Disclaimer: These observations are not the ‘official’ minutes of the meeting, these are supplied by Whittlesey Town Council, normally (1) month following the meeting and can be viewed on their website.
Just myself and Mr Brent Warner (Postland Developments) as members of the public at this afternoons meeting.
Cllr Mrs Rita Jolly was re-elected Chair and Cllr Ray Whitwell Vice Chair.
Unfortunately Cllr Jolly was absent due to an accident.
A couple of contentious items on the agenda (See previous posting).
1/ F/YR18/0409F Erection of up to 25 dwellings (outline application with all matters reserved) at land South of 127 – 141 Coates Road Coates (Eastrea on the agenda is incorrect).
Mr Warner – The developer gave a presentation on reasons for the application to proceed.
The WTC planning committee had a fairly robust discussion on this application, the committee was minded that Eastrea and Coates are getting closer and closer.
Coates has already reached the thresh-hold in the amount of housing required.
Concerns about school places.
Whittlesey Town Council Planning Committee recommended ‘Refusal’
2/ F/YR18/0128 Reserved Matters on the Old Westhaven Nursey site A605
(I covered the objections from the Kings Dyke Nature Reserved in a previous post)
A good debate took place, highlighting that there had been a lot of objections to the development – it already has ‘Outlined Permission’ –
One of the main objections was that of the ‘buffer zone’ between housing and Nature Reserve and the Fencing to protect wild-life in the Nature Reserve.
Whittlesey Town Council Planning Committee recommended ‘Grant’ with above conditions.
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Note:- Whittlesey Town Council are consultees on planning matters –
The authority making the decisions on planning is Fenland District Council – who have a dedicated Planning Department, Planning Officers and their own Planning Committee.
Some Whittlesey ‘District’ Councillors sit on the FDC Planning Committee.
FDC on occasions overturn what-ever recommendations Whittlesey Town Council has decided and give reasons why they have made their determination.
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