Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Tuesday, 15th October, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB

Contact: Rachel Beale  Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)

Items
No. Item

1.

Attendance and Apologies/ Presenoldeb ac Ymddiheuriadau

Minutes:

1.1       Apologies were received from Councillors Stuart Ashley, Len Constance, Veronica Crick and Louise Shepphard.

2.

Declarations of interest/Datganiadau o fudd

Minutes:

2.1       The Principal Solicitor reminded Members that they needed to complete the declaration of interest form in the attendance register folder if they were declaring an interest in any application.

 

2.2       The following interests were declared:

  • Councillor Steven Evans declared a personal interest in agenda item 5 as Brecon Beacons National Park Authority of which he was a member have appointed him to sit on the outside body of Blaenavon Heritage Committee.
  • Councillor Fay Jones declared a personal interest in agenda item 6 as a Member of Cwmbran Community Council who had been consulted on the application.

 

3.

Minutes of Planning Committee - 20/08/2019/ Cofnodion Pwyllgor Cynllunio - 20/08/2019 pdf icon PDF 421 KB

Minutes:

3.1       Members agreed that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 20th August 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.

4.

Planning Appeal -03/P/09336 / Apêl Cynllunio -03/P/09336 pdf icon PDF 590 KB

Reclamation of former opencast workings, recovery of secondary aggregates and construction of new access road affecting Public Rights of Way (Amended scheme) at Land at Tirpentwys, Hafodyrynys, Pontypool.

 

Adfer hen weithfeydd glo brig, adfeddiannu agregau eilradd ac adeiladu ffordd mynediad yn effeithio ar Hawliau Tramwy Cyhoeddus (cynllun diwygiedig) ar Dir yn Nhirpentwys, Hafodyrynys, Pont-y-p?l.

 

 

Minutes:

4.1       Members were pleased with the outcome and agreed to note the decision made by the Planning Inspectorate.

 

5.

Planning Application - 17/P/0795/FUL / Cais Cynllunio - 17/P/0795/FUL pdf icon PDF 284 KB

Construction of 50 residential units, car parking and landscaping and associated works at New Road Farm, Varteg Road, Blaenavon, Pontypool.

 

Adeiladu 50 o unedau preswyl, parcio i geir a gwaith tirwedd a gwaith cysylltiol yn New Road Farm, Varteg Road, Blaenafon, Pont-y-pwl.

 

Minutes:

5.1       The Principal Planner highlighted a number of corrections to the report which included:

  • Page 27 – The Conservation Officers comments should state that they had no objections subject to appropriate conditions being attached to the application.
  • Page 28 – The Highways Officers comments should state that ‘I would not oppose this application from a highway standpoint’.

 

5.2       The Principal Planner showed photos and plans of the site and made the following comments:

  • Planning Committee resolved to approve the current application subject to a Section 106 Agreement in February 2018.
  • Discussions regarding the Section 106 requirements have been ongoing and were almost complete.
  • Given the passage of time since the previous Committee resolution to approve, a new resolution is required to progress the Section 106.
  • The application was for 50 dwellings and the scheme remains largely the same as the previous application. There was one key change to note which was the reduction in the length of the retaining wall along the northern boundary of the site. Officers welcomed the reduction as it would have less of a visual impact than the previously approved scheme.
  • The other changes included the addition of gates to some pathways to the side of properties in order to meet the requirements of the Police Secure by Design Officer.
  • The Section 106 remained the same as when the application was previously considered by committee.
  • The scheme proposed a high level of design in keeping with the character of Blaenavon. 

 

5.3       In response to Member questions, Officers gave the following replies:

 

  • Whilst no affordable housing would be provided through the Section 106 on this part of the wider site, 20 dwellings were being built to DQR standard and it was understood a Registered Social Landlord would take these on.
  • An area of public open space ran through the site, there was also green space around the periphery of the site and all the areas of green space would be managed by a private company. There was a satisfactory level of open space on the site which was in line with LDP Policy H5.
  • It was a steep site and it was not possible to have a second vehicular access onto the main road.
  • The site has good quality footways which were 1.8m wide which run through the site north to south and linked both developments. The footways were considered safe for children to use to get to school.
  • The vehicular access on the site was of a good quality.
  • A condition was proposed which requires a Landscaping Scheme to be submitted and approved and a management company would be responsible for maintaining the landscaping on the site.
  • There were a number of mature trees on the site which were being retained. The Section 106 would secure financial contributions for children’s play and adult recreation facilities, subject to viability.

 

5.4       It was noted that the financial contribution to children’s play would be used for offsite improvements at Blaenavon Park and it was asked how far away  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Planning Application - 19/P/0464/FUL / Cais Cynllunio - 19/P/0464/FUL pdf icon PDF 544 KB

Construction of Solar Farm, Land at Ty Coch , Hollybush Way, Ty Coch, Cwmbran.

 

Adeiladu Fferm Solar, Tir yn Nh? Coch, Hollybush Way, T? Coch, Cwmbrân.

 

Minutes:

6.1       The Senior Planner showed Members photos and plans and made the following comments:

  • Since the publication of the agenda there had been a late objection from the owner of land to the south of the site who believed that his land would become landlocked if the development was to go ahead and he considered it to be a bad commercial project.
  • The proposed site was 5.37 hectares and was a former landfill site which stopped being used for landfill in 1983. The site had been decommissioned with a 1m clay cap.
  • Cwmbran Drive was to the east of the site and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal was to the west of the site which had a number of listed bridges on.
  • The proposal was to install 10,488 solar panels which would generate enough energy to power a 1000 houses. The panels would be arranged in arrays which would be 3.8m wide, 2.4m high and 40m long.
  • In order to connect to the National Grid there would need to be 16 inverter cabinets installed on the site and a single substation.
  • 16 CCTV cameras would be located around the perimeter fence which would be 2.5m high.
  • The site was enclosed with existing vegetation and trees.
  • There was a Public Right of Way across the site which was proposed to be diverted through a separate application.
  • The site was allocated in the LDP for employment use, however no businesses had come forward to occupy the site due to the contamination on the site which restricted employment or industrial development of the site. The solar panels would have special foundations which would be laid on top of the capping layer. The proposed use was compatible with the industrial area to the north of the site.
  • The proposal would provide renewable energy and contribute to Welsh Governments target of providing 70% of electricity by renewable sources by 2030.
  • The mature trees on site would be retained and would act as a screen between the site and the surrounding area.

 

6.2       Members asked a series of questions and the following answers were given by Officers:

  • Survey works on the site had been carried out and gas monitoring had been undertaken and would continue to be monitored throughout the life of the solar farm.
  • The person who had objected to the application had land near the site but did not live near the site.
  • The trees on the site would be managed and maintained and the panels would be arranged taking in to consideration any possible shadowing from the trees.
  • Officers had not requested a photomontage as pre-application advice was sought and the site was well screened.
  • The ecological report had been taken into consideration in the determination of the application and appropriate conditions were attached to the application.
  • The Public Right of Way would be considered by a separate application. The Canal and River Trusts proposals for a marina had not come forward yet and may not progress but the footpath could be diverted  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.