Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Virtual Meeting via Zoom with Public Access via YouTube

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No. Item


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.


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.



Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II


That the Agenda as circulated be agreed.



Urgent Matters

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


There were no urgent matters brought forward.


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.


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



Planning Application

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.




Application No. 1/0460/2020/FUL pdf icon PDF 635 KB

Residential development of 3 dwellings and associated works – Land to the West of Hampton Park, Raleigh Hill, Bideford

Additional documents:


The following Councillors had attended the virtual site visit:


Councillors: C Leather, M Brown, R Boughton, P Christie, R Craigie, R Lock, P Watson and R Wiseman



Application No. 1/0460/2020/FUL  -  Residential development of 3 dwellings and associated works - Land To The West Of Hampton Park, Raleigh Hill, Bideford




Officer Recommendation:    Grant


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


“An almost identical application has twice been refused at Plans Committee and at two Appeal Hearings”.


The Development Management Team Leader presented the report and informed Members of the main planning considerations.


Following the presentation, the Senior Solicitor advised the Committee that at the previous meeting, 3 September, there had been other speakers on this application.   They are not here at this meeting, but their representations are still valid and should be taken into account by Members.


During the debate the following issues/concerns were raised:


·         Two previous applications had been refused both by Plans Committee and at Appeal


·         No Legal Agreement submitted with the application – The Development Management Team Leader explained that a Unilateral Undertaking had been prepared to secure landscaping mitigation.  There is now an additional requirement for open space - the Agreement would need to be amended should this be approved.


·         Site being in the open countryside - open fields on three sides this goes against the Joint Local Plan


·         Inspectors findings on the two previous Appeals - the comments regarding 5 Year Land Supply and development in the open countryside.


·         Applications coming forward are not automatically approved on the grounds of no 5 year land supply, and consideration must be given to the tilted balance as stated in the NPPF.



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


A recorded vote was taken.







Cllr R Boughton



Cllr M Brown



Cllr P Christie



Cllr R Craigie


Cllr C Leather



Cllr R Lock



Cllr D McGeough



Cllr P Watson




Cllr R Wiseman






 (Vote:  For 6, Against 3)




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



The Development Manager read to the meeting statements from K Davis on behalf of Northam Town Council objecting to the application and C Knee, Agent, in support of the application.