Agenda and minutes

South Hams Development Management Committee - Wednesday, 23rd June, 2021 10.00 am

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 26 May 2021;



The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 26 May 2021 were confirmed as a correct record by the Chairman subject to noting the apologies of Cllr K Pringle and that Cllr P Smerdon was present as a substitute.



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:


Cllrs K Kemp and H Reeve both declared a personal interest in application 2334/19/FUL as Cllr Kemp attended school with the applicant, while Cllr Reeve buys petrol from the garage on the site.  The Members remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote thereon;



Public Participation

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



The Chairman noted the list of members of the public, and town and parish council representatives who had registered their wish to speak at the meeting.




Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 366 KB

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:


6a)    0900/21/HHO     12 Linhey Close, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1LL

Town:  Kingsbridge


Development:   Householder application for proposed internal and external alterations


The Committee was informed that this application had been deferred to review aspects raised from one set of neighbours following the site visit. 



6b)  2334/19/FUL        Totnes Cross Garage, A3122 Halwell Cross to Totnes Cross, Halwell, TQ9 7JG

Parish:  Halwell & Moreleigh


Development:  READVERTISEMENT (revised plans and amended description) Conversion and extension of shop and commercial premises to create enlarged retail area. New vehicle repair workshop and MOT bays, associated access and parking


Case Officer Update:                             

The Council had recently received an energy statement showing carbon reduction which culminated in a greater reduction than the 20% required, therefore the relevant reason for refusal was no longer relevant.  The Case Office outlined that a further 63 letters in support had been received, all reiterating the reasons summarised within the report.  One letter of objection had been received outlining a concern that the intersection would be more dangerous following this expansion.


Following questions from the Members, the Case Officer confirmed that, should the application be approved, then a dormouse survey may be required.


Speakers included:         Supporter – Mr J Hollis; Ward Member – Cllr Helen Reeve;


During the debate, several Members noted the commitment of the applicant to local produce and helping the local community.  It was also noted that the entrance had not been opposed by Highways, and some Members felt the new entrance may be an improvement. 


The Head of Development Management clarified that the ecology reports had suggested mitigations for the dormice issue and therefore this could be reviewed by the Council’s Ecologist and, if approved, would be conditioned.


Members then voted on approval of this application, citing the following reasons for going against officer recommendation:


Reasons against –    

1) not of a scale that would lead to additional trips, natural growth to process, therefore there would not be additional journeys, but there might even be a net reduction in journeys.

2) the benefits accrued meant it was necessary

3) the larger development up the hill would help diminish the impact of the build and access would be an improvement.


Proposed conditions:

1) subject to dormouse issue resolution,

2) Landscaping and screening

3) Carbon reduction

4) External lighting

5) Provision of local produce based on the applicant’s current sales and plan

6) Full conditions delegated to Proposer, Seconder, Chair, Ward Member, and Head of Development Management.


Recommendation:       Refusal


Committee decision:  Conditional approval



6c)  1944/19/FUL        Land between 19 & 21 Clayman’s Pathway, Ivybridge, PL21 9UZ

Town:  Ivybridge


Development:   Householder application for proposed internal and external alterations


A Committee Member felt that the officer’s report did not go into sufficient detail regarding potential flooding  ...  view the full minutes text for item DM.10/21


Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 69 KB

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


The Head of Development Management provided further details on specific recent appeal decisions. 


Update on Undetermined Major Applications pdf icon PDF 78 KB



Members noted the list of undetermined major applications.