Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary, Council
Thursday, 24th June, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Conference Suite - Civic Offices. View directions

Contact: Gary Woodhall Tel: (01992) 564243  Email:  democraticservices@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Media

Items
No. Item

11.

Webcasting Introduction

This meeting is to be webcast.

 

The Democratic and Electoral Services Team Manager will read the following announcement:

 

“The Chairman would like to remind everyone present that this meeting will be broadcast live to the internet (or filmed) and will be capable of repeated viewing (or another use by such third parties).

 

Therefore, by entering the Conference Suite and using the seating area, you are consenting to being filmed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings for webcasting and/or training purposes.

 

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Minutes:

The Democratic Services Manager reminded everyone present that the meeting would be broadcast live to the Internet, and that the Council had adopted a protocol for the webcasting of its meetings.

 

 

12.

Chairman's Introduction

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Minutes:

At the start of the meeting the Chairman of Council informed the meeting that this would be a one item meeting, essentially just a Planning meeting to consider just one application. She went on to explain how the meeting would be run and the format it would take and emphasised that a decision would have to be reached at the end and if possible, there should be no abstentions when voting.

 

She noted that she would be a voting Chairman.

 

 

13.

Advice from Legal Advisor

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Minutes:

The Chairman introduced the Council’s Legal advisor, Jacqueline Backhaus, who went on to make a statement on the proceedings for the night. She noted that there had been a significant amount of public debate online and on social media platforms about this application. Members must keep in mind the guidance set out in the Members Code of Conduct and the Planning Code of Practice. Members should take account all views expressed in a considered and balanced way before reaching a decision. Members may be predisposed towards an outcome but must also take into account the planning issues fairly and on their merits and must not have made up their minds before formally considering the application along with any representations given tonight. Conclusions reached in advance of this meeting risked being based on partial facts and without the ability to review all the material considerations for applying appropriate weight. They would therefore be open to misunderstanding and possibly to legal challenge on the grounds that the right things had not been taken into account.

 

 

14.

Declarations of Interest

To declare interests in any item on the agenda.

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Minutes:

(a)          Pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct Councillor S Kane declared a prejudicial interest in item 4 – EPF/2503/19, Land North of Dowding Way, Waltham Abbey and in the interests of transparency he noted that complaints had been made about comments he had made  on this application and that he may have predetermined this application. In light of this he had decided that he was not able to speak on the application or vote and therefore he would leave the meeting for the consideration of the application and voting.

 

(b)          Pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct Councillor S Heap declared a prejudicial interest in item 4 – EPF/2503/19, Land North of Dowding Way, Waltham Abbey and in the interests of transparency he noted that he too had complaints made about comments he had made  on this application and that he may have predetermined this application. In light of this he had decided that he was not able to speak on the application or vote and therefore he would leave the meeting for the consideration of the application and voting.

 

(c)          Pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct, Councillor S Murray declared a non-pecuniary and non-prejudicial interest on items 4, EPF/2503/19  - Land North of Dowding Way, Waltham Abbey, by virtue of being a member of the Epping Forest Heritage Trust. He noted that he had taken no part in any discussion regarding the application and would remain in the meeting for the consideration of the application and voting.

 

(d)          Pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct, Councillor Jon Whitehouse declared a non-pecuniary and non-prejudicial interest on items 4, EPF/2503/19  - Land North of Dowding Way, Waltham Abbey, by virtue of being a member of the Epping Forest Heritage Trust. He noted that he would remain in the meeting for the consideration of the application and voting.

 

(e)          Pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct Councillor T Matthews declared a non-prejudicial interest in item 4 – EPF/2503/19 Land North of Dowding Way, Waltham Abbey and in the interests of transparency he noted that complaints had been made about him which suggested that he had pre-determined this application. But contrary to the complaint he had not made any comments either privately or publicly about the application and had only followed a ‘facebook’ group opposing the application so he could gauge the public feeling around the application.  He confirmed that he had an open mind on the merits of the application and would only decide once he had heard all comments made during the meeting and would remain in the meeting for the consideration of the application and voting.

 

(f)           Pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct, Councillors D Wixley and Janet Whitehouse declared a non-pecuniary and non-prejudicial interests on items 4, EPF/2503/19  - Land North of Dowding Way, Waltham Abbey, by virtue of being ordinary members of the Epping Forest Heritage Trust. They noted that they had taken no part in any  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

Planning application EPF/2503/19 - Land to the North of Dowding Way, Waltham Abbey pdf icon PDF 553 KB

To consider the attached report regarding a full planning application for the erection of 1 no. building for use as a warehouse (Use Class B8) with ancillary accommodation & photo studio (sui generis) with gatehouse, sprinkler tanks & pumphouse, substation, fuel island, vehicle wash, attenuation ponds and associated works; 1no. multi-storey car park with associated bridge link, along with access & servicing arrangements, landscaping & external amenity areas, roof-mounted photovoltaic array; creation of signalised junction to A121 and shared foot and cycle links including a connection to the Public Right of Way network.

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Minutes:

The District Development Management Committee had considered this application at their meeting held on 21 December 2020 when the application was referred to Council with a recommendation to refuse planning permission.

 

Lydia Grainger (Team Manager – Joint Planning Implementation) presented a report to the Council which considered a full planning application (accompanied with an Environmental Statement) for the erection of 1 no. building for use as a warehouse (Use Class B8) with ancillary accommodation & photo studio (sui generis) with gatehouse, sprinkler tanks & pumphouse, substation, fuel island, vehicle wash, attenuation ponds and associated works; 1no. multi-storey car park with associated bridge link, along with access & servicing arrangements, landscaping & external amenity areas, roof-mounted photovoltaic array; creation of signalised junction to A121 and shared foot and cycle links including a connection to the Public Right of Way network.

 

The application was then debated by the Councillors in attendance. A motion that the application be refused in accordance with the District Development Management Committee’s recommendations with some amendments was put forward by Councillor C C Pond and seconded by Councillor H Kauffman. This proposal was put to the vote and agreed by the meeting.

 

Carried

 

 

The full reason for the refusal was then debated by the Council and were agreed. In accordance with Council Rule V1 (Voting), 5 members asked that this vote on the reasons for refusal be taken as a recorded vote.

 

There voted for the reasons for refusal (25) namely: R Balcombe, R Bassett, R Brookes, D Dorrell, S Heather, J Jogia, H Kane, H Kaufman, J Leppart, A Lion, T Matthews, S McCredie, J McIvor, S Murray, S Neville, C Nweke, C C Pond, C P Pond, S Rackham, K Rizvi,  J Share-Bernia, D Stocker, J H Whitehouse, J M Whitehouse, D Wixley.

 

There voted against the reasons for refusal (6) namely: L Burrows, I Hadley, A Patel, D Sunger, H Whitbread, K Williamson.

 

There voted to abstain (0).

 

Reasons for refusal ADOPTED:

 

RESOLVED:

 

i)          The proposed development fails to demonstrate nil detriment to the EFSAC as required under the Habitats Regulations 2017 and the Holohan judgement and this cannot at present be adequately demonstrated, contrary to Policy NC1 of the adopted Local Plan; DM2 and DM22 of the Local Plan Submission Version 2017 and the requirements of the Habitat Regulations 2017 and the NPPF.

 

ii)         The proposal would have an adverse impact on the Metropolitan Green Belt and environs of Waltham Abbey owing to the obtrusive height, length, urbanising effect and bulk of the proposed building, contrary to GB2, GB7 and DBE4 of the adopted Local Plan and Policies DM4 and DM9 Criteria D of the Local Plan Submission Version 2017 and the NPPF;

 

iii)         The effects of the proposal on the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) as the air pollution mitigation strategy is likely to be insufficient, contrary to Policy DM2 and DM22 of the Local Plan Submission Version 2017 and the NPPF;

 

iv)        There was no reason to develop on this site within the Green Belt  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.