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To note that the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 25 November 2021 will be presented to the next meeting of the Committee, currently scheduled to be held on 27 January 2022.
RESOLVED – That it be noted that the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 25 November 2021 will be presented to the meeting currently scheduled for 27 January 2022.
Declarations of Interest
To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)
Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.
If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were raised.
Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items
To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.
RESOLVED – That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the agenda.
Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so by no later than 0:01am (one minute past midnight) two working days before the meeting. Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by contacting the Committee Services Team on 01539 733333.
(1) Planning Applications
Planning applications for which requests to speak have been made.
(2) Agenda Items
Agenda items for which requests to speak have been made.
RESOLVED – That it be noted that applications to speak under the Council’s Public Participation scheme have been received in respect of Agenda Item No. 6 (Planning Application No. SL/2021/0383 – Land West of Sedgwick Road, Natland, Kendal, LA9 7FJ).
To consider an application for the erection of 29 dwellings along with associated infrastructure.
Erection of 29 dwellings along with associated infrastructure (Jones Homes Lancashire Ltd).
The Planning Officer presented Planning Application No. SL/2021/0383 which sought permission in relation to a residential development which comprised 29 dwellings including ten affordable housing units. She displayed plans and photographs which outlined the proposal, the site boundary and summarised the application, full details of which were included within the report. The Planning Officer drew attention to the location of the site, which had been allocated for housing development within the Council’s Local Plan Land Allocations Development Plan Document. She added that ten affordable housing units had been proposed which met the 35% target which was in accordance with Policy CS6.3.
Members were made aware of objections raised by residents regarding the impact on residential amenity and an existing easement, which ran along northern boundary of the site, which meant that no built form or significant landscaping could be undertaken within this area. The Planning Officer informed Members that the application site was located within Flood Zone 1, however, parts of the site had been identified as having a higher risk of surface water flooding, due to their topography. She explained that a Flood Risk and Drainage Design Statement had been submitted as part of the application which provided adequate drainage system proposals and was in compliance with Core Strategy CS8.8 (Development and Flood Risk).
The Planning Officer highlighted the three vehicular access points which had been proposed, subject to condition, all of which could achieve suitable visibility splays along Sedgwick Road. She added that the site provided suitable space for a waste collection vehicle to enter and exit the site in forward gear and drew Members’ attention to the 83 parking spaces provided on site as well as secure cycle storage, which was to be required by condition. Overall the proposal was judged as consistent with the expectations of Core Strategy Policy CS10.2 (Transport Impact of New Development) and DMDPD Policy DM9 (Parking Provision).
The Planning Officer informed Members of conditions which had been proposed to secure that the development achieves a net gain in biodiversity, which included ecological enhancements as recommended in a site specific ecological assessment which included bat tiles, sparrow and swift nesting boxes and additional tree and native hedgerow planting throughout the site. She added that all of the proposed measures had been consistent with DMDPD Policy DM4 (Green and Blue infrastructure, Open Space, Trees and Landscaping.
In concluding her report, the Planning Officer raised a number of points raised in the Late Representations which had been circulated to Members and published on the website which included the following;
· an agreement with the applicants that electric vehicle charging points be required on all properties which would be secured by condition; and
· an additional biodiversity note from the applicants which highlighted the key elements of the biodiversity enhancement which included bat and bird boxes, hedgerow enhancement, planting of 45 new trees, wildflower areas and sustainable construction materials.
The Chairman reminded Members of the ... view the full minutes text for item P/42