Agenda and draft minutes

SWT Planning Committee
Thursday, 14th May, 2020 1.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

146.

Apologies

147.

Minutes of the previous meeting of the Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 61 KB

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

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    Minutes:

    (Minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 12 March 2020, circulated with the agenda)

     

    Resolved that the minutes of the Planning Committee held on 12 March 2020 be confirmed as a correct record.

     

    The Motion was carried.

148.

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.)

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    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

    Planning Committee

    Members

    3/21/20/013

    All Committee declared that they knew the Cllr and his application

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr S Buller

    24/18/0039 & 49/19/0059.

    Ward Member discretion ‘not fettered’

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr S Coles

    24/18/0039,49/19/0059

    Correspondence

    received. Declared that no response given

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr R Habgood

    24/18/0039,49/19/0059

     

    Correspondence

    received. Declared that no response given

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr M Lithgow

    49/19/0059

    Correspondence

    received. Declared that no response given

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr C Palmer

    3/21/20/013

    District Cllr for Minehead and member of the Minehead Planning Cttee where the application was debated and voted on

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr G Wren

    49/19/0059

    Clerk to Milverton PC

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

     

149.

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.

     

    Temporary measures during the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Due to the Government guidance on measures to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), we will holding meetings in a virtual manner which will be live webcast on our website. Members of the public will still be able to register to speak and ask questions, which will then be read out by the Governance and Democracy Case Manager during Public Question Time and will either be answered by the Chair of the Committee, or the relevant Portfolio Holder, or be followed up with a written response.

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    Minutes:

    Application No.

    Name

    Position

    Stance

    24/18/0039

    Mr Ough

    Mr and Mrs Heuff

    Claire Alers-Hankey

     

    Applicants

    Agents GTH

    Objecting

    Infavour

    Infavour

    49/19/0059

    Mr H McCarthy

     

    Mr J Burgess

     

    Mr T Varney

     

    Mr J Mellor

     

    Mr and Mrs Quick

     

    Mrs and Mrs Mitchell

     

    Mr T Rodwell

     

    Mr B Collingridge

     

    Mr P Burnham

     

    Mr F Higginson

     

    Cllr M Blaker

     

     

    Cllr D Mansell

    Local resident

    Local resident

    Local resident

    Local resident

    Local resident

    Local resident

     

     

    Agent

     

    Wiveliscombe TC

    WTC

    WTC

     

     

    Ward

    Member

     

    Ward Member

    Objection

     

    Objection

     

    Objection

     

    Objection

     

    Objection

     

    Objection

     

     

     

    Infavour

     

    Objection

     

    Objection

     

    Objection

     

    Objection

     

     

    Objection

    3/21/20/013

    No public participation on this application

     

     

     

150.

24/18/0039 pdf icon PDF 156 KB

    Change of use of land from agricultural to equestrian with formation of a riding manege and erection of a stable block, improvements to access with formation of associated parking and hardstanding on land at 2 Borough Post, North Curry as amended by plans received on 12 November 2018

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    Minutes:

    Change of use of land from agricultural to equestrian with formation of a riding manege and erection of a stable block, improvements to access with formation of associate parking and hardstanding on land at 2 Borough Post, North Curry as amended by plans received on 12 November 2018

     

    Comments by members of the public included;

     

    ·       Concerns with the stable block being situated so close to the neighbouring property;

    ·       Concerns with the overall size of the building;

    ·       Concerns that the garden of the neighbouring property could become a route through for criminal persons interested in stable wares;

    ·       Vehicle movements to and from the stables and the dwelling would be minimal;

    ·       The newly created off-street parking spaces would increase the overall road safety of the area;

    ·       The access to the footpath would be enhanced with easy access into the field;

    ·       Together with the improved footpath access this would make a tangible positive contribution to the area;

    ·       The proposed development set below a backdrop of existing built form of two-storey houses and outbuildings will not be prominent within its setting;

    ·       The proposed development site would have the least impact upon both the landscape and residential amenity;

    ·       The scheme represents palpable benefits to highway safety by providing improvements to the visibility of the existing access and provide off road parking and turning areas;

     

    Comments by members included;

     

    ·       Concerns with the impact on the neighbouring property;

    ·       Poor access to the field;

    ·       Impact on the countryside;

    ·       Landscape concerns;

    ·       Concerns that this was a piece meal development;

    ·       Concerns with foul water run off;

    ·       Concerns with the public right of way;

     

    Councillor Habgood proposed and Councillor Coles seconded a motion for the Conditional application to be APPROVED with amended Conditions

     

    Condition 02 to read;

     

    The development herebypermitted shallbe carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:

     

    (A2) DrNo 2586-DR-A-050-001Rev A ProposedSite Plan& LocationPlan;

    (A1)DrNo 6212-01 RevB TimberStable Block;

     

    7.   There shall be no cut or fill without the prior written consent of the Local Planning Authority.

     

    Reason: To ensure the enhancement of the development through the protection of existing trees and the visual amenities of the area.

     

    8 .i) Before development commences (including site clearance and any other preparatory works) a scheme for the protection of trees shall be submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority.  Such a scheme shall include a plan showing the location of the protective fencing, and shall specify the type of protective fencing, all in accordance with BS 5837:2012. 

    ii) Such fencing shall be erected prior to commencement of any other site operations and at least two working days’ notice shall be given to the Local Planning Authority that it has been erected. 

    iii) It shall be maintained and retained for the full duration of works or until such time as agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority.  No activities whatsoever shall take place within the protected areas without the prior written agreement of the Local Planning  ...  view the full minutes text for item 150.

151.

49/19/0059 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

    Formation of helipad on land located south of New Road, (B3227), Wiveliscombe (retention of works already undertaken)

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    Minutes:

    Formation of helipad on land located south of New Road, (B3227), Wiveliscombe (retention of works already undertaken)

     

    Comments by members of the public included;

     

    ·       Concerns with the noise disturbance to the town of Wiveliscombe;

    ·       Concerns with overlooking and loss of privacy;

    ·       Limits need to be set for take-off and landing times;

    ·       The location of the Helipad is in open Countryside:

    ·       Helicopter transport is not sustainable;

    ·       Concerns that the Helicopter is causing alarm to Bats, Birds and livestock;

    ·       Concerns with the Helicopter flying over the local Secondary School;

    ·       Concerns with the environmental impact/air pollution;

    ·       Concerns with the number of landings to the site;

    ·       The helipad would not exceed the permitted development of use of 28 days per year;

    ·       The helipad is significantly smaller than the hardstanding that was originally used in this location;

    ·       No objections have been received from Consultees;

    ·       The use of the shoot facility provides an important local economic benefit;

    ·       The helipad improves the attractiveness of the shoot;

    ·       The Air Ambulance has use of the helipad in emergency situations, ensuring that they have a safe and secure landing spot.

     

    Comments by members included;

     

    ·        Concerns with the frequent flights of the helicopters to the site;

    ·        Over development of the site;

    ·        Concerns with the Helicopter sat idling;

    ·        Climate change issues and sound pollution;

    ·        Concerns with the impact on the village;

    ·        Concerns that the flight register would not be updated;

     

    At this point in the meeting a 30 minute extension was requested and agreed.

     

     

    Councillor Habgood proposed and Councillor Sully seconded Conditional approval of the application with amended Conditions to read;

     

    Condition 1: The helipad herby permitted shall be used only in connection with the following shoot and shall not be used for this purpose except during the period, October 1st – February 1st in any one shooting year and the use of the Heli pad shall not exceed a maximum of 28 days within this period with take offs and landings occurring only between the hours of 08:00 and 16:00. Exceptional emergency use by the Air Ambulance is permitted at any time;

     

    Condition 2: the site operator shall maintain an up to date register of the dates and times for take offs and landings and make available to the Local Authority;

     

    The Motion was carried

     

152.

3/21/20/013 pdf icon PDF 308 KB

    Demolition of flat roof extension and erection of a painted metal veranda with associated railings at Avondale, Martlett Road, Minehead, TA24 5QD

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    Demolition of flat roof extension and erection of a painted metal veranda with associated railings at Avondale, Martlett Road, Minehead, TA24 5QD

     

    No comments from members were made on this application.

     

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

     

    The Motion was carried

     

     

153.

Appeals Lodged and Decisions received pdf icon PDF 555 KB