Agenda and minutes

West Devon Development Management and Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 4th June, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber - Kilworthy Park. View directions

Contact: Kathy Trant Specialist - Democratic Services 01803 861185 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


*DM&L 01

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs M Renders and P Vachon.



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.


[If Councillors have any questions relating to predetermination, bias or interests in items on this Agenda, then please contact the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting]        




*DM&L 02      

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


Cllr T G Pearce declared a personal interest in all applications by virtue of being a Member of the Devon Building Control Partnership.  He remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote on the item.


The Solicitor granted a dispensation to enable all Members to take part in the debate and vote on application 0924/19/ADV:  Advertisement consent for ‘Meadowlands Leisure Centre’ centre name signs x 2 – front and back of building.  Directional sign to main entrance from rear of site – Meadowlands Leisure pool, The Wharf, Tavistock, as the Council had a leasehold interest in the application.



Items Requiring Urgent Attention

To consider those items which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered by the Meeting as matters of urgency (if any). 



*DM&L 03

The Chairman advised that there was one item of urgent business that was exempt, and would be taken at the end of the meeting.




Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 42 KB

Meeting held on 23 April 2019


*DM&L 04

The Minutes of the Development Management and Licensing Committee Meeting held on 23 April 2019, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.




Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 195 KB

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


WARD NAME                         Mary Tavy


LOCATION                              West Liddaton Farm, Liddaton, Coryton, EX20 4AD

DEVELOPMENT                      Application for variation of condition 2 following grant of planning permission 3842/17/FUL (Part-retrospective)

APPLICANT                             Mr J Henry


WARD NAME                         Tavistock North


LOCATION                              Meadowlands Leisure Pool, The Wharf, Tavistock, PL19 8SP

DEVELOPMENT                      Advertisement consent for "Meadowlands Leisure Centre" centre name signs x 2 - front and back of building.  Directional sign to main entrance from rear of site.

APPLICANT                             Ms R Powell


Additional documents:


*DM&L 05      

The Committee proceeded to consider the applications that had been prepared by the Development Management Specialists and considered also the comments of the Town and Parish Councils together with other representations received, which were listed within the presented agenda report and summarised below, and RESOLVED that:


(a)Application No:  0257/19/VAR         Ward: Mary Tavy


Site Address: West Liddaton Farm, Liddaton, Coryton


Application for variation of condition 2 following grant of planning permission 3842/17/FUL (Part retrospective)


Case Officer Update:  No further update


Speakers included:          Supporter – Mr Peter Rowan; and local Ward Member – Cllr Pearce (reserved his speech for debate)


RECOMMENDATION:  Conditional Approval


During discussion, and having been on a site visit, Members raised concerns over a number of the changes, but particularly were concerned at the appearance and position of the door on the southern elevation. If the application were to be approved, Members required a condition that would change the door to one of solid appearance. Concerns were also raised over the industrialisation of the building, but Members were advised that the future use of the building was not a reason for refusal of the application, although it might be a matter for investigation at a later date.  Other Members with experience of bee keeping were surprised at the need for an air conditioning unit, and were disappointed that the need had not been taken into account as part of the recent original application.  


COMMITTEE DECISION:          Refusal



The insertion of an external doorway in the loft space of the southern elevation does not respect the character and appearance of the building and would cause visual harm to the area, contrary to Policy DEV20 of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan 2014-2034.



(b)Application No:  0924/19/ADV  Ward: Tavistock North


Site Address: Meadowlands Leisure Pool, The Wharf, Tavistock


Advertisement consent for ‘Meadowlands Leisure Centre’ centre name signs x 2 – front and back of building.  Directional sign to main entrance from rear of site


     Case Officer Update:               None


RECOMMENDATION:              Conditional Approval


COMMITTEE DECISION:          Conditional Approval


1.       Accord with plans

2.      Standard advert condition – permission of site owner required

3.      Standard advert condition – security

4.      Standard advert condition – maintenance

5.      Standard advert condition – public safety

6.      Standard advert condition – tidy site after removal

7.      Illuminated signage only lit when leisure centre is open




Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 23 KB


*DM&L 06      

The Committee received and noted the updated list of Planning Appeals, including Enforcement Appeals.



Exclusion of Public and Press


*DM&L 07




That in accordance with Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business as the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act is involved.




Urgent Business


*DM&L 08      

As set out by the Chairman at Item 3, there was one item of urgent business to be raised, to update the Committee on a decision that had been taken using urgent powers, in respect of the revocation of a taxi driver licence.  The Head of Practice Environmental Health presented a statement to Members, and responded to questions of clarity.