Agenda and minutes

Planning and Development Committee - Friday 5th February, 2021 1.30 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Georgina Moore/Chris Lunn 

No. Item


Declarations of Interest


Name of Member

Type of Interest

Item/Nature of Interest

Councillor S Dean


Agenda Item 5, Item 2, Ward Councillor

Councillor J Platt


Agenda Item 5, Item 1, Ward Councillor



Minutes - Planning and Development Committee - 15 January 2021 pdf icon PDF 189 KB


The minutes of the meeting of the Planning and Development Committee held on 15 January 2021 were submitted and approved as a correct record.



Schedule of Remaining Planning Applications to be Considered by Committee pdf icon PDF 180 KB

Schedule (page 13)

Item 1 - Former St Davids School (pages 15 - 48)

Item 2 - Cawood Drive/Reivaulx Drive (pages 49 - 68)

Additional documents:


The Head of Planning submitted plans deposited as applications to develop land under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.


20/0004/FUL Demolition of existing caretaker's property and erection of 139 dwellings with associated improvements to St David's Way including access widening and landscaping at Former St Davids School, Acklam, Middlesbrough TS5 7EU for Mrs A McFaulds


Full details of the planning application and the plan status were outlined in the report. The report contained a detailed analysis of the application and analysed relevant policies from the National Planning Policy Framework and the Local Development Framework.


The Development Control Manager advised that the purpose of the application was to seek planning consent for the erection of 139 dwellings with associated access works, landscaping and infrastructure on the former St David’s School site in Acklam.


The site was located off Hall Drive at the southern end of St David’s Way, just outside of the

Acklam Conservation area boundary. To the north was Cowley Road and Adcott Road and to the west and south were Bewley Grove and Acklam Road. The Avenue of Trees provided the eastern boundary of the site and was within the Acklam Conservation area. The application site was within the vicinity of the Grade 1 Acklam Hall sited to the north across Hall Drive but did not form part of the immediate setting of the listed building.


Members were advised that under Local Housing Plan Policy H34, the former St David’s School site had been allocated for residential use to provide 115 dwellings. The wording of the policy, was as detailed below:


“Land is allocated at St David’s for a high quality, high value residential scheme, to provide a maximum of 115 dwellings. Development proposals will be expected to:

a)    provide a residential development that reflects the housing types within the surrounding area, which is predominantly 3/4 beds housing with a mix of semi and detached properties;

b)    respond positively to the Acklam Hall Conservation Area and the adjacent historic avenue of trees;

c)    properties should front on to the avenue of trees however there will be no vehicular access on to the avenue of trees;

d)    utilise existing access road arrangements from St David’s Way;

e)    maintain and enhance existing pedestrian footpath access arrangements from Acklam Road and Hall Drive;

f)     ensure that the design of the proposal takes account of any surface water flooding issues without adversely effecting existing surrounding residential properties, and maximises opportunities for the use of SUDS, where appropriate;

g)    retain the existing mature trees;

h)    15% of dwellings to be affordable provided as 5% of the dwellings on site and a 10% offsite affordable housing contribution; and,

i)      provide off-site improvements to school provision to accommodate the educational needs of future residents.


Development will not be permitted until the re-provision of the playing pitches currently on the site is made elsewhere in the town.”


It was explained that the key considerations, in respect of the proposal, were the policy criteria and any other  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20/34


Applications Approved by the Head of Planning pdf icon PDF 49 KB


The Head of Planning submitted details of planning applications which had been approved to date in accordance with the delegated authority granted to him at Minute 187 (29 September 1992).



Local Plan - An Update

The Head of Planning will provide a verbal update on the progress made with reviewing the Local Plan.


The Head of Planning provided Members with an update on the progress made with developing/revising the Local Plan.


Members were advised that the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic had impacted on timescales associated with reviewing the Local Plan and the Council had been unable to engage with the public, businesses and other stakeholders. The pandemic had also impacted quite significantly on the way in which evidence had been gathered from employers, when trying to determine the economic needs of the town in future years. The Coronavirus pandemic had resulted in massive implications for town centres and the retail sector.


It was advised that there had been some national policy changes in respect of housing (e.g. how housing numbers were calculated) and NPPF planning reforms.


Members were shown a table that identified the evidence-based documents that informed the development of the Local Plan. The table also provided an indication of when those documents were likely to become publicly available. Those documents included the Local Housing Needs Assessment, the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, Retail and Town Centre Study, the Employment Land Review, the Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy, the Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment and the Transport Study. The details of each document were outlined to the committee.


The Local Plan Development Group had met on several occasions to discuss and consider the overall strategy/vision, conservation policies, housing numbers and potential housing sites.


The revised timetable for the development of the Local Plan was outlined as below:



Target Date

Preferred Options

April 2021


October 2021


January 2022


June 2022


The implications of the delay needed to be considered in the context of:


·         the status of the current Local Plan in respect of housing sites/numbers and planning decisions;

·         the interim policies e.g. hot food takeaways and conversions; and

·         Covid-19, the need to ensure that impacts could be assessed and that the Local Plan was sufficiently flexible to respond to the pandemic.


A Member queried whether the policy on hot food takeaways could be amended to change the definition of hot food takeaways.  The Head of Planning advised that the Local Authority was unable to change the definition, however, it was able to revisit the policy framework to ensure that the Local Plan further supported and promoted public health.