DEVELOPMENT OF 146 DWELLINGS (USE CLASS C3), ACCESS AND INTERNAL ROADS FOR VEHICLES, PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE LINKAGES, CAR AND CYCLE PARKING, ASSOCIATED PLAY AND OPEN SPACE, LANDSCAPING, ECOLOGICAL HABITATS, SUSTAINABLE DRAINAGE MEASURES, EARTHWORKS AND ALL ANCILLARY ENABLING WORKS INCLUDING THE DEMOLITION OF BUILDING AND STRUCTURES FOR ST. MODWEN HOMES.
(Report recommended Approval)
Mr. Peter Hayward had registered to speak FOR the application, being the Applicant’s Agent. However he declined to speak in the interests of expediency.
NOTED – 1. LRR received containing Erratum. The Education Contribution was stated as £621,603 but was corrected to £739,211. The recommendation was corrected to read “5.47% affordable contribution (8 units) with 70% (6 units) rented and 30% (2 units) intermediate tenure in accordance with the Schedule and Phasing as set out in the previous report to committee”.
2. Previous holding objection by Highways Authority lifted.
3. Viability issues caused the developer to make a case to the Local Planning Authority to reduce the percentage of Affordable Housing. If agreed, the S.106 agreement would secure the reduced level of affordable housing and the developer would then approach Homes England for funding with a view to providing further affordable units not secured by the S106 agreement or condition. The Council’s consultants – Keppie Massey – agreed to the viability assessment, stating that 5.47% was acceptable.
4. Legal Advisor confirmed that reference to Section 100 under the Highways Act related to the highways authority constructing or joining drains adjoining or near the highway.
5. Officer confirmed that the Council does routinely scrutinise the viability studies as submitted. In this case, houses had already been built on the site and were for sale, giving a clear check in this instance.
RESOLVED – 1. That the application be APPROVED for the reasons and based on the policies contained in the report, subject to the conditions also contained in the report and a S.106 agreement to secure:-
· 5.47% affordable contribution, (8 units) with 70% (4 units) rented and 30% (2 units) intermediate tenure in accordance with the Schedule and Phasing as set out in the previous report to committee;
· Off site public open space contribution based on number of bedrooms x £608.95;
· £419,178 for primary education, £265,952 for secondary and £54,081 for sixth form. This gave a total request of £739,211;
· Contribution towards cycle stands and benches at Blythe Bridge Station of £2,474;
· Travel Plan monitoring fee of £6,430;
And conditions as set out in the previous committee resolution minus the affordable housing condition previously recommended plus the additional conditions recommended by the Council’s Ecologist as set out in the report and any additional conditions recommended by Highways England.
2. In the event of any changes being needed to the wording of the Committee’s decision (such as to delete, vary or add conditions / informatives / planning obligations or reasons for approval / refusal), prior to the decision being issued the Head of Development Services had delegated authority to do so in consultation with the Chairman of the Planning Applications Committee, provided that the changes did not exceed the substantive nature of the Committee’s decision.
(Proposed by Councillor Gledhill and seconded by Councillor Davies.)