Planning Committee – 17 September 2004

Chairman: Councillor Wardle
Venue: International Room, Pittwood House, Scunthorpe
Time: 2.15pm


1. Substitutions.

2. Declarations of prejudicial or non-prejudicial personal interests, if any.

3. Local Plan – Annual Monitoring

The full report can be found here – Development Plans – Action Planning.

4. Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance – Open Spaces

5. Urban Potential

The full report can be found here – Development Plans – Action Planning.

6. Conservation Area Appraisals – Alkborough, Crowle and Kirton in Lindsey

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

Note: Reports are by the Head of Planning and Regeneration unless otherwise stated.


PRESENT: – Councillor Long (Vice-Chairman in the chair.)

Councillors Bunyan, England, Fordham, Glover, Grant, Holgate, Whiteley and Wood.

The committee met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.


610 (39) LOCAL PLAN – ANNUAL MONITORING REPORT 2004 – The Head of Planning and Regeneration submitted a report informing the committee of the findings of the first annual monitoring report (AMR) of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan and seeking approval to publish the report.

The Local Plan aimed to enhance the environment of North Lincolnshire and improve the quality of life for its residents. It was mainly used to guide decisions on planning applications for buildings and new uses of land. The AMR assessed whether or not the Local Plan was achieving what it set out to do. It was now a Government requirement to produce such reports.

The Local Plan had begun to become effective in 2000 when it had set itself 16 key targets to reach by the end of the plan period (2008) based on housing, economy and the environment. By using various measures and indicators the AMR showed if these targets were being met concentrating on the period from April 2000 to March 2004.

Out of the 16 key targets, our Local Plan was performing better than expected for five targets to do with affordable housing, job creation, industrial land, and land reclamation. It was on course to meeting five of the other key targets. However with regards to the remaining six targets, progress could be better. These targets referred to the reuse of brownfield land, the location of housing development, housing completions, CO2 emissions, landfill sites, and growth in car use.

Recommended to Council – (a) That the report be noted, and (b) that the AMR be approved for publication purposes.

611 (40) DRAFT SUPPLEMENTRAY PLANNING GUIDANCE – OPEN SPACES – Further to Minute 541, the Head of Planning and Regeneration submitted a report informing the committee of the issues raised during the consultation on the Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG); proposing changes to the Draft SPG, and seeking the adoption of the SPG for development control purposes when determining planning applications for housing development.

The Draft SPG had made available for public comment between 29 March and 10 May 2004. It had been advertised in the local papers and copies made available at libraries. In addition copies had been sent to 171 organisations/individuals including builders, estate agents, planning consultants, parish councils, open space associations, and the government regional office. During the consultation period 14 organisations had submitted comments. These comments were summarised in the report.

A report on consultations including recommended changes to the SPG was appended along with a copy of the final draft SPG

Recommended to Council – (a) That the report be noted, and (b) that the final draft of the Supplementary Planning Guidance No.10 on the Provision of Open Space in New Housing Developments be adopted for development control purposes.

612 (41) NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE URBAN POTENTIAL STUDY 2003/04 – The Head of Planning and Regeneration submitted a report informing the committee of the findings for the first Urban Potential Study for North Lincolnshire.

The Study aimed to establish the number of dwellings that could be realistically accommodated in North Lincolnshire from 2003-2016. The study was a key requirement in the preparation of new development plans, and would assist in determining the North Lincolnshire housing requirement which will be set out in the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Spatial Strategy. It would also assist in the identification of housing sites in the North Lincolnshire Local Development Framework.

Planning Policy Guidance Note 3 – Housing (PPG3) required local planning authorities to undertake urban potential studies in order to establish how much additional housing could be accommodated in urban areas. The government target was that 60% of housing be built on brownfield sites in order to prevent expansion into the countryside and prevent urban areas declining.

The results were presented in accordance with the Regional Planning Guidance’s settlement hierarchy, which included ‘main urban areas’, ‘market towns’ and ‘rural areas’. The results were categorised to identify the Scunthorpe and Bottesford Urban Area (main urban areas), Barton upon Humber and Brigg (market towns) and 47 ‘rural areas’, which consist of medium and minimum growth settlements. The study had been undertaken between April 2003 – February 2004 and included full town and village surveys.

The study had identified 9,301 potential dwellings. Of this 9,301 the number of dwellings already available for development as identified in the existing North Lincolnshire Local Plan was 5,186. From 2003 – 2016 this gave North Lincolnshire the potential to build or create 715 dwellings per year.

A copy of the study was appended to the report.

Recommended to Council – (a) That the report be noted, and (b) that the Urban Potential Study be adopted for publication purposes.

613 (42) NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE LOCAL PLAN – CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISALS – The Head of Planning and Regeneration submitted a report inviting the committee to recommend the adoption of Supplementary Planning Guidance for three Conservation Areas in North Lincolnshire, Alkborough, Crowle and Kirton – in – Lindsey, together with amendments to the boundaries of those areas and the making of Article 4 Directions to control alterations to properties in those areas.

A review of the council’s 17 Conservation Areas had been undertaken by external consultants and completed in May 2002. Draft Supplementary Guidance had been prepared for each area, comprising in each case of an appraisal of the area’s character and planning guidance.

The council had resolved to use the draft documents as interim policy statements for development control purposes.

Consultation had been undertaken in line with that carried out for the local plan.

The consultants undertaking the appraisals had also asked to review the boundaries of all Conservation Areas. They had concluded that only minor changes be made to the boundaries for Alkborough and Crowle. However for Kirton – in -Lindsey a major extension was proposed in order to link the two currently separate parts of the area together.

By area Alkborough was the Council’s largest conservation area. The existing Article 4 Direction only appliedto the village however, and it was proposed that a new Article 4(2) Direction be made to cover the rest (the majority) of the conservation area.

Crowle had no Article 4 Direction and this was evident from the appearance of much of the central area. It was considered that greater control by the planning authority over minor works to residential property would in time, result in improved appearance.

The “uphill” part of the Kirton in Lindsey conservation area had an Article 4 Direction. This was the first part of the conservation area to be designated. The “downhill” part id not and the difference in appearance brought about through “minor works” was clear. It was proposed to make a new Article 4(2) Direction to cover the “downhill” part and the proposed extension.

The Article 4(2) Direction was essential for Conservation Area management and aimed to retain important architectural features such as sliding sash and bay windows, traditional doors and surrounds, old brick facades, roofs with traditional pantiles, slates and chimneys, old walls and railings etc.

Recommended to Council – (a) That, the Conservation Area Appraisals and Supplementary Planning Advice Documents for the Alkborough, Crowle and Kirton – in – Lindsey Conservation Areas be adopted as Supplementary Planning Advice showing conformity with the provisions of the local plan and; (b) that these documents be used to inform the development process as it affects these Conservation Areas and as guidance documents for Town Planning Purposes; (c) that the actions for each Conservation Area as detailed in each Conservation Area Appraisal as summarised in Appendix 2 to the report be noted as contributing toward the positive management of the conservation areas concerned;(d) that the Conservation Area boundaries for the areas referred to in this report be amended as detailed in Appendix 3 to the report and that (e) some minor works of alteration to residential properties be brought into planning control through the making of Article 4(2) Directions as detailed in Appendix 3 of the report so as to better preserve and enhance the character and appearance of those areas.