Agenda item

Development for No.5 dwellings and Associated Works - Land At Grid Reference 238550 121287, Parkham, Devon.

Minutes:

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

 

Councillors:  C Leather, R Lock, M Brown, R Craigie and R Boughton.

 

The recording was forwarded to the following Councillors who did not attend the virtual site visit:

 

Councillors D McGeough, R Wiseman, P Christie and P Pennington

 

 

Application No. 1/0467/2022/FUL - Development for No.5 dwellings and Associated Works - Land At Grid Reference 238550 121287, Parkham, Devon.

 

Interests:

 

Officer Recommendation:  - Grant subject to a Section 106 Agreement

 

 

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

 

“I wish to call the above application to Committee for contemplation and discussion.

It is a departure from the Local Plan.

It is also being proposed in a village that has had over and above its designated amount of development, and local infrastructure is facing mounting strains.”

 

 

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

 

When debating the application, issues/concerns raised included:

 

·         Outside of the development boundary for Parkham

·         Highway comments “no evidence” in June and “inconvenient” in July – changes made without a proper Transport Assessment.

·         S106 - Provisions for education infrastructure and secondary school

Transport to Gt Torrington School – it should be raised prior to the S106 being signed that Atlantic Academy is closer to Parkham. 

·         South West Water – queried as to whether, as stated in the Parkham Strategy Plan, the improvements to the sewage treatment plant had been carried out.  The Principal Planning Officer confirmed South West Water had been contacted the response she had received basically stated it will be the responsibility of South West Water to improve the facilities if additional development comes forward.

·         Highway issues.

·         Unlikely the properties will be affordable housing for local people.

·         The need to apply the tilted balance approach and for Members to look at the impact of the development, and to give consideration as to what the adverse impacts are and whether they outweigh the benefits.

 

It became evident during the discussion that Members were minded to refuse the application.  The Principal Planning Officer advised that as the Statutory Consultees had no objections to the proposal, if the application went to Appeal there would be no support from them and evidence would need to be provided.

 

 

The Development Manager instructed Members that robust refusal reasons would be required should they be minded to refuse the application.

 

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

 

 

 

Cllr P Pennington

 

X

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

 

(Vote: For 3, Against 5) – the Motion was lost.

 

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

·         Conflicts with ST07 - Rural Spatial Strategy

·         Two elements of Policy ST21

·         DM05 – Highways

·         ST03 and DM04 – drainage

·         Contrary to PAR

 

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

 

 

 

Cllr P Pennington

X

 

 

Cllr P Watson

 

 

 

Cllr R Wiseman

X

 

 

(Vote:   For 5, Against 3)

 

RESOLVED:

 

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

 

 

Mr S Smith addressed the Committee objecting to the application

Councillor Dart, Ward Member, addressed the Committee

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