Agenda and minutes

South Hams Development Management Committee
Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Follaton House. View directions

Contact: Janice Young Specialist- Democratic Services 01803 861105 

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To approve as a correct record and authorise the Chairman to sign the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 15 January 2020


The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 15th January 2020 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman, subject to the following amendments being made:


1.       Minute Ref. DM.45/19:  Cllr G Pannell had declared a personal interest in application 3498/19/FUL as it is sited close to the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) by virtue of being married to a Member of the DNPA who had submitted a letter of representation.  He remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote thereon; and


2.       Minute Ref.DM.47/19 b) the application 3021/19/HHO was sited in Ivybridge West ward and not Ivybridge East as had been indicated in the published minutes.




Urgent Business

Brought forward at the discretion of the Chairman;


The Chairman confirmed that the following application had been deferred from the published agenda to a subsequent meeting:


3703/18/OPA              Land at SX 651 560, Filham, Ivybridge

                                    Town:  Ivybridge East

                                    Parish:  Ugborough

                                    Ward:  Ivybridge East

READVERTISEMENT (Revised Plans Received) Hybrid application for the erection of up to 200 dwellings, comprising the following: Phase 1 – detailed application for the erection of 94 dwellings (C3), formation of access with Exeter Road (B2131), new spine road, internal roads and footpaths, surface water infiltration ponds, landscaping, ground and utilities works and associated infrastructure; and Phase 2 - outline application for up to 106 dwellings (C3) with all matters reserved except for access; strategic landscaping, surface water drainage works, highway works and diversions and associated infrastructure.




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 G Pannell declared a personal interest in application 3197/19/OPA as he was a lifetime Member of Ivybridge Rugby Club who may be a recipient of S106 monies linked to this application.  He remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote thereon:


Cllr K Pringle declared a personal interest in application 3197/19/OPA as her son played for Ivybridge Rugby Club who may be a recipient of S106 monies linked to this application.  She remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote thereon:


Cllr R Rowe declared a personal interest in application 3197/19/OPA as she was a Member of the South Devon AONB Partnership Committee.  She remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote thereon:


Cllrs R Foss and H Reeve both declared a personal interest in application 2655/19/FUL as they used the veterinary practice for all their livestock needs.  Both Councillors withdrew from the meeting and took no part in the debate nor vote.  Cllrs J Brazil and K Pringle also declared a personal interest in this application.  However, since they only used the practice for domestic pets, they both 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 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 256 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:


b)       2499/18/FUL        Land adj. to The Old Mill, Woodland Road, Harbertonford,                                  TQ9 7RS

                                    Parish:  Harberton    Ward:  West Dart


Demolition of existing barn structure and erection of 4 new residential dwellings with associated landscaping (Re submission of 2564/17/FUL)


Case Officer Update:      None


Speakers included:         Against – Mr Christopher Bowley; For – Mr Ashley Piggot; Harberton Parish Council – Cllr George Waite; Ward Member – Cllr John McKay


Recommendation:          Conditional Approval


During discussion, concerns were raised over the turning circle for cars to enter the ground floor garages and the number of cars using the area around the development and the existing properties.  There were also concerns raised over the use of zinc for the roof as it had a life span of only 60 – 70 years, and the use of brick slip instead of stone.  It was felt by some Members that the application was an overdevelopment of the site and therefore unneighbourly.


Committee Decision:     Refusal, with delegated authority being given to the Head of Practice for Development Management to determine the wording of the reasons, in consultation with the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Committee and the proposer (Cllr Hodgson) and the seconder (Cllr Rowe) of the motion.



Delegated reasons for refusal to Chair, Vice Chair, Proposer of refusal (Cllr Hodgson), and Seconder of refusal (Cllr Rowe)          Namely:  Overdevelopment, scale and massing with blank wall facing neighbour therefore unneighbourly;

Insufficient parking and manoeuvring space; Inappropriate materials and design – dormers


c)       2655/19/FUL        Land at New Mills Industrial Estate, Modbury, PL21 0TA

                                    Parish:  Modbury      Ward:  Charterlands


Proposed provision of Equine Veterinary Facilities


Case Officer Update:      The drainage issues had been resolved and the drainage objection removed         

Speakers included:         None


Recommendation:          Conditional Approval

Committee Decision:     Conditional Approval



1.  Time limit

2.  Accord with plans

3. The premises hereby permitted shall be used solely for the purposes of veterinary surgeons to practice associated with the veterinary practice currently known as ‘South Moor Veterinary’ and for no other purposes.

4. Hedgebank provided prior to occupation

5. Hours, no operation outside of business hours unless in the case of emergency

6. No external lighting

7. Drainage conditions (if recommended by SHDC Drainage Specialist)



d)       3795/19/FUL        Higher Yetson Farm, Ashprington, Totnes, TQ9 7EG

                                    Parish:  Ashprington            Ward:  West Dart


Demolition of agricultural building and construction of new residential dwelling following Class Q approval (1021/19/PDM)


Case Officer Update:      None


Speakers included:         None 


Recommendation:          Conditional Approval

Committee Decision:    Conditional Approval



1.   Time limit for commencement

2.   Accordance with plan

3.   Foul drainage details

4.   Surface water details

5.   Unsuspected contamination

6.   Accord with ecology survey

7.   Works outside bird nesting season

8.   Materials

9.   Compliance with dev 32 (renewables/energy  ...  view the full minutes text for item DM.53/19


Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 68 KB



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.




Planning Performance Indicators pdf icon PDF 123 KB



Members reviewed the performance indicators as outlined in the presented agenda report.


In discussion, particular reference was made to:


(a)     Officer caseload.  Whilst acknowledging that planning officer caseload had recently reduced, Members also noted that imminent staff changes were likely to, at least in the short term, reverse this trend;


(b)     an anomaly in the enforcement statistics.  In response to an apparent anomaly in the number of planning enforcement cases, the Head of Practice committed to providing clarification to Members outside of this meeting.


Chair gave thanks to the HoP DM Lead Officer and his team in being able to bring the workload down.  However, he acknowledged the imminent changes in staff which may impact on workload in the next quarter.