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Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Martin, Chambers, and Lynch.
To sign the minutes Pla/23/08/22 to Pla/33/08/22 of the meeting of this Committee held on 18 August 2022 as a correct record of those proceedings.
Proposed by Councillor Eyles
Seconded by Councillor Ross
and RESOLVED that the public minutes Pla/23/08/22 to Pla/33/08/22 of the meeting of this Committee held on 18 August 2022 be confirmed and signed by the Chair as a correct record of those proceedings.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations of the existence and nature of any private interests, both disclosable pecuniary and any other registrable interests, in any matter to be considered or being considered.
No declarations of interest were made.
To note the attached lists of the Assistant Director Development.
a) Applications determined under officer delegated powers for the month of August 2022;
b) Reasons for refusal and requirement of prior approval on delegated decisions for the month of August 2022
A member queried application 22/0487 on the Applications Determined under Officer Delegated Powers for the Month of August and asked what Sui Generis meant in relation to this.
The Interim Development Manager responded that this refers to a use type that is not within any specific Use Class within the Use Classes Order.
RESOLVED that the attached lists of the Assistant Director Development:
a) Applications determined under office delegated powers for the month of August 2022; and
b) Reasons for refusal on delegated decisions for the month of August 2022
Planning Issues - Applications for Debate (Green Papers)
There are no applications for debate due at this meeting of the Planning Committee.
There were no applications for debate to be heard at this Committee.
Confirmation of Site Visits (if any)
To confirm the date and location of any site visits that may have been agreed.
There were no site visits confirmed at this meeting.
Any Other Items which the Chair decides are urgent
The Interim Planning Development Manager provided an update on several items requested by Members. Below is a summary of the update and any questions and responses given.
Great Musgrave Bridge:
The Interim Planning Development Manager explained that the enforcement notice had been issued. The applicant had been provided with twelve months to remove the infill.
Update on Housing Developments:
The Interim Planning Development Manager firstly provided an update on the Persimmon Homes development at Carleton Heights. She mentioned that when outline permission was granted a bus route was to be in place by the time 251 dwellings were occupied. An application to vary this was requested to move this to 360 dwellings. This was refused. Since then a review of the proposal for a bus route has taken place. This had been delayed due to a travel plan monitoring review undertaken by the developer to ascertain the level of interest for the bus service.
A member asked how many homes on this development had already been built and where are we in relation to the 360 dwellings. They also commented that the dialogue with developers had proven fruitless and that they felt that a warning should be appropriate.
The Interim Planning Development Manager stated that a further updates will be provided.
A Member stated that they believed that travel planning for these developments should be considered earlier on in the process, and that it should be there ready on day one.
A Member queried on the monitoring agreement lasting for 5 years, and queried when will this time period start.
The Legal Services Manager responded that it was by way of condition rather than by an s106 agreement so it was started when the decision notice was issued.
The Planning Services Manager also provided an update on the Raiselands Farm development and the enforcement investigations occurring mainly due to works happening outside of the authorised hours of working. A breach of condition notice had been served.
A Member commented that on enforcement notices and asked what exactly happens in this process – how strict it the enforcement?
The Planning Services Manager commented that prosecution was a possible action arising out of enforcement. She also commented that there was an escalating scale of fines
The Legal Services Manager commented that the enforcement action undertaken varies on the nature of the breach and the impact that it is currently having, it is not a one size fits all approach.
A Member commented on individuals who have been denied planning permission in regards to a listing building, continued with the works, and then applied for retrospective planning permission. They commented when enforcement kicks in on this.
The Interim Planning Services Manager commented that once a decision has been made enforcement will then be sought.
A Member raised that they were disappointed that there were no green papers, they noted that Allerdale and Carlisle were approving applications subject to mitigation. They also queried what the current staffing situation of the Planning Services Department.
Date of Next Meeting
The date of the next scheduled meeting be confirmed as 20 October 2022.
The date of the next scheduled meeting was confirmed as being the 20 October 2022.