Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Caddsdown Business Support Centre, Clovelly Road, Bideford

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

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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 282 KB

To receive the Minutes from the meetings held on 31st March & 1st April 2021.

Minutes:

It was proposed by Councillor Leather. seconded by Councillor Lock and –

 

Resolved:

That the Minutes of the meetings held on 31March and 1 April 2021 be 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 Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For - Unanimous)

 

Councillor Pennington voted to agree both sets of minutes as he had attended the meetings but not as a Committee Member.

 

2.

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.

 

3.

Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II

Minutes:

There were no Part II items.

4.

Urgent Matters

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters brought forward.

 

5.

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.

 

6.

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.

 

 

6a

Application No. 1/1008/2020/FUL pdf icon PDF 575 KB

Erection of 9 affordable dwellings, access and associated works. - Land Adjoining Canal Rise, Bridgerule, Devon

Minutes:

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

 

Councillors:  Leather, Lock, Brown, Christie, Boughton, Craigie, McGeough, Wiseman and Pennington

 

 

Application No. 1/1008/2020/FUL - Erection of 9 affordable dwellings, access and associated works. - Land Adjoining Canal Rise, Bridgerule, Devon

 

Interests:   Councillor Brown declared a personal interest – she lives in a Westcountry Housing Association property.

 

Officer Recommendation:    Grant subject to S106 Agreement

 

 

Councillor James had called the planning application into Plans Committee if the Officer recommended that the application be approved.  

 

The reasons for the call-in are as follows:

 

·         Local concern over Design/layout of site, access and parking, including

·         Lack of promised community consultation

·         Road is prone to flooding; this development is likely to aggravate the situation

·         Poor access visibility, parking spaces on road next to BT station where vans are often parked on what is in most part single track road

·         Effect on school over crowding

 

 

Prior to the presentation Members were advised of the following update:

 

A late representation objecting to the application from the occupier of the property immediately to the west of the site.  The issues raised are the same as detailed in a previous representation submitted by this objector.  All objections raised are covered in the report.

 

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

 

During the debate, the following matters were raised:

 

·         Lack of communication referred to by a speaker – the Team Leader advised that although it would have been preferable for a Consultation to have been undertaken, in planning terms it is not a statutory requirement.  

 

·         No objections from the Consultees.

 

·         The need for a strong s106 Agreement to secure the proposed affordable housing and to restrict the occupation of the properties to those in need of affordable housing with a local connection.  

 

·         The comments of the Strategic Enabling Officer referred to a Parish Housing Needs Survey which indicated a need for 5 affording housing units in Bridgerule.  The application is for 9 units and Members questioned what would happen if there was not a local need for the additional 4 units.  Members were informed that if not taken up in Bridgerule the dwellings would then be cascaded to neighbouring parishes.   He gave assurances that the properties would not be left empty. 

 

·         The Team Leader addressed Members concerns relating to car parking spaces, flooding, and the current position with regard to capacity at the local schools.

 

The Committee recognised the significant contribution this proposal would make to the housing stock in Bridgerule.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Lock, seconded by Councillor Wiseman 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 Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For – Unanimous)

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted subject to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6a

6b

Application No. 1/0030/2021/FUL pdf icon PDF 253 KB

First floor extension to dwelling (amended plans) - Redstone, Highbury Hill, Northam.

Minutes:

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

 

Councillors: Leather, Lock, Brown, Christie, Boughton, Craigie, McGeough, Wiseman and Pennington

 

 

Application No. 1/0030/2021/FUL - First floor extension to dwelling (amended plans) - Redstone, Highbury Hill, Northam.

 

Interests:  

 

Officer Recommendation:    Grant

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by the Chief Executive of Torridge District Council [Steve Hearse] due to the application

being contentious with a number of objections, including the Town Council, and the issues around the Ward member call-in timeframes.

 

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

 

When debating the proposal, concerns raised included:

 

·         Scale of development and floor area.

·         PD Rights – in addition to height, there are other criteria that must be met.

·         Overlooking of Kimberley Terrace

·         Many of the objections put forward are not material considerations.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Leather, 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 Pennington

 

X

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For 5, Against 4)

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

 

The Planning Manager read to the meeting a statement on behalf of Mr J Harvest

Mr J Sandwell, Applicant, addressed the Committee in support of the application

Mr A Pye addressed the Committee objecting to the application

Councillor Hames, Ward Member, addressed the Committee

 

 

 

6c

Application No. 1/0094/2021/FUL pdf icon PDF 255 KB

Conversion of barn to dwelling and associated works, to include an increase in the ridge height and reconstruction of collapsed lean-to. - Barn At Smytham Manor, Little Torrington, Torrington.

Minutes:

 

Application No. 1/0094/2021/FUL - Conversion of barn to dwelling and associated works, to include an increase in the ridge height and reconstruction of collapsed lean-to. - Barn At Smytham Manor, Little Torrington, Torrington

 

Interests:   Councillor Wiseman declared a prejudicial interest – the applicant is his sister - he left the room and took no part in the debate and decision making.

 

Officer Recommendation:    Grant

 

The planning application had been referred to Plans Committee as the applicant is the sister of an elected Member of Torridge District Council.

 

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

 

It was proposed by Councillor Leather, seconded by Councillor Brown 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 Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

 

 

 

(Vote: For - Unanimous)

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

6d

Application No. 1/0095/2021/LBC pdf icon PDF 189 KB

Conversion of barn to dwelling and associated works, to include an increase in the ridge height and reconstruction of collapsed lean-to. - Barn At Smytham Manor, Little Torrington, Torrington

 

 

 

Afternoon Session to resume at 1.30pm

 

Minutes:

Application No. 1/0095/2021/LBC - Conversion of barn to dwelling and associated works, to include an increase in the ridge height and reconstruction of collapsed lean-to. - Barn At Smytham Manor, Little Torrington, Torrington

 

Interests:   Councillor Wiseman declared a prejudicial interest – the applicant is his sister - he left the room and took no part in the debate and decision making.

 

Officer Recommendation:    Grant

 

 

The planning application had been referred to Plans Committee as the applicant is the sister of an elected Member of Torridge District Council.

 

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

 

It was proposed by Councillor Leather, 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 Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

 

 

 

(Vote: For - Unanimous)

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

6e

Application No. 1/0158/2021/FUL pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Single storey first floor rear extension to form garden room, installation of window and erection of fencing. - Molesworth Arms, Pyworthy, Holsworthy

Minutes:

Application No. 1/0158/2021/FUL - Single storey first floor rear extension to form garden room, installation of window and erection of fencing. - Molesworth Arms, Pyworthy, Holsworthy

 

Interests:   None

 

Officer Recommendation:    Grant

 

 

The planning application had been referred to Plans Committee as the applicant is an elected Member of Torridge District Council.

 

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

 

It was proposed by Councillor Lock, seconded by Councillor Pennington 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 Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For - Unanimous)

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

 

6f

Application No. 1/0097/2021/FUL pdf icon PDF 247 KB

Proposed wooden lodge for no.1 holiday let with car parking and access track and creation of new garage & car port for existing dwelling - Raleigh, East Putford, Holsworthy

Minutes:

Application No. 1/0097/2021/FUL - Proposed wooden lodge for no.1 holiday let with car parking and access track and creation of new garage & car port for existing dwelling - Raleigh, East Putford, Holsworthy

 

Interests:   Councillor Pennington declared a prejudicial interest – pre determination – left the room and took no part in the debate and decision making.

 

Officer Recommendation:    Grant

 

 

Councillor Hicks had called in the planning application to Plans Committee if the officer recommended that planning permission should be granted. The reason for the call-in is:

 

The proposed residential development is too close to a working farm. There is too much potential for future complaints regarding smell, noise and hygiene in what is predominantly a farming area”.

 

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

 

Members acknowledged the concerns of the neighbouring farm but believed that anyone booking a holiday in the countryside, particularly next to a farm, would expect there to be noise and smells.     

 

It was proposed by Councillor Brown, 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 Pennington

 

 

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For 7, Against 1)

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

 

Mr M Thomas, Applicant, addressed the Committee in support of the application

Mr M Spencer addressed the Committee objecting to the application

Mrs Y Spencer addressed the Committee objecting to the application

Mr D Smith, on behalf of East & West Putford Parish Council, addressed the Committee objecting to the application

6g

Application No. 1/0201/2021/OUT pdf icon PDF 251 KB

Outline application for 1no. dwelling with all matters reserved except access (Affecting a Public Right of Way) - Land Adjacent To Slate Cottage, Chilsworthy, Devon

Minutes:

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

 

Councillors: Leather, Lock, Brown, Christie, Boughton, Craigie, McGeough, Wiseman and Pennington

 

 

Application No. 1/0201/2021/OUT - Outline application for 1no. dwelling with all matters reserved except access (Affecting a Public Right of Way) - Land Adjacent To Slate Cottage, Chilsworthy, Devon

 

Interests:   None

 

Officer Recommendation:    Grant

 

 

The Planning application had been called into Plans Committee by Councillor Watson for the following reasons:

 

“I wish to Call-In this application on behalf of Holsworthy Hamlets Parish Council if you have a mind to approve for the following reasons:

 

1.    Lack of privacy and overbearing to neighbouring properties

2.    Inadequate access

3.    Not within the village boundary area

 

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

 

When debating the application, Councillor Christie raised a concern with the

development being in the open countryside which he said he could not support.  The Planning Manager addressed this concern and referred to the Authority’s lack of a five year housing land supply.  He stated that Members would need to look at the impact of the development, and to give consideration as to what the adverse impacts are and whether they outweighed the benefits.

 

Councillor Lock recommended that the following additional condition be imposed rather than being included in the Construction Management Plan:

 

“That the public right of way to remain open unless agreed otherwise by Devon County Council”.

 

The committee agreed that the wording of the condition be delegated to officers in conjunction with the Chair and Vice Chair.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Christie, seconded by Councillor McGeough that the application be refused for the following reason:

 

“Did not comply with Policy ST07 - development being in the open countryside”.      

 

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 Pennington

 

X

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

 

X

 

 

(Vote: For 3, Against 6)

The motion was lost.

It was proposed by Councillor Lock, seconded by Councillor Brown 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 Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 6, Against 3)

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted subject to the conditions as set out in the report and the additional condition as stated above. The wording of the condition to be delegated to officers in conjunction with the Chair and Vice Chair.

 

Councillor James read to the Committee a statement on behalf of Councillor Watson

 

 

 

6h

Application No. 1/0171/2021/FUL pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Retrospective application for the conversion from 3.no flats (C3) into an 8 bedroom House of Multiple occupancy (Sui- Generis) - 5 Buttgarden Street, Bideford, Devon

Minutes:

Application No. 1/0171/2021/FUL - Retrospective application for the conversion from 3.no flats (C3) into an 8 bedroom House of Multiple occupancy (Sui- Generis) - 5 Buttgarden Street, Bideford, Devon

 

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

 

Officer Recommendation:    Grant

 

 

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

 

“My reasons are that there are already properties of this type dealing with individuals with a variety of needs in Buttgarden street.

 

Over the last year there has been several instances of antisocial behaviour in the street and in the streets leading to the parish church. Some I have witnessed personally. The police are well aware of the issues as are the local residents who I think would be upset to think this is going to continue on a permanent basis.

 

Buttgarden street was once a very nice residential street but has deteriorated over the years due to properties being used for purposes such as this.

 

If we have to have this type of development it needs to be shared around the town on both sides of the water and not centred on one area as it has a detrimental impact on amenities and existing residents”.

 

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

 

The primary concerns raised by Member were:

 

·         Increase in anti-social behaviour in Buttgarden Street.  It was noted that the Police had raised no objections and there is no evidence of anti-social behaviour being linked to this site.

 

·         Over development of this type of property in the area.

 

Councillor McGeough referred to the comments in the report from the Housing Renewals Officer and expressed his displeasure at the wording that had been used.

 

The Committee commented on the work undertaken by the Charity and noted the number of letters of support and general positive comments that had been received.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Leather, seconded by Councillor Craigie 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 Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For 7, Against 2)

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

 

Mr A Langer, Managing Director of the Bideford Lighthouse Project, addressed the Committee and spoke in support of the application.

Councillor Bushby, Ward Member, addressed the Committee

6i

Application No. 1/0239/2021/FUL pdf icon PDF 259 KB

Demolition of existing garage and erection of dwelling - Torridge Garage, Torridge Road, Appledore

Minutes:

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

 

Councillors:  Leather, Lock, Brown, Christie, Boughton, Craigie, Wiseman and Pennington

 

 

Application No. 1/0239/2021/FUL - Demolition of existing garage and erection of dwelling - Torridge Garage, Torridge Road, Appledore

 

Interests:   None

 

Officer Recommendation:    Grant

 

 

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

 

“1. Reference LP Policy ST17 regarding housing balance and housing mix I query the justification for this proposed four bed dwelling.

 

2.Ref LP Policy DM06 and DM04 h and also Appledore Area Design Statement (Design Principles) The proposed dwelling only provides parking provision for one car while the present garage can accommodate two cars. There is a local problem regarding cars parking along Torridge Road, causing traffic holdups so if the proposed development generates more on-street parking this will add to traffic problems (NB the proposed dwelling would have four bedrooms, implying more than one car at the property)

 

3.Ref. LP Policy DM04 a, b d the design of the proposed dwelling clashes with the street scene given the proposed angled roof line compared with the predominantly pitched roofs of the neighbouring houses and the proposed extensive use of glass, again conflicting with the design of neighbouring properties. The proposed dwelling would also stick out in front of the existing street line. The adverse visual impact can be seen from the applicant’s photo montage taken from the estuary.

 

4.Ref Policy ST15 Adverse visual impact on adjacent conservation area.

 

5.Involves demolition of useful garage space and also workshop space which is a dwindling facility in Appledore.

 

6. Ref Policy ST05 Sustainable Construction. I query if heavy reliance on glass in the dwelling accords with this policy.”

 

 

The Planning Officer presented the report and advised the Committee of the main planning considerations.

 

 

 

It was proposed by Councillor Lock, seconded by Councillor Leather 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 Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For - Unanimous)

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

Councillor Hames, Ward Member, addressed the Committee.

 

7.

Appeal Decisions Summary pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Appeal Decision Summary and Reports of Planning Inspectorate

 

Summary

 

Appeal Decision  -  Application No. 1/1065/2018/CPL

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Appeal Decisions.

 

8.

Costs on Appeals

There are no Costs on Appeals

Minutes:

There were no Costs on Appeals.

9.

Delegated Decisions - AGMB Applications pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Delegated Decisions.

 

10.

Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 223 KB

List of Delegated Planning Decisions, Consultee Abbreviations and Application Types enclosed 19 March 2021 to 11 May 2021.

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the Planning decisions for the period 19 March to 11 May 2021 be noted.