning Officer presented an application seeking the
construction and operation of a solar farm comprising ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays and battery storage together with associated development, including inverter cabins, DNO substation, customer switchgear, access, fencing, CCTV cameras and landscaping.
The application was recommended for approval with conditions with Section 106.
Councillor Coote left the meeting at 11:43am.
Councillor Pavitt proposed that a decision be deferred until further clarity was provided within the conditioning and further details be provided relating to drainage, the robustness of the ongoing maintenance and landscaping, noise, fire safety and general safety, protected verge issues, biodiversity and nature corridors.
Councillor Lemon seconded the motion and Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the deferral.
RESOLVED to defer a decision until further clarity is provided within the conditioning and further details are provided relating to drainage, the robustness of the ongoing maintenance and landscaping, noise, fire safety and general safety, protected verge issues, biodiversity and nature corridors
M Alder, Councillor M Foley, R Haynes, Councillor V Knight (Chair of Thaxted PC), R Siddle, T Wilson and J White spoke against the application.
J Hartley-Bond (Applicant) spoke in support of the application.
The meeting adjourned at 12:01pm and reconvened at 1:01pm.
To consider application UTT/21/1495/FUL.
The Planning Officer presented an application seeking the erection of 44 residential units and 3 commercial units (flexible space); inclusion of 3 additional plots for self-build homes; together with associated access, car parking and landscaping.
The application was recommended for approval with conditions with S106.
The meeting adjourned at 1:48pm for a comfort break and reconvened at 1:55pm.
The Council’s Solicitor stated that any previous decisions made by the Planning Committee were of no relevance to the decision to be made in this instance. She said that the matter had previously been deferred andshe asked that Members should confirm their open-mindedness in the decision-making process.
The Council’s Solicitor reminded members that in the light of the fact the application had been deferred to obtain further information, that they should be mindful of the appearance of pre-determination and that they should consider the application upon the basis of the materials put forward at this meeting.
The Development Manager reminded members of the lack of five year land supply.
The Chair reminded members that statutory consultees had not objected to this application.
The Development Manager confirmed that he would endeavour to work with the developer to put pressure on Anglian Water to resolve the sewerage issues at this site.
Councillor Fairhurst proposed that the application be refused on the grounds of S7 and this was seconded by Councillor Sutton.
The motion was lost.
Councillor Lemon proposed that the application be approved subject to the conditions with S106, to also include an informative highlighting the sewerage concerns and to include the hours of operation and parking on site within condition 13. Councillor LeCount seconded the proposal.
RESOLVED to approve the application, subject to the conditions with S106 and an informative as detailed above.
O Armes, Councillor M Foley, Councillor L Pepper (as a resident), K Rodwell, Councillor S Sidgwick, J Sihota, G Wassell and E Wells spoke against the application.
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To consider application UTT/21/3719/TCA.
The Development Manager presented a notification of intent to fell a walnut tree within a conservation area at The Bluebell Inn, High Street, Hempstead.
It was recommended that there be no objection to the proposed tree works.
Councillor Fairhurst sought clarification as to what was wrong with the walnut tree.
Councillor Coote proposed that there was no objection to the proposed tree works and this was seconded by Councillor Fairhurst.
RESOLVED that there was no objection to the proposed tree works.
The meeting ended at 2:50pm.