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Planning Committee 21 November - 2012

Written by Paul Swan . Posted in Planning Committee Minutes

Planning Committee  21 November 2012


BIDEFORD TOWN COUNCIL

Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting

held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bideford on

Wednesday 21 November 2012 at 6.00 pm

PRESENT:

North Ward:

Councillor Mrs A Brenton
Councillor P Christie (Chairman)
Councillor D Fulford

South Ward:

Councillor P Pester
Councillor R Wootton

East Ward:

Councillor M C Langmead

IN ATTENDANCE:

Mrs Claire Scott (Assistant to the Town Clerk)
8 x members of the public

059 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

None.

060 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Langmead declared that as both a Town and District Councillor that he will reconsider the applications at
District level, taking into account all relevant evidence. Councillor Mrs Brenton declared a non-pecuniary interest
in agenda item 7.d. (husband represents Torridge District Council (TDC) on Tarka Housing).

061 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION

One member of the public spoke on agenda item 7.a. expressing concern at the potential increase in traffic at the Big
Sheep turning of the Atlantic Highway because of the large number of residences and stressed the need to adapt this
junction prior to any new houses being built.  He also highlighted the need for a pedestrian footpath from Abbotsham
to Londonderry to encourage children to walk to school to Abbotsham, as at the moment everyone comes by car.
Another member of the public spoke on agenda item 7.a. to ask the Council not to approve the application as
it is now without any community facilities. He explained that there is now a petition in circulation calling
on Councillors to make every effort to help the residents get a community centre for the area of Londonderry.

062 MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 31 October 2012 were approved and signed as a correct record.

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

063 BLOOR HOMES PRESENTATION RE WINSFORD PARK

Mr Dan Angell, Account Director of Tristan Fitzgerald Associates, Mr Owen Jones, the Land Director of Bloor Homes,
and Mark Mitchard of Boyer Planning, gave a presentation on the proposed development at Winsford Park,
North of Nine Acre Plantation, Bideford.
• The site is seventy hectares in total, with a walled garden and farmhouse within the site.
• Trees will be given a prominence to maintain them and significant areas will be kept free of development for
ecology and noise reasons.
• 910 new homes are proposed as well as a new school, playing fields, parkland, a village green and a local centre.

Councillors raised the following points and queries:
• The percentage of affordable housing.
• The commitment to the community centre.
• The need for sports and community facilities in the area.
• The need for the development to be connected to bus routes.
• The need for new properties to be ready for fibre optic broadband.
• Whether the attenuation pond was sufficient for such a large development.
• Whether the proposed school site was too close to the attenuation pond.
• If trees would be used to break the view of the development from the Atlantic Highway and for acoustic reasons.

Mr Jones explained Bloor Homes were committed to community facilities on a site of this size but that finalised locations
including the site for the school and percentages of affordable housing had not been made yet. He added that the attenuation
pond and surrounding area had been carefully calculated for the new houses and that trees may well be used as a screen.

LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER RE ATLANTIC ARRAY

The chairman highlighted that the scheme may not go ahead but that the Council needs to respond to the situation and to highlight
issues relevant to Bideford. The Councillors discussed various points including the following:

• The project will take a long time to complete so disruption will be prolonged.
• The construction traffic will impact on Bideford’s roads and access to and from Bideford.
• There will be loss of trade in particular from the Torrington area into Bideford.
• Jobs in Bideford are the lowest wages in the country so the Council is eager to secure any jobs in connection with the Atlantic
Array for local people.
• The small market town of Bideford is struggling in the current economic climate, compounded by a major by-pass that has meant
many tourists not visiting the town.
• The effect the project will have on the port of Bideford and the existing fishing and commerce.
• The Council wants to request that RWE Npower Renewables abide by the mitigation rules.
• Biggest impact in terms of the five local parishes will be to Bideford.
• Issues like noise rumble and dust may adversely affect inhabitants and tourists.
o The Council needs to decide what projects Bideford Council would invest any mitigation money on to enhance Bideford -
one suggestion was a new cargo holding warehouse for Bideford port located perhaps at Little America.
• The Council needs to be kept informed and told as soon as the project is decided.

All members of the Committee were content to allow the Chairman to liaise with the Assistant Town Clerk to finalise a draft letter
to the Prime Minister for submission to full Council for final agreement.

065 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

a. Application No 1/0183/2012/FULM:  Mixed use development comprising 232 dwellings (including 32 affordable dwellings), a 59 unit
extra care home, public open space and other incidental development; together with a further area of landscaped open space (1.1ha/2.75 cares)
for sport and/or recreation use – Amended description and plans. Land at Moreton Park, Abbotsham Road, Bideford. 
Applicant:  Redrow Homes Ltd and Grenville College Ltd.  Agent:  Andrew Ross – Turley Associates.  (Date received:  7 Nov 12)

Proposed by Councillor Christie, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is refused on the same grounds as before in that there is no provision for a community centre. We would add
that the Council regards 32 affordable dwellings as derisory and there is still a lack of a 106 agreement and the Council does not consider
the care home to be comparable to affordable housing as this constitutes a commercial venture.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

b. Application No 1/0932/2012/FULM:  Erection of 70 bed hotel (Class C1) and associated family restaurant/bar (Class A3/A4) plus associated
access, car parking, landscaping and infrastructure works.  Atlantic Park, Land opposite Atlantic Village, Clovelly Road, Bideford. 
Applicant:  Whitbread Group PLC & Atlantic Park (Bideford) Ltd.  Agent:  Mr Simon Coles, WYG Planning and Environment.  (Date received:  1 Nov 12)

Proposed by Councillor Fulford, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is accepted provided that the Woodland Trust works in conjunction with the constructors of the hotel to ensure that
the minimum of trees are felled and that the retained woodland is maintained and that a pedestrian crossing is provided between Atlantic Village
and this development as part of the 106 agreement.

(Vote – For: 3, Against: 2, Abstention: 1)

c. Application No 1/0896/2012/FUL:  Amendment to planning permission 1/0092/2009/FUL – installation of photovoltaic panels. 
Land off Coronation Road rear of 38-40 Clovelly Road, Bideford. 
Applicant:  Mr and Mrs Landolfi, Monkleigh Mill, Monkleigh EX39 5LG.  Agent:  Stuart Smithson.  (Date received:  29 Oct 12)

Proposed by Councillor Mrs Brenton, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

d. Application No 1/0872/2012/FULM:  Proposed 17 affordable residential units access and drainage.  Grenville Estate Crescent Bideford EX39 3ER. 
Applicant:  Ms Helen Holgate, Westward Housing Group, Hatfield House, Hatfield Road, Torquay TQ1 3HF.  Agent:  RGP Architects.  (Date received:  07 Nov 12)

Proposed by Councillor Mrs Brenton, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

e. Application No.1/0933/2012/FULM:  Drive through restaurant with access, car parking, landscaping and attenuation pond. 
Land at Atlantic Park, Land opposite Atlantic Village, Clovelly Road, Bideford Ex39 3QU. 
Applicant:  Atlantic Park (Bideford) Ltd and McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd.  Agent:  Mr Simon Coles.  (Date received:  09 Nov 12)

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 2)

f. Application No 1/0960/2012/ADV:  Proposed height restrictor and signs. 
Land at Atlantic Park, land opposite Atlantic Village, Clovelly Road, Bideford EX39 3QU. 
Applicant:  Atlantic Park (Bideford) Ltd and McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd.  Agent:  Mr Simon Coles.  (Date received:  12 Nov 12)

Proposed by Councillor Pester, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 4 , Against: 2)

g. Application No 1/0962/2012/ADV:  Proposed fascia signs. 
Land at Atlantic Park, land opposite Atlantic Village, Clovelly Road, Bideford EX39 3QU. 
Applicant:  Atlantic Park (Bideford) Ltd and McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd.  Agent:  Mr Simon Coles.  (Date received:  12 Nov 12)

Proposed by Councillor Pester and seconded to approve the application

RESOLVED: That the application is refused as the Council does not accept the need for extra signage on the roof of the development.

(Vote – For: 3, Against: 3)

The Chairman used his casting vote against the proposal.

h. Application No 1/0961/2012/ADV:  Installation of freestanding 8 metre totem sign. 
Land at Atlantic Park, land opposite Atlantic Village, Clovelly Road, Bideford EX39 3QU. 
Applicant:  Atlantic Park (Bideford) Ltd and McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd.  Agent:  Mr Simon Coles.  (Date received:  12 Nov 12)

Proposed by Councillor Mrs Brenton, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is refused as the signage is too intrusive and would pose a distraction to road users
and that sufficient signage will exist already.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 2)

i. Application No 1/0952/2012/FUL:  Variation of condition of planning permission 1/0941/1999 to make provision for 2
external car spaces together with provision of new gable-end window to converted garage.  69 Soloman Drive, Bideford EX39 5XY. 
Applicant: Mr Gareth Maciver (same address).  Agent: Philip Hinton.  (Date received: 12 Nov 12)

Proposed by Councillor Fulford, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

066 PLANNING APPLICATIONS – NOTIFICATION OF DECISIONS BY PLANNING AUTHORITIES

The Committee noted the content of those Planning Applications which had been granted / refused by Planning Authorities 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 19.50 pm.


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