Minutes of the Planning Meeting held on Wednesday 30 th June 2010 at the Council Chamber Council Offices Windmill Lane Northam

 

Present: Cllrs Hames (Chairman), Mrs Boyle, Mrs Collins, Langton (Town Mayor), Osborne, Tisdale

In Attendance: Cllrs R Johnson, S Robinson

Mrs Jane Mills, Town Clerk

Members of the public

 

1006/147 Chairman's announcements

•  Members were advised regarding an Article 4 direction that had been received and the Clerk was asked to copy the information to all.

 

•  The Chairman advised of an application 1/0397/2010 erection of a greenhouse and Members agreed to recommend approval.

 

1006/148 Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllrs Mrs Biggs and Edwards

 

1006/149 Declarations of interest

Members were reminded that all interests should be declared prior to the item being discussed.

 

1006/150 To agree agenda as published

It was resolved to agree the Agenda as published.

 

1006/151 To confirm and sign the minutes of the Planning meeting held 16 th June 2010

It was resolved to confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting as a correct record.

 

1006/152 Torridge District Council Planning Applications:

Torridge District Council, the determining Authority, has asked for comments from this Town Council on the following planning applications: -

 

It was formally noted that participation of the Councillors who are also members of Torridge District Council in both the debate and subsequent vote (in respect of any of the applications below, were preliminary taking account of the information matters) was on the basis that the views expressed made available at the time to the Town Council. The District Councillors were reserving their final views on the applications until they were in full possession of all the relevant arguments for and against.

 

1/0478/2010/COU

Location: 34/36 Dudley Way, Westward Ho!

Applicant: Mrs S Smethurst and Mr A & Mrs P Edwards

Proposal: Change of use from open space to residential garden space

It was resolved to recommend to Torridge District Council that this application be APPROVED.

 

1/0481/2010/FULM

Location: Land to the south and east of Silford Road, Northam

Applicant: Westward Ho! Tennis Club

Proposal: Multi-sports centre comprising 4 internal and 4 external tennis courts, 3 squash courts, 2 sports/gym/recreational rooms, viewing area, lounge, small meeting room, refreshment area, and associated facilities. Provision of car parking and access and landscaping scheme and wildlife habitat.

Cllr Tisdale declared a prejudicial interest because he had declared his views previously and left the meeting having informed Members that this application would be heard on Tuesday 20 th July at Caddsdown.

A substantial number of members of the public were present. It was therefore resolved to suspend Standing Orders to enable their spokesperson to make comments. Standing Orders were then reinstated.

It was resolved to recommend to Torridge District Council that this application be REFUSED on the same grounds as previously expressed by Northam Town Council as follows:-

That the proposal is not on a suitable site. It has poor access with lack of public transport, has an adverse effect on the environment, would close the rural gap and is outside of the development area. Also the changes to the amended plan are nowhere near substantial enough to alter the views of Members. It was further noted that there had been a change of view by the LTA in their support for private clubs.

Cllr Tisdale returned to the meeting.

 

1/0486/2010/FUL

Location: 2 Mariners Way, Appledore

Applicant Mr Steve Crewdson

Proposal: Extensions to side

It was resolved to recommend to Torridge District Council that this application be approved.

 

1/498/2010/REM

Location: Land to the east of Goodwood Park, Northam

Applicant: Devonshire Homes

Proposal: Erection of 10 dwellings, access road and drainage

It was resolved with one abstention (Cllr Tisdale) to recommend to Torridge District Council that this application be REFUSED as follows:

Members expressed concerns about highways issues, generation of extra traffic with two exits onto a busy main road in close proximity to each other with loss of amenity for existing residents. Access issues are the roads wide enough to support fire engines and other public service vehicles? Further concerns were expressed regarding the adequacy of the existing infrastructure and sewerage systems.

 

1/0499/2010/EXTM

Location: 5 Nelson Road, Westward Ho!

Applicant: Chichester Homes Ltd

Proposal: Extension of time of planning permission 1/0648/2007/FUL

It was resolved to recommend to Torridge District Council that this application be APPROVED.

 

1/0500/2010/FUL

Location: 5 Nelson Road, Westward Ho!

Applicant: Chichester Homes Ltd

Proposal: Erection of 2 no town house, 3 no cottages and 3 no flats with garages and surface parking.

It was resolved to recommend to Torridge District Council that this application be approved subject to the difference in the roof line which should be concurrent and that sustainable issues should be considered within the development.

 

1/0503/2010/FUL

Location: Watertown Garage, Long Lane, Appledore

Applicant: Mr D Bushby

Proposal: Proposed extension to existing vehicle repair workshop & MOT testing Station

Cllr Mrs Boyle declared a personal interest in this application and a prejudicial interest in application 1/0505/2010/FUL as a neighbour and left the meeting.

It was resolved to recommend to Torridge District Council that this application be APPROVED subject to a condition that garage use is retained and more suitable material to match the existing structure is used and also that there should be rain harvesting from the large roof.

1/0505/2010/FUL

Location: Appledore House, Meeting Street, Appledore

Applicant: Mr Mark Widnell

Proposal Proposed change of use of part dwelling to Bed and Breakfast business.

It was resolved to recommend to Torridge District Council that this application be APPROVED subject to a limit of occupancy of the Bed and Breakfast in view of the limited parking spaces available.

Cllr Mrs Boyle returned to the meeting.

 

1/0508/2010/REM

Location: Paddock, rear of Gainsborough Drive, Westward Ho!

Applicant: Ms Kathy Murdoch

Proposal: Application for approval of reserved matters pursuant to planning permission 1/0462/2009/OUT for erection of 3 bungalows and provision of public open space

It was resolved to recommend to Torridge District Council with one abstention (Cllr Mrs Collins) that this application be approved subject to ensuring that the public open space follows the line of the coastal protection zone and there is provision for its maintenance.

 

1/0509/2010/FUL

Location: Land opposite 9 Eastbourne Terrace, Westward Ho!

Applicant: Mr Philip Myers

Proposal: Proposed dwelling

It was resolved to recommend to Torridge District Council that this application be refused. Members were concerned about the traffic problems. No substantial improvement at the junction and over development.

 

1/0553/2010/FUL

Location: 19 Century Drive, Northam

Applicant: Mr & Mrs Unsworth

Proposal: Extension to dwelling and provision of parking lay-by

It was resolved to recommend to Torridge District Council that this application be APPROVED.

 

1006 /153 Torridge District Council Application for Certificate of Lawful Development

Parish Notification Note: Not a planning application

 

1/0523/2010/CPL

Location: 38 The Fairways, Westward Ho!

Applicant: Mr Simon Taylor

Proposal: Conversion of existing roof to living accommodation with provision of flat roof dormers facing east and west

Northam Town Council noted the application and expressed regret that Torridge had not regularised the development earlier.

 

1006/154 Torridge District Council Planning Decisions

 

It was resolved to note that Torridge District Council, the determining Authority, has APPROVED the following applications with conditions as filed:

 

1/0258/2010/OUT

Location: Anstruther, Raleigh Hill

Applicant: Mr K and Miss K Brewer

Proposal Erection of a detached bungalow

( Northam recommended refusal)

 

1/0297/2010/FUL

Location: 69 King Alfred Crescent, Northam

Applicant: Mr Bell and Ms Clegg

Proposal: Proposed two storey & single storey rear extensions

(Northam recommended refusal)

1/0358/2010/CPL

Location: Heathfield, Chope Road, Northam

Applicant: Mr & Mrs Robinson

Proposal: Proposed new hipped roof to replace flat roof over existing extension

(Northam noted the application)

 

1006/155 Torridge District Council Notice of Appeal

It was r esolved to note that Torridge District Council, the determining Authority has notified that an appeal has been lodged with the Department of Communities and Local Government against the refusal of the following application:

 

1/0874/2009/FULM

Location: Lenwood Country Club, Lenwood Road, Northam

Applicant: Mr David Kahn (County Bideford Ltd)

Proposal: Hybrid application of 19 new holiday lodges, clubhouse, shop and bin store (full), demolition of Country Club and erection of 70 bed Page 52

 

care home (C2 use) (outline), internal highway works, incidental open space and associated works

Appeal reference APP/W1145/A/10/2128620/NWF  

 

Councillor Osborne wishes to be advised of the time and venue when known.

here being no further business the meeting closed at 7.00pm

 

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