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To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 15 March 2023;
The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 15 March 2023 were confirmed as a correct record by the Committee.
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 B Taylor declared an Other Registerable Interest in application 6(a) and (e) (minutes DM.72/22 (a), (b), (c) and (d) below refer because he is a member of South Devon AONB Partnership Committee. The Member remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote thereon.
Councillor J Brazil declared a Personal Interest in application 6(d) (minutes DM.72.22 (d) below refer because he is known to the applicant.
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) 2914/22/FUL "Rendoc", Herbert Road, Salcombe, Devon
Development: (Original application) Demolition of existing lower ground floor basement flat (separate) to 1No. dwelling to be replaced with 2No. new proposed dwellings.
Case Officer Update: The Case Officer provided an update on the internal window and reported it would be a full height glazed panel. They summarised the following:
· The existing building hosts a dwelling with a one bedroomed basement flat;
· The demolition of the existing building and its replacement with the two detached dwellings was therefore acceptable with regards to the provisions of DEV8 and the principle residence requirements were not applicable;
· It was acknowledged that the contemporary design has received mixed feedback but Officers were satisfied that the street scene was sufficiently varied that the new dwellings would not appear incongruous;
· The dwellings were fitted with low carbon measures and were compliant with policy requirements with respect to highways, drainage, biodiversity and neighbour amenity.
In response to questions raised, it was reported that:
· The basement bedroom would get the light through the front door;
· Despite the objections from the Town Council on the distance to the boundary, it was felt acceptable and would need to be considered on own merit.
Speakers were: Objector – None, Supporter – statement read out by the clerk, Parish Council – Cllr N Turton, Ward Members – Cllrs Pearce and Long.
In response to questions, the Town Council reported that the three storey dwelling would affect the street scene, very little gap between properties and too big for the space.
One Ward Member raised that the principle of the development was accepted, however need to consider the size, scale, bulk and the massing and how these dwellings would sit on the site. The appropriateness of the design and impact on the street scene, with the dwellings being built up to the boundaries. Consideration to be given whether this proposal was acceptable and appropriate development for that site.
The second Ward Member raised concerns on the massing on the street scene and whether the frontages acceptable. The steeping down of the ridges, the design of lower ground floor with rooms without direct light and whether Members felt this was acceptable. The swimming pool touches the back wall and was this practical arrangement and this to be considered carefully.
During the debate, one Member highlighted the swimming pool and the close proximity to the dwelling and concerns over health and safety and whether the Committee could be held culpable if there was an accident on the pool. Other Members felt that the street scene would be negatively impacted and it was felt that a property could be built with a more positive contribution to ... view the full minutes text for item DM.72/22
Members noted the list of appeals as outlined in the presented agenda report.
Members noted the update on undetermined major applications as outlined in the presented agenda report.