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Planning Committee
18 Feb 2020 - 18:30 to 20:00
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RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on the 28 January 2020 be approved and signed by the Vice Chairman
2 Apologies

To receive any apologies for non-attendance.

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Apologies for non-attendance were submitted on behalf of Councillors B Bond, M Boyle, B Cox and T Mason, 
3 Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

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Councillor D Holmes declared an interest in application no 19/00021/FUL and left the room during consideration of this item.

The County Council Clerk Mrs C Bloxham, declared an interest in 19/00741/FUL and although not part of the decision making process, left the room for consideration of this item
Report of Development Management Team Manager
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The Committee received the report of the Development Management Team Manager, together with information and details received after the agenda was prepared.

19/00021/FUL – THE NEW INNS, KIDDEMORE GREEN ROAD, BREWOOD – APPLICANT – MR JOHN DYKE – PARISH – BREWOOD AND COVEN

Councillor Lockley commented that the pub has been closed since 2016, is in the countryside and relies on passing trade, plenty of pubs within walking distance, not a loss to the community, will go to rack and ruin, should be put to use so is less of an eyesore.

Councillor Cope said if it was marketed for 12 months it may be possible to prove there is no need for the pub. Councillor Reade supported the recommendation.

Councillor Ford agreed with Councillor Lockley, if the building became run down, it wouldn’t contribute to the area. Councillor Lockley commented that the original recommendation was for approval and proposed application was approved. This was seconded by Councillor Ford. Manjit Dhillon asked for the material considerations leading to the conclusion and how these justify overriding the development plan – planning reasons were required. Councillor Lockley said he couldn’t provide any, because the proposal was contrary to EV9 and withdrew his proposal for approval.

Councillor Spencer noted that the property had already been empty for 4 years. Councillor Steel commented that the applicant had been asked for proof that the pub wasn’t viable, then it could be looked at again

RESOLVED: that the application was refused as recommended  for the following reason:

The proposed development would result in the permanent loss of the community/social facility within the village, contrary to policy EV9 of the Core Strategy.  The information provided by the applicant has not demonstrated through a viability test that the use concerned is no longer economically viable and that all reasonable efforts have been made to sell or let the property at a realistic price for a period of at least 12 months and that the use could not be provided by some other means or is genuinely redundant.  Accordingly, the proposal as submitted would be contrary to the aims and objectives of the Council's Core Strategy which seeks to support the retention of local services and facilities in the interest of sustainable communities

19/00701/FUL – LAND OFF SANDY LANE, HATHERTON – APPLICANT – MR RAYMOND CLEE – PARISH – HATHERTON

This application referred to the change of use to stabling, the construction of a horse exercise arena with associated hard standing and access improvements.

Councillor Benton raised concerns of Hatherton Parish Council over the potential for future alternative use of the proposed stables. Condition 9 offered reassurance prohibiting any alternative use without prior approval of the local Planning Authority. Sue Frith confirmed that the application description and condition 9 should ensure that the site could only be used for the stabling and keeping of horses, as detailed in the application description

RESOLVED: that the application be approved as recommended

19/00741/FUL – FIELDFARE, SCHOOL LANE, BEDNALL, STAFFORD ST170SD – APPLICANT – MR J SHAW – PARISH – ACTON TRUSSELL, BEDNALL AND TEDDESLEY HAY

There were 2 speakers; Mrs Alison Teece, against, on behalf of Mr and Mrs Rees and Luke Gittens, agent, for.

 

Councillor Bates said the proposal was overbearing and moved a motion that the application be refused based on the planning history and on the basis that it did not comply with policies EQ9 and EQ11. This motion was seconded by Councillor J Chapman.

 

Councillor Reade commented that the proposal did look big and was not in keeping, but said the limit of a 20% increase did not apply as the site was in the development boundary.

 

Councillor Lees commented that there were grey areas in planning – has it followed policies? Yes, so could we defend a refusal at appeal?

 

Councillor Ford commented that if it was to house 3 generations, the proposal could be for 3 dwellings. Councillor Lawrence was concerned that the neighbours would be overlooked. Councillor Allen considered the distance separation was acceptable. Councillor Cope considered it was a question of opinion, but felt the garage block didn’t look right, so supported refusal. Councillor Steel also supported refusal.

 

RESOLVED: that the application was refused on the following grounds:

 

1. The proposed development represents a very significant increase in the quantum of development at this site, in the context of the very modest existing bungalow located in an open setting, and by reason of its depth, height, form, bulk, scale, design and footprint would appear very dominant, visually obtrusive and out of scale and character with adjoining properties and the pleasant open setting of the site at the southern extremity of, and the entrance to the village of Bednall from the south. It would therefore be detrimental to the character and appearance of the location and the wider area and be contrary to Policy EQ11 of the adopted Core Strategy.

 

2. The size, scale, massing and siting of the proposed dwelling, would give rise to a dominant and overbearing impact on The Cottage, the neighbouring property and thus be detrimental to the amenities which the occupiers could reasonably expect to enjoy, contrary to Policy EQ9 of the adopted Core Strategy.

 

3. This refusal relates to plans reference: Elevations, sections and site plan (dwg no 11), plans, site plan and location plan (dwg no 10), received on 17.12.2019

 

19/00775/FUL – UNIT 4E, STATION ROAD, FOUR ASHES, WOLVERHAMPTON, WV10 7DG – APPLICANT – SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL – PARISH – BREWOOD AND COVEN

RESOLVED:  that the application was withdrawn at the request of South Staffordshire Council to allow further discussions with a neighbour, who has raised an issue that requires further consideration.

Report of Lead Planning Manager
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The Committee received the report of the Monitoring Officer informing the committee on key matters including training; changes that impact on National Policy; any recent appeal decisions; relevant planning enforcement cases (quarterly); and latest data produced by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government

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