Agenda item

Installation of a small-scale wind turbine (9.8kW) and associated infrastructure (Affecting a Public Right of Way)  - Eastlake Farm, Dolton, Winkleigh.

Minutes:

The following Councillors had attended the site visit listed below:

 

Councillors M Brown, K Davis, P Hackett, R Julian,P Watson and R Lock who took no part in the site visit

 

 

Prior to the presentation of the application, the Chair left the table and the Vice Chair took the Chair.

 

 

Application No. 1/1306/2018/FUL  - Installation of a small-scale wind turbine (9.8kW) and associated infrastructure (Affecting a Public Right of Way)  - Eastlake Farm, Dolton, Winkleigh

 

Interests:  Councillor Lock declared a prejudicial interest – left the table and following speaking as Ward Member left the room and took no part in the debate and decision making.

 

Officer recommendation:   Refuse

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by the Ward Member, Councillor Lock, for the following reasons:

 

“Whilst this application does not meet the national policy test, I would like the committee to consider the following:

 

NDTJLP – ST02 mitigating climate change – (d) states promote opportunity for renewable carbon energy generation.   NDTJLP – ST16 – delivering renewable energy and heat.

 

To consider the NPPF – at the heart of the framework is a presumption in favour of sustainable development (para. 11).  This application also meets the environmental objective of the NPPF”.

 

 

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

 

The Senior Planning Policy Officer addressed the meeting giving background information on Policy ST16 and the Development Plan in relation to this application.  He advised there is no support in the Development Plan for wind energy development – that is the responsibility of a Neighbourhood Plan. 

 

During the debate Members were supportive of the application, acknowledging the need for renewable energy due to climate change, but had concerns with overturning Policies within the Local Plan which had been adopted in October 2018.  The Committee also recognised the support given by the Parish Council and the local community to this application.

 

Councillor Christie expressed his support for the application, stating that the Plans Committee are aware of climate change and the serious effects it would have in this area.

 

Other matters raised included:

 

·         The need for a Neighbourhood Plan

·         No designated area identified for wind turbines

·         The difficulty with finding a Policy to approve the application

·         Revisiting the Local Plan – the Senior Planning Policy Officer stated there is a requirement to revisit every five years.  The Local Plan would not be reviewed prior to this unless the Council wished to make changes.

·         Bringing forward a Neighbourhood Plan that involved wind energy as a matter of urgency – the Senior Planning Policy Officer confirmed a Plan could be expedited and he gave details of the process.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Hackett, seconded by Councillor Julian that the application be refused.

 

A recorded vote was taken to refuse the application:

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Lock

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Councillor Lock took no part in the decision making of this application.

 

(Vote:  For 5, Against 3)

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Refused for the reason as stated in the report.

 

 

Mr A Forward addressed the Committee, objecting to the application

Mr J Slade addressed the Committee, objecting to the application

Ms L Knight addressed the Committee in support of the application

Mr S Payne addressed the Committee in support of the application

Mr P Rendall on behalf of Dolton Parish Council, addressed the Committee in support of the application

Councillor R Lock, Ward Member, addressed the Committee

 

 

 

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