Planning Committee 20 September 2017

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 30 August 2017 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.           Any other items, which the chairman decides are urgent, by reasons of special circumstances, which must be specified.

Note: All reports are by the Director: Operations unless otherwise stated.

MINUTES

PRESENT:-  Councillor N Sherwood (Chairman).

Councillors Ogg (Vice-Chairman), Bainbridge, Collinson, J Davison, Glover, Grant, Kataria, Longcake and Mumby-Croft.

Councillor(s) L.Foster, T.Foster, Poole and Rose attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 37(b).

The committee met at Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.

1836   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 T Foster 1839(ii)

1839(iii)

PA/2017/392

PA/2017/778

Knows the applicant and objectors.
Cllr Poole

 

Cllr N Sherwood

1839(ii)

1839(iii)

1839(iii)

PA/2017/392

PA/2017/778

PA/2017/778

Knows the applicant and objectors.

Knows the applicant.

The following members declared that they had been lobbied:-

Member(s) Application(s) Minute
Cllr Poole PA/2016/1823

PA/2017/392

1838(i)

1839(ii)

Cllr Rose PA/2017/1007 1839(v)

1837   MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting held on 30 August 2017, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the Chairman.

1838   (49)  MAJOR APPLICATIONS – The Director: Operations 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)       MIN/2016/1823 by Mr Matthew Shorland, Sibleco UK Ltd for planning permission for an extension to existing silica sand extraction operations, together with the construction of a new access to Brigg Road, associated works and planting, and progressive restoration to a landscaped lake and land suitable for nature conservation and agriculture at Messingham Quarry, Greetwell Hall Farm, Brigg Road, Manton Parish, DN21 4JX.

An objector addressed the committee and asked it to take into consideration the residents of Scawby, and the possible increase in HGV traffic that the application would cause.  He indicated that the existing traffic movements were already too much and requested that the proposed route should avoid Scawby.

The agent for the application informed the committee that extensive consultation had taken place with local residents, and following those consultations the application had been amended and refined in order to accommodate requests.  He also stated that as part of the application they would make road safety improvements that would be implemented before any extraction commenced, and that there would be no change to the existing system on Messingham Lane.

Cllr Poole as local ward member also raised a number of concerns with regard to the transportation from the new site to the sand washing plant due to proposed traffic volume on a narrow road with acute bends.  He felt that the movements should be via an extended Haul Road.

Cllr Mumby-Croft stated that she had concerns about the B14 road and the heavy vehicle movement and could therefore not support the application.

It was moved by Cllr Mumby-Croft and seconded by Cllr Longcake-

That planning permission be refused for the following reason –

It is considered that the proposed access arrangements to serve the site are not satisfactory to accommodate the number of vehicles proposed and if approved would be likely to have an adverse impact on the wider highway network. The proposal is thus contrary to saved policies DS1 and T2 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan 2003.

Motion Carried.

1839   (50) PLANNING AND OTHER APPLICATIONS – The Director: Operations 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 Group Manager – Development Control and Building Control updated the reports orally where appropriate.  Other officers attending gave advice and answered members’ questions as requested.

(i)          PA/2017/166 by Mr Nicholas Turner, Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance Ltd for planning permission to erect a vicarage and detached garage, including demolition of former school and outbuildings at Church Walk, Epworth, DN9 1ES.

An objector raised concerns covering the following areas: the size and height of the proposed structure would be overbearing, too close to his property, and would cause a loss of light and privacy.

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

(ii)         PA/2017/392 by A E and D M Swaby for outline planning permission for six four-bedroomed detached dwellings and integral garages with all matters reserved for subsequent approval at land north of Thistle Downe, Scotter Road, Messingham, DN17 3QE.

An objector raised concerns about the surface and foul water drainage system and its capacity to be able to cope with anymore new homes, and it was already struggling to cope with the existing homes.

Cllr Mumby-Croft referred to the officer’s report and highlighted that all areas had been assessed and there were no objections from Sever Trent Water or North Lincolnshire Council’s Drainage Team.

Cllr Poole felt that the proposed 22 dwellings was raising issues and concerns for local residents and asked the committee to carry out a site visit before making a decision.

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

(iii)        PA/2017/778 by Mr George Aikenhead for planning permission to erect two dwellings at Whitgift House, 30 Church Street, Messingham, DN17 3SB.

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

(iv)        PA/2017/889 by  Barnetby Service Station for planning permission to erect new service station comprising new shop building and associated car and HGV parking (including demolition of existing service station and redundant restaurant building) at Barnetby Top Service Station, C121 between Barnetby Top and Elsham, Elsham, DN20 0PA.
Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report.

(v)         PA/2017/1007 by Mr Pete Buller, Esland Care for planning permission to retain change of use from a dwellinghouse (Use Class C3) to a residential care home (Use Class C2) at 31 Low Street, Haxey, DN9 2LE.

An objector raised a number of concerns, mainly with regard to the home operating without a certificate, the fact that it was a shared drive with the neighbouring property, with insufficient parking on the site for all the staff movements.  They feared that it was not a village with enough activity and services to support the needs of children being looked after.

The applicant tried to alleviate some of the worries raised by the objectors, and felt that Haxey with its nearby facilities in Epworth was a sustainable area for this kind of use, providing caring/nurturing environments.

Cllr Rose as a local ward member addressed the committee informing it that he had serious concerns with the application.  He indicated that there were five key issues to take into consideration, and these included: the dwelling was inappropriately sited, shared driveway with other properties, large number of vehicle movements, behavioural incidents and the fact that he felt it was not a sustainable area for children’s residential care home.

Cllr J Davidson indicated that he was fully aware of the requirement to provide residential care for children, however, he did not feel that this application situated in the middle of Haxey, with poor bus links was not the right area.  He did not feel it was suitable, especially with the shared drive with a lot of traffic movements coming to and from the property.

Cllr Collinson could not see any problems with the application, and indicated that anti-social behaviour happens with young people from time to time in normal households, not just within residential children’s care homes, and therefore could see no reason to refuse the application.

It was moved by Cllr J Davidson and seconded by Cllr Longcake –

That planning permission be refused for the following reason –

The retention of the facility, which is not located in the Scunthorpe and Bottesford urban area, Barton upon Humber or Brigg, represents an unsustainable use as it is not readily accessible to schools or other local facilities. Furthermore, the proposal will have an adverse impact on the character of the area by the introduction of a commercial enterprise in an area which is predominantly residential in character and is considered to be detrimental to residential amenity through noise and disturbance. The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to the provisions of policies H16 and DS1 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan, policies CS1, CS2 and CS5 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy and guidance contained within the Interim Planning Policy for Residential Care Homes/Institutions.

Motion Carried.

(vi)        PA/2017/1031 by Mr Yusef Salama for planning permission to erect single-storey rear extension with pitched roof (including retention of partially constructed extension) at 5 Shires Close, Epworth, DN9 1BN.

An objector stated that the application would be detrimental to neighbouring properties, and not in keeping with the area.  She indicated that the walls to the east had already been built and left as breeze blocks, and that the new pitched roof would mean the guttering would overhang the boundary.

The applicant responded indicated that the original application was for a flat roof, but he re-applied for a pitched roof, and at the same time lowered the height of it and the windows so that they would not overlook.  He said the ground level of his property was much lower to neighbouring properties, and the new roof would not be as high as the trees previously in its place.

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

(vii)      PA/2017/1062 by Mr and Mrs Dodson for planning permission to erect a rear single-storey extension to create annexe at 69 High Street, Haxey, DN9 2HH.

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

(viii)     PA/2017/1093 by Mr and Mrs A Shaw for planning permission to erect two-storey and single-storey extensions at Mill Farm, Ferry Road, Barrow Haven, Barrow upon Humber, DN19 7EY.

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

(ix)     PA/2017/1142 by Mrs Holly Cheyne for planning permission for the retention of a caravan and associated decking, parking and fencing in connection with existing dog grooming business at land opposite 21 Manchester Square, New Holland, DN19 7RQ.

Cllr Hannigan spoke as a local ward member and indicated that he had received a number of objections from residents against the application, as they did not feel it was in keeping with the area. He said it was a viable business and if approved requested that condition one of the officers report be amended to read that it would be ‘permanently removed from the site on or before one year from the date of this permission’.

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

The use hereby approved shall be discontinued and the caravan and associated decking and fencing permanently removed from the site on or before one year from the date of this permission, and the land shall be restored to a satisfactory condition in accordance with details to be submitted to and agreed in writing with the local planning authority before restoration is commenced.

(x)      PA/2017/1206 by North Lincolnshire Council for planning permission to change the use of existing squash court to a library and erect extension to accommodate library facility at Riddings Swimming Pool, Enderby Road, Scunthorpe, DN17 2JL.

Cllr L.Foster as a ward member indicated he was not against the library improvements in the Riddings area.  However, he did have concerns about the consultation or lack of it that had taken place with the users of the squash courts that were to be replaced by the library. He stated that it was the only remaining squash court in the urban area without having to be part of a club.  He just felt it was the wrong area.

Cllr Collinson highlighted that libraries were generally placed within the centre of the community, but this one at Riddings would be on the outskirts if approved, and would not be fit for purpose.

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

Reports