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Planning Committee 10 October - 2012

Written by Paul Swan . Posted in Planning Committee Minutes

Planning Committee  10 October 2012


BIDEFORD TOWN COUNCIL

Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bideford on Wednesday 10 October 2012 at 6.00 pm

PRESENT:

North Ward:    Councillor P Christie (Chairman)
                      Councillor D Fulford

South Ward:    Councillor P Pester (Vice Chairman)
                      Councillor R Wootton

East Ward:    Councillor M C Langmead
                     Councillor D Howell (substituting for Councillor Mrs A Brenton)

IN ATTENDANCE:    Mrs Claire Scott (Assistant to the Town Clerk)
                              Councillor A T Inch
                              Councillor Mrs M Fulford
                              34 x members of the public

044 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Councillor Mrs A Brenton (North Ward - personal)

045 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. Councillors Christie, Langmead and Pester declared a personal interest in agenda items 5.c. and 5.e. (Members of the Bridge Trust).

046 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION

One member of the public spoke on agenda item 5.g. which she had originally been in favour of, when the project had the focal point of the Youth Centre. She emphasised that Bideford currently has no community centre on this side of the river. She felt that if the housing alone were to go ahead it will only stretch meagre town resources. The Wings project would help young people become good members of the community as well as being a meeting place for older people, so it would make a real difference.
Another member of the public urged the Councillors to reject the amended proposals   under agenda item 5.g. He too had been in favour of the application before, as it had included a Youth Centre. He felt that increased public open spaces should not be at the cost of other facilities and stressed the additional employment and socio/economic benefits from the Youth Centre.
A young member of the public also spoke on agenda item 5.g. explaining how important the Wings project is to her and her friends, as a place where they can achieve their true potential.
One member of the public asked the Councillors to consider a 106 agreement for agenda item 5.g. to provide a much needed footpath and cycleway out towards Abbotsham and Abbotsham Junior School.
Another member of the public emphasised the lack of infrastructure for agenda item 5.g.and the need for another access road to deal with the increased volume of traffic.
Another young member of the public highlighted the need for jobs and facilities for the whole community which would be provided by the Youth Centre and questioned the need for more housing in Bideford.
This was echoed by another speaker concerning agenda item 5.g.who felt that the Youth Centre in the original proposal would provide opportunities for recreation and  keeping fit that were currently not available in Bideford.

047 MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 19 September 2012 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: o, Abstention: 1)

048 ORDER OF BUSINESS

Proposed by Councillor Christie, seconded and

RESOLVED: That agenda item 5.g. be taken ahead of agenda item 5.a.

(Vote: For: 6, Against: 0)

049 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

g.Application No 1/0183/2012/FULM:  Mixed use development comprising 232 dwellings, a 59 unit extra care home, public open space and other incidental development; together with a further area of landscaped open space (1.1 ha/2.75 acres) for sport and / or recreation use.  Amended description.  Land at Moreton Park, Abbotsham Road, Bideford.  Applicant: Redrow Homes Ltd and Grenville College Ltd. Agent:  Turley Associates.  (Date received: 25 Sep 2012)

• The Chairman explained the original planning application, the Council’s original decision, the differences on the amended plan now submitted and the responses from TDC.
• Each Committee member spoke on the proposal and all were agreed that they could not support the amended plans, citing lack of any community facilities, increased traffic and the impact on existing infrastructure.

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is refused, because of the lack of community benefit and the lack of any 106 agreement and that the Council would like to see this application go to public consultation.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

a.Application No 1/0467/2012/COU:  Change of use of first floor from residential to hairdressing salon.  3 Bridge Chambers, Bridge Street, Bideford EX39 2BU.  Applicant:  Mr Laurent Merveilleux (same address).  Agent: None reported.  (Date received:  13 Sep 12)

Proposed by Councillor Pester, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

b.Application No 1/0694/2012/LBC:  Change of use of first floor from residential to hairdressing salon.  3 Bridge Chambers, Bridge Street, Bideford EX39 2BU.  Applicant:  Mr Laurent Merveilleux (same address).  Agent: None reported.  (Date received:  13 Sep 12)

Proposed by Councillor Pester, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

c.Application No 1/0810/2012/LBC:  Proposed alterations to kitchen and WC facilities.  Quayside Café, 22 the Quay, Bideford EX39 2EZ.  Applicant:  Mr David Boxall (same address).  Agent: Maria Bailey Planning, (Date received:  18 Sep 12)

Proposed by Councillor Fulford, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For:6, Against: 0)

d.Application No 1/0809/2012/FUL:  Change of use from domestic to commercial (B1) including minor internal changes.  The Granary, Hallsannery, Bideford EX39 5HE.  Mr Christopher Cornford, IGI Holdings, East Hallsannery, Bideford EX39 5HE.  Agent:  Mr Kenneth Frost.  (Date received:  19 Sep 12)

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

e.Application No 1/0773/2012/ADV:  Externally-illuminated fascia and projecting sign.  Ladbrokes Ltd, 73 High Street, Bideford EX39 2AA.  Ladbrokes Ltd, 9 Russell Street, Stroud GL5 3AB.  Agent:  Mr Peter Hall.   (Date received: 19 Sep 2012)

Proposed by Councillor Howell, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is refused, as this should be a retrospective application and the company appears to have spurned the planning application process.

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

Councillor Fulford left the meeting.

f.Application No 1/0702/2012/FUL:  Retention of mobile home for supervisory purposes.  LA Stables, Coach Drive, Bideford EX39 5JH.  Applicant; Mrs Janice Howard (same address).  Agent: John Blaney Limited.  (Date received 18 Sep 2012).

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved, but that the occupation of the mobile home is restricted to the owner of the business and one named employee only.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

h.Application No 1/0608/2012/FUL:  Decking to rear of property.  Nyewood, 36 Middleton Road, Bideford EX39 3LU.  Applicant: Mr Wayne Clifton (same address).  Agent: None recorded.  (Date received: 25 Sep 2012).

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

050 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 19.13pm.


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