Agenda and minutes

Planning and Development Committee - Thursday 7th March, 2024 1.30 pm

Venue: Mandela Room

Contact: Joanne McNally 

No. Item


Declarations of Interest


Name of Councillor

Type of Interest

Item/Nature of Interest

Councillor M McClintock


Agenda Item 4, Item 1, Ward Councillor

Councillor J Platt


Agenda Item 4, Item 2 & 3, Ward Councillor

Councillor M Nugent


Agenda Item 4, Item 2, Relative works in school




Minutes - Planning and Development Committee - 8 February 2024 pdf icon PDF 194 KB


The minutes of the meeting of the Planning and Development Committee held on 8 February 2024 were submitted and approved as a correct record.



Schedule of Remaining Planning Applications to be Considered by Committee pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Schedule – Page 15


Item 1 – Chandlers Ridge Primary School – Page 17


Item 2 – Discovery Special Academy – Page 35


Item 3 – 4 Hall Drive – Page 59

Additional documents:


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


23/0424/FUL, Chandlers Ridge Primary School, a single storey extension to the existing school building to create 2 new classrooms with associated external works in the existing car park

Members were advised that the application was an update on the original planning application that was placed before Committee on the 11th January 2024.  The application proposed for the extension to Chandlers Ridge Primary School was previously placed with a recommendation to approve subject to conditions. The Planning Committee considered the proposals, along with concerns raised by objectors in attendance.


At the 11 January Committee members sought to defer the application to allow the school to explore further parking provision within the school grounds and to detail options in relation to the travel plan. A request was also made from members that a representative from the school / schools agent, attend the meeting to answer queries from members.


Members were advised that the applicant had reviewed the parking arrangements at the school and had increased the proposed provision of car park spaces to 30 which was a higher requirement than the Tees Valley Highways Guide recommends. Members heard that the travel plan had not been able to be detailed currently, however, officers had been advised that this would be produced in line with conditional requirements should it be approved.


The Development Control Manager updated committee with comments received since the previous committee from a local resident.


A member queried details of the intended travel plan and the Councils Transport Officer responded setting out typical interventions that are normally included within a travel plan where the school will work with council officers to reduce vehicular travel.  


A member queried whether there had been any additional responses or complaints from the properties which back onto the proposed extended car park area and was advised by the Development Control Manager that there had been no additional comments from those residents.


ORDERED: that the application be approved subject to conditions


23/0631/MAJ, Discovery Special Academy, Sandy Flatts Lane, Erection of single storey Secondary School building (class F1) with associated works including landscaping, fencing and extension to parking area


** Councillor Mary Nugent recused herself from the Committee for consideration of the item**


Members were advised that planning permission was sought for the erection of a special educational needs (SEN) secondary school on the existing Discovery Academy site, which is on the northern side of Sandy Flatts Lane.


Whilst the application site was allocated on the adopted Local Plan Proposals Map as part of the Green Wedge, planning permission was granted in March 2021 for the creation of a SEN primary school at the site, which included a new school building and the associated playing areas and car parks. The land was, therefore, considered to have an established educational use.


The application had previously been heard at Committee on 8 February 2024, Members had asked for the application  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23/34


Applications Approved by the Head of Planning pdf icon PDF 358 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).



Planning Appeals




Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered.