Agenda and draft minutes

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To receive any apologies for absence and to note any substitutions.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Parish, Ryves and Storey.



To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 7 October 2019.    


The Minutes of the Meeting held on 7 October 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Declarations of Interest

Please indicate if there are any interests which should be declared.  A declaration of an interest should indicate the nature of the interest (if not already declared on the Register of Interests) and the agenda item to which it relates.  If a disclosable pecuniary interest is declared, the Member should withdraw from the room whilst the matter is discussed.


These declarations apply to all Members present, whether the Member is part of the meeting, attending to speak as a local Member on an item or simply observing the meeting from the public seating area.



There were no declarations of interest declared.


Urgent Business Under Standing Order 7

To consider any business, which by reason of special circumstances, the Chair proposes to accept, under Section 100(b)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act, 1972.


There was no urgent business under Standing Order 7.


The Assistant Director referred the Committee to the late correspondence where it suggested that item 8/2(g) should be deferred to allow the correct land ownership certificates to be served, which was agreed by the Committee.


Members attending under Standing Order 34

Members wishing to speak pursuant to Standing Order 34 should inform the Chair of their intention to do so and on what items they wish to be heard before a decision on that item is taken.



The following Members attended and addressed the Committee under Standing Order 34:


Councillor Sampson                8/2(a)               19/01572/F

Councillor Morley                    8/2(b)               19/01485/F

Councillor Holmes                   8/2(d)               19/01442/F

Councillor G Howman             8/2(e)               19/00904/F

Councillor Mrs M Wilkinson     8/2(e)               19/00904/F


Chair's Correspondence

To receive any Chair’s correspondence.


The Chair, Councillor Crofts reported that any correspondence received had been read and passed to the appropriate officer.


Receipt of Late Correspondence on Applications pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To receive the Schedule of Late Correspondence received since the publication of the agenda.


A copy of the late correspondence received after the publication of the agenda, which had been previously circulated, was tabled.   A copy of the agenda would be held for public inspection with a list of background papers.


Index of Applications pdf icon PDF 21 KB

The Committee is asked to note the Index of Applications.


The Committee noted the Index of Applications.


Decisions on Applications pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider and determine the attached Schedule of Planning Applications submitted by the Executive Director.

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The Committee considered schedules of applications for planning permission submitted by the Executive Director for Planning & Environment (copies of the schedules are published with the agenda).  Any changes to the schedules are recorded in the minutes.


RESOLVED:   That the applications be determined, as set out at (i) – (ix) below, where appropriate, to the conditions and reasons or grounds of refusal, set out in the schedules signed by the Chair.


The Chair, Councillor Crofts expressed his thanks to Councillor Hipperson for his time on the Committee as he had stood down, due to his mayoral duties preventing him from always being available for the Planning Committee.  Councillor Howland would be taking his place.


Councillor Moriarty endorsed the comments made about Councillor Hipperson, but explained that he did not think that the Committee was now proportionate and would be challenging the meeting.


The Assistant Director explained that advice had been received from both the Democratic Services Officer and Eastlaw, and he read out the advice received from Eastlaw.  The advice was that Councillor Howland could sit on the Planning Committee as a Conservative representative.


Councillor Moriarty added that, in the past, he had been told that he could not appoint someone from another political party to sit in a different group’s vacancy on the Planning Committee.


(i)         19/01046/RMM

            Gayton:  Land east of Rosemary Lane, west of Hills Crescent and south of Rampant Horse Cottage, Lynn Road:  Proposed residential development:  Freebridge Community Housing


The Principal Planner introduced the report and explained to the Committee that the application sought reserved matters approval for 24 dwellings following the grant of outline planning permission under application 15/01946/OM.


Access was approved at outline stage, so this reserved matters application sought approval of layout, appearance, scale and landscaping.


The application had been referred to the Committee for determination at the request of Councillor de Whalley and the officer recommendation was contrary to the views of the Parish Council.


The Committee noted the key issues for consideration, namely:


·        Condition compliance;

·        Form and character;

·        Residential amenity;

·        Highway safety; and

·        Landscaping.


In accordance with the adopted public speaking protocol, Neil Attwell (objecting on behalf of the Parish Council) and Chris Parsons (supporting) addressed the Committee in relation to the application.


In response to comments raised from the public speakers, the Principal Planner advised that density had been dealt with at the outline stage and the indicative layout showed 24 dwellings which had been secured via the Section 106 agreement.


Councillor Sandell welcomed the application for an affordable housing scheme of this nature.


In response to a comment from Councillor Lawton regarding moving the public footpath, the Principal Planner advised that the Public Rights of Way Officer had raised no objection to the location of the footpath nor had County Highways.


The Principal Planner also outlined to the Committee the type and tenure of the units on site. 


Councillor Bambridge reiterated the comments made by Councillor Sandell and welcomed the scheme.  In relation to the comments on  ...  view the full minutes text for item PC52:a


Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 16 KB

To receive the Schedule of Planning Applications determined by the Executive Director.

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The Committee received schedules relating to the above.


RESOLVED:   That, the report be noted.


Planning & Enforcement - Quarterly Report pdf icon PDF 15 KB

To provide the Committee with the quarterly report covering performance for the second and third quarter of 2019.

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The Committee was provided with the quarterly report covering performance for the second and third quarters of 2019.


It was noted that the total number of live cases was 331 with 291 cases having been closed.  In addition, 22 formal notices had been served/


RESOLVED:   That, the report be noted.


Planning & Enforcement appeals - Quarterly Report pdf icon PDF 25 KB

To provide the Committee with the quarterly update covering performance for the period 1 July 2019 – 30 September 2019.

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The Committee was provided with the quarterly report update covering performance for the period 1 July 2019 – 30 September 2019.


It was noted for the third quarter of 2019, 6% of all appeals were allowed.  For the 12 month period to 30 September 2019 an average of 12% of all appeals were allowed.  This was below the national average figure of around 32% of all appeals allowed.


RESOLVED:   That, the report be noted.