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Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held in the Town Hall, Town Hall, Bideford on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 6.00pm


North Ward:

Councillor P Christie
Councillor P Pester
Councillor D Bushby

East Ward:

Councillor M Langmead

South Ward:

Councillor R Wootton


Mrs Claire Parsons (Administration Assistant)
1 x member of the public – Mr Neil Edwards – Westward Housing Group Ltd


Councillor A T inch (South Ward) – attending TDC Meeting.


There were no declarations of interest.


Given the presence of Mr Neil Edwards, Representative from Westward Homes Housing Group Ltd, who wished to address the committee during the Public Participation Session, The Chairman, Councillor Christie proposed the suspension of standing orders to encourage exchange of views, questions and active participation.

Proposed by Councillor Christie, seconded and

RESOLVED: That Standing Orders are suspended in order to allow a Member of the Public to address the Meeting.


There was 1 member of the public in attendance – (Mr Neil Edwards).

Mr Neil Edwards, Assistant Director of Development from Westward Housing Group Ltd wished to address the committee with regard to Application No: 1/0095/2018/FULM Redevelopment of existing prefabricated flats into 31 affordable new dwelling, land at Newton Road.

The Chairman, Councillor Christie, reminded Mr Edwards that he had 5 minutes in which to speak. Mr Edwards thanked the Committee for permitting him to attend and gave a brief overview of proposals for the redevelopment of existing prefabricated flats into 31 affordable new dwellings at Newton Road. He explained that the application was first submitted in 2016 for consideration, and although Torridge District Council were in support of the application at this time, the Environment Agency had concerns with tidal flooding. The application was referred to the Secretary of State by Torridge District Council for a full enquiry. The application was withdrawn and the scheme redesigned to above tidal flood level and is now again presented for consideration.

Mr Edwards explained that the Environment Agency had stated that they would now withdraw their objections to the scheme on the basis that under the revised application all living accommodation was above ground level and above flood risk, with garages being situated at ground level.

Councillor Christie queried whether there was a letter from the Environment Agency confirming that they would withdraw their original objections.

Mr Edwards informed members that the Environment Agency are consultees for the application and eventually their response would be added to the portal. He also informed that South West Water had raised no objections to date.

Councillor Bob Wootton asked whether Electric Vehicle Charging Points were to be included in the redevelopment of the flats.

Mr Edwards informed the Committee that Electric Vehicle Charging Points were not part of the proposal. However Broadband access would be provided.

Councillor Christie asked whether the redevelopment was schedule to commence in March 2018. Mr Edwards replied that it was highly unlikely any work would commence in March, as all the previous issues must be resolved first.

Councillor Christie also queried whether the flats would be for mixed ages, given that many of the residents in Newton Road were older. Mr Edwards replied that there were no age restrictions but it would be up to the Planning Officer to decide if this was to be the case. He informed the Committee that the previous residents of the flats would be given the opportunity to return if they wished.

Councillor Bushby asked whether a name had been considered for the development. Mr Edwards explained that any names for the development would be presented to Committee at a later date, and that Torridge District Council were minded to approved the scheme once the flooding issues are resolved.

The Chairman thanked Mr Edwards for attending the meeting and explaining the revised scheme to the Committee.


Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the meeting return to standing orders and Item 4 on the agenda.

084.     MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 31st January 2018 were approved and signed as a correct record

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


Councillor Christie asked members to consider and respond to an application to name and number a new development at 1-9 units at Clovelly Road Industrial Estate.

Councillor Christie drew members attention to the email sent through from Torridge District Council with the suggested name for the development. It was agreed strongly that the suggested name of Performance Park was a good one

Proposed by Councillor Christie, seconded and

RESOLVED: to agree the name and numbering for the new development as Units 1-9, Performance Park, Clovelly Road Industrial Estate, Bideford

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


DCC Planning Application

Application No: DCC/4045/2018: Demolition and rebuilding of 5 blockwork garages on a like-for-like basis in order to repair a collapsed culvert which runs underneath. Parking area between Moreton Park Road and Laurel Avenue, Bideford. Applicant: Devon County Council, Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD. Agent Name: Miss Elizabeth Kurton, (same address). (Date received: 8 Feb 2018).

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

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

a.     Application No: 1/0103/2018/FUL: Part retrospective change of use of ground and part first floor from drinking establishment (A4) to shop (A1) and associated works. D Js Sports Bar, 9 & 10 Cooper Street, Bideford, EX39 2DA. Applicant:  Braddicks Leisure Ltd, 12 Chingswell Street, Bideford, EX39 2NF. Agent Name: Mr Philip Hinton, Bideford, EX392RA. (Date received: 30 Jan 18).

Proposed by Councillor Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

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

b.     Application No: 1/0605/2017/OUTM: Outline application (with all matters reserved except access) for the erection of up to 276 dwellings with public open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) and two vehicular access points from Abbotsham Road (Amended information including enlargement to red edge). Land North of Abbotsham Road, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Mrs Turner & Gladman Developments Ltd, Gladman House, Alexandria Way, Congleton, CW121LB. Agent: None supplied. (Date received: 6 Feb 18).

Proposed by Councillor Christie, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is refused on the following grounds:

Accessibility onto Abbotsham Road is limited and could be seen as dangerous.
The site for dwellings would be badly related to the Town Centre for shops and services.
Bideford Town Council is not satisfied that the public foul drainage network has the capacity to support the development without causing downstream sewer flooding and we would question the ability of the Cornborough facility to handle all the new flows (including this one).
We would also oppose the closure of Osborne Lane/Scratchyface Lane and can see no reason for it.
There is no safe walking for residents and school children. There is also no plan for school age children to cross Abbotsham Road to the new school in the Winsford Development.

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

c.     Application No: 1/0095/2018/FULM: Redevelopment of existing prefabricated flats into 31 affordable new dwellings (Resubmission of 1/0689/2016/FULM). Land At Newton Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2LJ.  Applicant: Mr N Edwards, Westward Housing Group Ltd, Templar House, Collett Way, Newton Abbott TQ12 4PH. Agent: RGP Architects Ltd, Barnstaple. (Date received: 15 Feb 18).

Proposed by Councillor Pester, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved subject to the amended plans submitted.

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


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


The business of the Meeting having been completed, the Chairman thanked the Members for their attendance and the Meeting concluded at 6.39 pm.

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