Report number: CAB/WS/22/053
Portfolio holder: Councillor David Roach
Lead officer: Marie Smith
That the Land at School Road (The Triangle), Great Barton Draft Development Brief, as contained in Appendix A to Report number CAB/WS/22/052, be approved for public consultation by the Development Team.
(Report number CAB/WS/22/053)
The Cabinet received this report which sought approval for the draft Development Brief to go out to public consultation by the Development Team. This was expected to be a six week consultation and would engage the public using a range of methods, including face-to-face techniques.
The Portfolio Holder for Planning explained that this site was allocated in the Rural Vision 2031 document under Policy RV18, which was adopted in September 2014. Since the adoption of the document, a Neighbourhood Plan (GBNP) had been prepared and adopted. Within this Development Plan document, the site was allocated again with the GBNP adding another layer of detail on how the site should come forward. It was noted that the submission version of the GBNP sought to limit the amount of development on the site to 150 dwellings. However, the Inspector had rejected this approach and the final wording in the Plan set out that a higher quantum of development could come forward if that was demonstrated to be acceptable in a Development Brief (DB).
West Suffolk Council owned a smaller rectangular parcel of the site on the western boundary. Suffolk County Council were the majority landowner for the remainder of the land within the allocation and the land to which the draft Development Brief related.
The proposals for the site were set out in Section 2 of Report number CAB/WS/22/053. It was noted that one of the main benefits of the development delivering a higher number than 150 dwellings was that the development would be able to deliver the community facilities, which included a MUGA, a new car park, extensive landscaping and land to allow the primary school to expand, which included what the Great Barton Neighbourhood Plan was seeking to be delivered by this development.
Officers were satisfied that the higher density development was acceptable because it delivered the smaller types of units that the local housing need had identified, the scheme would deliver the maximum amount of non-residential uses that the GBNP sought and that the development would still be a well landscaped, vibrant, well designed scheme.
Councillor Sarah Broughton, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Property and also the local Ward Member for The Fornhams and Great Barton, acknowledged the concerns raised by the Parish Council and local residents with regards to this draft Development Brief, which was proposing a higher density to the number of dwellings than was set out in the Great Barton Neighbourhood Plan. Therefore, it would be important to ensure that the consultation was extremely clear around what the Development Brief wanted to achieve, which currently appeared in be in conflict with the Neighbourhood Plan. Councillor Broughton also referred to the Inspector’s decision with regards to the number of dwellings to be on this site and stated that this could be open to interpretation. The Portfolio Holder for Planning responded to the points raised by Councillor Broughton and confirmed that these would be taken on board as part of the consultation process, particularly around ... view the full minutes text for item 393