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To receive apologies for absence.
An apology for absence was submitted on behalf of Councillor Newton. It was noted that Councillor Rutland-Barsby was substituting for Councillor Newton.
There were no chairman’s announcements.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any Members' declarations of interest.
Councillor R Buckmaster said that for the purposes of transparency, she needed to declare that her husband, Councillor E Buckmaster, would be addressing the Development Management Committee as a local ward Member. She said that this had no bearing on her role as a Member of the Committee and she had come to the meeting to determine the application with an open mind.
To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on:
Tuesday 28 February 2023
Wednesday 8 March 2023
Councillor Beckett proposed and Councillor Fernando seconded, a motion that the Minutes of the meetings held on 28 February and 8 March 2023 be confirmed as correct records and signed by the Chairman.
After being put to the meeting and a vote taken, the motion was declared CARRIED. Councillor Rutland-Barsby said that she had not been present at the meeting held on 8 March 2023.
RESOLVED – that the Minutes of the meetings held on 28 February and 8 March 2023, be confirmed as correct records and signed by the Chairman.
Outline planning application for development including demolition of existing structures, refurbishment and change of use of existing Grade II Listed Brickhouse Farm Barn and structures, and erection of a residential led mixed use development comprising: up to 1,500 residential market and affordable homes; a mixed use local village centre; retail, business, commercial and community uses; primary school, early years and nursery facilities; leisure and sports facilities including a football hub; provision for 8 no. pitches for Gypsies & Travellers; open spaces, ecological areas, woodlands and public realm; pedestrian, cycle and vehicular accesses and network within the site; associated drainage, utilities, energy and waste facilities and infrastructure; works to and realignment of the existing highway; other supporting works, facilities and infrastructure; other supporting works facilities and infrastructure; together with associated temporary enabling works or structures. With all matters reserved apart from detailed works to the A414 Church Lane junction (phased development (each and every phase and or sub phase being a separate and severable part of the development). Application accompanied by an Environmental Statement.
Recommended for Approval
The Head of Planning and Building Control recommended that in respect to application 3/19/1045/OUT, planning permission be granted subject to a Section 106 legal agreement first being entered into and the proposed conditions set out at the end of this report and delegated authority be granted to the Head of Planning and Building Control to finalise the detail of the Section 106 Legal Agreement and draft planning conditions annexed (including delegated authority to add to, amend or delete conditions).
The Principal Planning Officer said that Section 72 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 requires that regard to be had for the development plan and other material considerations. The Development Plan for this application includes the East Hertfordshire District Plan 2018 and the Gilston Area Neighbourhood Plan 2021.
Members were advised that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), most recently updated in 2021, was one of the other material considerations. The District Plan adopted in 2018 allocates the Gilston Area for development of 10,000 homes and supporting community infrastructure. The Principal Planning Officer said that this was the single largest allocation in the plan and was allocated to be delivered within and beyond the current plan period.
The Principal Planning Officer said that policy GA1 sets out the requirements of the allocation which includes a requirement that development follows garden city principles, provides for a range of home includes affordable housing, homes for older and vulnerable people, land for gypsies and travellers and travelling show people.
Members were advised that the development should also deliver quality green infrastructure, open spaces, community facilities and facilities for sport and recreation. Sustainable transport measures including active travel should also be delivered as well as protection and enhancement of heritage and ecological assets.
The Principal Planning Officer said that necessary infrastructure and utilities should be provided as well as new job opportunities and employment land. A mechanism for securing the long-term stewardship and maintenance of community assets and actively engaged communities.
Members were advised that policy GA2 lists the transport infrastructure necessary to achieve these policy requirements. The Principal Planning Officer said that the site was a key part of the council’s development strategy as set out in policies DPS2 and DPS3 and policy DPS4 for the delivery of infrastructure to support development.
Members were reminded that the Gilston Area Neighbourhood Plan was adopted in 2021 and the plan comprised policies that relate to the principles of development and contained detailed design considerations for master planning and detailed reserved matters application stages.
The Principal Planning Officer said that the government had designated the strategic growth within and around Harlow as a garden town. The garden town area encompasses the allocated sites of the Gilston area in East Hertfordshire as well as those to the east of Harlow which were located in both Harlow and Epping Forest districts and land to the south of Harlow and at Water Lane, both in Epping Forrest.
The Principal Planning Officer said that the transport strategy and the ... view the full minutes text for item 416.
(A) Appeals against refusal of Planning Permission/ non?determination.
(B) Planning Appeals Lodged.
(C) Planning Appeals: Inquiry and Informal Hearing Dates.
(D) Planning Statistics.
RESOLVED – that the following reports be noted:
(A) Appeals against refusal of planning permission / non-determination;
(B) Planning Appeals lodged;
(C) Planning Appeals: Inquiry and Informal Hearing Dates; and
(D) Planning Statistics.
To consider such other business as, in the opinion of the Chairman of the meeting, is of sufficient urgency to warrant consideration and is not likely to involve the disclosure of exempt information.
There was no urgent business.