Agenda and minutes

Planning - Wednesday, 27th January, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting - Microsoft Teams

Contact: Sarah Sellers  Democratic Services Officer

No. Item


Chair's Welcome


The Democratic Services Officer opened the meeting by asking for nominations for a member of the Committee to act as Chair for the meeting as both the Chair and Vice-Chair had sent apologies.


Councillor Mike Chalk was duly elected as Chair for the meeting.


The Chair welcomed the Committee members, public speakers and officers to the virtual Planning Committee meeting being held via Microsoft Teams.  The Chair explained that the meeting was being live streamed on the Council’s YouTube channel to enable members of the public to observe the committee.





Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Gemma Monaco who had chosen to participate in the meeting in her capacity as Ward Councillor.  Councillor Anthony Lovell attended as substitute for Councillor Monaco.  Apologies for absence were also received from Councillor Salman Akbar and Councillor Peter Fleming attended as substitute on behalf of Councillor Akbar.


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.



There were no declarations of interest.  For transparency Councillor Peter Fleming asked for it to be noted that he lived in Brockhill but had only moved there recently and had had no prior involvement in the planning application at agenda item 6.


Confirmation of Minutes of Planning Committee held on 13th January 2021 pdf icon PDF 307 KB

Please see Minutes attached.




The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 13th January 2021 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.



Update Reports pdf icon PDF 171 KB

Please see second Update Report attached.


Additional documents:


It was noted that one additional papers pack and two update reports had been issued which had been circulated to the Members of the Committee electronically.


Application 19/00977/HYB (Redditch application) - Land at Brockhill East Weights Lane Redditch - Persimmon Homes limited pdf icon PDF 551 KB

Additional documents:


Hybrid application for up to 960 dwellings consisting of a full application for 128 dwellings accessed off Weights Lane, new public open space, drainage system, engineering operations, associated works and an outline application, with all matters reserved with the exception of access, for the construction of the remaining dwellings with the access point off Cookridge Close, Hawling Street and Weights Lane and including a new District Centre, new play facilities, new highway network, public open space, new drainage system and surface water attenuation, engineering operations and all associated works including landscaping.



Officers outlined the application and reminded Members that the site straddled the administrative boundary between Redditch Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council, with part of the site falling into each area.  As such parallel applications had been submitted to both Councils, and decisions would need to be made by this Planning Committee and by the Bromsgrove Planning Committee.


Officers indicated using the relevant plans the location of the site, its setting in the wider area and the position of the administrative boundary between Redditch and Bromsgrove.  Members were also reminded that the site had been identified for housing development to meet the strategic needs of Redditch through the Local Plan making process and were referred to the plan from the Borough of Redditch Local Plan Allocation at page 9 of the Site Plans and Presentations Pack.


The full element of the application was for 128 dwellings, of which 76 would be situated in Redditch and 52 in Bromsgrove.  The proposed dwellings would consist of a mixture of detached and semi-detached two, three and four bedroomed houses and 4 one bedroomed apartments. Provision had been made for 23 units of affordable housing to be mixed throughout the development.  The individual house designs were similar to those found in the local area, and as such design, appearance and layout were all deemed to be appropriate.


Access to the 128 dwellings would be provided in the first instance through the existing estate roads pending completion of a new access point from Weights Lane.  A scheme to provide highway improvements to Weights Lane formed part of the application and this would include installation of traffic lights to control the flow of traffic where the road narrowed under the railway bridge and improvements to footways.  Members were referred to the plan at page 31 of the Site Plans and Presentations Pack.


Proposed condition 34 on page 63 of the agenda pack set a trigger point that no more than 100 dwellings could be brought into use before the highways improvements to Weights Lane were completed.  Officers advised by way of verbal update, that following discussions with the applicant, it was now proposed to reduce the trigger point from 100 dwellings to 85 dwellings, or on the completion of the s278 works whichever was the sooner.



The outline application detailed points of access to the local highway network with all other matters reserved for subsequent approval, namely scale, appearance, layout and landscaping.  These elements would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 81.


Application 20/00992/FUL - 3 Vicarage View Redditch B97 4RF - K Hands pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Please see additional photographs attached which will be included in the presentationat the meeting.

Additional documents:


Construction of 1 No. 3 bedroom dwelling


Officers outlined the application for a three bedroomed dwelling to be built in within the curtilage of number 3 Vicarage Road, to create a row of three adjoining houses.  The application also provided for a new access to be created for the existing number 3, with two additional parking spaces.  The new dwelling would be accessed using the existing access onto the site and two further parking spaces would also be provided.


Officers took Members through the slides and photographs in the Site Plans and Presentations Pack.  With regard to the current appearance of the site and concerns over lack of screening, officers confirmed to Members that a landscaping condition would be included as set out on page 73 of the agenda.




having regard to the development plan and to all other material considerations, planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions and informatives set out on pages 73 to 76 of the agenda.





Application 20/01418/FUL 2 Vicarage Crescent Redditch B97 4RE - Miss Halema Khan pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Additional documents:


Garage conversion and second storey extension to side and rear


Officers described the application and took members through the slides in the presentations pack.




having regard to the development plan and to all other material considerations, planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions and informatives set out on pages 79 to 80 of the agenda.