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Items
No. Item

20.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies received from Councillor McGeough with Councillor Hurley substituting.

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 251 KB

To receive the Minutes from the meeting held on 3 June 2021.

Minutes:

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

 

Resolved:

That the Minutes of the meetings held on 3 June 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 D Hurley

 

 

X

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

X

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For 7, Abstentions 2)

 

22.

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.

 

23.

Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II

Minutes:

There were no Part II items.

24.

Urgent Matters

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

Minutes:

No urgent matters were brought forward.

25.

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.

 

26.

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.

 

 

26a

Application No. 1/0228/2021/FUL pdf icon PDF 190 KB

Proposed extension & alterations to existing clubhouse and changing rooms (Affecting a public right of way) - Torrington RUFC, Torrington RUFC Clubhouse, Donnacroft Fields

Minutes:

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

 

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

 

Application No. 1/0228/2021/FUL – Proposed extension & alterations to existing clubhouse and changing rooms (Affecting a public right of way) – Torrington RUFC, Torrington RUFC Clubhouse, Donnacroft Fields, Hatchmoor Road, Torrington, Devon.

 

Interests: Councillor Brown declared a personal interest – dual hatted – Great Torrington Town Council

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant

 

This application had to be determined by Planning Committee as the applicant is a member of staff at Torridge District Council.

 

There were no updates since the publication of the report.

 

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

 

It was proposed by Councillor Lock, 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 D Hurley

X

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

X

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For Unanimous)

 

RESOLVED:

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

 

26b

Comprehensive Agenda Report pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Prior to the presentation the Development Management Team Leader advised the report was a summary of all four applications detailing the approach and planning balance

 

It was agreed that as there was only one presentation, defining each application, that a discussion would follow and each application would have an individual determination.

 

The Development Management Team Leader presented the report detailing the main planning considerations.

 

A discussion followed with comments and concerns raised which included:

·         Costs

·         Affordable Housing and S106 contributions

·         Challenge viability appraisals with the suggestion of a separate meeting being arranged.

 

The Chair invited Mr Gill, from the District Valuers Office, to speak and address concerns. It was confirmed that figures used are industry standard figures established via numerous planning appeals and that it would be recommended that a S106 contribution review mechanism is included.

 

The Planning Manager provided clarification on the viability assessment process and confirmed that a review can take place after a period.

 

Mr Gill agreed to attend a separate Plans Committee meeting to discuss viability reports further. The Chair and Planning Manager to arrange following the meeting.

 

Following a query, it was confirmed that a review mechanism would be specified in a S106 agreement beforehand and solicitors from both parties and the three Great Torrington Ward Members would be involved.

 

The Chair thanked Mr Gill for attending and answering questions. 

 

The Development Management Team Leader confirmed that conditions in planning applications 1/0526/2020/FUL and 1/0528/2020/FULM could be amended to consider outside garden disabled access to the house designs which incorporate rear decks. This design approach is a small part of the overall scheme, specific to the flood zone area and recommended by the Environment Agency.   

 

An explanation was given by the Development Management Team Leader on the closeness of the listed building to the proposed retail and apartment building.

 

The Legal Services Manager advised that four separate votes would need to be taken.

 

 

26c

Application No. 1/0526/2020/FULM pdf icon PDF 495 KB

Erection of 19 dwellings; raising of Rolle Road; new length of highway to serve dwellings south of Rolle Road and existing development to west of site; new bat house and open space including play areas (Affecting a Public Right of Way). (amended plans, FRA addendum, Written Scheme of Investigation) - Torridge Vale Ltd, Rolle Road, Torrington.

Minutes:

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

 

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

 

Application No. 1/0526/2020/FULM – Erection of 19 dwellings; raising of Rolle Road; new length of highway to serve dwellings south of Rolle Road and existing development to west of site; new bat house and open space including play areas – Torridge Vale Ltd, Rolle Road, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8AU

 

Interests: Councillor Brown declared a personal interest – dual hatted – Great Torrington Town Council

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant

 

The application hasbeen called-in byWardMemberCllrCottle-Hunkinforthefollowing reasons:

 

Iwould like to call in these applicationsto ensurethefollowingissuesareagreed if the planning application is tobe granted:

 

It hasto beabsolutelyclearanddefinitethat the old creamerysitewill bedemolished and cleared beforeanybuildingworkcan commenceon any of thelocationson oraround thesite.Anydeveloper must not beallowed to build on the'easy'partsof the application sitesuntil thisdemolitionand clearance hastaken place.

 

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26d

Application No. 1/0528/2020/REMM pdf icon PDF 478 KB

Reserved matters application for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for construction of 71 dwellings and 4 retail units to the north and south of Rolle Road pursuant to 1/0039/2016/OUTM (amended plans, FRA addendum and amended description) - Torridge Vale Ltd, Rolle Road, Torrington

Minutes:

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

 

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

 

Application No. 1/0528/2020/REMM– Reserved matters application for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for construction of 71 dwellings and 4 retail units – Torridge Vale Ltd, Rolle Road, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8AU

 

Interests: Councillor Brown declared a personal interest – dual hatted – Great Torrington Town Council

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant

 

 

The application hasbeen called-in byWardMemberCllrCottle-Hunkinforthefollowing reasons:

 

Iwould like to call in these applicationsto ensurethefollowingissuesareagreed if the planning application is tobe granted:

 

It hasto beabsolutelyclearanddefinitethat the old creamerysitewill bedemolished and cleared beforeanybuildingworkcan commenceon any of thelocationson oraround thesite.Anydeveloper must not beallowed to build on the'easy'partsof the application sitesuntil thisdemolitionand clearance hastaken place.

 

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26e

Application No. 1/0524/2020/FULM pdf icon PDF 403 KB

Erection of 18 dwellings with access off Limers Hill via proposed estate road (amended plans, FRA addendum) - Highbridge House, Limers Hill, Torrington.

Minutes:

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

 

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

 

Application No. 1/0524/2020/FULM– Erection of 18 dwellings with access off Limers Hill via proposed estate road – Highbridge House, Limers Hill, Torrington, Devon

 

Interests: Councillor Brown declared a personal interest – dual hatted – Great Torrington Town Council

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant

 

The application hasbeen called-in byWardMemberCllrCottle-Hunkinforthefollowing reasons:

 

Iwould like to call in these applicationsto ensurethefollowingissuesareagreed if the planning application is tobe granted:

 

It hasto beabsolutelyclearanddefinitethat the old creamerysitewill bedemolished and cleared beforeanybuildingworkcan commenceon any of thelocationson oraround thesite.Anydeveloper must not beallowed to build on the'easy'partsof the application sitesuntil thisdemolitionand clearance hastaken place.

 

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26f

Application No. 1/1231/2018/OUTM pdf icon PDF 374 KB

Outline application for up to 52 no. dwellings with all matters reserved (Amended: Description, Red Edge, Design & Access Statement, Drawings, Ecology Reports; Flood Risk Addendum; Transport Assessment Addendum; Arboriculture Addendum) - Land At Rolle Road, Torrington, Devon

Minutes:

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

 

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

 

Application No. 1/1231/2018/OUTM– Outline application for up to 52 no. dwellings and public open space with all matters reserved.

 

Interests: Councillor Brown declared a personal interest – dual hatted – Great Torrington Town Council

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant

 

This application has been called in by Councillor Brown for Plans Committee to consider access, commons land, sewage, play provision and affordable housing.

 

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 Hurley

X

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

X

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For Unanimous)

 

RESOLVED:

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

 

Councillor Doug Smith of Great Torrington Town Council addressed the Committee in support of the application.

D Job addressed the Committee objecting to the application.

D Lethbridge, Architect, addressed the Committee in support of the application.

A statement was submitted by Councillor Cottle-Hunkin, Ward Member, which was read out by the Planning Manager.

 

27.

Appeal Decisions Summary pdf icon PDF 42 KB

/Appeal Decision Summary and Reports of Planning Inspectorate

 

Summary

 

Appeal Decision – Application No. 1/0699/2020/PIP

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Appeal Decisions.

 

28.

Costs on Appeals

There were no Costs on Appeals

Minutes:

There were no Costs on Appeals.

 

29.

Delegated Decisions - AGMB Applications pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Decisions from 22 May 2021 – 12 July 2021 attached

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Delegated Decisions.

 

30.

Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 148 KB

List of Delegated Planning Decisions, Consultee Abbreviations and Application Types enclosed 22 May 2021 to 12 July 2021.

 

 

Minutes:

The Planning Manager provided clarification on the requirements for a certificate of lawfulness.