Planning Committee – 5 April 2002
PRESENT: – Councillor Ellis in the chair.
Councillors Fordham (vice-chair), Gosling, Long, Mrs Redfern, Rocks, Wardle, Whiteley and Wood.
The committee met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.
180 DECLARATIONS OF PECUNIARY OR NON-PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF SIGNIFICANT CONTACT WITH APPLICANTS OR THIRD PARTIES (LOBBYING) – There were no declarations of pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests or significant contact with applicants, objectors or third parties (lobbying) from members in respect of the items on the agenda.
181 REQUESTS TO SPEAK – PROCEDURE RULE 36(e) – It was reported that three requests to speak had been received in accordance with Procedure Rule 36(e). The chair stated that the speakers would be able to address the committee prior to consideration of the respective items.
182 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting held on 8 March 2002, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and be signed by the chair.
183 (87) PLANNING APPLICATIONS – The Director of Environment and Public Protection 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. Officers updated the schedule orally in respect of late representations and other significant developments since its preparation.
Resolved – That the following applications be approved in accordance with the recommendations contained in the reports.
(i) 00/0971 by Mr and Mrs Asquith for agreement to alter the balcony detail as an amendment to planning permission 00/0971 for the erection of a detached house and garage on land west of 30 East End, Kirmington
(Councillor Gosling declared a non -pecuniary interest in the following application, 01/1416 and took no part in the discussion and voting thereon)
(ii) 01/1416 by Mrs D Long for planning permission to erect a detached house and stables, land at North Street, West Butterwick.
(Prior to consideration of this application an objector and the applicant addressed the committee in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 36 (e). The objector stated that her objection was to the proposed stables. These would be outside the development limit in the North Lincolnshire Deposit Draft Local Plan, would be visible from the northern approach to the village and could set a precedent with a further application following for a livery business. The nearest bridleways were in Belton and riders would have to use busy roads to and from the site. There was a large rat population in the vicinity that would move to a source of food, the stables would therefore attract them and this would be harmful to the amenity of neighbouring properties.
The applicant stated that the horses were currently stabled near Thorne. The proposal would result in one trailer being used once a week during the summer to take the horses to shows and this would not create any traffic problems. The Highways Team had no objections to the proposal. There was no link to any smells in the vicinity and the stables, these were more likely to come from nearby farms. Feed would be kept in sealed galvanised steel containers.
The Director of Environment and Public Protection advised that the proposal had been amended. Originally the stables would have been outside the built up area of the village, but now it was intended that they would be in the back garden of the house and much smaller in size. The building still required planning permission due to its height. In principle it was now acceptable.)
(iii) 01/1526 by Mrs J Vause for the erection of a boarding cattery at Java, Church Lane, North Killingholme.
(subject to the deletion of condition 2, which the Director of Environment and Public Protection advised was now superfluous as the applicant had now agreed a scheme of manure disposal with the Licensing Unit, and to an additional condition relating to the hours for collection and delivery of cats to and from the premises)
(iv) 01/ 1588 by Mr M Sutcliffe for permission to convert a redundant barn to provide an extension to dwelling at Chestnut Farm, Wroot Road, Epworth.
(v) 01/1625 by Mr T Reilly for erection of a detached 4 -bedroomed house (substitution house type 1999/1427) on Plot 6, Dickinson Close, Hibaldstow.
(vi) 02/0051 by Medical Centre Developments Ltd for erection of a doctors’ surgery at Beechway Hall, Collum Avenue, Scunthorpe.
(subject to an additional condition requiring details of walls and/ or fencing on the site boundary to be submitted and approved prior to commencement of the development and for the walls/fencing to be constructed before the building is brought into use)
(Prior to consideration of this application an objector addressed the committee under the provisions of Procedure Rule 36 (e). He stated that, whilst he had no objection to a surgery on the site, he had concerns regarding the additional traffic that would be created. He considered that there was inadequate provision for car parking on the site. He was also concerned that the building was very close to his father’s house and that there were no plans to provide perimeter fencing.
The Director of Environment and Public Protection stated that the site was a derelict one within a residential area and was therefore an ideal location for such a community facility. There was provision for staff car parking at the rear of the site and for visitors at the front. The number of parking spaces was slightly less than ideal, however on street parking was possible and not all visitors would arrive by car. Therefore the proposal was considered to be acceptable. There were no proposals for any boundary treatment adjacent to the objectors’ father’s property. Members felt, however, that it was appropriate to require the provision of fencing to protect the security of the neighbouring premises.
(vii) 02/0116 by Snipe Properties Ltd for erection of a dormer bungalow and garage on Plot 8, Applefields, off Vicarage Road, Wrawby.
(viii) 02/0138 by Mr and Mrs N Tuplin for the erection of a detached house and garage including the installation of an oil tank and gas cylinders (resubmission of 2001/1056) on Plot 4, Vicarage Park, Appleby.
(ix) 02/0141 by Mr and Mrs N Tuplin for consent to carry out works to a horse chestnut tree (T18) covered by Tree Preservation Order (Ermine Street, Appleby) 1996 on Plot 4, Vicarage Park, Appleby.
184 (88) Resolved – That the following applications be refused in accordance with the recommendations contained in the reports.
(i) 02/0123 by Mr S Islam for change of use of a shop into a restaurant at 336-338 Ashby Road, Scunthorpe.
(Prior to consideration of this application an objector addressed the committee in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 36(e). She reiterated the objections made in writing by herself and other local residents as summarised in the report).
(ii) 02/0186 by Mr and Mrs Reed for the removal of condition 5 from approval of reserved matters 01/1502 dated 07/01/02 to allow the use of white uPVC windows in lieu of white painted timber windows on Plot 5, Manor Farm, School Lane, Appleby.
(Prior to consideration of this application the Director of Environment and Public Protection read a letter from the applicant which had been received on the day of the meeting. The Director advised members that the Conservation Officer was of the view that the proposed windows would not be acceptable in this location).
185 (89) APPEALS – The Director of Environment and Public Protection submitted a report informing members of the outcome of the following appeals: –
(i) Against the refusal of permission for the erection of two dwellings (renewal of 98/0014, granted14/07/1998 on appeal) on land rear of Hillside Cottage, Sheepdyke Lane, Bonby (application reference 01/0240) – Appeal allowed subject to conditions.
(ii) Against the refusal of permission to change the use of a paddock to a caravan site and the erection of an amenity block, land beside Sunnyside, Barrow Road, Goxhill (application reference 01/0855) – Appeal allowed subject to conditions.
(iii) Against the refusal of permission for the erection of a bungalow with attached garage on Plot 87A, Hopfield, Hibaldstow (application reference 01/1073) – Appeal Dismissed.
186 01/1509 by Mr and Mrs M H Stockford for change of use of an office into a chiropody surgery with waiting room and bricking up of existing garage doors to create a music/dance studio at 10 Station Road, Kirton -in – Lindsey.
Resolved – That consideration of this application be deferred until the next meeting and that members visit the site prior to that meeting.
187 (90) TRAINING FOR TOWN AND PARISH COUNCILS IN DEVELOPMENT CONTROL – The Director of Environment and Public Protection submitted a report informing members about recent training events that had been held and seeking authority for a future event.
The report contained an analysis of evaluation forms received following the training sessions which showed that they had been generally well received.
Resolved – (a) That those parish and town councils who took part in the training be thanked for their interest; (b) that the report be circulated to all parish and town councils in an attempt to encourage greater participation next year; (c) that copies of the presentation notes be made available to other town and parish councils on request, and (d) that a future event be organised in 2002/2003, in consultation with the councils.
188 (91) USE CLASSES ORDER – CONSULTATION ON POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE ORDER AND TEMPORARY USE PROVISIONS – The Director of Environment and Public Protection submitted a report advising on the content of the recent consultation paper and inviting members to determine a response.
The report set out the background to the paper and appendices to the report set out the present situation, the options for change contained in the consultation paper and a suggested response.
Resolved – That the responses to the specific questions in Appendix 3 be agreed and forwarded to DTLR.