Agenda and draft minutes
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Election of Vice Chair
Due to the absence of the Vice Chair (Cllr Pavlovic had given apologies for the meeting) Cllr Looker was nominated by Cllr Kilbane as Vice Chair for the meeting. This was seconded by Cllr Ayre. Cllr Looker was appointed as Vice Chair for the meeting.
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This item invites Members to determine the following planning applications:
Members considered a schedule of reports of the Assistant Director, Planning and Public Protection, relating to the following planning applications, outlining the proposals and relevant policy considerations and setting out the views of consultees and officers.
Erection of 2 no. cattle buildings, 1 no. hay/straw storage building, 1 no. enclosure, 2 no. tanks, and hardstanding for use as a beef rearing unit [Rural West York Ward]
Members considered a major full application from Askham Bryan College for the erection of two cattle buildings, one hay/straw storage building, one enclosure, two tanks, and hardstanding for use as a beef rearing unit at land comprising field west of Askham Bryan College, York Road to Westfield Cottages, Askham Bryan, York. The Head of Development Services gave a presentation on the application.
Kathryn Jukes, Agent for the Applicant, spoke in support of the application. She explained that Askham Bryan College was one of the main land based colleges in the country and the emerging Local Plan recognised the college. The college had expanded over a number of years and the proposed shed would extend existing facilities for which it had been awarded funding from the government for the development of the facility. She ended by noting a number of difficulties in contacting the drainage officer and the Head of Development Services noted that this was being resolved.
Members asked Kathryn Jukes a number of questions to which she responded that:
· The application related to teaching and learning on rearing beef cattle. Rearing the beef locally would reduce carbon emissions.
· The travel plan did not form part of this application. Officers advised that that it would not be reasonable to add a travel plan condition.
· The cattle would not be kept inside all year long and the site was within a field where cattle would be allowed outside. This was not an intensive farming facility.
· Cattle rearing was part of the wider curriculum at the college.
Members then asked a further questions from officers to which they responded that:
· The condition for the discharge of run off rates was included in condition 3.
· Public rights of way were not enforced by planning conditions.
· Regarding a proposed additional condition relating to restricting the use of the building, any change of use would require a new planning application.
· Condition 8 was a standard ecology condition and condition 7 related to landscape mitigation.
· It was reasonable that there was a travel plan for different parts of the college.
· The right of the way referred to in the report was a different right of way to that closed by the college previously.
Cllr Ayre proposed an amended condition that if the building was removed from education/agricultural use for 18 months it would be demolished. This was seconded by Cllr D’Agorne. A vote was taken with 8 for and 4 against. The motion carried.
Cllr Ayre proposed approval with the above amended condition seconded by Cllr Doughty. A vote was taken with 13 for and one against.
The motion was carried and it was
Resolved: That delegated authority to be given to
the Head of Development Services to:
Erection of distribution facility (use class B8) including formation of vehicle access onto Glaisdale Road [Rural West York Ward]
Members considered a major full application from Northminster Properties Ltd for the Erection of distribution facility (use class B8) including formation of vehicle access onto Glaisdale Road on Land to the South of Northminster Business Park, Harwood Road, Upper Poppleton, York.
The Head of Development Services outlined the application and gave a presentation on it. She then gave an update noting the comments from planning policy, highways matters, climate change, changes to draft conditions, and a late objection from an interested party. The additional information had been assessed and the planning balance and recommendation were unchanged from the published report.
Officers then responded to Members questions, noting that:
· They were satisfied that the conditions addressed concerns regarding congestion on the A59 and that application would not have a negative impact on neighbouring properties.
· Condition 5 could be changed to the lifetime of the development.
· There were conditions relating to safe pathways and cycleways.
· The speed limit on the site was 10mph and 40mph on Northfield Lane.
· The application did not achieve BREAMM.
· There was a condition to protect existing trees and if these trees should die they would need to be replaced.
Kathryn Jukes, Agent for the Applicant, spoke in support of the application. She explained that DPD had been looking for a new site for a number of years as their existing site at Clifton Moor was not suitable for electric vehicles. She added that this application would allow DPD to operate electric vehicles, deliver 125 jobs for the district and although it was not possible to achieve BREAMM excellent, carbon emissions would be reduced. She was then asked and answered Members’ questions:
· The previous application was from Unipart, not DPD.
· The removal of fuel vehicles within the city walls related to the size of vehicles used and deliveries to those properties would be by electric vehicles.
· She explained the BREAMM scoring system and why it was not possible to achieve BREAMM excellent, adding that the site there would be electric vehicles, provision for photovoltaic panels and a rainwater harvesting tank.
· DPD had depots all over the country and the York hub served a wider area including Scarborough, Hull and Harrogate,
· It was the intention that undelivered parcels would be at that depot.
· At present DPD were limited by the size of electric vehicles but as more vehicles become available, they would be used further outwards.
· The DPD drivers had the same benefits as other employees.
· An overview of the structure of the 125 new jobs was given.
· No employees would be self employed.
· Most deliveries to the depot would be during the day and there were different shift patterns.
· The was van washing at the site and a noise assessment had been submitted. The drainage met the drainage requirements for this.
· Two new conditions addressed residents collecting parcels from the depot.
Officers were then asked further clarification questions from Members to which they responded that:
· The site was in the Green Belt and ... view the full minutes text for item 36.