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To accept any apologies for absence.
Councillor Linda A. W. Jones (Local Member).
DECLARATION OF PERSONAL INTEREST AND PROTOCOL MATTERS
To receive any declaration of personal interest and to note protocol matters.
No declarations of personal interest were received from any members present.
To note any items that are a matter of urgency in the view of the Chairman for consideration.
The Chairman shall propose that the minutes of the previous meeting of this committee, held on, 4 March 2019, be signed as a true record.
The Chair signed the minutes of the previous meeting of this Committee, that took place on 4 March 2019, as a true record.
To submit the report of the Head of Environment Department.
The Committee considered the following applications for development.
Details of the applications were expanded upon and questions were answered in relation to the plans and policy aspects.
Outline application with all matters reserved to erect 7 detached single storey dwellings for the elderly with associated developments.
LOCAL MEMBER: Councillor Linda A. W. Jones
Outline application with all matters reserved to erect seven detached single storey dwellings for the elderly with associated developments.
(a) The Planning Manager elaborated on the background of the application, and noted that the site was located within the development boundary of Manod in Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was noted that the site could be suitable for a housing development, but insufficient information had been received to fully assess the application against the relevant policies. It was reported that the agent was contacted on many occasions to obtain additional information, but no additional information was received. It was explained that the application had been submitted since 2017, and sufficient time was given for the applicant to submit additional information, therefore it was determined to assess the application. It was noted that although it was an unfortunate situation, the matter had to be concluded.
Attention was drawn to the recommendation to refuse the application. It was elaborated that the site could have been suitable if the applicant wished to submit an application with the requisite information.
(b) It was proposed and seconded to refuse the application.
In response to a question by a member in relation to deferring the application, the Planning Manager noted that the applicant had been given a reasonable amount of time to submit information. In response to a further question, she elaborated that no justification had been received to provide seven identical houses, therefore the proposal was not in-keeping with the requirements of the Supplementary Planning Guidance - Housing Mix.
It was asked whether the housing development was for a housing association. In response, the Planning Manager confirmed that no housing association was involved with the proposal.
RESOLVED to refuse the application.
1. The proposed development does not achieve the appropriate mix of housing or provide any affordable housing and, therefore, it is considered that the proposal is contrary to the relevant requirements of policies ISA 1, TAI 8 and TAI 15 along with the relevant requirements of Supplementary Planning Guidance - Affordable Housing and Housing Mix.
2. The application as submitted does not provide evidence to prove the need for the type of units as proposed. Consequently, it is believed that the proposal is contrary to section 1c of Policy PSI as the impact on the Welsh language cannot be considered.
Erection of 15 residential dwellings with 5 to be affordable houses, formation of new vehicular access and internal access road.
LOCAL MEMBER: Councillor Dylan Bullard
Build 15 new dwellings, of which five were affordable, create a new vehicular entrance and internal access road.
(a) The Planning Manager elaborated on the background of the application and noted that the application was an outline application, with the access and layout forming part of the outline application and were matters for consideration. It was explained that matters concerning appearance, landscaping and scale were reserved matters, and therefore were not matters for consideration as part of the application. It was noted that the development would include a mixture of single-storey and two-storey housing with two, three and four bedrooms.
It was explained that the site was located within the development boundary of Pwllheli, and had been denoted for housing in the Joint Local Development Plan (LDP). It was noted that five of the houses would be for affordable needs, namely two-bedroom units that included four terraced houses and one bungalow. It was highlighted that the Housing Strategic Unit had confirmed the need for this type of housing in Pwllheli. It was noted that the proposal offered an appropriate variety of houses on the site, thus complying with the requirements of Policy TAI 8 within the LDP and the Supplementary Planning Guidance - Housing Mix.
It was noted that with regard to visual, general and residential amenity matters, it could be ensured that these matters were acceptable through the reserved matters along with the conditions recommended on the submitted application. It was elaborated that the proposal was acceptable in terms of biodiversity and transportation. It was added that the Town Council supported the application
Attention was drawn to the additional observations received that included confirmation from the Joint Planning Policy Unit that the financial contribution required towards play areas / open spaces was £5,001.71. It was explained that the contribution would be ensured via a 106 agreement.
The development was acceptable in terms of relevant local and national policies for the reasons noted in the report.
It was noted that the recommendation had been amended to what was noted in the report, on the grounds of additional information received that the applicant had not held discussions with a housing association in relation to transferring the houses, as the application was currently an outline application, but there was an intention to do so and to construct the houses to housing association building standards ('DQR' standard) that would enable the units to be transferred to a housing association. It was recommended to ensure affordable housing through a condition rather than a 106 agreement because the discount could be assessed under a reserved matters application when details such as design and size were confirmed. It was also recommended to issue an additional condition in order to ensure Welsh names for the houses/estate.
(b) Exercising the right to speak, the applicant’s agent noted the following main points:-
· That this was an outline application, and that the layout of the site and access were to be agreed;
· Five houses would be affordable, and ... view the full minutes text for item 5.2