To consider application UTT/20/3419/DFO.
The Principal Planning Officer presented an application for the Approval of Reserved Matters for the details of layout, scale, landscaping and appearance to provide 464 residential dwellings and associated infrastructure works.
He said that the site comprised the southern parcel of the site at Woodside Way, and was currently formed of 3 agricultural fields, measuring 26.1ha or 64.5 acres. An oil pipeline crossed through the site and the responsibility for maintenance would be with the management company.
The amount of high density development (30 to 40 dwellings per hectare) had been reduced from what was consented at the outline stage and that which remained had shifted away from the Stortford Road frontage, whilst a much larger area covered by the lowest density development (15 to 25 dwellings per hectare), had been located along the western edge, adjacent High Wood, and along the Stortford Road frontage so as to reduce the apparent density of the development.
The proposed dwellings would be a mix of 1-4-bedroom units, with affordable
housing provision, indicating a mix of shared ownership and affordable rents as approved as part of the s106 Agreement. 36 units (8%) would be provided as homes suitable for the elderly, comprising 16 bungalows and 20 ground floor maisonettes.
The development would provide public open space within the heart of the development, together with tree and hedgerow planting, habitat creation, including natural and semi-natural green space, children’s and youth play areas, allotments, pitch quality ground, including sports pavilions, and an area set aside for a Primary School.
The application was recommended for approval with conditions.
In response to Members questions, Officers clarified the following:-
Members expressed disappointment that only 32% of affordable housing had previously been agreed. Councillor Freeman suggested that it was unrealistic to ask for 50% affordable homes on the northern parcel of land to make up for the shortfall, however it could be requested that more of the houses were built as 1 or 2 bedroom units to try to remedy the situation.
The Development Manager said it was unfortunate that Members had not been on the Committee in 2015 when the outline permission was granted at 32% for affordable housing.
The Chair agreed and said all the Committee could do was ensure that all applications going forward would only be approved at 40% affordable housing..
Councillor Reeve asked for it to be noted that this was unsatisfactory.
There were concerns raised by several Members about the traffic conditions and the cumulative effect of this and other developments. Officers agreed and said that Great Dunmow Town Council had employed their own traffic engineers to look into this matter further.
Councillor LeCount proposed that the application be approved with the following additional conditons added:-
Councillor Fairhurst seconded the motion.
RESOLVED to approve the application with conditions.
Councillor M Coleman (Great Dunmow Town Council) and K Wheeler (agent) spoke in support of the application.
The meeting adjourned at 11:31am and reconvened at 11:36 am