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Planning Committee Meeting Minutes 17 December 2014

Written by Lesley Dixon-Chatfield. Posted in Planning Committee Minutes

Planning Committee Meeting - Wednesday 17 December 2014 at 6.00 pm




PRESENT:


North Ward:  Councillor Mrs A Brenton, Councillor D Fulford, Councillor Mrs M Fulford (substitute for Councillor D Ratcliff)
South Ward:  Councillor P Pester (Chairman)
               
IN ATTENDANCE:    Mrs Lesley Dixon-Chatfield – Clerk, Mr James Anstee – Devon County Council
No members of the public were present
                   
068.  APOLOGIES
Councillor P Christie – (North Ward – Work Commitments)
Councillor D Ratcliff – (East Ward – Work Commitments)
Councillor R Wootton – (South Ward – Work Commitments)
                   
069.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor D Fulford expressed a non-pecuniary interest in Item 6 g (Family connection with Applicant).
                   
070.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION

None
                   
071.  MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 03 December 2014 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 3, Against: 0, Abstentions: 1)
                   
072.  LINK ROAD STRATEGY

Mr Peter Anstee of Devon County Council presented the proposals for improvements to the Link Road.  He explained that he was speaking to all affected Councils and
 members of the public in order to formulate opinions and approval to take to central Government to obtain funding for  said improvements and maintenance.
Mr Anstee handed out a plan of the A361 from Tiverton to Barnstaple and A39 from Barnstaple to Heywood Roundabout which showed the suggested improvements.

Councillors Mrs A Brenton and the Chairman agreed that the A361 from Tiverton is a troublesome area especially with rurally related slow moving vehicles.

•  Heywood roundabout – The Chairman raised concern about potentially increasing the size of the roundabout as it feeds onto Torridge Bridge with only one lane each way. Mr Anstee explained that the traffic light system for Westleigh may have to be increased in size.

•  Councillor Mrs A Brenton expressed a need for a dual carriageway on the Link Road, which is congested at all times.

•  All Councillors expressed a need for overtaking opportunities as being essential in order to improve flow of traffic especially during the peak tourist.

Mr Anstee explained that a deadline of early January was in place to put forward support for the proposal and to add any further suggestions relevant to the strategy.

Councillor Mrs A Brenton and the Chairman asked that the detail be left for them to raise with full Council in order to formulate a response in the timescale given

073.  PLANNING APPLICATIONS

a.  Application: No 1/1089/2014/FUL: Change of Use to create residential home for adults with learning difficulties. Orion House, 14 Clovelly Road, Bideford, Devon, Applicant: Mrs L Dyer, 16 Clovelly Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 3BU. Agent:.Mr  Paton, A J Design, Launceston. (Date received: 1 Dec 14).

Proposed by Councillor D Fulford, seconded and

RESOLVED:  That the application is approved but that the project is adequately supervised.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0,) 

b.  Application: No 1/1143/2014/TRE: Various tree works, Evergreen Lodge, Slade, Bideford, Devon. Further documentation unavailable at time of posting Agenda. (Date received 1 Dec 14).

Proposed by: Councillor Mrs A. Brenton, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved with the condition that the trees are not subject to TPO’s and are treated by a qualified tree surgeon.

(Vote – For 4, Against:0)

c.  Application: No 1/1085/2014/TRE: Pruning 2x horse chestnut trees, Strand Court, Chingswell Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 3LY. Applicant: Mrs J Carnall (same address). Agent: Mr S Facey, Wessex Tree Surgeons. (Date received 1 Dec 14).

Proposed by: Councillor Mrs A Brenton, seconded and 

RESOLVED: That the application is approved with the condition that the trees are pruned and treated by a qualified tree surgeon using required Health and Safety equipment suitable for working at the roadside.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0)

d.  Application: No 1/1080/2014/REM: Reserved matters submission for 28 dwellings seeking approval of access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale, 81 Meddon Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2EW. Applicant: Greendale Investments Ltd & Boden Homes Ltd, Greendale Business Park, Wodbury Salterton, Devon EX5 1EW. Agent:Mr A King-Smith, PCL Planning Ltd, Exeter. (Date received 1 Dec 14).

Proposed by: Councillor D Fulford, seconded and 

RESOLVED: That the application is approved but would request some form of pedestrian crossing near the access and that the access itself is set back for adequate turning out of and into from the main road.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0)

e.  Application: No 1/1217/2014/FUL: Creation of first floor balcony, 5 Torridge Place, Torrington Street, Bideford, Devon EX39 4DS. Applicant: Mr & Mrs R Milton (same address). Agent: Graham Sturkey Associates, Bideford. (Date received 2 Dec14).

Proposed by: Councillor D Fulford, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved although one Councillor raised concern about overlooking neighbours being an issue.

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

f.  Application: No 1/1121/2014/FUL: Proposed conservatory to rear. 11 Hillcrest Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 4DQ. Applicant: Mr I Arnold (same address). Agent: Mr R Papworth, Paul & Papworth, Saltash. (Date received 2 Dec 14).

Proposed by: Councillor D Fulford, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0)

g.  Application: No 1/0974/2014/FUL: Removal of outbuilding and new condenser unit. The Cooperative, 62 Mill Street, Bideford. Applicant: Cooperative Group, PO Box 53, New Century House, Manchester, M60 4ES. Agent: Mr M Keddy, Wellsfield Associates. (Date received 2 Dec 14).
   
Proposed by: Councillor Mrs A Brenton, seconded and 

RESOLVED: That the application is refused on the grounds that repainting the front of the shop ‘Traffic Light Grey’ would be detrimental to the image of Mill Street and not in keeping with the ‘Little White Town’ concept.

(Vote – For: 3, Against: 0, Abstentions: 1)
   
h.  Application: No 1/1267/2014/LBC: Proposed alterations to provide 3 flats and additional communal space for use by Lycette care clients, 67, 68 High Street, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Mr S Haywood, Lycette Care, Bidna House, Bidna Lane, Appledore, Bideford, EX39 1NU. Agent: Mrs R Raistrick, Raw Design. (Date received 3 Dec 14).

Proposed by: The Chairman, seconded and 
RESOLVED: That the application is approved

(Vote – For: 4,  Against: 0)

i.  Application: No 1/1109/2014/FUL: Proposed alterations to provide 3 flats and additional communal space for use by Lycette care clients, 67, 68 High Street, Bideford, Devon. Mr S Haywood, Lycette Care, Bidna House, Bidna Lane, Appledore, Bideford, EX39 1NU. Agent: Mrs R Raistrick, Raw Design. (Date received 3 Dec 14).

Proposed by: The Chairman, seconded and 

RESOLVED:  That the application is approved

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0)   

j.  Application: No 1/1155/2014/FUL: Material amendments to 1/0270/2013/EXT to retain ground floor structure, Lindfield House, Former Grenville College, Belvoir Road, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Mr & Mrs S Allen, Kensford, Sticklepath Hill, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 2DW. Agent: Mr P Byers, Project (SW) Ltd, South Molton. (Date received 3 Dec 14).

Proposed by: Councillor D Fulford, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0)

k.  Application:  No 1/1099/2014/FUL: Change of use to single residential dwelling, The Anchorage Residential Home, 47 Abbotsham Road, Bideford. Applicant: Mrs A Rideout, Highfield, Shebbear, Devon. EX21 5SR. Agent: None recorded.  (Date received 1 Dec 14).

Proposed by:  Councillor Mrs A Brenton, seconded and 

RESOLVED: That the application is approved

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0

l.  Application: No 1/1172/2014/FUL: Extension to dwelling, 3 Marlen Court, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5XT. Applicant: Mr G Dobson (same address). Agent: None recorded. (Date received 9 Dec 14).

Proposed by: Councillor D Fulford, seconded and 

RESOLVED: That the application is approved

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0)

m.  Application:  No 1/1189/2014/FUL: Resubmission of 1/0120/2014/FUL to include additional bedroom to plot 8, Valley End, Hamilton Close, Bideford, Devon.  Applicant: Mr D Lott, Grenco Ltd, The Stables, Annery, Monkleigh, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5JN. Agent: Fearnley Lott Architects, Monkleigh. (Date received 26 Nov 14).

Proposed by: Councillor Mrs A Brenton, seconded and  

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0)
                   
074.  PLANNING AUTHORITIES UPDATE BY CLERK

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 7.30 pm.

 


Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bideford on Wednesday 03 December 2014


 BIDEFORD TOWN COUNCIL

Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bideford on Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 5.30pm
PRESENT:   
North Ward:  Councillor Mrs A Brenton, Councillor P Christie (Chairman), Councillor D Fulford
South Ward:  Councillor A Inch (substituting for Councillor P Pester), Councillor R Wootton
East Ward:   Councillor D Ratcliff
               
IN ATTENDANCE:   
Mrs Lesley Dixon-Chatfield, Assistant to the Town Clerk
No members of the public were present
                   
061.  APOLOGIES
Apologies received from Councillor P Pester (South Ward – personal).
                   
062.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
No declarations of interest were received.   
               
063.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION
None.
                   
064.  MINUTES
The Minutes of the Meeting held on 12 November 2014 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0, Abstentions: 2)
                   
065.  E-CONSULTATION DEMONSTRATION
The Committee moved to the Town Hall for a demonstration of Torridge District Council’s plans to consult on planning applications through the internet, in the attempt to create a paperless consultation process.
Councillor Mrs Brenton and the Chairman agreed that the online documentation needed to be clearer and more organised, especially for applications that had large amounts of drawings, photographs and letters.
Councillor Mrs Brenton expressed concern regarding the public and councillors not having the internet, therefore not being able to access online planning.  The Chairman explained that the original paper applications would be accessible at Riverbank House.  He further explained that for any contentious applications, paper plans would be forthcoming on request.

The Committee returned to Chamber.

066.  PLANNING APPLICATIONS
a.    Application: No 1/1077/2014/FUL: Front extension. 84 Stucley Road, Bideford,  Devon, EX39 3EH. Applicant: Mr D Bissett (same address). Agent:.Mr P Ebsworthy, The Mews Studio, Northam (Date received: 12 Nov 14).

Proposed by Councillor A Inch, seconded and
RESOLVED: That the application is approved.
(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

b.    Application: No 1/0869/2014/FUL: Extension & Alterations to Sports/Changing Facilities, Kingsley School, Northdown Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 3LY. Applicant: Mr A Stevenson (same address). Agent: Mr N Gale, RGP Architects Ltd, Baron Court, Roundswell, Barnstaple. (Date received 13 Nov 14).

Proposed by Councillor D Fulford, seconded and
RESOLVED: That the application is approved.
(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

c.    Application: No 1/0872/2014/FUL: Extension of all weather pitch and new floodlights, Kingsley School, Northdown Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 3LY. Applicant: Mr A Stevenson (same address). Agent: Mr N Gale, RGP Architects Ltd, Baron Court, Roundswell, Barnstaple. (Date received 17 Nov 14).

Proposed by Councillor D Fulford, seconded and
RESOLVED: That the application is approved providing the following are considered:
    That the lights should be directed downwards
    That a curfew of 2100hrs is put in place
    That with the removal of mature trees, replanting is carried out to replace them
(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0, Abstention: 2)

d.    Application: No 1/1012/2014/FUL: Over garage extension to form study. 5 Dursley Way, Bideford, Devon, EX39 3PZ. Applicant: Mr P Moss. (same address). Agent: Mr G Edwards, G E Designs, Ilfracombe. (Date received 19 Nov 14).

Proposed by Councillor A Inch, seconded and
RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

e.    Application: 1/1166/2014/FUL: Conversion to form two dwellings, Bideford Youth Boxing Club, 5 - 7 Silver Street, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Ms L Bromell, 105 Chanters Road, Bideford EX39 2QU. Agent: Mr M Brown, EMA Ltd, Bideford. (Date received 20 Nov 14).

(During the course of the discussion Councillor Ratcliff left the room.)

Proposed by Councillor Mrs Brenton, seconded and
RESOLVED: That the application is refused on the basis of the newly designed outdoor balconies overlooking private gardens.
(Vote – For: 4, Against: 1, Out of room: 1)

(Councillor Ratcliff returned to the room.)

f.    Application: No 1/1185/2014/FUL: Demolish existing garage and build two storey extension together with internal alterations. 10 Trent Close, Bideford, Devon, EX39 4DW. Applicant: Mrs S Duxbury, (same address). Agent: None recorded. (Date received 20 Nov 14).

Proposed by The Chairman, seconded and
RESOLVED: That the application is approved.
(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

g.    Application: No 1/0578/2014/FULM: Mixed use development comprising of 52 residential units, approximately 763 sq metres of retail / commercial development, open space, car parking, marina (including managers accommodation) and associated development. Land At & Adjacent To Brunswick Wharf, East The Water, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Mr S Maunder, 1 Down Road, Instow, Devon, EX39 4JU. Agent: Grainge Architects Ltd, Exeter. (Date received 24 Nov 14).
   
The Chairman stated that this application had been erroneously submitted to the Agenda.  Therefore this item was not discussed.


h.    Application:  No 1/1189/2014/FUL: Resubmission of 1/0120/2014/FUL to include additional bedroom to plot 8, Valley End, Hamilton Close, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Mr D Lott, Grenco Ltd, The Stables, Annery, Monkleigh, Bideford, Devon. EX39 5JN. Agent: Fearnley Lott Architects, Annery, Monkleigh.  (Date received 26 Nov 14).

Proposed by The Chairman, seconded and
RESOLVED: That the committee reiterate the resolution from the previous consultation.
(Vote – For: 6, Against: 0)

(POST MEETING NOTE
It was discovered that the resolution had not been intended as it should be and the Chairman advised that this application would need to be looked at during the next Planning Meeting on Wednesday 17 December 2014.)
                   
                       
067.    PLANNING AUTHORITIES UPDATE BY CLERK
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 6.27 pm.


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