To consider the planning applications contained in the list.
RESOLVED that the following application be determined or otherwise dealt with in accordance with the various recommendations contained in the list namely:
(i) No 2 on the Plans List (18/01691/FULL – Erection of a dwelling with associated access – 3-4 East End, Poughill) be refused as recommended by the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration.
(Proposed by the Chairman)
Note: Cllr R L Stanley declared a personal interest as the Cabinet Member for Housing and chose to leave the meeting during the vote.
(ii) No 3 on the Plans List (19/00337/FULL – Installation of a dormer window on front elevation to provide first floor accommodation and formation of a raised decking area to rear – 5 Broomhill, Tiverton) be approved subject to conditions as recommended by the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration.
(Proposed by the Chairman)
Note: The following late information was reported: response from the Highway Authority – no comments.
(b) No 1 on the Plans List (18/02000/FULL – Erection of extensions to existing farm shop – Exe Valley Farm Shop, Thorverton, Exeter).
The Area Team Leader outlined the contents of the report by way of presentation highlighting the application before members, the location of the site, the existing and proposed extensions, and existing and proposed elevations, the proposals for the ground floor and first floor and the meterage of the proposed café, office and first floor storage area along with the number of parking spaces proposed. The meeting then viewed photographs from various aspects of the site.
Consideration was given to:
· The size of the proposed extension to the shop and comparisons with regard to the extension to Crediton Garden Centre. The proposal would provide for a larger unrestricted retail area than the garden centre in Crediton.
· Whether trading hours would be restricted
· The height of the proposed extension
· The views of the applicant with regard to the history of the shop which was already certified for retail use, it was a local shop which was open 7 days a week and had 120 customers per day. The shop sold local produce and it was hoped with the café it would create a community hub and a destination for those people to enjoy the Exe Valley. There was mention of a 500 signature petition in support of the proposal.
· The views of the adjacent Ward Member who informed the meeting that there had been no objections to the application, the shop would be situated between Silverton and Thorverton which had 4000 inhabitants, he felt that the planning policy was ambiguous and the report negative, the scale of the proposal was large but not out of keeping with the area and he highlighted the size of the local garage, pub and local farm buildings. He felt that the applicant had a vision for local people and would create employment in the area.
· The total retail space
· The need to improve the rural economy and if there were concerns with regard to unrestricted retail use, it could be conditioned.
· The lack of an impact assessment
It was therefore:
a) planning permission be granted for the following reasons, the scale was acceptable; the proposal was reasonable and in keeping with the local amenity, the proposal would help the local economy and create job opportunities and was also in line with Policy DM19 of the NPPF.
b) Delegated authority be given to the Head of Planning and Economy and Regeneration to provide a set of conditions to cover the following issues: Mark out parking spaces; programme of archaeological work; retail space limited to the existing plus the additional 144 square metres proposed, other spaces limited to uses set out in the application and committee report, opening hours to be realistic and other conditions required to control the development.
(Proposed by Cllr R L Stanley and seconded by Cllr F W Letch)
i) Mrs May (Applicant) spoke;
ii) Cllr R M Deed spoke as Ward Member.