Agenda and draft minutes
Venue: Committee Room 1 - Wallasey Town Hall. View directions
Apologies were received from Councillor Brian Kenny, with Councillor George Davies deputising.
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OUT/22/00946 - Land East Of Glenwood Drive, Irby, CH63 1JD. Outline Planning Application for residential development for up to 290 dwellings (Use Class C3), including 30% affordable housing and 10% self-build / custom build properties; delivery of part of the Borough's cycle supergreenway; green infrastructure including sports pitches, play areas and parkland, wildlife habitats and green corridors; and off-site highway, environmental, biodiversity and accessibility enhancements (Outline application with all matters reserved except for access) PDF 1 MB
The Principal Planner presented the report in relation to the above application for consideration.
Alison Glascott addressed the Sub Committee on behalf of the petitioners.
Ward Councillor, Mike Collins addressed the Sub Committee.
On a motion by the Chair and seconded by Councillor S Foulkes it was:
Resolved (unanimously) – That the application be refused on the following grounds:
1. The site lies in an area of Green Belt where the siting of new dwellings is considered to be inappropriate development, which is by definition harmful to the Green Belt. The proposal would be contrary to the core planning principles within the NPPF of protecting the Green Belt, preventing urban sprawl and recognising the intrinsic character of the countryside. There are no very special circumstances that would outweigh the harm and detrimental impact of the proposal upon the openness of the Green Belt and so development is therefore contrary to the provisions of Policies URN1 (General Principles and Urban Regeneration) and GB2 (Guidelines for development in the Green Belt) of the Wirral Unitary Development Plan (Adopted February 2000) and Section 13 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
The proposed dwellings would represent an imposing and obtrusive
urban built form of development and urban encroachment into this
attractive undeveloped countryside/ rural landscape location, which
would detract from and have a permanent detrimental impact upon the
natural rural character and appearance of the site, landscape and
setting of this particular part of the
open countryside and Green Belt. As such the proposal therefore
fails to accord with the advice set out in the NPPF on the basis
that it fails to conserve and enhance the natural character and
appearance of this part of the open countryside and it would
adversely affect the intrinsic character and beauty of this part of
the countryside contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework,
and Policies URN1, LA7 Wirral Unitary Development Plan (Adopted
4. Insufficient information has been submitted in support of the application in respect of the ecological impact of the proposal. The application fails to demonstrate how it would protect and enhance the biodiversity and geodiversity of the borough, especially those areas designated as of international, national and local importance, due to a lack of information submitted. It has therefore not been demonstrated that there would be no unacceptable harm to any protected species, wildlife diversity and protect ecological sites ... view the full minutes text for item 15.