Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Venue: The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, Northants NN12 6AD

Contact: Lesley Farrell, Democratic and Elections  Email: lesley.farrell@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk, 01295 221591

Items
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30.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Steven Hollowell declared a general Non Statutory Disclosable Interest in all archaeological aspects of planning applications, as a member of the Northamptonshire Archaeological Society. 

 

 

9. South Northamptonshire Council, Tove Long Stay Car Park, Northampton Road, Towcester.

 

Councillor Karen Cooper, Declaration, as a Member of Cabinet, and would leave the meeting for the duration of the item.

 

Councillor Phil Bignell, Declaration, as a Member of Cabinet, and would leave the meeting for the duration of the item.

 

Councillor Rebecca Breese, Declaration, as a Member of Cabinet, and would leave the meeting for the duration of the item.

 

31.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 11 July 2019.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 11 July 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

32.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

Minutes:

The Chairman made the following announcements:

 

1.     Members of the public were permitted to film, broadcast and report on the meeting, subject to the efficient running of the meeting not being affected.

 

2.     Only those people who had registered, in line with the Committee’s speaking procedure, could address the Committee. Members of the public were requested not to call out during the Committee’s discussions on any item.

 

3.     There were no planned fire drills so if the alarm did sound, evacuation instructions would be given by officers. 

 

4.     Could Mobile Phones please be switched off.

 

33.

Proposed Pre-Committee Site Visits (if any) pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Report of Assistant Director - Planning and Economy

 

This will be circulated at the meeting.

Minutes:

The Senior Manager of Development Management submitted a report which had been circulated to the Committee on 8 August 2019, which recommended that the Committee agree to hold a pre-Committee site visit for the following application. It was anticipated that this application would be brought before the Committee for determination at its next meeting:

 

Application No.

S/2019/1341/MAO

 

 

Proposal:

Care Home (three storey 75 beds) and Extra Care

Living (three storey 50 apartments) (Class C2)

(Outline)

 

 

Location:

Land Adjacent To Tesco’s Old Tiffield Road

Towcester

 

 

Reason for the visit:

Request for call in and site visit by local ward member.

Resolved

 

1)         That a site visit be arranged for application S/2019/1341/MAO on Tuesday 27 August 2019.

 

 

S/2019/0888/FUL

34.

5-6 Mount Pleasant, Yardley Gobion, NN12 7TL pdf icon PDF 245 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Refused reasons to be set out in the minutes

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2019/0888/FUL for single and first floor rear extensions and alterations to split the property back to two dwellings at 5-6 Mount Pleasant, Yardley Gobion, NN12 7TL for Mr & Mrs Harrison.

 

Jamie Harrision, the applicant, addressed the committee in support of the application.

 

In reaching its decision the Committee considered the officers’ report and presentation, written update and the address of the public speaker.

 

Resolved

 

That application S/2019/0888/FUL be refused for the following reasons:

 

1.                  By reason of its scale and volume and close proximity to adjacent properties, its excessive glazing and two large rear gable features, the proposed design would be out of character with the traditional vernacular architecture of the area and the hoist property.  It would be out of character with the existing pattern of development and would be detrimental to the character and appearance of the conservation area and to the character, setting and significance of the adjacent listed building.   The harm caused to the listed building, whilst less than substantial, is not outweighed by public benefits. Therefore, the proposal is contrary to policies G3(I and J), EV1, EV9, EV10 and EV12 of the South Northamptonshire Local Plan 1997, Policies R1, B5 and H1 of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy 2014 and guidance contained in Section 15 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

2.                  By reason of its siting and excessive glazing, the proposal would have the appearance of a cramped and over development of the site resulting in an overbearing appearance to the detriment of the general amenities of the adjoining residential properties. The proposal is therefore contrary to Saved policies G3(A and D) and EV1 of the South Northamptonshire Local Plan 1997, Policies R1 and H1 of the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy 2014, and guidance contained in Section 12 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

3.                  The proposed sub-division of the property would require a total of 4 off street parking spaces (2 per dwelling) yet the proposed plans do not provide for any off-street parking space.  Therefore, the proposal would result in increased pressure for on-street parking on a narrow un-adopted road, to the detriment of highway safety, and would hinder the safety of both pedestrians and vehicles using the adjoining highway.  As such the development would be contrary to policy G3(B) of the South Northamptonshire Local Plan and Local Highways Authority Standing Advice 2016.

S/2019/0996/FUL

35.

Post Office, 5 High Street, Silverstone, NN12 8US pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved, subject to various requirements to be set out in the Minutes

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2019/0996/FUL for the change of use of a former shop premises to form enlarged residential accommodation to No. 5 High Street at Post Office, 5 High Street, Silverstone, NN12 8US for Mr & Mrs N Riley.

Councillor Roger Clarke addressed the Committee on behalf of the Ward Member, Councillor Dermot Bambridge, who was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.

In reaching their decision the Committee considered the officers’ report, presentation, written update and the address of the councillor.

 

Resolved

 

That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director for Planning and Economy to grant permission for application S/2019/0996/FUL, subject to the conditions set out below (and any amendments to those conditions as deemed necessary):

 

Time Limit

 

1.       The development to which this permission relates shall be begun not later than the expiration of three years beginning with the date of this permission.

 

Compliance with Plans

 

2.       Except where otherwise stipulated by conditions attached to this permission, the development shall be carried out strictly in accordance with the following plans reference WG424-001 Rev PJF, and WG424-004 all received 24/05/19 and documents reference Marketing Update Report, Retail Unit Brochure, Dwelling Sales Document, all received 14/05/19.

 

3.       Prior to the removal of the access door the external walls of the front elevation, a sample panel of stone shall be constructed in natural weathered limestone which shall be laid, dressed, coursed and pointed using a lime based mortar with brushed or rubbed joints in accordance with a sample panel (minimum 1 metre squared in size) which shall be constructed on site to be inspected and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.  The sample panel shall be constructed in a position that is protected and readily accessible for viewing in good natural daylight from a distance of 3 metres. The panel shall be retained on site for the duration of the construction contract.

 

S/2019/0997/FUL

36.

Post Office, 5 High Street, Silverstone, NN12 8US pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved, subject to various requirements to be set out in the Minutes

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered removal of condition 6 (use) of S/1991/0518/P (Conversion of shop/residential to 2 cottages and shop, detached double and single garages and conversion of outbuilding to dwelling at 3 High Street, Silverstone) at Post Office 5 High Street, Silverstone, NN12 8US for Mr & Mrs N Riley.

 

Councillor Roger Clarke addressed the Committee on behalf of the Ward Member, Councillor Dermot Bambridge, who was unable to attend the meeting due to a prior commitment.

 

In reaching their decision the Committee considered the officers’ report, presentation, written update and the address of the councillor.

 

Resolved

 

That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director for Planning and Economy to grant permission for application S/1991/0518/P, subject to the conditions set out below (and any amendments to those conditions as deemed necessary):

 

Materials

 

1.       Prior to the removal of the access door the external walls of the front elevation, a sample panel of stone shall be constructed in natural weathered limestone which shall be laid, dressed, coursed and pointed using a lime based mortar with brushed or rubbed joints in accordance with a sample panel (minimum 1 metre squared in size) which shall be constructed on site to be inspected and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.  The sample panel shall be constructed in a position that is protected and readily accessible for viewing in good natural daylight from a distance of 3 metres. The panel shall be retained on site for the duration of the construction contract.

S/2019/1220/MAF

37.

South Northamptonshire Council, Tove Long Stay Car Park, Northampton Road, Towcester pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved, subject to various requirements to be set out in the Minutes

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered application S/2019/1220/MAF for the variation of condition 2 of S/2018/1441/MAF (170 space car park and associated access, Phase 1 comprising of 60 car parking spaces and Phase 2 comprising of 110 car parking spaces) to extend the period of use of Phase 2 for a further 5 years at South Northamptonshire Council, Tove Long Stay Car Park, Northampton Road, Towcester for South Northamptonshire Council.

 

In reaching their decision, the committee considered the officers report, presentation and written update.

 

Resolved

 

That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director for Planning and Economy to grant permission for application S/2019/1220/MAF subject to:

 

a)              no new material planning considerations being raised before the expiry of the consultation period and;

 

b)              the conditions set out below (and any amendments to those conditions as deemed necessary;

 

Approved Plans

 

1.       The development shall not be carried out otherwise than in complete accordance with the approved plans, Location Plan 8850/06, 8850/07 Rev. A; 8850/04 Rev. B and 8850/05 Rev. A, except where those plans relate to soft landscaping, the revised Flood Risk Assessment received by the Local Planning Authority 14 July 2015 and the revised Transport Statement received by the Local Planning Authority on 08 January 2015, all submitted in respect of planning application ref.: S/2014/2121/MAF and the updated Traffic Management Report 065529/TPMA Rev. 002, dated 22 August 2017, received 22 July 2019, unless a non-material amendment is approved by the Local Planning Authority under the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2015.

 

Phasing

 

2.       Phase 2 of the proposal (the construction of a further 110 car parking spaces) shall only be brought into use for a temporary period of 5 years starting from the date of this permission AND shall not be permanently brought into use until the highway improvement works have been carried out at the Brackley Road/Northampton Road junction in accordance with drawing TPIN1021-701 contained within the Transport Statement dated 07 January 2015 submitted in respect of planning application S/2014/2121/MAF.

 

 

 

 

CONDITIONS TO BE COMPLIED WITH AT ALL TIMES

 

3.       All planting, seeding or turfing comprised in the approved landscaping scheme Drawing No.: 8850/07 Rev. D received by email on 19 November 2015 in respect of Condition Discharge Application S/2015/2015/COND shall be maintained for a period of 5 years from the completion of the development. Any trees and/or shrubs which within a period of five years from the completion of the development die, are removed or become seriously damaged or diseased shall be replaced in the next planting season with others of similar size and species, unless the Local Planning Authority gives written consent for any variation.

 

4.       The kerbing to the granular (gravel) parking bays in accordance with the approved Car Park Construction Detail, Drawing No.: 8850/706 Rev B and Engineering General Arrangement Drawing No.: 8850/11 Rev B, received by the Local Planning Authority on 27 August 2015 in respect of Condition Discharge Application S/2015/2016/COND shall be retained in the manner as approved at all times.

 

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38.

Appeals Progress Report pdf icon PDF 111 KB

Report of Assistant Director of Planning and Economy.

 

Purpose of Report

 

This report aims to keep members informed upon applications which have been determined by the Council, where new appeals have been lodged. Public Inquiries/hearings scheduled or appeal results achieved.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1        To accept the position statement.

 

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)            That the position statement be accepted.

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Director for Planning and Economy submitted a report which aimed to keep members informed upon applications which have been determined by the Council, where new appeals have been lodged. Public Inquiries/hearings scheduled, or appeal results achieved.

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That the position statement be accepted.

 

39.

Enforcement Plan pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Report of Assistant Director Planning and Economy.

 

Purpose of report

 

To consider and adopt the Enforcement Plan at Appendix 1, and to endorse the leaflets at Appendix 2

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended to:

 

1.1     Adopt the Enforcement Plan at Appendix 1; and

 

1.2     Endorse the leaflets at Appendix 2a and 2b

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

 

1.1           That the Planning Committee delegated authority to the Assistant Director for Planning and Economy to adopt the Enforcement Plan at Appendix 1, subject to rewording paragraph 5.10 regarding expediency and the new wording being agreed with the Chairman of the Planning Committee

 

1.2     That the leaflets at Appendix 2a and 2b be endorsed

Minutes:

The Assistant Director Planning and Economy submitted a report to consider and adopt the Enforcement Plan and to endorse the associated leaflets.

 

In considering the report, Members commented on paragraph 5.10 under “No Further Action: “Even if there is a clear breach of planning control, we may decide not to pursue an enforcement investigation because it is still not expedient to take action. This might be because although the breach is more than just a minor or technical breach, the harm it causes is not significant, and in our opinion formal action would not be in the public interest.”  Members considered that the paragraph should be amended to better reflect our approach to enforcement, to not give the impression that our starting point would be not to take action even if there is a minor breach. The paragraph would benefit from clarification that we carefully consider each case on its own merits.

 

 

Resolved

 

(1)            That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director of Planning and Economy in consultation with the Chairman of Planning Committee, to adopt the Enforcement Plan, subject to the rewording of paragraph 5.10.

 

(2)      That the associated leaflets be endorsed.

 


40.

Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.