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14/1792/FUL Glebe 3

Decision Maker: Joint Development Control Committee - Cambridge Fringes

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

The Committee received an application for full planning permission for residential development of 30 new mixed tenure dwellings with associated open space, landscaping, car parking and infrastructure.

 

The Committee noted revised conditions on the amendment sheet published pre-committee, and the revised amendment sheet tabled 17 June 2015.

 

The Committee received representations in objection to the application from the following:

·  Ms Moulding.

·  Mr Taylor.

 

The representations covered the following issues:

  i.  Specific concerns regarding:

·  Loss of view as a result of the development.

·  Overshadowing.

·  Overlooking.

·  Loss of privacy.

·  Safety concerns over the access road. This is a private road that would be turned into a public access for pedestrians, bikes and vehicles. It would be unsuitable for this purpose as it is too narrow and lacks street lighting.

·  Took issue with the perceived lack of consultation by the County Council over the proposal to adopt the access road, which currently serves one dwelling, and turn it into a more formal link for pedestrians and cyclists.

·  Height of the development.

  ii.  Suggested the design would be more in-keeping with the character of the area if it were 2 storey not 3.

  iii.  Detached houses that had been bought by existing residents would now become part of an estate. Originally they had been deliberately bought as standalone dwellings located away from neighbours.

 

Mr Hunt (Applicant’s Agent) addressed the Committee in support of the application.

 

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

  i.  Welcomed the design of the application, it tried to fit in with neighbours and provided green spaces.

  ii.  A single track access road was acceptable in principle. This was in line with other developments.

 

In response to Members’ questions the Principal Planner and New Neighbourhoods Development Manager said the following:

  i.  Officers considered the (current) private access road would be suitable for use as a public access for pedestrians, bikes and motor vehicles. (Reference paragraph 8.9 on P21 of the Officer’s report). There was enough room for a car and a bike to pass.

  ii.  The map of the application included in the Officer’s report omitted access links that would be in place. This was an error.

  iii.  The access road was not adopted by the Highways Authority at present. The County Council was the land owner of the main site. Glebe Farm had access rights over this.

  iv.  The Police Secured by Design advisor suggested that the access route would provide unnecessary permeability (ie access), other Officers had supported the access road (reference paragraph 8.10 on P21 of the Officer’s report), so the advantages of the road were considered to outweigh the disadvantages.

  v.  The purpose of s106 funding was to provide appropriate access for the proposed new residential units, not to address historic problems.

  vi.  The wording in condition 28 (amendment sheet) regarding the need for refuse bins to be in place before buildings go up appeared to require further refinement. Final wording would be confirmed in future.

 vii.  Solar panels could be fixed to ‘green roofs’ on the proposed units.

viii.  Overshadowing of Glebe Farm House was not significant. It would vary during the year, being more noticeable March to September; in comparison to January to March then September to December.

 

The Committee:

 

Resolved (by 13 votes to 0 with 2 abstentions)to grant the application for planning permission in accordance with the officer recommendation, for the reasons set out in the officer report, and subject to the amended conditions recommended by the officers.

Report author: Mike Ovenden

Publication date: 07/07/2015

Date of decision: 17/06/2015

Decided at meeting: 17/06/2015 - Joint Development Control Committee - Cambridge Fringes

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