Agenda and minutes

West Devon Development Management and Licensing Committee
Tuesday, 29th September, 2020 9.30 am

Venue: Via Skype

Contact: Kathy Hoare Senior Case Manager - Democratic Services 

No. Item

*DM&L .14

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 14

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. Cllr Yelland also declared a personal interest on behalf on the Committee due to them all having received an emailed letter from one of the objectors to application number 0626/20/ARM.

*DM&L .15

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 15

There was no urgent business.


*DM&L .16

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Meeting held on 1 September 2020



The Minutes of the Development Management and Licensing Committee Meeting held on 1 September 2020 were confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

*DM&L .17

Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 670 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                                      Hatherleigh   

APPLICATION NUMBER                      0629/20/ARM

LOCATION                                          "Biddicombe", 31 Park Road, Hatherleigh, EX20 3JS

DEVELOPMENT                                  Approval of reserved matters

following outline approval reference 1635/18/OPA





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: 0629/20/ARM Ward: Hatherleigh


Site Address: “Biddicombe” 31 Park Road, Hatherleigh, EX20 3JS

Approval of reserved matters following outlineapproval reference 1635/18/OPA


The Solicitor advised that due to receiving a representation containing a number of serious allegations concerning the planning officer’s report to this application; and with the planning officer being engaged in a planning enquiry and not being able to attend this meeting, the application should be deferred until the report and allegations were considered.

The application would then be presented at the next Development Management and Licensing Committee meeting when the planning officer would be available.


The Chairman proposed deferral and was seconded. The Committee proceeded to approve the vote for the deferral.

*DM&L .18

Planning Performance Indicators pdf icon PDF 307 KB



The Head of Development Management (DM) took Members through the Performance Indicators. The Head of DM responded to a Member question about the high number of outstanding enforcement cases. He explained that cases received in the quarter from April to May 2020 were higher than any other quarter and yet the outstanding cases were kept at the same level and not seen to spike due to more cases being closed. He also confirmed that enforcement officers were once again, visiting sites, since lockdown.

*DM&L .19

Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 68 KB



The Head of DM gave Members an update on the recent appeals.