Planning Committee – 3 July 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 5 June 2013 as a correct record and authorise the chairman to sign.

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

5.  WF/2010/1242 by Grange Wind Farm Ltd for discharge of Condition 35 in respect of permission for six wind turbines etc on land adjacent to Flixborough Grange Farmhouse, Flixborough.

6.  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, Bainbridge, Collinson, England, Glover, Grant, Rowson, N Sherwood and Wardle.

Councillors Barker, Briggs, Marper, Mrs. Redfern and Waltham attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The committee met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

1527  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 Applications
/Item
Nature of Interest
Cllrs Bunyan, England, Glover, Rowson,
N Sherwood and Wardle.
1530 WF/2010/1242 Knew the applicant
Cllr Bunyan 1529 (i) 12/0960 Knew a speaker
Cllr Wardle 1529 (iii) 13/0213 Knew the applicant

The following members declared that they had been lobbied: –

Member (s) Minute (s) Application/Item (s)
Cllrs Ali, Bainbridge, Bunyan, Collinson, England, Grant and N Sherwood. 1529 (i) 12/0960

The following members attending the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b) declared a personal interest as follows: –

Member (s) Minute Application(s)
/Item
Nature of Interest
Cllr Mrs Redfern 1529 (i) 12/0960 Member of Epworth Town Council
Cllr Mrs Redfern 1529 (iv) 12/0410 Member of Epworth Town Council

The following member, attending the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b) declared that she had been lobbied: –

Member (s) Minute Application/Item
Cllr Mrs Redfern 1529 (i) 12/0960

1528  MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting held on 5 June 2013, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the chairman.

1529  (5)  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) 12/0960 by Miss A Oliver for the variation of condition 2 of permission PA/2002/0592 relating to the operating hours of the riding school and the removal of condition 4 at Skyers Farm, access road to Carrside, Epworth.

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

The applicant’s representative stated that the application had been submitted in August 2012. The time being taken to determine the application had been costly for his client and was causing her great anxiety. Considerable attempts had been made to identify alternative suitable access and egress to the site. The issue of vehicular access should be dealt with outside of the development control process. The substantive planning issues were adequately addressed in the report and the applicant was happy with the proposed conditions and to enter into a Section 106 Agreement as recommended.

The objector contended that the sole access to the site should be via Footpath 71.He stated that several retrospective diversions had been made to rights of way in the locality. These had resulted in a loss of privacy for neighbours. It was important to ensure the safety of both users of the right of way and local residents. The existing conditions should therefore be retained.

Resolved – (a) 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 providing for a contribution towards improved road signage in the vicinity and to the conditions contained in the report, and (c) that if the unilateral undertaking is not completed by 3 January 2014 the Head of Development Management be authorised to refuse the application on the grounds of failure to contribute to mitigation of the additional traffic in the area.

(ii) 12/1049 by Mr K Crow, Ken Crow Ltd for outline permission to erect 3 dwellings, including demolition of existing house and buildings (resubmission of PA/2012/0406) at Broadfield House, High Street, Eastoft.

Prior to consideration of this application the applicant addressed the committee. He stated that the site was a brownfield site in a residential area. The development would provide benefits in terms of the sustainability of the settlement of Eastoft by potentially attracting additional children to the village school and by the removal of existing hardstanding and buildings from the site and the creation of a paddock.

Councillors Barker and Briggs, attending the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b) spoke on this application.

The committee agreed that the potential sustainability benefits of the application and the improvement of the site warranted the grant of permission.

Resolved – That permission be granted subject to standard conditions relating to time scales, Flood Risk Assessment and drainage/contamination.

(iii) 13/0213 by JHP for the erection of 3 detached two-storey dwellings and domestic garages and construction of access onto High Street on land adjacent to 95 High Street, Wootton.

Resolved – (a) 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 providing for a contribution towards affordable housing in the area and to the conditions contained in the report, and (c) that if the unilateral undertaking is not completed by 3 January 2014 the Head of Development Management be authorised to refuse the application on the grounds of failure to comply with policy CS9 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy.

(iv) 13/0410 by Mr D Brinkley, HE Brinkley Ltd. for the erection of an extension to existing industrial units (resubmission of PA/2013/0038) at The Gables Business Court, Gables Yard, Tottermire Lane, Epworth.

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

(v) 13/0482 by Supreme Support for change of use of a residential dwelling to a 24-hour supported respite for adults at 19 Pochard Drive, Scunthorpe.

Prior the consideration of this application a representative of the applicants and an objector addressed the committee.

The applicant’s representative stated that the proposal would provide respite care for young people with mild to moderate learning difficulties. The individuals would be assessed for their suitability for the facility. The development would create no more traffic than a typical family.

The objector stated that the development would constitute a business use in a residential area mostly made up of families with young children. It would create problems with traffic congestion, parking, safety and noise. It was an inappropriate location for the development.

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

(vi) 13/0495 by Mr R Kirk for outline permission for the erection of a detached house and attached garage with all matters reserved (resubmission of PA/2013/0069) on land at the rear of 164 to 166 Ferry Road West, Scunthorpe.

Resolved – that permission be granted subject to standard conditions.

(viii) 13/0606 by Mr S Sanderson for the retention of a summer house at 3 Sidney Road, Scunthorpe.

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

The applicant stated that he had initially been unaware of the provisions of the Clean Air Act but would ensure that smokeless fuel was used in future in the log burner. Surface water ran off the roof into a water butt.

The objector stated that the roof was incomplete on the side nearest to his property. Water ran off the roof onto his own property.

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

1530  (6) WF/2010/1242 BY GRANGE WIND FARM LTD FOR THE SITING OF SIX WIND TURBINES AND ASSOCIATED HARDSTANDING TRACKS, ANEMOMETRY MAST, SWITCHGEAR HOUSE AND UNDERGROUND CABLES – DISCHARGE OF CONDITION 35 – LAND ADJACENT TO FLIXBOROUGH GRANGE FARMHOUSE, FLIXBOROUGH.

The Head of Development Management submitted a report in respect of an application to discharge Condition 35 of the above application. This was one of several conditions that the Inspector, in granting planning permission, had required to be discharged by the Local Authority prior to commencement of the development.

Prior to consideration of this application a representative of the applicants addressed the committee. He stated that the submitted woodland management scheme would help to maintain and improve the existing Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site, which would act as a partial screen between the development site and Burton–upon–Stather. The scheme had been developed in consultation with the council’s Environment Team and the Forestry Commission. All work would be undertaken only by qualified foresters and ecologists.

Councillors Marper and Waltham attending the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.37 (b) spoke on this application.

Resolved  – That the condition be discharged subject to the following stipulations: –

(i) That the southern section of the woodland should be thinned first; (ii) That no shrubs/hedges to be planted immediately against property boundaries, instead a 50 metre buffer strip of woodland should remain permanently; (iii) That all trees felled within 20 metres of the buffer zone should be felled by hand to avoid inconvenience to residents in close proximity, and (iv) that if trees are felled as a result of “ash die back” the number felled are taken from the 15% allowance for that section of wood the next time thinning is permitted by the Woodland Management Scheme Revision C.

 

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