14th September 2020 Planning Minutes

Minutes of the meeting held on Monday 14th September 2020 via video conferencing

Present: Cllr Andy Brewer (Chairman), Cllrs Peter Clayton, Nick Tolley, Louise Parkin, Bill Hancock, Sue Harvey, with Cllr Harvey to comment on the NALC consultation and Lorna Williams (Deputy Clerk) in attendance.

2 members of the press were present.

Public Participation

There were no speakers.

60/20/PC      Apologies

                                There were no apologies

                                Cllr Groves was not present

61/20/PC     Declarations of Interest in items on this agenda & dispensations granted

Cllr Sue Harvey declared an interest on application 11/20/083 and would take no part in the considerations on this application

62/20/PC     Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on Monday 24th August 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

63/20/PC     Planning Applications considered

11/20/079

Location:95 Worston Road, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3JU
Proposal:Erection of a 1.85m high wall.
Case Officer:Amelia Elvé
Applicant:Mr S Williams

It was noted that there was currently a very large and high hedge at the front of the property and it was to be replaced by a 1.85m high wall.

Comment:    The meeting objected to the application as the wall would be out of character with the street scene as other properties have low walls. Also following the guidance from Highways object on road safety issues.

Cllr Sue Harvey left the meeting

11/20/083

Location:68 Love Lane, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1EY
Proposal:Retrospective application for the change of use from Dwelling to Office (Use Class B1 (a)
Case Officer:  Shanta Parsons
Applicant:Aerofin Laboratories Ltd

Comment:    No Observations

Cllr Harvey re-joined the meeting

11/20/084

Location:The Old Pier Tavern, Pier Street, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1BT
Proposal:Change of use from pub (Use Class A4) to a mixed use pub, restaurant and takeaway (Use Classes A3, A4 & A5) to include the demolition of part of front of building and installation of extraction unit.
Case Officer:Liam Evans
Applicant:Mr Baron

Comment:    The meeting supported the application on economic grounds, the changes are making good use of an historic building. The application is in keeping with the original building and improves the street scene.

11/20/088

Location:Police Station, Burnham Road, Burnham On Sea, Somerset, TA8 1LS
Proposal:Ash (T3 & T4) – Crown reduce by 3-4m back to the previous reduction points.
Case Officer:Janette Burton
Applicant:Avon & Somerset Police Constabulary

Comment:    No Observations

64/20/PC     Applications considered under delegated authority

  None

65/20/PC      To formulate responses to the consultation document provided by NALC, PC10-20 Changes to the current Planning System

Members commented that the consultation questions were very technical and was therefore more appropriate for the planning authority. It was recognised that there was a need for housing, but was difficult to influence the market forces. There are a significant number of sites that have building consent but at present were possibly not commercially viable. Another point was made that developers are not going to build something that is not affordable, as they are not going to build what they can’t sell. A level of scrutiny needs to be retained so that quality can be maintained.

Members reported they had been unable to open the link to the main consultation document. The Deputy Clerk was asked if she could try and sort this problem. It was agreed that members would email individual responses to the Deputy Clerk and Chairman to collate prior to the deadline of 5pm on 17th September.

66/20/PC     Correspondence from the Clerk

The Clerk informed the meeting that an appeal had been made to the Secretary of State against Sedgemoor District Council’s refusal to grant planning permission on application 11/19/00110 – 3 The Esplanade. The Committee had objected to this application and wished to make no further comment.

67/20/PC     Date of Next meeting

It was noted that the next meeting of this committee will be held on Wednesday 7th October 2020 at 7pm.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 7.45pm

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