Venue: Phoenix Chamber, Phoenix House, Tiverton
Contact: Sally Gabriel Member Services Manager
APOLOGIES AND SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS (00-01-40)
To receive any apologies for absence and notices of appointment of substitute.
Apologies were received from Cllr Mrs G Doe who was substituted by Cllr R Evans.
PUBLIC QUESTION TIME (00-02-05)
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.
Mrs Bell referring to item 1 on the Plans List (Uplowman Road, Tiverton) stated: I refer to the Barratt’s application. On 11th July, this Committee deferred its decision so that three issues could be re-considered, one of which was the re-positioning of the new turning point for Uplowman Road which is due to be closed to through traffic.
A new drawing submitted by Barratt’s shows that the turning point has been re-positioned near to the end of the road closure. Also, the driveway previously planned to be located directly opposite an existing driveway has also been moved slightly eastwards and now avoids conflict.
We thank Barratt’s for this new and safer arrangement.
We have not however, seen the equally important re-consideration of a re-arrangement of the new cul-de-sac that would save a substantial length of historic Devon Bank which is a significant habitat of Dormice, hares and a busy nesting site for a variety of birds each Springtime.
We believe that a re-arrangement of the cul-de-sac properties will serve both Barratt’s interests and that of local residents.
Over 40 metres of Devon Bank will be saved, the local character and amenity of this area will be preserved and road safety in the vicinity of this new cul-de-sac will be improved. We believe this section of Devon Bank was shown to be intact on the outline plans which you approved.
Mr Cook will offer one alternative view of how the cul-de-sac could be re-designed to achieve our two remaining aims as well as serve the developers’ objective.
If the Devon Bank was retained both wildlife and residents would benefit, and most importantly for Barrett’s, provides a better ambience for the promoting and selling of the new properties.
On behalf of residents will this Committee please support our request via your powers to use Conditions and thus, achieve the two remaining and we think very important aims.
Mr Cook referring to item 1 on the Plans List (Uplowman Road, Tiverton) stated: I refer you to the Barratt application and two of the three items that, on 11th July, this Committee deferred for re-consideration by the Developer.
The two items are:
- loss of so much Devon Bank
- and re-positioning of the Barratt show homes.
The latest plans still show a complete loss of the existing historic Devon Bank in this location and, the varied styles of Barratt show homes still have driveway accesses directly onto Uplowman Road to be used by show home visitors.
These driveways and the pedestrian pathways to each house are separated by a new small mound with a hedge on top.
We asked for all the new cul-de-sac properties to be built behind the existing bank so as to preserve the historic bank, preserve and respect local character and amenity and lessen the impact of the sales activity on existing residents including improving local road safety.
We are told by Planning that Barratts are unwilling to re-design this small area as it is likely to ... view the full minutes text for item 37.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS UNDER THE CODE OF CONDUCT (00-16-31)
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 11 July 2018.
Subject to an amendment to Minute 30 (Enforcement List) with the addition of (iii) in the notes to state that “Cllr C J Eginton spoke as Ward Member”, the minutes of the meeting held on 11 July 2018 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS (00-18-46)
To receive any announcements the Chairman may wish to make.
The Chairman reminded Members that the special meeting of the Committee arranged for the Wednesday 15 August 2018 had been postponed, the reasons for this had been discussed earlier in the meeting.
DEFERRALS FROM THE PLANS LIST (00-19-12)
To report any items appearing in the Plans List which have been deferred.
The Chairman informed the meeting that Item 3 on the Plans List – the erection of 2 dwellings, alterations to existing access and associated works at land west of Elmdene, Hemyock had been deferred to a future meeting.
To consider the planning applications contained in the list.
(a) No 1 on the Plans List (18/00133/MARM – Reserved Matters application, pursuant to Outline application 13/01616/MOUT, for the construction of 248 dwellings, 3 Gypsy and Traveller pitches, public open space, landscape planting, pedestrian, cycle and vehicular links; and associated infrastructure – land at NGR 298618 113487, Uplowman Road, Tiverton)
The Committee had before it a report of the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration providing an update on negotiations associated with the application that had previously been considered by the Planning Committee on 11 July 2018 where Members had been minded to approve the application but had requested further consideration of the following issues:
· The possible repositioning of the turning head
· The detrimental impact on the Devon Bank and whether this could be lessened
· Repositioning of the show homes and associated parking to allay traffic concerns.
The Group Manager for Development outlined the contents of the report highlighting the reasons for the additional report and the consultation process that had taken place with local residents in relation to the movement of the turning head following the previous meeting. He explained that Members could not consider the additional plans received from Mr Cook as the committee could only consider the plans received from the applicant.
Referring to questions posed in public question time, the issue raised by Mrs Bell with regard to the turning head and the Devon bank would be covered in his presentation. With regard to the Devon bank highlighted within Mr Cook’s questions this had been considered and approved as part of the outline application for the development. Dr Bell had highlighted an error with regard to the house numbers, Dr Bell was correct, this was an error. With regard to the consultation process, the report highlighted the consultation that had taken place.
The officer then outlined the application by way of presentation, highlighting the application site, Members viewed photomontages and photographs from various aspects of the site and considered the revised plans that had been produced to try to address the concerns of the local residents. The outline application plans that had been approved were also presented which showed the removal of the Devon Bank.
Consideration was given to:
· Whether the updated NPPF had been considered with regard to the application
· The height of the proposed new banks, the ground levels behind the bank and the planting scheme
· The lighting scheme for the development
· The concerns of the objector with regard to the turning head, the removal of the Devon Bank, the mixture of properties along Uplowman Road, the impact of the removal of the Devon Bank on the historic habitat and the disturbance associated with the sales activity
· The views of the agent with regard to the negotiations that had taken place to try to mitigate the residents concerns, the introduction of new banking, the positioning of the sales offices and the fact that the ... view the full minutes text for item 42.
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 18/00964/MOUT – (Moor Lane, Westleigh) come before committee for determination if minded to approve and if that was the case, a site visit take place.
Application 18/01091/MOUT – West of Fishers Way, Pethertons, Halberton remain delegated.
Application 18/01036/MFUL – Quarterly Farm, Shillingford remain delegated
Application 18/00915/MFUL – Lidl Foodstore, Tiverton – be determined by the Planning Committee but that no site visit was required
Application 18/00978/MFUL – detention basins, outfall swale drainage – West Manley Lane, Tiverton remain delegated.
Note: *List previously circulated; copy attached to the Minutes.