2 Public Speakers
Councillor Colin Humphris – Climping Parish Council
Tracey Villa - Objector
Erection of a substation, eight ultra-rapid electric vehicle chargers and associated electrical equipment within the car parking area of Maidenhead Aquatics Littlehampton. This application is in CIL Zone 5 and is Zero Rated as other development.
The Planning Area Team Leader presented the report with updates. This was followed by 2 Public Speakers. Members then took part in a debate on the application that principally revolved around concerns over the hours of operation and the illumination levels required for safe use and security reasons, and whether conditions were necessary to limit these and how practically enforceable these would be. The Planning Area Team Leader highlighted condition 4 which required external lighting to be agreed with the Local Planning Authority before installation. The Group Head of Planning noted that hours of operation were not consistent across the different businesses on the site but detailed the hours approved for the café on the site (Monday to Friday 0600–1800, Saturday 0700-1800 and Sunday 0800-1400). Members agreed that these hours of operation should be included as a condition. Other points raised included the close proximity of other charging points in the area and whether this operation should be scaled down, and the suitability of intensification for this location.
The Officer recommendation to approve conditionally was then proposed by Councillor Chapman and seconded by Councillor Edwards. After a vote, the recommendation was declared NOT CARRIED. Reasons for deferral or refusal were then discussed by Members. Members raised concerns around the hours of operation, the number of charging points on the site and the enforceability of any conditions imposed to limit the charging points’ use. Following advice from the Legal Services Manager, a recommendation to defer on the grounds that Members did not have enough information to make a decision was proposed by Councillor Chace and seconded by Councillor Bower.
That the application be DEFERRED on the grounds that Members did not have enough information to make a decision.