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SWT Planning Committee
Thursday, 13th October, 2022 1.00 pm

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Minutes of the previous meeting of the Planning Committee


Declarations of Interest or Lobbying

    To receive and note any declarations of disclosable pecuniary or prejudicial or personal interests or lobbying in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.


    (The personal interests of Councillors and Clerks of Somerset County Council, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes.)

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    Members present at the meeting declared the following personal interests in their capacity as a Councillor or Clerk of a County, Town or Parish Council or any other Local Authority:-



    Description of Interest


    Action Taken

    Cllr M Blaker

    Ward Member for application 3/05/22/006. Discretion ‘not fettered’


    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr S Coles

    SCC & Taunton Charter Trustee


    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr R Habgood

    Is acquainted with one of the speakers for application 42/22/0043


    Spoke and Voted

    Cllr C Palmer

    Minehead. is acquainted with two of the  objectors from application No. 49/21/0030. Discretion ‘not fettered’





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    The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.


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    Application No.





    A Potter

    C Magill

    M Wilson


    Cllr Kravis

    Local resident

    Local resident



    Ward Member

    Objecting -in person

    Objecting- in person

    In favour-Statement read out

    Objecting –in person


    Dr & Mr Arthurs

    P Pepperell


    Mr Orton


    E Jones


    C Farrington


    R Excell


    J Pinn

    A Radcliff


    Mr Cherry


    Cllr Mansell

    Local resident


    Local Vet


    Local resident


    Local resident


    Local resident


    Local resident


    Local resident

    Local resident




    Ward Member

    In favour- statement read out

    In favour- statement read out

    In favour- statement read out

    In favour-statement read out

    In favour-statement read out

    Objection-statement read out

    Objection- in person

    Objection-statement read out

    In favour-statement read out

    Objection-statement read out


    J Halton

    Planning Consultant. Tetra Tech Planning

    In favour- in person


    A & J Stainthorpe

    T Smith


    T Dean


    L Turner

    Cllr Johnson

    Cllr Farbahi

    Local resident




    Parish Council


    Boyer Planning

    Ward Member

    Ward Member

    Objection-statement read out

    Objection-statement read out

    Objection-statement read out

    In favour-via Zoom

    Objection-in person

    Objection-in person


    R Crocker

    R Crocker

    A Crocker



    F Swatton


    N Foster

    T Hiscock

    Local resident

    Local resident

    Local resident






    Parish Council

    Objection- in person

    Objection-in person

    Objection (read out by Mr Wilsdon)


    Objection (read out by Mr Wilsdon)

    In favour-in person

    Statement read out




3/05/22/006 - Variation of Condition No. 02 (approved plans) of permission 3/05/20/004 to change the final height of the building as updated on drawings The Paddock, Carhampton Road, Blue Anchor pdf icon PDF 406 KB

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    Comments/statement from members of the public included;



    ·       Concerns with the height of the ridge;

    ·       Concerns with the loss of privacy on near neighbours;

    ·       Concerns with the dumping of rubble hardcore, topsoil and turf into the rear garden of the paddock without provisions being made of a retaining wall or drainage;

    ·       Previous bungalow on the site never overlooked properties;

    ·       This development would set a precedent to other developers;

    ·       A site visit was needed to assess the site;

    ·       The area of the Paddock to the west of the Paddock has been for a long-time poor amenity land separate to the main garden.

    ·       The recent removal of significant vegetation including hedges and shrubs inside the boundary of Four Winds, does little to mitigate any view they now have of the house;

    ·       In terms of Haze Lea, the existing position of an outbuilding and hedges provides adequate screening. On the other boundary there is a permitted path running down the side and rear allowing fairly unrestricted views across all properties;

    ·       Crucially the views over either property at ground floor level from inside remain unchanged since when the site was purchased in April;

    ·       The owners of Four Winds were asked what they would like to see in place of the fence and vine currently in situ. The offer of hedging was declined;

    ·       The project was fit for modern living and eco friendly;

    ·       The original dwelling had fallen into disrepair and the site overdeveloped with many structures added over time including a boat house on the boundary of Haze Lee with concrete double garages in between;

    ·       The neighbours have benefitted from recent improvement of the site;

    ·       The dwelling is basically the same as previously approved, save for the exception that there is a benign difference in height that falls below the ridgeline of the former building;

    ·       Concerns with the impact on the amenity area in the garden;

    ·       Previous overlooking from the bungalow was from the 2nd floor. This development was significantly higher and made a big difference;

    ·       Conditions needed for loss of privacy and loss of amenity needed;



    Comments/statements made by Members included;



    ·       Concerns with the increased ridge height of the building;

    ·       Concerns with the floor level difference;

    ·       Concerns with overlooking;

    ·       Concerns that this was a retrospective application;

    ·       Concerns with the reasons submitted for raising of the sewer levels as there was already a bungalow on site;

    ·       Concerns with the loss of privacy and the heights of the windows;

    ·       The development was lower than the original building so cannot see any harm;


    Councillor Hill proposed and Councillor Lithgow seconded a motion for the application to be GRANTED subject to conditions, with an amendment to read within paragraph 2.1 that the height of the building is 450mm, this should read 550mm as per update sheet.


    The motion was carried.






49/21/0030 - SIMONS HOLT FARM RETAINED LAND, WHITEFILED, WIVELISCOMBE, TA4 2UU (deferred from 23 June 2022) pdf icon PDF 380 KB

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    Comments/statements from members of the public included;



    ·       No perceptible odours from calves;

    ·       Calves have been heard less than 5 times over a period of 30 months;

    ·       No perceptible increase in flying insects had been observed;

    ·       The housing conditions were of a high standard and the welfare of all the animals to be excellent;

    ·       The erection of a new agricultural building would allow for optimal calf health, lower stock density levels, better isolation should any disease outbreak occur, longer rest periods for the building between batches of calves, good management number with no significant noise or odours;

    ·       Sheep had been previously grazed on and off this field for the last tow years along with cutting the field for silage;

    ·       Manure from the building was used on arable crops as part of a crop nutrient plan to help reduce artificial fertiliser use. Manure helped improve soil organic matter and aids water retention reducing run off;

    ·       Agricultural business is an important part of the rural economy in the Wiveliscombe area and should be supported;

    ·       Concerns that no calves had been on the land in question for at least 30 years plus;

    ·       Concerns that the applicant installed a handful of calves in temporary shelters on the field in question following the last committee meeting;

    ·       Concerns with moving livestock around;

    ·       Concerns that no noise assessment had been provided for this location;

    ·       There has been an increase in noise from this location with only a small handful of calves in residence particularly when the site is visited;

    ·       The main field has been used for cropping with no livestock present whilst this type of farming was undertaken;

    ·       Suitable landscaping should be required along the building sides that are not alongside current hedging;

    ·       Concerns with noise and smell from the development;

    ·       Concerns with the calves left overnight with no herdsman present on site;

    ·       Concerns with the increase of traffic movement;

    ·       All calves were purchased from a single dairy farm and rear them through the milk feeding stage. Calves are then sold to other framers to graze and grow on;

    ·       The agricultural building was to improve facilities for the calves to better facilitate the all-in-all calf rearing system and optimise health;

    ·       Small groups of calves on separate sites provides better biosecurity and meets the Animal Plan and Health Agency’s requirement for isolation facilities;

    ·       No impact on local residents;

    ·       Wiveliscombe Town Council have visited the site and stated that there were no concerns regarding the location of the barn;

    ·       This development was supported by the Parish Council;

    ·       No objections relating to noise has been commented on by the EHO;

    ·       The application has been assessed by the Council as phosphate neutral;

    ·       Calf movement records have been submitted to the Council;

    ·       There appears to be no evidence from the applicant on the herd size previously at the site of the planning application;

    ·       Concerns regarding lack of mitigation for the increase in herd size and for the potential of this application to cause noise and odour disturbance to local residents;

    ·       This development  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.


46/22/0005 - Erection of 1 No. 3 bed detached house with garage and formation of access in the garden to the side of Llantarnam, Chelston Nurseries, Nursery Lane, Chelston (resubmission of 46/20/0023) pdf icon PDF 519 KB

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    Comments/statements from members of the public included;



    ·       The site was a small visually contained infill plot which will deliver a sustainable and well-designed three-bedroom home;

    ·       There were seven letters of support from neighbouring properties;

    ·       The Parish Council supported this application;

    ·       No objections had been received on the application;

    ·       The site was a sustainable location for a single dwelling with services only 400 metres from services and facilities at West Park Business Park which include a petrol filling station which sold groceries and day-to-day essentials, various cafes, a nursery and various employment sites;

    ·       There was an established pedestrian route that exists along the verge which is kept closely mown at all times of the year and provides opportunities for access to services on foot;

    ·       The owners of the path have stated that this will be maintained for the benefit of their own site and for local residents who wish to access West Park;

    ·       Charging point to be included in the development;


     Comments/statements from Members included;



    ·       This was a house in the middle of the countryside with no facilities and the proposed footpath was just a grass verge that the neighbour cut;

    ·       The application goes against Policies;


    Councillor Hill proposed and Councillor Aldridge seconded a motion for the application to be REFUSED as per Officer recommendation;


    The motion was carried.



42/22/0043- Variation of Condition No. 02 (approved plans), for the inclusion of a turning head at the entrance of the approved pumping station compound, of application 42/20/0042 at Orchard Grove New Community, Comeytrowe Rise, Taunton pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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    ·       Concerns that this turning head was poorly planned and an unsafe space for pedestrians and cyclists;

    ·       The turning head should be located elsewhere for safety reasons;

    ·       The cycle route needs amending to come around the north west side of the Honeysuckle house to join the park on the other side;

    ·       Walkers and cyclists safety would be compromise if this application was approved;

    ·       The application sought to make some minor amendments to the vehicular entrance to the compound area and did not affect the operation or design of the permitted pumping station, water booster station or gas pressure reducing station facilities;

    ·       The purpose of this Section 73 application is to vary the approved plans to allow for a larger vehicular turning head off Comeytrowe Lane at the entrance to the Pumping Station. These amendments have been included at the request of the County Council; and its inclusion will enable vehicles sufficient space to manoeuvre and turn around at the end of Comeytrowe Lane once the road is closed to through traffic;

    ·       Since approval in 2021, further improvements to the site wide cycleway have also been reque4sted to meet the County’s latest guidance on cycleway specifications. For completeness, we have therefore identified the latest cycleway details on the revised pumping station compound drawings for which approval is sought. The updated cycleway proposals are very much a betterment for cyclists;

    ·       The pumping station equipment and facilities remain unaltered with the increase of the perimeter of the compound enclosure to meet the very latest ‘Design and Construction guidance’. The Gas Governor has also been rotated in orientation to better suit the proposed new width of the vehicle turning head and footway/cycleway;

    ·       The proposal was detrimental to existing residents;

    ·       Concerns with vehicles reversing over a cycle walkway;

    ·       Further audits needed before the application is decided;

    ·       The turning point needed to be sited elsewhere for the safety of residents and children using this route;

    ·       Concerns with flooding in the area;

    ·       The Parish Councils have registered their objections to the current proposals;

    ·       The application needs to be deferred for the developers to come up with a safer option;


    At this point in the meeting (4:20pm) an extension of 30 minutes was proposed and seconded.


    Comments/statements from Members included:



    ·       Concerns with the safety of the tactile part on the cycleway/walkway;

    ·       This was an improvement and safer than the current lane;

    ·       The developers have a blank canvas, so this is a perfect opportunity to reroute the cycleway;

    ·       Concerns with the multi-use cross roads;

    ·       Concerns with the loss of trees in the development;

    ·       Alternative sites need to be considered;

    ·       Cycle route needs re-routing with the turning head left in place;

    ·       Concerns with the safety of the staggered barriers to slow cyclists down before they reach the bottom due to the gradient drop between the top of the site and the bottom of the road;

    ·       The path needed to be generous to accommodate both cyclists and walkers. It also needs  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.


16/22/0003 - Installation of solar panels, extension of patio area and implementation of water treatment plant at Warrs Farm, Glastonbury Road, Durston (retention of part works already undertaken) (resubmission of 16/22/0002) pdf icon PDF 492 KB

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    Proposed and seconded that as this application was in progress before the final 30-minute extension expired that it would be determined.


    Comments/statements from members of the public included;



    ·       This was a retrospective planning application;

    ·       Concerns with noise and acoustic interference;

    ·       Concerns with the applicant using neighbouring private access route;

    ·       Concerns with the outflow to the local culvert;

    ·       Conditions were needed for the new foul treatment plants specifically to Warrs farmhouse and the new annexe;

    ·       A vehicular and access parking plan seeds submitting before approval of this application;

    ·       Permitted development rights should be removed for the site;

    ·       No work on the property had commenced until planning permission had been approved;

    ·       Concerns from neighbours regarding connecting the barn to the current 24 year old sewage treatment plant had been listened to and offers to share the cost to replace the current system had been refused;

    ·       The position of the solar panels were to minimise the impact on the countryside view and would be shielded by hedgerows;

    ·       Confirmation needed to confirm that Warrs farmhouse and the new annexe would be permanently disconnected from the EA licensed shared Kargester installed in 1996/7;

    ·       The plant room was intrinsic to the solar panels installation and creation of various EV charging points location was deemed critical as believed to be located on the restricted shared access and should not hinder forward gear movement of traffic using that;

    ·       Concerns had been raised with regard to the potential electromagnetic noise emanating from the ‘plant room’ which could cause interference with electrical items in adjoining properties including but not solely broadband, telephones, TV and any other devices functionality;


    Comments/statements from Members included;



    ·       Confirmation sought on whether the water treatment plant was governed by the Environmental Agency;

    ·       Concerns raised relating to the solar panels creating radio noise would depend on the size and the design of the system;


    Councillor Hill proposed and Councillor seconded a motion that permission be GRANTED subject to Conditions as per Officer recommendation.


    The motion was carried.



38/21/0463 - Demolition of public house and garages and erection of 8 No. zero carbon dwellings for council owned affordable accommodation with formation of landscaping and access at The Oxford Inn, Outer Circle, Taunton pdf icon PDF 472 KB


Latest appeals and decisions received pdf icon PDF 455 KB