The Committee considered a report regarding
application 17/01089/FUL, proposed residential development
comprising 210 houses and 56 apartments with associated
landscaping, highway amendments, parking and ancillary
Stephen Alexander, Head of City Planning
reported on updates to the report since it had been
published. He advised that there had
been no additional objections following the re-notification which
meant that there were three in total.
Sports England had withdrawn its holding objection, subject to the
imposition of relevant conditions.
A Councillor expressed concern regarding the
proposed lack of green space and the importance of ensuring that
facilities were available to encourage physical activity,
particularly when obesity levels were so high in the city.
Stephen Alexander confirmed that the provision
of public open space was of considerable importance in planning
terms and had been considered as part of the assessment for the
Development Plan. This area had been
reviewed and according to the Wolverhampton Open Space Action Plan,
there was a surplus of amenity space in the area and the site would
have good access to facilities.
A Councillor referred to the significant
number of houses and the associated need for school
places. She noted that many of the
local schools had indicated that they were full and asked for
clarification regarding this matter.
Stephen Alexander confirmed that school
provision was significant and Planning Services worked closely with
officers in Education and the projected number of completed houses
formed part of the model used by Education. Officers were aware of the pressures in the
Wolverhampton area on both primary and secondary school places and
the need to look at longer term options.
Bill Hague, Service Manager School Places and
Transport attended the meeting and addressed the Committee and
confirmed that officers from Education, Planning and Housing worked
together to identify future school placements and had achieved high
accuracy levels over recent years.
Given both internal and external migration in the city, it was very
difficult to get an accurate picture and the pressures in
Wednesfield were recognised as the schools in that area were very
popular. That highlighted the need for
flexibility in future allocations and the situation would continue
to be monitored.
Councillors expressed further concern
regarding school expansion policies, particularly given the lack of
available land in Wednesfield they considered that any future
expansion of schools could lead to congestion and associated
problems. Before planning permission
was granted additional information was required as to where all the
children would be placed. They were
also concerned about the potential lack of medical facilities,
flooding issues, problems with un-adopted roads and the overall
poor design and over development of the site.
Given the advice from officers, some
Councillors stated that it would be appropriate to give delegated
authority to grant permission, with an additional condition asking
officers to take appropriate measures to plan for the increased
demand for school places in the area.
Given the concerns raised during the meeting,
some Councillors suggested that the application be deferred to
allow those points raised to be clarified.
Stephen Alexander stated that the Council was
very mindful of the significant need for quality housing in the
city and the current shortfall in provision and advised that all
the concerns raised by members of the Committee could be addressed
once the principle of development had been agreed.
of application 17/01089/FUL be deferred to allow further
clarification on the following issues:
- School placements
- Provision of medical facilities
- Un-adopted roads
Over development and design.