TDC Refuses Admiral’s Farm Housing Development Application

The following is an extract from TDC Planning Committee minutes on 15 December 2015.

PLANNING APPLICATION – 15/00682/OUT – LAND AT ADMIRALS FARM, HECKFORDS ROAD, GREAT BENTLEY, CO7 8RS

Councillor McWilliams had earlier declared an interest in relation to Planning Application 15/00682/OUT by virtue of the fact she was the local Ward Member and also by virtue of the fact that she was pre-determined.

Councillor Fairley had earlier declared an interest in relation to Planning Application 15/00682/OUT by virtue of the fact she was pre-determined. Councillor Fairley therefore withdrew from the meeting, whilst the Committee considered the application and reached its decision.

The Committee had before it the published Officer report containing the key planning issues, relevant planning policies, planning history, any response from consultees, written representations received and a recommendation of approval.

At the meeting, an oral presentation was made by the Council’s Acting Planning Development Manager (Gary Guiver) in respect of the application.
Councillor McWilliams, in her capacity as a local Ward Member, spoke on the application. She then withdrew from the meeting, on the grounds of pre-determination, whilst the Committee considered the application and reached its decision.

George Wright, the landowner, spoke in support of the application.

Pippa Drew, representing Protect Great Bentley, spoke against the application.

Parish Councillor Robert Taylor, representing Great Bentley Parish Council, spoke on the application.

David Rose, the applicant’s agent, spoke in support of the application.

Following discussion by the Committee, it was moved by Councillor Hughes, seconded by Councillor Raby and RESOLVED that, contrary to the Officer’s recommendation of approval, the Head of Planning (or equivalent authorised officer) be authorised to refuse planning permission for the development for the following reasons:

• Urbanisation of the rural area;
• Scale in excess of 50 dwelling limit in emerging local plan;
• Impact on character of the conservation area;
• Impact on uncontained rural landscape characterised by linear development fronting the large open vista across the green; and
• No Section 106 agreement to mitigate infrastructure impact.