Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies were received from Councillors M Wyatt and A Bridgen.




Declaration of Interests

Under the Code of Conduct members are reminded that in declaring interests you should make clear the nature of that interest and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest, registerable interest or other interest.



In accordance with the Code of Conduct, Members declared the following interests:


Councillor D Harrison declared a registerable interest in Item A2 as a member of Leicestershire County Council.


Members declared that they had been lobbied without influence in respect of the following applications but had come to the meeting with an open mind.


Councillors R Morris, D Bigby, J Hoult, J Simmons, J Legrys and R Boam had been lobbied by the applicant in respect of Item A2.




Minutes pdf icon PDF 228 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2022.


Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2022.


It was moved by Councillor J Legrys, seconded by Councillor D Harrison and




The minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2022 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.




Planning Applications and Other Matters pdf icon PDF 116 KB

Report of the Head of Planning and Infrastructure.

Additional documents:


Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Planning and Infrastructure, as amended by the update sheet circulated at the meeting.




WITHDRAWN - 22/00691/REMM: Erection of a road related storage, maintenance and management facility and associated site works (reserved matters to outline planning permission ref. 17/01081/OUTM) (revised scheme) pdf icon PDF 259 KB

Flagstaff Island, Lountside, Ashby De La Zouch, LE65 1JP


21/02281/FULM: Part full/part outline planning application for the development of the site comprising site wide infrastructure works including access from (and alterations to) Grange Road, internal spine road, earthworks and development plateaus, structural landscaping, utilities infrastructure, foul and surface water drainage infrastructure (including attenuation pond and outlets). Full consent sought for the erection of 5 employment units (totalling 2,719 square metres) comprising light industry (Class E(g)(iii)), general industry (Class B2) and/or storage and distribution (Class B8) floorspace and ancillary offices (Class E(g)(i)), including associated service yards and service vehicle parking, vehicular and cycle parking, boundary treatments and retaining walls, utilities infrastructure, foul and surface water drainage infrastructure and hard/soft landscaping. Outline consent (with all matters reserved except vehicular access from Grange Road and re-grading of site) sought for up pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Land West of Regs Way, Bardon



The Principal Planning Officer presented the report to the committee.


Councillor Wood, on behalf of  Hugglescote and Donington Le Heath Parish Council, addressed the committee. He asserted that this land was originally intended for use as a link/in fill. With regards to small scale employment, Councillor Wood suggested that the Local Plan offered no interpretation of small scale employment. It was noted that in the report the site is described as being situated outside the limits to development as specified in the Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan, and it was asserted the limits to development had become rather flexible. The traffic capacity at the nearby traffic island was called into question. It was suggested that by granting permission to this development, the opportunity for a railway halt which could potentially service a large catchment area would be lost. With regards to bus services, it was noted that the County had removed various bus services due to costs, which would therefore leave little opportunity for the development to be accessed without ownership of a vehicle.


Claire Biddle, the applicant, addressed the committee and described the purpose and scale of the proposed development and asserted that there had been overwhelming evidence that there would be local demand for this type of development. A key point raised was that each unit had between three and five firms who had expressed an interest. The meeting was informed that the site was already well screened with mature vegetation and that there would be a substantial separation from dwellings. It was noted that where possible, low carbon construction methods would be used. The applicant highlighted that Leicestershire County Highways had presented no objections to the scheme. The level crossing and pedestrian crossing points would be improved in a bid to encourage employees to walk and cycle to reach the development. The scheme aimed to reduce private car use by offering bus passes, improving bus stops, offering EV charging points and through the provision of cycle parking. It was noted that ecological enhancements and an extensive landscaping scheme would be implemented.


Councillor R Johnson, Ward Member, addressed the committee and asserted that a development of this type of building and size would be detrimental at the entrance to the village of Hugglescote and highlighted to the meeting that a recent similar development only had a 56% occupancy. It was suggested that the proposed access and egress would be dangerous given its proximity to an active railway line and felt that by allowing this application, it would serve to undermine other parishes’ confidence in the authority with regard to Neighbourhood Plan Policy. The fact the development would be outside the limits to development was highlighted. It was suggested that a better use for the site would be for public transport services for the former Burton to Leicester railway line and that the development would threaten the integrity of this. The meeting was informed that Network Rail had offered to fund a feasibility study into the cost of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45.

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
Motion to permit the application in accordance with the officer recommendations Motion Carried
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