County Matter for construction of Section 5 of the Spalding Western Relief Road comprising of a new single carriageway route from the B1356 Spalding Road and Enterprise Way to Vernatts’s Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) incorporating a new roundabout junction with the B1356 Spalding Road, a bridge over the Peterborough to Sleaford railway line, and a priority junction into Vernatt’s Sustainable Urban Extension at land parallel to Vernatt’s Drain and bound by B1356 Spalding Road to east Spalding. (Report of the Development Manager enclosed)
Planning No. and Applicant
H16-0327-19 Lincolnshire County Council
County Matter application for the Construction of Section 5 of the Spalding Western Relief Road comprising of a new single carriageway route from the B1356 Spalding Road and Enterprise Way to Vernatt’s Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) incorporating a new roundabout junction with the B1356 Spalding Road, a bridge over the Peterborough to Sleaford railway line, and a priority junction into Vernatt’s Sustainable Urban Extension. Land: Parallel Vernatt’s Drain and Bound by B1356 Spalding Road to east Spalding
Consideration was given to the report of the Development Manager upon which the above application was to be determined, including his recommendations, copies of which had previously been circulated to all members.
Members debated the matter and fully explored the details of the application in light of prevailing policies and guidance. The debate was not repeated here as Planning Committee meetings were webcast and could be viewed in full at www.sholland.gov.uk for a limited period of time following which the recording could be made available by request.
Councillor Avery and Councillor Slade both spoke as ward members for this item.
1. That no objection is raised, subject to LCC taking in to account the need to consider in more detail the following aspects that will be developed further as part of the detailed design process:
· Landscape buffer – to include a variety of native species, which respond to local context.
· Ecological mitigation – to protect and enhance existing habitats.
· Highways design – to improve connectivity of the area.
· Drainage design – to improve water quality and collate surface run-off from the proposed.
· That noise mitigation measures be revisited as the scheme develops through the various stages.
· The short/medium term air quality impacts of the proposed sections 1 and 5, in particular.
· The impact of the operational phase on PM10/PM2.5 emissions in 2023 and 2036 as there is an Air Quality Objective for PM10 and a target value for PM2.5 (by 2020) with an overarching requirement for Local Authorities to work towards reducing concentrations of particulate matter within the area. (The Air Quality (Standards) Regulations 2010).
· Impacts of particulate matter that have been excluded from the report as it has been assessed and considered to be insignificant.
· The potential impact of the proposed developments on the air quality in Spalding Town Centre in the interim 13 years (2023-2036) or if Sections 2-4 aren’t built.
· The likely impact on Air Quality of the proposed roundabouts or traffic lights on sections 1 and 5.
· That the Council’s desire for a commitment to accousitc barriers be expressed.
2. In addition it is suggested that LCC consider the imposition of conditions to cover the following matters:
· A condition to control and remedy contamination If found at any time when carrying out the approved development that was not previously identified.
· A condition requiring that details of dust mitigation measures to be applied/adopted during the construction phase.
· The Environmental Health Officer would wish to see the recommendations made in the report submitted to support the applications relating to noise control and mitigation are considered and controlled by conditions.
3. That, in addition to the recommendations of the report, the following comments should be taken into account;
· That confirmation is sought from the County Council that they will maintain the elements of the Scheme of Planting that falls within land in their control as Highways Authority in perpetuity.
· That appropriate arrangements are put in place for the final wider Scheme of Planting that falls within the control of the developer of the surrounding development land.
(Moved by Councillor Astill, Seconded by Councillor Lawton)
Oral representations were received in respect of the above application in accordance with the Council’s scheme of public speaking at Planning Committee meetings:
Steve Magenis – SPARR (Resident, Objector)
Councillor Drury left the meeting at 21:15