WEYBREAD PARISH COUNCIL
Record of Telephone Conference : Wednesday 13 May 2020 1500 – 1545
REVISED LAYOUT RECEIVED WEDNESDAY 13 MAY 2020
Good Morning All,
With regard to the meeting scheduled to commence at 15:00 today, please see the attached revised masterplan provided by Mark Bassett.
As described by Mr Bassett, the changes are as follows:
1 Main access road moved to the north of the village green rather than south – we have shown a single dwelling to the north of the village green which can act as a visual focal point. Increasing the density further here may be challenging because of the vegetation to the immediate north but is something that could be grappled with at reserved matters stage. Please note the scheme remains at a maximum of 80 dwellings.
2 LEAP play area moved from north of village green to be within village green. We have shown an indicative position of this and noted final location to be agreed at reserved matters stage.
3 We have also added an orange dashed line to show the pedestrian footpaths and the links to the outer footpath to the green space.
4 On the eastern boundary we show a footpath connection but the plan annotates that to connect to the existing network third party land will be required.
5 We have also hatched up and added a note in respect of the footpath along The Street
Annotated amendments to plan as follows.
Text top of plan
Hatched area indicates new footpath along the street to connect to existing footpath.
See bottom right hand corner.
D. 04052020 Main road connection moved north of Village Green
Pedestrian footpath links to open space indicated with orange dashed line.
C 31032020 Layout to the West of the entrance road re-designed to open up front of site to new central public open space. Note to employment units updated.
B 21022020 Note to employment units updated.
A 21022020 Road access point from the street updated to reflect … connect
consultants’ drawings. Visibilty splay updated and red application updated to suit ???
Note regarding Playground
Indicative LEAP play area in centre of village green.
Eastern Footpath Connection
Pedestrian footpath link provided to boundary of site but third party land required to make connection to existing public right of way network.
10,000 ft 2 of employment uints Use Class B1 only.
Crown Farm Outline Planning Permission. Reference DC / 17 / 06326
Record of Telephone Conference : Wednesday 13 May 2020 1500 – 1545
Participants: Vincent Pearce Senior Planner MSDC
Cllr. Lavinina Hadingham Chair MSDC
Graham Gibbs Chair Weybread PC
Mike Nott Weybread PC
( As Chair of the District Council, and Member of the Planning Committee, Cllr. Hadingham was a participant observing)
1.To discuss the revised layout provided by Mark Bassett for Cranswick
2. To discuss the outstanding conditions set by Weybread Parish Council
In order of discussion
The revised layout had been previously circulated and the main changes noted by Mr.Basset on his submission to MSDC were as follows:
Main access road moved to the north of the village green rather than south – we have shown a single dwelling to the north of the village green which can act as a visual focal point. Increasing the density further here may be challenging because of the vegetation to the immediate north but is something that could be grappled with at reserved matters stage. Please note the scheme remains at a maximum of 80 dwellings.
LEAP play area moved from north of village green to be within village green. We have shown an indicative position of this and noted final location to be agreed at reserved matters stage.
We have also added an orange dashed line to show the pedestrian footpaths and the links to the outer footpath to the green space.
On the eastern boundary we show a footpath connection but the plan annotates that to connect to the existing network third party land will be required.
We have also hatched up and added a note in respect of the footpath along The Street
Discussion without prejudice by all parties.
This layout accommodates many of the issues outlined in the Parish Council’s conditions viz. A) the reconfigured main roadways into the development; B) no vehicular access to the South of the village green; C) relocated LEAP play area; D) stronger and demonstrable focus for a connected footpath/cycleway including a full perimeter footpath.
We agreed that the revised layout was a significant improvement on the preceding one and that it met the concerns of the P.C.
In his report, VP would be recommending that the four units on the eastern side should be reduced by two. This would be achieved by relocating one to the green space, immediately to the North other to join the four opposite.
Although low rise, this would lessen the impact further for properties adjacent.
Grant of £ 100k to support the development of a Community Centre
The Parish Council emphasised strongly that this was a very important condition for Weybread.
A new Community Centre would both provide the infrastructure to bring the old and new communities together and to provide a heart to a very linear settlement.
GG explained that this was not a figure ‘plucked from the air’ but a figure that could be added to £ 50k (existing) and £ 100k plus (from current village hall) that could then be match-funded by grants to reach a sum which might realistically provide the building funds.
VP explained the issue accessing CIL money from this development when existing employment land square footage might be offset by the developer against potential new CIL money from the site.
VP suggested that PC might also apply separately to the District-wide CIL pot for this infrastructure.
Taking into account the overall importance of this provision to Weybread, and although it will not be his decision, he was prepared to consider including, as one of his recommendations, that the affordable housing grant of £ 240k for this site be reduced by £ 100k to pump prime the initiative.
If the money was forthcoming, there would be five years to complete the project or the funds would have to be returned. The five years would start from a trigger point to be agreed ( for example, the completion of forty houses.)
Given the proposed prominent site, VP would be expecting a high quality design.
In summary, VP thought the development, as a whole, was an exemplary one for a development of this size within a rural community.
On the matter of drainage, VP reassured the meeting that the Flood & Water Authorities would not allow completion without any issues being rectified. Outflows would be controlled and attenuated if necessary.
VP to write his report and submit to the Chief Planning Officer MSDC, Phil Isbell, who will determine the progression of this application.
VP will extract his recommendations from the report and forward these to the PC.
Weybread Parish Council
Conditions set on approval of Outline Planning Application – DC/17/06326
That the road, serving the maximum of 80 houses, is divided in two and reconfigured to ensure the West side of the development is served by a road running separately across the northern end of the development and that meets with the current proposed road layout close to its junction with the B1116.
That the village green has no vehicular access at the southern end, establishing a true green corridor with the public open space shown.
That the LEAP play area is relocated on the development to a site with greater surveillance, for example to the South of the Village Green.
The Public Open Space to the south of the development is gifted to the Parish Council with vehicular and pedestrian right of way set as a condition.
A future principle that a community centre and car park could be built on the Public Open Space to the south of the development.
That we receive a payment of £100,000 towards the building costs of a Community Centre to fully integrate this new development into the existing village.
A pavement is provided along the B1116.
That there is a stronger and demonstrable focus for a connected footpath / cycleway plan within the development, including a full circular perimeter footpath and that its connection to existing and meaningful PROWs and footpaths is also shown to encourage cohesion with the existing village settlement.
Confirmation that the commercial units are B1 only.
The Parish Council has representation on the Management Company’s Local Board.
Surface drainage route to be corrected.
The affordable housing is built in Weybread if the need is identified.
The developer to provide an Urban Gym Trail to support village inclusion
The developer to provide 8 recycled plastic benches, 4 picnic benches and a dog bin to be located around the site to aid the encouragement of community interaction.