South Hams Council
Thursday, 25th November, 2021 11.00 am

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 169 KB

to approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 23 September 2021


Urgent Business

the Chairman to announce if any item not on the agenda should be considered on the basis that he considers it as a matter of urgency (any such item to be dealt with under ‘Business Brought forward by the Chairman’);


Exempt Information

to consider whether the consideration of any item of business would be likely to disclose exempt information and if so the category of such exempt information;


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;


Business Brought Forward by the Chairman

to consider business (if any) brought forward by the Chairman;


Annual Review of Health and Safety Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Additional documents:


Three Yearly Review of Gambling Statement of Licensing Principles pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Additional documents:


Garden Waste pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Referral from the Overview & Scrutiny Committee Call-in and the Subsequent Executive Response


Additional documents:


St Anns Chapel Housing Project pdf icon PDF 112 KB


Reports of Bodies

to receive and as may be necessary approve the minutes and recommendations of the under-mentioned Bodies:


(* Indicates minutes containing recommendations to Council).


Development Management Committee - 8 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 103 KB


Salcombe Harbour Board - 20 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 80 KB


Development Management Committee - 6 October 2021 pdf icon PDF 136 KB


Overview & Scrutiny Committee* - 13 October 2021 pdf icon PDF 96 KB


Executive* - 14 October 2021 pdf icon PDF 125 KB


Audit Committee - 28 October 2021 pdf icon PDF 69 KB


Overview & Scrutiny Committee - 4 November 2021 pdf icon PDF 115 KB


Special Executive - 11 November 2021 pdf icon PDF 131 KB


Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 31 KB



to consider the following question received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8.


(a)        From Cllr Baldry to Cllr Pearce (Leader of the Council)


‘Planning Applications


In the interest of public transparency, will the Leader agree that all applicants for planning permission for 5 or more dwellings, are asked to disclose whether in the past 10 years they have made a donation to a British political party?’


Notice of Motion

to consider the following motions received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.1



a)    From Cllr O’Callaghan and Cllr Jackson


‘There is a housing crisis in the South Hams, and genuinely affordable homes for local people must be our top priority.


The Council will look to find solutions by forming a Working Group in the immediate future which will report back to the Executive and/or Full Council as soon as is practicable.’



b)    From Cllr Rose and Cllr Chown


Moving away from Gas and Oil in South Hams


The transition away from fossil fuels is complex, expensive, and urgent. While SHDC is often reliant on National Government policy to set the pace of the shift, we can significantly influence attitudes and behaviour through our communications and publicly stated intentions.


Council notes:


·           That many of our residents are deeply concerned that global CO2 emissions continue to rise.

·           That the burning of fossil fuels, including gas and oil, is directly responsible for this.

·           That Government policy is not yet in place to ban the installation of gas and oil boilers in new builds.

·           That a great deal of time and expense are being invested into retrofitting houses to emit less C02.

·           That developers were given notice as long ago as 2007 under the Code for Sustainable Homes that all new homes would have to be zero carbon by 2016. These requirements were scrapped in 2015.

·           The comments from Sustainable South Hams:
‘New homes need to be built to zero carbon standards as would have been required by 2016 under the scrapped Code for Sustainable Homes. This reduces up-front costs for heating infrastructure and brings running costs down, as well as lessening the burden on the electricity grid. Aside from ensuring homes are insulated to best practice standards, one of the best tried and tested means to achieve zero carbon is to install a heat pump. Air-source and ground-source heat pumps are as green as the electricity powering them. So as the UK’s remarkable progress in greening its electricity grid continues, heat pumps will tend towards zero carbon in operation. They also of course emit no dangerous PM2.5 particulates, unlike gas and oil boilers. And as SHDC stated in the April 2018 Clean Air Strategy, “there is no safe level for PM2.5”, and “life expectancy can be significantly affected due to exposure to poor air quality”.’


Council agrees:


o    That it is likely that most gas boilers installed from today will eventually need to be removed and replaced with heat pumps.

o    That in a time of climate and ecological emergency it is unacceptable for gas and oil boilers to be installed in new builds.

o    That our residents should not be exposed to PM2.5, for which SHDC has already stated that there is no ‘safe’ level.

And therefore, South Hams District Council resolves to:

·           Make a public statement to house builders informing them that: SHDC will be banning the installation of gas and oil boilers in new builds as soon as we  ...  view the full agenda text for item 13.