Agenda and minutes

West Devon Development Management and Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 14th September, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber - Kilworthy Park

Contact: Kathy Hoare Senior Case Manager - Democratic Services 

No. Item

*DM&L .8

Apologies for Absence



There were apologies received from Cllr Renders.

*DM&L .9

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.


[If Councillors have any questions relating to predetermination, bias or interests in items on this Agenda, then please contact the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting]        





Members were invited to declare any interests in the items of business to be considered. Cllr T Leech declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in application 0136/21/ARM due to his long term involvement with, and cited objection to, this proposal. Cllr Leech left the Committee Room for this application and did not vote thereon.


Cllrs T Pearce and B Ratcliffe declared a personal interest in all applications by virtue of being Members of the Devon Building Control Partnership. They remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote thereon.


Cllr J Yelland declared an interest in application 0136/21/ARM as she had been contacted, as Ward Member, by an objector to the application, to clarify the speaking process. However she remained of an open mind and prepared to listen to all views, therefore she remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote thereon.

*DM&L .10

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 .11

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 301 KB

Meeting held on 15 June 2021



The Minutes of the Development Management and Licensing

Committee Meeting held on 15th June 2021 were confirmed as a correct record.

*DM&L .12

Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 853 KB

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The Committee proceeded to consider the application(s) that had been prepared by the Development Management Specialists and considered also the comments of the Town and Parish Councils together with other representations received, which were listed within the presented agenda report and summarised below, and RESOLVED that:


(a)   Application No: 0136/21/ARM Ward: Okehampton South

Site Address: “Land at SX 603 953”, Exeter Road, Okehampton


Development: READVERTISEMENT (revised plans received) Application for approval of reserved matters following outline approval 0032/18/OPA for 50 No. dwellings, including 40% affordable


Speakers included:

Objector – Mr Simon Thomas

Agent – Ms Eve Somerville, Persimmon Homes

Ward Member – Cllrs Yelland and Vachon


RECOMMENDATION: Conditional Approval


Conditions list in brief:

1. Standard Reserved Matters time limit

2. Adherence to plans list

3. Gates to be 1.8m high and lockable from both sides

4. Delivery of landscape scheme

5. Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCP) provided prior to occupation of plot

6. Solar panels prior to occupation of plot

7. Natural stone specification and construction

8. Obscure glazing to bathrooms facing Moorcroft

9. The render units shall be treated with a biocide water-based masonry wash prior to their first occupation unless otherwise agreed in writing by the LPA.

Reason: To ensure the quality and appearance of the development

in the future.


The Planning Officer gave the Committee Members an update on the application and confirmed that appearance, layout, and scale were the only areas to be decided at this Committee meeting. An additional condition had been proposed which required an additive to be added to the render to minimise render-streak.


Devon County Council Highways Officer clarified that access to the site had already been granted and that the layout within the site was for consideration at this Committee. He confirmed that Section 106 monies would be used to review the speed limit in the surrounding areas and, should this application be approved, the review would be carried out before construction commenced. In keeping with current practice, the estate would have no pavements within but serviced by grass verges instead. This would help maintain an appearance of ruralisation in this sensitive location. The issue of who would maintain the verges was not yet determined as the road would not necessarily be offered for adoption to Devon County Council.


Further to questions from Members it was confirmed that the roof tiles would be plain concrete and that the Supplementary Planning Document’s reference to slate tiles was a guidance and not a requirement. The Case Officer confirmed that the only Permitted Development to have been removed at outline was with regards to windows facing Moorcroft Close.


Following a question to the applicant’s agent, it was confirmed that the applicant would be willing to review the number of properties with solar panels and the application, if approved, would be subject to receiving an amended plan showing additional PV on rooves.


If approved, the responsibility for the bins around the play area would be determined at a later stage. The Case Officer  ...  view the full minutes text for item *DM&L .12

*DM&L .13

Planning Performance Indicators pdf icon PDF 333 KB



The Senior Officer, Development Management updated the Members on the Planning Performance Indicators, highlighting rising workloads.

*DM&L .14

Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 69 KB



The Senior Officer, Development Management updated the Members on the decided planning appeals.

*DM&L .15

Update on Undetermined Major Applications pdf icon PDF 203 KB



The Senior Officer, Development Management updated the Members on each of the undetermined Major applications.