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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Council Offices, Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 1ER

Contact: Craig Player  Email: craig.player@wiltshire.gov.uk

No. Item



To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.


Apologies were received from Cllr Ashley O’Neill.


Cllr Ashley O’Neill was substituted by Cllr Philip Whalley.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 10 July 2019.

Supporting documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 10 July 2019 were presented.




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


Declarations of Interest

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


Cllr Peter Hutton declared an interest in agenda item no. 7a (Chairman of Local Youth Network which has had regular updates on proposal). He declared he would participate in the debate and vote for each item with an open mind.


Cllr Christine Crisp also declared an interest in agenda item no. 7a (former representative of Chippenham Borough Lands Charity). She declared she would participate in the debate and vote for each item with an open mind.



Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements through the Chair.


There were no Chairman’s 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 31 July 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 on02 August 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 Committee noted the rules on public participation.



Planning Appeals and Updates

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

Supporting documents:


The Committee noted the contents of the appeals update.


Planning Applications

To consider and determine the following planning applications:


The Committee considered the following application:


18.11596.FUL - Land adjoining Wessex Water, Westmead Lane, Chippenham, SN15 3HZ

Supporting documents:


Public participation


Zoe Alderman, local resident, spoke in support to the application.


Isaac Deberker, local resident, spoke in support to the application.


Jim Cook, on behalf of the applicant, spoke in support to the application.


Robert Elkins, the agent, spoke in support to the application.


The Planning Officer, Charmian Eyre-Walker, introduced a report which recommended granting planning permission, subject to conditions, for a climbing centre and skate park with associated landscaping and the development of the Westmead recreation ground and open space.


Key issues highlighted included: principle of development; impact on flooding/flood storage capacity; drainage; impact on Chippenham Conservation Area; access and parking/impact on highways; design and impact on visual residential amenity; ecology; noise and lighting.


Members of the Committee then had the opportunity to ask technical questions of the officer which focused on: the maintenance of the community engagement of the applicant; sustainable construction techniques; the design of the railings and fencing and external lighting concerns.


The Planning Officer addressed some of the questions raised by the Committee.


Members of the public then had the opportunity to address the Committee, as

detailed above.


Cllr Peter Hutton, on behalf of the Division Member, spoke regarding the application with the main points focusing on the application process, the applicant’s engagement with the local community and the development’s value as a community asset.


At the start of the debate a proposal was moved by Cllr Peter Hutton, seconded by Cllr Gavin Grant, to grant planning permission as detailed in the report and subject to additional conditions regarding external lighting, community engagement, the impact of flood water compensation on the adjacent trees, sustainable construction techniques and the character and appearance of the area as detailed below.


During the debate the main points raised were: sustainable construction techniques; external lighting concerns; the impact on flooding/flood storage capacity and the design of all railings, fences, gates, walls, bollards and other means of enclosure.






That planning permission is approved subject to the following



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.    No development shall commence on site until the exact details and samples of the materials to be used for the external walls and roofs have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.

REASON: The application contained insufficient information to enable this matter to be considered prior to granting planning permission and the matter is required to be agreed with the Local Planning Authority before development commences in order that the development is undertaken in an acceptable manner, in the interests of visual amenity and the character and appearance of the area.



3.    All soft landscaping comprised in the approved details of landscaping (shown on plan dwg  ...  view the full minutes text for item 58.


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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