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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Online Meeting

Contact: Ellen Ghey  Email: ellen.ghey@wiltshire.gov.uk

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48.

Apologies

To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence received.

 

49.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign as a true and correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 9 December 2020.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 9 December 2020 were presented.

 

Resolved

 

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 9 December 2020 as a true and correct record.

 

50.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

51.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements through the Chair.

Minutes:

The Chairman explained the procedure should a recess be required.

 

52.

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 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.

 

View the Online Meeting of the NAPC Here

 

Statements


Members of the public who wish to submit a statement in relation to an item on this agenda should submit this is electronically to the officer named on this agenda no later than 5pm on Monday 1 February 2021.

 

Statements should:

 

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

·       Clearly state the key points

·       If read aloud, be readable in approximately 3 minutes (for members of the public and statutory consultees) and in 4 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

 

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 Wednesday 27 January 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 Friday 29 January 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; they will be taken as read at the meeting.

 

Minutes:

The Chairman explained the rules of public participation and the procedure to be followed at the meeting.

 

No questions had been received from Councillors or members of the public.

 

53.

Planning Appeals and Updates

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

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman moved that the Committee note the contents of the appeals report included within the agenda pack. As such, it was:

 

Resolved

 

To note the appeals report for the period of 28 November 2020 to 22 January 2021.

 

54.

Planning Applications

To consider and determine the following planning applications.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the following applications:

 

55.

20/04863/FUL - Land Adjacent to Waitrose, Malmesbury By-Pass, Malmesbury, SN16 9FS

Proposal for a change of use of land and the construction of a Gabion Wall and Infilling.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Public Participation:

 

Mr John Davies, neighbouring resident, spoke in objection to the application.

 

Mr Barry Lingard, neighbouring resident, spoke in objection to the application.

 

Mr Campbell Ritchie, neighbouring resident, spoke in objection to the application.

 

Councillor Phil Exton, on behalf of Malmesbury Town Council, spoke in objection to the application.

 

Lee Burman, Development Management Team Leader, introduced the report which recommended that the application be approved, subject to conditions, for the change of use of land and the construction of a gabion wall and infilling.

 

Reference was made to the presentation slides (Agenda Supplement 1) and it was clarified that the description of development had been amended to include that the application was for a change of use of land from agricultural to private amenity space after correspondence with the applicant. It was noted that the application site was the subject of previous proposals that had been refused as a result of concerns over inadequate information provided to assess the archaeological value of the site and perceived harm to the Malmesbury Conservation Area. It was confirmed that these concerns had been addressed as the application had materially changed due to the submission of a comprehensive archaeological assessment, the exclusion of previous proposals for tree planting and further details to the gabion wall. As such, Senior Conservation and Archaeologist Officers had not raised any objections.

 

Key issues highlighted included: principle of development; impact on the Heritage Asset (Conservation Area); impact on the character, appearance, visual amenity and openness of the locality; loss of agricultural land; impact on residential amenity; impact on archaeological interest and potential; impact on ecology/County wildlife site; impact on drainage/flooding; impact on trees; and impact on Highways safety.

 

Members of the Committee had the opportunity to ask technical questions to the officer. The main points of focus included: the size, height, materials and the importation of those materials proposed for the gabion wall and the infill; logistics of the construction process; drainage; designated car parking areas; and the access point. Councillor Peter Hutton additionally sought further clarity as to the possibility of including certain conditions with respect to restricting external lighting and the amount of paraphernalia that could be left on the site.

 

In response, officers noted: written details as to the materials the gabion wall and infill would be constructed from were included within the application, however Conditions 3 and 4 requested further details including samples. It was also noted that there were discrepancies in the referencing for the wall sections which officers were again pursuing with the applicant for further details via use of condition. Condition 4 was again highlighted, and it was noted that it ensured that the materials for the infill were permeable to mitigate an increase in run off but officers did not have details as to what the construction of the infilling would look like. Officers confirmed that there were no plans for any hard surface parking arrangements included within the proposal but noted that it could be conditioned. The addition of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.

56.

20/08777/FUL - 31 The Close, Lydiard Millicent, SN5 3NJ

Proposed construction of a detached garage.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Eleanor Slack, Senior Planning Officer, introduced the report which recommended the application be approved, subject to conditions, for a proposed detached garage.

 

It was noted by officers that two periods of public consultation had been undertaken due to amendments made to the application including a redesign of the materials used and reduction in the height of the proposal. It was additionally noted that the boundary hedge to the North West of the proposed garage would be removed. Officers highlighted that the Highways Officer had reviewed the proposal a number of times and did not raise any objections with respect to the proximity of the application to the bordering private access road and considered that the arrangement would meet the minimum visibility standards.

 

Key issues highlighted included: principle of development; impact on the character of the area; impact on neighbour amenity; parking/highways; and impact on drainage.

 

Members of the Committee had the opportunity to ask technical questions to the officer. The main points of focus included: the height of the proposed door; external lighting; references to the Emerging Lydiard Millicent Neighbourhood Plan in the report; and the involvement of the Lydiard Millicent Parish Council.

 

In response, officers noted that there was no external lighting proposed but highlighted Condition 5 which required the applicant to submit plans for approval before installing any external lighting if desired. It was emphasised that officers felt the proposal was in line with Policy LM1 (Managing Design in Lydiard Millicent) of the Emerging Lydiard Millicent Neighbourhood Plan. It was additionally noted that officers did not believe that the Lydiard Millicent Parish Council had quoted Policy LM1 in their objection and that they had only objected during the first consultation period, with comments received on 9 November 2020.

 

Councillor Mollie Groom, as Local Unitary Member, was experiencing technical difficulties, therefore the Chairman, Councillor Tony Trotman, read a statement of objection on Councillor Groom’s behalf. The main point centring around safety concerns with regard to reduced visibility for both pedestrians and other road users on the main route and adjacent private access road.

 

The Chairman, Councillor Tony Trotman, moved to approve the application, subject to conditions, in line with officer recommendations which the Vice-Chairman, Councillor Peter Hutton, seconded.

 

During the debate members discussed the possibility of adding a condition that requested the applicant change their design by moving the proposed garage 0.5m further inside the boundary to mitigate the safety concerns raised by Councillor Groom and objectors as detailed in the officer’s report. Other topics deliberated included the lack of objection from Highways Officers, and the complications that could arise from requesting a change of location.

 

Councillor Gavin Grant suggested an amendment to the motion to include an informative ensuring that the height of the hedgerow on the Eastern boundary of the site was maintained to aid in the visibility for vehicles using the private access road. Councillors Tony Trotman and Peter Hutton accepted the amendment to the motion.

 

Councillor Chuck Berry suggested a further amendment to the motion  ...  view the full minutes text for item 56.

57.

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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