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Performance Report - Determination of Planning Applications

Meeting: 04/07/2023 - Planning Committee (Item 11)

11 New Dawn View, Gloucester - 23/00280/OUT pdf icon PDF 315 KB

Application for determination:


Erection of up to 30No. dwellings with all matters reserved (apart from access).

Additional documents:


Owing to having declared a prejudicial interest in the item, the Chair withdrew himself from the Chamber at the start of the item. The Vice-Chair chaired the item.



The Planning Development Manager presented the report detailing an application for the erection of up to 30No. dwellings with all matters reserved (apart from access).



The Chairman of Widden Old Boys RFC spoke in opposition to the application.


He stated that the application should be rejected on the following grounds:


-       He was speaking on behalf of both Widden Old Boys RFC and Old Cryptians RFC in opposition to the application.

-       Granting the application would deprive up to 200 children from sporting opportunities each week due to the reduction of 1.8 hectares of open space.

-       Sport England were inaccurate in their assessment that the site had no special significance to the interests of sport.

-       The area from the North-East of the proposed site to Laburnum Road was used by children each Sunday from September to May  for the purpose of playing Rugby Union.

-       Widden Old Boys had roughly 100 youth members that would be deprived of Rugby Union.

-       Old Cryptians RFC had roughly 200 members that would be deprived of Rugby Union.

-       All age groups below 13 were based at Blackbridge Sports Field. The granting of the application would mean that they would not be able to train or play on the field anymore. This activity dated back to the 1990s and it was not financially viable to play elsewhere.

-       The affected area was also used annually for one (sometimes two) tournament/s.

-       The proposed conversion of the land would prevent 200 children a week and 500-600 children during the annual tournament/s from playing Rugby Union.

-       The catchment area was economically deprived, and the granting of the application would remove free rugby provision for children and young adults. This could not be considered to be in the best interest of the community.

-       Blackbridge Community Land Trust had misrepresented the position of Old Cryptians and Widden Old Boys



 A Planning Consultant representing the applicant spoke in favour of the application.


The planning consultant said that the application should be granted on the following grounds:


-       The application had been 7 years in the making.

-       The application had been subject to rigorous public consultation

-       The City Council had allocated the area for development in the adopted City Plan.

-       The proposed community and sports hub had been approved at the previous Planning Committee meeting.

-       The City Plan stated that the use of a small part of the site for residential development released the wider site to deliver significant net gains.

-       The successful delivery of the Sports Hub was dependent on the application before the Committee being approved.

-       The applicant would transfer the rest of the playing field to the City Council.

-       A not for profit organisation to benefit the community would be set up to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11