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Planning Committee Meeting Minutes 19 August 2015

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

Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held in the Town Hall, Bideford on Wednesday 19 August 2015 at 6.00 pm

PRESENT:   

North Ward:   

Councillor P Christie
Councillor P Pester (Town Mayor)
Councillor D Bushby
               
South Ward:

Councillor R Wootton

East Ward   

Councillor M Langmead
               
IN ATTENDANCE:   

Mrs Lesley Dixon-Chatfield, Assistant to the Town Clerk
2 x Members of the Public
                   
027  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Councillor Howell (South Ward Outer) – Personal
                   
028  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor P Christie (Chairman) declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 4 (j). (Had been in talks with objectors but not applicant).
                   
029  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION

The Chairman invited both members to speak.  He asked their names and the item they wished to speak on.
Both gentlemen wished to express their objections to agenda item 4 (j). 

The gentlemen from the public both expressed their concern that the proposed works would create a viewing gallery into the houses in Middleton Road.  This severe overlooking would thus curtail the privacy of those residents. 
It was felt that the application did not fully represent the proposed works and they further expressed concern that the works would reduce the parking for that property thus overcrowding the on-road parking.

Both gentlemen would support the application with certain amendments.
                   
030  ORDER OF BUSINESS

The Chairman indicated that item 4(j) be brought forward for discussion at this point.  Members indicated their agreement.

The Chairman declared his interest and asked Councillor Langmead (Vice Chairman) to take the chair.
Councillor Langmead (Vice Chairman) assumed the chair.
                   
031  j.    Application: No: 1/0617/2015/FUL: Demolition of attached single garage & construction of single storey extension, (in its place), to side of dwelling (Revised plans). 2 Eton Close, Bideford, Devon, EX39 3LX. Applicant: Messrs. D Down & A Reed (same address). Agent: Deborah Somerville Chartered Architect, Bideford. (Date received: 11 Aug 15).

Proposed by Councillor Wootton, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is refused on grounds that whilst the proposal to demolish the garage and replace with an extension would be permissible, the proposed extension being beyond the size of the garage is not acceptable.
RECOMMEND that a District Councillor call the application in and that a site visit is arranged.

(Vote – For: 4, Against: 0, Abstentions: 1)
                   
032  MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 29 July 2015 were approved and signed as a correct record.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)
                   
033  PLANNING APPLICATIONS

a.   Application: No: 1/0738/2015/FUL: Retrospective decking. Slade Cottage, Slade, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Mr & Mrs I Harrison, 40 Cranhurst Road, London NW2 4LP. Agent: Mr M Brown, EMA, Bideford. (Date received: 28 July 15).

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

b.   Application: No: 1/0713/2015/DIS: Discharge of conditions 3, 6, 7, 9, 16, 17, 19, 20 and 22 of planning permission 1/0233/2012/EXTM. Cleavewood, Mines Road, East The Water, Devon. Applicant: Mr L Goddard. Dorset County Homes, The Laurels, Thornicombe, Blandford Forum, Dorset.  DT11 9AF Agent: Western Design Architects, Dorset. (Date received: 29 July15).

Proposed by Councillor Christie (Chairman), seconded and

RESOLVED: That members approve the application with the following conditions:

•    That conditions 16 and 17 are maintained
•    That conditions 6 and 22 are scrutinised for future-proofing.

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

c.   Application: No: 1/0755/2015/FUL: Proposed two storey extension to factory, Jamestan Engineering. Ground floor workshop and inspection area and first floor canteen, kitchen and toilets. Kynochs Industrial Estate, Nuttaberry, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Mr P Jeffrey (same address). Agent: Mrs R Fearnley, Fearnley Lott Architects, Bideford. (Date received: 5 Aug 15).

Proposed by Councillor Pester, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

d.   Application: No: 1/0752/2015/FUL: Replace garage door with window. 6 Rowe Close, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5XX. Applicant: Mr P Harris (same address). Agent: None recorded. (Date received: 5 August 15).

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

e.   Application: No: 1/0557/2015/FULM:  Proposed storage building. Unit 6, Coates Road, Bideford Business Park, East The Water. Applicant: Mr J Evans, Alverdiscott Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 4GD. Agent: Mr J Blaney, John Blaney Ltd, Parkham. (Date received: 6 Aug 15).

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

f.   Application: No: 1/0695/2015/FULM:  Demolition of existing buildings and construction of 20 dwellings and associated access. Moreton House, Bideford, Devon, EX39 3QW. Applicant: Mr A Blackwell, Redrow Homes Ltd (Westcountry), Redrow House, Pynes Hill, Exeter, Devon EX2 5AZ. Agent: Mr P Osborne, LHC, Exeter. (Date received: 10 Aug 15).

Proposed by Councillor Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

g.   Application: No: 1/0768/2015/FUL: Replacement of 2no. external self service machines. HSBC, Alexandra House, 11 The Quay, Bideford. Applicant: HSBC plc, 8 Canada Square, London, E14 7EL. Agent: Fouin & Bell Architects, Edinburgh. (Date received: 11 Aug 15).

Proposed by Councillor Pester, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

h.   Application: No: 1/0769/2015/LBC: Replacement of 2no. external self service machines. HSBC, Alexandra House, 11 The Quay, Bideford. Applicant:  HSBC plc, 8 Canada Square, London, E14 7EL. Agent: Fouin & Bell Architects, Edinburgh. (Date received: 11 Aug 15).

Proposed by Councillor Pester, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

i.   Application: No: 1/0700/2015/FUL: Residential development comprising 9 dwellings with associated access, parking and sewers (resubmission of  1/0103/2015/FUL. Land At Market Place, Bideford, Devon. Applicant: Mr J Brown, 70 Bay View Road, Northam, EX39 1BH. Agent: Graham Sturkey Associates, Bideford. (Date received: 11 Aug 15).

Proposed by Councillor Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That initial concerns have been addressed and that the application is approved.

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

k.   Application: No: 1/0758/2015/FUL: Erection of garden studio. 33A High Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2AN. Applicant: Mrs M Sankey (same address). Agent: John Shields Buildings Ltd, North Tawton. (Date received 12 August 15).

Proposed by Councillor Bushby, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)

l.   Application: No: 1/0759/2015/LBC: Erection of garden studio. 33A High Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2AN. Applicant: Mrs M Sankey (same address). Agent: John Shields Buildings Ltd, North Tawton. (Date received 12 August 15).

Proposed by Councillor Langmead, seconded and

RESOLVED: That the application is approved.

(Vote – For: 5, Against: 0)                   
034  PLANNING AUTHORITIES UPDATE BY CLERK

Members noted the decisions received from Torridge District Council since the last
meeting.
                   
035  The Chairman wished to share information with Committee members regarding the Local Plan.
He had received an email outlining four issues raised at a meeting in Bristol regarding the Local Plan content.

If the Local Plan is not updated it will be refused.  Unfortunately it will not be submitted in September as expected but will now be ready early next year.  More large housing development applications are anticipated.

Affordable Housing Thresholds - had been taken out of development planning applications but have now been put back in.

Travellers & Gypsies  -   9 sites and 1 transient are required in Torridge but there have been talks with North Devon Council regarding joining forces.  The outcome has been that there could be a site in North Devon that could encompass the requirements for both districts.

Turbine Applications  -   The recent Government announcement that further turbines would not be approved unless in areas identified in the Local Plan, and have community backing, needs to be addressed when being introduced to the Local Plan. As this is new material, a consultation on options and a preferred policy approach is required. The Planning Inspectorate have pointed out that we have an obligation to be positive towards renewable energy applications.  Options to be considered will be discussed by a joint working group of councillors from North Devon and Torridge.
                     
The business of the Meeting having been completed, the Chairman thanked the Members for their attendance and the Meeting concluded at 7.00 pm.

 


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