Issue - meetings
Planning Application No.
Address: Clifton Farm, Church Street, Clifton, Shefford, SG17 5EX
Outline Planning Application for the residential development of The Paddocks, Clifton Farm Barns Road, Clifton, SG17 5EX with the erection of 7 detached houses and 7 semi-detached/terraced assisted houses.
Applicant: The Hale Trust
The Committee had before it a report regarding Planning Application No. CB/18/00192/OUT, an outline application for the residential development of The Paddocks, Clifton Farm Barns Road, Clifton, SG17 5EX with the erection of 7 detached houses and 7 semi-detached/terraced assisted houses.
In advance of consideration of the application the Committees attention was drawn to the additional consultation/publicity responses and additional comments as set out in the Late Sheet.
In advance of consideration of the application the Committee received representations from Clifton Parish Council, two objectors and the applicant under the public participation scheme.
In response to an objectors comments the Chairman assured the speaker that the meeting was non political. It was noted that the agent for the applicant who had registered to speak had suffered a bereavement and the applicant spoke as a substitute.
A member asked the applicant to clarify the location of the development with regards to the conservation area. In response the applicant stated that the development was outside the conservation area and the access was within it.
A Member asked the applicant to explain his work with the Parish Council and a reported offer from North Hertfordshire Homes (now known as Settle) for the Affordable Housing as described in his statement. The applicant responded as follows:
· North Hertfordshire Homes had seen the site and made an written offer subject to planning and had not yet entered in to a contractual agreement.
· The Hale Trust has historically owned land around Clifton and had retained a right to approve the design of the development. On one occasion the Trust did not retain rights, it caused disappointment within the village.
A Member asked if Aragon still maintained the housing within the Bilberry Road estate and if the access from the estate has been secured. The applicant responded that he did not know who managed the existing housing and that when the land was originally sold to the developers of the Bilberry Road estate, access into the adjoining land was retained by the Trust.
In a ward Members absence from the meeting a statement was read on his behalf by a fellow ward Member, the following points were raised;
· The development had generated considerable opposition within the village with 78 objections.
· It would have an impact on the wider infrastructure of the village and the resources in Clifton are limited.
· Among others, the development goes against policies DM4 and SP7.
· The development site was not in the Local Plan and would be building in the open countryside with a loss of Grade 2 farm land.
· There were serious concerns around access to the site, downplayed by the outline application.
· The social housing element was ring fenced away from the market sale houses and should be pepper-potted across the development as a whole.
· The access to the west of the site was unsuitable with vision splays only suitable for a 15mph road. This road was well used by vehicles accessing the small car park located at the north end of ... view the full minutes text for item 31