Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of two dwellings – 6 Mill Common Huntingdon, PE29 3AU.
(Mr K Hutchinson, agent, addressed the Committee on the application).
that the application be refused for the following reasons:
a) Character and appearance of the conservation area - The proposed massing and depth of the dwellings with the two identical units would create an overly cramped and intensive form of development that would fail to relate to the more spacious form of development in the vicinity and would result in significant harm to the established character and appearance of the conservation area and would be at odds with the prevailing linear pattern of development fronting Mill Common. There are no public benefits that would outweigh this identified harm and the proposals are therefore contrary to the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036 (adopted May 2019) Policy LP11, LP12, LP13, LP34, Policies NE3, BE1, BE2 and BE3 of Huntingdon Neighbourhood Plan 2018 - 2026 and the place making principles set out within chapter 3 of the HDC Design Guide SPD 2017, and the place making principles set out within chapter 3 of the HDC Design Guide SPD 2017.
b) Amenity - Air Quality - The site is located within close proximity to the A14 Trunk road within a designated Air Quality Management Area where an appropriate Air Quality Impact Assessment is required to support any proposal for development. The application is not supported by any such assessment. The proposals therefore do not demonstrate that the prospective occupiers of the dwellings will enjoy a high standard of amenity in regards to air quality, the proposals are therefore considered to be contrary to policy LP14 and LP36 of the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036 and Policy BE1 of Huntingdon Neighbourhood Plan 2018 - 2026 in regards to amenity impacts.
c) Biodiversity - The site comprises several trees and is currently overgrown with shrubs and weeds, the site is also located close to Portholme Meadow a SSSI and Alconbury Brook and would provide an ideal habitat for protected species. The application fails to demonstrate that there will be no significant detrimental impacts on protected habitats and species and fails to demonstrate that the proposals will achieve a net gain in Biodiversity. The proposals are therefore considered to be contrary to Paragraph 170 of the NPPF (2019), policies LP30 and LP31 of the Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036 and Policies BE1 and BE2 of Huntingdon Neighbourhood Plan 2018 - 2026.
d) Trees - The site contains a range of important, predominately broadleaf trees some of which are subject to the protection of a Tree Preservation Order. Whilst the application is accompanied by a supporting Arboricultural Report and Tree Protection Plan, it does not reflect the latest layout plan for the site. Furthermore, the details do not include any reference to trees adjacent to the site, nor does it provide a full impact assessment in respect of the trees. As such, it is not possible to fully explore the implications of the proposals. The proposals are therefore likely to result in damage and premature loss of onsite trees, eroding the character of the surrounding area which is contrary to Policy LP31 of Huntingdonshire's Local Plan to 2036 and Policies BE1 and BE2 of Huntingdon Neighbourhood Plan 2018 - 2026 which seeks to protect existing trees and hedgerows from the impacts of development and to halt the loss of trees in Huntingdonshire.
At 10.00pm Councillor L A Besley left the meeting.