Agenda and minutes

West Devon Development Management and Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 8th November, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber - Kilworthy Park

Contact: Kathy Hoare Senior Case Manager - Democratic Services 

No. Item

*DM&L .21

Apologies for Absence



No apologies were received

*DM&L .22

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 during the course of this meeting. Cllr Yelland declared an interest in application 2844/22/FUL as she was related to the applicant and left the room when this item was discussed and voted on. In the interest of transparency she stated that she had received correspondence from both a supporter and an objector in regard to application 2603/22/FUL and had been forwarded to the Planning Officer in line with the Code of Conduct.


As the applicant of application 2603/22/FUL was West Devon Borough Council the Monitoring Officer granted the Committee Members a dispensation so as to allow them to determine this application.



*DM&L .23

Items Requiring Urgent Attention

To consider those items which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered by the Meeting as matters of urgency (if any). 





There was no urgent business brought forward to this meeting.


*DM&L .24

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 481 KB

Meeting held on 11 October 2022


Also the Licensing Sub-Committee Meeting held on 23 August 2022

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The minutes from the Development Management and Licensing Committee of 11 October were confirmed as a correct record. The minutes from the Licensing Sub-Committee from 23 August had a typo and a word was missed from one of the objectors’ statements. The amended version was signed as a correct record.


*DM&L .25

Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 645 KB

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The Committee proceeded to consider the report that had been prepared by the relevant Planning Officer on each of the following Applications and considered also the comments of the Town and Parish Councils together with other representations received, which were  summarised within the report.


(a)  Application No: 2844/22/FUL     Ward: Okehampton South


Site Address:  2, Crediton Road, Okehampton 


Development: Alterations to roof structure & associated works


Recommendation: Conditional Approval



1.      Standard time limit

2.      Adhere to plans

3.      Adhere to ecology Report

4.      Installation of bat and bird box on completion of development

5.      Details of fibre cement slates to be submitted and agreed in writing with LPA

6.      Details of proposed Upvc windows to be submitted and agreed in writing by LPA



The Planning Officer took members through the report and stated that the key issues were:


·           Visual impact on the setting of the conversation area (site within CA buffer-zone)

·           The site is not Listed nor within the setting of a Listed Building

·           Neighbour Amenity

·           Design & Materials

·           Environmental Hazards

·           Ecology


Since the publishing of the officer’s report the agent had submitted details of the colour and type of roofing tile and these were acceptable and in keeping with the conservation area, therefore condition 5 in the report was no longer required. In debate Members                            commented on the key issues identified by the Planning Officer and on the positives of bringing the building back into use.


Committee Decision: Conditional Approval



1.    Standard time limit

2.    Adherence to plans

3.    Adherence to Ecology Report

4.    Installation of bat and bird box on completion of development

5.    Details of proposed UPVC windows to be submitted and agreed in writing by LPA





(b)   Application No: 2603/22/FUL    Ward: Tavistock North


Site Address: West Devon Borough Council


Development: Erection of 3 flagpoles 8 meters high to replace Single 8 meter high flagpole


Recommendation: Conditional Approval



1.      Time

2.      Accordance with plans

3.      Carbon reduction implementations




Objector: Hilary Moule

Supporter: Chris Brook


In her introduction, the Planning Officer made a correction to the report stating that reference was made to a Neighbourhood Plan for Tavistock when in fact there was no adopted Neighbourhood Plan. There were also additional representations that had been received since the agenda had been published.


The new points raised were summarised as follows:


·           Concerns remained that this application represented a waste of taxpayers money;

·           The proposal was not considered to meet the aims of the Council regarding carbon reduction (particularly the use of fibreglass);

·           Loss of the foliage mentioned by officers and residents that

screened the proposal had died back over the past 6 months, however the site was still being described as not visible from the road or nearest dwellings;

·           A number of Councillors had been contacted about concerns and did not respond;

·           The report concluded that the impact on residents would not be significant but this was refuted by the objector who believed that the noise impact from apparatus associated with the flagpole would be ‘considerable’  ...  view the full minutes text for item *DM&L .25

*DM&L .26

Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 268 KB




The Head of Development Management, relayed to Members that application 1355/19/FUL, 10 Ford Street, Tavistock was upheld and consent was granted for 6 flats but costs were refused. The inspector had deemed the Committee had acted in a correct way.


The S106 on Application 0723/21/FUL for 44 residential dwellings and outline planning for commercial land at Plymouth Road, Tavistock had been delayed due to the landowner having passed away.

*DM&L .27

Update on Undetermined Major Applications pdf icon PDF 199 KB



The Monitoring Officer explained to Members that once the Section 106 agreement in regard to Application 3652/20/FUL land at Plymouth Road, Tavistock has been finalised, there would be a briefing to Members of the DM&L Committee and Ward Members. There was a delay due to the death of the landowner and probate being issued. The Head of Development Management informed Members that there was a meeting with the applicant  that day in regard to application 4004/21/FUL Former Hazeldon Preparatory School, Tavistock.