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11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To receive the Minutes from the meeting held on 9 June 2022.

Minutes:

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

Resolved:

 

That the Minutes of the meeting held on 9 June 2022 be agreed and signed as a correct record.

 

A recorded vote was taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

 

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr S Harding

 

 

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

 

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

 

Cllr S Newton

 

 

X

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For 7, Abstentions 1) 

Councillor Harding was not present when the vote was taken

 

12.

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.

 

13.

Agreement of Agenda between Parts I and II

Minutes:

That the Agenda as circulated be agreed.

 

14.

Urgent Matters

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent matters brought forward.

15.

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.

 

16.

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.

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Harding had been asked to substitute for Councillor Boughton after the virtual site visits had taken place.   The recording was sent to him which he subsequently watched prior to the meeting.

16a

Application No. 1/0128/2020/FULM pdf icon PDF 375 KB

Development of 38 dwellings together with access, car parking and associated works - Land Opposite Landon Road Industrial Estate, Bradworthy, Devon

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Application No. 1/0128/2020/FULM - Development of 38 dwellings together with access, car parking and associated works - Land Opposite Landon Road Industrial Estate, Bradworthy, Devon

 

Interests:   None

 

Officer recommendation:       Grant subject to a Section 106 Agreement

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by Councillor Boughton if the Officer recommendation is for approval, for the same reasons as those outlined in the response from Bradworthy Parish Council.

 

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

 

-       Viability: Increased Affordable Housing provision on site, inclusion of

Biodiversity Net Gain off-site contribution and revised contribution for off-site affordable housing;

 

-       Discussions with Ward Members and Chair of Parish Council in relation to Biodiversity Net Gain contribution;

 

-       Update to Ward Members in relation to Heads of Terms to Section 106;

 

-       Clarification of the proposed use of the NHS contribution towards expanding the GP provision at Bradworthy Surgery

 

The application had previously been considered by Plans Committee on 10 March 2022, when Members resolved to defer the application for clarification of the viability report, Ward Councillor involvement in the Section 106 Heads of Terms and discussions relating to the biodiversity offsetting contribution.

 

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

 

During the discussions, concerns/comments made included the following:

 

·         S106 contribution to Bradworthy Surgery – the contribution towards an additional consulting room was an insignificant amount and the S106 monies should pay for the whole of the consulting room. 

 

·         Viability Study – concern over using bench mark figures and being unaware of what was actually paid for the land.  The Planning Manager explained the District Valuers Office have adopted the land bench mark methodology – it is a tested approach. 

 

·         Biodiversity net gain – no benefit to Bradworthy.  The Principal Planning Officer explained this matter had been discussed at length with others, and it had been agreed the requirements are onerous and the Parish Council are not in a position to undertake this.  The Bisophere have identified projects which can provide the right type of habitat and the requirement for long term maintenance and management of that site. 

 

·         S106 contributions - The Principal Planning Officer clarified the position regarding the contribution for affordable housing.

 

The Planning Manager gave advice in relation to the renegotiation of S106 Agreements. 

 

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

 

A recorded vote be taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

 

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr S Harding

 

 

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

 

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

 

X

 

Cllr S Newton

 

X

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 6, Against 2)   

Councillor Harding was not present when the vote was taken

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

 

Sue Lander on behalf of the Parish Council addressed the Committee objecting to the application

Councillor  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16a

16b

Application No. 1/0576/2021/FUL pdf icon PDF 387 KB

Erection of 2no. dwellings (Amended description, drawings and supporting documents) - Land Adjacent To Greenacres, Pitt Lane, Appledore

Minutes:

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

 

Councillors: M Brown, P Christie, R Craigie, C Leather, S Newton, P Watson and R Wiseman

 

 

Application No.1/0576/2021/FUL - Erection of 2no. dwellings (Amended description, drawings and supporting documents) - Land Adjacent to Greenacres, Pitt Lane, Appledore

 

Interests:   None

 

Officer recommendation:       Grant subject to a Section 106 Agreement

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by Councillor Boughton if the Officer recommendation is for approval, for the same reasons as those outlined in the response from Bradworthy Parish Council.

 

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

 

·         Amended Site Location Plan (2009 P 001 003) – change in blue line

 

·         Post agenda publication representations

 

·         Recommend additional condition to require a detailed method statement of works to ensure the hedgerow translocation is carried out in an appropriate manner at the appropriate time of year

 

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

 

Councillor Christie raised the following concerns:

 

·         Open market houses

·         Site is within the open countryside

 

Members acknowledged the amount of work that had been carried out by the applicant to make it a compliant scheme. 

 

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

 

A recorded vote be taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

 

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

 

X

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr S Harding

X

 

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

 

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

 

Cllr S Newton

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

X

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 8, Against 1)

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be Granted subject to the conditions as set out in the report and the additional condition as stated in the updates.

 

 

J Smart, Secretary to Appledore Residents Association, addressed the Committee objecting to the application

D Drake addressed the Committee in support of the application

L Johnson addressed the Committee in support of the application

Councillor Hames, Ward Member, addressed the Committee

 

 

 

16c

Application No. 1/0343/2022/FUL pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Demolition of single dwelling and replacement with new energy efficient single dwelling with associated landscape works (Amended plans and additional supporting information) - 43 Staddon Road, Appledore, Bideford

Minutes:

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

 

Councillors: M Brown, P Christie, R Craigie, C Leather, S Newton, P Watson and R Wiseman

 

 

Application No. 1/0343/2022/FUL - Demolition of single dwelling and replacement with new energy efficient single dwelling with associated landscape works (Amended plans and additional supporting information) - 43 Staddon Road, Appledore, Bideford

 

Interests:  

 

Officer recommendation:       Grant

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by Councillor Hames if the Officer is minded to approve stating the following concerns:

 

1.    ST01 Principle of Sustainable Development.   Demolition fails policy ref “prudent use of resources and minimise waste and pollution”.

2.    ST02 Mitigating Climate Change.   Demolition doesn’t contribute to environmental sustainability or minimise the environmental footprint.

3.    ST05 Sustainable Construction and Buildings.  Demolition fails to reduce resource use.

4.    DM01 Amenity Considerations.   Overlooking and shading of neighbour’s property.

5.    Construction disturbance.

6.    No statement supplied of visual impact on AONB and Northam Burrows SSSl.

 

 

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

 

Following a brief discussion, it was proposed by Councillor Leather, seconded by Councillor Watson that the application be approved.

 

A recorded vote be taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

 

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr S Harding

X

 

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

 

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

 

Cllr S Newton

X

 

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.

 

 

The Planning Manager read out a statement from David and Sharon Nelson objecting to the application

Mr K Traynor, Agent, addressed the Committee in support of the application.

16d

Application No. 1/0171/2022/FUL pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Proposed erection of dwelling (Resubmission of 1/0821/2021/FUL) (amended plans & tree survey) - Breckon, Parkham, Bideford

Minutes:

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

 

Councillors: M Brown, P Christie, R Craigie, C Leather, S Newton, P Watson and R Wiseman

 

 

Application No. 1/0171/2022/FUL - Proposed erection of dwelling (Resubmission of 1/0821/2021/FUL) (amended plans & tree survey) - Breckon, Parkham, Bideford.

 

Interests:   None

 

Officer recommendation:       Grant

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by Councillor Dart if the Officer is minded to recommend approval, for the following reasons:

 

1.    It would be in extremely close proximity to the neighbouring property

2.    The driveway appears to have a very poor narrow access and may affect the neighbouring property’s boundary trees

3.    There is very limited parking and turning within the site considering the

property is 3 bedrooms

4.    There is a sewer pipe running under a portion of the proposed development

5.    The property could be construed as too large for the site it is on

 

 

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

 

The key issues raised during the discussion included:

 

·         Drainage system – Members queried whether the system was in the ownership of South West Water as it is situated on private land and South West Water only take responsibility when connected to the main drain.

 

·         Members commented it was unreasonable for the neighbouring property, the Moorings, to have their garden dug up for the benefit of their neighbours.

 

·         Devon County Highways response of “no problem” - Councillor Christie had concerns with the response as it is a narrow road coming out onto a busy road and the lack of visibility because of a high bush on the drive of the neighbouring property.   The Planning Officer addressed this concern.

 

·         Tree Survey – tree roots should not be affected by this development.  As a number of the trees are ornamental, the Planning Manager stated they would not be protected.

 

·         Overdevelopment of the site.

 

Councillor Watson proposed approving the application but later withdrew his motion.

 

It became evident that some Members were looking to refuse the application, and for this reason the Planning Manager advised that robust refusal reasons would be required, together with the relevant policies.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Leather, seconded by Councillor Newton that the application be deferred for further information on the drainage and tree survey.     Following further discuss this motion was withdrawn.

 

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

 

·         Overdevelopment

 

A recorded vote be taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

 

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr S Harding

 

X

 

Cllr C Leather

 

X

 

Cllr R Lock

 

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

 

Cllr S Newton

 

X

 

Cllr P Watson

 

X

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote:  For 5, Against 4)

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be refused for the reasons as stated above.

 

 

D Butterworth addressed the Committee objecting to the application

A Omer on behalf of Mrs Butterworth addressed the Committee objecting to the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16d

16e

Application No. 1/0510/2022/FUL pdf icon PDF 129 KB

First floor extension at rear of property - Re-submission of 1/1249/2021/FUL - 13 Sunnyside, Bideford, Devon.

Minutes:

The Committee Clerk, Sandra Cawsey, left the meeting as she is the applicant on the following application.

 

 

 

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

 

Councillors: M Brown, P Christie, R Craigie, C Leather, S Newton, P Watson and R Wiseman

 

 

Application No. 1/0510/2022/FUL - First floor extension at rear of property - Re-submission of 1/1249/2021/FUL - 13 Sunnyside, Bideford, Devon.

 

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

 

Officer recommendation:       Grant

 

 

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

 

Prior to the presentation the Planning Officer advised Members of the following updates:

 

·         Representation from Councillor McKenzie in support of the application

·         Representation from neighbouring property objecting to the application

 

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

 

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

 

A recorded vote be taken.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Cllr R Boughton

 

 

 

Cllr M Brown

X

 

 

Cllr P Christie

X

 

 

Cllr R Craigie

X

 

 

Cllr S Harding

X

 

 

Cllr C Leather

X

 

 

Cllr R Lock

 

 

 

Cllr D McGeough

X

 

 

Cllr S Newton

X

 

 

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.

 

 

The Planning Manager read out statement received from the following:

 

Mr S Trowbridge objecting to the application

Ms T Mackie-Brown objecting to the application

Ms S Cawsey, applicant in support of the application

Councillor Gubb, Ward Member, in support of the application

 

17.

Appeal Decisions Summary pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Appeal Decision Summary and Reports of Planning Inspectorate

 

Summary

 

Appeal Decision – App. No. 1/0889/2021/FUL – Headon Farm

 

Appeal Decision – App. No. 1/0604/2020/OUTM – Land at Bloody Corner

 

Appeal Decision – App. No.  E/19/0235/UND – Land at Huntshaw Barton

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Appeal Decisions.

 

18.

Costs on Appeals

There are no Costs on Appeals

Minutes:

There were no Costs on Appeals.

19.

Delegated Decisions - AGMB Applications pdf icon PDF 252 KB

AGMB Decisions 26.05.2022 – 14.07.2022

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Delegated Decisions for the period 26 May 2022 – 14 July 2022.

 

20.

Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 119 KB

List of Delegated Planning Decisions, Consultee Abbreviations and Application Types enclosed 26.05.2022 to 14.07.2022.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the Planning decisions for the period 26 May 2022 to 14 July 2022 be noted.