Agenda and decisions

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Contact: Democratic Services Email: democraticservicesnorth@somerset.gov.uk 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence and notification of substitutions.

Decision:

All Councillors were present for the meeting.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive and note any declarations of interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

 

(The other registrable interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, arising from membership of City, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes: City, Town & Parish Twin Hatters - Somerset Councillors 2023 )

3.

Public Question Time

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.

 

For those members of the public who have submitted any questions or statements, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker.

 

Requests to speak at the meeting at Public Question Time must be made to the Monitoring Officer in writing or by email to democraticservicesteam@somerset.gov.uk  by 5pm on Wednesday 3 July 2024.

 

4.

Habitat Regulations Assessment for Planning Application 50/24/00021 Land At, Combe Batch, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To consider a Habitat Regulations Assessment for Land at Combe Batch, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

 

That the Habitats Regulation Assessment Report originally dated 11th September 2020, updated in June 2023 and 21st May 2024 be endorsed by the Planning North Committee, as the competent authority. In reaching the decision to agree the Habitats Regulation Assessment, the Council considers that the proposed development would not have an adverse impact on the integrity of a European site.

 

Unanimous

 

5.

Planning Application 50/24/00021 Land At, Combe Batch, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 pdf icon PDF 272 KB

To consider an application for a Hybrid (full and outline) application.

Full application for the erection of 26 No. dwellings and formation of access, associated open space, landscaping and parking. Outline application with some matters reserved for 4 No. self build plots.

Decision:

Resolved:

 

To Grant Permission subject to the conditions detailed within the Officers report and the completion of a Section 106 Agreement.

 

Unanimous

6.

Planning Application 49/23/00003 Warehouse and Premises, Notting Hill Way, Weare, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2JU pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To consider an application for the creation of new access, alterations to existing access, creation of parking area, works to existing canteen building to include installation of cladding to all elevations, installation of covered decking to South elevation, installation of external stair case to North elevation and a flue to the roof and works to workshop building to include placement of PV panels to roof and minor alterations to the existing building.

Decision:

Resolved:

 

To Grant Permission subject to the conditions detailed within the officer`s report.

(For 10, Against1)

 

7.

Planning application 07/23/00014 Land On The West Side Of, Vole Road, Mark, Highbridge, Somerset pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider a planning application for the creation of 2no. Traveller and Gypsy caravan pitches together with the formation of hardstanding and the erection of 2no day rooms, barn and stables.

 

Decision:

Resolved:

 

To Grant Permission subject to the conditions detailed within the Officer`s report.

(Unanimous)

8.

Planning Application 08/24/00030 27 Ashleigh Avenue, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6AU pdf icon PDF 354 KB

To consider an application for the change of use from a licensed 6 bedroom house of multiple occupation (HMO) to a 7 person house of multiple occupation (HMO).

Decision:

Resolved:

 

To Grant Permission subject to the conditions detailed within the Officer`s report.

 

(For 7, Against 3)

9.

Planning Application 24/22/00042 Rookery Manor, Edingworth Road, Edingworth, Weston-super-mare, Somerset, BS24 0JB pdf icon PDF 349 KB

To consider a planning application for the change of use from hotel function rooms to provide 9no. self contained apartments (Revised Scheme).

Decision:

Resolved:

To Refuse Permission for the following reasons:

 

The proposal for the conversion of the existing building to 9 self-contained residential dwellings would result in an overdevelopment of the existing small hamlet of Edingworth taking into account the present density and scale of the settlement. As such the provision of 9 dwellings within this location would be out of keeping and unsustainable with the size and built form of the locality, which is a significant distance from existing services and facilities to serve such an increase in residential occupants. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policies S2, CO1 and D2 of the Sedgemoor District Local Plan.

 

The information submitted to support the planning application is of insufficient quality to fully assess the visual impact of the development on the site and surrounding area and therefore the Authority is unable to confirm the proposal would result in a high quality development as required by Policy D2.

 

(For 5, Against 4, Abstention 1)

10.

Planning Application 24/23/00026 Land And Property At, Rookery Manor, Edingworth Road, Edingworth, Weston-super-mare, Somerset, BS24 0JB pdf icon PDF 367 KB

To consider a planning application for the change of use of agricultural land to site 14no. holiday cabins, with associated parking and internal access road (revised scheme).

Decision:

Resolved:

 

To Refuse Permission for the following reasons:

 

The proposed cabins would be situated to the south of the existing accommodation, which is contained within the existing east and south boundaries that enclose the holiday site. Due to the proposed development projecting beyond the established layout of the existing development and into the adjoining field, the proposed cabins would become visually prominent within the landscape, which is located within a countryside setting. Taking into account the scale of the proposal site and the number of cabins proposed there would be a detrimental impact on the landscape character of the immediate locality and the wider countryside. The cumulative effect when viewed with the existing development would cause a visual harm to the area that could not be adequately mitigated and therefore would be contrary to Policies CO1, D2 and D17 of the Sedgemoor Local Plan.

 

The location of the proposed cabins would not be screened by the existing permitted bunding and insufficient information has been submitted with regards to any further bunding being proposed as part of the development. As a result there insufficient information to confirm that the proposal would not result in a detrimental impact on the amenity value of the cabins from noise and disturbance generated by the adjacent motorway. As such the proposal would not contribute to an improvement in the quality of the tourism offer or the image of the area as a tourism location. The proposal would therefore be contrary to Policies D2 and D25 of the Sedgemoor Local Plan.

 

(Unanimous)

 

11.

Planning Application 33/24/00004 Larches Barn, The Causeway, Mark, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 4QF pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To consider an application for the erection of single story rear North extension with 2No. rooflights.

 

Decision:

Resolved:

 

To Refuse Permission for the following reason:

 

The existing dwelling is a small rural building that has been converted sensitively to residential use with regard to its simple form and rural character. The proposed single storey rear extension by its siting, massing and appearance would result in an incongruous design that is out of keeping with the existing rural building and is contrary to adopted policy which states any extension must not affect the character or significance of these rural buildings. The location changes the linear form to a L shaped form as well as the introduction of a mis-match roof style will result in incongruous design that fails to comply with Sedgemoor’s Adopted Planning Guidance Note on the Conversion of Agricultural Buildings, Policy D2 of the Local Plan (LP) and paragraph 139 and 209 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

 

(For 8, Abstention 1).

12.

Appeal Reports pdf icon PDF 50 KB

To receive the Appeal Decisions and Appeals Received for June 2024 and to note their content.

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the committee noted the reports as detailed within the agenda for the Appeals Received and Appeal Decisions for June 2024.