Agenda and draft minutes

Provisional start time - Second Wednesday of month from now on, Planning Committee
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10.30 a.m.

Venue: Council Chamber, First Floor

Contact: Ian Senior, 03450 450 500 Email: democratic.services@scambs.gov.uk  Members of the public wishing to speak at this meeting are requested to contact the Support Officer by no later than noon on Monday before the meeting. A public speaking protocol applies.

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence from committee members. 

Minutes:

Councillors Grenville Chamberlain, Peter Fane and Peter Topping  sent Apologies for Absence. Councillor Dr. Tumi Hawkins substituted for Councillor Fane and Councillor Heather Williams substituted for Councillor Topping.

2a

Declarations of Interest

 

1.         Disclosable pecuniary interests (“DPI”)

A  DPI is where a committee member or his/her spouse or partner has any kind of beneficial interest in the land under consideration at the meeting.

 

 2.        Non-disclosable pecuniary interests

These are interests that are pecuniary involving a  personal financial benefit or detriment but do not come within the definition of a DPI.  An example would be where a member of their family/close friend (who is not their spouse or partner) has such an interest.

 

3.         Non-pecuniary interests

Where the interest is not one which involves any personal financial benefit or detriment to the Councillor but arises out of a close connection with someone or some  body /association.  An example would be membership of a sports committee/ membership of another council which is involved in the matter under consideration.

Minutes:

Councillor Heather Williams declared a non-pecuniary interest in respect of Minute 5 (S/1178/18/FL - Arrington (Mill Lane)). Councillor Williams’ husband does seasonal work for the Parish Councillor who was representing Arrington Parish Council.

2b

Recorded voting

Minutes:

Pending the issue of recorded voting at Planning Committee being addressed by the Constitution, Councillor John Batchelor proposed that all substantive votes be recorded. Councillor Brian Milnes seconded the proposal.

 

Upon a show of hands, the Committee agreed unanimously that all substantive votes at the current Planning Committee meeting should be recorded by name and / or number and name.

3.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2018 as a correct record.

Minutes:

The Committee authorised the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2018.

4.

S/0971/18/OL - Meldreth (Land south of Whitecroft Road) pdf icon PDF 232 KB

 

Outline planning permission for residential development (nine dwellings) with some matters reserved except for access

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 10 July 2018.

 

This application had been referred to the Planning Committee by the Chairman’s Delegation meeting.

 

Helen Keeble (objector), Philip Kratz (applicant’s agent) and Councillor Rob Searle (Meldreth Parish Council) addressed the meeting. Members heard about the impact on neighbour amenity and the fear of further development. They learnt that the intention was to keep the access road private. This would allow it to be narrower than would otherwise be the case, and thus leave more room for landscaping.

 

Following a short debate, the Committee refused the application, contrary to the recommendation in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development, by seven votes to nil, with three abstentions. Members agreed the reasons for refusal as being that the application was contrary to Policies DP/7 (Development Frameworks) of the Local Development Framework Development Control Policies (Development Plan Document 2007 and ST/6 (Group Villages) of the Local Development Framework Core Strategy Polices 2007, and to the equivalent Policies (S/7 and S/10) of the emerging Local Plan submitted in 2014.

 

Councillors John Batchelor, Handley, Heylings, Rippeth, Roberts, Heather Williams and Wright voted to refuse the application. Councillors Cahn, Hawkins and Milnes abstained.

5.

S/1178/18/FL - Arrington (Mill Lane) pdf icon PDF 302 KB

 

Demolition, Conversion and Development to facilitate Holiday Let Accommodation

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 10 July 2018.

 

Richard Parish (objector), Barry Johnson (applicant) andcllr Angela Pearce (Arrington Parish Council) addressed the meeting. Committee members established that part only of Mill Lane had a hard surface but that space existed to accommodate vehicle passing spaces. The intention was that the lets should be short-term holiday lets only. It was confirmed that the proposed gym and retail facilities would be for the benefit only of those staying in the holiday lets. The applicant confirmed that he would be prepared to pay for the hard surfacing of the whole of Mill Lane, but pointed out this would need consent from the landowner.

 

Members were informed that some residents of Mill Lane apparently had not been notified about the application.

 

Following further debate, and by seven votes to three, the Committee gave officers delegated powers to approve the application subject to:

 

1.     Officers being satisfied with the effectiveness of the public consultation;

2.     The removal of Permitted Development Rights;

3.     The Conditions and Informatives set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development, with any minor amendments to these being agreed by officers in consultation with the Planning Committee’s Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

 

Councillors John Batchelor, Cahn, Handley, Hawkins, Heylings, Milnes and Rippeth voted to approve the application. Councillors Roberts, Heather Williams and Wright voted to refuse the application.

6.

S/1373/18/FL - Hinxton (Land adjacent Pettetts Barn, High Street) pdf icon PDF 323 KB

 

Single storey detached dwelling with basement, detached garage and parking.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members visited the site on 10 July 2018.

 

Charmain Hawkins (applicant’s agent) addressed the meeting.

 

The ensuing Committee debate focussed on the location of the application site outside the village framework, and its likely impact on the countryside, Conservation Area and Listed Buildings in the High Street.

 

By eight votes to two, the Committee refused the application for the reasons set out in the report from the Joint Director for Planning and Economic Development.

 

Councillors Hawkins and Milnes voted to approve the application. Councillors John Batchelor, Cahn, Handley, Heylings, Rippeth, Roberts, Hazel Williams and Wright voted to refuse the application.

7.

Enforcement Report pdf icon PDF 251 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and noted an Update on enforcement action.      

8.

Appeals against Planning Decisions and Enforcement Action pdf icon PDF 130 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and noted a report on Appeals against planning decisions and enforcement action.