Decision Maker: Development Panel
Decision status: Item Deferred
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Chris Bagshaw, on behalf of Workington Town Council spoke against the application
The agent, Alf Plant spoke in support of the application
The report recommended that members delegate final approval and the ability to add additional conditions relating to drainage and internal highways layout to the Planning and Building Control Manager subject to the receipt of favourable comments from the County Highways Authority in relation to these matters.
The Planning and Building Control Manager introduced the report and confirmed that the development panel had attended a site visit in October 2019.
The Planning and Building Control Manager then went through the main issues as detailed in the report.
Principle of Development
The principle of the development is approved under outline permission 2/2014/0857. This reserved matters application for phase 2 for 255 dwellings considers matters relating to appearance, scale, landscape and layout.
The appearance of the dwellings are consistent and acceptable for this suburban location.
The 2, 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings, either detached, semi-detached, linked or of single storey type are of a suitable scale for the locality. This is in accordance with Policies S2, S4 and S32 of the Allerdale Local Plan (Part 1).
The landscaping scheme is acceptable and is an important feature of the scheme to address tree retention where appropriate, and to provide significant levels of new compensatory tree replanting.
The layout is acceptable for this suburban location.
Members were then presented with late representations from Cumbria County Council, the Planning and Building Control Manager provided clarification of the representations.
The chair then adjourned the meeting for 10 minutes to allow time for members to read through the representations.
Members noted and considered the representations from the County Highway Authority and the other representations received in respect of the application.
Questions were asked of the speakers and officers and debate followed relating to trees, affordable housing, garage sizes, public transport, turning circles, and the potential impact on local infrastructure including schools.
Members were concerned with the density of the development and whether there was enough car parking spaces, debate then ensued in relation to the representations and concerns provided by Cumbria County Council.
Clarification was provided by officers in relation to car parking and viability, and members were advised to consider the application as presented.
Councillor Markley moved the motion to defer the application to enable the applicant to respond to the comments made by the County Highways Authority in their letter dated 24th January 2020 in relation to issues relevant to the consideration of the reserved matters, namely off-street parking provision; the turning area for Road M; Cycleway widening adjacent to highways with formal crossings when intercepted and; safe transitions between footway and shared surface roads at Roads C and L.
The motion was seconded by Councillor Stoddart.
Debate continued in relation to play provision and over-development.
A vote was then taken on the motion to defer the application, 10 voted in favour, 0 against and 1 abstention.
The motion was carried.
The application be deferred to enable the applicant to respond to the comments made by the County Highways Authority in their letter dated 24th January 2020 in relation to issues relevant to the consideration of the reserved matters, namely off-street parking provision; the turning area for Road M; Cycleway widening adjacent to highways with formal crossings when intercepted and; Safe transitions between footway and shared surface roads at Roads C and L.
Report author: Susan Hanley
Publication date: 12/02/2020
Date of decision: 11/02/2020
Decided at meeting: 11/02/2020 - Development Panel