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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

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To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.


An apology was received from Cllr Chuck Berry, who was substituted by Cllr Jacqui Lay.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 04 September 2019 .

Supporting documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 4 September 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 Tony Trotman declared an interest in agenda item no. 7 – application numbers 18/04202/FUL & 18/04719/LBC – Woodlands Social Club, Woodlands Park, Calne as he was a member of Calne Town Council and had attended a meeting of the Town Development & Planning Committee when these applications were debated.  He declared that he would participate in the debate and vote on these applications 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 02 October 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 on04 October). 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:


An update on planning appeals and decisions was received.




To note the contents of the update.


Planning Applications

To consider and determine the following planning application:


Attention was drawn to the late list of observations provided at the meeting in respect of applications 18/04202/FULand 18/04719/LBC as listed in the agenda pack and circulated as a late supplementary to the agenda.


18/04202/FUL and 18/04719/LBC - Woodlands Social Club, Woodland Park, Calne

Supporting documents:


The Committee received a presentation from the Case Officer which set out the main issues in respect of the application. He drew attention to late representations he had received and also amended conditions which had been sent to members of the Committee.  The purpose of the report was to assess the merits of the proposals against the policies of the Development Plan and other material considerations and to consider the recommendation that planning permission and listed building consent be approved.


The Case Officer explained that the key issues in considering the applications were as follows:-


·         Principle of the development

·         Impact on character and appearance of the area

·         Impact on neighbour amenity

·         Scale of development

·         Impact on the listed building and its setting

·         Highways and parking

·         Viability


During the process with regard to the initial submission it had been made clear to the applicant about the many design issues as a result of the symptoms of overdevelopment and the Local Planning Authority had encouraged them to reduce the amount of development in order to resolve issues. In the latest set of plans that were consulted upon, the key amendments were as follows:-


·         The Coach House (2 units) was replaced with The Bungalow (unit 14) and was reduced to a one bedroom unit – with removal of the car ports previously proposed and removal of the first floor to address overlooking issues.


·         The Terrace units (7 – 13) were reduced from 4 bedroom units to 3 bedroom units. This resulted in a reduction in car parking demand.


Members then had the opportunity to ask technical questions after which they

heard statements from members of the public, all of whom spoke in opposition to the proposals, as follows:-


Mr Philip Messam, a local resident

Mr Bob Burns, a local resident

Mr John Boaler, a local resident

Cllr Robert MacNaughton, representing Calne Town Council


Members then heard the views of Cllr Ian Thorn, the local Member, who explained that he had three major areas of concern, namely:-


·         Conservation and restoration of existing buildings and wall.

·         Viability of the scheme.

·         The continued way in which the residents had tried to consult with the applicant with minimal success.

During the subsequent discussion, Members were informed that although there had not been a great deal of contact between the residents and the applicant, their views had been taken into account in drawing up the revised proposals.  Members hoped that this would continue and develop further.


It was acknowledged that the proposals would result in a change to the outlook of some existing residents, it was not considered to result in unacceptable overlooking or impacts upon the amenities of the existing occupiers. On balance it was considered that the new building would be an acceptable distance from existing buildings.


Members considered that the merits of the proposals were finely balanced. The applicant had supplied various viability information for consideration. The result showed that the developer’s profit output was short of that required to justify viability  ...  view the full minutes text for item 78a


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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