Agenda and minutes
Venue: Remote Meeting using Microsoft Teams
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Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Councillor R Boam.
Declaration of Interests
Under the Code of Conduct members are reminded that in declaring disclosable interests you should make clear the nature of that interest and whether it is pecuniary or non-pecuniary.
The Chairman advised that the members of the committee, who were in attendance for the technical briefing on Thursday, 29 November, were lobbied on item A1, application number 20/00330/FULM, by residents through Councillor E Allman. This did not apply to Councillors A Bridgen, J Bridges and M B Wyatt who had not attended.
He also informed all in attendance that Councillor M B Wyatt had advised the Legal Advisor that he had contacted the agent, in relation to item A1, application number 20/00330/FULM, to make them aware of the ability to contribute to the cost of the Coalville Christmas lights and Coalville in Bloom. Councillor M B Wyatt confirmed that he had done so in his capacity as Chairman of the Coalville Special Expenses Working Party and not as a member of the Committee. The Chairman advised that a contribution towards the Christmas lights and/or Coalville in Bloom was not a material planning consideration forming part of the recommendation. Therefore, whether the applicant does or does not contribute towards the Coalville Christmas lights and/or Coalville in Bloom should not be taken into consideration by members when deciding and voting on the application.
Councillors J Legrys and M B Wyatt declared that they had been lobbied without influence in respect of item A1, application number 20/00330/FULM but had come to the meeting with an open mind.
To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 3 November 2020.
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 3 November 2020.
The Chairman advised that he had liaised with Democratic Services to amend the minutes in relation to the nature of his interest at the last meeting from pecuniary to non-pecuniary.
It was moved by Councillor J Legrys, seconded by Councillor D Harrison and
Subject to the change of the nature of Councillor N Smith’s interest at the meeting, the minutes of the meeting held on the 3 November 2020 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
Report of the Head of Planning and Infrastructure.
Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Planning and Infrastructure, as amended by the update sheet circulated at the meeting.
The Chairman advised that item A2, application number 20/00822/FUL had been withdrawn from the agenda.
20/00330/FULM: Hybrid planning application seeking outline permission (access) for up to 3000m2 of B1, B2 or B8 floorspace. Full planning consent for 3 employment units (B1, B2) with associated access, structural landscaping engineering and drainage works PDF 298 KB
Land At Stephenson Way Coalville Leicestershire LE67 8RL
The Principal Planning Officer presented the report to members.
Mr R Heath, objector, addressed the committee highlighting the number of objections that had been submitted against the application and that half of the application was based on speculation without a commitment to completing the project. He was concerned that a full Environmental Impact Assessment should have been commissioned, as the application before them would have a significant impact on both the carbon neutral reduction promises and the air quality in the area. He also expressed concern that the traffic and noise reports were flawed and urged the committee to refuse the application.
Mr J Clark, agent, addressed the committee highlighting the collaborative approach the applicant had taken working with officers to develop the scheme with a significantly different visual appearance of the proposal to what was first submitted. He noted the proposed use of landscaping to soften the appearance of the development, that there were no objections from statutory consultees and that the proposal would assist a local business wishing to expand. He urged the committee to permit the application.
Parish Councillor R Cairns, on behalf of Swannington Parish Council, addressed the committee highlighting the objections that had been received to the application and that, by permitting the application at that site before them, would effectively move a number of residential properties into an industrial estate. He felt that there were more suitable brownfield sites in the area.
Councillor T Eynon, Leicestershire County Councillor, addressed the committee highlighting concerns raised by both LCC and NWLDC, that there was no national planning policy requirement to measure the levels of dirty air particles. She also highlighted the impact the development would have on the A511, which already required significant improvement to deal with the current volumes of traffic, especially the increase in vehicle movements should the application be permitted and potential accidents from slow moving heavy goods vehicles pulling out of the site. She urged the committee to refuse the application or consider a condition of left turns only in and out of the site.
Councillor E Allman, Ward Member, addressed the committee highlighting the concerns of the residents about the application including the lack of information provided in responses to residents about the proposal, the lack of community engagement from the applicant and their agents, and that the applicant had verbally agreed to no further development in the area. He raised concerns that the application would have a significant impact on the local amenities and the air quality in the area, that the extension would not benefit the local area and community, that there was no need demonstrated for the proposed units and the site was not allocated for development in the Local Plan. He urged the committee to refuse the application.
In determining the application some members expressed concerns that the application did not comply with Local Plan policy Ec2 part 2 as there was no evidence for the need for the units in the outline application and because the ... view the full minutes text for item 44.