Planning Committee – 14 December 2016

Chair:  Councillor N Sherwood
Venue:  The Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Scunthorpe
Time:  2 pm
Email address:  planningcommittee@northlincs.gov.uk

 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 16 November 2016 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. Health and Wellbeing Supplementary Planning Document – Report by the Director of Places.

8.  Lincolnshire Lakes Strategic Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document – Report by the Director of Places.

9.  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, Collinson, Glover, Grant, Longcake, Mumby-Croft, Ogg and Perry.

Councillors Marper, Poole, Rowson, C.Sherwood and Waltham attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 37(b).

The committee met at Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

1775   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 a personal interest:-

Member(s) Minute Application(s) Nature of Interest
Cllr Allcock

 

Cllr Glover

1779(iii) 1779(iv) 1778((i) 1777(v) 1779(iv)1779(ii) 1779(iv) PA/2016/88 PA/2016/795 PA/2016/0015 PA/2016/1389 PA/2016/795 PA/2015/1087 PA/2016/795 Member of the Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Board. Knows the speaker. Knows the Objector. Knows the Applicant.
Cllr Ogg

Cllr N Sherwood

Cllr Waltham

1779(iv) 1779(i)

1779(iv)

1779(ii)

PA/2016/795 PA/2015/856

PA/2016/795

PA/2015/1087

Knows the Applicant.

Knows the Objector.

Knows the Objector.

The following members declared that they had been lobbied:-

Member(s) Application(s) Minute
Cllr Allcock PA/2016/1389 PA/2016/1345 PA/2016/1532 1777(v) 1777(iv) 1779(vii)
Cllr Bainbridge

 

Cllr Collinson

 

Cllr Glover

 

Cllr Grant
Cllr Longcake

 

Cllr Marper

 

Cllr Mumby-Croft

 

Cllr Ogg

 

Cllr Poole

 

Cllr Rowson

Cllr N Sherwood

PA/2016/1389 PA/2016/1253 PA/2016/1532 PA/2016/1087

PA/2016/1532 PA/2016/1389 PA/2016/1345

PA/2016/1345 PA/2016/1532

PA/2016/1389 PA/2016/1532 PA/2016/1345

PA/2016/1290 PA/2016/1345 PA/2016/1532 PA/2016/1389

PA/2016/1253 PA/2016/1532

PA/2016/1532 PA/2016/1345

PA/2016/1295 PA/2016/1253 PA/2016/1290 PA/2016/1345

PA/2015/856 PA/2016/888

PA/2016/1253 PA/2016/795

PA/2016/1389 PA/2016/1532 PA/2016/1345

1777(v) 1777(i) 1779(vii) 1779(ii)

1779(vii) 1777(v) 1777(iv)

1777(iv) 1779(vii)

1777(iv) 1779(vii) 1777(iv)

1777(ii) 1777(iv) 1779(vii) 1777(iv)

1777(i) 1779(vii)

1779(vii) 1777(iv)

1777(iii) 1777(i) 1777(ii) 1777(iv)

1779(i) 1779(v)

1777(i) 1779(iv)

1777(v) 1779(vii) 1777(iv)

 

1776   MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting held on 16 November 2016, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the Chairman.

1777   (22)  APPLICATIONS DEFERRED FROM PREVIOUS MEETING – In accordance with the decisions at the previous meeting, members had undertaken site visits on the morning of the meeting.  The Head of Development Management submitted reports and updated them orally.

(i)          PA/2016/1253 by Mrs Sharon Watson, Little Frogs for planning permission to change the use of existing outbuilding and rear garden to form children’s nursery with associated outdoor play area and on-site parking at building to the rear of 10 Queen Street, Winterton, DN15 9TT.

The agent for the application addressed the committee, and in doing so informed it that the applicant wished to expand the childcare service provided, and locate to rear out buildings. He stated that objections had been received raising concerns about potential noise and disturbance throughout the day that the application could cause, however, he said that the location of the new building would be further away than it currently was, and that the main bulk of the noise came from the nearby school. He also felt that the issues raised about parking would be dealt with as part of the businesses transport policy.

Councillor Rowson as ward member thanked the committee for taking the time to visit the site, although she said it was a quiet period of the day when they arrived. That there was parking issues in a residential/conservation area and would like to see the application refused.

Councillor Allcock agreed that having visited the site it was a very narrow one way road, and the Highway’s comments in the report had to be taking into consideration.

Councillor Bainbridge said the nursery was well used with a good reputation and thought the highways issues could be overcome with the use of the travel plan put in place by the business.  She questioned whether the traffic and parking problems could actually be attributed to the actual nursery.

Moved by Councillor Allcock and seconded by Councillor Glover:-

That planning permission be refused.

Moved by Councillor Bainbridge and seconded by Councillor Collinson as an amendment:-

That planning permission be granted subject to the following conditions:

  1. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: SW/16/02A and SW/16/04.

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

  1. The use shall be discontinued at or before the expiration of the period ending 17 December 2017 unless before that date application has been made and permission granted by the local planning authority for an extension of the time limit imposed by this condition.​

Reason Permission is granted on this basis in order to allow time to assess the impact of the development on the surrounding area.

  1. The use hereby approved shall be limited to the following days and hours:
  • 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday.

Reason In the interests of residential amenity and to accord with policy DS1 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

  1. The development hereby approved shall be implemented in accordance with the Staff Travel to Work and Parking Policy. The policy shall be operated and retained at all times.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                     Amendment Carried                                                                                                                                                                          Substantive Motion Carried

(ii)         PA/2016/1290 by Mrs Lois Rutter for planning permission to retain a timber cabin, two sheds and a container at Plot 31-33 Leys Lane, Winterton. Councillor Marper as ward member asked that planning permission be refused on the grounds that it was development in the open countryside, and outside the development boundary.

Councillor Allcock said after visiting the site he was minded to support the officer’s recommendation to grant permission, with an amendment to condition 3 that none of the buildings be used for residential use.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report, with the amendment to condition 3 as follows:-

  1. No residential accommodation shall be provided within the buildings or structures on site.

(iii)        PA/2016/1295 by Mr Allan McLaggan and Miss Kelly Grange-Smith for planning permission to retain two sheds and a greenhouse for agricultural use and associated micro wind turbine at Allotment Plot 20, OS Field 0046, Leys Lane, Winterton.
Councillor Allcock supported the officer’s recommendation to grant permission, with an amendment to condition two to indicate that none of the buildings be used for residential purposes.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report, with the amendment to condition 2 as follows:-

  1. No residential accommodation shall be provided within the buildings or structures on site.

(iv)     PA/2016/1345 by Mr & Mrs S Frost for planning permission to carry out extensions including an increase in roof height to provide first-floor accommodation at Olcote, Station Road, Sturton, DN20 9DW.

The applicant informed the committee that he had been the owner of the property for 30 years, and wished to add additional accommodation to wasted space by squaring off the building. He felt that all the concerns raised in the objections had been resolved.

Councillor Grant indicated he would be voting against the application as it encroached on the neighbouring property and there were light issues during the day.

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

(v)         PA/2016/1389 by Mr J Riley, J & S Metals Ltd for planning permission for change of use of land for a 13 pitch static caravan holiday park with ancillary infrastructure including site road and drainage with the demolition of existing buildings on site at former Garden Centre, Sandtoft Road, Westgate, Belton, DN9 1PN.

The Head of Development Management updated the committee and informed it that two letters of support had been received following the publication of the agenda, and outline in brief the content of the letters.

An objector highlighted a few concerns he had with the application, but was mainly concerned that the application was for a caravan site, and there was already an existing caravan site adjacent with 21 plots sat vacant. Therefore, he did not feel there was any further requirement for caravan holiday homes in Belton.

The agent informed the committee that the application was compliant with the local plan policy, that there had been no statutory objections received in relation to the application; therefore felt it should have been granted in accordance with the officer’s recommendation. In addressing the committee she highlighted that some of the concerns raised including that of competition, success or failure were not planning issues and should not be taken into consideration.

Councillor Longcake said the application was contrary to policy and that planning permission should be refused.

Moved by Councillor Longacke and seconded by Councillor Ogg:-

That planning permission be refused for the following reasons:-

The proposal is not considered to be associated with any recreational or tourist attraction, nor is it an appropriate scale that would be readily integrated into the surrounding area. The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to criteria i), ii) and iii) of policy R11 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

Motion Carried.

(vi)        PA/2016/1531 by Keigar Homes Ltd for planning permission for revised plot layout and change of house type to plot 6 previously approved under PA/2015/1195 and to erect two additional detached dwellings and a detached double garage including associated access, drives, gardens and private shared driveway at former Brocklesby Hunt Inn, Howe Lane, Goxhill, DN9 7HL.

The Head of Development Management updated the committee and informed it of a correction on page 119, paragraph two to delete ‘as part of the Section 106 Agreement to PA/2015/1125’ and asked that the words ‘the remainder of’ also deleted in connection with the section 106 agreement.

The agent informed the committee that this revised plot layout would make the area a better place to live, and complete the development that already existed. He said the proposal was for two additional dwellings and the re-arrangement of plot 6 that were in keeping with the existing development.

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

1778   (23)  MAJOR APPLICATIONS – The Head of Development Management submitted a report containing details of major applications for determination by the committee, including summaries of policy context, representations arising from consultation and publicity and assessment of the applications.

(i)          PA/2016/0015 by North Lincs Property Ltd for planning permission to retain change of use of land for a builder’s yard (storage and distribution), erect bunkers for the storage and bagging of aggregates and erect an ancillary office block at land adjacent to Protruck Auctions, Sandtoft Industrial Estate Road 1, Belton, DN9 1PN.

The agent addressed the committee seeking permission for the applicant to continue running a business from the site, employing more than 30 staff, and possibly more as it expanded.  He highlighted that other businesses had expanded on the same site that had been granted planning permission and were much bigger in size.  He referred to an objection received with regard to transport issues, and informed the committee that his client had had a transport report carried out that concluded that the level of additional traffic would not have  a noticeable impact on the road network.
Resolved – That a decision on this application be deferred to allow the committee to have a site visit.

(ii)         PA/2016/1654 by Able UK Ltd for planning permission to erect a new two-storey PDI (pre-delivery inspection) vehicle facility, with associated separate ancillary facilities including a fuel station, security cabin, driver welfare, propane tanks, staff car parking facilities and additionally culverted ditch crossing works at Able UK Ltd, Rosper Road, North Killingholme, DN40 3DZ.

The Head of Development Management update the committee and informed it that the objection received from the Environment Agency had since been removed. He also indicated that if it was to be approved an additional condition would need to be added with regard to the finished floor levels.

Councillor Allcock indicated that following the removal of the objection he was inclined to support the officer’s recommendation to grant permission.

Resolved – That planning permission be approved subject to the recommendations contained within the report, with the additional of the following condition:-

The development permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the approved Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) for the Able Marine Energy Park (JBA Consulting, dated August 2011) and the following mitigation measures detailed within the FRA:

  • Finished floor levels shall be set a minimum of 300 millimetres above existing ground level (this is applicable to the Driver Welfare Facility and the Security Cabin).
  • The PDI building must incorporate an area of safe refuge set not less than 6.84 metres ODN (Ordnance Datum Newlyn).

The mitigation measures shall be fully implemented prior to occupation and subsequently in accordance with the timing/phasing arrangements embodied within the scheme, or within any other period as may subsequently be agreed, in writing, by the local planning authority.

Reason To reduce the risk of flooding to the proposed development and future occupants.

1779   (24)  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)          PA/2015/0856 by Mr & Mrs N Johnson for planning permission to erect four dwellings and a garage on plot 2 at land at 4 Messingham Lane, Scawby, DN20 9AZ.

An objector raised a number of concerns and in doing so highlighted that the proposal was outside of the settlement boundary for Scawby.  Along with the issues of overlooking neighbouring properties with a loss of amenity and privacy for all concerned. He said it was out of character with the area and would not fit in with the street scene.

The agent urged the committee to take into consideration the officer’s report and recommendation for approval.   He discussed the concerns raised from objectors and indicated that there would be no loss of privacy to existing dwellings in the area.

Councillor Poole as ward member asked the committee to consider carrying out a site visit before they made a decision on the application.

Councillor Allcock said there had been a number of objections to the application and it would be beneficial to visit the site before making a decision,

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

(ii)         PA/2015/1087 by Mr Bruce Rowles, LFC Horkstow Ltd for planning permission for erection of a wind turbine with a maximum height to blade tip of 58 metres and associated infrastructure including access track, crane hard standing area and underground cables at land at Horkstow Road, Horkstow.

An objector raised a number of concerns with regard to the application and asked the committee to refuse the application.  Her main concern she raised was that the application WF/2011/0734 for 10 turbines that was previously dismissed by the Secretary of State, on the grounds of substantial harm to the quality and character of the landscape and that visual impact was not a material consideration in determining this application. She felt it was a big consideration and should be taken into consideration.

The agent for the application stated that the application was required for a local business that required a large electricity demand; he informed the committee that the turbine would provide additional electricity supply to the Horkstow Drier site and would help the business meet ‘green’ requirements. He also gave detailed information with regard to the pink-footed geese in the location, stating that a collision risk analysis had been carried out and indicated that geese collisions were very rare.

Councillor Waltham requested that the committee take into consideration the concerns of the Parish Council as detailed in the officer’s report with regards to protecting the countryside for the enjoyment of all and for preservation for future generations.  He also referred to the decision of the Secretary of State to refuse the Saxby Wold Wind Farm and said it should be taken into account as part of this application.

Councillor Allcock quoted the objections received from the Parish Council’s and Natural England, and also felt the application was contrary to policies CS16 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy and LC7 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan, and if refused should be included as part of the reason for refusal.

Resolved – That planning permission be refused as recommended in the report with the addition of the following reason:-

The proposals would lead to significant disruption to users of the Viking Way, a nationally important network of footpaths and bridleways, both during construction of the wind farm and long term, due to the fact the proposal includes laying access roads over the line of the Viking Way itself. Furthermore, the proposals would be visually detrimental to users of the Viking Way due to the introduction of industrial structures close to the public rights of way which would disrupt important views and create an intimidating and overbearing environment for walkers and riders. The proposals are therefore contrary to policies CS16 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy and LC7 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.

(iii)        PA/2016/88 by North Lincs Property Ltd for planning permission to change the use of land from display of advertising hoarding and agriculture to storage of commercial vehicles and re-siting of screening bund and palisade fencing at OS field 5180 north of  ProTruck Auctions, Sandtoft Industrial Estate, Belton, DN9 1PN.

The agent stated that the land was adjacent to an existing permitted business, and would support economic growth of another business that should be supported.  He indicated that the land was bounded to the north by the M180 motorway which would act as a natural barrier and protect the open countryside.

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

(iv)        PA/2016/795 by D & H Stewart for planning permission to retain change of use of land to a vehicle storage yard at Unit 9, Holly Tree Farm, Sandtoft Road, Epworth, DN9 1LA.

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

(v)         PA/2016/888 by Lincolnshire Co-operative Ltd for planning permission for the erection of a single-storey neighbourhood food store (Class A1 Use), the creation of a new vehicle and pedestrian access, car parking, external plant equipment landscaping and associated works at land off West Street, Scawby.

The agent informed the committee that this proposal would have major benefits for the area, on a piece of vacant land that had no material benefit.  She indicated there was capacity for a food store in the area, and this was the best site after considering all other potential sites, with no alternative available in the village of Scawby.

Councillor Poole addressed the committee and whilst he was not against the application, he stated that the site was not appropriate and would cause problems in the area with vehicle and access problems.

Councillor Collinson supported the application and felt that it would be a good retail space for the village of Scawby.

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

(vi)        PA/2016/1506 by Mr Michael Borrell for planning permission to demolish existing garage, and construct new garage and extension to existing bungalow at Walcot Lodge, 28a George Street, Broughton, DN20 0LA.

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

(vii)      PA/2016/1532 by Mrs S 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, Ferry Road West, Flixborough, DN15 8UG.

Councillor Marper addressed the committee as ward member and indicated a number of concerns she had as previously stated, when this application had previously been brought before the committee.  These included issues with flooding and the sewage system, along with the rough track being able to accommodate more vehicle activity.

Councillor Collinson highlighted the fact that the application had been before the committee on a number of occasions and felt that all the concerns, and information requested had been satisfied, and that planning permission should be granted.

Councillor Allcock indicated that at the previous meeting of the committee more information had been requested from the two water companies, which had since been received with a satisfactory response.  He did request that two additional conditions be attached if it was to be approved to include the track being fenced off, and the construction hours to be limited to certain times of the day.

Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report with the addition of the two following conditions:

  1. The development hereby approved shall not be occupied until the existing access track to the east of the site has been fenced off as shown on approved plan BDS – 2016 – 10 – 01. The fencing shall thereafter be retained for the lifetime of the development unless otherwise agreed in writing with the local planning authority. At no time shall the access track be used by residents or visitors to access the extended caravan park nor shall it be used during the construction period.
  2. Construction, demolition and site clearance operations shall be limited to the following days and hours:

8am to 6pm Monday to Friday 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. No construction, demolition or site clearance operations shall take place on Sundays or public/bank holidays.

HGV movements shall not be permitted outside these hours during the construction phase without prior written approval from the local planning authority.

Installation of equipment on site shall not be permitted outside these hours without prior written approval from the local planning authority.

(viii)     PA/2016/1597 by Keigar Homes Ltd for planning permission to erect three three-bedroomed detached dwellinghouses including associated parking area and access at land rear of Kingston View, 103 Barrow Road, Barton upon Humber, DN18 6DA.

The agent for the application informed the committee that he had worked closely with the Planning Officers on the application to ensure it was fit for purpose before submitting it, following previous refusal.  He said there had been no comments or objections on the new proposed layout.

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

1780   (25) HEALTH AND WELLBEING SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT – The Director of Places submitted a report informing members of the adoption of the Health and Wellbeing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The purpose of the SPD was to provide supporting information and guidance for planners, developers and investors on how our environment and the planning decisions that were made impact the health and wellbeing of the population.  The SPD would be a material consideration in determining planning applications and would be used in preparing future plans, strategies and development briefs and in making policy decisions.

Resolved – That the report be noted.

1781   (26) LINCOLNSHIRE LAKES STRATEGIC DESIGN GUIDE SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT – The Director of Places submitted a report informing the committee of the adoption of the Lincolnshire Lakes Strategic Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The Strategic Design Guide was a two part document.  Part A being the masterplan framework and Part B the Strategic Design Guide.  Part A would be analysis, design informants and a suite of framework plans.  Part B would be all the elements of Part A put into strategic design guidance for the six village of the Lincolnshire Lakes Development.

Resolved – That the report be noted.

Reports