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Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held in the Town Hall, Bideford on Wednesday 20 December 2023 at 6.00 pm.


North Ward:

Councillor K Bines
Councillor D Bushby

East Ward:

Councillor J McKenzie (Town Mayor)

West Ward:

Councillor M Taylor


Mrs Claire Parsons – Administration Assistant


Apologies for absence were received from Cllr P Christie - North Ward - (sickness)
and Councillor Mrs L Hellyer – East Ward – (Personal) In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, Councillor Councillor Bushby chaired the meeting.


No Declarations of Interest were received.


There were no members of the public in attendance.

068.    MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 29 November 2023 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 3, Against: 0, Abstentions: 1)


a.    Application No: Application No: 1/1158/2023/FUL. Erection of workshop/garage and installation of boundary fence. 1 Eton Close, Bideford, EX39 3LX. Applicant: Mr P Cadwallender (same address). Agent: (None submitted). (Date received: 29 November 2023).

Proposed by Councillor J McKenzie, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

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

b.    Application No: 1/1173/2023/FUL. Change of use of commercial premises to House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) and external alterations. 83 Moreton Park Road, Bideford, EX39 3BB. Applicant: N & A Property Ltd (same address). Agent: Mr P Hinton (address not supplied). (Date received: 30 November 2023).

Proposed by Councillor K Bines, seconded and

RESOLVED: That this application is Deferred on the following points in order to request that

(i) The Planning Authority re-consult as to whether the HMO will have any detrimental impact on the surrounding properties.
(ii) The Planning Authority consult with Devon & Cornwall Police Crime and Disorder Team as to their views on whether there are issues with any other HMOs in the town centre.

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

c.    Application No: 1/1190/2023/FUL. Construction of proposed extensions, internal alterations and external works to create off street parking. 59 Abbotsham Road, Bideford, EX39 3AQ. Applicant: Mr C Jones (same address). Agent: Mrs D Somerville, Deborah Somerville Chartered Architect, Bideford. (Date received: 6 December 2023).

Proposed by Councillor J McKenzie, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

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

d.    Application No: 1/0110/2023/REMM. Reserved matters application for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for a proposal of 200 dwellings pursuant to outline planning permission 1/0947/2020/OUTM and associated infrastructure (Amended Plans). Land At Grid Reference 242647 125879, Clovelly Road, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: c/o Agent, Persimmon Homes Cornwall & West Devon, Seaton House, 5 Partridge Road, Derriford, Plymouth, PL6 8EW. Agent: Miss C Featherstone, Barton Wilmore now Stantec, Birmingham, B2 5AL. (Date received: 6 December 2023).

Proposed by Councillor K Bines, seconded and

RESOLVED: That Members recommend approval subject to Devon County Council being satisfied with the details submitted for the required footpath/cycleway being of adequate provision.

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

e.    Application No: 1/1174/2023/FUL. Erection of 6 dwellings. Land At Cleave Wood, Mines Road, East The Water, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Taylor, Vanmark Group Ltd, Willowbrook, Oxford Road, Frilford, Oxford. OX13 5NU. Agent: Mr L Johnson, Kost Architects Ltd, Barnstaple. (Date received: 8 December 2023).

Proposed by Councillor K Bines, seconded and

RESOLVED: That members recommend approval subject to the Local Planning Authority seeking a contribution towards affordable housing in accordance with the Affordable Housing SPD and Policy ST18 of the Local Plan as the proposal seeks to deliver an additional dwelling over and above the original 12 dwellings granted planning permission.

(Vote – For: 4, 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 Members for their attendance and the meeting concluded at 6.32 pm.

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