Planning Committee – 1 July 2015

Chair:  Councillor N Sherwood

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 3 June 2015 as a correct record and authorise the chairman to sign.
  4. Applications deferred from previous meeting for a site visit.
  5. Major Planning Applications
  6. Planning and other applications for determination by the committee.
  7. Consultations by other authorities or bodies.
  8. 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 N Sherwood (Chair).

Councillors Ali, Armitage, Carlile, England, Kataria, Poole, Longcake, C Sherwood and Waltham

Councillor Briggs and Marper attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 37 (b).

The committee met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

1668    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 interests

Member (s) Minute Application (s) Nature of Interest
Cllr Cllr Ali 1672 (ix) 2015/0410 Application in his ward
Cllr Cllr Briggs 1672 General

General

 

Member of the Fire Authority.

Member of the Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Management Board.

Cllr Cllr Kataria 1672 (ix) 2015/0410 Knows the Applicant
Cllr Cllr Poole 1672 (xi) 2015/0513 Knows the Agent

  

Member (s) Minute Application (s) Nature of Interest
Cllr Cllr N Sherwood 1672 (iii)

 

1672(i)

2015/0198

General

2014/1361

Application in his ward

Member of Humberside Fire Authority

Member of Brigg Town Council

Cllr Cllr Waltham 1671 (i)

 

1672(i)

2015/0640

General

2014/1361

Known to the Objector

Member of the Fire Authority

Member of Brigg Town Council

The following members declared that they had been lobbied:

Member (s) Application Minute 
Cllr Ali 2015/0410 1672 (ix)
Cllr Armitage 2015/0410 1672 (ix)
Cllr Marper 2015/0640 1671 (i)

1669   MINUTESResolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting held on 3 June 2015, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the chairman.

1670    (5) APPLICATIONS DEFERRED FROM PREVIOUS MEETING – In accordance with the decisions at the previous meeting, members had undertaken a site visit on the morning of the meeting. The Head of Development Management submitted a report and updated them orally.

(i)          2014/1424 by Mr K Credland, Barton Building Contractors Ltd for planning permission to erect three town houses following demolition of garage block and joiner’s workshop at 57 Castledyke West, Barton-upon-Humber.

The application site comprised single storey garages framed behind a brick wall, together with a workshop.  There were two vehicular accesses into the site, those being along the northern and southern boundaries respectively.  The garages opened out onto the highway footpath to the east.  The site was located to the south of Castledyke Primary School, to the west of the town centre, within the Barton conservation area.  The proposal was to erect a terrace of three properties with detached garage and associated parking.

The main issues in the determination of the application were the principles of development, impact on the character and appearance of the conservation area and upon residential amenity.

The Head of Development Management informed the committee that since the report had been written Mr Credland had offered to erect two chimneys to the side elevations that would improve the appearance of the properties. The Head of Development Management also suggested a range of possible conditions if the committee was minded to grant permission.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report, with the exception of condition 2 to be replaced with the following.

  1. Notwithstanding the details submitted before any construction is commenced on site, details of chimneys to be added to the roofscape shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The dwellings shall be constructed with the chimneys as approved and otherwise in accordance with plans BBC/23/2014, street scene and fencing details.

Reason
To ensure a satisfactory appearance of the dwellings in this prominent location within the Barton-upon-Humber conservation area.

1671     (6) MAJOR PLANNING APPLICATIONS – The Head of Development Management submitted a report containing details of major applications for determination by the committee, including a summary of policy context, representations arising from consultation and publicity and assessment of the applications.

(i)       2015/0640 by Galliford Try for planning permission to vary condition 8 of planning permission PA/2015/0090 to amend the permitted hours of work to allow construction to take place with minimal disruption to the operation of the school at Burton Stather Primary School, Flixborough Road, Burton-upon-Stather.

The Head of Development Management updated the committee and informed it that he had received further correspondence in relation to the application from various bodies including Humberside Fire and Rescue, the local Parish Council, and the Head Teacher of the school.

The agent for the applicant explained that the current restrictions on the working hours were not feasible and would prolong the programme for a further seven weeks. The comments and observations made at the last Planning committee had been taken onboard, and consultation had taken place with local residents in the area.  The application did not seek to make any changes to weekend or bank holiday working and it would not result in any earlier HGV movements (that would still be restricted to 9am).  It would allow work to begin on the site two hours earlier (7am) but access to the site would be for workers in cars and vans only. It would also allow work to be undertaken on the site and HGV movements until 6pm in the evening, increasing the midweek working day by one hour.

An objector expressed concerns on behalf of residents on a number of key issues.  This included the lack of consultation that had previously taken place with the developers, and the recent consultation exercise was just to showcase their new proposed development times, which seem to be differing all the time. There were concerns around an increase in the noise from extra HGV activity and the objector stated that would have liked to have seen a noise impact assessment carried out. It was also queried as to how this aligned with the traffic management plan.

Cllr Marper expressed concern about disturbance to neighbours, as there was no condition on noise at the boundary, so queried the limits and the enforcement action available. Cllr Marper was also concerned that there was a risk to pedestrians as the report stated that no HGVs would be there before 09:00 with no mention of light goods vehicles and medium goods vehicles, possibly with trailers coming at different times. Disappointment was expressed on the consultation day held during the holidays that was not widely known about, and more so, the issue that the application had already been submitted to amend the conditions on the day the consultation was held.  Finally, the original conditions agreed by the Planning Committee were suggested for good reason, to protect residents from disturbance, and more importantly, to provide safety for parents with babies and children using the drive.

Cllr Waltham expressed concerns with the report and indicated that there were various inaccuracies in it, especially with regard to the narrow access road that indicated it was not capable of accommodating two passing cars as suggested.

Cllr Carl Sherwood stated that normal construction work starts at 7am on a weekday morning, so that means they were losing two hours working time everyday, which would prolong the project and cause more disruption in the long term.  The longer working hours of 7am – 6pm would allow the project to be completed seven weeks earlier which is a long time and, meant less disruption for residents and the school, and therefore he thought the hours requested were feasible.

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

(ii)         2015/0678 by Galliford Try for planning permission to vary condition 9 of planning permission PA/2015/0097 to amend the permitted hours of work to allow construction to take place with minimal disruption to the operation of the school, at Crosby Primary School, Chatterton Crescent, Scunthorpe.

The Head of Development Management updated the committee on further representations he had received prior to the meeting being held. Humberside Fire and Rescue service had no objections to raise, and a letter in support of the application had been received from the school governors at Crosby Primary School.  This application coming to committee was a result of a member call-in by Cllr O’Sullivan who raised concerns through the Head of Development Management in her absence.

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

1672   (7)      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.

(i)          2014/1361 by the Co-Operative Funeralcare for consent to display an externally illuminated fascia sign at Units 1 and 2, Queen Street, Brigg.

The application site was a former restaurant that was subdivided into a number of commercial units.  The site was located in the Brigg conservation area, within the defined town centre shopping area. A purple fascia sign was erected along the front elevation of the shop front, therefore the works were partly retrospective.  Advertisement consent was being sought to retain the sign. The proposal also included means of external illumination via three black swan-neck lights, a window sticker to the front elevation and a non-illuminated sign to the rear elevation of the unit.

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

(i) 2015/0182 by Mr & Mrs T Patel, for planning permission to demolish a garage and erect a rear extension at J H & D Newsagents, 89-91 Fleetgate, Barton-upon-Humber.

The agent for the application informed the committee that this application was not to create a bigger retail space, but merely to provide a staff room area with toilet facilities. Therefore, the concerns raised from the Town Council with regard to there being no off-road parking for the increase in cars would not be envisaged as a problem as there was to be no increase in staff or volume of traffic from this proposed application.

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

(ii)  2015/0198 by Mr A Quirke for planning permission to erect single-storey and two-storey extensions to include alterations and extensions to the existing roof, at The Almonds, Star Carr Lane, Wrawby.

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

(iii)  2015/0262 by Mr M Theodorou for planning permission to erect a two-storey rear extension at Park Moor, Cove Road, Westwoodside, Haxey.

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

(iv)        2015/0350 N & A Durdy for a hedgerow removal application for hedge east of Low Burnham, Epworth, grid reference 402495-478670 at Arable Field, A161 between Epworth and Haxey, Low Burham.

Resolved – That the Hedgerow Retention Notice be not served.

(v)         2015/0370 Mrs H Cheyne for planning permission to retain a static caravan, wooden fence and raised decking, and change the use of land to a dog grooming salon, at land opposite 21 Manchester Square, New Holland.

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

(vi)        2015/0400 Mrs J Ellis for planning permission to erect detached bungalow (all reserved matters for subsequent approval) at land adjacent to 39 Burnham Road, Epworth.

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

(vii)  2015/0402 Mr P & Mrs S Moynan for planning permission to remove condition 1 on application PS/2011/1454 dated 12/02/2012, at Hope Farm, Winteringham Lane, West Halton.

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

(viii)     2015/0410 Ms H Aslan for planning permission for change of use from A1 retail to A3 café and hot food takeaway and for the installation of a new shop front at 36 Newland Avenue, Scunthorpe.

The agent for the applicant highlighted that this was not to be a kebab take away shop, but rather a hot and cold snack café with food to be purchased and then consumed off site, ideally for people using the hospital.  He indicated that it would have a positive impact and improve the shopping area by bringing the disused unit back into use.

An objector stated that a number of surrounding residents were against the application as there were already three shops in that area selling similar products, and it was in the middle of the residential area.  There was concerns expressed about the increase in traffic, in particular teatime traffic with very limited parking, and only two parking spaces for customers at the site that could create a danger to pedestrians using the area. It was felt that there was no need for another food establishment as the units would be sited adjacent to an existing takeaway and convenience store with varied menus, and would be better used as a hairdressers for example.

Cllr Bainbridge agreed with the officer’s recommendation and felt that there was always going to be static traffic in the area due to the location of the unit.  However she felt that it would not be a problem as it was not to be used as a fast food takeaway outlet, but merely a small café for snacks, and no matter what business was there it could possibly mean a small increase in traffic and increase in noise. As long as the conditions of the permission were followed then it was not envisaged as a problem.

Cllr Ali also agreed with the officer’s recommendation as the current empty unit was an eyesore and would serve the area better if occupied. It would change the look of the area and might even slow motorists down in the area.

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

(ix)  2015/0482 Mr R Day for planning permission to retain a brick wall and entrance gates at Cadenza, Sandtoft Road, Westgate, Belton.

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

(x)         2015/0513 Mr Jenopan Kaudappillai, Best One Convenience Store, Ferry Road for planning permission to remove condition 4 of planning permission PA/2014/0629 for limiting opening hours, at Best One Convenience Store, 15 Ferry Road, Scunthorpe.

The agent for the application indicated that they were seeking permission to remove condition 4 from the original planning application in 2014. The reason being that there was no restriction on the main retail unit for its hours of operation, and the consented development did not constitute a separate planning unit, just an extension of the existing premises.  Therefore he felt it unreasonable to limit the hours of opening of the extension when the main premises were not restricted.

The Head of Development management informed the committee that he had received representations from Cllr O’Sullivan who had called this application in over concerns for the residential amenity, and thought it would be very detrimental to the area with increased noise, traffic and parking problems at the site.

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

1673    CONSULTATIONS BY OTHER AUTHORITIES AND BODIES – The Head of Development Management outlined North Lincolnshire Council’s response to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State with regards to Phase 2 Hornsea Offshore Windfarm and associated development. As detailed in the report, it was highlighted that the majority of the windfarms were in East Lindsey and the impact upon North Lincolnshire was limited primarily to 3.375 miles of cable route.  This would enter the authority areas adjacent to Habrough Road/Killingholme Road to the south-south-east of South Killingholme. It was suggested that the application be supported, but further clarification be sought on a number of issues.

Resolved  – That the council responds to the consultation in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report.

Reports