Agenda and minutes

South Hams Development Management Committee
Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Via Skype

Contact: Janice Young Specialist- Democratic Services 01803 861105 

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 602 KB

To approve as a correct record and authorise the Chairman to sign the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 11 March 2020;



The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 11th March 2020 were confirmed as a correct record by the Chairman.



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 R Rowe declared a personal interest in application 2434/18/ARMOPA 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:


Cllr B Taylor declared a personal interest in application 2434/18/ARMOPA as he was a Member of the South Devon AONB Partnership Committee.  Cllr Taylor was also absent from the DM Committee on 12th February when this application was original heard and deferred, therefore although he remained in the meeting, Cllr Taylor took no part in the debate nor 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 the list of members of the public and town and parish council representatives, who had registered their wish to speak at the meeting.



Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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:




The Committee considered the details of the planning application prepared by the Planning Case Officer 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:


a)      2434/18/ARM    "Allocated Site K5", Land at SX 729 440, West Alvington Hill, Kingsbridge


Town:      Kingsbridge


Development:  READVERTISEMENT (Revised Plans Received and Amended Description) – Application for approval of reserved matters (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for 53 no. dwellings and associated garages, infrastructure and landscaping following outline approval 28/0508/15/O for up to 60 no. dwellings, 0.5 hectares of employment land, 2 no. vehicular accesses, open space, play provision and drainage.


On 12th February 2020, the Development Management Committee considered this reserved matters application and following the officer presentation, public speaking and member debate, the committee resolved to defer the application for the following reasons:


1.       The siting of affordable homes across the site

2.       Clarity over DEV26 biodiversity enhancement

3.       The number of homes accessed via steps and parking being too remote from properties in the eastern portion of the site

4.       Landscaping throughout estate and opportunities for more strategic green spaces

5.       Housing mix

6.       Scale and massing of the flats in the south eastern corner of the site


Case Officer Update:                             


Four addition letters of representation (LoR) have been received and a response from Natural England (NE) leading to further discussions with NE.  Additional points raised in the new LoRs include reduction in height of block of flats is not enough to fit in with the extant buildings, lack of medical facilities and school capacity, previous application has been rejected by the Planning Inspector, access road is not wide enough at exit point, red line shown incorrectly and the applicant does not own the hedge but Devon District County does, issuing false or misleading certificate (although the Case Officer explained that there is no certificate for red line plan nor reserved matters so this was not misleading and would have been clarified at outline stage).


Natural England have requested more information on foul water drainage and surface water drainage into estuary and SSSI.  The case officer confirmed that foul water drainage had been dealt with at outline stage with no outstanding off-site obligations on the applicant.  Applicant was originally seeking confirmation of compliance with Condition 12, surface water drainage and was awaiting confirmation of acceptability from Natural England.  It has been agreed to remove consideration of this condition from the recommendation to allow NE to confirm they are satisfied with the surface water drainage proposals. Local Lead Flood Authority have confirmed they are satisfied with the intended scheme in terms of run off rate and water quality.  As this is a requirement to be discharged before works can start, the case officer felt that this could be dealt with at a later date.


Recommendation:         Grant reserved matters consent and discharge conditions 11 (foul drainage), 14  ...  view the full minutes text for item DM.4/20


Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 1 MB



Deferred due to absence of Development Management Manager.