Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Siting of a welfare shelter and installation of a septic tank (resubmission SL/2018/0635) (Mrs Thompson).
Note – Councillor Gill Gardner declared a non-pecuniary interest by virtue of the fact she had been involved in supporting the application and, having regard to the perception of bias, left the meeting during the discussion and voting on this item.
The Planning Officer presented Planning Application No. SL/2018/0829 which sought permission for the siting of a welfare shelter and installation of a septic tank in part of OS Field 0005, off Green Lane, Flookburgh. He informed Members that the application was a re-submission of Planning Application No. SL/2018/0635 which had been refused under delegated powers. He displayed photographs and plans which outlined the proposals and made reference to the site visit. Members’ attention was drawn to the Late Representations which had been circulated prior to the meeting. The Planning Officer advised Members that the primary issues were the principle of the development in open countryside without strong operational justification of a farm enterprise.
Mr Kevin Thompson, the joint applicant, addressed the Committee. He explained that the application for a mobile welfare shelter was to provide appropriate care for his livestock which included high value horses which were currently kept at Lindale. The daily journey to and from Lindale, to care for the horses, resulted in travelling a total of 240 miles per week on busy, congested roads. He went on to explain that if the facility was provided on his own land this travelling could be avoided and the shelter would provide storage of supplies for the horses, added security and also onsite accommodation if required. He concluded his address by stating that a five year temporary approval would enable a review of the need in the future and he asked Members to approve the application based on its individual merits.
The Planning Officer answered questions raised by Members. Members gave consideration to the landscape impact, the lack of demonstrable need for the welfare shelter and the potential for setting a precedent for similar applications.
RESOLVED – That the application be refused for the following reasons:-
The building is of standard domestic outbuilding appearance and would cause harm to the character and appearance of the landscape without the strong operational justification of a farm enterprise. In these circumstances the development would be contrary to the aims and objectives of saved Policy S23 of the South Lakeland Local Plan, Policy DM25 of the emerging Development Management Policies Development Plan Document and Policy CS8.2 of the South Lakeland Local Development Framework Core Strategy.
The Local Planning Authority has acted positively and proactively in determining this application by identifying matters of concern with the proposal and discussing those with the applicant. However, the issues are so fundamental to the proposal that it has not been possible to negotiate a satisfactory way forward and due to the harm which has been clearly identified within the reason for the refusal, approval has not been possible.
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Date of decision: 29/11/2018
Decided at meeting: 29/11/2018 - Planning Committee