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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors P Thompson, J Jones and L Wood.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 94 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 4th July 2023 were approved and signed as a correct record.


(Moved by Councillor R Claymore seconded by Councillor P Thurgood)


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (pecuniary and non-pecuniary) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.


When Members are declaring a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 


Under Section 33(2) of the Localism Act 2011, the act permits an authority to grant a dispensation from either or both of the restrictions not to participate and / or vote on a matter in which they have a pecuniary  interest.  Planning Committee Members have received a dispensation for applications relating to the Future High Street Project for a period of two years starting from 7th July 2022 until 7th July 2024.




Councillor A Cooper declared an interest in item 4 due to being nominated to stand as Parliamentary Nominee and literature has gone out opposing development on greenbelt land. Councillor A Cooper confirmed he would not take part in the vote, as to not jeopardise the decision-making process. Councillor A Cooper left the meeting at 18:03.


Councillor P Thurgood declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 4 as a member of the Amington Hall Fishing Syndicate.



Applications for Consideration pdf icon PDF 560 KB

(Report of the Assistant Director, Regeneration and Growth)


Summary of Applications received:


0070/2023 – Land east of Amington Hall farm



Application Reference





Temporary planning permission for the erection of a 30 MW solar farm with ancillary infrastructure, security fence, landscaping with access off Laundry Lane.



Site Address

Land East of Amington Hall Farm


Additional documents:


0070/2023 – Land east of Amington Hall Farm







Temporary planning permission for the erection of a 30 MW solar farm with ancillary infrastructure, security fence, landscaping with access off Laundry Lane.



Site address

Land East of Amington Hall Farm




Gill Eaton, Third Revolution Projects, Applicant, spoke in favour of the application.




Swara Shah, RE Projects Development, Agent, spoke in favour of the application and responded to questions raised.




Planning Officer Andrew Davies presented on the report and responded to the issues and questions raised. Members debated the item and were satisfied.




Formatting error on conditions numbering identified by Anna Miller, the conditions were changed from 20 to 19.




Approved application subject to conditions as set out in the report with delegated authority to the Assistant Director for Growth and Regeneration to approve any amendments to those conditions as deemed necessary.




(Moved by Councillor T Clements and seconded by Councillor D Cook)






The development shall be started within three years of the date of this permission.




Reason: To comply with Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended by Section 51 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004).




The development hereby permitted shall only be carried out in accordance with the application form and drawings:




• 1116_01 – Location Plan 1_100 (February 2023)

• 1116_01 – Location Plan 1_1250 (February 2023)

• 1116_02 – General Layout Plan (Rev. 10)

• 1116_03 – LEME Plan (June 2023)

• 1116_03A – LEME Plan (Detail 1) (June 2023)

• 1116_03B – LEME Plan (Detail 2) (June 2023)

• 1116_04 – Panel Elevations and Mounting Structure Details (Rev. 01)

• 1116_05 – Transformer Cabin (Rev. 01)

• 1116_06 – Grid Connection Cabin – DNO Substation (Rev. 01)

• 1116_07 – Control Room – Customer Substation (Rev. 01)

• 1116_08 – Gate and Fence Detail (Rev. 01)

• 1116_09 – Access Tracks (Rev. 01)

• 1116_10 – CCTV Detail (Rev. 01)

• 1116_11 – Storeroom (Rev. 01)

• PLS-1057 – Topographical Survey


unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority




Reason: To define the permission




The Applicant is to inform the Local Planning Authority of the date upon which works commence to implement the approval, no less than two weeks prior to that date. From that date the permission is for (a) one year to establish the site followed by (b) no more than forty years of operation and (c) one year to remove the approved infrastructure and return the site to its state prior to development commencing.



Reason: To define the permission




Prior to the commencement of the development hereby permitted, a written scheme of archaeological investigation (‘the Scheme’) shall be submitted for the written approval of the Local Planning Authority. The Scheme shall provide details of:




the programme of archaeological works to be carried out within the site, including post-excavation reporting and appropriate publication.


The archaeological site work shall thereafter be implemented in full in accordance  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.