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24.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To receive the Minutes from the meeting held on 5 July 2018.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 5 July 2018 were agreed and signed as a correct record.

 

(Vote: For 8, Abstentions 1)

 

25.

Declaration of Interest

Members with interests to declare should refer to the Agenda item and describe the nature of their interest when the item is being considered.

 

Elected Members of Devon County Council and Town/Parish Councils who have considered a planning application by virtue of their membership of that Council hold a personal interest and are deemed to have considered the application separately and the expressed views of that Council do not bind the Members concerned who consider the application afresh.

Minutes:

The Chair reminded Members to declare their interests when the relevant item was up for discussion.  Declarations of interest were made as indicated below and in accordance with the previously agreed arrangements for “dual-hatted” Members.

 

26.

Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II

Minutes:

That the Agenda as circulated be agreed.

 

27.

Urgent Matters

Information to be brought forward with the permission of the Chair.

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters, but the Chair advised there would be no Planning Evidence Gathering meeting next week.   A meeting will take place to review the new NPPF – date and time to be arranged.

28.

Future Site Visits

The Chair to advise the Committee of any future site visits.

Minutes:

The Chair informed the Committee that there were currently no site visits planned.

 

29.

Public Participation

The Chair to advise the Committee of any prior requests to speak made by members of the public and to advise of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.

Minutes:

The Chair advised the Committee and members of the public of the details in respect of the Council’s public participation scheme.

 

30.

Appeal Decisions Summary pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Appeal Decision Summary and Reports of Planning Inspectorate

 

Summary

 

Appeal Decision  -  Application No. 1/0561/2017/FUL

Appeal Decision  -  Application No. 1/1153/2017/FUL

Appeal Decision  -  Application No. 1/0896/2017/OUT

Appeal Decision  -  Application No. 1/0050/2017/FUL

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Appeal Decisions.

 

31.

Costs on Appeals

There are no costs on Appeals.

 

Minutes:

There were no costs on Appeals.

32.

Delegated Decisions - AGMB Applications

There are no Delegated Decisions.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Delegated Decisions.

 

33.

Planning Applications

The information, recommendations and advice contained in the reports are correct as at the date of preparation which is more than ten days in advance of the Committee meeting.   Due to these time constraints any changes or necessary updates to the reports will be provided in writing or orally at the Committee meeting.

 

 

Minutes:

Prior to the presentation of the planning applications, the Chair asked that respect be shown for the view of the speakers, even if their views differed.

 

 

 

33a

Application No. 1/0009/2018/FULM pdf icon PDF 407 KB

Residential development comprising 70 houses and 4 flats, associated parking, surface water attenuation tanks and creation of new access on Stucley Road (amended drawings) -  Land Between Stucley Road and Clovelly Road Bideford

Minutes:

The following Councillors attended the site visit:

 

Councillors: R Lock, M Brown, P Christie, K Davis, J Langton-Lockton ,

R Julian and P Watson

 

 

Application No. 1/0009/2018/FULM  -  Residential development comprising 70 houses and 4 flats, associated parking, surface water attenuation tanks and creation of new access on Stucley Road (amended drawings)  -

Land Between Stucley Road and Clovelly Road, Bideford

 

Interests:   Councillor Christie declared a personal interest – dual hatted – Bideford Town Council

 

Officer recommendation:   Grant subject to legal agreement

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by the Ward Member, Councillor S Inch, due to concerns on the impact upon highway safety and in particular the main proposed access onto Stucley Road.

 

Prior to the presentation of the application, Members were informed of the following updates:

 

·         Description – to be amended to 68 houses and 4 flats

 

·         Additional representations had been received  - the comments referred to the proposed pedestrian and cycle access.  The Planning Consultant confirmed that, although it is a private road, conditions can be imposed.  It was also requested that sufficient signage and lighting be installed – this to be considered following the presentation.

 

The Planning Consultant presented the report and informed Members of the main planning considerations.  The site also benefitted from a previous Planning Permission for up to 100 dwellings with direct access onto Clovelly Road.

 

The Devon County Highways Officer addressed the following highway issues raised:

 

Change to the access from previous permission

 

Entrance to the site via Stucley Road – this was disputed by some Members who felt the access should be direct onto Clovelly Road. The proposed new entrance would, it was hoped, avoid the private road being used as a “rat run”.

 

Number of traffic movements per day, the figures given were low – details of how the numbers were calculated was given.

 

During the discussion concern was also expressed as to the low number of affordable housing on the site.  The Planning Consultant addressed this concern, stating that the figure had been accepted following consideration of the Financial Viability Assessment, which under Government rules is a confidential document.   Members requested a precis of the document as the figure is lower than that stated in the Local Plan.

 

Following a recommendation proposed by the Chair, it was agreed that Condition 4 be amended to – Such foot and cycle path to include a physical barrier.   This would ensure the safety of pedestrians.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Hackett, seconded by Councillor Whittaker that the application be approved.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted subject to the amendment to condition 4 as stated above and the conditions stated in the report.

 

(Vote:  For 5, Against 4)

 

Mr M Hurrell addressed the Committee objecting to the application

Mr N Giddy addressed the Committee in support of the application

Mr T Blight addressed the Committee in support of the application

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33b

Application No. 1/0444/2018/LA pdf icon PDF 308 KB

Demolition of existing visitor centre (except wc's) and erection of new 2 storey visitors centre, associated office accommodation and cafe facility. - The Burrows Centre, Sandymere Road, Northam

Minutes:

The following Councillors attended the site visit:

 

Councillors: R Lock, M Brown, P Christie, K Davis, J Langton-Lockton ,

R Julian and P Watson

 

 

Application No. 1/0444/2018/LA  -  Demolition of existing visitor centre (except wc's) and erection of new 2 storey visitors centre, associated office accommodation and cafe facility. - The Burrows Centre, Sandymere Road, Northam.

 

Interests:  Councillors Whittaker and Davis declared personal interests – dual hatted – Northam Town Council.

All Councillors declared a personal interest – Applicant is Torridge District Council.

 

Officer recommendation:   Grant

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee due to the land being within the ownership of Torridge District Council.

 

Members were informed of the following update:

 

·         Two additional representations

 

The Planning Consultant presented the report and advised Members of the main planning considerations.

 

Following a brief discussion, it was proposed by Councillor Hackett, seconded by Councillor Watson that the application be approved.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted subject to the conditions as stated in the report.

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

 

 

Mr P Leaver addressed the Committee in support of the application.

33c

Application No. 1/0479/2018/FUL pdf icon PDF 267 KB

Proposed residential development for 5 No. dwellings (Amended highway details) - Holly Lane Farm, Halwill Junction, Devon

Minutes:

The following Councillors attended the site visit:

 

Councillors: R Lock, M Brown, P Christie, K Davis, J Langton-Lockton ,

R Julian and P Watson

 

 

Application No. 1/0479/2018/FUL  - Proposed residential development for 5 No. dwellings (Amended highway details) - Holly Lane Farm, Halwill Junction, Devon.

 

Interests:  None

 

Officer recommendation:   Grant

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by the Ward Member, Councillor Gregorek, who has stated that the main concern is the proposed access road junction with the A3079 which is sited in a dangerous position considering the actual speed of the traffic at this point.

 

Prior to the presentation of the report, the Planning Officer gave an update to Members as follows:

 

Amendments to the report –

 

·         Petition submitted consisted of 126 signatories

·         15 not 13 objections received

 

The new NPPF did not change the recommendation or consideration given to the application.

 

The Planning Officer presented the report and informed Members of the main planning considerations.

 

The Planning Officer addressed the following concerns raised by Members during the debate:

 

·         The response received from Halwill Parish Council was incorrect – the site is within the development boundary.

 

·         Although not a planning consideration, assurance was sought that the trees would be scaled back to ensure the bollards and traffic sign are visible.

 

·         Following comments made by a speaker, confirmation was given that the only history relevant to the site was the application detailed in the report.

 

The Devon County Highways Officer addressed all highway issues raised by Members.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Watson, seconded by Councillor Hackett that the application be approved.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted subject to the conditions as stated in the report.

 

(Vote:  For 7, Against 2)

 

 

Mrs V King addressed the Committee objecting to the application

Mr I Potter addressed the Committee in support of the application

Mrs K Potter addressed the Committee in support of the application

 

33d

Application No. 1/0577/2018/LA pdf icon PDF 265 KB

Retrospective application to regularise the existing security fencing, external equipment storages and windsock pole along with engineering works comprising of re-profiling banks to both the BMX Track and the bank on the South West of the site. - Pollyfield Playing Field, Avon Road, Bideford.

Minutes:

The following Councillors attended the site visit:

 

Councillors: R Lock, M Brown, P Christie, K Davis, J Langton-Lockton ,

R Julian and P Watson

 

 

Application No. 1/0577/2018/LA  -  Retrospective application to regularise the existing security fencing, external equipment storages and windsock pole along with engineering works comprising of re-profiling banks to both the BMX Track and the bank on the South West of the site. - Pollyfield Playing Field, Avon Road, Bideford

 

Interests:   Councillor Christie declared a personal interest – dual hatted – Bideford Town Council

All Members declared a personal interest – Applicant is Torridge District Council

 

Officer recommendation:   Grant

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee due to the land being within the ownership of Torridge District Council.

 

The Planning Consultant presented the report and informed Members of the main planning considerations.

 

During the discussion Members acknowledged it was essential that the works to the BMX track and the bank be carried out as soon as  possible, but had concerns regarding the retrospective existing security fencing.  Members suggested that the application be separated, namely that a decision be made on the engineering works, with the fencing aspect being deferred or refused. 

 

Legal advice was given by the Senior Solicitor, who stated that Members must consider the application as a whole. If Members were to approve the application, the engineering works could be carried out as soon as possible, and the security fencing raised as a corporate issue with a report being presented at either Community & Resources Committee or Full Council.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Whittaker, seconded by Councillor Watson that the application be approved.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be approved subject to the provision that a report with regard to the security fencing be presented at Community & Resources Committee and/or Full Council.

 

(Vote:  For 7, Against 2)

 

 

Town Councillor Mrs Ruth Craigie addressed the Committee objecting to the application.

 

 

 

33e

Application No. 1/0628/2018/LA pdf icon PDF 382 KB

Development of concrete wheels park, with associated access, landscaping and hard surfacing. - The Sportsground, Kingsley Road, Bideford.

Minutes:

The following Councillors attended the site visit:

 

Councillors: R Lock, M Brown, P Christie, K Davis, J Langton-Lockton ,

R Julian and P Watson

 

 

Application No. 1/0628/2018/LA  -  Development of concrete wheels park, with associated access, landscaping and hard surfacing. - The Sportsground, Kingsley Road, Bideford

 

Interests:  Councillor Christie declared a personal interest – dual hatted – Bideford Town Council

All Members declared a personal interest – Applicant is Torridge District Council

 

Officer recommendation:   Grant

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee due to the land being within the ownership of Torridge District Council.

 

Prior to the presentation Members were advised of the following updates:

 

·         The introduction of the new NPPF had not changed the recommendation or consideration given to the report

 

·         A late representation objecting to the application

 

·         Additional condition – Environment Protection Officer had recommended a Condition be imposed to ensure further testing of the site be undertaken as a precautionary measure

 

The Principal Planning Officer presented the report and informed Members of the main planning considerations.

 

When discussing the application, Members raised concerns with regard to the following:

 

Noise impact from use of the site – Condition 6 to be varied to include that the site be regularly monitored for a certain period of time

 

Light pollution – Councillor Christie recommended that the lighting is turned off at 9pm.   Condition 13 to be amended – “premises not to be used except between the hours of 08.00 – 21.00”.

 

To ensure that the plaques on the pillars, when taken down are re-erected.

 

The fencing on the boundary to the football ground to be raised or netting installed to ensure that when matches are taking place the ball does not cause harm to those using the skateboard park.

 

 

Graffiti wall to be installed, as existing skate park.   This is a matter being reviewed.

 

 

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution it was proposed, seconded

And –

 

Resolved:

 

That in view of the fact that 3 hours had elapsed since the meeting had commenced, that the meeting should continue.

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

 

It was proposed by Councillor Christie, seconded by Councillor Watson that the application be approved.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted subject to the additional Condition as stated above, amended conditions 6 and 13 and the conditions as stated in the report.

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

 

Mr C Matthews addressed the Committee objecting to the application

 

 

 

34.

Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 80 KB

List of Delegated Planning Decisions, Consultee Abbreviations and Application Types enclosed 22 June 2018 to 20 July 2018.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the Planning decisions for the period 22 June 2018 to 20 July 2018 be noted.

 

 

 

The Chair, on behalf of the Plans Committee, thanked the Senior Solicitor, who was leaving the Authority, for all his hard work and wished him well for the future.