Agenda item

Planning Application 2023_0897_FUL Laurel House Farm, Foghamshire Lane, Trudoxhill, Frome, Somerset

To consider an application for the erection of an annexe/outbuilding with ancillary use to the main house and associated change of use of a parcel of land from agricultural to residential for the siting of the annexe.


That planning application 2023/0897/FUL be APPROVED as a departure from the Development Plan in accordance with the Officer’s Recommendation.


Votes – 6 in favour, 3 against and 2 abstentions



The Officer’s Report stated that this application had been referred to the Planning Committee as the proposal represented a departure from the Local Plan.

The Report continued that the host property was an existing detached dwelling set within the settlement of Trudoxhill with open agricultural land to the east, and neighbouring properties to the north and south. Trudoxhill does not have development limits and as such, in planning terms, the site lay in the open countryside, but was not an isolated location.  The proposal sought a change of use on a 45sqm section of land from agricultural to residential in order to site a single storey ancillarystructure to house a garage, workshop, home office and w/c.

Trudoxhill Parish Council had recommended refusal of the application for the following reasons:

  • The site is too close to neighbouring properties
  • Proposed building is too large and out of character
  • Impact on the setting of the listed building
  • Impact on neighbouring residential amenity due to its large scale
  • Proposal is on agricultural land which could set a precedent and is contrary to development plans for the village


There had been 4 letters of objection from local residents for reasons including the following:

  • Proximity of the annexe to the neighbouring property
  • Overbearing impact
  • Contrary to policy as it's on agricultural land
  • Light and noise pollution


The Conservation Officer had commented that the principle of a single-storey outbuilding was acceptable within the site provided and was of an appropriate design, scale and position, ensuring subservience to the listed building.

In conclusion, the Officer Report said that, whilst it was acknowledged that the development would be outside development limits, it would abut an existing residential property. The proposed use was not considered to have a detrimental impact on the adjoining land uses.

The proposed annexe was shown as being for a garage, home office and workshop, all of which are considered uses ancillary to the main house and would not be capable of independent occupation or use. A condition to ensure that the structure remains ancillary would be applied should the application be approved.

Subject to conditions in regards landscaping, joinery details and sample panels, it was considered by Officers that the proposal would not have a harmful impact on the setting of the listed building.

Overall, Officers had concluded that the proposal represented a sustainable form of development and the application was therefore recommended for approval as a departure the development plan.

The Planning Officer explained the application to the Committee with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation.

There were no speakers on this application.

In the discussion which followed one Member commented that the location of the proposed annexe was too close to the neighbouring property and that the window of the annexe would overlook it. He also considered the annexe to be too large and was concerned about the loss of agricultural land. He remarked that Trudoxhill Parish Council had objected quite strongly and had genuine concerns.

In response, the Lead Planning Officer said that the scope of the encroachment onto agricultural land would only result in the loss of 45 sqm of agricultural land. The Velux window in the annexe would not result in overlooking as the window faces upward. The Planning Officer also confirmed that there were no Velux windows on the side of the annexe facing the neighbours.

At the conclusion of the debate, it was proposed by Councillor Edric Hobbs and seconded by Councillor Tony Robbins to approve the application in accordance with the Officer’s Recommendation.

On being put to the vote the proposal was carried with 6 votes in favour, 3 votes against and 2 abstentions.


That planning application 2023/0897/FUL be APPROVED as a departure from the Development Plan in accordance with the Officer’s Recommendation.


Votes – 6 in favour, 3 against and 2 abstentions


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