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Declarations of Interest
In accordance with the Code of Conduct, Members are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, Other Registerable Interests and Non-Registerable 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 Reeve declared a non-registerable interest in application 0050/22/FUL as the applicant was related to the Member. Cllr Reeve left the meeting for that application and took no part in the debate nor vote thereon, Minute 09/22 (c) refers.
The Chairman to advise the Committee on any requests received from members of the public to address the meeting;
The Chairman noted the list of members of the public, Town and Parish Council representatives, and Ward Members who had registered their wish to speak at the meeting.
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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:
6a) 1159/21/FUL Land at West End Garage, Salcombe, TQ8 8NA
Town: Salcombe Town Council
Development: Erection of 21 residential dwellings (including 30% affordable homes) with associated amenities and infrastructure (Resubmission of 3320/20/FUL)
Case Officer Update:
The Case Officer clarified that Salcombe Town Council had submitted a revised consultation response. During questions from Members, it was clarified that the floor space and stairs accessibility in the flats complied with guidelines. It was also confirmed that the orientation changes had impacted slightly on the efficiency of some solar panels.
Speakers included: Supporter – Mr S Thompson; Parish Council – Cllr M Fice; Ward Members – Cllrs M Long and J Pearce
Following questions to the Speakers, it was confirmed that the bun would not be built above and it would have protection from sideways roots. Salcombe Town Council confirmed that, although they objected to the development, they had no concerns to register. However, the Town Council were concerned about the safety of pedestrian access to the site, although Devon Highways had raised no concerns, only asking for removal of the grass verge on the opposite side of the road to accommodate a footpath. The Applicants had offered to pay for a pelican crossing, but Devon Highways would not support this.
One of the Ward Members stated that she thought the access to the flats was convoluted, with insufficient lights and windows in the flats. The Member felt that the affordable housing had been relegated to the least appealing area of the development. She outlined her wish for the application to be deferred to try to improve the allocated site.
The other Ward Member agreed with his fellow Ward Member but conceded that the application would provide much needed homes and the protection of the affordable housing via the Section 106 agreement (S106) was welcomed.
During the debate, some Members stated their view that the control over residency, as outlined in the S106 and suggested conditions, was beneficial to the area. One Member requested that there should be a means of ensuring that playing, particularly of ball games, was not able to be outlawed.
A Member voiced concerns regarding the sizing of some properties which were minimal acceptance on sizing. She also outlined that the objection raised by the AONB (Area of Outstanding National Beauty) had raised an objection but there had been no attempt made to ameliorate this. The Member also questioned whether enough weight had been given to the Joint Local Plan (JLP) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD), and that deferral would allow a review of the site.
It was felt that deferral would also allow the opportunity for Devon Highways to revisit their decision, including potential speed restrictions on the highway, and ... view the full minutes text for item DM.9/21
Update on Undetermined Major Applications
The list of undetermined major applications was noted. It was confirmed that withdrawal of an.
Planning Appeals Update
Members noted the list of appeals as outlined in the presented agenda report.