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Agenda item

19/02481/FUL - From land at Northacre Industrial Estate to border with Mendip DC at ST 82843 50780 - Installation of an underground grid connection

A report by the Case Officer is attached.


The Committee received a presentation by the Case Officer which set out the issues in respect of the application. The purpose of the report was to assess the merits of the proposal against the policies of the development plan and other material considerations and to consider a recommendation that the application be approved, subject to conditions.


Members then had the opportunity to ask technical questions after which they heard statements from members of the public as follows:-


Ms Harriet James, a local resident, spoke in opposition to the proposal

Ms Marie Hillcoat, a local resident, spoke in opposition to the proposal

Ms Margaret Cavanna, a resident of Dilton Marsh, spoke in opposition to the proposal

Mr Michael Hill, Chief Executive, The Hills Group, spoke in support of the proposal

Mr Ed Dodd, Group Project Director, Waste & Resources, The Hills Group, spoke in support of the proposal

Cllr Ian Cunningham, Chairman of Westbury Town Council’s Planning Committee spoke against the proposal


After some discussion, on the proposal of the Chairman, which was seconded by Cllr Fred Westmoreland,




To grant planning permission, subject to the following conditions:-



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.



No development shall commence within the application site until:


a)         A written programme of archaeological investigation, which should include on-site work and off-site work such as the analysis, publishing and archiving of the results, has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority; and


b)        The approved programme of archaeological work has been 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/or [DELETE as appropriate] 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, to enable the recording of any matters of archaeological interest.



The development shall be carried out strictly in accordance with the specification (the 'Environmental Management System) set out in the Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) by DNOC issued February 2019.


REASON:  To safeguard amenity and the environment.



The development shall be carried out strictly in accordance with the recommendations of the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal by Wild Service dated 15/02/19.


REASON:  To safeguard ecology.



Where the line of the approved cable crosses a hedgerow, no more than a 1m wide section of the hedgerow shall be removed; and within six months following completion of the works at any particular hedgerow, the removed section shall be re-planted with species compatible with the original hedgerow. 


The re-planting shall be maintained free from weeds and shall be protected from damage by vermin and stock. Any 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.


REASON: To ensure the protection of existing important landscape features.



 (This resolution was subject to the Secretary of State considering a call-in request for his determination of the application.  On 28 June 2019 the Secretary of State determined that he would not call-in the application.)



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