Planning Committee – 18 December 2013

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 20 November 2013 as a correct record and authorise the chairman to sign.
4.  Major Planning Applications.
5.  Planning and other applications for determination by the committee.
The public are likely to be excluded from the meeting for consideration of the following item on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 12 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
6.  Appeal against non-determination of planning application PA/2013/0292 – Planning permission to erect an Endurance 50kW wind turbine with an overall height of 34.2 metres. – EXEMPT
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 Ali, Allcock, Bainbridge, Collinson, England, Grant, Rowson, N Sherwood and Wardle.

Councillors Ogg, Poole, Waltham and Whiteley attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The committee met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

1553  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: –

Members Minute Application(s)
/Item
Nature of Interest
Cllr England 1558 2013/0292 Knows a Partner
Cllr Rowson 155615561556

1558

2013/04912013/04922013/1045

2013/0292

Knows the ApplicantKnows the ApplicantKnows the Applicant

Knows a Partner

1554  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting held on 20 November 2013, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the chairman.

1555  (21) MAJOR PLANNING APPLICATION – The Head of Development Management submitted a report containing details of a major application for determination by the committee including a summary of policy context, representations arising from consultation and publicity and assessment of the application. In accordance with Procedure Rule D1.35 (i) (a), members had previously undertaken a site visit.

(i)  2012/1303 by Mr R Rafferty, Amber Real Estate Investments Ltd for permission for the proposed upgrade of an existing poultry farm, including the erection of 24 poultry sheds, 13 service buildings, associated buildings and associated equipment.

The Head of Development Management updated the report orally with two further conditions that had been requested following the site visit that morning, these were:–

(a)  That a landscaping scheme be undertaken around the reservoir area.

(b)  That there shall be no clean out or restocking of the poultry houses on Sundays or Bank/Public Holidays other than in an emergency.

The agent for the application explained that the condition of the units currently on site were in poor condition.  A recent review had been undertaken and it confirmed that the facility fell short of the required standards.

The committee was advised that the new replacement buildings would be of the latest industrial and welfare standards, would result in lower odour levels due to improved ventilation, which were within the new environmental guideline limits.

The plans had been drawn up to make the best possible use of the site and it was considered that the existing access was suitable to cope with the increased number of birds.

Subsequent questions were asked whether a condition could be added to ask for the applicant to contribute towards the highways curbing, repair and passing points on Crook Mill Road.

It was suggested that the application be granted subject to the conditions outlined within the report, the additional conditions outlined by the Head of Development Management and subject to a section 106 agreement.

Resolved – That the committee is minded to approve the application and that the Head of Development Management be authorised to approve the issue of the decision in accordance with the recommendation made within the report and the following amendments proposed in the oral update provided by him and following requests from the members of the committee.

(a)  that the applicant enter into a Section 106 agreement to secure necessary works to improve access and passing bays on Crook Mill Road; and

(b)  the imposition of the following additional conditions:

4.  Standard landscaping condition and reasoning LC1/LR1.

5.  Standard landscaping condition and reason LC2/LR1.

6.  There shall be no clean out or restocking of the poultry houses on Sundays or Bank/Public Holidays other than in an emergency.

Reason: To provide respite from lorry movements servicing the facility for local residents.

1556  (22)  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)  2012/1011 by Mr B Clayton, Truelove Farms to erect a wind turbine (maximum blade height to tip 51 metres) and associated infrastructure, including access track, external compact housing with underground cabling to the wind turbine, turbine foundation and crane hard standing (resubmission of PA/2010/1384).

The application had been referred to the Committee as a Member ‘call-in’ from Councillor Waltham on the grounds that there had been significant public interest.

An objector to the application expressed concerns over the impact that this would have on the visual amenity of the area, the detrimental effect that this would have on the abundant birds found in the area and on the wildlife.

Councillor Waltham, attending the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b) spoke on this application for himself and on behalf of Councillor C Sherwood and confirmed the lack of support from residents.

Members of the committee engaged in further discussions with the Head of Development Management.

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

(ii)  2013/0381 by Mr and Mrs P Oliver to convert a domestic garage into a dormer bungalow.

Councillor Allcock requested that prior to consideration an additional condition be included to ensure that the ash tree fronting the site be protected from damage.

Resolved – (a) That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report, subject to amendment of condition 7 that details shall be provided to ensure that the ash tree fronting the site is protected from damage.

Reason: and to safeguard the retention of the tree.

(iii)  2013/0491 by Mrs J Button to replace an extant planning permission (PA/2007/1633) to erect three detached dwellings and a pair of semi-detached dwellings, and convert part of an existing joinery workshop into two dwellings, together with demolition of existing workshops, creation of an access road, garages and parking areas to cater for the development.

The Head of Development Management explained that he had received late correspondence from Winterton Church who had notified that if any alteration was needed to the church wall or along the length of the wall, a faculty would be required from the Diocesan Advisory Committee.

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

(iv)  2013/0492 by Mrs J Button for conservation consent to demolish storage sheds and brick workshops (renewal of extant permission PA/2007/1634).

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

(v)  2013/1045 by Dr J Isaacs to erect a garage/workshop for the storage of classic cars.

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

(vi)  2013/1111 by Mr S Rhodes to outline planning permission with some matters reserved for the erection of a dormer bungalow.

The agent for the application explained that no objections had been received against the proposals and requested that the planning committee visit the site to see what was proposed.

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

(vii)   2013/1171 by Mr M Williams to extend an existing bungalow to create a two-storey dwelling.

The agent for the application explained that the properties in this area were all of varying design and size and considered that the request would not be detrimental to the area or neighbouring properties.

An objector to the application expressed concerns over the impact that this would have on privacy to his property and that the proposed balcony would be closer than what is permitted.

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

(viii)  2013/1283 by Mr J Lane to retain a fence and garage.  The Head of Development Management updated the report following advice from Highways colleagues and correspondence from a local resident concerned about parked vehicles encroaching on the public highway.

Resolved – That permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained in the report with an additional condition requiring amendments to the drive to allow a vehicle to be parked clear of the public highway.

1557  EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC – Resolved – That the public be excluded from the meeting for the consideration of the following item (Minutes 1558  refers) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 12 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

1558  APPEAL AGAINST NON-DETERMINATION OF PLANNING APPLICATION PA/2013/0292 – The Head of Development Management submitted a report which outlined the fact that an appeal had been lodged due to the non determination of a planning application within the statutory eight week period.

Further details of the case and background were outlined within the report.

Resolved – That the council’s case for the appeal against non determination be based around the details outlined in option one to the report.

 

Reports