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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Wessex Room, Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes

Contact: Tara Shannon  Democratic Services Officer

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To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.


Apologies were received from Cllr Richard Gamble and from Cllr Stewart Dobson, who was substituted by Cllr Jerry Kunkler.



Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 7 November 2019.



The minutes of the meeting held on 7 November 2019 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.


There were no declarations of interest.



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 Thursday 28 November 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 onMonday 2 December 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 rules on public participation were 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 planning application was considered.



19/08556/FUL - 5 Andover Road, Ludgershall, Andover, Wiltshire, SP11 9LU

Change of Use of Ground Floor and Basement of the Premises from A1 (Retail) to A4 Micropub (Drinking Establishment) together with new shopfront and associated alterations.


Supporting documents:


                                                                                                                                                                             Public Participation

Mr Chris Gosling, Agent, spoke in support of the application.

Mr Stig Anderson, spoke in support of the application.

Cllr Owen White of Ludgershall Town Council spoke in objection to the application.


Julie Mitchell, Senior Planning Officer presented a report which recommended that planning permission be granted with conditions for application 19/08556/FUL, 5 Andover Road, Ludgershall, Andover, Wiltshire SP11 9LU, for the change of use of ground floor and basement of the premises from A1 (Retail) to A4 Micropub (drinking establishment) together with new shopfront and associated alterations.


Key details were stated to include the following, the planning history of the site; the principle of development, neighbouring amenity, highway safety issues/parking and visual impact.


Pictures and plans were shown to the meeting.


The site was comprised of a shop unit on the ground floor and a residential unit above. The shop unit was formerly a newsagent, which had last been used in 2017. There were a mix of units on the street. It was explained that the application was for the change of use of the shop unit to A4 micropub (a small drinking establishment) and to maintain the residential unit on the first and second floor, which would be occupied by the manager of the establishment.


The application followed the refusal of an earlier application for the change of use to a micropub (A4 use class) on the grounds that the submitted plans did not adequately demonstrate how the proposed use would be accommodated within the shop unit and impact on nearby residents due to the outdoor area at the rear of the building due to its potential to be used for an outdoor area.


The proposal being considered had a new door arrangement, where the access was changed to a double door and included a very small fenced off area at the back which was to be used for a smoking area for patrons. The current proposal was felt to overcome the previous reasons for refusal.


A number of objections had been received due to the proposed nature of use of the site. These included concerns regarding the consumption of alcohol; noise and anti-social behaviour; a lack of disabled access throughout the building; loss of retail space; road safety issues and parking issues. Some of these objections stated that there was already numerous pubs and shops in Ludgershall selling alcohol and that there was no need for another location where people could consume alcohol.


The officer stated that there had been no objections to the application from the Highways Authority. It was thought that the change of use of the building would not create more traffic than when it had been used as a retail unit. There was free parking in a public car park nearby. The applicant had worked with the police and had amended the proposed opening hours since the last application. The proposal was now for the Micropub to be open from 12.00pm to 10.00pm Monday to Friday, 12.00pm to 10.30pm on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.


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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