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Agenda and minutes

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No. Item



To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.



Apologies were received from Councillors Stewart Dobson, Richard Gamble and James Sheppard.

Councillor Dobson was substituted by Councillor Anna Cuthbert.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 25 April 2019.


Supporting documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 25 April were considered and it was,




To approve and sign the minutes as a true and correct record.


Declarations of Interest

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


The Chairman read out a note emphasising the quasi-judicial role fo the Committee, the requirement to act in accordance with the rules of antural justice to act fairly towards all interested parties, and approach the matter with an open mind and determine the application with an open mind. He then invited any declarations.

Councillor Mark Connolly declared that in relation to application 19/02455/FUL he was acquainted with the applicant, who was also a Wiltshire Councillor, but had no social or business relationship with him, and would debate and vote on the item, considering it with an open mind.


Councillor Paul Oatway QPM made the same declaration, noting further he had never visited the properties of the applicant in any capacity, and he would debate and vote on the application with an open mind..


Councillors Anna Cuthbert, Peter Evans and Ian Blair-Pilling made the same declaration that they knew the applicant as a Wiltshire Councillor but not in any other capacity, would debate and vote on the matter with an open mind, and also that they had visited the area to view the site.



Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements through the Chair.


There were no announcements.


Public Participation

The Council welcomes contributions from members of the public.



Members of the public who wish to speak either in favour or against an application or any other item on this agenda are asked to register by phone, email or in person no later than 2.50pm on the day of the meeting.


The rules on public participation in respect of planning applications are detailed in the Council’s Planning Code of Good Practice. The Chairman will allow up to 3 speakers in favour and up to 3 speakers against an application and up to 3 speakers on any other item on this agenda. Each speaker will be given up to 3 minutes and invited to speak immediately prior to the item being considered.


Members of the public will have had the opportunity to make representations on the planning applications and to contact and lobby their local member and any other members of the planning committee prior to the meeting. Lobbying once the debate has started at the meeting is not permitted, including the circulation of new information, written or photographic which have not been verified by planning officers.



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 in writing to the officer named on the front of this agenda no later than 5pm on 13 June 2019 in order to be guaranteed of a written response. In order to receive a verbal response questions must be submitted no later than 5pm on17 June 2019. 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 Committee members prior to the meeting and made available at the meeting and on the Council’s website.


The procedure for public speaking was noted.


Planning Appeals and Updates

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

Supporting documents:


The update on appeals was noted.


Planning Applications

To consider and determine the following planning applications.


The following application was considered:


19/02445/FUL - River Mead House, Church Hill, West Overton, Lockeridge, SN8 4EL

Proposed erection of an agricultural storage building.


Supporting documents:


Public Speaking

Huw Roberts spoke in objection to the application.

Dave Snowden spoke in objection to the application.

John Kirkman, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, spoke in objection to the application.

Chris Powell, agent, spoke in support of the application.


Ruaridh O’Donoghue, Senior Planning Officer, presented a report which recommended that permission be granted for the erection of an agricultural storage building. Key issues included whether the proposed use of the site was accepted in principle, of suitable design, its impact ipon the landscape and upon highway safety.


It was stated that the principal of a rural based business  in the location was acceptable under planning policy, and that use of the site for a farming contract business was considered acceptable, with the business using being B8, storage, rather than classified as agricultural. Mitigation could be conditioned for any immediate impact upon the landscape, with the effect from further away being very minimal, and the design was considered in keeping with modern storage for farming machinery. Permission could only be refused on highways grounds if there was an unacceptable impact upon highway safety or the cumulative impact upon the road network was considered severe. The site had extant permission for access.


Members of the Committee were then given the opportunity to ask technical questions of the officer.


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


Councillor Laura Mayes, Roundway Division, then made a statement, undertaking the responsibility on behalf of the local unitary division member. She highlighted the concerns expressed by objectors in relation to impact on traffic, parked cars and safety, as well as scale of the building and its suitability.


The Committee then debated the application. The planning policy tests requiring severe impact upon the highways network was raised, and that the highways authority did not believe that threshold had been reached. The principle of the site for such storage was considered, along with other road routes, frequency of use of the site, and whether the scale and design was unacceptable given the area and modern requriements for such storage. The concerns raised regarding on street parking and large vehicles was discussed, but it was not considered there were sufficient grounds for refusal.


At the conclusion of debate, and on the motion of Councillor Mark Connolly, seconded by Councillor Paul Oatway QPM, it was,




That planning permission be APPROVED subject to 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 and documents:


·         Application Form

·         Location Plan 1:10000

·         Block Plan 1:1000

·         Drg No. 19-7443


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


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Urgent items

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



There were no urgent items.




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