Agenda and draft minutes

SWT Planning Committee
Thursday, 20th February, 2020 1.00 pm

Venue: The John Meikle Room - The Deane House. View directions

Contact: Tracey Meadows Email: t.meadows@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk 

Items
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129.

Apologies

130.

Minutes of the previous meeting of the Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 190 KB

    To approve the minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee.

    Minutes:

    (Minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on the 9th and 30th January 2020 circulated with the agenda)

     

    Resolved that the minutes of the Planning Committee held on the 9th and 30th January 2020 be confirmed as a correct record.

     

    Proposed by Councillor Marcia Hill, seconded by Councillor Morgan

     

    The Motion was carried.

131.

Declarations of Interest or Lobbying

    To receive and note any declarations of disclosable pecuniary or prejudicial or personal interests or lobbying in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

     

    (The personal interests of Councillors and Clerks of Somerset County Council, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes.)

    Minutes:

    Members present at the meeting declared the following personal interests in their capacity as a Councillor or Clerk of a County, Town or Parish Council or any other Local Authority:-

     

    Name

    Application No.

    Description of Interest

    Reason

    Action Taken

    Cllr S Buller

    24/19/0046

    Ward Member

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr S Coles

    42/19/0045

    Known to objector

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

     

132.

Public Participation

    The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.

     

    For those members of the public who have requested to speak, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker and you will be asked to speak before Councillors debate the issue.

    Minutes:

    Application No.

    Name

    Position

    Stance

    24/19/0046

    Steve Godfrey (on behalf of Sarah Carter)

     

    Mark Jolliffe

     

    Celia Smith

     

     

     

     

     

    Colin Carter

     

    Andy Lehner

    Local Resident

     

     

    Local resident

    on behalf of North Curry Parish Council

     

    Local resident

     

    Developer

    Objecting

     

     

     

    Objecting

     

    Objecting

     

     

     

     

     

    Objecting

     

    Infavour

    42/19/0045

    Rebecca Dunstan

     

    Philippa Hollins

     

     

    Mr – Edd Pearce

     

    Michael Bellamy

    Local Resident

    Local Resident

     

    EJFP Planning

    Transport Ltd (on behalf of applicant)

    Objecting

     

    Objecting

     

     

    Infavour

     

    Infavour

    Tree Preservation Order protects one Hornbeam tree that is growing as a street tree outside 12 The Avenue.

    Ben Whitworth

    Local Resident

    objecting

     

133.

24/19/0046 pdf icon PDF 220 KB

    Erection of 1 No. bungalow with detached garage on land to the rear of 16 Town Farm, North Curry

    Minutes:

    Erection of 1 No. bungalow with detached garage on land to the rear of 16 Town Farm, North Curry

     

    Comments from members of the public included;

     

    ·       Concerns with access to the site;

    ·       Concerns with the Visibility Splays;

    ·       Loss of the historic orchard;

    ·       The habitat that was removed cannot be replaced;

    ·       Garden grabbing;

    ·       Back land development;

    ·       No changes to the original application;

    ·       Overlooking;

    ·       Concerns with loss of privacy;

    ·       No pedestrian foot path;

    ·       No street lighting;

    ·       No benefit to the village;

    ·       This area was of valuable green space;

    ·       Concerns with the loss of slow worms;

    ·       Previous reasons for refusal had been overcome;

     

    Comments from members included;

     

    ·       Concerns with the conflicting standing advice from Somerset County Council Highways;

    ·       Highway safety;

    ·       Concerns with the removal of the trees and Slow worms on the site;

    ·       Not an appropriate site for development;

    ·       Local residents knowledge needs to be taken into account;

    ·       Concerns that the S106 is being disregarded;

    ·       Cumulative impact of the site;

    ·       Concerns with access onto the site;

     

    Councillor Habgood proposed and Councillor Coles seconded a motion for the application to be APPROVED as per Officer Recommendation.

     

    That motion was lost

     

    Councillor Lithgow proposed and Councillor Marcia Hill seconded a motion for the application to be REFUSED.

     

    Reasons

     

    ·       Highway safety

    ·       Loss of Habitat

     

    The motion was carried

     

    At this point in the meeting Councillor Morgan left the Council Chamber

134.

42/19/0045 pdf icon PDF 128 KB

    Outline application with all matters reserved, except access, for the erection of 1 No. dwelling on land to the North West of Applecombe Cottage, Wild Oak Lane, Trull (resubmission of 42/19/0022)

    Minutes:

    Outline application with all matters reserved, except access, for the erection of 1 No. dwelling on land to the North West of Applecombe Cottage, Wild Oak Lane, Trull (resubmission of 42/19/0022)

     

    Comments by members of the public included;

     

    ·       Concerns for pedestrian safety;

    ·       Traffic issues;

    ·       Concerns for the Badgers on site;

    ·       The application complies with Policies;

    ·       There were no material changes to the application;

    ·       No recorded collisions were recorded on Wild Oak Lane;

    ·       This was a sustainable location for a new home;

    ·       Access issues

    ·       No passing places in the lane;

     

    Comments by members included;

     

    ·       Access issues;

    ·       Concerns with the increased vehicle movement;

    ·       The application falls within the settlement limit of Trull;

    ·       Highway safety issues;

    ·       The professional opinion of officers needed to be taken into account for this development;

     

    Councillor Lithgow proposed and Councillor Marcia Hill seconded a motion for the application to be REFUSED

     

    The motion was lost

     

    Councillor Sully proposed and Councillor Habgood seconded a motion for the application to be APPROVED

     

    The motion was carried

     

    At this point in the meeting the committee took a short break.

135.

Tree Preservation Order 12 The Avenue, Taunton pdf icon PDF 345 KB

    The Tree Preservation Order protects one Hornbeam tree that is growing as a street tree outside 12 The Avenue.

    Minutes:

    The Tree Preservation Order protects one Hornbeam tree that is growing as a street tree outside 12 The Avenue.

     

    Comments by members of the public included;

     

    ·       Concerns that the tree roots were causing progressive damage to the drains in the Avenue;

    ·       The other trees in the Avenue did not have a TPO on them;

    ·       The trees were inappropriate for the area due to their size and shape and they were still growing;

    ·       The wrong cultivar of hornbeam was chosen for this area;

     

    Comments by members included;

     

    ·       There was no evidence that the tree was causing damage to the nearest property;

    ·       The trees were a valuable part of the community and in a Conservation area;

    ·       Concerns with the impact of the tree roots on the public pavement;

    ·       We need to work with Somerset County Council to manage the control of these trees;

     

    Councillor Lithgow proposed and Councillor Marcia Hill seconded a motion for the Tree Preservation Order to be confirmed with a note for the Tree Officer to work with Somerset County Council and the residents to come up with a regime to mitigate damage to properties by the trees;

     

    The motion was carried

136.

Latest appeals and decisions received Lodged pdf icon PDF 378 KB