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Joint Development Control Committee - Cambridge Fringes
Wednesday, 21st August, 2013 10.30 am

Venue: Committee Room 1 & 2 - Guildhall. View directions

Contact: Toni Birkin  Committee Manager

Items
No. Item

13/43/JDCC

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Dryden, Hipkin, Kenny, Reid, Shelton, Tucker and Van de Weyer.

13/44/JDCC

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare at this stage any interests that they may have in an item shown on this agenda. If any member of the Committee is unsure whether or not they should declare an interest on a particular matter, they should seek advice from the Head of Legal Services before the meeting.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

Chair's Announcements

The Chair stated that it had been brought to his attention that the next meeting of this committee was during the party conference season and some members would be unable to attend.

 

The Chair further stated that he was minded to leave the date unchanged due to workloads. However, Committee Members were asked to contact Committee Services if they were unable to attend to ensure that the meeting was quorate.

13/45/JDCC

Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on17th July 2013 as a correct record. 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 17th July 2013 were approved and signed as a correct record.

13/46/JDCC

REVIEW OF SCHEME OF DELEGATION pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the New Neighbourhoods Development Manager proposing an amended Scheme of Delegation.

 

On the advice of the Head of Legal Services, the wording to paragraph 1 of the Scheme of Delegation to Officers, was amended with the struck through wording replaced by the wording in italic, as follow:

 

The following powers are delegated to the chief planning officers (or their equivalents) within each of the three local authorities represented on the Committee, in respect of planning and development control. The following powers are delegated to each chief planning officer (or their equivalent) within the three local authorities represented on the Committee, in respect of planning and development control matters which would, in the absence of a joint committee, fall for determination by their employing authority.

 

The chief planning officers may authorize any other officers within their relevant participating Councils to exercise these powers on his/her behalf. Any officer so authorised may in turn delegate further. Such delegations need not be evidenced in writing.

 

The Committee agreed the following typographical corrections to wording of the scheme: delete redundant (b) after Section 1(a) and Section 3, part (g) amend to read “Spokespersons” rather than “Spokesperson”.

 

Members of this Committee would like to be notified of fringe site developments even if they are not coming to this committee for decision. A threshold of ten or more units was suggested. Officers would investigate the best way to facilitate this, potentially through provision of links to weekly lists of applications.

 

In response to questions from Members the Officer confirmed that the changes were needed to streamline the process in line with Government policy. A degree of flexibility was needed as there was a single category of Major Applications which covered a wide range of developments.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved (unanimously) to agree the Scheme of Delegation as set out in Appendix 1 of the Officer’s report and subject to the amendments noted above.

13/47/JDCC

C/07/0003/OUT & S/0001/07/F Up to 1593 dwellings on land between Huntingdon Road and Histon Road pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received planning applications relating to the land between Huntingdon Road and Histon Road (now known as Darwin Green). The applications requested approval for up to 1593 residential units, a local centre with a primary school, community facilities, retail units and associated infrastructure on land within the City Council and access and drainage infrastructure on land within South Cambridgeshire District Council. This would include vehicular, pedestrian and cycleway access together with drainage and landscaping works.

 

An email from Cllr Bygott was read out by the Committee Manager.

 

Marcia Whitehead, addressed the Committee on behalf of Bidwells and in support of the application.

 

The Committee made the following comments in response to the report:

  i.  The Surface Water Drainage Strategy would be a key issue for residents.

  ii.  The maps attached to the report did not illustrate all of the cycle paths.

  iii.  Properties around the edges of the site should have long back gardens to limit the impact to existing properties.

  iv.  The allocation of parking spaces needs to take into account the problems experienced on recent developments where insufficient allocation has resulted in parking on pavements and the associated safely concerns.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, officers confirmed the following:

  i.  The overall timeframes of payment of S106 contributions remains largely unchanged from previous reports to this Committee, but some adjustments to phasing of payments had been made, in the light of experience from other fringe site developments.

  ii.  Joint authority working was on going regarding the Surface Water Drainage Strategy. The strategy would be brought to this Committee for approval at a later date.

 

The Committee:

 

Resolved (unanimously) to accept the officer recommendation to approve planning permission as per the agenda and as amended by the pre-committee amendment sheet as detailed below.

 

Due to the complexity of landownership issues and the logistics of signage, it is unlikely that the S106 will be signed by the end of August. An extension of the time for the S106 to be signed is sought. Recommendation 1) is amended to: The satisfactory execution of the S106 Agreement by 30 September 2013.

13/48/JDCC

13/0751/REM:Parcels 15, 17 (part) and 18 Clay Farm Development Site (Bovis), Cambridge pdf icon PDF 471 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Blencowe took the Chair for this item.

 

The Committee received a Reserved Matter (access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for 295 dwellings and associated landscaping pursuant to outline application 07/0620/OUT.

 

Hamish Buttle, addressed the Committee on behalf of Bovis Homes and in support of the application.

 

The Committee made the following comments in response to the report:

 

  i.  Expressed support for the decision to plant trees early in the development of the site.

  ii.  Concerns were expressed about who would be responsible for the maintenance of porous pavements and soakaways and what measures were in place to stop future residents making changes to drainage systems.

 

The case officer responded to the above by explaining the management strategy for the various types of drainage systems.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved (unanimously) to accept the officer recommendation to approve reserved matters permission as per the agenda and as amended by the pre-committee amendment sheet as detailed below.

 

Reason for condition 18: To ensure the provision of adequate water supply infrastructure to protect the safe living and working environment for all users and visitors (Cambridge Local Plan 2006 saved policies 3/7, 3/12, 8/18 and 9/3).

13/49/JDCC

NIAB1 design code (strategic condition pursuant to outline permission) pre-submission briefing - all members

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation on the proposed NIAB1 Design Code from Marcia Whitehead of Bidwells and Mark Reeves, Architect.

 

Members raised comments/questions as listed below. Answers were supplied, but as this was a pre-application presentation, none of the answers were to be regarded as binding and so are not included in the minutes.

 

1.  Queried what measures had been taken to mitigate the impact of additional traffic on roads around the site.

2.  Queried the expected impact on Huntingdon Road.

3.  Broadband capacity should be in place to meet future needs.

4.  Queried what measures would be taken to encourage residents to walk or cycle into Cambridge rather than drive.

5.  Asked if a masterplan was in place to ensure continuity over the three phases of the development.

6.  Queried how contaminated land, in particular land used to grow genetically modified crops, would be dealt with.

7.  Queried what steps would be taken to ensure the water drainage systems do not infiltrate and overload existing drainage arrangements.

8.  Queried the planned cycle routes.

9.  Queried the change from the original plan requiring six small and one larger retail unit and asked how big the supermarket now would be.

 

13/50/JDCC

Chesterton Station - County Council full planning application post-submission briefing (County Planning Reference C/0500/13/cc - all members

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation on the Chesterton Station application from Adrian Shepherd and Chris Poultney of Cambridgeshire County Council and Quintin Doyle and Stan Doyle of Atkins.

 

Members raised comments/questions as listed below. Answers were supplied, but as this was a post submission briefing, none of the answers were to be regarded as binding and so are not included in the minutes.

 

1.  Members stated that the design appeared to have many stairs and long walks for those using buses to get to the station.

2.  Some members felt the design was overly elaborate and would be more expensive than a simple design while others stated that is was innovative and attractive.

3.  Members queried why there was no escalator and how many bicycles could be accommodated in the lifts at any one time.

4.  Members queried the long platform design and questioned why there was only one access point.

5.  Members queried the suggested plan to give all modes of transport equal access priorities and suggested that bus users should have priority.

6.  Members supported Cambridge Cycle Campaigns comments on the design.

7.  Members stated that high parking costs would lead to on street parking in the area around the station.

8.  Members expressed surprise that the redline plan encompassed Bramble Field Nature Reserve.

9.  Using the Park and Ride facility at Milton via a shuttle bus was suggested.

 

The Chair congratulated the team on the progress made to date.

13/51/JDCC

Clay Farm Community Centre, pre-application briefing - City and County members

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation on the Clay Farm Community Centre application from Kirsty Carmicheal of Cambridge City Council and Karen Turnbull of ADP.

 

Members raised comments/questions as listed below. Answers were supplied, but as this was a pre-application presentation, none of the answers were to be regarded as binding and so are not included in the minutes.

 

1.  Members asked how many days per year it was envisaged that the large hall on the ground floor of the building would be used.

2.  Members queried how the noise levels and acoustics of a mixed use building would be managed.

3.  Members queried the purpose of projecting sections of the exterior walls.