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83.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To receive the Minutes from the meeting held on 7 February 2019.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 7 February 2019 were agreed and signed as a correct record.

 

(Vote: For 8, abstentions 1)

 

84.

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.

 

85.

Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II

Minutes:

That the Agenda as circulated be agreed.

 

86.

Urgent Matters

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters, but the Chair advised that a Planning Evidence Gathering meeting had been arranged for Thursday 14 March 2019 at 10am in the Town Hall Bideford.  Members were asked to give consideration as to whether they felt the meeting should go ahead.   This to be discussed at the end of this meeting.

 

The Chair informed Members of the following:

 

·         Plans Committee meeting 9 May had been cancelled.

·         Plans Committee Training for the new Council had been arranged for end of May.

 

 

*At the conclusion of the meeting, Members agreed that the Planning Evidence Gathering meeting arranged for 14 March, 2019 be cancelled.

87.

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.

 

88.

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.

 

89.

Appeal Decisions Summary pdf icon PDF 8 KB

Appeal Decision Summary and Reports of Planning Inspectorate

 

Summary

 

Appeal Decision – Application No. 1/1257/2017/FUL

Appeal Decision – Application No. 1/0017/2017/CPL

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Reference was made to the wording of Condition 3, the Occupancy

Restriction  on Appeal Decision APP/W1145/W/18/3210896, which differed

from that used by the Authority.  The Development Management Team

Leader informed Members that, going forward it should be noted that the

wording on Occupancy Restriction conditions will be changed.

 

The Committee noted the Appeal Decisions.

 

90.

Costs on Appeals

There are no costs on Appeals.

Minutes:

There were no costs on Appeals.

91.

Delegated Decisions - AGMB Applications pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Delegated Decisions.

 

92.

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 views of the speakers, even if their views differed.

 

 

92a

Application No. 1/0730/2018/FULM pdf icon PDF 307 KB

Erection of 22no. flats (Use Class C3) with associated works, including car park and vehicular access from Atlantic Way - Land Adjacent To Kingsley Court, Kingsley Road, Westward Ho!

Minutes:

The following Councillors had attended the site visit listed below:

 

Councillors R Lock, M Brown, P Christie, K Davis, P Hackett, R Julian

and P Watson

 

 

Application No. 1/0730/2018/FULM  -  Erection of 22no. flats (Use Class C3) with associated works, including car park and vehicular access from Atlantic Way - Land Adjacent To Kingsley Court, Kingsley Road, Westward Ho!

 

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

 

Officer recommendation:     Grant

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee for determination, if recommended for approval, by Councillor Laws for the following reason:

 

“That the proposed property is forward of the natural building line of the neighbouring buildings, and has an adverse effect on their architectural merits.  Lack of car parking and amenity space”.

 

 

The Planning Officer presented the report and informed the Committee of the main planning considerations.   The following update was given:

 

·         An email had been received from Councillor Laws, Ward Member, confirming he was now in support of the application.

 

Councillor Christie noted that the spreadsheet giving details of the development costings to the proposal, referred to in the consultation response of the Strategic Enabling Officer, had not been attached to the report.  The Strategic Enabling Officer reported that the spreadsheet had been marked as “sensitive” and could not be in the public domain, but was available for Members to view.

 

During the debate the following concerns were raised and addressed:

 

·         No Affordable Housing for this scheme – financially unviable.

·         No Section 106 Contributions.

·         Parking area – only one bay per house.  Highways Officer had raised no objections.

·         Only change in this resubmission application from the previous application in 2017 which had been refused, was design.  The Planning Officer clarified the refusal reason on the previous application.  Applications are now assessed under different Policy context.

·         Proposal is overbearing.

 

The Planning Officer confirmed that the permission granted in 2004 was still extant, and therefore if Members were minded to refuse this application the site could still be developed.

 

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

 

A recorded vote was taken to approve the application.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Lock

X

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

Cllr K Davis

X

 

Cllr P Hackett

X

 

 

Cllr R Julian

X

Cllr J Langton-Lockton

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

Cllr J Whittaker

 

 

X

 

 

(Vote:  For 5, Against 2, Abstentions 2)

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

 

Mr J Marlow addressed the Committee in support of the application

Mr J Coombes addressed the Committee in support of the application

92b

Application No. 1/0001/2019/FUL pdf icon PDF 152 KB

New dwelling - Land At Weekstone Farm, Pancrasweek, Holsworthy.

Minutes:

The following Councillors had attended the site visit listed below:

 

Councillors R Lock, M Brown, K Davis, P Hackett, R Julian and P Watson

 

 

Application No. 1/0001/2019/FUL -  New dwelling - Land At Weekstone Farm, Pancrasweek, Holsworthy.

 

Interests:   Councillor P Hackett and P Watson declared personal interests, but both attended with an open mind

 

Officer recommendation:     Grant

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by Councillor Watson for the following reason:

 

“To consider the proposed building in the countryside and whether or not it represents overdevelopment and if it is visually intrusive”.

 

Prior to the presentation Members were informed of the following update:

 

·         Proposed amendment to Condition 4 (Landscaping Scheme) – applicant had submitted Landscaping Plan following publication of report

 

The Principle Planning Officer presented the report and advised the Committee of the main planning considerations.

 

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

 

·         The lawful use and history to the site

·         Breach of Conditions on previous applications (never enforced)

·         Submission of Certificates of Lawfulness

 

Councillor Lock requested an amendment to Condition 3 as follows:

 

“to include that the site be inspected every 3 or 6 months to ensure that the condition is adhered to”.

 

The Development Management Team Leader advised that although the Authority would be monitoring the site, it was felt unreasonable to include 3 or 6 month inspections.

 

The Development Manager recommended to include monitoring of the existing dwelling on the informative which would then be included on the Planning Decision.

 

It was approved by Councillor Hackett, seconded by Councillor Langton-Lockton that the application be approved.

 

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Lock

X

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

Cllr K Davis

X

 

Cllr P Hackett

X

 

 

Cllr R Julian

X

 

Cllr J Langton-Lockton

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

Cllr J Whittaker

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 5, Against 3, Abstentions 1)

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted subject to an amendment to Condition 4 (Landscaping Scheme), inclusion of “monitoring of the existing dwelling” in the Informative and the Conditions as stated in the report.

 

 

Mr L Piper addressed the Committee in support of the application

Councillor R Fursdon, on behalf of Holsworthy Hamlet Parish Council, addressed the Committee objecting to the application

92c

Application No. 1/1246/2018/LBC pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Internal Alterations - Torridge District Council, Town Hall, Bridge Street

Minutes:

Application No.  1/1246/2018/LBC -  Internal Alterations - Torridge District Council, Town Hall, Bridge Street.

 

Interests:  Councillor P Christie – dual hatted – Bideford Town Council

 

Officer recommendation:     Grant

 

 

The planning application had been referred to Plans Committee because the applicant is Torridge District Council.

 

Prior to the presentation of the report, the Economic Development Officer gave a verbal presentation which included the following:

 

·         The positive impacts of a Working Hub, particularly for those working from home and those in rural locations.

·         A meeting room giving the impression of professionalism

·         This would give people the opportunity to engage with like minded individuals

·         This proposition was raised at Devon County Council who has Working Hubs in other districts and were enthusiastic for this to be taken forward.

·         An opportunity to bring neglected space back into use.

·         A report to be taken to Community & Resources Committee in April re financial support.

·         A positive reaction from the community.

 

The Conservation Officer presented the report and informed the Committee of the main planning considerations.   She reminded Members that this is a Listed Building application and consideration should only be given to the works to the building.

 

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

 

A recorded vote was taken to approve the application.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Lock

X

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

Cllr K Davis

X

 

 

Cllr P Hackett

X

 

 

Cllr R Julian

X

 

Cllr J Langton-Lockton

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

Cllr J Whittaker

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

 

 

93.

Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 75 KB

List of Delegated Planning Decisions, Consultee Abbreviations and Application Types enclosed  24 January 2019 to 22 February 2019.

 

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the Planning decisions for the period 24 January 2019 and 22 February 2019 be noted.