The Committee considered an application for
the installation of a synchronous gas-powered standby generation
facility, ancillary infrastructure and equipment and access on land
at Hindlip Lane.
Reason Why Being
Considered by Planning Committee
The application had been referred to the
Planning Committee in accordance with the adopted Scheme of
The report set out
the background to the proposal, the site and surrounding area, the
proposal itself, relevant policies, planning history and the
representations and consultations where applicable.
A Site Selection
Statement was attached as appendix 1 to the report, together with
appendix 2, a statement
to augment the Planning, Design and Access Statement to demonstrate
that very special circumstances exist such that
‘inappropriate development’ (as defined in paragraph
143 in the NPPF) would be acceptable within the Green
There were no late papers circulated.
The information was presented as set out by
the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning, in
conjunction with a powerpoint
presentation for the item.
The Development Management Services Team
Leader stated that the proposal was a departure from the Green Belt
Policy and it is seen as ‘inappropriate development’,
however Officers consider that there are exceptional circumstances
in this case as outlined in the report.
There had been no one registered to speak on
Key Points of
Members who were familiar with the site, welcomed
the proposal to widening the access route as Hindlip Lane was very narrow. The site was considered to be well shielded from
other buildings and that the installation would benefit
Members asked for confirmation as to the location of
the historic buildings in connection with the site. It was commented that Members were clearly not
ignoring the Green Belt lightly, it was a question of balance as
outlined in the Officer’s report.
It was agreed that the site would be suitably screened and the
condition with regard to landscaping was welcomed, which would
overcome any objections.
In response to questions from Members the
Development Management Services Team Leader confirmed that the
applicants needed to obtain planning permission first, in order to
submit their bid to the National Grid.
The map on page 29 of the report outlined the location of the
nearest residential property, which is approximately 150m to the
west and the 130m to the listed buildings. It was confirmed that the applicants had been
asked to look at other sites but this particular site was the
closest to the grid for connections.
Clarification was sought on paragraph 9.1 related to
the temporary 25 year planning permission. The Development Management Services Team Leader
confirmed that the 25 year period related to the length of contract
the applicants will have with the National Grid. As a result of the proposed application there will
be a need to revise the Green Belt boundary to accommodate this
particular scheme if implemented. In
acknowledging the Sequential Testing carried out and the approach
to the site selection, Officers concluded that this ...
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