Agenda and draft minutes

SWT Planning Committee
Thursday, 29th April, 2021 10.00 am

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Items
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145.

Apologies

146.

Minutes of the previous meeting of the Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 129 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 circulated with the agenda)

     

    Resolved that the minutes of the Planning Committee held on 18 March 2021 be confirmed as a correct record.

     

    Proposed by Councillor Hill, seconded by Councillor Lithgow.

     

    The Motion was carried.

147.

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:-

     

    Name

    Item No.

    Description of Interest

    Reason

    Action Taken

    Cllr S Coles

    Item 7

     

     

     

     

    Item 10

    Lobbied by applicant. Discretion not fettered.

     

    Know to applicant. Not fettered

    Personal

     

     

     

     

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

     

     

     

     

    Did not take part in the debate or vote

    Cllr D Darch

    Item 7

     

     

     

    Item 10

    Lobbied. Discretion not fettered

     

    Know to applicant. Not fettered

    Personal

     

     

     

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

     

     

     

    Did not take part in the debate or vote

    Cllr R Habgood

    Item 5

     

     

     

     

    Item 7

    Volunteer Ranger for the AONB

     

     

    Contacted by Langford Budville PC. Discretion not fettered

    Personal

     

     

     

     

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

     

     

     

     

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr M Lithgow

    Item 7

    Lobbied, not fettered.

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr C Morgan

    Item 5

    Ward Member. Lobbied. Discretion not fettered.

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr C Palmer

    Item 7

     

     

    Item 9

    Lobbied, not fettered.

     

    Known to applicant

    Personal

     

     

    Personal

    Spoke and Voted

     

     

    Did not participate or vote on the application

    Cllr R Tully

    Item 8

    Member of West Monkton PC

    Personal

    Participated in the debate and did not vote

     

148.

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

    3/18/21/002

    Bruce Eyley

     

     

    Jon Colvin

    Vice-Chair Kilve PC

     

    Architects

    Objecting

     

     

    In favour

    48/19/0065

    Mr & Mrs Harron

    Cllr Cavill

    Applicant

    Ward Member

    In favour

    3/26/19/016

    Falcon Rural Housing

    Geoff Williams

     

    Old Cleeve PC

    In Favour

    Objecting

     

149.

3/18/21/002 pdf icon PDF 204 KB

    Installation of camera and 2 No. ticket machines with hard surfacing of internal road layout with removal of 4 No. signs and redundant ticket machine (retention of park works already undertaken)  at Kilve Beach Car Park, Sea Lane, Kilve, KILVE

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    Installation of camera and 2 No. ticket machines with hard surfacing and internal road layout with removal of 4 No. signs and redundant ticket machine (retention of park works already undertaken) at Kilve Beach Car Park, Sea Lane, Kilve, KILVE

     

    Comments from members of the public included:

     

    ·       The car park extension was constructed with no planning permission, no consultation and no survey of the need for more parking space’s;

    ·       Concerns with the position of the number plate recognition camera;

    ·       Concerns with the lack of mobility for impaired people on the site;

    ·       Concerns with the style of signage, they need to be replaced with National Trust/National Park/AONB style;

    ·       The protective verges need to be replanted with native species;

    ·       The ticket machine heeds to be repositioned with accessibility in mind;

    ·       The 15 - minute grace period needs to be extended before penalties were applied;

    ·       No objections have been raised by the Conservation Officer, Highways, County Ecologist or the PROW Officer;

    ·       Concerns from the Environment Agency had been addressed;

    ·       The application site lies within the area of land leased to West Somerset District Council for use as a car park;

    ·       Hard standings had been removed from the application for an area of planting of native species;

    ·       Revenue from the car park supported the public lavatories and litter collection on the site;

    ·       Previous ticket machines had been vandalised so the new machines had been heavily influenced by this;

    ·       Concessions had been offered to the Parish and the Cricket club had enjoyed unfettered access along with an offer of season tickets for local residents;

    ·       The applicant was happy to continue to offer the amenity of the car park and public lavatories to the general public but it had to operate on a commercial basis;

     

     

    Comments from Members included:

     

    ·       Concerns with the effect of this application on the area of historic value in Kilve;

    ·       Concerns that the ticket machine was sited too far away from the parking spaces;

    ·       Flooding concerns on the site due to the hard surfacing of the road;

    ·       Accessibility issues on site for the disabled;

    ·       Concerns that these changes was not in keeping with the SSSI and the AONB;

    ·       Concerns with how the proposal would impact the facilities for the public;

    ·       Highway issues;

    ·       Concerns with non – native flower planting;

    ·       Concerns with the visual impact of the signs;

    ·       No planning reasons to refuse this application;

     

    At this point in the meeting Cllr Whetlor joined the meeting.

     

    Councillor Morgan proposed and Councillor Aldridge seconded a motion for the application to be REFUSED

     

    The motion was lost.

     

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

     

    The motion was carried.

150.

21/20/0009 pdf icon PDF 151 KB

    Replacement of agricultural storage building with the erection of 1 No. detached dwelling with associated works at Three Ashes, Langford Common Road, Langford Budville

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    Replacement of agricultural storage building with the erection of 1 No. detached dwelling with associated works at Three Ashes, Langford Common Road, Langford Budville

     

    No representations were received for this application from the public

     

    Comments from Members included;

     

    ·       The application was a sympathetic well-designed structure;

    ·       The application was against our policies;

    ·       The proposal was outside of the settlement limit;

    ·       No nearby amenities;

    ·       Sustainability issues;

     

    Councillor Hill proposed and Councillor Morgan seconded a motion for the application to be REFUSED as per Officer Recommendation.

     

    The motion was carried

     

    At this point Councillor Morgan left the meeting.

151.

21/21/0005 pdf icon PDF 105 KB

    Erection of a single storey extension to the rear and canopy at the front of the ancillary accommodation known as Cosy Cott at Toms House, Langford Budville Road, Langford Budville

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    Erection of a single storey extension to the rear and canopy at the front of the ancillary accommodation know as Cosy Cott at Toms House, Langford Budville Road, Langford Budville

     

    No representations were received from the public for this application.

     

    Comments from Members included;

     

    ·       Concerns with the overdevelopment of the site;

    ·       The development was outside of the settlement limit of the village;

    ·       The proposal would add to increased traffic;

     

    Councillor Darch proposed and Councillor Palmer seconded a motion for Conditional Approval to be APPROVED as per Officer Recommendation.

     

    The motion was carried

     

    At this point in the meeting a 30 minute break was proposed and seconded.

152.

48/19/0065 pdf icon PDF 133 KB

    Change of use of land from agricultural to canine activity training facility, provision of hard standing, field shelter and alterations to access on land at Cherry Grove Rise, Yalway Road, West Monkton

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    Change of use of land from agricultural to canine activity training facility, provision of hard standing, field shelter and alterations to access on land at Cherry Grove Rise, Yalway Road, West Monkton

     

    Comments from members of the public included;

     

    ·       The choice of field and its intended use would be in keeping with the Local and National Planning requirements and unlikely to raise insurmountable issues;

    ·       Overall responses were supportive of the application;

    ·       Native hawthorn and holly would be planted in the sparce sections of the hedgerow to enhance the biodiversity of the field and benefiting the wildlife;

    ·       The field would benefit the wider community;

    ·       The proposal would support the dogs behaviour in this calming, quiet space;

    ·       Concerns with the lack of a Landscape Officer report;

    ·       Concerns with the sounds of barking dogs;

    ·       Concerns with increased car movements to the area;

    ·       Concerns with the landscape impact;

    ·       Training days need restricting to weekdays only;

    ·       Policies SS1 and SS2 needed protection;

    ·       Concerns with visual amenities;

    ·       This application was a blot on the landscape as it was highly visible;

    ·       Concerns with the positioning of the Field Shelter;

     

    Comments from Members included;

     

    ·       Noise concerns for the residents of Gotten House Nursing Home;

    ·       Concerns with the positioning of the Deer fence;

    ·       Concerns with the ecological impact on the site;

    ·       Highway issues and increased car journey’s;

    ·       Concerns that this was a temporary application that could not be unpicked after the 2 year permission;

    ·       A landscape Officer report was needed for the site;

    ·       The application was in the wrong place for this type of activity as the cows were used to grazing in peace;

    ·       Concerns that there was no water supply on the site;

    ·       The activity should be restricted to Monday to Friday only;

     

    Councillor Lithgow proposed and Councillor Habgood seconded a motion for the application to be DEFERRED for a Landscape Officer Report.

     

    The motion was carried

     

    At this point in the meeting a 30 minute extension was proposed and seconded.

153.

3/26/19/016 pdf icon PDF 217 KB

    Update report for the:

     

    Erection of 9 No. dwellings with associated access, landscaping, public open space, drainage and footpath works at Former Nursery Site, A39, Washford, Watchet, TA23 0NT

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    At this point in the meeting a 30 minute extension was proposed and seconded.

     

    Update report for the erection of 9 No. dwellings with associated access, landscaping, public open space, drainage and footpath works at Former Nursery Site, A39, Washford, Watchet

     

    Comments by members of the public included;

     

    ·       The Association was due to start on site on the 3 May 2021 to build five social rented units of accommodation for local people;

    ·       This application would deliver the rare commodity of a registered provider, providing excellent quality , and affordable social rented housing in perpetuity for the local people of the Parish;

    ·       Falcon rural decided that the scheme should be progressed on the understanding that it would need to look to make savings to reduce the cost prior to starting on site;

    ·       Concerns with the busy A39 and the lack of a footpath for residents;

    ·       Concerns that no revised site layout plans had been submitted;

    ·       No consultation with Old Cleeve Parish Council;

    ·       Concerns with the S106 reduction;

    ·       Reduction of costs would deprive the Parish Council of the funds required to provide public open space in Washford;

     

    Comments by Members included;

     

    ·       Concerns with the loss of the footpath;

    ·       Concerns with the loss of the S106 monies that would be detrimental to the village of Washford;

    ·       Concerns with the lack of play equipment in Washford;

    ·       Falcon Rural delivered spectacular Social homes in rural settings;

     

    Councillor Hill proposed and Councillor Coles seconded a motion for the APPROVAL of the proposed amendment to the S106 agreement and Condition 9 as per Officer recommendation.

     

    The motion was carried

     

    At this point in the meeting a 30 minute extension was proposed and seconded.

     

    Councillors Coles and Darch were placed in the zoom waiting room as they both declared a prejudicial interest for the next item on the agenda.

154.

38/21/0014 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

    Variation of Condition No's 02 (Approved Plans), 04 (Landscaping Scheme), and 06 (Wildlife Strategy) of application 38/17/0281 on land south of Weir Lodge, 82 Staplegrove Road, Taunton

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    The Vice-Chair, Cllr Hill took the Chair for this item.

     

    Variation of Condition No’s 2 (Approved Plans), 04 (Landscaping Scheme), and 06 (Wildlife Strategy) of application 38/17/0281 on land south of Weir Lodge, 82 Staplegrove Road, Taunton

     

    No representations were received from the public for this application

     

    No comments other than supporting the application were made by Members;

     

     

    Councillor Habgood proposed and Councillor Hill seconded a motion for Conditional Approval to be APPROVED as per Officer recommendation.

     

    The motion was carried.

     

     

155.

Appeals lodged and decisions received pdf icon PDF 605 KB