Venue: Virtual Meeting
Contact: Carole Oliphant Member Services Officer
Members to note the Virtual Meeting Protocol
The Committee had before it, and NOTED, the *‘Protocol for Remote Meetings.
Note: *’Protocol for Remote Meetings’ previously circulated and attached to the minutes.
APOLOGIES AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS (00.04.54)
To receive any apologies for absence and notices of appointment of substitute.
There were no apologies or substitute members.
PUBLIC QUESTION TIME (00.05.28)
To receive any questions relating to items on the Agenda from members of the public and replies thereto.
Note: A maximum of 30 minutes is allowed for this item.
Mr Payne referring to item 3 on the plans list stated he would like to ask some questions in regard to the silage clamp application at Gibbet Moor:
• Are the members of the committee aware that the proposal is an industrial development, not an agricultural development as your officers seem to believe?
• Are the members of the committee aware that this proposal would remove nearly 2sq miles of land in North and Mid Devon from agricultural production?
• Are the members of the committee aware that the transport implications of the proposal are far worse than stated in the transport assessment because the transport statement only tells half the story?
• Are the members of the committee aware that the massive lorries taking the silage to Willand will be returning with liquid digestate that is spread on the land to which the grass has been harvested and will therefore be travelling along many local lanes?
• Are the members of the committee aware that the Highways authority have completely ignored the transport of silage and digestate using massive lorries along single track lanes along the proposed silage clamps and the farms supplying the silage?
• Are the members of the committee aware that your officers statement that ‘The development is not considered to result in an unacceptable increase in traffic upon the local road network’. This is clearly wrong
• The application site is on the border with North Devon. In November 2018 North Devon District Council were consulted and they stated they considered the application to be for an industrial not an agricultural facility.
• The transport assessment which was issued in July 2019 show that most of the silage will be coming from farms in North Devon and therefore most of the transport issues will effect North Devon. Yet North Devon District Council does not seem to have been consulted since 2018. What happened to the ’Duty to Cooperate’ between the neighbouring planning authorities?
• Will the existing field clamps at Gibbet Moor Farm continue to be used which will mean a doubling of the storage from 20,000 to 40,000 tonnes and a doubling of traffic?
• How will the Council stop the continued use of the field clamps?
• Since the traffic implications are a major cause for concern with this application why is there no conditions specifying the type and size of vehicles which can be used to transport the silage?
• Why is there no condition specifying the times by which the silage can be moved into and out of the proposed silage clamps?
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS UNDER THE CODE OF CONDUCT (00.09.13)
Councillors are reminded of the requirement to declare any interest, including the type of interest, and reason for that interest at each item.
Members were reminded of the need to declare any interests when appropriate.
Members to consider whether to approve the minutes as a correct record of the meeting held on 20th May 2020.
The minutes of the meeting held on 20th May 2020 were agreed as a true record.
CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS (00.11.31)
To receive any announcements the Chairman may wish to make.
The Chairman had no announcements to make.
DEFERRALS FROM THE PLANS LIST (00.11.53)
To report any items appearing in the Plans List which have been deferred.
There were no deferrals from the Plans list.
To consider the planning applications contained in the list.
The Committee considered the applications in the *Plans List.
Note: *List previously circulated; copy attached to the signed Minutes.
(a) Applications dealt with without debate.
In accordance with its agreed procedure the Committee identified those applications contained in the Plans List which could be dealt with without debate.
RESOLVED that the following application be determined or otherwise dealt with in accordance with the various recommendations contained in the list namely:
i) No 4 on the Plans List (20/00111/FULL - Variation of condition (2) of planning permission 16/01007/FULL to allow the holiday lodge to be used as a permanent dwelling. Gilberts Lodge, Morebath, Tiverton)
be approved as recommended by Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration
(Proposed by the Chairman)
i) Cllr B A Moore declared a personal interest as the application was under his ownership and duly left the meeting for the entirety of the item;
ii) The following late information was provided:
Members will have noted that the recommendation of approval is made subject to the prior payment of a contribution towards Public Open Space, and the signing of an accompanying Unilateral Planning Obligation, or the completion of a Section 106 to cover this planning obligation, in accordance with the requirements of Local Plan policy AL/IN/3. It is confirmed that the required contribution has been paid and signed Deed returned. As such no further action is required in this respect should members resolve to grant planning permission
b) 19/01862/FULL - (Change of use of farm buildings to mixed B1/A2/B8 use and retention of external works. Land and Buildings at NGR 299326 114323, Bradford Farm, Uplowman)
The Principal Planning Officer explained that the committee had previously considered the application in February and had requested the Planning Working Group to visit in March to consider the following:
· The location, condition and proposal in relation to the portakabin/container
· The entrance and visibility from the public highway
· The surface of the entrance and the car park
· The relationship between the car park and the effect on the adjoining property in relation to noise and visual impact
The Officer outlined the contents of the report by way of a presentation highlighting the car park at the rear of the site, access points and elevations.
He explained that the main concerns of the working group were of highway safety, the effect of the development on the neighbouring property and access into the site.
He explained that the Highway Authority had no objections to the development and that the applicant had agreed to a condition of installing an acoustic surface on the car park or fencing to shield the neighbouring property from headlights but that this had not been required by Environmental Health.
Consideration was given to:
· The previous applications and the changes made within the current application
· The traffic flows and the highway issues with the cumulative impact on other developments in the area
· The views of the objector with regard to: the proposal not being in an appropriate location, road ... view the full minutes text for item 22.
To receive for information a list of recent appeal decisions.
The Committee had before it, and NOTED, a *list of appeal decisions providing information on the outcome of recent planning appeals.
Note: *list previously circulated and attached to the minutes.