Agenda and decisions

Planning Committee
Thursday 29th July 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Suite. View directions

Contact: David Acton  Email: dacton@solihull.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Decision:

Councillor Jim Ryan tended his apologies.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of Members disclosable pecuniary interests and conflicts of interest.

Decision:

There were no declarations from Members of disclosable pecuniary interest or conflict of interest.

3.

Requests of Members to address the meeting

Decision:

Councillor Tony Dicicco read out a statement on behalf of Councillor Diane Howell in relation to application 2021/00471 – Waste Lane/Hodgetts Lane/Truggist Lane, Berkswell; Councillor Ken Allsopp requested a statement be read out on his behalf in relation to application 2021/00276 – Station Road/Hallmeadow Road, Balsall Common; and Councillor Tony Dicicco requested to speak on application 2021/00473 – Hallmeadow Road, Balsall Common.

4.

Questions and Deputations

Decision:

A deputation was read out on behalf of Ms Sheila Cooper (representing CPRE Warwickshire) requesting the refusal of applications 2021/00471 – Waste Lane/Hodgetts Lane/Truggist Lane, Berkswell; 2021/00276 – Station Road/Hallmeadow Road, Balsall Common; and 2021/00473 – Hallmeadow Road, Balsall Common.

6.

PL/2021/00471/HS2DIS - Waste Lane Sch 17 pdf icon PDF 681 KB

Decision:

Refused against the recommendation for the following reason:-

 

1.  The Local Planning Authority considers the arrangements to/from the worksites, subject to this Schedule 17 request under paragraph 6 of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017, ought to be modified to avoid causing harm to the local environment and local amenity by way of noise and disturbance to sensitive receptors including Heart of England school, community facilities in Balsall Common village centre and residential properties and would prejudice the free flow of traffic and the safety of other road users and pedestrians. It is not considered that the highways the subject of this lorry route, namely Kelsey Lane, Waste Lane, Hodgetts Lane and Truggist Lane, are suitable to support the number of large goods vehicles. The width of these roads are insufficient for two large goods vehicles to pass safely without causing harm to road users and pedestrians using the adjacent footpaths. This is evidenced by the road widths being below the standards set within the HS2 Rural Roads Design Criteria, Appendix A.

 

It is considered that a reasonable alternative exists, within HS2 Act Limits, to facilitate access to the worksites, from the Strategic Road Network to Park Lane and onto a continuous haul road which would cross the West Coast Main Line using an existing farm accommodation overbridge which would then connect with the worksites the subject of this request. This alternative would remove the need for large goods vehicles to travel through Balsall Common village and thus reducing the impact on local environment and local amenity and also free flow of traffic and highway safety.

 

The Local Planning Authority is satisfied that evidence has been provided to demonstrate that the proposed arrangements are reasonably capable of being so modified and it is not considered that the applicants have robustly considered this alternative.

 

 

Statements of objection were read out on behalf of Mr/Mrs Howarth and Councillor Diane Howell, and Ms Sheila Cooper, Mr Richard Lloyd, Mr Keith Tindall (Balsall Parish Council) and Mr Andrew Burrow (Berkswell Parish Council) spoke in objection to the application whilst Mr Alan Payne spoke in support.

8.

PL/2021/00276/CLOPUD - Station Road pdf icon PDF 529 KB

Decision:

That a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use or Development be granted.

 

That Ms Sheila Cooper, Mr Richard Lloyd, Councillor Ken Allsopp (statement read out) and Mr Andrew Burrow (Berkswell Parish Council) spoke against the application whilst Mr James Mumby spoke in support.

10.

PL/2021/00473/HS2DIS - Hallmeadow Road Sch 17 pdf icon PDF 645 KB

Decision:

Conditional approval as per recommendation together with an informative that the applicants/contractor are reminded of the need to obtain Schedule 4 consents for any changes to the highway including the provision of any replacement on-street car parking. A further informative was added in relation to encouraging ongoing engagement between all relevant parties regarding options to extend the railway station car park.

 

Mr Andy Hardwick, Ms Sheila Cooper, Mr Richard Lloyd, and Councillor Tony Dicicco spoke against the application, a statement of objection was read out on behalf of Mr Richard Drake (Berkswell Parish Council), whilst Mr Alan Payne spoke in support.

12.

PL/2020/02821/HS2DIS - Kenilworth Greenway pdf icon PDF 539 KB

Decision:

The Committee approved the request for Bringing Into Use and related mitigation.

 

Mr Richard Lloyd spoke against the application whilst Mr James Mumby spoke in support.