Agenda and draft minutes

SWT Planning Committee
Thursday, 23rd February, 2023 1.00 pm

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Minutes of the previous meeting of the Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 245 KB

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

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    (Minutes of the meetings of the Planning Committees held on the 5, 19 January and the 2 February circulated with the agenda)


    Resolved that the minutes of the Planning Committee held on the 5,19 January and the 2 February be confirmed as a correct record.


    5 January, proposed by Councillor Lithgow, seconded by Councillor Tully

    19 January, proposed by Councillor Lithgow, seconded by Councillor Hassall

    2 February, proposed by Councillor Hassall, seconded by Councillor Stock-Williams.


    The Motion was carried.


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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    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:-



    Application No.

    Description of Interest


    Action Taken

    Cllr I Aldridge


    Williton. Correspondence received and responded to stating that the application would be heard and viewed with an open mind.


    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr G Wren


    SCC & Clerk to Milverton PC


    Spoke and Voted



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 submitted any questions or statements, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker and you will be asked to speak before Councillors debate the issue.


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    Application No.





    Carron Clark

    Local Resident

    In favour


    Phillipa Hollands

    Dr Guru Karnati




    In favour



3/37/22/019 - Erection of memorial to Derek the Goose (retention of works already undertaken) Land at the Marina Edge, The Esplanade, Watchet, TA23 0AJ pdf icon PDF 476 KB

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    Comments made by members of the public included;



    ·       The memorial statue was an interesting piece of history for Watchet;

    ·       Please that a local designer was chosen to create the memorial statue;

    ·       There was lots of local support for the memorial;

    ·       The memorial has a communal value;  



    Comments made by Members included;



    ·       The statue was an unobtrusive piece of Art;

    ·       Clarification sought on why this statue needed planning permission;

    ·       The memorial was commissioned and supported by the local people of Watchet;

    ·       Concerns that this statue did not fit in with the two other statues on the esplanade;

    ·       Concerns with the white trunking surrounding the statue;


    Councillor Lithgow proposed and Councillor Tully seconded a motion that permission be GRANTED subject to conditions.


    The motion was carried.



42/22/0008 - Application for approval of reserved matters, following outline application 42/19/0045, for the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for the erection of 1 No. dwelling on land to the north west of Applecombe Cottage, Wild Oak Lane, Trull (resubmission of 42/21/0047) LAND TO THE NORTH WEST OF APPLECOMBE COTTAGE, WILD OAK LANE, TRULL, TAUNTON, TA3 7JS pdf icon PDF 529 KB

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    Comments from members of the public included;



    ·       The proposed development show no reference to the Council’s Design Guide or Policy D7 regarding design quality;

    ·       Concerns with the impact on the residential amenity of the adjoining properties;

    ·       Concerns with the character and appearance in this semi-rural area;

    ·       Overlooking with loss of privacy;

    ·       The Parish Council did not support this application;

    ·       The building will be largely screened from the trunk road and Wild Oak Lane by the existing buildings;

    ·       The scale of the building was in keeping with most of the adjacent properties;

    ·       One of the unique features of the proposal was it varied architecture and design with no two properties looking the same in the area;

    ·       Measures have been taken to ensure that the development is phosphate neutral after using the Council’s P Credit allocation scheme;

    ·       The development will be an energy efficient family home;


    Comments from Members included;



    ·       A well-designed property to compliment other properties in the area;

    ·       Overlooking concerns;

    ·       Confirmation sought to confirm that this development would be carbon neutral;

    ·       The development was against the Core Strategy of DM1 (D) in appearance;

    ·       Not in keeping with the rural area;

    ·       Concerns that the roof terrace and adjoining library would create a third floor and would overlook the neighbouring property;

    ·       Screening or the property concerns;


    Councillor Lithgow proposed and Councillor Stock-Williams seconded a motion the permission be GRANTED subject to the prior completion of a Section 106 Agreement and conditions. The Committee also voted on a further Condition for the submission of a scheme for carbon neutral elements within the development;


    The motion was carried.