Venue: Phoenix Chamber, Phoenix House, Tiverton
Contact: Carole Oliphant Member Services Officer
APOLOGIES AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS (0.03.33)
To receive any apologies for absence and notices of appointment of substitute.
There were no apologies or substitute Members.
Members to note the Hybrid Meetings Protocol.
The Committee had before it, and NOTED, the *Hybrid Meeting Protocol.
Note: *Protocol previously circulated and attached to the minutes
PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
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 Mills referring to Item 4 (Pleasant Streams) on the Plans List stated: My question concerns the many heavy vehicles that are kept on the site as part of the applicants’ paving business.
Why is this aspect of the development not mentioned in the application or officer report? Should it not be, seeing that the Mid Devon Development Plan’s Policy DM 18 on rural employment development states:
“It is important that the various indirect consequences of employment development such as security fencing, lighting, advertising material, open storage and vehicle parking and manoeuvring provisions do not harm the visual environment.”
Should a similar condition on the nature of the site be imposed in the current application?
Mrs Mills again referring to Item 4 (Pleasant Streams) on the Plans List stated that this application for 6 pitches is apparently based on the applicant’s needs and circumstances although as you know the applicants owned land with permanent permission until 6 months ago was in County Durham. However Condition 12 makes it clear that the applicants could sell the whole site or part of it to anyone leading a nomadic life style. Consequently if this application is approved, the applicant stands to gain several hundreds of thousands of pounds through increased land value, this would clearly make a mockery of the needs argument. So the question I would like to officer to respond to is – why has the use of a personal condition for the 6 family units in question for which the needs argument is used not been seriously considered within the officer report? This is particularly confusing seeing that:
Frances Wilcox again referring to item 4 on the Plans List stated that she was very concerned about this application for several reasons: are members satisfied that this is a suitable location when under policy you want to encourage walking and cycling? Pleasant Streams are proposing to put another entrance on this very busy Uffculme Road (B3340) with a national speed limit, this road has no street lighting or footpath. The Highways Authority do not see this as a concern just because there are no statistics to prove it. Anyone will be taking a chance to walk this road in day light, let alone in the dark. I was in attendance not so long ago further up the road outside Langlands Business Park, where a member of the public got off a bus, crossed the road to the footpath on the other side and in the process got run over. It was dark and the van driver had not seen the pedestrian. Emergency services were called several times before attending and the man was eventually air lifted to get treatment, he did survive, but this ... view the full minutes text for item 81.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS UNDER THE CODE OF CONDUCT
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 interests as appropriate.
Members to consider whether to approve the minutes as a correct record of the meeting held on 18th August 2021.
Members to reconsider the minutes of the meeting of 14 July 2021.
The minutes of the meeting held on 18th August 2021 were agreed as a true record and SIGNED by the Chairman.
The minutes of the meeting held on 14th July 2021 were agreed as a true record subject to the wording ‘high grade’ being removed from minute number 49 and were RE-SIGNED by the Chairman.
In response to a public question the interim Monitoring Officer confirmed that an internal investigation was being conducted.
CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS (0.20.49)
To receive any announcements the Chairman may wish to make.
The Chairman announced that she was standing down as Chairman of the committee after 10 years and she thanked Members and officers that she had worked with over that time.
She introduced Angharad Williams as the new Interim Development Management Manager.
DEFERRALS FROM THE PLANS LIST (0.23.52)
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 and attached to the minutes.
a) 20/01409/MOUT - Outline hybrid application for the erection of industrial units within use Classes E(g), B2 and B8 on 8.74 hectares of land to include green infrastructure and Full permission for the erection of 4 industrial units (Plots 5, 9 and 10) (4327sqm) Classes E(g), B2 and B8 and creation of new vehicular access, parking, detention basin and landscaping at Land at NGR 303082 107667, Stoneyford, Devon.
The Area Planning Officer explained that it was a hybrid application on an allocated site under policy CU17.
She outlined the application by way of a presentation which highlighted the site location plan, plot allocations, plot 5 elevations, plots 9 & 10 site layout, plot 10 elevations, aerial view and photographs of the site and from the proposed access.
In response to public questions she confirmed:
· The Garden Village was not just for residential dwellings but also provided for employment
· The site allocated for employment in the Local Plan and the proposal had been considered by the Public Health officer in respect of pollution
· The Highways Authority had no objections to the access or predicted traffic generation along Honiton Road
· The walking route would join with an existing public right of way and the travel plan provided for employees to be provided with details of the walking route
· There was no policy requirement for other industrial sites to be built out first
· If the site became viable in the future it could become liable for a contribution towards the Cullompton relief road through a reviews mechanism in the section 106 agreement to help mitigate traffic congestion at Junction 28
· There were issues outside of the planning application process that were not within control of MDDC or the applicant that were preventing the link with Kingsmill Estate from being provided as this of this application
In response to Member questions she confirmed:
· Tree planting had been considered and a landscaping plan had been submitted that provided for tree screening and biodiversity enhancements
· There was no provision for ground or air source heat pumps, but solar panels would be provided
· The application had been scrutinised by the Environment Agency in relation to flood risk and a sustainable drainage system would be installed include pollution control measures
The DCC Highways Officer confirmed that the development did not qualify for a right hand turn lane and that a 30mph road required 43 metre visibility splay and this development provided 70 metres. If a new road was provided through the site at a later date or if there was further development there may be an opportunity to add in a right hand turn lane if the development qualified for one.
Consideration was given to:
· Some Members views that the access was dangerous
· The views of the agent who explained that the development was within the Local Plan and that the area needed a balanced and prosperous district which ... view the full minutes text for item 86.
List attached for consideration of major applications and potential site visits.
The Committee had before it, and NOTED, a *list of major applications with no decision
It was AGREED that:
Application 21/01576/MOUT - Land at NGR 298976 112882 (Hartnoll Farm) Tiverton, Devon - Outline for the extension of existing business park for up to 3.9ha of employment land and up to 150 dwellings with associated infrastructure and access with all other matters reserved be brought to Committee and a full Committee site visit take place.
Note: *list previously circulated and attached to the minutes
To receive for information a list of recent appeal decisions.
The Committee had before it, and NOTED, a *list of appeal decisions
Noted: *List previously circulated and attached to the minutes
To receive a report of the Interim Development Management Manager presenting Planning and Building Control performance.
The Committee had before it, and NOTED, a *report of the Consultant Development Management Manager which outlined the performance aspects of the planning function.
The officer explained that the Planning Authority had determined 91% of major applications within the required timeframes as was placed second in the South West region.
· Major overturns were below the Government target of 10% had risen to above 7%.
· There had been no return of fees under the planning guarantee
· Enforcement action and visits had reduced due to sickness and staff vacancies but 2 additional enforcement officers had been recruited
· The number of planning applications had increased
Note: *Report previously circulated and attached to the minutes