Planning Committee – 21 September 2011

Chair:  Councillor Bunyan
Venue:  The Council Chamber, Pittwood House, Scunthorpe
Time:  2pm

Agenda

  1. Substitutions
  2. Declarations of personal and personal and prejudicial interests, significant contact with applicants, objectors or third parties (lobbying) and whipping arrangements (if any)
  3. To take the minutes of the meeting held on 24 August 2011 as a correct record and authorise the chair to sign
  4. Application deferred from previous meeting for site visits
  5. Major planning applications
  6. Planning and other applications for determination by the committee
  7. Enforcement update
  8. WF/2003/1630 by RES UK and Ireland Ltd.  – Discharge of Condition
  9. Any other items, which the chair decides are urgent, by reasons of special circumstances, which must be specified

Note: All reports are by the Acting Head of Planning unless otherwise stated.

Minutes

PRESENT:  Councillor Bunyan (in the chair).

Councillors Ali, Allcock, Bainbridge, Clark, Collinson, England, Rowson and N Sherwood and Whiteley.

Councillors Barker, Briggs and Mrs Bromby attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule1.36 (b).

The committee met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

1373  DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS, SIGNIFICANT CONTACT WITH APPLICANTS OR THIRD PARTIES (LOBBYING) AND WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY)

The following members declared personal and prejudicial interest:

     Members Minute Applications Nature of interest
Councillor Allcock 1377 (iii) 11/0735 Applicant was president of local Conservative Association
Councillor Bunyan 1377 (iii) 11/0735 Applicant was president of local Conservative Association
Councillor England 1377 (iii) 11/0735 Applicant was a friend of the family and was closely associated with the Conservative movement.
Councillor Rowson 1377 (iii) 11/0735 Applicant was president of local Conservative Association
Councillor N Sherwood 1377 (iii) 11/0735 Applicant was president of the Brigg and Goole Conservative Association of which he was a member

 

The following members declared a personal interest:

           Members        Minute Applications/item               Nature of interest
Councillor Ali 1376 11/0278 Knew the applicant
Councillor Clark 1376 11/0278 Knew the applicant
Councillor Clark 1377 (iii)         11/0735 Knew the applicant
Councillor Collinson             1376 11/0278 Knew applicant
Councillor Collinson 1377 (ii)             11/0464                  Member of Bottesford Town Council
Councillor Collinson 1377 (iii) 11/0735 Knew applicant
Councillor England 1376 11/0278 Knew applicant
Councillor Whiteley 1377 (ii) 11/0464 Member of Bottesford Town Council

 

The following member, attending the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.36 (b) declared a personal interest:

       Member        Minute       Application/item Nature of interest   
Councillor Briggs           1377 (iii)              11/0735                  Knew the applicant

The following members declared that they had been lobbied:-

             Members         Minute          Application/item
Councillor Ali 1379 WF/2003/1630
Councillor Allcock 1377 (iv) 11/0773
Councillor Allcock 1379 WF/2003/1630
Councillor Bainbridge 1377 (iv) 11/0773
Councillor Bainbridge 1379 WF/2003/1630
Councillor Bunyan 1377 (i) 11/0315
Councillor Bunyan 1379 WF/2003/1630
Councillor Bunyan 1377 (iv) 11/0773
Councillor Clark 1379 WF/2003/1630
Councillor Clark 1377 (iv) 11/0773
Councillor Collinson 1379 WF/2003/1630
Councillor Collinson 1377 (iv) 11/0773
Councillor England 1377 (iv) 11/0773
Councillor England 1379 WF/2003/1630
Councillor Rowson 1377 (iv) 11/0773
Councillor Rowson 1379 WF/2003/1630

 

The following members, attending the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.36 (b) declared that they had been lobbied: –

          Members                           Minute                              Application/item         
Councillor Briggs             1375 (i)               11/0737
Councillor Barker 1375 (i) 11/0737

 

Mr S Whittemore (Regulatory Support Officer) declared an interest in Minute 1370 (i) (application 11/0278), as he knew the applicant’s agent.

1374  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting held on 24 August 2011, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the chairman, subject to their correction by the addition to Minute 1367 of declarations of personal interest by Councillor Collinson in applications 11/0278 and 11/0735 (Knew the applicants) and 11/0464 (Member of Bottesford Town Council), and the correction of the declaration of personal interest by Councillor Allcock to refer to the Isle of Axholme and North Notts Water Level Management Board.

1375  (21) APPLICATIONS DEFERRED FROM PREVIOUS MEETING – In accordance with the decisions at a previous meeting, members had undertaken site visits on the morning of the meeting. The Acting Head of Planning submitted  reports and updated them orally.

(i) 11/0737 by Mr and Mrs G Orrell for the erection of a two–storey building for holiday accommodation and a replacement garage at 82 Mill Road, Crowle.

Prior to consideration of this application an objector and the applicant addressed the committee.

The objector stated that that the Nissan huts on the site had never been used as garages and were single storey utility buildings. The proposal would constitute  tandem development. It would add to drainage and sewerage problems and exacerbate existing problems with water pressure. Extra traffic would be generated causing a nuisance to neighbours in the way of noise and fumes.

The applicant stated that there would be no windows at first floor level overlooking neighbours’ properties. She would be happy to remove the proposed walkway at the rear of the garage. The holiday accommodation would consist of one one-bed and one two-bed cottages and would not be fully occupied. It was proposed to remove leylandii and a fir tree, but fruit trees would be planted. The applicants had been told to remove the Nissan huts as they contained asbestos.

Councillor Briggs, attending the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b) spoke on this application.

Moved by Councillor Allcock and seconded by Councillor England

– That permission be refused.

Motion Lost

Moved by Councillor Whiteley and seconded by Councillor Bainbridge –

That permission be granted subject to the conditions contained in the report and to additional conditions relating to the length of holiday lets, restriction of such lets to no more than 10 months per year, and retention of the boundary hedge on the northern boundary of the site.

Motion Carried

Prior to consideration of the following application, 11/0278, Mr S Whittemore, having declared an interest left the meeting.

1376  (22) MAJOR PLANNING APPLICATION – The Acting Head of Planning submitted a report incorporating a schedule containing details of a major application for determination by the committee including summaries of policy context, representations arising from consultation and publicity and assessment of the applications. The Acting Head of Planning updated the report orally where appropriate. Other officers attending gave advice and answered members’ questions as requested. 

(i) 11/0278 by Messrs T Ellerby and H Collins, Orchard caravans (Norfolk) Ltd. for the change of use of land for the siting of 49 self-contained mobile leisure lodges on field north of Redbourne Mere, Kirton-in-Lindsey

The Acting Head of Planning reported that he had been notified that the applicants had submitted an appeal against non-determination of this application. Therefore the committee was unable to determine the application.

Resolved – That the application be withdrawn from the agenda.

Mr Whittemore returned to the meeting

1377  (23) PLANNING AND OTHER APPLICATIONS – The Acting Head of Planning submitted a report incorporating a schedule containing details of applications for determination by the committee including summaries of policy context, representations arising from consultation and publicity and assessment of the applications. The Acting Head of Planning updated the reports orally where appropriate. Other officers attending gave advice and answered members’ questions as requested.

(i) 11/0315 by Locate Developments Ltd. for the erection of a building for A1 retail use together with associated parking, servicing and landscaping at The Dog and Rat, 128 High Street, Broughton.

Prior to consideration of this application, the applicants’ agent addressed the sub-committee. He stated that since the last meeting the proposal had been amended. The building had been moved forward by 0.5 metres and reduced in height by 300 mm. It was also to be set lower into the ground. The application was supported by the Environment Agency and the Environmental Health Team. The proposal would create jobs and would meet a local need.

Resolved – That permission be granted in accordance with the recommendation contained in the report subject to an additional condition relating to the relocation of a cycle store.

(ii) 11/0464 by Mr M Coupland for the change of use of part of a shop from A1 to a takeaway (A5) at 51 Holme Hall Avenue, Bottesford.

Prior to consideration of this application an objector addressed the committee.

The objector was concerned that the proposal could exacerbate existing problems in the area of anti social behaviour, noise and litter

Councillor Mrs Bromby, attending the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b) spoke on this application.

Resolved – That permission be granted in accordance with the recommendation contained in the report.

Councillors Allcock, Bunyan, England, Rowson, N Sherwood, having declared personal and prejudicial interests in the following application, 11/0735, left the meeting.

In the absence of the chairman and vice-chairman, Councillor Collinson was elected to chair the meeting for this item only (Minute 1377 (iii) refers).

Councillor Collinson in the chair.

(iii) 11/0735 by Mr J Mason for the erection of a detached dwelling and garage (re-submission of PA/2011/0399) at The Tustings, 120 North Street, Winterton.

Prior to consideration of this application the applicant’s agent addressed the committee. He stated that the application was intended to meet the special needs of the applicant. The design was acceptable and the development would not be intrusive and would be in character with the area. There had been no objections to the application.

Councillor Briggs, attending the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b) spoke on this application.

The Acting Head of Planning reported that Winterton Town Council had indicated that it had no objection to the application.

Resolved – That permission be refused in accordance with the recommendation contained in the report.

Councillors Allcock, Bunyan, England, Rowson, N Sherwood returned to the meeting.

Councillor Bunyan in the chair.

(iv) 11/0773 by Fleet Developments Ltd. for minor material amendments to house types (30 dwellings) on land north of 26 West Street, West Butterwick.

Prior to consideration of this application an objector and the applicants’ agent addressed the committee. The objector drew the Committee’s attention to the fact that the existing permission failed to comply with current policies, that the development was outside the development boundary, the lack of affordable housing and the lack of a Flood Risk Assessment. She also raised the position regarding the completion notice that had been authorised by the Committee in June 2010.

The agent stated that the applicant had entered into discussions with the Environment Agency regarding the Flood Risk Assessment. He pointed out that this application was an amendment to the current permission to make the houses more marketable and comply with building regulations and that the objector’s concerns all related to the principle of granting permission and not to amendments. He said that it was the applicant’s wish to move forward with the development.

Resolved – That permission be granted in accordance with the recommendation contained in the report.

(v) 11/0820 by Mr Amir Hussain for the retention and completion of a bungalow at Sandbank Farm, Sandbank Lane, Eastoft.

Prior to consideration of this application the applicants’ agent addressed the committee. He stated that the development was necessary to meet the family circumstances of the applicant. He needed a “wet room” for his disabled son and he was the carer for his parents who were living on the site. The proposal would have no detrimental impact on its surroundings. He was prepared to remove the dormer windows in the roof.

The Acting Head of Planning advised that, should members be minded to approve the application it would be expedient to seek revocation of the existing permission, otherwise there would be permission for two dwellings on the site.

Resolved – That consideration of this application be deferred to enable officers to negotiate the revocation of the existing permission on the site and the potential for inclusion of the dormer windows in a revised application.

(vi) 11/0821 by Mrs S Smith for the retention of walls and gate posts on land north of Cherry Orchard Farm, Turbary Road, Haxey.

Resolved – That permission be granted in accordance with the recommendation contained in the report.

(vii)11/0901 by Mr P Jackson for the demolition of a church hall and erection of a terrace of four town houses at St Oswald’s Church Hall, Church Street, Crowle.

Prior to consideration of this application an objector addressed the committee. He stated that the application was a replication of an earlier application. The fabric of the building had been allowed to deteriorate over a period of three years. The site was now in a Conservation Area.

Councillors Barker and Briggs, attending the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b) spoke on this application.

Resolved – That permission be refused on the grounds of the adverse impact the proposal would have on the street scene and the Conservation Area.

11/0918 by Mr P Jackson for Conservation Area Consent to demolish a church hall at St Oswald’s Church Hall, Church Street, Crowle.

Resolved – That consent be refused on the grounds of the adverse impact the proposal would have on the street scene and the Conservation Area.

1378  (24) ENFORCEMENT UPDATE – The Acting Head of Planning submitted a schedule giving details of progress in respect of matters on which he had taken enforcement action under delegated authority.

The Director of Corporate and Community Services updated the report. 

Resolved – That the report be noted.

1379  (25) WF/2003/1630 by RES UK and Ireland Limited for construction and operation of an 85MW wind turbine generating station – DISCHARGE OF CONDITION 12 at Keadby Power Station, Trent Side, Keadby

Prior to consideration of this item an objector and the applicants’ agent addressed the committee.

The objector stated that he was not objecting to the development in principle but to an alleged failure by the council to protect public rights of way, in particular a path from Pilfrey Farm to Keadby, as required under Section 130 of the Highways Act 1980.

The applicants’agent stated that consent for the development had been granted by the Department for Energy and Climate Change in 2008 subject to the discharge of this condition by the Local Highway Authority. The applicants had listened to local stakeholders. There would be no traffic arising from the development passing through the villages of Crowle, Eastoft, Amcotts, Luddington or Althorpe. The associated bridge had received consent in November 2010.

Councillor Briggs, attending the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b) spoke on this application.

Resolved – That condition 12 attached to planning permission WF/2003/1630 be discharged.

Reports