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84.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 214 KB

To receive the Minutes from the meeting held on 2 December 2021.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 2 December were agreed and signed as a correct record.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

X

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

 

 

X

Cllr D McGeough

 

 

X

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 7, Against 0, Abstentions 2)

 

85.

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.

 

86.

Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II

Minutes:

There were no Part II items.

87.

Urgent Matters

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

Minutes:

No urgent matters were brought forward.

88.

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.

 

89.

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.

 

 

89a

Application No. 1/0656/2020/OUTM pdf icon PDF 600 KB

Outline application for up to 211 dwellings, up to 4.27 hectares of commercial land (Use Classes B2, B8 and E(g)), public open space, and other associated infrastructure with all matters reserved except access - (Amended description and documents) - Land At Caddsdown Industrial Park, Bideford, Devon

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The following Councillors had attended the virtual site visit listed below:

 

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

 

Application No. 1/0656/2020/OUTM – Outline application for up to 211 dwellings, up to 4.27 hectares of commercial land (Use Classes B2, B8 and E(g)), public open space, and other associated infrastructure with all matters reserved except access – (Amended description and documents) – Land At Caddsdown Industrial Park, Bideford, Devon

 

Interests: Councillor Christie declared a personal interest – dual hatted – Bideford Town Council.

 

Officer recommendations: Grant subject to S106 Agreement.

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee at the discretion of the Planning Manager given the strategic importance of the site.

 

Prior to the presentation Members were informed of the following updates:

 

·         1 further representation had been received;

 

·         Amendment to condition (7) should read –

 

‘to the adjacent allocated BID09 site’ (page 55 of the Committee Report).

 

·         Appendix 1 (DVS Viability Report) – Disregard para 13.2 (page 67 of Committee Report), which has been included in error.

 

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

 

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

 

·         Regeneration was important.

 

·         Lack of industrial/employment land was a concern.

 

·         Not enough affordable housing.

 

During the debate Councillor Christie proposed to defer the application which was seconded by Councillor McGeough.

 

·         House sizes – the Planning Manager advised that the housing mix and viability had to have a start point for assessment. If the viability assessment was assessed on less bed dwellings, then the viability position would be worse, potentially achieving a smaller number of affordable dwellings. Looking at the housing mix at the reserved matters stage was the appropriate time and is secured via Condition. For the purpose of viability this was the best scenario for TDC. Smaller dwellings may mean less profit. Suggestion was made to a viability review part way through to which the Planning Manager confirmed that the S106 agreement was the correct mechanism for this and would be legally enforceable.

 

·         School – the Planning Manager explained in detail the contributions this site would make, as stated in the report. This site will make a financial contribution only, there was never a school intended for this site. Within BID09 there is a provision for a school which has outline planning permission and officers are confident this will materialise when required. Reference was made to the Winsford site and the school site there.

 

·         Roundabout – the Chair referred to page 72 of the report for costings.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Christie, seconded by Councillor McGeough that the application be deferred.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

 

X

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr C Leather

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.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 89a

89b

Application No. 1/0926/2020/OUTM pdf icon PDF 711 KB

Outline planning application for the erection of up to 290 dwellings, including affordable housing with public open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) and two vehicular access points from Abbotsham Road. All matters reserved except access. (additional/amended ecology information) - Land North Of Abbotsham Road, Abbotsham, Bideford

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The following Councillors had attended the virtual site visit listed below:

 

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

 

Application No. 1/0926/2020/OUTM - Outline planning application for the erection of up to 290 dwellings, including affordable housing with public open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) and two vehicular access points from Abbotsham Road. All matters reserved except access. (additional/amended ecology information) - Land North Of Abbotsham Road, Abbotsham, Bideford

 

Interests:  Councillor Christie declared a personal interest – dual hatted – Bideford Town Council.

 

Officer recommendations: Grant subject to S106 Agreement.

 

The planning application had been called in by Councillor Inch if the officer is minded to approve, for the following reason:

 

‘Having read the reasons this application was turned down last time, I see no difference only the number of dwellings being more, so I refer the Planning Officer to the reasons it was turned down last time’.

 

Prior to the presentation Members were informed of the following updates:

 

·         1 further representation had been received;

 

·         Amendment to condition 5 ( r ) should read –

the identification of design areas: general layout, build from densities         and design principles’.

 

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

 

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

 

·         This site was not allocated in the Local Plan and number of houses have increased since a previous application;

·         Local councils are against it;

·         Visual harm;

·         Environmental impacts are a concern. The area already floods badly and the ancient Woodland area would be misused;

·         With additional houses a school would be needed but there is no mention of a school within the application;

·         The viability study.

 

 

 

It was proposed by Councillor Leather, seconded by Councillor Christie that the application be refused due to being contrary of the following policies due to the impact on the local environment including the woodland:

·         NPPF 174 (a) & (b)

·         NPPF 180 (c)

·         ST14 (d), (g) & (i)

·         DM08 (7)

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

 

X

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

Cllr R Lock

 

X

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

(Vote:  For 4, Against 5)

 

The motion was lost

 

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

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

X

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

Cllr R Lock

X

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

(Vote:  For 4, Against 5)

 

The motion was lost

 

Prior to the vote Councillor Watson left the room.

 

To continue the meeting past three hours the Head of Legal and Governance (Monitoring Officer) advised a vote would be required.

 

It  ...  view the full minutes text for item 89b

89c

Application No. 1/0999/2021/LA pdf icon PDF 235 KB

Retrospective application for engineering works in relation to improvements to the coastal defence system - Land At Grid Reference 243357 129470, Westbourne Terrace, Westward Ho!

Minutes:

Application No. 1/0999/2021/LA - Retrospective application for engineering works in relation to improvements to the coastal defence system - Land At Grid Reference 243357 129470, Westbourne Terrace, Westward Ho!

 

Officer recommendation: Grant

 

The planning application had been called in as the applicant was Torridge District Council.

 

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

 

Following the presentation and in response to a query the Planning Manager provided an explanation on the biodiversity net gain percentage.

 

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

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

X

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

x

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For - unanimous)

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted.

89d

Application No. 1/0509/2021/REM pdf icon PDF 284 KB

Reserved matters application for access, appearance, landscaping, layout & scale pursuant to outline planning permission 1/0702/2017/OUT - Car park and associated access, landscaping and ancillary infrastructure. (Amended plans) - Land Off Caddywell Lane, Torrington, Devon

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Application No. 1/0509/2021/REM - Reserved matters application for access, appearance, landscaping, layout & scale pursuant to outline planning permission 1/0702/2017/OUT - Car park and associated access, landscaping and ancillary infrastructure. (Amended plans) - Land Off Caddywell Lane, Torrington, Devon.

 

Interests – Councillor Brown declared a personal interest- dual hatted – Torrington Town Council.

 

Offer Recommendation – Grant

 

The planning application had been called in by Councillor Brown ‘for the Plans Committee to consider the impact on amenity overlooking’.

 

The Development Manager presented the report and advised Members of the main planning considerations.

 

Following the presentation and in response to a query surrounding a management and maintenance scheme, the Development Manager advised that DCC have a set time to decide if they would take on responsibility. There would be provisions in a legal agreement for a management and maintenance strategy.

 

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

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

X

 

 

Cllr M Brown

 

X

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

 

X

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

x

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 7, Against 2)

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted.

 

The Planning Manager read to the meeting a statement received from Mr J Shuttleworth, member of the public, objecting to the application.

90.

Appeal Decisions Summary pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Appeal Decision Summary and Reports of Planning Inspectorate

 

Summary

 

Application No. – 1/0246/2021/FUL

Application No. -  1/1151/2020/OUT

Application No. -  1/0235/2020/FUL

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Appeal Decisions.

 

91.

Costs on Appeals

There are no Costs on Appeals

Minutes:

There were no Costs on Appeals.

92.

Delegated Decisions - AGMB Applications pdf icon PDF 242 KB

AGMB Decisions 19.11.2021 – 20.12.2021

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Delegated Decisions.

 

93.

Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 97 KB

List of Delegated Planning Decisions, Consultee Abbreviations and Application Types enclosed 19 November 2021 – 20 December 2021.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Planning decisions for the period 19 November 2021 to 20

December 2021 be noted.

 

The Planning Manager advised that application 1/1406/2021/TRE5 had been partially approved due to the tree being damaged which posed a risk so had to be removed immediately.