Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Town Hall Bideford

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

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59.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 339 KB

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

Minutes:

Prior to the commencement of the meeting the Chair, Councillor Leather, asked that Members remember in their thoughts the late Mr P Pester who had been Vice Chair of Plans Committee 2007 – 2011.

 

 

It was proposed by Councillor Watson, seconded by Councillor Lock and –

 

Resolved:

 

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

 

(Vote: For - Unanimous)

 

 

Matters Arising:

 

Councillor Christie referred to Application No. 1/1343/2018/OUTM and enquired as to which Surveyor had been instructed to prepare a second Viability Assessment.   The Planning Officer confirmed the Surveyors instructed were Herridge Property Consulting Limited.

60.

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.

 

61.

Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II

Minutes:

That the Agenda as circulated be agreed.

 

62.

Urgent Matters

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters, but the Chair confirmed that the next Plans Committee meeting will be held on 16 January 2020.

63.

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.

 

64.

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.

 

65.

Appeal Decisions Summary

There are no Appeal Decisions

Minutes:

There were no Appeal Decisions.

 

66.

Costs on Appeals

There are no Costs on Appeals

Minutes:

There were no Costs on Appeals.

67.

Delegated Decisions - AGMB Applications pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Delegated Decisions.

 

68.

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:

The following Councillors had attended the site visit listed below:

 

68a

Application No. 1/0152/2019/FUL pdf icon PDF 239 KB

Creation of 2 dwellings including garages, access and drainage (amended plans and additional information) - Land At Grid Reference 246448 126355, Mines Road, East The Water.

Minutes:

The following Councillors attended the site visit:

 

Councillors C Leather, R Lock, R Boughton, R Wiseman and M Brown

 

 

Application No. 1/0152/2019/FUL  -  Creation of 2 dwellings including garages, access and drainage (amended plans and additional information) - Land At Grid Reference 246448 126355, Mines Road, East The Water

 

Interests:    None

 

Officer recommendation:     Grant

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by ex Councillor Hellyer because it shared similarities to historical refusals on the site, where the grounds of refusal would still be relevant.

 

When presenting the application the Principal Planner advised Members of the main planning considerations, and referred particularly to the history to the site, stating that this application is different from a previous application that had been refused by the Inspector.

 

When debating the application the following concerns/points were raised:

 

·         The situation with regard to the mines workings – Legal advice was given by the Senior Solicitor who stated that the responsibility for the mines lay with the Owners and not with the Planning Authority.

 

·         An objection letter with concerns of overlooking – the Principal Planner advised that unfortunately the objectors had misinterpreted the plans, and there is no issue of overlooking – Plot 1 will be obscure glazing, and Plot 2 due to the high level of the plot, there will be no overlooking.

 

Following an enquiry from Councillor Lock with regard to the removal of the hedgerow, the Principal Planner agreed to impose an additional condition seeking a Method Statement.    It was agreed that the wording of the Condition be delegated to the Principal Planner.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Watson, seconded by Councillor Lock that the application be approved, subject to the additional condition as stated above, and a recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr M Brown

 

X

Cllr R Boughton

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

X

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

 

(Vote:  Vote:  For 6, Abstentions 1)

 

The Motion was carried

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted subject to an additional condition as stated above and the conditions as set out in the report.

68b

Application No. 1/0892/2019/FUL pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Single storey rear extension - Primrose Bank, Bridgerule, Holsworthy.

Minutes:

Application No. 1/0892/2019/FUL  -  Single storey rear extension - Primrose Bank, Bridgerule, Holsworthy

 

Interests:   None

 

Officer recommendation:   Grant

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee as the applicant is the daughter of Torridge District Councillor James.

 

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

 

Following a brief debate it was proposed by Councillor Watson, seconded by Councillor Lock that the application be approved, and a recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr R Boughton

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

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.

69.

Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 72 KB

List of Delegated Planning Decisions, Consultee Abbreviations and Application Types enclosed  24 October 2019 to 21 November 2019.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the Planning decisions for the period 24 October 2019 to 21 November 2019 be noted.