Agenda and minutes

Please note that there will be no public spekaing in relation to Agenda item 8, Planning - Wednesday, 13th November, 2019 7.00 pm

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Contact: Sarah Sellers  Democratic Services Officer

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Brandon Clayton.  Councillor Julian Grubb attended as substitute for Councillor Clayton.


Declarations of Interest

To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and / or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.



In relation to agenda item 8 Councillors Gareth Prosser and Anthony Lovell declared an Other Disclosable Interest in that they had previously expressed views regarding the scheme. Both Councillors left the meeting at the end of Agenda item 7 and took no part in the debate or vote for agenda items 8.



Confirmation of Minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 16th October 2019 pdf icon PDF 83 KB




The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 16th October 2019, be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.




Update Reports pdf icon PDF 34 KB

Please see the Update Report attached which contains the following documents:-


·       Officers Update Report

·       Appendix: Documents submitted by Mrs Paula Harvey re agenda item 6 -  Application 19/01121/FUL


Additional documents:


The Update Report was noted.


Application 2016/077/OUT - Land to the West of Foxlydiate Lane and Pumphouse Lane, Bromsgrove Highway, Redditch - Heyford Developments Ltd and UK Land and Developments Ltd pdf icon PDF 785 KB

Site Plan

Additional documents:


Hybrid application comprising


1) Outline Application (with all matters reserved with the exception of vehicular points of access and principle routes within the site) for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of : Up to 2,560 dwellings (Class C3); Local centre including retail floorspace up to 900 sq metres (Classes A1, A2, A3) health and community facilities of up to 900 sq metres (Class D1) ; A 3FE first school (Class D1) (up to 2.8Ha site area) including associated playing area and parking and all associated enabling and ancillary works.


2) Detailed application for the creation of a means of access off Birchfield Road, Cur Lane, Foxlydiate Lane and emergency, pedestrian and cycle access to Pumphouse Lane. The creation of a primary access road, including associated cut and fill works and other associated earthworks, landscaping, lighting, drainage and utilities, crossings and surface water attenuation/drainage measures.



Officers presented the report and explained that the developer had submitted duplicate planning applications to both Bromsgrove District Council and Redditch Borough Council as the site covered land in the area of both authorities.  The site was situated on the edge of Redditch and close to existing housing in Webheath, but was substantially located within the boundary for Bromsgrove with only a small part of the overall site falling within the boundary of Redditch Borough Council.


The Planning Committee at Bromsgrove District Council had considered the application at its meeting on 14th October 2019.  Members at Bromsgrove had decided to grant permission subject to a section 106 agreement being finalised and with a delegation to officers to finalise the relevant conditions.


As a “hybrid” application the developer was seeking full permission for certain aspects including highway access and associated engineering works; the application also included a series of parameter plans setting out the principles of development of other aspects of the scheme, which would be followed up at a later stage by reserved matters applications to finalise the full detail.


The application had been presented for the whole site to give a full picture of what was being proposed.  The area of the application that specifically fell within the RBC boundary were parts of the highway making up Foxlydiate Lane and Birchfield Road, and land currently consisting of a field off to the west of numbers 12-18 Blockley Close.


It was noted that the application before Members excluded some other parcels of land within the overall allocation for development at Foxlydiate as some housing was being brought forward under separate applications, and land to the south of the current application had had to be excluded due to land ownership issues.  The total number of homes under the current application would be 2560.

With regard to points of access to the site, the primary access was planned to be from Birchfield Road with the construction of an exit from the existing junction between Birchfield Road and the A448.  There would also be access points from Foxlydiate Lane and Curr Lane; part of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 50.


Application 19/01121/FUL - Asda, Jinnah Road, Smallwood, Redditch, B98 7ER - Mr Steve Roberts pdf icon PDF 188 KB

Site Plan

Additional documents:


Erection of a new three pump (six filling position) Petrol Filling Station (PFS) and associated works


Officers presented the report and outlined the application for the construction of an automatic (un-manned) petrol filling station (“PFS”) on land situated parallel with Union Street and currently forming part of the Asda car park accessed from Jinnah Road. Members were referred to the additional comments on the Update Report and the amendments to the proposed conditions.  The proposal would result in the loss of 50 car parking spaces and the PFS would only be permitted to trade during the existing trading hours of the Asda store (Condition 4 on page 5 of the Update Report).  There had been no objections to the scheme from the statutory consultees including the petroleum safety officer with regard to safety issues or Worcestershire Regulatory Services with regard to noise, light pollution or contaminated land.


At the invitation of the Chair the following speakers addressed the committee under the Council’s Public Speaking Rules:-


  • Mrs Paula Harvey – Smallwood Residents Association
  • Mr George Szubinski  - local resident
  • Worcestershire County Councillor Robin Lunn (Redditch North ward)
  • Redditch Councillor Greg Chance – (Central ward)
  • Mr Brad Wiseman (Agent) and Mr Alan Jones (Applicant)


The first four speakers who were opposed to the application raised various issues including choice of location close to residential properties, concerns over noise and light pollution and current problems being experienced by residents with regard to anti-social behaviour on the car park.  Although Asda had been required by a planning condition on an earlier application to provide a barrier to the car park to prevent nuisance use when the store was closed, no barrier had been installed.


The agent and applicant responded to a number of questions from Members and in doing so confirmed that:-


·       The PFS would not be manned and staff from the store would deal with deliveries which would take place three times a week.

·       The type of equipment being installed was standard to Asda and other operators and complied with all the relevant safety measures, with the whole operation being subject to very strict regulations.

·       There were no plans to employ overnight security staff, although there would be staff working in the store when it was closed.

·       That Asda had not been able to comply with the previous planning condition to install a barrier as the western part of the site where the barrier was to be located was in the control of a different land owner.  Following discussions with the land owner it had not been possible establish a solution.  Asda had therefore undertaken further negotiations with the planning authority and subject to those negotiations was intending to introduce alternative mitigation measures to address anti-social behaviour on the site and out of hours access.  Specific details of the mitigation measures could not be disclosed pending the outcome of the negotiations.


In debating the application the Members referred to a number of issues raised during public speaking including in particular the reported problems  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.


Application 18/00784/FUL - Land at Torrs Close, Southcrest, Redditch - Dr Saba Ananthram pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Site Plan

Additional documents:


Erection of a new apartment block consisting 10 no. 1 and 2 bed residential units together with associated car parking and external works.


Officers presented the report and outlined the proposal for a block of 10 apartments and associated landscaped parking.


Ms Sue Court and Mr Adam Pescia were invited by the Chair to address the committee under the Council’s Public Speaking Rules.




Having regard to the development plan and to all other material considerations, authority be delegated to the head of Planning and Regeneration to grant planning permissions subject to the following:-


a.     The satisfactory completion of a S106 planning obligation ensuring:


i.                 The provision of 3 affordable dwellings on the site, one for affordable housing and two for social rent.

ii.               Appropriate Section 106 monitoring fee.


b.    The conditions and informative sset out on pages 101 to 108 of the main agenda.


Application ref 18/01626/S73 Redditch Eastern Gateway : Discharge of Conditions pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Report attached


[Please note that there will be no public speaking on this item.]


Details pursuant to conditions 12, 16, 36 and 37


Members were reminded that at the meeting of the Planning Committee on 18th March 2019 they had requested that the details of 9 of the conditions be reported back to them for approval.


Officers were now in a position to report back on conditions 12, 16, 21 and 37 and Members were referred to the details set out in the report.  It was noted that there were no objections from any of the statutory consultees.




The details submitted pursuant to conditions:


12. Archaeology WSI and Method for Evaluation

16. Levels

21. Traffic Signal Junction

37. Watercourse buffer and watercourse diversion


Be approved as acceptable in so far as they relate to Phase 1 of the development (northern parcel).