Venue: Phoenix Chamber, Phoenix House, Tiverton
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APOLOGIES AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS
To receive any apologies for absence and notices of appointment of substitute.
Apologies were received form Cllr R L Stanley who was substituted by Cllr Mrs G Doe.
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.
There were no questions from the public present.
To receive the minutes of the previous meeting.
The minutes of the meeting held on 14 June 2017 were approved as a correct record and SIGNED by the Chairman.
To receive any announcements the Chairman may wish to make.
The Chairman had no announcements to make.
DEFERRALS FROM THE PLANS LIST
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) No. 1 on the Plans List (17/00034/FULL - Retention of slurry lagoon at Land at NGR 276429 99746 (Adjacent to Mardles Gate), Brocks Cross, Colebrooke).
The Area Planning Officer outlined the contents of the report highlighting by way of presentation the site location plan, the proximity of the lagoon to the buildings on the site, photographs taken at various angles, perimeter planting and the adjacent lane.
Consideration was given to the fact that the lagoon, whilst it met with regulations, had not been lined and that the domestic property was only 40 metres away which was not deemed to be acceptable.
RESOLVED that planning permission be refused by reason of its scale and siting in close proximity to the neighbouring properties at Mardles Gate and Manor Croft is considered to adversely affect the residential amenity and the living conditions of these neighbouring occupants by way of odour.
(Proposed by Cllr P J Heal and seconded by Cllr Mrs H Bainbridge)
(i) Councillor J D Squire spoke as the Ward Member;
(ii) The following late information was reported:
17/00034/FULL – Retention of slurry lagoon at Land (adjacent to Mardles Gate) Brocks Cross, Colebrook, Devon
Page 3: Since the report was issued a letter (dated 5th July) has been received by an agent acting for the applicant: The letter confirms the following information in relation to the application:
1. The Slurry lagoon is to serve the a dairy farm which is 130 hectares (currently accommodating 250 milking cows).
The site was chosen as it is considered by the applicant that it has the following locational advantages:
1. It will allow for direct pumping from the reception pit in the nearby farmyard to the lagoon thus reducing transport movements. Note this is not how the slurry has been transported to date.
2. The slurry can be pumped from the lagoon using a umbilical cord arrangement and therefore further reduce movements.
3. The location has been chosen away from any water courses and therefore will minimise any incidents of pollution.
4. New planting will assist with screening of the unauthorised development.
5. The facility has Environment Agency (EA) approval.
10th July 2017
Officer Comment: this further information does not affect the officer recommendation as set out in the report.
Page 5 and 8:
Since the report was drafted the EA has confirmed in a letter to the applicant that the development as it has been constructed meets the requirements of the SAFFO regulations 2010.
Page 4: For the avoidance of doubt and to clarify the drafting in the report under comments from the Environmental Protection Officer.
The boundary of the unauthorised development is approximately 40 metres from the garden boundary of Mardles Gate, and given the separation distance the EPO is unconvinced that a cover would address the odour concerns arising from the development ... view the full minutes text for item 32.
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 the following applications be determined by the Committee:
Application 17/00982/FUL – Cromwells Meadow, Crediton, be brought before Committee for determination and that a site visit take place.
Application 17/00886/MOUT – Uffculme Road, Uffculme, be brought before committee for determination.
Application 17/00942/MOUT – Exeter Hill, Tiverton, before brought before Committee for determination.
Application 17/00878/MOUT – Land south of Broadlands, Thorverton, be brought before Committee for determination and that a site visit take place.
Application 17/00924/ - Newland farm, Cullompton, be brought before Committee for determination.
Note: * List previously circulated; copy 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 * providing information on the outcome of recent planning appeals.
Consideration was given to the appeal at Dulings Farm, Copplestone in terms of the Inspector not agreeing with the Planning Committee’s reasons 3,4 and 5 for refusal. A further brief discussion took place regarding how costs in relation to these matters were determined.
Note: * List previously circulated; copy attached to the signed minutes.
To consider a report of the Head of Planning and Economic Regeneration regarding this application.
The Committee had before it a *report of the Head of Planning and Regeneration. The application had been considered by the Committee on 14 June 2017 and Members had resolved to approve the application as per the officer recommendation. Within the officer report it was set out that no representations had been received in connection with the application. However, 3 letters had been received and a summary of their content should have been reported to Members.
The purpose of the additional report for this meeting was to ensure clarity and completeness with regard to the objections that had been received.
RESOLVED that planning permission be granted subject to conditions as the proposed extension by virtue of its overall scale, massing, design and location not being considered to harm the privacy or amenity of the occupiers of another dwelling, the future amenities and services of the dwelling/building to be extended or its surroundings. As such the proposal is considered to comply with Policies DM2 and DM13 of the Local Plan Part 3 (Development Management Policies).
(Proposed by the Chairman)
(i) Councillors Mrs H Bainbridge, Mrs F J Colthorpe, Mrs G Doe, R J Dolley, Mrs C Collis, P J Heal, D J Knowles, F W Letch, B A Moore, R F Radford and J D Squire declared personal interests as they knew the applicant.
(ii) Councillor Heal requested that his abstention from voting be recorded since he had not been present at the previous meeting where the application was discussed.
(iii) * Report previously circulated; copy attached to the signed minutes.
Report of the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration providing the Committee with information on the performance of aspects of the planning function of the Council for the 2016/17 financial year.
The Committee had before it, and NOTED, a report * from the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration providing it with information on the performance aspects of the planning function of the Council for the 2016/17 financial year.
It was explained that the Planning Enforcement department had suffered significant staffing difficulties over the past two years but they were now up to the full complement of staff having 2 full time employees and one part time.
It was also stated that whilst the outcome of the restructure within the Planning Service was now known recruitment was still being undertaken in relation to vacant posts.
The Committee wished to pass on their thanks to the Planning Service for continuing to successfully run the service under difficult circumstances.
Note: * Report previously circulated; copy attached to the signed minutes.