Agenda and minutes

North Dorset District Council Planning Committee
Tuesday, 29th January, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Durweston Village Hall - NDDC. View directions

Contact: Sandra Deary 01258 484370  Email: sdeary@dorset.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

63.

Code of Conduct

Members are required to comply with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and the Council’s Code of Conduct regarding disclosable pecuniary and other interests.

 

Check if there is an item of business on this agenda in which the member other relevant person has a disclosable pecuniary or other disclosable interest

 

 Check that the interest has been notified to the Monitoring Officer (in writing) and entered in the Register (if not this must be done within 28 days

 

Disclose the interest at the meeting (in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct) and in the absence of dispensation to speak and/or vote, withdraw from any consideration of the item where appropriate.  If the interest is non-pecuniary you may be able to stay in the room, take part and vote.

 

For further advice please contact Robert Firth, Monitoring Officer, in advance of the meeting.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

64.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting of the Committee (previously circulated) as a correct record.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 8 January 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

65.

Urgent Business

To consider any items of business which the Chair has had prior notification and considers to be urgent pursuant to Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.  The reason for the urgency shall be specified in the minutes.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

66.

2/2018/0602/OUT - Land At E 387470 N 122346, Higher Blandford Road, Cann, Dorset pdf icon PDF 508 KB

To develop land by the erection of up to 55no. dwellings, form vehicular access, open space and associated infrastructure.

 

Minutes:

The Area Lead (Major Projects – Eastern) presented the report, showing all relevant plans and drawings.

 

The Area Lead advised that the site shared a boundary on three sides with Shaftesbury’s designated development boundary.  He considered that it was appropriate for some development to take place on the site and that the site should come forward as part of the 5 year housing land supply.

 

The Highways Officer, DCC, advised that the applicant proposed to improve the junction at the A30 and B3018, this would improve highway safety.  He advised that the visual splays complied with the Manual for Streets guidance. 

 

He added that the cycleway/footpath to the employment site would be widened and that the transport assessment was satisfactory.  The impact of additional traffic was not considered to be severe.


Therefore, the Highway Authority had no objections to raise subject to conditions.

 

Public Participation

 

Oral representation in opposition to the application was received from Cllr P Brown (on behalf of Shaftesbury Town Council), Cllr C Langham (Melbury & Abbas Parish Council), Mrs Upton-King (Shaftesbury Civic Society), Mr King and Mr Ede, who raised the following concerns:

 

·         The site was outside Shaftesbury’s Settlement Boundary;

·         The site was located on Grade 2 agricultural land and was inherently unsuitable for built development;

·         The site was an important penetration of open, rural land into the environs of Shaftesbury - a distinctive characteristic of the town;

·         Development would have a major, adverse impact on the extensive, characteristic and regionally-important view from the A30 to the Chalk ridge of the Cranborne Chase AONB;

·         There was no sustainable need for this development in this particular location;

·         The development was lacking the context of an overall, integrated development framework for the neighbourhood & is conceived in isolation;

·         Increase in traffic on the very busy B3081;

·         Access would be better situated on the A30;

·         The site is allocated as important open space in both the Shaftesbury and Melbury Abbas and Cann emerging  Neighbourhood Plans;

·         The North Dorset Local Plan, and a further examination by the inspector in 2017/18 unequivocally ruled out development on this land for a number of well-founded reasons; and

·         Impact on local public services

 

It was also noted that the National Planning Policy Framework defines the importance of making effective use of land, achieving well-designed places, conserving and enhancing the natural environment, recognising the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside, including the economic and other benefits of the best and most versatile agricultural land and avoiding adverse impact on views.  It was considered that this application did not comply with the NPPF on these issues.

 

Mrs Stacey, the agent, spoke in favour of the application. She advised that the site was within walking distance of the town and provided a number of community benefits, to be secured by a S.106 legal agreement as set out in the report. (an agreement on on-site informal outdoor space and Maintenance of formal outdoor space was still to be agreed)

 

Mr Tizzard, the applicant spoke in favour of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 66.

67.

2/2017/2022/OUT - Land North Of The Antelope, The Causeway, Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset pdf icon PDF 548 KB

Develop land by the erection of up to 35 dwellings, form vehicular access, parking and landscaping. (Outline application to determine access).

Minutes:

The Area Lead (Major Projects – Eastern) presented the report, showing all relevant plans and drawings.

 

He advised that the number of proposed dwellings had been reduced following responses received to the consultation.

 

The Area Lead advised that the Neighbourhood Plan was due to go to referendum on 7 February and that this site was not allocated for development in the Neighbourhood Plan.  However, due to the lack of a 5 year housing land supply the application should be considered on its own merit.

 

The Highways Officer, DCC, advised that the applicant would generate a low level of increased traffic which could be accommodated by the junction.  The impact of additional traffic was not considered to be severe.


Therefore, the Highway Authority recommended approval of the application subject to conditions.

 

Public Participation

 

Oral representation in opposition to the application was received from Cllr  Wilson, Parish Clerk, Mr Hobson, Mr Huxtable, Mr Stevenson and Mr Allen.  The main concerns raised were:

 

·         The committee report reflects North Dorset’s Planning Policy team’s comments on the Neighbourhood Plan that were written in May 2018. Paragraphs 48 and 49 of the NPPF should now be taken into account.  

·         The Neighbourhood Plan had passed its examination and with a referendum in 9 days, it was clear that the plan was at a very advanced stage, there were no unresolved objections and the plan is consistent with national policies, therefore, great weight should be applied to it.

·         The committee report gave no analysis of any of the relevant Neighbourhood Plan policies, and therefore the committee were not given any advice as to what are relevant policies in the Plan that should be given great weight and whether the application does or does not conflict with these policies. The Neighbourhood Plan Act of 2017 imposes a clear duty on planning authorities to have regard to post-examination neighbourhood development plans.

·         The application is contrary to policies HB 5, 7, 9,13 and 15 in the Neighbourhood Plan and would prevent development proposed under policies 17, 18 and 2.

·         There was no housing need for this development as the emerging Neighbourhood Plan housing allocations would fully meet the identified housing need in Hazelbury Bryan

·         Impact on local facilities, with the recent loss of the bus service and doctor’s surgery.

·         The local school is already full with no capacity to expand

·         Increase in traffic on a narrow road

·         Access would crate a T-junction which would delay traffic and could be dangerous.

 

Mr Read, Magna Housing, spoke in support of the application.  He advised that the development was deliverable and that Magna Housing could support the 14 proposed affordable houses.

 

Mr Harrington, the agent, spoke in support of the application for the following reasons:

 

·         The proposed development would provide 14 much needed affordable homes;

·         The new footpath would link the site to Honeybun Meadow and the shop and would improve walking connections to the village facilities.

·         The proposed development would improve the pub by providing a relocated entrance to the car park which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 67.

68.

2/2018/1522/FUL - Thatchways , Blandford Road, Iwerne Minster, DT11 8QN pdf icon PDF 304 KB

Erect 3 No. dwellings with garages. Modify vehicular access (demolish existing garage).

Minutes:

The Senior Planning Officer presented the report, showing all relevant plans and drawings.

 

He considered the detail and design of the proposed development to be reasonable.  He felt that the proposed development would not impinge on views as it would be seen against a backdrop of other buildings.

 

The Senior Planning Officer advised that the Cranborne Chase and West Wilts Down AONB partnership had requested the following change to condition 11:

 

The approved scheme shall specify that all light units are fully shielded, with no light emitted above the horizontal, are 500 lumens or below (subject to safety aspects), and with a CCT of 3000 K or less.

Reason: In the interests of public safety and the amenity of the AONB, including dark night skies objectives, to minimise unnecessary light spillage outside and above the development site.

 

The Senior Planning Officer advised that the Parish Council had objected to the application and these objections were set out in the report.

 

The Highways Officer, DCC, advised that the visibility splays met with the standard set out in the Manual for Streets.  The proposed development had secured visibility improvements and a turning area to allow vehicle to leave the site forward facing.


Therefore, the Highway Authority recommended no objection to the application subject to conditions.

 

Public Participation

 

Oral representation in opposition to the application was received from Parish Cllr Brian O’Luanaigh who advised that the speed on the A350 often exceeded 30mph.  He added that the proposed development was outside the settlement boundary and in the AONB. 

 

Oral representation in opposition to the application was received from Mrs Marsh, who raised the following concerns:

 

  • The NPPF 2018 states that AONBs should be protected from development, this development would cause harm to the AONB;
  • The Neighbourhood Plan had been abandoned as residents were against development outside the settlement boundary;
  • The NDDC Local Plan stated that development should take place in the 4 main towns; and
  • The design of the proposed development was out of character for the area.

 

Mr Graeser, the agent, spoke in support of the application.  He advised that the number of dwelling proposed had been reduced from 4 to 3 and design issues had been addressesd following comments received.

 

He considered the location to be sustainable and that the proposed development would have negligible impact on the setting of the Conservation Area and AONB.

Mr Graeser added that the proposed development was in accordance with national policy and that the revised access met the requirements of the Highway Authority.

 

Members’ questions and debate

 

In answer to a question raised, the Senior Planning Officer advised that condition 8 in the report was to prevent any means of enclosure of back gardens to avoid an urbanising effect.

 

It was proposed by Cllr Dowden and seconded by Cllr Stayt

 

Decision

 

To approve the application subject to conditions set out in appendix 1 to these minutes.

Appendix 1 pdf icon PDF 60 KB

69.

Planning Appeals pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To note the report (attached) of Head of Planning Development Management and Building Control on Planning Appeals.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the report of the Head of Service for the period between 2 January and 18 January 2019.