Crescent Drive Planning Inquiry
Public Inquiry Appeal - Tuesday 7th July 2020 at 10:00
This webpage serves as notice of an appeal under Section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 by Fairview New Homes (London) No.2 Limited. The appeal is to be heard at a digital Public Inquiry as outlined below.
The address of the site to which the appeal relates: Brentwood Blood Centre, Crescent Drive, Shenfield, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8DN. (Please note the postcode has been amended to end 8DN rather than 8DR as confirmed by the appellant and the Inspector).
Description of the proposed development: Redevelopment of the site to provide 86 apartments in 4 separate residential blocks ranging from 2 to 5 storeys, 106 car parking spaces, secure cycle parking, communal landscape provision and other associated development.
What is the date and time of the Inquiry?
Due to COVID-19, it is not possible to hold the Inquiry within the Town Hall Council Chamber. Therefore, the Public Inquiry will be held as a digital event using the Microsoft Teams platform.
The Inquiry will open at 10:00 on Tuesday 7th July 2020 with 5 sitting days currently identified. From the 8th July the morning session will begin at 09.30 and the afternoon session starting at 14:00. It remains the intention of the Inspector that these dates are 7-10th July 2020 inclusive, a site visit will be undertaken on 13th July 2020 with no other identified sessions that day and closing submissions are to be heard the following morning on 14th July 2020. A copy of the draft programme can be found further below on this webpage.
The Inquiry will be split into sessions of no more than an hour and a half per session. For the most part, there will be two sessions in the morning and one session in the afternoon with a break in between.
Who will preside over the Inquiry and determine the appeal?
The Planning Inspector who will preside over the Inquiry is Ms. Joanna Gilbert. The Inspector will hold the power of determination over the appeal.
The Inspector considers the main issues in this case are likely to relate to:
- the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the area;
- the effect of the proposed development on highway safety and parking; and
- the effect of the proposed development on flood risk.
Can I attend/participate in the Inquiry?
Anyone wishing to attend the Inquiry and/or at the Inspector's discretion give their views, must make that interest known to the Planning Inspectorate’s Case Officer Elizabeth Humphrey who can be contacted via email: email@example.com by tel: 0303 444 5384.
The Planning Inspectorate Reference is: APP/H1515/W/20/3247990.
The Case Officer should be contacted as soon as possible prior to the Inquiry either by email or telephone message after reading the Inquiry Attendance Information set out below:
Inquiry Attendance Information:
To help the technology and logistics run smoothly, this event will be run only with those parties directly interested in the planning merits of the case, in particular those who wish to take an active part in the proceedings and/or who have previously made representations at the application or appeal stages.
Before deciding whether to take part in the Inquiry, you need to think carefully about the points you wish to make. All written submissions from application and appeal stage will be taken into account by the Inspector and re-stating the same points won’t add any additional weight to them.
If you feel that taking part in the Inquiry is right for you, you can participate in a number of ways:
To take part using video, participants will need to have access to Microsoft Teams (via an app or web browser). Further information on how to use Microsoft Teams is available on the Microsoft Teams support website. Alternatively, you can take part by telephone.
If you wish to take an active part in the proceedings, please make clear in your response to the Planning Inspectorate’s Case Officer whether you wish only to appear at the Inquiry and make a statement, or whether you would also wish to ask questions on particular topics.
Planning Inspectorate Reference: APP/H1515/W/20/3247990
Case Officer contact at the Planning Inspectorate: Elizabeth Humphrey at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 0303 444 5384.
If you want to take an active part but feel unable to for any reason, and/or the points you want to make are not covered in the evidence of others, consider whether someone else could raise them on your behalf. The Crescent Drive Residents’ Association will be taking an active part in the Inquiry and they have agreed to take on board any questions which residents may have. They can be contacted at email@example.com or at 20 Crescent Drive, Shenfield, CM15 8DS.
If you wish the Inspector to view the site from any particular viewpoints in the surrounding area e.g. a neighbouring residential property, please provide the viewpoints to the Council by contacting Mr. Daryl Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I view the relevant documents such as appeal statements, planning drawings and neighbour and consultee representations?
A list of the hyperlinks relating to the respective ‘Core Documents’ and Appeal statements are available further down below on this webpage. However, all documentation relating to the appeal is available via Public Access using the reference numbers in bold below. Any additional documents submitted during the course of the Inquiry will be made available, where appropriate, on the appeals module.
- For the appeal documents i.e. appeal statements from the appellant and Council, appeal questionnaires, and representations received by the Inspectorate are viewable using the reference number: 20/00011/REF (Public Access 20/00011/REF).
- For documents relating to the planning application i.e. planning drawings, the officer report, the decision notice, photographs and previous representations are viewable using the reference number: 19/00937/FUL (Public Access 19/00937/FUL).
It is possible to switch between the two cases using the ‘Related cases’ tab on the Public Access webpage. On the webpage, you can sort through and filter this information by date and document type criteria within Public Access. Where necessary, certain information will be redacted in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The Planning Inspector’s appeal reference number is: APP/H1515/W/20/3247990 and the status of the appeal can be tracked on the Planning Inspectorate website.
When will the decision be made?
Once the Inquiry has ended and any final documentation received by the Inspectorate, a decision will be made once this information has been reviewed in full. A copy of the Inspector’s decision will be made available via Public Access and the Inspectorate’s website (see above for links).
The Core Documents and Statements from the Appellant, Council and Rule 6 party are listed below:
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ-
If you encounter an error using the hyperlinks under ‘Application Documents’ below where it says that the document is unavailable for viewing at this time, this is the result of an unknown technical glitch which appears to be the result of the users inactivity on Public Access webpages.
Solution: you need to first direct yourself to both the planning application and appeal webpages using Public Access (links immediately below) and opening one document (such as a drawing or supporting statement) in each webpage prior to using the hyperlinks for the “Application Documents” below.
1.0 Core Documents List (hyperlink)
1.1 Submitted Plans:
2019-01-PL.001 location plan (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.002 Existing Site Plan (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.003 site plan (colour) LOW RES (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.004 lower ground and ground floor plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.005 first floor plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.006 second floor plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.007 third floor plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.101 Core AB (Block 1) lower ground and ground floor plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.102 Core AB (Block 1) first floor plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.103 Core C (Block 2) floor plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.104 Core D (Block 3) floor plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.105 Core EF (Block 4) Lower Ground Floor Plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.106 Core EF (Block 4) Ground Floor Plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.107 Core EF (Block 4) First Floor Plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.108 Core EF (Block 4) Second Floor Plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.109 Core EF (Block 4) Third Floor Plans (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.120 refuse and cycle stores (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.121 entrance gates (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.200 existing elevations (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.201 Core AB (Block 1) elevations (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.202 Core C (Block 2) elevations (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.203 Core D (Block 3) elevations (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.204 Core EF (Block 4) north and west elevations (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.205 Core EF (Block 4) south elevations (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.206 Core EF (Block 4) east elevations (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.207 Street elevations (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.210 Core AB (Block 1) Material Details (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.211 Core C (Block 2) Materials Details (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.212 Core D (Block 3) Material Details (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.213 Core E and F (Block 4) Material Details (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.214 Core E and F (Block 4) Material Details (colour) (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.300 Site sections A-A (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.301 Site sections B-B (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.302 Site sections C-C (hyperlink)
C0097 L110 Landscape Plan (hyperlink)
1087-KC-XX-YTREE-TCP01 Tree Constraints Plan (hyperlink)
1087-KC-XX-YTREE-TPP01-A Tree Protection Plan (hyperlink)
Site plan with existing overlay (hyperlink)
Upgraded CGI view (hyperlink)
3d massing overlay (hyperlink)
Aerial photography site from east (hyperlink)
Aerial photography site from north (hyperlink)
Existing Crescent Drive from west (hyperlink)
Existing Crescent Drive from east (hyperlink)
CGI view 9-2 (hyperlink)
1.2 Design and Access Statement (June 2019):
1.0 Introduction (hyperlink)
2.0 The Site (hyperlink)
3.0 Pre-Application Consultation (hyperlink)
4.0 Public Consultation (hyperlink)
5.0 Design Development (hyperlink)
5.5 Design Development (hyperlink)
5.8 Design Development (hyperlink)
6.0 The Proposal (hyperlink)
7.0 Access (hyperlink)
Design and Access Statement – Landscape Proposals (June 2019) (hyperlink)
1.3 Planning Statement (June 2019) (hyperlink)
1.5 Parking Note (August 2019) (hyperlink)
1.7 Noise Assessment (June 2019) (hyperlink)
1.8 Ecological Appraisal (June 2019) (This report has not been uploaded due to its sensitive nature based on standing advice)
1.9 Daylight and Sunlight Report (June 2019) (hyperlink)
1.10 Geotechnical and Interpretative Report and Remediation Strategy (June 2019) (hyperlink)
Appendix A – Proposed Development Plans (hyperlink)
Appendix B – Historical Maps (hyperlink)
Appendix C,D: Appendix C – Groundsure Envirolnsight Report; Appendix D – Groundsure GeoInsight Report (see pg.50) (hyperlink)
Appendix E,F: Appendix E – British Geological Survey Boreholes; Appendix F – CGL Exploratory Hole Logs (see pg.6) (hyperlink)
Appendix G – Gas and Groundwater Monitoring Results (hyperlink)
Appendix H – Chemical Laboratory Results (hyperlink)
Appendix I – Geotechnical Laboratory Results (hyperlink)
Appendix J,K,L: Appendix J – Contamination Assessment Tables; Appendix K – Capping Import Specification (see pg.10); Appendix L – Verification Plan (see pg.12) (hyperlink)
1.11 Air Quality Assessment (June 2019) (hyperlink)
1.12 Sustainability Statement (June 2019) (hyperlink)
1.13 Statutory Consultee Responses:
Anglian Water Services (hyperlink)
Aspect Ecology (This report has not been uploaded due to its sensitive nature based on standing advice)
Basildon Fire Station (hyperlink)
BPC Viability Review (August 2019) (hyperlink)
Environmental Health (hyperlink)
Essex and Suffolk Water (hyperlink)
Essex Badger Protection Group (This report has not been uploaded due to its sensitive nature based on standing advice)
Essex County Council SuDS (hyperlink)
Highway Authority (hyperlink)
VBC – Bespoke Property Consultants (September 2019) (hyperlink)
VBC – Bespoke Property Consultants (October 2019) (hyperlink)
Open Space Strategy Coordinator (hyperlink)
NHS – Basildon & Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) (hyperlink)
Pre-application conditions collated (hyperlink)
1.14 Committee Report (hyperlink)
1.15 Decision Notice (hyperlink)
1.16 List of Conditions (hyperlink) (updated 30.06.20 v3)
2.0 Appeal Documents
2.1 Appellant Statement of Case including appeal form and appendices (hyperlink)
2.2 Brentwood Council Statement of Case (hyperlink)
2.3 CDRA Statement of Case (hyperlink)
2.4 Inspector’s Case Management notes –
2.5 Statements of Common/Uncommon Ground:
- Council and Appellant Version (hyperlink)
- Crescent Drive Residents Association and Appellant Version (hyperlink)
3.0 Development Management Documents
3.1 Brentwood Replacement Local Plan (adopted August 2005) (hyperlink)
3.2 Emerging Draft Local Plan Submission (hyperlink)
3.3 Extracts from PPG:
I. Reference ID: 68-004-20190722 (5 year land supply) (hyperlink)
II. Paragraphs: 001 - 0023 Reference ID: 26-001-20191001 to 26-023-20191001 (Design) (hyperlink)
3.4 NPPF (2019) (hyperlink)
3.5 National Design Guide (2019) (hyperlink)
3.6 Living with beauty (2020): Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission (hyperlink)
3.7 Homes England - Site Development Brief (March 2018) (hyperlink)
3.8 Brentwood HELAA (2018) (hyperlink)
3.9 Sustainable Drainage Systems Design Guide (2015) (hyperlink)
4.0 Transport Documents
4.1 Manual for Streets (hyperlink)
4.2 EPOA/ECC Parking Standards (hyperlink)
5.0 Design Documents
5.1 Landscape officer’s comments (hyperlink) Sensitive issues redacted
5.2 Conservation and Urban Design Officers Comments (hyperlink)
Best Practice Protocol for the Operation of Planning Committees, Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland) (January 2015) (hyperlink)
Pre-commencement conditions letter (hyperlink)
Section 106 Agreement- Statement of Compliance with CIL Regulations (hyperlink)
Appellant: Fairview New Homes (London) No. 2 Ltd (FNH)
FNH – Statement of Case (hyperlink)
Proof of Evidence of Simon Slatford, Planning Evidence (including Appendices) (hyperlink)
Summary of Proof of Evidence of Simon Slatford (hyperlink)
Proof of Evidence of Steve Wallis, Transport Evidence (including Appendices) (hyperlink)
Summary of Proof of Evidence of Steve Wallis (hyperlink)
Proof of Evidence of Colin Pullan, Design Evidence (hyperlink)
Proof of Evidence Appendices of Colin Pullan (hyperlink)
Proof of Evidence Figures of Colin Pullan (hyperlink)
Summary of Proof of Evidence of Colin Pullan (hyperlink)
Brentwood Borough Council (BBC)
BBC – Statement of Case (hyperlink)
Proof of Evidence of Andrew Martin (AM) (hyperlink)
Summary of Proof of Evidence of AM (hyperlink)
Appendix 1 – AM Details of Experience (hyperlink)
Appendix 2 – A series of photographs of the Appeal site and its surroundings:
AM-P Ref: 20014_13 – Views of Houses in proximity to the appeal site (hyperlink)
Sequence of views approaching the appeal site from Middleton Road/Shenfield Road (2 pages) (hyperlink)
Appendix 3 – Extracts from the Essex Design Guide (hyperlink)
Appendix 4 – Former Blood Centre, Planning Brief, Homes England (hyperlink)
Appendix 5 – AM-P drawing 20014_02 showing extended street scene in relation to appeal site (hyperlink)
AM-P drawing 20014_11 Appellant’s CGI from East with added ridge height of Block 1 (hyperlink)
Appendix 6 – Appellant’s Proposed Site Plan (hyperlink)
AM’s illustrative sketch option 1; AM-P Drawing Ref: 20014_06 (hyperlink)
AM’s illustrative sketch option 2; AM-P Drawing Ref: 20014_07 (hyperlink)
AM’s illustrative sketch option 3; AM-P Drawing Ref: 20014_05 (hyperlink)
Appendix 7 – AM drawing: Open Space Audit and locations relative to Appeal Site (hyperlink)
Rule 6 Party: Crescent Drive Resident’s Association (CDRA)
CDRA – Statement of case (hyperlink)
Appendix 1 to Proof of Evidence of Mark Jackson (hyperlink)
Appendix 2 to Proof of Evidence of Mark Jackson (hyperlink)
Appendix 3 to Proof of Evidence of Mark Jackson (hyperlink)
Appendix 4 to Proof of Evidence of Mark Jackson (hyperlink)
Appendix 5 to Proof of Evidence of Mark Jackson (hyperlink)
Appendix 6 to Proof of Evidence of Mark Jackson (hyperlink)
Appendix 7 to Proof of Evidence of Mark Jackson (hyperlink)
Appendix 8 to Proof of Evidence of Mark Jackson (hyperlink)
Timetable Programme (all timings and session content are indicative)
Draft Programme v3 (hyperlink)
Documents from the Inquiry which have been referenced or submitted on the following sitting days will be displayed below where requested and considered appropriate:
Tuesday 7th July
Stewart Rivers – Traffic and Congestion Report (hyperlink) v4.2
Stewart Rivers – Evidence to accompany report (hyperlink)
Norman Randall - CDRA Representation letter dated 05.05.20 (hyperlink)
Norman Randall & John Dagg – CDRA Statement dated 05.05.20 (hyperlink)
Paul Webb (resident) – Inquiry speech/Appeal Statement in relation to Flooding (hyperlink)
Wednesday 8th July
Height measurements from ground level sections
Marked drawings and a word document that agrees (between the appellant, the Council and CDRA) proposed and existing heights;
2019-01-PL.300-302 Site sections CP AM Heights 260620-PL.300 (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.300-302 Site sections CP AM Heights 260620-PL.301 (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.300-302 Site sections CP AM Heights 260620-PL.302 (hyperlink)
Brentwood Blood Centre heights measured from ground level 30.06.20 (hyperlink)
Agreed marked dimensions and areas added to Options 1,2 and 3 as appended to Mr. Andrew Martin’s proof of evidence, and the appellant’s Proposed Site Plan (PL003).
Brentwood Blood Centre Measured drawings Option 1 (hyperlink)
Brentwood Blood Centre Measured drawings Option 2 (hyperlink)
Brentwood Blood Centre Measured drawings Option 3 (hyperlink)
2019-01-PL.001 location & PL.003 LSH Dimensions added (hyperlink)
Density Calculation Areas
AM 8 – Density Calculation Area (hyperlink)
Tim Corner QC on behalf of Fairview New Homes (the appellant) – Documents to be referred to during cross examination (hyperlink)
Thursday 9th July
Document 2 – ‘Start to finish, Lichfields, Second Edition’ (hyperlink)
Friday 10th July
Monday 13th July
Reserved for the formal site visit. No sitting day currently identified.
Tuesday 14th July