Planning Committee – 17 July 2019

Chairman:  Councillor N Sherwood
Venue:  Conference Room, Church Square House, 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.  Applications deferred from previous meeting for a site visit.

4.  Major Planning Applications.

The public are likely to be excluded from the meeting for consideration of the following item on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3 and 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

5.  Update on PA/2018/1316 Egdon Resources UK Limited Public Inquiry Appeal Ref : APP/Y2003/W/19/3221694

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 Group Manager – Development Management and Building Control unless otherwise stated.

MINUTES

PRESENT:-  Councillor N Sherwood (Chair)

Councillors Allcock, Collinson, J Davison, L.Foster, Grant, Hannigan, Robinson, C. Sherwood,  and Southern.

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

The committee met at Church Square House, High Street, Scunthorpe.

1962   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:-

Councillor Collinson
Minute 1964 (ii) Application PA/2018/1716
Nature of Interest : Knows the speaker
Councillor Poole
Minute 1964 (i) Application PA/2018/820
Nature of Interest : Knows the applicant

The following members declared that they had been lobbied:-

Councillor Clark
Application PA/2019/728 Minute 1963 (i)
Councillor T Foster
Application PA/2018/1716 Minute 1964 (ii)
Councillor England
Application PA/2018/1716 Minute 1964 (ii)
Councillor Hannigan
Application PA/2019/728 Minute 1963 (i)
Councillor Poole
Application PA/2018/1716 Minute 1964 (ii)

1963    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 Group Manager – Development Management submitted reports and updated them orally.

(i) PA/2019/728 by Mr and Mrs Neil Wilkinson for outline planning permission to erect a three/four bedroomed detached dwelling and detached double garage with appearance, landscaping, layout and scale reserved for subsequent approval at land rear of Lovain Villa, Station Road, Ulceby.

An objector addressed the committee and hoped that following the site visit they would have come to the conclusion that the access on the site was unsuitable. He highlighted the 6ft proposed fence, the blind spot for drivers, loss of privacy for neighbouring properties, and therefore felt it should be refused.

The applicant responded to some of the concerns and felt everything had been dealt with in the officer’s report. She also felt the access and parking were adequate for all concerned.

Cllr Clark spoke as the local ward member and indicated he was happy with the report and the officer’s recommendations.

Cllr C Sherwood following a visit to the site felt it was a reasonable plot for one dwelling.

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

1964   MAJOR APPLICATIONS – The Group Manager – 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/2018/820 by A and E Fowler, Ian Fowler and Company for outline planning permission for a residential development of 47 dwellings with all matters reserved for subsequent approval at land rear of Haywood House, High Street, Burringham, DN17 3NQ.

Speaking at the committee meeting four members of the public addressed the committee in objection to the planning application. In doing so the areas of concern they had about the development were – there was insufficient infrastructure to accommodate the scale of development, it would detract from the character of the area, increase drainage and flood risk issues, contrary to planning policy, outside the development boundary and they felt it would have an adverse impact on the local ecology.

The agent responded and indicated that the application had been submitted following detailed discussions with the planning officer and technical consultees.  He also highlighted that the Environment Agency also had no objection to the application.  He stated it was in keeping with the character of the area, and the community would benefit greatly from the section 106 provisions.

Cllr Walshe spoke as the local ward member following detailed objections from local residents.  He had concerns about surface water flooding, especially following previous flooding within the village.  He said traffic would increase in the area and it was already a problem, he also said it was an unsustainable development and urged the committee to refuse permission.

Cllr C Sherwood felt the speaker’s objection to the application had raised some very valid points, and was not happy with it being outside of the development boundary.

Cllr L Foster stated he could not support the application as it was outside the development boundary. He had concerns over the foul water problems in the area, and the increase in traffic.

It was moved by Cllr C Sherwood and seconded by Cllr Allcock –

That planning permission be refused for the following reasons –

1.
The proposal, by virtue of its location in the open countryside, outside the confines of any defined settlement boundary, would introduce harmful character impacts upon the open countryside by urbanising the existing rural landscape. The proposal is therefore contrary to the aims of policies CS2 and CS8 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy, and RD2 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan. In addition, the site is in an unsustainable location that is remote from local services and public transport, and is therefore also contrary to paragraph 11 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

2.
The applicant has failed to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the local planning authority, that the current drainage system can adequately deal with the foul water generated by 47 additional dwellings. The proposal is therefore contrary to policies DS14 and DS16 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan, and CS19 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy.​

                                                                                                                                                                             Motion Carried.

(ii) PA/2018/1716 by Mr Mark Graves, Maltgrade Limited for outline planning permission for up to 48 residential dwellings with all matters reserved for subsequent approval at B1207 Station Road, Hibaldstow.

Five members of the public addressed the committee and spoke against the application.  The main concerns from the speakers were in relation to the following areas – the development was outside the boundary limits, contrary to planning policy, sewerage and flood risk, impact on the character of the village, public transport and infrastructure could not cope with the additional dwellings, increase in traffic volumes would be dangerous, there had been overwhelming objections to the development from village residents, and a loss of agricultural land.

The agent spoke on behalf of the applicants at the meeting. He tried to alleviate some of the resident’s concerns, and in doing so stated that they had previously taken on residents comments when submitting the application. He highlighted that the development was part of an infill site, and that liaison had taken place with Anglian Water with no problems reported.  He also informed the committee that a thorough transport assessment had been carried out and the results showed no problems with the proposals, and issues with the footpath were addressed within the conditions.

Cllr T Foster spoke as the local ward member and reiterated the concerns residents had spoken about.  He said he had received a number of complaints from residents and attended a lot of Parish Council meetings on the matter. He felt there was a social cost to the area if the development were to go ahead as it would have an adverse impact on the local roads, the schools, the doctors, as there was no infrastructure to support it.

Cllr Poole also spoke and urged the committee to refuse the application on the ground of consistency, sustainability, outside of the development boundary, and the safety issues that could arise from the increase in traffic.  He asked that if the application was granted that the section 106 money could be more joined up to provide one pot for the village hall and the playground.

Cllr Allcock having listened to all the speakers and ward members said he felt the developer had addressed many points raised by the objectors, and he did not feel there was enough grounds to refuse the application.  He did agree it was outside the development boundary but not to the same extent as other applications that were refused as it was an infill site.

It was moved by Councillor Allcock and seconded by Cllr J Davison –

That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the officer’s report, with the section 106 money to be combined for the village hall and the playground.

The votes having been equal, the Chairman then used his second and casting vote.

Motion Carried.

1965   EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC – Resolved – That the public be excluded from the meeting for consideration of the following item (Minute 1966 refers) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 3 and 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

1966   PA/2018/1316 – The Group Manager – Development Management and Building Control updated the committee on the Egdon Resources UK Limited Public Inquiry Appeal Ref APP/2003/W/19/3221694 and the current position.

Resolved – (a) That the councils position be noted, and (b) that option one outline in the report be approved.

Reports