Minutes of a meeting of the Town Council’s Planning/ Licensing Committee held in the Council Chamber, Windmill Lane, Northam on Tuesday 28th February 2006.


PRESENT:     Chairman   -    Deputy Town Mayor – Cllr K A Lane

                        Members   -    Cllrs R D Bradford MBE, A Eastman, P Hames, R Miller, R Tisdale

                                                P Waters


Apologies were recorded on behalf of Cllr Mrs M M Cox


1.         Minutes


The minutes of the meeting of the Town Council’s Planning/Licensing Committee held 15th February 2006 were approved and signed.   


(Vote: Unanimous)


Prior to and at the end of any participation in the business of the Planning Committee, Councillor Tisdale made the following statement:-


“As both a Town and District Councillor I wish to make it clear that I will reconsider the matter(s) at the District level, taking into account all relevant evidence and representations at the District Council’s Plans Committee.”


2.         Planning applications


2281/05           Amended plans for a proposed dwelling, 29 Century Drive. Northam –

RESOLVED - Recommend Refusal – Concerned that this is over-development with a massive three storey building.


                        (Vote: Unanimous)


0131/06           3 Longfield, Pitt Hill Appledore – Proposed renewal of permission

0931/01 for loft conversion and extension – RESOLVED – Recommend approval.


Cllr Waters declared a personal interest in this application and did not vote.


                                    (Vote: 6 For, 1 Abst)


0172/06           Proposed extension to provide accommodation on first floor. The

Haven Lower Cleave – RESOLVED - Recommend Refusal – This is not an extension but a total conversion of a bungalow into a house.   Concerned about overlooking and over-development of the site. 


                                    (Vote: Unanimous)


0189/06           Proposed extension to provide additional accommodation – 119

Atlantic Way – RESOLVED - Recommend approval


(Vote: Unanimous)


            0201/06           Proposed erection of terrace of three two-storey houses, garden, drying

area and parking area. Land adjacent Churchfields car park, Appledore – RESOLVED - Recommend Refusal – Council is at a loss to understand why the District Council is pursuing an application which was refused by them for policy reasons in 2004.  The Council again recommends refusal and reiterates its previous comments i.e. - The Council believes that there are material considerations which will conclude that this application should be refused.  The site, which is the only remaining open space in the heart of the village of Appledore, deserves better than being developed for housing (most probably second homes).  The land is adjacent to an important commercial activity, i.e. the Seagate Hotel and it should be considered that any use of the site should complement this commercial use and hopefully add to the regeneration of Appledore.  The site in its present state is ill used and neglected but a short-sighted decision to develop and dispose of by the District Council could well be classed as an act “decided in haste and repented at leisure”.  The site could be thought of as a “village green”.  With the ever-increasing popularity of the Appledore Arts Festival, and perhaps other associated events, the site could be extremely valuable in attracting visitors and commercial users to the village.


There is also some historic value and the development of the houses would remove a view of the old part of the town from the Quay.


                                    (Vote: Unanimous)


0218/06           Proposed extension to existing building -  26 Hanson Park –

RESOLVED – Recommend approval


                                    (Vote: Unanimous)


0224/06           Proposed erection of garage and studio - 19 Dudley Way-

RESOLVED - Recommend approval


                                    (Vote: Unanimous)


           0252/06            Proposed erection of dwelling and garage. Garden adjacent to

 Rowan House, Fordlands Crescent – RESOLVED - Recommend   



                                    (Vote: Unanimous)


0255/06           Proposed new pedestrian access and single storey extension and

conservatory. Stow  Cottage Heywood  Road – RESOLVED - Recommend approval subject to Highway Authority being satisfied with the access.


                                    (Vote: Unanimous)


0265/06           Proposed two storey extension, 68 J H Taylor Drive – RESOLVED –

                                    Recommend refusal.  Appears to be over-development.


                                    (Vote: Unanimous)


0327/06           Proposed single storey extension – Southview, Watertown –

RESOLVED - Recommend Approval but concerned that when the applicant justified the demolition of the bungalow he advised that there were structural faults to the foundations and that the property had subsided.


                                    (Vote: Unanimous)