Notes from meeting with Bloor Homes at Alderley Gate Site 26 February 2019

 

Present; Mr Joe Walters -Senior Architectural Technician, Mr. Sean Bolton- Senior Engineer, Mr Stephen Oliver – Site Manager, Karl Allen – North West Contracts Manager, Mr John Spence, Ms J Davenport – residents, and Ms Julie Mason – the Clerk

Date; 26th February 2019 at 10.00 am

Venue; Sales Office at Alderley Gate

Notes from previous meetings

KA asked to have a copy of the notes

 

Discharge of Conditions

18/5877D Decision: approved Decision Date: 31/01/2019Location : Land Between Manchester Road And, GIANTSWOOD LANE, HULME WALFIELDProposal Discharge of conditions 8, 12-15, 19, 22, 23 & 25-27 on application 17/5573C

Condition 8 -Construction and Environmental Method Statement.  The details submitted to discharge this condition are acceptable. The condition is discharged in accordance with these details

Condition 12- Hard landscaping

The details submitted to discharge this condition are acceptable. The condition is discharged in accordance with these details

Condition 13 – Open Space earthworks

The information submitted is acceptable. The condition is discharged in accordance with these details

Condition 14. Gaps for hedgehogs:

The details submitted to discharge this condition are acceptable. The condition is discharged in accordance with these details

Condition 15. Provision of features for breeding birds including house sparrows, and

roosting bats:

The revised details received 17 January 2018 are acceptable to discharge this condition. The condition is discharged in accordance with those details.

Condition 19 _ Jodrell Bank

The details submitted to discharge this condition are acceptable. The condition is discharged in accordance with these details

Condition 22  – Acoustic Screen

The details submitted to discharge this condition are acceptable. The condition is discharged in accordance with these details

Condition 23. Lighting scheme:

The details submitted to discharge this condition are acceptable. The condition is discharged in accordance with these details

Condition 25 – Existing and proposed levels

The details submitted to discharge this condition are acceptable. The condition is discharged in accordance with these details

Condition 26 – Full fibre Broadband

The information submitted is acceptable. The condition is discharged in accordance with this information

Condition 27- Piling

The details submitted to discharge this condition are acceptable. The condition is discharged in accordance with these details

The Conditions had been discharged since the last meeting and JS requested some background information on the details especially the one in relation to the bat and bird (some swallow) boxes. JW and SB explained there were more being sited in the second phase and would come back to him with figures. SO confirmed the roofs of some garages had been raised for such issues.

Also siting would be on properties and existing trees. JD asked if permission to use trees on boundaries owned by existing residents would be sought, but only trees within the Bloor site would be utilised.  JW said he would circulate the ecological survey with the bat/bird boxes, ‘swift bricks’ and hedgehog access points.  Hedgehog access would be via slightly raised fences, where appropriate, creating thoroughfares.

SB confirmed there was a pond to be sited at the front of the estate near the A34 to encourage bats/insects. This was not intended as a habitat for frogs and newts and would be developed just as a bog area.  JD stated that there appears to be no habitat for frogs, toads and newts within the site plan.

 

Piling Driving on the site

This had now been completed and it was confirmed that there would no further pile driving. JD wished to thank Scott Grady from Bloor’s for her home condition survey report in relation to her property. She had also received hard copy of the pile driving vibration and noise monitoring graphs.  Some support on interpretation of this monitoring and a report of the monitoring figures was still required to complete the statistics for her ongoing wildlife project.   It was confirmed if she emailed SG and SB they would assist.

 

Heights of houses

This issue has been raised previously, and the Clerk had asked CE planning enforcement for support who had confirmed the heights were as approved.

JD queried the height of the three houses in the middle of the site as they seemed excessively high. JW confirmed the houses were built as the topographical survey / planning approval had dictated. Many house heights had been determined by the planned road as it would not be adopted if it was not as specification. (One-meter fall for every 15m in distance was noted).

 

Boundary Buffer Zone (Giantswood Lane area)

JS expressed the concern of some residents about the open space at the southern end of the buffer zone where the affordable houses were planned. It was open space, with little or no buffer zone on the plans and was not confirmed if it was going to be part of the Housing Association to maintain or Trust Management, the site maintenance company, once handed over. The details of the management company were circulated. It was agreed for future reference that preference would be under the umbrella of the management company.  Access along the buffer zone was granted for private boundary maintenance for current Giantswood Lane residents.

 

Estate Street Lighting

JS enquired about the status of the lighting, as the residents of Giantswood Lane have always had a policy of dark sky in the area to encourage wildlife (owls, bats etc ). JW pointed out relevant locations of street lamps on a plan and confirmed they would be LED type, downward directed with covers to minimise sideways emissions. An example was pointed out near the estate sales office.

 

General Points

 

Skip Bay

JD requested if it could be possibly re sited due to recent increased usage only 12 Metres from existing Giantswood Lane boundaries leading to noise and disruption for residents. It was agreed it would be considered.

 

 Bad language and Music on site.

SO offered to reiterate his no tolerance policy but please note there were up to 80 workmen on site at any one time.

 

Resident from Marton Close

JD had received concerns in relation to loss of privacy from a new property overlooking an existing home. JW confirmed that the minimum distance between the windows of a new build and existing property should be 21.4 Metres. It was in excess of this and therefore was compliant.  Occupation of the new property is imminent.

The resident also had an issue that he could no longer maintain his boundary hedge from the Bloor’s Homes side through his garden gate, due to construction of a barrier fence.  It was confirmed that he would have to obtain access via the new estate.  JW stated that there was an easement along the rear of the resident’s boundary continuing across his garden for drainage from the estate and into Marton Close which was still ‘live’ therefore, no trees could be planted within the easement to help with any privacy issues.  JD would report back to the resident.

 

Working hours

JS had received reports that these were being broken on occasions – SO and KA took note to investigate the complaint.

 

It was noted there were 57 houses occupied.

 

To note the next meeting is on 4th April at 9 am

Meeting closed at 11.00 am