Agenda and minutes

Western Area Planning Committee - Wednesday 22 November 2023 3.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN. View directions

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To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.


Apologies for absence were received from:


·       Councillor David Vigar, who was substituted by Councillor Gordon King

·       Councillor Edward Kirk



Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 27 September 2023.

Supporting documents:


The minutes of previous meeting held on 27 September 2023 were considered. Following which, it was:




The Committee approved and signed the minutes of the previous meeting held on 27 September 2023 as a true and correct record.




Declarations of Interest

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


Councillor Ernie Clark declared a non-registerable interest by virtue of his relationship with the applicant for Agenda Item 7, and after seeking advice from the Monitoring Officer, Perry Holmes, stated that he would not participate in the debate or vote and would instead speak as a member of the public.


Councillor Jonathon Seed noted that he had worked with the applicant’s agent in the past on behalf of Bromham Parish Council.



Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements through the Chair.


There were no specific Chaiman’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 no later than 10 minutes before the start of the meeting. If it is on the day of the meeting registration should be done in person.


The rules on public participation in respect of planning applications are linked to 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 Wednesday 15 November 2023 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 17 November 2023. 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 Chairman explained the rules of public participation and the procedure to be followed at the meeting.


There were no questions or statements submitted by Councillors or members of the public.



Planning Appeals and Updates

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

Supporting documents:


The Chairman invited Kenny Green, Development Management Team Leader, to update the Committee on the pending and determined appeals as per the appeals report included within the Agenda Pack.


The six determined appeals were detailed, with Members being informed of the successful defence of the appeals for applications 20/09856/FUL, PL/2022/02675, and PL/2022/06812. The appeal decision being allowed for application PL/2022/08288, pertaining to the extension of a dwelling was highlighted, with officers noting that the planning inspector not only went against the Council’s reasoning for refusal, but took a different approach to the previous appeal inspector who refused the previous submission.


Following which, it was:




The Committee noted the appeals report for the period 18 August 2023 to 10 November 2023.


Councillor Ernie Clark departed the meeting as a Member of the Committee at 15.13pm.



PL/2023/05787: Field off Whaddon Lane, Whaddon, Hilperton, BA14 7RN

Change of use of land to a dog exercise field.


Supporting documents:


Public Participation


·       Mr Ernie Clark, local resident, spoke in objection to the application.

·       Mr Ben Pearce, agent for the applicant, spoke in support of the application.


The Senior Planning Officer, Jemma Foster, introduced the report which recommended that the Committee granted planning permission, subject to conditions.


Key material considerations were identified including the principle of development; impact upon the character and appearance of the area; impact upon neighbouring amenity; and highways issues.


Members of the Committee then had the opportunity to ask technical questions of the officer. Details were sought on the emptying of the dog waste bins on site, to which it was confirmed that the applicant would provide waste bags and would instruct a specialist contract company to arrange for the collection and disposal of any dog waste.


The two named public speakers then had the opportunity to present their views to the Committee as detailed above.


Mr Ernie Clark departed the meeting as a member of the public at 15.21pm.


A brief debate followed where members discussed the projected level of additional traffic movements, the existing use of the land, the various users of the lane being a combination of pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders as well as motorised traffic, and the nature of the lane as a single-track road with a dead-end further to the north beyond the application site.


During the debate, a motion to grant planning permission in line with officer recommendations was moved by Councillor Jonathon Seed and was seconded by Councillor Suzanne Wickham. Following a vote on the motion, it was:




The Committee GRANTED planning permission 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:

Context location plan - LDC2448_01, location plan - LDC2448_02a received on 13th July 2023. Proposed layout - LDC2448_03D, proposed site access gate and fence details - LDC2448_04C Received on 28th September 2023.


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


3.    All soft landscaping comprised in the approved details of landscaping shall be carried out in the first planting and seeding season following the first use of the site hereby approved. All shrubs, trees and hedge planting shall be maintained free from weeds and shall be protected from damage by vermin and stock. Any trees or plants which, within a period of five years, die, are removed, or become seriously damaged or diseased shall be replaced in the next planting season with others of a similar size and species, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the local planning authority. All hard landscaping shall also be carried out in accordance with the approved details prior to the occupation of any part  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.


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.