Agenda item

Planning Applications

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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:



4323/17/FUL:      The Crab Pot, Beesands, Stokenham

Parish:  Stokenham


Demolition of existing building and construction of a two bedroom house


Case Officer Update:   None


Speakers included:       Objector – Mrs Stephanie Dean:  Parish Council – Cllr Les Cowley:  Ward Member – Cllr Brazil


Recommendation:    Conditional Approval


During debate, Members raised concerns regarding the detrimental impact of the proposal on the AONB.  A number of Members did not like the design of the property and, although Beesands included a number of different styles of property, they were of the view that this particular proposal did nothing to enhance the street scene.  Local Members who were familiar with the area raised the issue of flooding.  The proposal was a replacement property, and therefore did not require a Flood Risk Assessment. However, had this been a proposal for a new dwelling, then the officer view would have been that the proposal presented an unacceptable risk to future occupiers in respect of flooding.


Committee Decision:Refusal


Reasons:  Scale, impact on street scene, design, contrary to policies DP15, CS7 and CS9, not demonstrated that it is a separate unit and the consequent flood risk.


* Amended as follows on 7 November 2018


1.     The proposed dwelling by virtue of its size, massing and design would be incongruous with the site context and as such would be detrimental to the visual amenity of the street scene in this sensitive coastal location within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, contrary to Policies CS9 and CS7 of the South Hams Core Strategy and policies DP1 and DP2 of the Development Policies DPD as well as Paragraph 127 of the NPPF 2018.


2.   The proposal has not provided sufficient evidence of the continuous use of the building for residential purposes such that its replacement can be appropriately considered against the relevant planning policy for replacement dwellings. As such, in accordance with paragraph 160 of the National Planning Policy Framework and policy DP4 of the Development Policies DPD, the applicant has failed to demonstrate that the safety of future users of the site from the risk of flooding will be assured for the lifetime of the development. There is no flood evacuation plan provided, nor is there a reasonable route that can be foreseen to provide a safe means of access and egress at times of flooding.





1581/18/VAR      Briar Hill Farm, Court Road, Newton Ferrers PL8 1AR

Parish:  Newton and Noss


Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) following grant of planning permission 4131/17/VAR


Case Officer Update:   


Speakers included:        Supporter – Mr Mark Evans; Parish Council representative – Cllr Alan Cooper; Ward Member – Cllr Baldry


Recommendation:                Conditional Approval


Committee Decision:            Conditional Approval





0825/18/VAR       Sherford New Community, Land south west of A38, Deep Lane and east of Haye Road, Elburton, Plymouth, PL9 8DD

Parish:  Brixton


Variation of conditions 3 (approved drawings), 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28, 35, 36, 45, 46, 52, 53, 54, 57, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 99, 100, 101, 102, 104, 106, 107 and 110 and Informatives of outline planning permission ref: 1593/17/VAR to accommodate proposed changes of the masterplan in respect of the ‘Sherford New Community’


Case Officer Update: Condition 23 to be amended so that the trigger point was 4000 not 5500 dwellings; Condition 50 (c) to add the words ‘unless otherwise agreed with the local planning authority’;  Highways Agency conditions 89, 90, 91, 92 to be amended to revert to the wording on the original consent approved in 2013 at the request of Highways England; and the condition Reasons to be amended to include pre-commencement reasons as required by the Town and Planning (Pre-commencement conditions) Regulati8ons 2018 which came into force on 1 October 2018.


Speakers included:        Supporter – Mr John Brindley: Parish Council representative – Cllr Michael Wills; local Ward Member – Cllr Brown


Recommendation:    Conditional Approval


During debate, one Member made reference to condition number 24 and how it could be better worded to reflect the aspiration to maximising the ecological environment through the creation of a mosaic of habitats.  It was subsequently agreed that condition 24 would be reworded.  Another Member asked that concerns be noted regarding the uncertainty over the potential liability to each householder of the management costs required to maintain the open space in Sherford and the impact this may have on the overall affordability of the properties.  A number of Members raised concerns regarding the proposals related to the movement of soil within the site.  Members were assured that there would be no movement of soil either on or off site. 


Committee Decision: Conditional Approval



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