Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Newport, Isle of WIght

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 218 KB

To confirm as a true record the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 October 2021.


THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 19 October 2021 be approved.


Declarations of Interest

To invite Members to declare any interest they might have in the matters on the agenda.


There were no declarations at this stage


Public Question Time - 15 Minutes Maximum

Questions are restricted to matters not on the agenda. Questions may be asked without notice but to guarantee a full reply at the meeting, a question must be put including the name and address of the questioner by delivery in writing or by electronic mail to Democratic Services at no later than two clear working days before the start of the meeting. Normally, Planning Committee is held on a Tuesday, therefore the deadline for written questions will be Thursday, 11 November 2021.



There were no Public Questions


Report of the Strategic Manager for Planning and Infrastructure pdf icon PDF 14 KB

Planning applications and related matters.

Additional documents:


Consideration was given to items 1 and 2 of the report of the Strategic Manager for Planning and Infrastructure Delivery.




THAT the application be determined as detailed below:


The reasons for the resolutions made in accordance with Officer recommendation were given in the planning report. Where resolutions are made contrary to Officer recommendation the reasons for doing so are contained in the minutes.


A schedule of additional representations received after the printing of the report were submitted at the beginning of the meeting and were drawn to the attention of Members when considering the application.





Residential development comprising of 44 dwellings with access from Birch Close; access roads, parking and landscaping (revised drawings and corrected labels) (readvertised application)


Land to the East of Birch Close and North of, Solent Gardens, Freshwater.

Site Visits:

The site visit was carried out on Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Public Participants:

Huw Jenkins (Objector)

Mrs Frances Turan (Objector)

George Cameron (on behalf of Freshwater Parish Council)

Andrew White (Agent)

Additional Representations:

The Environment Act had become law since the report had been published which required environmental net gain to ensure developers leave the environment in a better state compared to the pre-development base line. The requirement was for developers to deliver a 10% increase in biodiversity. It was believed that planning conditions and associated legal agreement could include requirements of the Environment Act to achieve biodiversity net gain.


Councillor Chris Jarman spoke as Local Member on this item.


Concern was raised regarding the foul and surface drainage within the area and if there was capacity for further housing, the Planning Officers advised that Southern Water had been consulted on the application as a statutory consultee and had raised no objection to the scheme.


The Committee asked questions relating to an access/footpath into the town centre from the site, Officers informed the Committee that if they believed it was required a condition could be attached to the planning permission.


Affordability of the proposed houses was raised with concern that they were not always affordable to everyone.


Concern was raised from Councillors regarding the Local Member’s role at the meeting, the Council’s Constitution Part 5 (Code of practice for Members and Officers dealing with Planning Matters (Local Councillors)) states that local members who sit on the planning committee by local convention may speak but will not vote on the issue, the Chairman advised that this was a local convention and not the law, therefore the Councillor concerned was entitled to take part in the debate and vote on the item being considered. Advice had been provided and it was the decision of the local councillor how they wished to take part.


The Committee questioned the biodiversity of the site and how the net gains were to be achieved, they were advised that the harm would be mitigated by retaining vegetation to encourage nesting birds and mammals to move to another location.


The Committee noted the level of development in the area with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.


Members' Question Time

To guarantee a reply to a question, a question  must be submitted in writing or by electronic mail to no later than 4.00 pm on Friday, 12 November 2021. A question may be asked at the meeting without prior notice but in these circumstances there is no guarantee that a full reply will be given at the meeting.


There were no Members questions