Agenda and minutes

South Hams Development Management Committee - Wednesday, 13th December, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Follaton House

Contact: Amelia Boulter - Democratic Services Specialist 01822 813651 


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Minutes pdf icon PDF 312 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 15 November 2023



The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 15 November 2023 were confirmed as a correct record by the Committee.



Declarations of Interest

In accordance with the Code of Conduct, Members are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, Other Registerable Interests and Non-Registerable 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 L Bonham declared an Other Registerable Interest in application 2790/22/FUL (Minutes DM.41/23 (d) below refer), as he was a Member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club.  The Member 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, Town and Parish Council representatives, and Ward Members who had registered their wish to speak at the meeting.


Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 425 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 relevant Case Officers as presented in the agenda papers, and considered the comments of Town and Parish Councils, together with other representations received, which were listed within the presented agenda reports, and RESOLVED that:


6a)       1505/23/FUL   Land At SX 654 517, New Mills Industrial                             Estate, Modbury

            This application was withdrawn.



6b)       1668/23/VARThe Mooring, Newton Hill, Newton Ferrers, PL8 1BG

            Development:   Variation of Condition 1 (approved plans) of planning consent0068/20/VAR


Case Officer Update:  The Case Officer summarised the key issues, namely that: 

          Whether the proposed changes affect the external appearance of the completed development.

          Whether the changes give rise to loss of amenity for neighbours


The Case Officer raised that the previous objection to the fence was now accepted by the neighbour and clarified the process for planning applications and the rules around planning enforcement.  They also explained that the condition requires the applicant to construct within the approved plans but can amend that condition for screening to be a 1.8 metre height if required.


Having heard from speakers on behalf of the Parish Council together with the Ward Councillor, Members debated the application.  During the debate, one Member was happy to go with the officer recommendation because of the agreed compromise between the applicant and the objector.  Another Member was frustrated by the process because they were unaware whether the applicant would be happy with the proposals. 


Recommendation:                 Conditional Grant



Committee decision:               Delegated approval to the Head of Development Management subject to alterations to the screening to be agreed with Chairman, Ward Members, Proposer (Cllr Rake) and Seconder (Cllr Nix).



Conditions:                              Adherence with approved plans.

                                                  Adherence with approved CMP.

                                                  Privacy screens to be installed prior to use of balcony.


                                                  Timber to undercroft door North western boundary wall to be clad in natural stone (5 months).

                                                  Wall on south eastern elevation to be clad in stone.




6c)       3161/23/FUL   Linhay Barn, Budlake, Ermington, PL21 9NG

            Development:   Construction of a new replacement dwelling to replace proposed barn conversion under 2767/17/FUL


The Case Officer provided an update since the agenda was published and reported that following discussions with the agents and architects the JLP Officer has made some comments regarding the climate emergency and has highlighted some inconsistencies.


Case Officer Update:  The Case Officer summarised the key issues, namely that:


          Within countryside location but does not meet criteria of TTV26.

          Not a replacement dwelling.

          Contribution to housing supply does not justify location.

          Contrary to pattern of development.

          Insufficient information to show that the proposal would conserve and enhance rural landscape.

Other Matters

          Barn Conversion         

- Doubt whether permission would still extant.

            - Effectiveness of Legal Agreement.

            - Securing long term further of barn.

            - Comparison of carbon calculations for both proposals were uncomplete.

          Approved agricultural building:

- Cannot prevent future prior approval applications.


          Unsuitable location without appropriate planning justification for countryside location.

•  ...  view the full minutes text for item DM.41/23


Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 19 KB



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


Update on Undetermined Major Applications pdf icon PDF 139 KB



Members noted the update on undetermined major applications as outlined in the presented agenda report.