Planning Committee – 9 March 2016

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 10 February 2016 as a correct record and authorise the chairman to sign.

4.  Major Planning Applications.

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

6.  Public Footpath 193, Bottesford – Report by the Director of Places.

7.  Onshore oil & gas development in North Lincolnshire – Planning advice note – Report by the Director of Places.

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 (Chairman).

Councillors Allcock (Vice-Chairman), Bainbridge, Carlile, Collinson, England, Glover, Kataria, Longcake and Ogg.

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

The committee met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

1719   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 Allcock 1721(ii)
1722(v)
1722(vii)
1722(xi)1722(viii)
PA/2015/0960 PA/2015/1285 PA/2015/1416 PA/2015/1569

PA/2015/1460

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

Knows the Agent.

Cllr Collinson

Cllr Ogg

Cllr N Sherwood

1722(vi)

1722(ii)

1722(iii)
1722(iv)

PA/2015/1393

PA/2015/1135

PA/2015/1258 PA/2015/1259

Member of Bottesford Town Council.

Knows Applicant.
Knows the Applicant.

 

The following member declared a personal and prejudicial interest:-

Member Minute Application Nature of Interest
 Cllr Cllr Allcock 1722(xii) PA/2015/1590 Acted for Haxey Parish Council at a Licensing Hearing.

The following members declared that they had been lobbied: –

Member(s) Application(s) Minute
Cllr Allcock

Cllr England

Cllr Marper

Cllr Poole

Cllr N Sherwood

Agenda Item 7

PA/2015/0901

PA/2015/1504

PA/2015/0901

PA/2015/0762

1724

1721 (i)

1722(x)

1721(i)

1722(i)

1720   MINUTESResolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting held on 10 February 2016, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the chairman.

1721   (36) MAJOR PLANNING APPLICATION – The Head of Development Management submitted a report containing details of a major application for determination by the committee, including summaries of policy context, representations arising from consultation and publicity and assessment of the application.

(i)  2015/0901 Acorn Developments for planning permission for change of use of three vacant hangers for B8, ancillary B1 uses and agricultural storage at RAF Kirton in Lindsey, B1400 from B1398 to B1205, Kirton in Lindsey, DN21 4HZ.

The Head of Development Management informed the committee that Lincolnshire County Council having been consulted on this application had replied with a number of highway suggestions relevant to the A15 junction, and indicated that the applicants had requested more time to consider the suggestions and the cost implications associated with the new information.

Resolved – That the application be deferred to allow highway issues relevant to the A15 junction be considered further.

(ii)  2015/0960 North Lincolnshire Homes for planning permission for affordable housing development consisting of 12 houses and 4 bungalows at Ashtree Close, Belton.

Councillor Ogg expressed concerns that this was an inappropriate development for the area and lacked sufficient affordable housing for the elderly.  He also stated that there would be loss of green space, and if approved, the development would adversely affect community cohesion, increasing the risk of crime and traffic in the area. He was also concerned about drainage and flood risk from the development.

Moved by Councillor Ogg and seconded by Councillor Allcock –

That planning permission be refused for the following reasons:-

  1. The development provides an inappropriate mix of housing and lacks sufficient elderly person’s accommodation. If approved, the development would adversely affect community cohesion and increase the risk of crime in the area. As such the proposal is contrary to policy CS7 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy 2011, saved policy H8 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan 2003 and the National Planning Policy Framework, paragraph 50.
  2. Insufficient information is provided to establish that flood risk and surface water drainage can be adequately accommodated from the development. The proposal as such is contrary to policy CS19 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy 2011 and saved policy DS1 (xiii) of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan 2003.

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Members engaged in discussion over the proposal.

Moved by Councillor Bainbridge and seconded by Councillor Collinson as an amendment –

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

                                                                                         Amendment Lost
                                                                                         Motion Carried.

1722   (37) 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)  2015/0762 Mr A Steeper for planning permission to retain the siting of a biomass boiler unit contained within a metal container and clad with timber, and retain the installation of two stainless steel flues at Holme Farm Care Home, 9 Church Street, Elsham, DN20 0RG.

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

(ii)  2015/1135 Mr and Mrs Hubbard for planning permission to erect a dwelling with associated off-road parking at land adjacent to 21 South Street, Roxby, DN15 0BP.

An objector expressed concerns about the lack of parking facilities on the street, and the complications it would cause her getting in and out of her drive if anyone was to park opposite her property due to the road not being wide enough.

Members engaged in further discussions on the application and sympathised with the objector present and the Parish Council, and sought further advice from the Highways Officer who was in attendance at the meeting.

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

(iii)   2015/1258 Mr and Mrs M Hotham for planning permission to convert and extend outbuildings to form a dwelling at Wressle House, Brigg Road, Wressle, Broughton, DN20 0BU.

The applicant addressed the committee indicating that the application would convert a range of existing outbuildings within the countryside to a single dwelling, with extensions to the buildings to link them and increase the height.  He informed the committee that other properties larger then this had previously been built in the same area, that his application was no different and would not overlook any other properties, and had not received any objections from the neighbouring properties.

Councillor Glover as ward member stated that the reasons for refusal contained in the officers report, indicating that the proposed property would have an harmful impact on the character of the countryside was flawed by the fact that the development previously approved across the road was the largest dwelling in Broughton, and therefore he was at odds with the officers recommendations and felt that the application should be granted.

Councillor Collinson agreed with Councillor Glover’s comments and did not agree with the reasons for refusal, and felt that it was not out of keeping with other properties in the area.

Moved by Councillor Glover and seconded by Councillor Allcock –

That planning permission be granted subject to the following conditions:

  1. The development must be begin before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

Reason
To comply with section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

  1. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: 3310/P3, P4, P5 and P6.

Reason
For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Before development is commenced, details of the method of protecting the existing trees on the site throughout the construction period shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority, and such works as may be so approved shall be carried out before development is commenced, and maintained until completion of the development. None of the trees so protected shall be wilfully damaged or destroyed, uprooted, felled, lopped or topped, nor any other works carried out which would cause damage to the root systems or otherwise threaten the lives of the trees during the period of construction without the previous written consent of the local planning authority. Any trees removed without such consent or dying or being severely damaged or becoming seriously diseased during that period shall be replaced with trees of such size and species as may be agreed with the local planning authority.

Reason
In order to protect the existing trees on the site.

  1. No trees shall be wilfully damaged or destroyed or uprooted, felled, lopped or topped nor any other works carried out which would cause damage to the root systems or otherwise threaten the lives of the trees without the previous written consent of the local planning authority. Any trees removed without such consent, or dying or being severely damaged, or becoming seriously diseased, shall be replaced with trees of such size and species as may be agreed with the local planning authority.

Reason
In order to protect the existing trees on the site.

  1. 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.

8. Prior to the construction of a stream crossing or any other works within 5 metres of the stream, the applicant or their successor in title shall submit to the local planning authority an ecological survey report, from the most recent survey season, detailing any evidence of water voles or other protected, priority or notable species associated with the stream. The report shall set out clear impact avoidance and mitigation measures to be taken to minimise harm to features of biodiversity importance and biodiversity enhancement measures.

Reason
To conserve and enhance biodiversity in accordance with policies CS5 and CS17 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy.

  1. No development shall take place until a biodiversity management plan has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The plan shall include:

(a)  details of measures to avoid harm to bats, nesting birds, water voles and other aquatic species during demolition, vegetation clearance and construction works;

(b)  details of at least three or four bat roosting features to be installed within the application site, including at least two on the new building;

(c)  details of bird nesting sites to be installed;

(d)  restrictions on lighting to avoid impacts on bat roosts, bat foraging areas, bird nesting sites and sensitive habitats;

(e)  proposed timings for the above works in relation to the completion of the building;

(f)  prescriptions for the retention, planting and aftercare of native trees and shrubs of high biodiversity value.

Reason
To conserve and enhance biodiversity in accordance with policies CS5 and CS17 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy.

  1. The biodiversity management plan shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details and timings, and the approved features shall be retained thereafter, unless otherwise approved in writing by the local planning authority. Prior to the completion of the approved development, the applicant or their successor in title shall submit a report to the local planning authority, providing evidence of compliance with the biodiversity management plan.

Reason
To conserve and enhance biodiversity in accordance with policies CS5 and CS17 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy.

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Motion Carried.

(iv)   2015/1259 Mr and Mrs K Turner for planning permission to erect a replacement dwelling (including demolition of existing dwelling) at Wressle House, Brigg Road, Broughton, Wressle, DN20 0BU.

Cllr Glover as ward member wished to express his support for the application but only with the inclusion of a Section 106 agreement to secure the future use of the playground near the site.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report and subject to a Section 106 agreement to secure the future use of the playground area and equipment for the public.

(v)  2015/1285 Miss A Oliver for planning permission for a proposed indoor equestrian area at the riding school, Skyers Farm, Carrside, Epworth, DN9 1DX.

An objector raised concerns with the access to this farm and the increase in traffic that would be generated through this application using footpath 70 creating potential hazards to pedestrians in the vicinity.  He informed the committee that since footpath 71 was closed, footpath 70 was the only route to the riding school and there were no passing places along the route causing dangerous vehicular movements. He highlighted that concerns had also been raised by Humberside Police in relation to the road safety issues on this footpath and asked the committee to consider a site visit before making a decision.

Resolved – That a decision on this application be deferred to allow the committee to have a site visit.

(vi)  2015/1393 Mrs C Williams for outline planning permission to erect a detached three bedroomed dwelling with appearance, landscaping, layout and scale reserved for subsequent approval at land adjacent to 5 Beck Lane, Bottesford, DN16 3SE.

The agent spoke on behalf of the applicants and informed the committee that the development was within an established boundary with adequate garden provision, and at this stage was only a request for outline planning permission. He indicated that the character and appearance would not impact on the street scene and the trees would adequately be protected within the works.

Councillor Longcake suggested that it would be beneficial for the committee to have a site visit taking into consideration the concerns raised by Bottesford Town Council.

Resolved – That a decision on this application be deferred to allow the committee to have a site visit.

(vii)   2015/1416 Mr J Tindale for planning permission to change the use of agricultural land to domestic garden use at Kwetu, Carrhouse Road, Belton, DN9 1PG.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted subject to the recommendations contained within the report.

(viii)   2015/1460 R Denton and Sons for outline planning permission to erect a new dwelling with all matters reserved at land west of Glovers Paddock, Ings Lane, Hibaldstow, DN20 9PJ.

The agent for the application stated that this was an application for a dwelling to be erected in between a row of eight established dwellings in the open countryside off Ings Lane.  He made reference to planning permission that was previously granted for a detached dwelling on the adjacent site that was also outside the development limits. Referring to the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy 2011 Policies CS2 and CS3 he believed this development did illustrate sustainability and was in keeping with Ings Lane.

Councillor Allcock having listened to the representations made agreed that the agent had a convincing argument in terms of sustainability, that the proposed development was infill, and in keeping with Ings Lane.

Moved by Councillor Allcock and seconded by Councillor Ogg that –

That planning permission be granted in accordance with the following conditions:

  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 (hereinafter 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 5(1) of the Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.

  1. 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 5(1) of the Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015.

  1. 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.

  1. The development hereby permitted shall be 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 990.

  1. 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.

  1. The existing vehicular access to the site shall be improved within highway limits 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 policy T19 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Unless otherwise agreed by the local planning authority, development other than that required to be carried out as part of an approved scheme of remediation must not commence until parts 1 to 4 below have been complied with. If unexpected contamination is found after development has begun, development must be halted on that part of the site affected by the unexpected contamination to the extent specified by the local planning authority in writing until part 4 has been complied with in relation to that contamination.

Part 1: Site Characteristics

An investigation and risk assessment, in addition to any assessment provided with the planning application, must be completed in accordance with a scheme to assess the nature and extent of any contamination on the site, whether or not it originates on the site. The contents of the scheme are subject to the approval in writing of the local planning authority. The investigation and risk assessment must be undertaken by competent persons and a written report of the findings must be produced. The written report is subject to the approval in writing of the local planning authority. The report of the findings must include:

(i)       a survey of the extent, scale and nature of contamination;

(ii)      an assessment of the potential risks to:

–         human health

–         property (existing or proposed), including buildings, crops, livestock, pets, woodland and service lines and pipes

–         adjoining land

–         groundwaters and surface waters

–         ecological systems

–         archaeological sites and ancient monuments;

(iii)  an appraisal of remedial options, and a proposal of the preferred option(s).

This must be conducted in accordance with DEFRA and the Environment Agency’s ‘Model Procedures for the Management of Land Contamination, CLR 11’.

Part 2: Submission of Remediation Scheme

A detailed remediation scheme to bring the site to a condition suitable for the intended use by removing unacceptable risks to human health, buildings and other property and the natural and historical environment must be prepared, and is subject to the approval in writing of the local planning authority. The scheme must include all works to be undertaken, proposed remediation objectives and remediation criteria, a timetable of works and site management procedures. The scheme must ensure that the site will not qualify as contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in relation to the intended use of the land after remediation.

Part 3: Implementation of Approved Remediation Scheme

The approved remediation scheme must be carried out in accordance with its terms prior to the commencement of development other than that required to carry out remediation, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the local planning authority. The local planning authority must be given two weeks written notification of commencement of the remediation scheme works.

Following completion of measures identified in the approved remediation scheme, a verification report (referred to in PPS23 as a validation report) that demonstrates the effectiveness of the remediation carried out must be produced, and is subject to the approval in writing of the local planning authority.

Part 4: Reporting of Unexpected Contamination

In the event that contamination is found at any time when carrying out the approved development that was not previously identified it must be reported in writing immediately to the local planning authority. An investigation and risk assessment must be undertaken in accordance with the requirements of Part 1, and where remediation is necessary a remediation scheme must be prepared in accordance with the requirements of Part 2, which is subject to the approval in writing of the local planning authority.

Following completion of measures identified in the approved remediation scheme a verification report must be prepared, which is subject to the approval in writing of the local planning authority in accordance with Part 3.

Reason
To ensure that risks from land contamination to the future users of the land and neighbouring land are minimised, together with those to controlled waters, property and ecological systems, and to ensure that the development can be carried out safely without unacceptable risks to workers, neighbours and other off-site receptors in accordance with policy DS7 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

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Motion Carried.

(ix)  2015/1491 Mrs Matthews for outline planning permission to erect a bungalow with all matters reserved at land rear of Greenacres, Station Road, Ulceby, ND39 6UA.

The Head of Development Management informed the committee that there was an amendment to condition 8 of the report to include the provision of car parking for the existing dwelling.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations in the report, and the amendment to condition 8 to read as follows:

  1. The dwelling shall not be occupied until the vehicular access to it and the vehicle parking and turning space(s) serving it and the existing dwelling 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.

(x)  2015/1504 Mr G Blair for planning permission to change the use of land to provide an extension to an existing residential static home park at land at rear of Charnwood Park Estate, Flixborough, Ferry Road West, DN15 8UG.

An objector raised a number of concerns with regard to this application and in doing so referred to paragraph 56 of the National Planning Policy Framework highlighting ‘that it should contribute positively to making places better for people to live’ and stated that this addition to the site would not make this a better place to live.  She raised concerns that the drainage on the site was inadequate and the proposal would place extra pressure on other vital services including the electricity and water supplies. She also felt that the contaminated land issues should be fully addressed and made safe for all residents on the site before any decision was made.

The agent spoke on behalf of the applicant and referred the committee to the officer’s report which he believed adequately covered all the concerns raised by the previous speaker.  He indicated that all planning policies had been satisfied and many of the objections raised were not justified.

Councillor Marper addressed the committee as ward member after being lobbied by local residents residing on the park.  She indicated that people had spent all their life savings on a retirement home, as owners of what was advertised as residential homes for the over 50’s. She believed that these goal posts had now shifted and the new units proposed would be rental properties mixed with private properties. She also raised concerns with regard to the contaminated land issues and the fact that it was an old RAF site and nobody was aware of what was under the soil.  She expressed concerns that the police had been called on a number of occasions on this site and any further extension to the park could exacerbate existing problems.

Councillor Ogg reiterated what Councillor Marper had previously said and indicated he would like a site visit to be made before any decision was made on this application.

Resolved – That a decision on this application be deferred to allow the committee to have a site visit.

(xi)  2015/1569 Mr and Mrs Farrell for planning permission for front bay extension and associated internal alterations, attached garage and alterations to access at 19 Ash Tree Drive, Haxey, DN9 2JT.

Councillor Allcock felt that the proposed garage was very big and overbearing to the next door neighbour residing at number 26. He believed it was too close to their boundary and indicated that he would be voting against this application.

Councillor Glover said he sympathised with the neighbours but agreed with the recommendations contained in the officer’s report.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted subject to the recommendations contained within the report.

(Councillor Allcock having declared a personal and prejudicial interest left the meeting for consideration of the following item – Minute 1722 (xii) refers).

(xii)  2015/1590 Mr Kenneth Embleton, Stanholme Guest House for planning permission to vary condition 3 of PA/2014/0419 to allow for pop up tapas and pop-up restaurant at 27 low Street, Haxey, DN9 2LA.

Councillor Glover expressed concerns that this was an inappropriate development in a residential area with potential for highways issues.

Moved by Councillor Glover and seconded by Councillor Longcake-

That planning permission be refused for the following reason:

The proposal represents inappropriate development which, if approved, would be likely to have an adverse effect on occupiers of nearby residential property by reason of noise and disturbance and cause highway and parking difficulties. The proposal as such is contrary to policies DS1 and T2 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

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                                                                                            Motion Carried.

(At this part in the proceedings Cllr Allcock returned to the meeting)

1723  (38)  PUBLIC FOOTPATH 193, BOTTESFORD – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking the views of the committee in referring a definitive map modification order to the Secretary of State.

The report stated that as a Local Authority it was obliged to record all known public rights of way on the definitive map.  Public Footpath 193 had been shown on the definitive map since it was first published in 1968, but did not appear on the definitive statement.  The statement could be used to record details including a footpaths width that could not be recorded on the map, and because the footpath width had recently been called into question the order sought to prescribe to the unsurfaced length of Croft Lane a width of thirty feet: namely, boundary to boundary.  However three objections were submitted following the advertisement of the order.

One of the objectors addressed the committee on this issue  and stated that they could not understand why this had been brought before the committee as this footpath only leads to their property and that they had maintained and fenced it all the time they had lived there.  Concerned that if this was to be made into a highway, it would cause them great safety problems for the animals on the land.

Members discussed the report in some detail and asked the Senior Rights of Way Officer who was present at the meeting to provide them with more information, and to detail what was actually at stake if the order was made.

Resolved – That a further report be submitted to a future meeting providing more detailed options for public footpath 193, Bottesford.

1724   (39) ONSHORE OIL & GAS DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – PLANNING ADVICE NOTICE – The Director of Places submitted a report informing members about the onshore oil and gas development in North Lincolnshire, and to seek approval for the planning advice note.

The proposed planning advice note was attached to the report at appendix one which provided guidance for communities, developers and decision makers regarding oil and gas extraction, particularly in relation to hydraulic fracturing or fracking.  It also stated that this note would be updated as required to take account of any updates as they emerged.

An objector addressed the committee asking them not to approve this advice notice as he believed it required much more in depth investigation and a discussion at council by all members of the Local Authority. He raised concerns with fracking and the possible danger it would cause, including contamination to people’s properties caused by drilling, and especially if flooding occured.  He also felt that the advice note was not detailed enough, was not acceptable and was totally inaccurate.

The Chairman reminded everyone present that the Planning Committee did not formulate policy documents they purely implemented it. He reinforced the message that this was only an advice note for future guidance and not policy formulation.

Resolved – (a) That the report be noted, and (b) that the Onshore Oil & Gas Development in North Lincolnshire Planning Advice Note be approved and published on the council’s website.

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