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20.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 26 KB

    Members must indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they must declare an interest.  Members must verbally give notice of their interest at the meeting and complete the form attached with this agenda. 

     

    Members are also advised to take advice with regard to any matter where there is potential bias or predetermination in any business to be considered at the meeting and whether they should take part in decision making at the meeting.

     

    Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any discloseable pecuniary interest; personal interest and/or prejudicial interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest or prejudicial interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

21.

Variation in Order

    Minutes:

    The Chair indicated that items 4 (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals) and 5 (Hackney Carriage Intended Use Policy) would be considered following consideration of submitted minutes.  The order of consideration of planning applications as presented within the report to item 3 (Submitted Planning Applications) would also be varied.

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 78 KB

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Fixed Odds Betting Terminals pdf icon PDF 204 KB

24.

Hackney Carriage Intended Use Policy

    Minutes:

    The Director of Economy advised of the proposed Hackney Carriage Intended Use Policy and sought the endorsement of the policy and its recommendation to the Cabinet for adoption.  The submitted report presented the proposed policy that would align the Council’s current hackney carriage vehicle licensing procedure with the guidance passed down in the High Court judgement of Newcastle City Council v Berwick Upon Tweed [2008].  In addition, it would provide a means for Officers to determine if a hackney carriage was being used to fulfil pre-booked hiring on behalf of a private hire operator licensed by another local authority with the information being used to determine if a licence should be granted or not.

     

    DECIDED – That the proposed Hackney Carriage Intended Use Policy be supported and recommended to the Cabinet for adoption.

25.

Residential development of 259 dwellings and associated development - site of former Hill Top School, Hill Top Drive, Rochdale

    Minutes:

    The Director of Economy reported on submitted planning application 15/00826/FUL for a residential development of 259 dwellings together with garages, parking, provision of open space and associated roads and sewers on the site of the former Hill Top Primary School, Hill Top Drive, Rochdale.

     

    Further to the submitted report, the Director advised that comments had been received from the Council’s Schools Service indicating that, with regard to secondary education, while the development would place existing schools at capacity, there was capacity within the nearest secondary school to accommodate the development.  In respect of primary education, there would be a requirement for a contribution towards the provision of primary school places. The Director noted that the viability appraisal of the scheme demonstrated there would be limited opportunity for contributions to be sought; however, the scheme secured a capital receipt for the Council that could be used to contribute towards the provision of primary school places which would be a matter for the Cabinet to determine.  The Highways and Engineering Service had no objection, confirming that the amended site layout addressed all the previous concerns with this development, and the Flood Authority had raised no objection but had requested full details of drainage, this request being covered by proposed condition 10 within the submitted report.

     

    The Committee considered the views of Mr Haycox, an objector, who addressed the Committee.

     

    The Committee considered the views of Mr S Gamble who addressed the Committee on behalf of the applicant.

     

    DECIDED – That planning permission be granted subject to the conditions within the submitted report.

26.

Construction and operation of 16 wind turbines (two in Rochdale) and related developments - land at Scout Moor and near Edenfield, Rossendale

    Minutes:

    The Director of Economy reported on submitted planning application 15/00395/FUL for the construction and operation of 16 wind turbines (two in Rochdale) with a maximum height to the tip of the blade of 115 metres (above ground level) for a temporary period of 25 years, together with the installation of associated ancillary infrastructure; the installation of an anemometer mast of a maximum 60m height; the retention of necessary elements of ancillary infrastructure associated with the existing Scout Moor Wind Farm; a scheme of moorland restoration and management (MRMP); the erection of boundary treatments and pen in association with creation of a permissive bridleway; and formation of paths for pedestrians and horse-riders to link with access tracks and existing Rights of Way.

     

    The Director of Economy advised that the description of development referred to proposals in both Rochdale and Rossendale, as the planning application had been submitted jointly to both authorities. The development within Rochdale comprised two wind turbines, access track spurs and the MRMP and Members were futher advised that they should limit their consideration to that part of the development in Rochdale, other than in respect of cumulative effects.

     

    Further to the submitted report, the Director advised of various matters arising since preparation of the submitted report.  The Council had been advised that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) had withdrawn their objection as the two turbines in Rochdale would not be in the line of site of the radar at Warton.  As such, Condition 30 within the submitted report was now unnecessary.  However, the MOD had requested they be informed of the start and end of construction, the precise location of turbines and the maximum height of construction equipment.  It was therefore proposed to replace Condition 30 with a revised form of words.

     

    Five further representations had been received.  A Mr P Ross had submitted a number of documents that were not considered material to this planning application; a concern raised by a Mrs I Pope related to a matter within the Rossendale Borough area over which this Council had no control; a representation from a Mr Jellicoe concerning lack of response to a representation and querying adequacy of consultation which Officers considered to have complied with usual practice and to have been appropriate, and there was no information to suggest the applicant had not complied with statutory requirements; a further letter of support from a Mr P Ralph; and a representation from the Rochdale Borough Community Energy Group which was considered not to relate to a planning matter.

     

    With regard to proposed Condition 32 within the submitted report relating to shadow flicker effects, a revised condition was now proposed to address concerns expressed and to enable the Council to take appropriate enforcement action in the event of such circumstances arising.

     

    The Director advised of lobbying concerning the number of objections submitted with regard to the application.  It was confirmed that representations received by this Council in respect of this application were as presented within the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Erection of 50 residential dwellings and related developments - land off Tarnside Close., Rochdale. pdf icon PDF 3 MB

28.

Outline application, including access only, for up to 205 dwellings and related development - Land off Hollin Lane, Middleton

    Minutes:

    The Director of Economy reported on submitted planning application 14/00849/OUT, an outline application (including access only) for up to 205 dwellings (Use Class C3) and associated landscaping, open space, access arrangements and car parking provision on land off Hollin Lane, Middleton.

     

    Further to the submitted report the Director advised that at page 16 to the agenda papers reference made to the provision of car parking for St Anne’s Academy   related to the original scheme and the revised proposal did not include for this provision; within the Highways and Engineering response at page 19 the reference to ‘additional school’ refers to the primary school put forward under planning application 14/00851; and the St Anne’s Academy Trustees representation at page 32 had been  submitted prior to the submission of application 15/00358/OUT.

     

    The Director further advised on ten additional letters of support received stating that Middleton needed new modern properties and this opportunity should not be passed up; there should also be building on Bowlee; the Barratt estate near St Anne’s was probably opposed to before it was built but is now an area people aspire to live in; the development would enhance Middleton and support shops in the town centre; and the development would benefit young people looking to get on the housing ladder and families looking to better their homes.

     

    The Director further advised that Sport England had withdrawn its objection on the basis that contributions are sought to mitigate the impact of the development on sports facilities.  The proposed contribution towards cycle lane provision would be £23,137.70.  Environmental Management were reported to be in favour of an access path from the proposed estate into Hopwood Woods as people would probably make unplanned entry points should one not be provided; the access would need to be controlled to prevent cars, quads and motorbikes accessing and a management agreement would need to ensure these were replaced in the event of vandalism. 

     

    Having been offerred the option of addressing the Committee on applications 14/00849/OUT, 14/00851/OUT and 15/00358/OUT either separately on each item or collectively, Mr B Tierney who was to address the Committee on behalf of the  objectors in respect of each item indicated a wish to make a collective address.

     

    The Committee considered the views of Mr B Tierney who addressed the Committee in respect of this application and in respect of applications 14/00851/OUT and  15/00358/OUT on behalf of the objectors.

     

    Having been offerred the option of addressing the Committee on applications 14/00849/OUT and 14/00851/OUT either separately on each item or collectively, Mr S Bell who was to address the Committee on behalf the applicant in respect of each item, indicated a wish to make a collective address.

     

    The Committee considered the views of Mr S. Bell on behalf of the applicant, accompanied by a local resident and a Taylor Wimpey contractor, who addressed the Committee in support of this application and application 14/00851/OUT.

     

    The Committee further considered comments of Councillor Neil Emmott who addressed the Sub-Committee in respect of this application  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.

29.

Outline application, including access only, for up to 150 dwellings and related development - land off Langley lane, Middleton

    Minutes:

    The Director of Economy reported on submitted planning application 14/00851/OUT, an outline application (including access only) for up to 150 dwellings (Use Class C3), potential primary school site with associated landscaping, open space, access arrangements and car parking provision on land off Langley Lane, Middleton.

     

    Further to the submitted report the Director advised of ten additional letters of support received stating that Middleton needed new modern properties and this opportunity should not be passed up; there should also be building on Bowlee; the Barratt estate near St Anne’s was probably opposed to before it was built but is now an area people aspire to live in; the development would enhance Middleton and support shops in the town centre; and the development would benefit young people looking to get on the housing ladder and families looking to better their homes.

     

    The Director further advised that Sport England had withdrawn its objection on the basis that contributions are sought to mitigate the impact of the development on sports facilities.  The proposed contribution towards cycle lane provision would be £16,930.02.

     

    With regard to the offer of land for the purposes of a primary school, the Director advised that this was offered in addition to the developer contribution towards primary school places.  Members were advised that, should they be minded to accept the school land, this would be contrary to the recommendation within the submitted report and they would need to resolve accordingly.  Mr C Swift from Rochdale Council’s Schools Service attended to address the Committee on matters pertaining to the school land offer and the requirement for additional primary and secondary school places within the area.

     

    The Committee considered the views of Mr B Tierney who had earlier addressed the Committee in consideration of application 14/00849/OUT on behalf of the objectors.

     

    The Committee considered the views of Mr S. Bell on behalf of the applicant who, accompanied by a local resident and a Taylor Wimpey contractor, had earlier addressed the Committee in consideration of application 14/00849/OUT.

     

    The Committee considered comments of Councillor Neil Emmott who had earlier addressed the Sub-Committee  in consideration of application 14/00849/OUT.

     

    The Committee considered the comments of Concillor Linden who had earllier addressed the Committee in consideration of application 14/00849/OUT.

     

    DECIDED – That planning permission be refused on the grounds of the cumulative impact of this and other proposed developments in the area on the safety and efficient operation of the existing highway network and resultant congestion in the area; and the inability of the existing local infrastructure, including schools and sports facilities, to cope with pressure from additional residents from these developments.

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Continuation of Meeting

31.

Outline application, including access, for residential development of up to 88 dwellings with associated works - land to the west of Hollin Lane, Middleton

    Minutes:

    The Director of Economy reported on submitted planning application 15/00358/OUT, an outline application, including access, for a residential development of up to 88 dwellings with associated works on land to the west of Hollin Lane, Middleton.

     

    Further to the submitted report, the Director further advised that Sport England had withdrawn its objection on the basis that contributions are sought to mitigate the impact of the development on sports facilities.  The proposed contribution towards cycle lane provision would be £9,932.28.

     

    The Committee considered the views of Mr B Tierney who had earlier addressed the Committee in consideration of application 14/00849/OUT on behalf of the objectors.

     

    The Committee considered the views of Mr S. Harris, Emery Planning, who addressed the Committee on behalf of the applicant.

     

    The Committee considered comments of Councillor Neil Emmott who had earlier addressed the Sub-Committee in consideration of application 14/00849/OUT.

     

    The Committee considered the comments of Concillor Linden who had earllier addressed the Committee in consideration of application 14/00849/OUT.

     

    DECIDED – That planning permission be refused on the grounds of the cumulative impact of this and other proposed developments in the area on the safety and efficiency of the existing highway network and resultant congestion in the area; the inability of the existing local infrastructure, including schools and sports facilities, to cope with pressure from additional residents from these developments; the proposed access into the development from Hollin Lane, in conjunction with that proposed under application 14/00849/OUT and being in close proximity to the junction of Hollin Lane and Hazelhurst Drive and access to St Anne’s Academy, with an existing pedestrian crossing point at the junction, would be harmful to highway and pedestrian safety in this location.