Planning Committee – 12 March 2014

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 12 February 2014 as a correct record and authorise the chairman to sign.

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

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

6.  Planning Appeal statistics

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.

 

PRESENT: – Councillor Bunyan (in the Chair).

Councillors Ali, Allcock, Bainbridge, Collinson, England, Glover, Grant, Rowson, and N Sherwood.

Councillors T Foster, Marper, Poole and Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The committee met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

1574  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 personal interests as follows: –

Member (s) Minute Application(s)
/Item
Nature of Interest
Cllr Rowson
Cllr Allcock
Cllr Grant
1576
1577
1577
2013/1413
2013/1064
2013/1064
Knows of Applicant
Knows the Applicant
Knows the Agent
Cllr Rowson
Cllr England
Cllr N Sherwood
1577
1577
1577
2013/1064
2013/1534
2013/0001
Knows of Applicant
Knows the Applicant
Cabinet Member for Highways and Neighbourhoods

The following members declared that they had been lobbied: –

Member (s) Minute (s) Application/Item (s)
Cllr Rowson
Cllr Ali
Cllr Allcock
Cllr Bainbridge
Cllr Bunyan
Cllr Collinson
Cllr England
Cllr Glover
Cllr Grant
Cllr Rowson
Cllr N Sherwood
1576
1577
1577
1577
1577
1577
1577
1577
1577
1577
1577
2013/1369
2013/1534
2013/1534
2013/1534
2013/1534
2013/1534
2013/1534
2013/1534
2013/1534
2013/1534
2013/1534

 

Cllr Bunyan 1577 2013/1542
Cllr Ali
Cllr Allcock
Cllr Bainbridge
Cllr England
Cllr Glover
Cllr Rowson
Cllr N Sherwood
 1577
1577
1577
1577
1577
1577
1577
2013/1555
2013/1555
2013/1555
2013/1555
2013/1555
2013/1555
2013/1555

The following members attending the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b) declared that they had been lobbied as follows: –

Member (s) Minute Application(s)
/Item
Cllr Marper 1576 2013/1413
Cllr T Foster
Cllr Poole
1577
1577
2013/1534
2013/1534
Cllr T Foster
Cllr Poole
1577
1577
2013/1555
2013/1555

1575  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting held on 12 February 2014, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the chairman.

1576  (32) APPLICATIONS DEFERRED FROM PREVIOUS MEETING – In accordance with the decision at a previous meeting, members had undertaken a site visit prior to the meeting. The Head of Development Management submitted a report and updated it orally.

(i)  2013/1369 by Mr N Yates for outline planning permission with all matters reserved for the erection of a detached single-storey dwelling with associated access and parking facilities, including demolition of existing detached garage on land adjacent to 4 Glanford Court, Brigg.

Cllr Grant spoke on the application and queried the position with regard to issue of legislation in respect of the number of dwellings served wholly by a private driveway.

It was explained that a report was being considered by the Highways and Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member in the near future that should solve the problem of the exemption to issue an Advanced Payments Code.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report.

(ii)  2013/1447 by Mr M Watson for outline planning permission to erect a single-storey dwelling (all matters reserved for subsequent approval) on land at Glanford Court (rear of 43 and 45 Grammar School Road), Brigg.

Resolved – That permission be granted in accordance with the conditions contained in the report and an additional condition as follows:

No development shall take place until a scheme for the disposal of foul and surface water has been agreed in writing by the local planning authority and none of the dwellings shall be occupied until it is connected to the approved drainage system.

Reason – To ensure satisfactory drainage is provided in accordance with policy DS14 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

(iii)  2013/1413 by Mr D Horner to erect a detached domestic garage at 50 West End, Winteringham.

An objector to the application addressed the Committee and explained that the proposed garage was outside of the village development boundary.  Concern was raised over the fact that the three bay garage was not justified and would be more like a separate dwelling, and that the height of the proposed building could lead to disputes in the future.  Specific concerns were also raised about the additional traffic that the garage may generate, trees that had been felled and that the application was contrary to guidance in national planning policy, as well as the council’s core development strategy and framework.

Councillor Marper, attending the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37(b) spoke on this application and confirmed that the application was of major concern to residents, with the application being outside the village development boundary and contrary to policies H7, H8 and DS1.

Guidance was sought from the Head of Development Management that the proposed condition that the garage should not be used for any other than for purposes ancillary to the residential use of the dwelling known as 50 West End, was strong enough to ensure that business was not carried out.

The Head of Development Management advised that he believed it was the applicants intention to store vintage motorcycles in the garage, anything else would require separate planning permission.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report.

(iv)  2013/1519 by Mr and Mrs A Harvey for outline planning permission to erect a detached dwelling and garage on land adjacent to 5 West End Road, Epworth.

The Head of Development Management advised that a letter had been received on the application by the applicants’ agent Grice and Hunter advising that the plot was actually 13 metres wide and not 10 metres as previously stated.

The agent for the applicants addressed the Committee and explained that the size of the plot was in keeping with the dwellings adjacent to the subject site.

Moved by Councillor England and seconded by Councillor Allcock –

That permission be granted subject to conditions.

Motion Carried.

1.  Approval of the details of the layout, scale, and appearance of the building(s), the means of access thereto and the landscaping of the site (heinafter called ‘the reserved matters’) shall be obtained from the local planning authority in writing before any development is commenced.

Reason – The application has been made under Article 3(1) of the Town & Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995.

2.  Plans and particulars of the reserved matters referred to in condition 1 above, relating to the layout, scale, and appearance of any buildings to be erected, the means of access to the site and the landscaping of the site, shall be submitted in writing to the local planning authority and shall be carried out as approved.

Reason – The application has been made under Article 3(1) of the Town & Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995.

3.  Application for approval of the reserved matters shall be made to the local planning authority before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

Reason – To comply with the provisions of Section 92 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

4.  The development hereby permitted shall begun either before the expiration of five years from the date of this permission, or before the expiration of two years from the date of approval of the last of the reserved matters to be approved, whichever is the later.

Reason – To comply with the provisions of Section 92 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

5.  No development shall take place until details have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority of the make, type and colour of all external facing materials for the development and only the approved materials shall be used.

Reason – To ensure that the building is in keeping with its surroundings in the interests of visual amenity, in accordance with policy DS1 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

6.  The dwelling shall not be occupied until the sewage disposal/drainage works to serve it have been completed in accordance with the submitted plans.

Reason – To ensure satisfactory drainage is provided in accordance with policy DS14 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

7.  The dwelling shall be a single-storey bungalow.

Reason – To ensure the development reflects the character of adjacent development in accordance with policy DS1 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

8.  No development shall take place until details of:

(i)  the location and layout of the vehicular access; and
(ii)  the number, location and layout of vehicle parking and turning spaces within the curtilage of the site;

have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.

Reason – In the interests of highway safety and to comply with policies T2 and T19 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

9.  Adequate vehicle access and parking facilities serving the existing dwelling shall be retained in accordance with details to be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.

Reason – In the interests of highway safety and to comply with policies T2 and T19 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

10.  No development shall take place until details showing an effective method of preventing surface water run-off from hard paved areas within the site onto the highway have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.  These facilities shall be implemented prior to the access and parking facilities being brought into use.

Reason – In the interests of highway safety and to comply with policy T19 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

11.  No loose material shall be placed on any driveway or parking area within 10 metres of the adopted highway unless measures are taken in accordance with details to be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority to prevent the material from spilling onto the highway.  Once agreed and implemented these measures shall be retained.

Reason – In the interests of highway safety and to comply with policy T19 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

12.  Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Order 2008 (or any order revoking and re-enacting that order with or without modification), nothing shall at any time be erected, retained, planted or allowed to grow over 1.05 metres in height above the level of the adjoining carriageway for a distance of 2 metres from the highway boundary across the site frontage.

Reason – In the interests of highway safety and to comply with policies T2 and T19 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

13.  The dwelling shall not be occupied until the vehicular access to it and the vehicle parking and turning space(s) serving it have been completed and, once provided, the vehicle parking and turning space(s) shall be retained.

Reason – In the interests of highway safety and to comply with policies T2 and T19 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

1577  (33) 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)  2013/1064 by Mr A Drury for outline planning permission to erect a dwelling in connection with agriculture for all matters reserved at Rushcarr Farm, Clouds Lane, Beltoft, Belton.

The agent for the applicant addressed the Committee and explained that a full needs assessment had been carried out on the application.  The Committee was advised that the farm had no farmhouse or workers cottages nearby and the nature of the work was such that a full time presence was required on the farm.  The business was able to support a full time worker.  He believed that the application satisfied all policies.

The Head of Development Management advised the Committee that the plot was in open countryside and the farming that took place was arable and therefore did not require constant supervision.  Although the business employed five people, they could easily live in settlements nearby.

Resolved – That consideration of this application be deferred to a future meeting and that members visit the site, prior to that meeting.

(ii)  2013/1346 by North Lincs Property Holdings Ltd to retain the change of use to a builder’s yard, demolish an existing builders’ store and erect a replacement building to be used in conjunction with the builders’ yard, and construct two aggregate bunkers on land to the rear of Teggs Garage, Station Road, Epworth.

Resolved – That consideration of this application be deferred to a future meeting and that members visit the site, prior to that meeting.

(iii)  2013/1534 by Mr R Raddish to remove condition 6 of PA/2008/1296 dated 05/12/2013 (No buildings, structures, caravans, jumps or other associated paraphernalia shall be sited on the site unless a specific grant of planning permission in that behalf.) at Hollybank, Scotter Road, Messingham.

The Head of Development Management advised the Committee that addition correspondence had been received from residents expressing concerns on the negative impact on the environment and horse welfare.

He also explained that there had been a misunderstanding amongst residents with regard to the condition to control equestrian paraphernalia, which would not normally require planning permission.  However, the Committee should note that there was an error in the report and none of the stables on the site were strictly authorised.

Councillor Poole, attending the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b) spoke on this application, and confirmed his support for residents.

Councillor T Foster, attending the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b) spoke on this application, and also confirmed his support for residents.

Moved by Councillor England and seconded by Councillor Allcock –

That permission be refused.

Reason – Condition 6 of planning permission PA/2013/1534 is considered necessary to enable the local planning authority to retain a measure of control over the equipment, buildings and activities on the site in order to safeguard the amenities of neighbouring properties and the character and appearance of the area.

Motion Carried.

(iv)   2013/1542 by Mr and Mrs S Evans to erect a single and two-storey rear extension at Northfield Farm, Dam Lane, Thornton Curtis.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report.

(v)   2013/1555 by Mr M Moat for change of use to residential and to erect a double garage at The Dolphin, A18 trunk road, Althorpe.

The Head of Development Management advised the Committee that a letter had been received from Councillor Briggs in support of the officer’s recommendation.

An objector to the application addressed the Committee and explained that The Dolphin was the sole public house in Althorpe and Keadby.  Concern was expressed that the public house had the potential to do well, despite the recession.

The applicant addressed the Committee and explained that when he purchased the property it had been boarded up and vandalised.  He reopened it as a business but the public house was little used by residents, despite adjusting the opening hours as to when the public house was used.  He closed the business after there had been a huge increase in the public liability insurance and it did not prove viable to continue.

Resolved – That planning permission be refused in accordance with the reasons contained within the report.

(vi)   2014/0001 by Mr P Simpson for the installation of mast support and associated amateur radio antenna and to retain existing VHF/UHF antenna at 7 Hawthorn Close, Wootton.

The applicant addressed the Committee on the application and explained that he was fully conversant with engineering and therefore aware of the safety issues.  When lowered the mast would not be visible and as he was in full time employment, it would be in the lowered position for most of the time.  He requested that the Committee visit the site in order to see the area for themselves.

The Head of Development Management responded to questions accordingly.

Resolved – That consideration of this application be deferred to a future meeting and that members visit the site, prior to that meeting.

(vii)  2013/0002 by Mr G Briggs to erect a two-storey side and single-storey rear extension at 99 Far Ings Road, Barton upon Humber.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report.

(viii)  2013/0048 by Mr N Atkinson for a minor material amendment to PA/2013/0374 for removal of bay window, insertion of rooflights, different colour upvc and conservatory projects 3.7m at 2 Wesley Close, Epworth.

The objector on the application addressed the Committee and explained that she was speaking against part of the amendment on behalf of the residents.  Concerns were expressed about the size and proximity to the objector’s house of the hard standing in front of the property.  Specific concerns were also about the loss of the bay window on the house, and the fact that it totally changed the character of the house.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report.

1578  (34) PLANNING APPEAL STATISTICS – The Head of Development Management submitted a report which updated the Committee on the recent performance of the authority in defending planning decisions at appeal.

It was noted that the number of appeals was small in relation to the overall applications determined (1199 to date), however, there was a substantial amount of work involved in producing the evidence necessary to defend the cases.

Resolved – That the information be noted.

Reports