Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Sandra Cawsey  Email: sandra.cawsey@torridge.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

13.

Apologies For Absence

To receive apologies of absence from the meeting.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Brown.

14.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 169 KB

To receive the Minutes from the meeting held on 6 June 2019.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2019 were agreed and signed as a correct record, subject to the amendment:

 

Application No. 1/0275/2019/LO - Remodelling of section of BMX track including replacement of start gate - Bideford BMX Track, Pollyfield Playing Field, Avon Road

 

Councillor Craigie had abstained from voting, having declared a prejudicial interest.

 

(Vote: For 7, Abstentions 2)

 

Matters Arising

 

4. Urgent Matters – Slurry Lagoon, Hartland

 

Councillor Christie asked whether the meeting with the Environment Agency had been arranged.  The Development Manger confirmed that a meeting had taken place between TDC, the Environment agency and Natural England.  It had been agreed to draft a joint statement as there was no provision within the Planning Act to cover any action.  However, an enforcement notice was in place and there were concerns that the landowner was spreading slurry on the land.  Emptying of the lagoon had commenced.

15.

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. 

 

16.

Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II

Minutes:

That the Agenda as circulated be agreed.

 

17.

Urgent Matters pdf icon PDF 27 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Two written Notices of Motion had been referred by Full Council to the Plans Committee for review. 

 

Written Notice of Motion from Councillor J Whittaker

The use of the Implication Report as part of the Council’s planning procedures:

 

“I am hoping that Cllrs will support me in my efforts to have the ‘Implications Report’  process removed from the way which the Council still deals with some of the planning applications it considers. There is no understanding from a public perception as to why this process is used or indeed why it's necessary. Many of our residents take the view that something inappropriate or even underhand is taking place. Whilst this is not at all the case, and Members of the Plans Committee do have a responsibility in making well judged decisions, the use of this process does nothing to improve the public perception of our Council, something I really care about.   

 

I would therefore urge my fellow Councillors to support this Notice of Motion to remove the Implications Report process when considering planning applications at our Plans Committee Meetings”.

 

The motion was discussed.

 

It was proposed by Councillor McGeough and seconded by Councillor Christie –

 

That the Implications Report process be removed.

 

(Vote: For – unanimous)

 

Written Notice of Motion from Councillors C Simmons and P Christie

 

Save our hedgehogs

We propose that a condition is added to all planning permissions that remedial action is taken to allow hedgehogs to roam from garden to garden and to fields, through holes in fences, walls or other barriers.  Hedgehogs need a large area to find their food and this small action will make a difference.

We understand that this will be added to planning advice by central government in the future, but we think that Torridge should lead the way.  Hedgehogs are in rapid decline and this much-loved mammal should been given as much help as possible.

Members discussed the Motion and the Development Manager provided information about legislation and policies.  The Policy Team was working on a Bio-diversity Supplementary Planning Document that would also provide guidelines specific to hedgehogs.  The finer details of this were examined with a lean towards making provision compulsory. 

 

It was proposed by Councillor Craigie and seconded by Councillor Christie –

 

That:

 

The Motion be amended as follows:

 

We propose that a condition is added to all planning permissions, where appropriate,  that remedial action is taken to allow hedgehogs to roam from garden to garden and to fields, through holes in fences, walls or other barriers.  Hedgehogs need a large area to find their food and this small action will make a difference.

We understand that this will be added to planning advice by central government in the future, but we think that Torridge should lead the way.  Hedgehogs are in rapid decline and this much-loved mammal should been given as much help as possible.

(Vote: For – unanimous)

18.

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.  However, he asked all Members to ensure they keep the Thursday before Plans Committee free for site visits.

 

 

19.

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.

 

20.

Appeal Decisions Summary

There are no Appeal  Decisions.

Minutes:

There were no appeal decisions.

 

21.

Costs on Appeals

There are no costs on Appeals

Minutes:

There were no costs on appeals.

22.

Delegated Decisions - AGMB Applications pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Delegated Decisions.

 

23.

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.

 

 

23a

Application No. 1/0401/2019/OUT pdf icon PDF 256 KB

Outline application for 4 dwellings (1 Local Needs) with all matters reserved (Resubmission of 1/0118/2019/OUT) - Land Adjacent To Lynwood , Pyworthy, Devon.

Minutes:

Application No. 1/0401/2019/OUT  -  Outline application for 4 dwellings (1 Local Needs) with all matters reserved (Resubmission of 1/0118/2019/OUT) - Land Adjacent To Lynwood , Pyworthy, Devon

 

Officer recommendation:       Refuse

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by Councillor K James for the following reasons:

 

·         Derril is a growing settlement

·         Easy walking distance to the 2 local pubs, the golf club and the cycleway back to Holsworthy

·         Opposite 2 sites already agreed

·         Are infill sites

·         Is in line with the recommendation of the Plans Committee when the previous application went before it (4 April)

 

The Planning Officer presented the report and advised Members of the main planning considerations and the reasoning for the recommendation of refusal.

 

The documents referred to under the reasons for refusing the application should read National Planning policy Framework (2019).  

 

The debate focused on:

 

·      Growth in rural areas – Members were in favour of promoting growth in rural areas, however, there was a strong feeling that the Local Plan was, in many cases, obstructive to this cause, particularly in terms of the rural settlements listed for development and the definition of “open countryside”.

 

·      The Local Plan - whilst Members appreciated that it was necessary to make a decision in line with the Local Plan, it was felt there was a need to revisit some policies.

 

·      Sustainability

 

-       The local services at Pyworthy

-       Attention was drawn to the fact that there was no mention of Derril in the application address in the report. 

-       Consideration was given to changing consumer habits.

 

·      The possibility of overlooking - The Planning Officer advised that this would be examined under reserved matters once the design plans were submitted.

 

·      No documented evidence was submitted with the application of a need for a local needs dwelling.

 

·      The Planning Officer confirmed that the Parish Council response had

been received in response to the latest application.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Leather, seconded by Councillor Christie that the application be refused.

 

A recorded vote was taken to refuse the application.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr P Pennington

 

X

 

Cllr R Boughton

 

X

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

 

X

 

Cllr R Lock

X

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

 

X

 

Cllr P Watson

 

X

 

Cllr R Wiseman

 

X

 

 

(Vote:   For 3, Against 6)

 

The motion was lost.

 

 

It was proposed by Councillor Pennington, seconded by Councillor Boughton that the application be approved on the grounds that the proposed development was not in the open countryside and that local services were being met in a different way.

 

No vote was taken. 

 

A further discussion took place, during which possible planning conditions were highlighted as well as the opportunity to have further consideration at Reserved Matters Planning stage, including a needs assessment and an S106 agreement. 

 

The Strategic Enabling Officer explained that an assessment of local need could, with the verification of the Local Authority, result in the inclusion of a S106 agreement.

 

The Development Manager gave clarification on Policy DM24  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23a

23b

Application No. 1/0202/2019/OUT pdf icon PDF 262 KB

Outline application for 5 dwellings with all matters reserved - Land At Hubbastone Road, Appledore, Devon

Minutes:

The following Councillors attended the site visit:

 

Councillors Leather, Lock, Pennington, Boughton, Craigie, Wiseman and Watson.

 

 

Application No. 1/0202/2019/OUT  -  Outline application for 5 dwellings with all matters reserved - Land At Hubbastone Road, Appledore, Devon

 

Officer recommendation:       Refuse

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by former Councillor Davies  the following reason:

 

“As the application stands at the moment, being departed from the new local plan as well as outside the development boundary, I feel the area has its fair share of expensive housing and holiday homes.   However, if at any time the proposal would be for local and affordable accommodation, as Ward Member I would raise no objection to the application ascertaining to any approval”.

 

The Planning Officer presented the report and advised Members of the main planning considerations, and the reasoning for the recommendation of refusal.  The Planning Officer also verbally updated Members that if the proposal were to be approved, an S106 agreement would be required to secure a contribution for Public Open Space.

 

 

Discussions included:

 

·         DCC Highways consultee response

·         Environmental protection in the light of future possible developments around the shipyard and the dock.

·         The possibility that the site might be a brownfield site.

 

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

 

A recorded vote was taken to refuse the application.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr P Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr R Boughton

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

X

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

 

(Vote:   For – unanimous)

 

The motion was carried.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be refused.     

 

Mrs T Nicholson addressed the Committee objecting to the application.

Ms S Mendosa addressed the Committee objecting to the application.

Councillor Hames addressed the Committee objecting to the application.

23c

Application No. 1/0339/2019/FUL pdf icon PDF 181 KB

Proposed Extension and associated works - Balmae, Parkham, Bideford

Minutes:

Application No. 1/0339/2019/FUL  - Proposed Extension and associated works - Balmae, Parkham, Bideford

 

Officer recommendation:       Grant

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee because the applicant’s son is an employee of Torridge District Council.

 

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

 

 

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

 

A recorded vote was taken to approve the application.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr p Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr R Boughton

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

X

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

 

(Vote:   For - unanimous)

 

The motion was carried.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be granted subject to the conditions as set out in the report.

 

24.

Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 76 KB

List of Delegated Planning Decisions, Consultee Abbreviations and Application Types enclosed 22 May 2019 to 20 June  2019.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the Planning decisions for the period 22 May – 20 June 2019 be noted.