Mr Clinton Mysleyko, Architects for the Planning
Application for Nine 3 bedroomed houses at Land
West of 14 Churchill Way.
Mr Mysleyko explained that the applicant, Mr
Horton, purchased the site from the MoJ and Mr
Horton approached architects to draw up plans
according to the brief. In addition to receiving
the purchase price for the land, the MoJ
inserted a clause into the contract through
which it will receive 50% of any uplift in the
land value following consent for development. A
pre-application submission was sent to NCC as a
result of which officers recommended affordable
housing within the application. It is likely
that three of the nine properties will be
“affordable” but it is not clear if these will
be for sale or rent. All nine dwellings are
split over three floors. The dwellings are not
classified as town houses but they have rooms in
the roof with dormer windows at the rear to
benefit from the views. A privacy distance has
been adhered to as per legal requirement of 21m
from habitable windows to other properties.
Facials will be similar materials to surrounding
properties and Mr Horton is looking at
sustainability aspects being incorporated in the
construction, i.e. solar energy and sustainable
The Councilors were given the
opportunity to ask questions of Mr Mysleyko on
the design. Points which emerged:
The planners have raised issues with some trees
having to be removed and also there was an issue
with affordable housing - the latter of which
has been addressed.
S106 funding for the village could be a
consideration as opposed to affordable housing
but this would be for NCC to decide.
Mr Mysleyko stated the area was not used by the
locals -this was disputed by the residents at
the meeting who said the area is used by the
children to play on.
There would be no difference in the
specification between the affordable and the
other properties. At the moment no specific
properties have been allocated for the
affordable housing requirement.
The affordable houses cannot be sold at a higher
price than the original purchase price (national
legislation keeps these as affordable housing).
Concern was raised about the impact of light in
properties opposite and Mr Mysleyko stated a
shadow assessment can be undertaken but this is
why the rules require 21m of space between
properties to alleviate this issue.
It was pointed out to Mr Mysleyko the site was
previously an old quarry which had been
backfilled with waste materials from the RAF
station. It was suggested the site suffers from
visible subsidence. This would be investigated
by the NCC Building Regulations Department if
Planning Approval is granted.
Mr Myselyko was advised that when Townsend Court
was built it had to be in keeping with the rest
of the village, these proposals do not meet
these same requirements.
The Members of the Public were then given
the opportunity to ask questions of Mr Mysleyko:
Questions were raised about parking – there are
two cars per driveway on the plans however the
plans only state parking for 9 cars. Mr
Myselyko stated that if 18 cars had been put on
the form it would not have looked good despite
being more realistic. Also there is no area
designated for visitors parking, the residents
do not want the turning area blocked or the
pavements blocked by visiting cars.
The issue of trees was raised – some trees are
being removed and despite the fact they are
being replaced it would be a number of years
before they would be in a position to be as
effective as mature trees. Mr Myselyko stated
some of the trees are not in the best state of
health. The Applicant could have removed all
the trees but is keen to keep as many of the
original ones as possible. One resident has
commissioned another tree report as he does not
believe the statements contained in the
Applicants tree report which will be submitted
to the Applicant and NCC.
The ombudsman has been asked to look into the
original sale of the land as it is believed that
this was not undertaken correctly.
A number of discrepancies were pointed out on
the application especially in relation to foul
sewerage and its ability to access the main
sewerage system in place, also there are
unknowns within the surface water issues. One
resident has already received compensation from
NWL following flooding close to the proposed
site. Mr Myselyko stated NWL are a statutory
consultee so they will have been asked to
comment on the application.
It was suggested a land contamination survey
needs to be undertaken. Mr Myselyko stated that
the land did not show up on the NCC land
contamination map – however one resident stated
they had moved to the area recently and they had
received a report from NCC that their property
was next to contaminated land.
The biodiversity report is not accurate on
animal wildlife and does not address the bats in
the area – bat survey needs to be undertaken.
Access for construction traffic will be an issue
here and there is the safety issue of the
traffic having to pass the children’s play area
and planned football area. It was noted that
NCC Highways would be consulted on this
application and Mr Myselyko stated conditions
can be attached to the application in relation
to highways safety.
A question was raised as to who would undertake
the construction and where would the builder’s
employees would park. The response was that no
firm has yet been appointed and workers would
park at the front of the development off the
road. If successful the work would start in
March next year for about 6 months – it was
pointed out that this would be the busiest time
for the children’s play area.
It was asked if the Applicant would actually see
the project through to completion or sell it on
with planning approval. Mr Myselyko stated this
is small development for him and he would see it
through to completion.
A recent planning application has been submitted
where a building had to be moved to
accommodation existing tree roots to protect the
tree – Mr Myselyko stated he had never known
that to happen before. HBC set guidelines for
building and tree roots stipulating specific
distances which have to be adhered to.
Cllr Newton thanked Mr Myselyko for attending