Agenda and minutes

South Hams Development Management Committee - Wednesday, 15th November, 2023 10.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Follaton House

Contact: Amelia Boulter - Democratic Services Specialist 01822 813651 


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Minutes pdf icon PDF 332 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 18 October 2023

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The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 13 October 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 none were declared.



Public Participation

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.


Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 530 KB

To see Letters of Representation and further supplementary information relating to any of the Applications on the agenda, please select the following link and enter the relevant Planning Reference number:


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The Committee considered the details of the planning applications prepared by the relevant Case Officers as presented in the agenda papers, and considered the comments of Town and Parish Councils, together with other representations received, which were listed within the presented agenda reports, and RESOLVED that:


6a)          2478/23/FUL     “Land at SX 524 495”, Ford Road, Wembury

                                                                                           Parish:  Wembury


                Development:  Detached garage with storage above


Case Officer Update:   The Case Officer summarised the key issues, namely that:

       Design amendment, when viewed as a whole, were considered to have addressed concerns from previous refusal.

       This development was now considered to accord with Policies DEV20, DEV23 and DEV25 of the JLP.

       It was not considered to be an unacceptable loss of amenity for the nearest residents in accordance with Policy DEV1 of the JLP.

       The development achieves a proportionate biodiversity enhancement and sufficiently low carbon design in compliance with DEV26 and DEV32.


The Case Officer explained that the garage would be for domestic use and would be marginally higher than the previous building.  The site to be treated as a brownfield site.


Having heard from speakers on behalf of objectors, supporters and the Parish Council together with the Ward Councillor, Members debated the application.  During the debate, one Member felt that a garage of this size was acceptable in this location.   Some Members felt the bird bricks were not adequate and more biodiversity was required.  Another Member felt the height would impact the neighbours, however another Member raised that the residents had a clear view for the past 10 years.  It was also felt that the applicant had made reasonable adjustments.


Recommendation:                          Conditional Approval


Committee decision:                     Conditional Approval    


Conditions:                                        1. Time 2. Accord w/plans 3. Use restriction domestic only

 4. Construction Management Plan 5. Bird bricks

 6. Velux to   incorporate obscure glazing.





6b)         2268/23/VAR                     “The Cove Guest House”, Torcross

                                                                                                   Parish:  Stokenham


Development:   Application for variation of condition 1 (approved plans) of planning consent 1411/21/VAR (resubmission of 2110/22/VAR)


Case Officer Update:  The Case Officer summarised the key issues, namely that:

       Importance of considering the proposal against the impacts of the approved schemes

       Acceptability of the architectural design:

- Reduced footprint

- Removal of louvres

    Climate change matters:

- Improvements over approved development

- Introduction of triple glazing

- Solar panels

- Battey storage

- EV charging

    Cliff and seawall

- Dated Engineer Report

- Works necessary to the cliff and/or sea wall beyond a straight repair would need planning permission


- The architectural appearance did not significantly change and generally accords   with the principles in DEV20

- The increase in the area of glazing was not significant and in terms of light emissions and climate change the current scheme offers improvements over the approved scheme and accords with DEV32

- Climate change, cliff and seawall issues covered by condition.


The Case Officer explained that any matters related to the sea wall would be for the applicant to address.  It was reiterated that  ...  view the full minutes text for item DM.35/23


Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 32 KB

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Members noted the list of appeals as outlined in the presented agenda report. 


Update on Undetermined Major Applications pdf icon PDF 138 KB

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Members noted the update on undetermined major applications as outlined in the presented agenda report.