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Planning Committee 15 February 2012

Written by Heather Blackburn. Posted in Planning Committee Minutes

Planning Committee Wednesday 15 February 2012


Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bideford on Wednesday 15 February 2012 at 6.00 pm

PRESENT:
North Ward:    Councillor P S Christie (Chairman)
Councillor D C Fulford               
South Ward:    Councillor A T Inch
Councillor R I Wootton
East Ward:    Councillor M C Langmead

IN ATTENDANCE:
Mrs Claire Scott (Assistant to the Town Clerk)
Mr R D Coombes (A/Deputy Town Clerk)
5 x members of the public

089 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Councillor S G Inch (South Ward – Personal).                   

090 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Langmead declared that as both a Town and District Councillor he wanted to make it clear that he will reconsider the applications at District level, taking into account all the relevant evidence and representations at the District tier. Councillor Fulford declared personal interest in agenda item 6.f. (Tarka Board member).

091 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION

A member of the Public implored the Council to voice a rejection to agenda item 5, the installation of one wind turbine, access and associated works on land north west of Huxhill Farm, Weare Gifford.  He spoke on the negative impact to Bideford, the Torridge Valley and the home-grown economy.  He further questioned both the local and central government policies.  Concern was expressed at the proximity to dwellings, the impact of noise and the poor efficiency of turbines in general. A second member questioned the viability of the company behind the installation. A third member spoke on the damaging affects to wildlife, the detrimental impression on the landscape and nuisance issues associated with the shadow flicker and vibration.  Whilst there was guidance to help applicants there was little direction for those wishing to oppose the initiative. 
Concern was also expressed at the lack of consultation between developers and communities.

092 MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 25 January 2012 were approved and signed as a correct record.

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

093 Application No1/0025/2012/FUL:  Installation of one wind turbine, access and associated works.  Land North West of Huxhill Farm, Weare Giffard, Bideford. Applicant: Mr Peter Lake,  c/o TGC Renewables Ltd.  Agent:  Mr Peter McLaren.  (Date received:  26 Jan 12)

After extensive discussion the Committee agreed upon the following response:

  • Extensive public consultation will be needed
  • Proximity of local communities need to be scrutinised
  • The effects of shadow flicker and noise need to be considered.
  • The Torridge District Council Planning Committee should deliberate upon the application in Weare Gifford.
  • The Committee remained unsure whether turbine was for the use of the applicant or if it is being put into the National Grid.  Members felt that it would not be viable if it was to be linked to the National Grid.


094 PLANNING APPLICATIONS

a. Application No 1/1128/2011/FUL:  Retrospective application for the reconstruction of a stone wall to the police station.  Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Police Station, New Road, Bideford EX39 2BW.  – Applicant: Steve Page Building & Estates Dept, Hamilton Drive, Middlemoor HQ, Exeter EX2 7HQ.  Agent:  None recorded.  (Date received:  23 Jan 12)

Proposed by Councillor  Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is refused on the grounds that the correct procedure should have been followed.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

b. Application No 1/1263/2011/FUL:  Change old commercial building to 3 No. dwellings – amended plans.  3B, North Road, Bideford EX39 2NW – Applicant: Mr Barry Parkhouse, 3A, North Road, Bideford EX39 2NW Agent:  Philip Hinton.  (Date received:  24 Jan 12)

Proposed by Councillor Fulford, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

c. Application No 1/0035/2012/FUL:  Minor material amendment to application 1/0454/2009/FUL  to allow change of window material from timber to UPVC.   1 Lime Grove, Bideford, EX39 3JJ– Applicant: Mr John Eastman, Upcott Lodge, Coach Drive, Bideford, EX39 5JHW.  Agent:  Mr Adrian Cann – Cadworks (South West) Ltd. (Date received: 20 Jan 12)

Proposed by Councillor Fulford, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

d. Application No 1/0028/2012/EXTM:  Extension of time of Planning Permission 1/1140/2008/FUL – Industrial letting units for E1 B2 and B3 uses –Plot 6,  Bideford Business Park,  Manteo Way, Bideford Devon EX39 4PN.  Applicant Mr John Evans, E T Holdings Limited, Warmington Farm, Bideford EX39 4PN.  Agent John Blaney. ( Date received:  30 Jan 2012)

Proposed by Councillor Inch, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

e. Application No: 1/0045/2012/FUL: Division of Mar-E-Sol to form new dwelling with turning area and new single garage for Mar-E-Sol. Mar-E-Sol, Slade, Bideford EX39 3LZ.  – Applicant: Mrs M A Powell, Mar-E-Sol, Slade, Northdown Road, Bideford EX39 3LZ.  Agent: Mr Simon Osborne.  (Date received: 31 Jan 2012)

Proposed by Councillor Inch, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is refused on grounds of overdevelopment of the site.

(Vote – For: 3, Against: 0 Abstention: 2)

f. Application No 1/0038/2012/FUL: Installation of solar PV modules. Tarka House, Clovelly Road Industrial Estate, Bideford EX39 3HN. – Applicant:   Tarka Housing, Tarka House, Clovelly Road Industrial Estate, Bideford EX39 3HN.  Agent:  Mr James Mountain – Anesco. (Date received 1 Feb 2012)

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

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

g. Application No 1/0070/2012/ADV: Retrospective application for change of colour & wording to existing signage.   First Choice Retail Ltd, 64/65 Mill Street, Bideford  EX39 2JT.  – Applicant:  Ms H Palmer, T.U.I. UK Retail Ltd, Wigmore House, Wigmore Lane, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 9TN.  Agent: Miss Tanya Palmer, Colorset UVI Ltd. ( Date received 6 Feb 2012)

Proposed by Councillor Wootton, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is refused.

(Vote – For 3, Against: 2)

h. Application No. 1/0071/2012/FUL: Resubmission 1/0083/2011/FUL Proposed workshop/studio - removal of window.  The Ledge, Bull Hill, Bideford EX39 2BH. – Applicant:  Mr A Strawson The Ledge, Bull Hill, Bideford EX39 2BH.   Agent: Ros Raistrick, Raw Design. (Date Received 6 Feb 2012)

Proposed by Councillor Langmead seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote - For: 5, Against: 0)

i. Application No 1/0092/2012/FUL: Proposed ensuite toilet extension to front elevation.  34 Broadlands, Bideford EX39 4PH.  – Applicant: Mr Alan Osbourne, 34 Broadlands, Bideford EX39 4PH.  Agent:  Devon Care & Repair – Barnstaple. (Date Received 9 Feb 2012)

Proposed by Councillor Inch and seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote - For: 5, Against: 0)

095 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 7.15 pm.

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