Agenda and minutes

South Hams Development Management Committee
Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Follaton House. View directions

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To approve as a correct record and authorise the Chairman to sign the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 5 September 2018;



The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 5 September 2018 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare any personal or disclosable pecuniary interests, including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting;



Members and officers were invited to declare any interests in the items of business to be considered and the following were made:


Cllr R Foss, T Holway and J Brazil all declared a personal interest in application 4323/17/FUL:  Demolition of existing building and construction of a two bedroom house – The Crab Pot, Beesands, Stokenham, by virtue of knowing objectors to the application.  They all remained in the room and took part in the debate and vote thereon:


Cllr P W Hitchins declared a personal interest in application 0825/18/VAR:  Variation of conditions 3 (approved drawings), 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28, 35, 36, 45, 46, 52, 53, 54, 57, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 99, 100, 101, 102, 104, 106, 107 and 110 and Informatives of outline planning permission ref: 1593/17/VAR to accommodate proposed changes of the masterplan in respect of the ‘Sherford New Community’ – Sherford New Community, Lad south west of A38, Deep Lane ad east of Haye Road Elburton, Plymouth, by virtue of historically having a personal interest and not taking part in the vote on any matters related to the application.  He remained in the meeting but did not take part in the debate and abstained from the vote thereon;


Cllr D Brown declared a personal interest in the following planning applications that were sited within the South Devon AONB by virtue of being a Member of the South Devon AONB Partnership Committee and remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote thereon:


4323/17/FUL:    Demolition of existing building and construction of a two bedroom house – The Crab Pot, Beesands, Stokenham; and


1581/18/VAR:     Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) following grant of planning permission 4131/17/VAR – Briar Hill Farm, Court Road, Newton Ferrers



Public Participation

The Chairman to advise the Committee on any requests received from members of the public to address the meeting;



The Chairman announced that a list of members of the public and town and parish council representatives, who had registered their wish to speak at the meeting, had been circulated.




Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To see Letters of Representation and further supplementary information relating to any of the Applications on the agenda, please select the following link and enter the relevant Planning Reference number:


Additional documents:



The Committee considered the details of the planning applications prepared by the Planning Case Officers as presented in the agenda papers, and considered also the comments of Town and Parish Councils together with other representations received, which were listed within the presented agenda reports, and RESOLVED that:



4323/17/FUL:      The Crab Pot, Beesands, Stokenham

Parish:  Stokenham


Demolition of existing building and construction of a two bedroom house


Case Officer Update:   None


Speakers included:       Objector – Mrs Stephanie Dean:  Parish Council – Cllr Les Cowley:  Ward Member – Cllr Brazil


Recommendation:    Conditional Approval


During debate, Members raised concerns regarding the detrimental impact of the proposal on the AONB.  A number of Members did not like the design of the property and, although Beesands included a number of different styles of property, they were of the view that this particular proposal did nothing to enhance the street scene.  Local Members who were familiar with the area raised the issue of flooding.  The proposal was a replacement property, and therefore did not require a Flood Risk Assessment. However, had this been a proposal for a new dwelling, then the officer view would have been that the proposal presented an unacceptable risk to future occupiers in respect of flooding.


Committee Decision:Refusal


Reasons:  Scale, impact on street scene, design, contrary to policies DP15, CS7 and CS9, not demonstrated that it is a separate unit and the consequent flood risk.


* Amended as follows on 7 November 2018


1.     The proposed dwelling by virtue of its size, massing and design would be incongruous with the site context and as such would be detrimental to the visual amenity of the street scene in this sensitive coastal location within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, contrary to Policies CS9 and CS7 of the South Hams Core Strategy and policies DP1 and DP2 of the Development Policies DPD as well as Paragraph 127 of the NPPF 2018.


2.   The proposal has not provided sufficient evidence of the continuous use of the building for residential purposes such that its replacement can be appropriately considered against the relevant planning policy for replacement dwellings. As such, in accordance with paragraph 160 of the National Planning Policy Framework and policy DP4 of the Development Policies DPD, the applicant has failed to demonstrate that the safety of future users of the site from the risk of flooding will be assured for the lifetime of the development. There is no flood evacuation plan provided, nor is there a reasonable route that can be foreseen to provide a safe means of access and egress at times of flooding.





1581/18/VAR      Briar Hill Farm, Court Road, Newton Ferrers PL8 1AR

Parish:  Newton and Noss


Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) following grant of planning permission 4131/17/VAR


Case Officer Update:   


Speakers included:        Supporter – Mr Mark Evans; Parish Council representative – Cllr Alan Cooper; Ward Member – Cllr Baldry


Recommendation:                Conditional Approval


Committee Decision:            Conditional Approval





0825/18/VAR       Sherford New Community, Land south  ...  view the full minutes text for item DM.32/16


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Members noted the list of appeals as outlined in the presented agenda report.