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Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday 16 December 2020

PRESENT:

North Ward: Councillor D Bushby
Councillor P Christie (Chairman)
Councillor J Herron

South Ward:

Councillor P Lawrence

East Ward:

Cllr S Langford

West Ward:

Councillor D Ratcliff

 

IN ATTENDANCE:

Mrs Claire Parsons – Administration Assistant
Mrs Lesley Dixon-Chatfield – Town Clerk’s Assistant
Mr T Biddle - Development Manager, Baker Estates
Mr I Baker – Baker Estates

010.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

There were no apologies for absence.

011.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Christie (Chairman) declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 6 (m).

012.   PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION

The Chairman welcomed the representatives from Baker Estates, Mr Tom Biddle and Mr Ian Baker.

Mr Biddle addressed the committee regarding Planning Application 1/1078/2020/REMM, Item 6 (o) on the agenda. Mr Biddle referred to the meeting on 18 November, when he made a presentation to the Committee in respect of 26 proposed bungalows on land east and west of Manteo Way.

Mr Biddle reported to the committee that since that date over 100 newsletters had been sent to nearby residents, 30 invitations to a zoom meeting, and a bespoke web site had been set up. To date feedback had been positive, and the reaction to the proposed bungalows had not been negative and residents were expressing relief that a development of bungalows would not overlook existing residential properties. Positive comments had also been received about the architecture and the open space proposed.
Three of the statute consultees had responded to date to the Planning Application with positive comments. No comments to date had been received from the public. Tom Biddle hoped there would be some letters of support forthcoming.

The Chairman thanked Mr Biddle for his participation in the meeting.

013.   MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 18 November 2020 were approved as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

 

Councillor D Ratcliff joined the meeting at this point (18.10)

 

014.   PLANNING APPLICATIONS

a.   Application No: 1/0749/2020/FUL. Change of use from a bar (Sui Generis) to a beauty treatment room (Use Class E). 2 Lower Gunstone, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2DE. Applicant: Mrs D McGowan, Bideford, EX39 2DE. Agent: (None supplied). (Date received: 10 Nov 2020).

Proposed by: Councillor P Christie, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

b.   Application No: 1/1003/2020/FUL. Construction of a new home shopping van loading canopy and associated works. (Removal of condition 3 of planning permission 1/0614/2013/FUL - Delivery hours). ASDA, Clovelly Road, Bideford, EX39 3QU. Applicant: Asda Store Ltd c/o Agent. Agent: Mr B Wiseman, Savills (UK) Ltd, Manchester, M2 4AW. (Date received: 13 Nov 2020).

Proposed by: Councillor P Lawrence, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the construction of a new home shopping van loading canopy is approved. However, the removal of condition 3 is not approved, and Councillors would wish for the present hours to remain in place.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

c.   Application No: 1/1013/2020/FUL. Erection of no.1 dwelling. 83 Churchill Road, Bideford, EX39 4HQ. Applicant: Mrs S Everest (same address). Agent: (None supplied). (Date received: 17 Nov 20).

Proposed by: Councillor Mrs Langford, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 1, Abstentions: 0)

 

Councillor D Bushby joined the meeting at this point (18.22)


d.   Application No: 1/1048/2020/OUT. Outline application for no.1 dwelling associated, off road parking and private amenity space with all matters reserved except access, layout and scale. Land At Grid Reference 245708 126200, Torridge Close, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Messrs I Cox & D Chumbley, Cliff House, Fosketh Hill, Westward Ho! EX39 1UL. Agent: Mr Sam Nolan RIBA Architect, Barnstaple, EX32 7AR. (Date received: 24 Nov 20).

Proposed by: Councillor P Christie, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is refused.

The Council does not agree with this application due to concerns over access. It is also noted that there is no Wildlife Survey submitted with this application.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)


e.   Application No: 1/0990/2020/FUL. Renovation of existing commercial unit including change of use of first floor office and workshop area into 4 residential flats/units. 5 Grenville Street, Bideford, EX39 2EA. Applicant: Mr J Sanders-Elliott, SWC Builders Ltd, 11 Chambercombe Terrace, Ilfracombe, EX34 9QL. Agent: Mr J Elliott (same address). (Date received: 24 Nov 2020).

Proposed by: Councillor D Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

f.   Application No: 1/0991/2020/LBC. Renovation of existing commercial unit including change of use of first floor office and workshop area into 4 residential flats/units. 5 Grenville Street, Bideford, EX39 2EA. Applicant: Mr J Sanders-Elliott, SWC Builders Ltd, 11 Chambercombe Terrace, Ilfracombe, EX34 9QL. Agent: Mr J Elliott (same address). (Date received: 24 Nov 2020).

Proposed by: Councillor D Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

g.   Application No: 1/0908/2020/FUL. Two storey extension. 6 Gate Field Road, Bideford, EX39 3QX. Applicant: Mrs C Pengilly (same address). Agent: (None supplied). (Date received: 25 Nov 20).

Proposed by: Councillor P Christie, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

h.   Application No: 1/0921/2020/FUL. Demolition of existing dwelling following fire damage and erection of replacement dwelling with associated landscaping and access. Damn View (Land At Grid Reference 244465 124751), Coach Drive, Bideford, EX39 5JQ. Applicant: Mrs C Bott, 21 Ford Rise, Bideford, EX39 5GB. Agent: Mr I Lapsley, Smithers Purslow, Glaston, Oakham. (Date received: 25 Nov 20).

Proposed by: Councillor D Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

i.   Application No: 1/1084/2020/FUL. Change of use from light industrial to residential annexe incidental to Brunswick House. The Pigeon Club Pottery, Torridge Hill, Bideford, EX39 2BB. Applicant: Ms H Paynter, Brunswick House, Torridge Hill, Bideford, EX39 2BB. Agent: None supplied. (Date received: 26 Nov 20).

Proposed by: Councillor P Lawrence, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

j.   Application No: 1/1100/2020/FUL. Two storey rear extension, extension to existing porch and garage. Kenmar, 5 Cottingham Crescent, Bideford, EX39 3LL. Applicant: Mr S Beckley (same address). Agent: (None supplied). (Date received: 3 Dec 20).

Proposed by: Councillor D Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

k.   Application No: 1/1077/2020/LBC. Proposed internal alterations and alteration to shop front to enable use of upper floors. J&A Optics & Photography, 10 High Street, Bideford. Applicant: Mr L Bunclark, Safe Harbour, 10 High Street, Bideford, EX39 2AA. Agent: Mr L Andrews, Tree Tops Planning, Bideford. (Date received: 3 Dec 20).

Proposed by: Councillor P Christie, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

l .  Application No: 1/1107/2020/OUT. Outline application for 8no. dwellings with all matters reserved except access. Land Off Manteo Way, East The Water, Bideford. Applicant: Mr A Titmus, ACT Property Ltd, Little Bower Cottage, Hulls Lane, Shalford, CM7 5HU. Agent: Mr S Sherry, Sherry Consultants, Bideford. (Date received: 4 Dec 20).

Proposed by: Councillor D Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 1, Abstentions: 0)

Councillor Christie (Chairman) did not take part in the discussion and voting on the next application Item 6 (m). Councillor Bushby took the chair.

m.   Application No: 1/1012/2020/FUL. Change of use of land from agricultural to recreation for the purpose of camping and retrospective works of on site tracks. The Ultimate Adventure Centre, Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39 5AP. Applicant: Mr R Johns (same address). Agent: (None supplied). (Date received 4 Dec 20).

Proposed by: Councillor Mrs S Langford, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

n.   Application No: 1/1101/2020/FUL. Retrospective application for removal of front garden boundary wall for vehicular access. Hillview, Torrington Lane, Bideford, EX39 4BN. Applicant: Mr M Lawrenson (same address). Agent: (None submitted). (Date received: 7 Dec 20).

Proposed by: Councillor D Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0, Abstentions: 1)

o.   Application No: 1/1078/2020/REMM. Reserved matters application for appearance, access, landscaping, layout & scale pursuant to planning approval 1/0111/2016/OUTM for the erection of 26 residential dwellings, associated infrastructure and open space. Land East & West Of Manteo Way, East-The-Water, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Mr T Biddle, Baker Estates Ltd, Green Tree House, Silverhills Road, Decoy Industrial Estate, Newton Abbott, TQ12 5LZ. Agent: Mr O Coles, Focus on Design, Bristol. (Date received: 8 Dec 20).

Proposed by: Councillor P Lawrence, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 1, Abstentions: 0)

p.  Application No: 1/1130/2020/FULM. Construction of photovoltaic (PV) solar array and associated works (Variation of condition 3 of planning permission 1/0997/2012/FULM) - Extension to operational life. Solar Farm at Grid Reference 249919 124897, Gammaton, Devon. Applicant: Ms N Jones, Lightsource Radiate 2 Ltd, c/o Renplan Ltd, The Hive, Beaufighter Road, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 8EE. (Date received: 9 Dec 20).

Proposed by: Councillor D Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 2, Abstentions: 0)

q.   Application No: 1/0947/2020/OUTM. Outline application with all matters reserved except access for the development of up to 200 dwellings with associated works. Land At Grid Reference 242647 125879, Clovelly Road, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Atlantic Park (Bideford) Ltd, D3 Apollo Court, 4 Neptune Court, Cattedown, Plymouth, PL4 OSJ. Agent: Mr P Byers, Project (SW) Ltd, South Molton, EX36 4ER. (Date received: 9 Dec 20).

Proposed by: Councillor D Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 2, Abstentions: 0)

r.   Application No: 1/1140/2020/FUL. Proposed alteration to shop front to enable use of upper floors. 10 High Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2AA. Applicant: Mr L Bunclark, Safe Harbour (same address). Agent: Mr L Andrews, Tree Tops Planning, Bideford. (Date received: 9 Dec).

Proposed by: Councillor D Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0, Abstentions: 0)

015.   PLANNING AUTHORITIES UPDATE BY CLERK

Members noted the decisions received from Torridge District Council since the last meeting.

016.   TO CONSIDER CONTINUING WITH VIRTUAL PLANNING MEETINGS AND AGREE THE DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING

All members agreed to hold the next meeting as a virtual (Zoom) Planning Meeting, and to review again if there are any changes.

The next Planning Committee meeting would be Wednesday 6th January 2021 at 6pm via Zoom.

 

The business of the meeting having been completed, the Chairman thanked Members for their attendance and the meeting concluded at 7.03 pm.

 

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