Planning Committee – 19 September 2012

Chair:  Councillor Bunyan
Venue:  The Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Scunthorpe
Time:  2 pm

AGENDA

1.  Substitutions.

2.  Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Personal or 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 22 August 2012 as a correct record and authorise the chair to sign.

4.  Application deferred from previous meeting for a site visit.

5.  Major planning application.

6.  Planning and other applications for determination by the committee.

7.  Any other items, which the chairman decides are urgent, by reasons of special circumstances, which must be specified.

Note: All reports are by the Head of Development Management unless otherwise stated.

MINUTES

PRESENT:  Councillor Bunyan (in the chair).

Councillors Wardle (Vice–Chairman) Ali, Allcock, Bainbridge, Collinson, England, Rowson, N Sherwood and Whiteley.

Councillors C Sherwood and Waltham attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.36 (b).

The committee met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

1463    DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS, SIGNIFICANT CONTACT WITH APPLICANTS OR THIRD PARTIES (LOBBYING) AND WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY)

The following members declared a personal interest: –

Members Minute Applications /Item Nature of Interest
Cllr Collinson 1467 (iv) 12/0827 Member of Bottesford Town Council
Cllr Whiteley 1467 (iv) 12/0827 Member of Bottesford Town Council
Cllr Whiteley 1467 (viii) 12/0909 Member of Bottesford Town Council

The following members declared that they had been lobbied: –

Members Minute Application/Item 
Cllrs Ali, Allcock, Bunyan, Rowson and N Sherwood 1467 (vii) 12/0879

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

Members Minute Application/Item 
Cllr C Sherwood 1466 (i) 12/0456
Cllr Waltham 1467 (vii) 12/0879
Cllr Wilson 1467 (iii) 12/0803

1464  MINUTESResolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting held on 22 August 2012, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the chairman.

1465  (12) APPLICATION DEFERRED FROM PREVIOUS MEETING – In accordance with the decision at a previous meeting, members had undertaken a site visit on 18 September 2012. The Head of Development Management submitted a report and updated it orally

(i)  12/0735 by Mr N Mattu for the change of use of a vacant shop unit (A1) to a hot food takeaway (A5) at 3 King Edward Street, Belton.

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

The applicant stated that the premises were previously a village post office and sorting office which was open 365 days a year. There was a current permission for it to be used for retail purposes from 6 am to 10 pm all year round. The present proposal would involve shorter opening hours and the takeaway would be closed at 9pm before licensed premises in the area closed. There would therefore be less noise and disturbance arising from the proposal than from the development for which permission already existed.

The objector stated that since the neighbouring public house had closed there had been problems with litter or disturbance in the area. The present proposal would reintroduce these problems.

Members considered that the proposed unilateral undertaking regarding double yellow lines would overcome the highway objections. The proposal would provide a valuable retail facility that would benefit the local economy. The litter management plan would address that issue.

Resolved –  That the committee is mindful to grant permission for the development; (b) that the Head of Development Management be authorised to grant permission subject to the completion of a unilateral undertaking under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 providing for the installation of double yellow lines around the legs of the roundabout and to conditions relating to a standard time limit, the development being carried out in accordance with submitted plans, implementation of an approved litter management scheme, arrangements for extraction/filtration  and to restriction of opening hours to 8 am to 9pm on Mondays to Saturdays and no opening on Sundays,  and (c) that if the undertaking is not completed  by 31 March 2013 the Head of to the Development Management be authorised to refuse the application on the grounds highway safety. 1466  (13) MAJOR PLANNING APPLICATION – The Head of Development  Management submitted a report containing details of  a major applications for determination by the committee including a summary of policy context representations arising from consultation and publicity and assessment of the applications. In accordance with Procedure Rule D1.34 (i) (a), members had undertaken a site visit on 18 September 2012 The Head of Development Management updated the report orally.  Other officers attending gave advice and answered members’ questions as requested.

(i) 12/0456 by Mr Godfrey for the retention of change of use of land for the stationing of caravans for residential occupation with associated works to include raising hard standing, amenity blocks, fencing and landscaping (set out in 12 plots for occupation by Gypsy/Traveller families) on Plots 1-12, Mill Lane, Brigg.

Prior to consideration of this application the applicant’s agent addressed the committee. He stated that there had been a significant material change in circumstances since the Inspector’s appeal decision in 2008. The Environment Agency had withdrawn its objection following lengthy discussions between the applicants, the council and the Agency resulting in a revised Flood Risk Assessment which addressed the issue of tidal flooding. The present application provided additional mitigation  measures  and was compliant with policies in the National Planning Policy Framework and  the criteria contained in policy CS10 of the council’s Core Strategy. The proposal would meet 54 per cent of the requirement for provision of gypsy and traveller sites in North Lincolnshire for 2012-2017.

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

Members considered that the application was unacceptable due to the high flood risk on the site, the increase in vehicular traffic down an unadopted road and the site being outside the development boundary for Brigg.

Resolved – That permission be refused for reasons relating to flood risk, the site being outside the development boundary and traffic issues on Mill Lane.

(Note: the voting being equal on the above(Minute 1466 (i)) the Chairman used his second and casting vote in favour of the motion.)

1467  (14) PLANNING AND OTHER APPLICATIONS – The Head of Development Management 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 Head of Development Management updated the reports orally where appropriate. Other officers attending gave advice and answered members’ questions as requested.

(i) 12/0689 by Ms M Torn for the erection of changing facilities and a pavilion on land south of Ings Road, Kirton–in–Lindsey.

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

The applicant’s representative stated that the applicant had sought pre-application advice from officers.  He was happy with the proposed conditions.

The objector did not object in principle to the use of the site for playing sport. However her representative asked for consideration to be given to the objector’s amenity. The proposal would be immediately adjacent to the boundary of the two properties where the objector kept livestock. She stated that the development would be contrary to policies CS3 and RD2 of the Local Plan. No attempt had been made to blend in with the landscape. The Inspector’s decision granting permission for the current use of the site precluded floodlights or a club house on the site.

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

(ii) 12/0781 by Mr J Tuplin, JT Motors for the change of use of an industrial unit to vehicle repairs/workshop on Unit 54, Hebden Road, Scunthorpe.

Prior to consideration of this application an objector addressed the committee. She was concerned at the potential for noise disturbance to nearby properties. However she indicated that if the proposed conditions were adhered to she would accept the development.

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

(iii) 12/0803 by Mr D Lea for the erection of a two-storey extension at 43 Malvern Road, Scunthorpe.

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

The agent stated that the proposal was in accordance with national planning guidance. The 30º Rule could not be sensibly applied in this case. Overshadowing and loss of light would not be an issue.

The objector lived at number 41. He stated that the proposal would contravene the council’s policies. It would lead to overshadowing and loss of light to his property. It would not be in keeping with its surroundings.

Resolved – That consideration of this application be deferred to a future meeting and members visit the site prior to that meeting. The reason for the site visit is to assess the impact of the proposed extension on the objector’s property.

(iv) 12/0827 by Mrs L Richardson for the installation of a disabled platform lift to front garden at 22 Grammar School Walk, Bottesford.

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

(v) 12/0857 by Mr D Drury and Miss J Bickley for the erection of a fence at 2 Warping Way, Gunness.

Resolved – That permission be granted in accordance with the recommendation contained in the report, subject to the correction of Condition 3 to refer to 79 Hilton Avenue rather than 70.

(vi) 12/0877 by Mr J Temperton, F W Temperton and Son for the erection of a dwelling and detached garage at Pond Farm, Owston Ferry Road, Kelfield.

Prior to consideration of this application the applicant’s agent addressed the committee. He stated that the proposal would be a good reuse of brownfield land and would tidy up the site. It met the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework There were no objections from local residents or the parish council.

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

(vii) 12/0879 by Mr R and Mrs L C Lynes for the erection of timber buildings for use as a boarding cattery at 80 Doncaster Road, Westwoodside.

Prior to consideration of this application a representative of the applicants addressed the committee. He stated that the proposal would cause no significant loss of light or amenity to neighbours. The proposal would not attract vermin.

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

(viii) 12/0909 by Mr A Ransome for a non-material amendment to planning application 2008/1109 to install additional windows on the first floor east elevation at 69 High Street, Bottesford.

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

(ix) 12/0916 by Barnetby Wold Farm for the variation of condition 6 of PA/2012/0589 to change opening hours (8am to 8pm daily) at Wold Farm, The Wold, Barnetby–le–Wold.

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

The agent stated that there was an existing approval for the storage of touring caravans on the site which was part of a larger farmyard. The applicant had given an assurance that he would personally move the caravans into the building. The proposed amendment would allow people the opportunity to collect or return caravans outside of normal working hours. There would be minimal noise created.

The objector said that he had no objection in principle to the business. However he asked for some consideration to be given to the impact on his property. Caravans ran within four metres of his living room. The roller shutter doors were very noisy. His wife worked shifts and this would disturb her sleep.

Resolved – That consideration of this application be deferred to enable officers to investigate whether alternative access arrangements could be made to minimise the impact on the neighbouring property.

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