Agenda item

Change of use of 5 unit caravan and camping club site to all year round 30 pitch touring caravan site and provision of supervisory unit. - Seabreeze CL Site, Long Lane, Appledore

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. 1/0024/2019/FUL  -  Change of use of 5 unit caravan and camping club site to all year round 30 pitch touring caravan site and provision of supervisory unit. - Seabreeze CL Site, Long Lane, Appledore

 

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

Councillor Christie declared a personal interest – as the Deputy Mayor of Bideford - the applicant being the Mayor of Bideford

All attended with an open mind.

 

Officer recommendation:    Refuse

 

 

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

 

“If the Planning Officer is minded to recommend that planning permission be refused, to consider whether under Policy ST13, that in order to support tourism in a more sustainable and pragmatic manner the need for a mobile home as requested by the applicant as a temporary measure would meet the criteria under Policy ST09”.

 

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

 

·         Two further representations had been received, one in support of the application and the other objecting.  Both representations had been considered, but do not change the recommendation made by the Planning Officer.

 

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

 

When debating the application, Members raised the following:

 

·         Impact on the AONB – Members felt the impact was acceptable

 

·         It was acknowledged that the withdrawal of the caravan park at Knapp House would result in the need for additional caravan parking, but some Members felt this would not be the right site.

 

·         Access/highway safety – the Devon County Highways Officer addressed the meeting and gave reasons as to why he felt the proposal would be acceptable from a Highways perspective.

 

·         Tourism – this being one of Torridge’s biggest industry, and the recognised need for additional caravan parking

 

·         The need for a supervisory dwelling on site was referred to and discussed.

 

·         There being no hard standing areas proposed – concern with 30 caravans on grass area

 

·         Residential Amenity and the need for protection for neighbours

 

It was proposed by Councillor Whittaker, seconded by Councillor Lock that the application be refused.

 

A recorded vote was taken to refuse  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 4)

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be refused subject to the reasons as stated in the report.

 

 

Mr D Bushby addressed the Committee in support of the application

Ms M Bailey addressed the Committee in support of the application

Mr K Goodred addressed the Committee objecting to the application

Mr G Hammond addressed the Committee objecting to the application

 

 

Councillor J Langton-Lockton left the meeting at 12.20pm.

 

In accordance with the Council Constitution it was proposed, seconded and –

 

Resolved:   That in view of the fact that 3 hours had elapsed since the meeting had commenced, that the meeting should continue.

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

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