Agenda, decisions and minutes

Development and Conservation Control Committee (see also Planning Committee)
Wednesday, 6 April 2005 10.00 a.m.

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Ian Senior  01954 713028

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Councillor Mrs A Elsby sent apologies for absence. 

2.

Minutes of Previous Meeting

To authorise the Chairman to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 2nd February 2005 as a correct record.

Minutes:

The Committee authorised the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the Minutes of the meeting held on 2nd February 2005.

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Appendix 1 (Environmental Assessment) and Appendix 2 (Objection Summary) can be viewed on the Council’s website at www.scambs.gov.uk by clicking on the modern.gov logo then Committees > Development and Conservation Control Committee > Browse Meetings > 6th April 2005.  Appendix 3 is available only as hard copy.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Refused, unanimously, for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a detailed report for a Wind Farm consisting of 16 Wind Turbines, Anemometry Mast, Substation and associated infrastructure on land to the south west of Huntingdon Road (A14 Trunk Road) in the Parishes of Boxworth and Conington for Cambridge Wind Farm Ltd.

 

The Development Control Quality Manager updated Members on developments since the report had been published.  These related, among other things, to further comments about noise, the impact on wildlife and industrial processes involved in extracting electricity from the facility,  He reported that Cambridge Airport would require a further 6-8 weeks to respond fully to consultation.  Referring to the reasons for refusal set out in the report, he said that numbers 3, 5 and 6 were, in effect, “holding reasons”   Were Members to refuse the application, and the Council was obliged to defend that refusal at appeal, any or all of reasons 3, 5 and 6 could well be withdrawn but, at the same time, new reasons could be introduced. 

 

Members made the following points:

 

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Cambridgeshire had already made significant progress towards meeting the 2010 target with regard to wind energy

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The applicant had an agreement with an adjoining landowner for an additional nine turbines, were the current application to win approval

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The proposal could have serious repercussions for improvements to the A14 Trunk road

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Consideration should be given to the feelings of local people, other development pressures on the countryside, compliance with planning policies and the adverse impact on the character of the countryside and quality of life

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The possible distracting effect for drivers on the A14, and implications for aviation safety

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There were significant issues of noise and scale: but while an “industrial” facility such as this was seen as inappropriate on this site, the Council should reaffirm its commitment to renewable energy, where appropriate

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The proposal would have an adverse effect on the amenity of local residents, including interference with television signals

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There should be a national assessment of suitable sites, with local authorities responsible for individual wind turbines and central government responsible for the siting of larger wind farms

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Greater emphasis should be placed on siting wind farms off-shore in order to meet demands for renewable energy

 

The Strategic Development Officer referred to the ambitious target, set in a White Paper on energy published by the Government in February 2003, to reduce CO2  emissions by 60% by the year 2050.  He acknowledged that, as technology advanced, and economies of scale took effect, the cost of constructing, and importing electricity from, off-shore wind farms would reduce dramatically.

 

The Development Control Quality Manager reminded Members that, should the Local Planning Authority resolve to refuse the application, its reasons for doing so must be justifiable and material planning considerations.  In particular, the question of whether or not this wind farm was needed in order to meet the County’s 2010 and 2020 targets was irrelevant, and the argument for and against off-shore wind farms was one for national, not local, debate.  The issue of interference  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

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To seek the Committee's approval for setting up a new sub-committee for planning enforcement matters at Travellers’ Sites. This will replace the former, temporary Direct Action Sub-Committee which has now lapsed at the end of the time-limited period. The report  proposes that the new sub-committee takes a wider remit at all planning enforcement matters relating to traveller sites, not just preparations for direct action. It also presents options for the membership of the new sub-committee.

Decision:

Deferred pending the development by Cabinet of a strategic approach to Travellers’ issues. 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report seeking its support for establishing a new sub-committee for planning enforcement matters on Travellers’ sites.

 

The Director of Development Services introduced this challenging issue by reminding Members about the position in which the Council found itself.  In identifying the context, he highlighted three important facts, namely

 

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Prior to the arrival at Smithy Fen, Cottenham of a large number of Irish Travellers, South Cambridgeshire District Council had had a good record in providing authorised pitches.  While there was still work to be done, he acknowledged the amount of effort applied to the issue by both Members and officers.

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The Council had to maintain its pressure on central Government to address a  number of perceived weaknesses in national policy.

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The opportunity should now be taken to reassess how best the Council should proceed, in the context of the legal separation between policy making and regulatory matters.

 

Members made the following points:

 

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The Cabinet had reserved to itself responsibility for determining policy in relation to Travellers’ issues

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Development and Conservation Control Committee was responsible for enforcement, and any Group set up to deal specifically with enforcement on Travellers’ sites could be seen as discriminatory

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Members should keep their options open, recognising that the major issue at the moment centred on Smithy Fen, Cottenham, and that such other issues that might arise in future should be dealt with on their merits, and treated individually

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Financial concerns should not be allowed to prevent an appropriate resolution of the outstanding matters

 

The Committee Chairman paid tribute to the Leader’s tireless work in presenting the Council’s case on Travellers’ issues to central Government, local residents and community organisations, and the media.

 

The following amendments were proposed and seconded, namely

 

1.

That further discussion be deferred pending the establishment by Cabinet of a policy on Travellers’ issues, with Development and Conservation Control Committee to determine all enforcement matters, including those on Travellers’ sites.

 

2.

That a Development and Conservation Control Sub-Committee be re-established with immediate effect, and as an interim measure, terms of reference, membership and name to be determined by the Development and Conservation Control Committee.

 

The Head of Legal Services said that Members had to review their previous decisions on direct action at Smithy Fen in the light of ever-changing developments, and act in the best interests of the entire District.    They should be careful not to do anything that might prejudice the Council’s position.  He advised Members, at the very least, to withdraw the Development and Conservation Control (Direct Action) Sub-Committee’s plenary powers for the time being, and suggested that the sub-committee should meet in June or July 2005, following the Appeal decisions relating to Pine View and Victoria View, Cottenham.

 

A number of Members expressed strong reservations about this advice.

 

Amendment no. 1 referred to above, proposed by Councillor SGM Kindersley and seconded by Councillor Dr DR Bard, was put to the Committee, which resolved by 16 votes to 14 (with one Member registering a presence but not  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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Decision:

Delegated refusal. 

Minutes:

DELEGATED REFUSAL for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services. subject to the conclusion of formal consultation.

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Decision:

Delegated Approval.

Minutes:

DELEGATED APPROVAL, for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services, subject to the prior completion of a Section 106 Legal Agreement requiring the mast and all associated development to be removed from the site and land made good, if planning consent S/2051/01/F for the erection of two 15 metre high lattice towers and associated development, is implemented, and to the Conditions referred to in the report.

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Decision:

Delegated approval 

Minutes:

DELEGATED APPROVAL, as amended by drawing numbers 707/29/B and 707/30/F date stamped 21st February 2005:for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services, subject to the Local Highways Authority being satisfied that car parking availability is suitable, and to the Conditions referred to in the report. 

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Decision:

Refused

Minutes:

REFUSED, contrary to the recommendation contained in the report from the Director of Development Services, because of the adverse impact on the amenity of the neighbours at 1A Spinney Drive  resulting from the intrusive nature of the windows.

 

RESOLVED to take enforcement action if the windows are not removed within one month of the issue of the Decision Notice.

 

Members noted that, should the applicant lodge an Appeal against the Committee’s decision and win, the Council would ask the Inspector to attach to the Appeal Decision the Conditions referred to in the report from the Director of Development Services.

 

Councillor R Hall declared a personal interest by virtue of knowing the applicant, and withdrew from the Chamber.

 

Councillor Mrs EM Heazell declared a personal interest by virtue of a “nodding acquaintance” with the applicant’s neighbour.

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Decision:

Delegated Approval

Minutes:

APPROVAL for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services, subject to the Conditions referred to therein and to additional Conditions the tarmacking of the entire width of the access, siting of the lamp columns outside the access, no fencing or other structures within five metres of the watercourse and the fencing off of that part of the site marked “private parking” in accordance with details to be agreed

 

Councillor MJ Mason was present when Histon Parish Council discussed this item, but did not contribute to the debate and did not vote.

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Decision:

Delegated approval

Minutes:

DELEGATED APPROVAL for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services, subject to the receipt of an amended plan showing a revision to visibility splays and other requested revisions, endorsement from the Affordable Housing Panel, the prior completion of a Section 106 Legal Agreement securing the provision of affordable housing in compliance with Policies HG7 and HG8 of the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2004. and safeguarding Conditions including one relating to ecology.

 

Councillor Dr JPR Orme declared a prejudicial interest because he receives a pension from the applicant Association and withdrew from the Chamber.   Councillor NIC Wright took the Chair for this item.

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Decision:

Delegated refusal 

Minutes:

DELEGATED REFUSAL for the reason set out in the report from the Director of Development Services, unless the play equipment is  moved further away from the fence to safeguard the amenity of adjacent residents  

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Decision:

Refused 

Minutes:

REFUSED for reasons 1 and 2 set out in the report from the Director of Development Services, Reason 3 being no longer relevant given the site’s location outside the newly defined flood zone. 

 

Councillors H Hurrell and Dr JPR Orme declared personal interests in this item.

 

Councillor Mrs GJ Smith, a local Member but not a member of the Committee, sent apologies for absence.

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Decision:

Delegated approval

Minutes:

DELEGATED APPROVAL of Reserved Matters of siting, design, means of access and landscape structure, following the revisions referred to in paragraph 2 of the report from the Director of Development Services subject to Conditions relating to the detail of such design structure, street lighting and the specification of bird boxes, and to the applicant and the Council’s Design Consultant agreeing on the design of five dwellings.

 

Councillor A Riley declared a personal interest as having participated in past discussions on this matter at Longstanton Parish Council.

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Decision:

Approval

Minutes:

APPROVAL for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services, subject to the Conditions referred to therein except that, in Condition 3, references to 0800 hours and 1000 hours shall be references instead to 0700 hours and 0900 hours.

 

Councillor A Riley declared a personal interest as he had contributed to the discussion at Longstanton Parish Council and due to the proximity of his house to the application site.

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Decision:

Delegated approval

Minutes:

DELEGATED APPROVAL for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services to Committee on 2nd March 2005 (Item 15), subject to the Conditions referred to therein, the receipt of amended plans giving correct dimensions, agreement that the new dwelling be no further forward than the existing one, and relocation of the proposal entirely within the village framework.

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Decision:

Refused

Minutes:

REFUSED contrary to the recommendation contained in the report from the Director of Development Services, on the grounds of footprint, and proximity to the north eastern boundary causing a cramped development.  Resolved to take enforcement action in consultation with local Members.

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Decision:

Delegated approval

Minutes:

DELEGATED APPROVAL subject to the receipt of satisfactory amended plans and information to address the comments of the Environment Agency, Local Highway Authority, Trees and Landscape Officer and Landscape Design Officer, for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services and subject to the Conditions referred to therein and to a reduction in the number of car parking spaces.

 

Councillor Mrs EM Heazell declared a prejudicial interest as the Portfolio Holder (Housing) responsible for instigating the scheme, and withdrew from the Chamber).

 

Councillors Dr DR Bard, Mrs SA Hatton and SS Ziaian-Gillan (the three local Members) declared prejudicial interests as having contributed to the debate when this matter was considered by the Scrutiny and Overview Committee, and withdrew from the Chamber.

 

Councillor Mrs DP Roberts expressed grave reservations about the enforced inability of the local Members to contribute to the debate, and withdrew from the Chamber, in protest, for the duration of this item.

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Decision:

Minded to Approve

Minutes:

The Committee was MINDED TO APPROVE the application subject to the proposal being referred to the Secretary of State and not being called in by him for determination, for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services and subject to the Conditions referred to therein other than Condition 6 under paragraph 112 (to be deleted), with Condition 11 under paragraph 112 being expanded to require also details of any alternative cleansing tank to be agreed, and an additional Condition requiring the agreement of the precise position of the crèche/laundry building, service trenches and the structural grass road providing access to the pool and treatment rooms and the prior signing of a Section 106 Agreement to ensure the whole site only operates as a single planning unit.  Whilst mindful of the Local Highway Authority’s latest comments, Members, having visited the site, considered that the proposal was acceptable having regard to the following matters: the proposal involved an appropriate use for, and without harm to, this important site/listed building; highway matters were carefully considered at the time of Committee’s site visit; the use would enable a degree of public access to the site; the use would provide local employment; a modest amount of new and well-conceived build was proposed; the proposal involved a number of sustainable features; the removal of the restaurant attached to the Coach House and the link between the Hall and the Coach House would enhance the setting of the listed building; and, by not involving alterations to the listed gate piers, frontage walls or Church Lane itself, the scheme preserved the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and the character and setting of the Hall, gate piers and St Mary’s Church.

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Additional documents:

Decision:

Deferred

Minutes:

DEFERRED at the request of  the applicant to determine whether or not the land was in the flood plain.

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Additional documents:

Decision:

Approval

Minutes:

APPROVED.  Members considered that the proposal was acceptable as a departure from the development plan for the following reasons: it would not adversely affect the openness or rural character of the Green Belt, it was in proportion with the scale of the existing dwelling and only involved modest additions to the dwelling.  For these reasons, it would not be contrary to the aims of countryside and Green Belt policies, subject to the Condition referred to in the report.

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Decision:

Delegated Approval

Minutes:

DELEGATED APPROVAL, as amended by drawing no. 04-7-02A date stamped 16th March 2005, for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services, subject to the receipt of the details required by recommended Condition 2 before the application is determined and the prior completion of a Section 106 Legal Agreement requiring the payment of a commuted sum towards the provision of affordable housing and the Conditions referred to in the report with condition 2 amended to reflect the approved details.

 

Councillor Dr. JPR Orme declared a personal interest as an acquaintance of the applicant. 

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Decision:

Refused with three months given for enforcement

Minutes:

REFUSED for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services.

 

RESOLVED to take enforcement action should the two areas of fencing not have been removed within three months of the issue of the Decision Notice.

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Decision:

Approval

Minutes:

DELEGATED APPROVAL for the reasons set out in the report.

 

Councillor Mrs CAED Murfitt declared a prejudicial interest as the applicant and withdrew from  the Chamber. 

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Appendix available only as hard copy.

Decision:

Delegated Approval

Minutes:

DELEGATED APPROVAL subject to the prior completion of a Section 106 Legal Agreement guaranteeing appropriate landscaping and frosted glazing for the window in the utility room and a further check on the height of the building.

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Decision:

Delegated approval

Minutes:

DELEGATED APPROVAL for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services, subject to the deletion of the porch and use of facing brick for the extension, and to the Conditions referred to in the report.

 

Councillor R Turner (the local Member) was not present for this item. 

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Decision:

South Cambridgeshire District Council fully supports Cambridgeshire County Council’s proposed facility for the drop off and transfer of bonded asbestos at Landbeach. The applicants are asked to paint any container dark green to match the building. 

Minutes:

The Committee RESOLVED that South Cambridgeshire District Council should inform Cambridgeshire County Council of its total support for the proposed facility for the drop off and transfer of bonded asbestos at Landbeach subject to the applicants painting any container dark green to match the building. 

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Decision:

Refused

Minutes:

REFUSED for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services.

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Decision:

Approval

Minutes:

APPROVAL for the reasons set out in the report from the Director of Development Services, subject to the Conditions referred to therein.

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Decision:

Refused

Minutes:

REFUSED for the reason set out in the report from the Director of Development Services.

 

RESOLVED to take enforcement action.

 

(The height detailed in paragraph 15 was amended from 7.2 to 7.7 metres.)

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Decision:

Refused

Minutes:

REFUSED, contrary to the recommendation contained in the report from the Director of Development Services, due to the visual impact of the mast and insufficient consideration of other possible sites at Pastures Farm near Caxton and Caxton Road, Eltisley.

 

Councillor NIC Wright declared a prejudicial interest as the applicant was his brother-in-law, and withdrew from the Chamber. 

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Decision:

Refused

Minutes:

REFUSED, contrary to the recommendation contained in the report from the Director of Development Services, due to the loss of a residential property, the setting of a precedent in a new settlement and the impact on existing residents in the vicinity. 

 

RESOLVED that enforcement action be taken.

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Decision:

Resolved to delegate powers to the Director of Development Services and the Conservation Manager in respect of hedgerow and protected tree control.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report seeking delegated powers in respect of hedgerow and protected tree control.

 

The Committee RESOLVED to delegate powers to the Director of Development Services and Conservation Manager in respect of hedgerow and protected tree control, subject to prior consultation with the Chairman of the Development and Conservation Control Committee and local Member or Members, and to constitutional safeguards.

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Minutes:

The Committee NOTED the following from the report prepared by the Director of Development Services:

 

·            

Decisions notified by the Secretary of State 

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Summaries of recent decisions of interest 

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Appeals received

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Local Inquiry and Hearing dates scheduled before the next meeting on 13th May 2005

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Appeals withdrawn or postponed

 

Members expressed appreciation of the professionalism of the Appeals Manager (Special Projects) in representing the interests of the Council.

 

It was noted that the three local inquiries at Smithy Fen, Cottenham were scheduled to be held in July 2005. 

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members NOTED the Enforcement Action Progress Report dated 6th April 2005.

 

Members expressed their appreciation of the professionalism of the Enforcement Officer and his team in representing the interests of the Council.

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To consider confirming an Order as modified. 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed the modification of Tree Preservation Order 01/05/SC in Gamlingay and confirmed Tree Preservation Orders 12/04/SC in Linton and 13/04/SC in Cambourne without modification for the reasons given in the report.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report reviewing Tree Preservation Order nos.12 and 13 of 2004, and 01 of 2005.

 

RESOLVED

 

(1)

that Tree Preservation Orders 12/04/SC at 19 Cambridge Road, Linton and 13/04/SC in Back Lane, Cambourne be confirmed without modification; and

 

(2)

that Tree Preservation Order 01/05/SC at 110 Cinques Road, Gamlingay be confirmed as modified so as, in the First Schedule, to substitute the phrase “T5 Rowan – Situated in the Eastern boundary of Rosehaven, 110 Cinques Road, Gamlingay” in place of the phrase “T5 Rowan – Situated in the Northern boundary of Rosehaven, 110 Cinques Road, Gamlingay”.