Agenda item

Restoration of nuclear bunker to provide a tourist attraction and change of use of land for the stationing of holiday lodge caravans, creation of a new access, associated internal roadways, landscaping and drainage. - Land Adjacent To Windmill Road, Holsworthy, Devon.

Minutes:

The following Councillors had attended the site visit listed below:

 

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

 

 

Application No. 1/1185/2021/FULM - Restoration of nuclear bunker to provide a tourist attraction and change of use of land for the stationing of holiday lodge caravans, creation of a new access, associated internal roadways, landscaping and drainage. - Land Adjacent To Windmill Road, Holsworthy, Devon

 

Interests:  None

 

Officer recommendation:  Refuse

 

 

The planning application had been called into Plans Committee by the following Councillors:

 

Councillor Hepple if the Officer is minded to approve the application and notes the following:

 

“Inappropriate development of a greenfield site; contrary to Local Planning Policies; plus highways and environmental issues”. 

 

Councillor Hutchings if the Officer is minded to refuse the application and notes the following:

 

1.    The proposal is sustainable development in that it provides economic benefits

2.    The proposal supports a prosperous rural economy in accordance with criteria c and d of Paragraph 84 of the NPPF

3.    The application is supported by Local Plan Policy ST13

4.    The proposal for new tourism accommodation also accords with Local Policy DM18

 

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

 

Councillor Lock, at the site visit, had asked for further information as to whether the proposal was for lodges or caravans.  Following the site visit, the Development Management Team Leader had been advised by the applicant that they are lodges and had been designed to meet the definition of a caravan.

 

The following points/concerns were raised during the debate:

 

·         A nuclear bunker as a Tourist attraction – the description is misleading and is only to create an attraction for the holiday lodges.  The Devon County Highways Officer confirmed it would only be an information Board.

 

·         Parking issues if, as stated, a significant number of people go to look at these types of attractions. 

 

·         Prominent site – detrimental because of the visual impact.

 

 

In accordance with the Constitution it was proposed by Councillor Leather, seconded by Councillor Lock and –

 

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

 

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)

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

 

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 refused for the reasons as stated in the report.

 

 

The Planning Manager read out a statement received from Mrs Liz Ledster objecting to the application

Mr Lyndon Piper addressed the Committee objecting to the application

Mr Ian Strudwick, Applicant, addressed the Committee in support of the application.

Councillor James, Ward Member, addressed the Committee.

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