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Any substitute members should declare their substitution.
Councillor Andy McGregor substituted for Councillor Brian Coomber.
Councillor Kevin Boram substituted for Councillor Pat Beresford.
Declarations of Interest
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There were no declarations of interest.
Public Question Time
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(Note: Public Question Time will last for a maximum of 30 minutes)
The Chairman advised that there were no pre-submitted questions from members of the public about any matter for which the Council had a responsibility or which affected the District.
The Council’s procedure rules require advance notification of all public questions where a committee meeting is being held remotely.
Confirmation of Minutes
To approve the minutes of the Planning Committee meetings of the Committee held on Monday 11 May 2020, which have been emailed to Members.
RESOLVED, that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 11 May 2020 be confirmed as a correct record and that they be signed by the Chairman.
A recorded vote was taken as follows:
For: Councillors Albury, Balfe, Boram, Chipp, Cowen, Loader, Mansfield and McGregor
Items Raised Under Urgency Provisions
To consider any items the Chair of the meeting considers urgent.
There were no items raised under urgency provisions.
To consider the reports by the Director for the Economy, attached as Item 6.
The Head of Planning and Development began by outlining the scheme, which included a number of plans and photographs to assist, and advised the Principal Planning Officer (Major Developments) would follow his presentation to provide an update on the scheme and changes made to a number of the planning conditions.
The Officer indicated on an aerial photograph the position of the site for development which was part of the Western Harbour Arm, the site allocated in the Joint Area Action Plan (JAAP), an extensive location for development in the 2017 Local Plan. The JAAP was now the adopted planning framework providing detailed guidance for developments coming forward in the Western Harbour Arm.
The Officer advised the application was for 255 residential dwellings, with a semi-basement parking level and a mixed use commercial ‘enterprise’ centre on the western part of the site. Each of the residential apartment blocks had access to raised residential gardens, communal areas, to include some play provision, and the scheme included a riverside walk for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Officer referred to the design of the buildings and stated that extensive negotiation had taken place with the Coastal Design Panel for scrutiny by independent architects and urban designers, and various changes had been made to respond to comments in order to provide greater articulation to the block.
Members were shown a number of photo montages to assist in their consideration of the application which conveyed the scheme’s relationship with the street scene.
The Officer referred to the various sustainability measures undertaken by the applicants, which included the use of flat roofs to accommodate solar panels, and Members were advised the applicant had been keen to encourage a highly sustainable development.
Members were advised the applicant was determined to achieve a 100% affordable housing scheme however, the strategic partnership with Homes England had meant the application promoted just 30% but the applicants had submitted a memorandum of understanding to pursue additional grant funding post planning to secure and build out a 100% affordable housing scheme. The Officer referred Members to page 20 of the report, Table 1 Housing Mix by Tenure and advised that the rent levels would be social rather than affordable levels which would make a considerable difference to meeting the future affordable needs of the district.
Moving on from the residential part of the scheme, the Officer referred to the commercial development which included for storage, offices and an element of flexible floor space for either office or storage. The applicants had agreed, through the legal agreement, their commitment to market the flexible space as offices.
The Officer outlined the appearance and design of the commercial development and Members were shown the amended plans. The key change had been to the western ... view the full minutes text for item ADC-PC/6/20-21