(Mr Jennings CC, having declared a personal interest which might lead to bias, left the meeting during consideration of the application.)
The Board considered a report of the Chief Executive, a copy of which, marked ‘Agenda Item 7’, is filed with these minutes.
In accordance with the procedures for making representations to the Board Dr. T. Eynon CC (Leicestershire County Council member for Coalville North) spoke regarding the proposals. Dr Eynon raised concerns that although the school was not located within her division, the residents of Coalville North would be affected by increased traffic and car parking congestion as a result of the proposed increase in school capacity. Dr Eynon raised concerns that the school travel plan would be ineffective.
The Local Member Mr. M. B. Wyatt CC questioned whether there was sufficient land at the school site for the replacement trees to be located. Mr Wyatt also raised safety concerns about a large amount of children exiting the school at the same time and asked if additional guard railings could be installed along Ashburton Road. (After the meeting it was established that while there were already three sections of guard railing along Ashburton Road, opposite each of the pedestrian entrance points, it would be possible to secure a section of additional guard railing along Ashburton Road to ensure that people safely cross the road. This detail will be agreed as part of the School Travel Plan condition (no. 11)).
In response to Mr Wyatt’s concerns relating to trees the Chief Executive confirmed that for every tree removed it was proposed that there would be a replacement tree planted.
Board members asked for the school travel plan to be strengthened and greater emphasis placed on alternate methods of transport such as cycling and walking.
(a) That the application be permitted subject to the conditions nos. 1-13 as set out in the appendix to the report, subject to amendment to condition no. 11 so that it states:
“No part of the development hereby permitted shall be first occupied until a School Travel Plan which sets out actions and measures with quantifiable outputs and outcome targets has been submitted to and agreed in writing by the County Planning Authority. The Travel Plan shall address the travel implications of the use of the whole school site as if the development approved were to have been fully completed and occupied. The Travel Plan shall specify facilities and measures with measurable output and outcome targets designed to:
• Reduce single occupancy vehicle use, reduce vehicular travel at peak traffic times and reduce vehicle emissions for journeys made for all purposes to and from the school; and
• Increase the choice and use of alternative transport modes for any journeys likely to be made to and from the school and, in particular, to secure increases in the proportion of travel by car sharing, cycling and walking modes.
The Travel Plan shall also specify:
• The on-site Plan implementation and management responsibilities, including the identification of a Travel Plan Co-ordinator;
• The arrangements for regular travel behaviour and impact monitoring surveys and Plan reviews covering a minimum of 5 years from first occupation of the development hereby permitted;
• The timescales or phasing programmes for delivery of the Plan’s proposals and for the achievement of the specified output and outcome targets, and
• Additional facilities and measures to be implemented if monitoring shows that the Plan’s targets are not likely to be met, together with clear trigger dates, events or threshold levels for invoking these measures.
Once approved the School Travel Plan shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details.”
(b) That the Board confirms (as required by the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) that in dealing with the application the County Council worked in a positive and proactive manner, taking account of paragraphs 186 and 187 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
(Note: Mr Jennings CC then returned to the meeting).