On Thurs 5th September Councillors on the planning committee voted, unanimously, to defer the decision on the Battery Site. Many Councillors raised many concerns about the site and many of these concerns were different or went beyond what we have been saying. They requested, essentially, that the developers take another look at the plans and try to provide something extra (or in the case of the student residences maybe something less!).
It would not have made sense to reject the outline plan as most people want to see a development of the site along the lines suggested, but at the same time approving the plan, even in outline, would have given a green light to the detail of the plan as well as the outline aspects. So this deferral sends a message to the developers to try harder without rejecting the proposal outright.
We await further developments.