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Agenda and draft minutes

Contact: Ben Fielding  Democratic Services Officer

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8.

Apologies

To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

9.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2021.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2021 were presented for consideration, and it was,

 

Resolved:

 

To approve and sign as a true and correct record of the minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2021.

10.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

11.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements through the Chair.

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s Announcements.

12.

Public Participation

The Council welcomes contributions from members of the public. During the

ongoing Covid-19 situation the Council is operating revised procedures and the public are able to participate in meetings online after registering with the officer named on this agenda, and in accordance with the deadlines below.

 

Guidance on how to participate in this meeting online

 

Access the online meeting here

 

Statements

Members of the public who wish to submit a statement in relation to an item on this agenda should submit this in writing to the officer named on this agenda no later than 5pm on 15 February 2021.

 

Submitted statements should:

·       State whom the statement is from (including if representing another person or organisation);

·       State clearly whether the statement is in objection to or support of the application;

·       Be readable aloud in approximately three minutes (for members of the public and statutory consultees) and in four minutes (for parish council representatives – 1 per parish council).

 

Up to three objectors and three supporters are normally allowed for each item on the agenda, plus statutory consultees and parish councils.

 

Those submitting statements would be expected to join the online meeting to read the statement themselves, or to provide a representative to read the statement on their behalf.

 

Questions

To receive any questions from members of the public or members of the Council received in accordance with the constitution which excludes, in particular, questions on non-determined planning applications.

 

Those wishing to ask questions are required to give notice of any such

questions electronically to the officer named on the front of this agenda no later than 5pm on 10 February 2021 in order to be guaranteed of a written response.

 

In order to receive a verbal response questions must be submitted no later than 5pm on 12 February 2021.

 

Please contact the officer named on the front of this agenda for further advice.

Questions may be asked without notice if the Chairman decides that the matter is urgent. Details of any questions received will be circulated to members prior to the meeting and made available at the meeting and on the Council’s website. Questions and answers will normally be taken as read at the meeting.

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed all present. He then explained the rules of public participation and the procedure to be followed at the meeting.

13.

Planning Appeals and Updates

To receive details of completed and pending appeals and other updates as appropriate.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The update report on planning appeals was received, with details provided in relation to the appeals for Land North of St George’s Road, Semington; Seymour Road, Trowbridge; Land Adjacent 2a Clivey, Dilton Marsh; Beckerley Farm, Holt; The Old Mill Annexe 33C Market Street, Bradford on Avon; Former Nursery Northleigh, Bradford on Avon.

 

Resolved:

 

To note the Planning Appeals Update Report for 17 February 2021.

14.

Planning Applications

To consider and determine the following planning applications.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the following applications:

14a

20/10572/FUL: Land Adjoining No.39 Craybourne Road, Melksham, SN12 7DJ

Proposed 4 Bed Dwelling.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Officer, Verity Giles-Franklin, presented a report which recommended that planning permission for the proposed detached 4-bed dwelling should be granted subjected to conditions.

 

Key issues included the principle of development, the impacts the development would have on the character of the area, as well as the impacts on neighbouring amenity for both existing and future occupiers, and highway safety.

 

Members of the Committee had the opportunity to ask technical details regarding the application. Details were sought about the scale and size of the proposed application, specifically the size of the fourth bedroom in the proposal.

 

No members of the public had registered an interest to present their views to the community however members were advised by the case officer that a late public representation had been received, although it did not raise any new additional points that were not covered within the report.

 

The neighbouring Unitary Division member, Councillor Jon Hubbard was invited to speak to the application, who recalled the town council meeting when the application had been discussed which led to the town council raising the concerns, as reported.

 

A motion was moved by Councillor Ernie Clark, seconded by Councillor Jonathon Seed, to approve the application in accordance with the officer’s recommendation.

 

A short debate followed, with some members expressing that the application would not be out of keeping or constitute as overdevelopment of the plot.

 

At the conclusion of debate, it was,

 

Resolved:

 

That application 20/10572/FUL be approved as per the following conditions:

 

1. The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

 

REASON: To comply with the provisions of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

 

2. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:

 

Drawing No. 188/101, Site Location Plan, Existing Block/Roof Plan, Proposed Block/Roof Plan, Proposed Floor Plans, Proposed Elevations and Material Details, as received on 27 November 2020

 

REASON: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

 

3. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (or any Order revoking or re-enacting or amending that Order with or without modification), no windows, doors or other form of openings other than those shown on the approved plans, shall be inserted in the north-west or south-east (side) elevations above ground floor ceiling level of the development hereby permitted.

 

REASON:  In the interests of residential amenity and privacy.

 

4. No development above ground floor slab level shall commence on site until a scheme for the discharge of surface water from the site (including surface water from the access/driveway), incorporating sustainable drainage details, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall not be first occupied until surface water drainage has been constructed in accordance with the approved scheme.

 

REASON: To ensure that the development can be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14a

14b

20/04400/FUL: 16 Conway Crescent, Melksham SN12 6BD

Retrospective application for erection of an annex to be used as ancillary accommodation

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Public Participation

Richard Harlow, agent, spoke in support of the application.

 

The Planning Officer, Yancy Sun, presented a report which recommended that the retrospective application for the erection of an annex (to be used as ancillary accommodation) be approved subjected to conditions.

 

Key issues included the principle of the development, impact on neighbour amenity, impact on visual amenity, drainage and flooding as well as environmental impact.

 

Members of the Committee had the opportunity to ask technical details regarding the application. Details were sought on whether temporary permission would be appropriate for the application and whether there would be any fire implications if cooking was allowed to take place in the annex. Additional details were sought on drainage and whether there were regulations in place to prevent the annex being sub-let.

 

It was clarified that planning officers did not consider that a temporary permission would be appropriate for this case, and planning conditions were recommended to address the building regulation outstanding matters.

Members of the public then had the opportunity to present their views to the committee as detailed above.

 

The local Unitary Member, Councillor Jon Hubbard, then spoke in objection to the application. Additionally, Councillor Jon Hubbard read out a statement on behalf of a neighbour to the application.

 

A debate followed where it was noted that as this was a retrospective application, and it had to be assessed on its own merits. Additionally, members enquired whether condition 2 could be strengthened. Furthermore, the difficulty of enforcing the use of the annex by family members was noted.

 

A motion was moved by Councillor Jonathon Seed, seconded by Councillor Trevor Carbin, to approve the application in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, with condition 2 being revised to include a more detailed note to the applicant to secure the necessary building regulation requirements pursuant to fire and public safety, as well as surface water drainage.

 

At the conclusion of debate, it was,

 

Resolved:

 

That application 20/04400/FUL be approved as per the following conditions:

 

1. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:

 

AH2019/60, Sheet 1 of 1, Received 3 September 2020

 

REASON: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

2. Within three months of the date of this permission, written confirmation shall be provided to the local planning authority to evidence the annex having the appropriate connections to the surface water drainage sewer, or to a suitable alternative system.

 

REASON: To annex requires building warrant approval which shall confirm the most appropriate surface water disposal option to ensure that the development is provided with a permanent satisfactory means of drainage as well as conformity with the necessary and relevant building regulations.

 

NOTE: In discharging the above condition, the LPA is mindful that there are private surface water sewers in the locality, and should the applicant seek to make and maintain such a connection to a private sewer, in applying to discharge this condition, evidence of the third party agreement(s)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14b

15.

Urgent Items

Any other items of business which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be taken as a matter of urgency.

 

Minutes:

There were no Urgent Items.

 

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