Agenda and minutes

Planning & Development Committee
Thursday, 6th September, 2018 1.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG

Contact: Christine Armitage, Democratic Services Officer 

Items
No. Item

In Attendance for Agenda Item 4: Mr J Woodhead, Northern Area Engineer

1.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Members are reminded of the need to consider whether they have a personal or prejudicial interest to declare in any of the items on this agenda.  If so, the nature of the interest must be declared at the start or as soon as the interest becomes apparent, of the meeting.  In addition, the attached form must be completed and passed to the Committee Administrator.  The Officers will be pleased to advise, if necessary, and any request for assistance should be made, in the first instance, to the Committee Administrator whose name appears at the end of this agenda.  Ideally, such advice should be sought before the day of the meeting so that time is available to consider any uncertainty that might arise.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 August 2018.  (Minutes attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 2 August 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

3.

Public Question Time

Public questions of which due notice has been given and which are relevant to the business of the Committee.

Minutes:

The Chairman reported that no public questions had been received.

4.

Planning Application - (18/01223/RG3) - Land at Church Street, Whitby pdf icon PDF 247 KB

To consider:-

     i)     a planning application for construction of a flood protection wall and associated works for Scarborough Borough Council; and

     ii)    a report of the Planning Services Manager (Reference 18/198) attached.

 

View Plans and Documents

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered:-

     i)     a planning application for construction of a flood protection wall and associated works for Scarborough Borough Council; and

     ii)    a report of the Planning Services Manager (Reference 18/198)

Updating the report the Planning Officer reported that comments had been received from the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) who confirmed that the proposals together with the submitted plans and documents demonstrated a reasonable approach to the management of surface water.  The LLFA recommended conditions in respect of the detailed drainage design, future maintenance and approval of appropriate exceedance flow rates.  The information requested by the LLFA in respect of their recommended conditions were already the subject of discussions with the appropriate agencies and therefore it was not felt necessary to add these conditions to the Decision Notice.

Members sought clarification that the Summer houses would be reinstated and in relation to Whitby Civic Society comments in respect of the appearance of the flood wall.  The Planning Officer confirmed the Summer houses would be dismantled and rebuilt with the original materials and that there would be a suitable colour finish agreed for the concrete flood wall.

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the report.

 

 

 

5.

Planning Application - (18/01390/FL) - Land to the South of Cayton Approach, Eastfield pdf icon PDF 232 KB

To consider:-

     i)     a planning application for eastern extension of the Cayton Approach link road, including a roundabout with two spur roads to North and South, with associated development including earthworks and a surface water attenuation basin, for Plaxton Park Industrial Estate Ltd; and

     ii)    a report of the Planning Services Manager (Reference 18/196) attached.

 

View Plans and Documents

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered:-

     i)     a planning application for eastern extension of the Cayton Approach link road, including a roundabout with two spur roads to North and South, with associated development including earthworks and a surface water attenuation basin, for Plaxton Park Industrial Estate Ltd; and

     ii)    a report of the Planning Services Manager (Reference 18/196).

Updating the report the Planning Officer advised that, as result of discussions with the applicant,  there had been some amendments to the following conditions:-

     Condition 2:  The reference to drainage facilities to be deleted.  The reference to extending the road beyond the boundary is sufficient to avoid a ransom strip situation and will enable future road developments to take place.

     Conditions 9 and 11: The reference to a 40% allowance for climate change be amended to 30% allowance.  Following discussions with the LLFA, a 30% allowance has been agreed.         

     Condition 10: The reference to parking areas and roof water to be deleted.  This was transposed incorrectly into the conditions as these features do not exist in this application.

The Planning Officer reminded members that there was an existing outline application, but that application did not contain the detail relating to the road as this one does.

In accordance with the Council’s Public Speaking Scheme, Mr G Holbeck spoke in support of the scheme.

RESOLVED that permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the report and amended conditions as referred to above.

 

 

6.

Planning Appeals pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To consider a report by the Planning Services Manager (Reference 18/187) attached.

Minutes:

The Committee consider a report by the Planning Services Manager (Reference 18/187) in respect of current appeals which had been lodged against decisions of the Council.  There were no updates to the report.

RESOLVED that the report be received and progress with current appeals and recent appeal decisions be noted.

7.

Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (September 2018) and Consultation pdf icon PDF 290 KB

To consider a report by the Planning Services Manager (Reference 18/191) attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Planning Services Manager (Reference 18/191) regarding the Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (September 2018) (AHSPD) and consultation.

The Planning Officer referred to the recently updated AHSPD which had to be revised due to the recent changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) document.  One of the issues for consultation is the definition of affordable housing.  There had been a proposal to remove the definition of social rented as an affordable product.  Following objections, including those objections submitted by this Council, the social rented definition has been retained as an affordable product.  The NPPF also introduced a 20% Discount for Sale product which can be classed as an affordable product. Further work is required on this product and additional questions will be asked in the consultation, for example, how people see Discount for Sale Working, what mechanisms will be used so that the housing remains affordable and how the process will be managed.

The consultation will also consider the Nationally Described Space Standards. Planning Officers are considering ways of supporting these Standards as they are not compulsory, for example if an applicant comes forward with undersized rooms the applicant must demonstrate how the property can be taken on by a  Registered Provider (RP) with written confirmation from the developer that this is the case.  The RP should be  locally based so that they can deal with any issues quickly as they arise.

Other reasons for revising the ASHPD is the requirement to make viability appraisals public, which includes building costs and land prices, making the process more transparent.  The NPPF requires evidence if you propose not to enforce the suggested tenure mix of 10% affordable home ownership across the Borough, which would mean there would be no rental products in the Scarborough area where there is a high demand. The ability to apply vacant building credits in certain circumstances  and a proposal to charge a £250 fee for providing reports in relation to Viability Appraisal work at the pre-application stage.

A member asked if other authorities in this area charged a fee for providing reports for viability appraisals.  The Planning Officer advised that he was unaware of any and that this authority provided a paid service to other local authorities in North Yorkshire.  Providing viability reports was a time consuming process as research was required and time taken in producing the reports.  The majority of research was desk based and there often wasn’t a requirement for officers to visit the site.

RESOLVED that:-

i)       the report be received: and

ii)     a new Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document is published for consultation taking into account the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), clarification on Nationally Described Space Standards (NDSS) and viability requirements.

Members’ reasons:- Members agreed to publishing the Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document for consultation so that opinions could be sought on the recently revised NPPF including the issues set out in the report and referred to in the meeting.