Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Siting of three lodges, laying of stone drive and hardstanding plus foul water connection (Mrs and Mrs Andrew Cotter)
Note – The Planning Officer’s presentation displayed at the meeting had been circulated to Members and displayed on the Council’s Website on the day before the meeting.
The Planning Officer presented Planning Application No. SL/2020/0231 which sought full planning permission for three holiday lodges, creation of an access drive and connection to a wastewater treatment plant, on the edge of Pastures Lodge near Allithwaite. He displayed plans and photographs which outlined the proposals. The Planning Officer referred to a site visit, which had taken place in 2019, in relation to an application for four camping pods, which the Planning Committee had granted in 2019. The Planning Officer explained that the site was situated in open countryside and that the proposal met all the criteria within Policy DM18 of the Council’s Development Plan Document.
The Planning Officer went on to provide details of the proposed lodges which were approximately ten metres in length, five metres wide and with a double mono pitch roof. He explained that the proposal represented a small addition to the lodge park on an area which had not previously been extended. It was considered that the scale of the addition was considered appropriate to the locality given the overall size of the park.
The Planning Officer displayed aerial photographs of the site which comprised of a small field, well screened on all sides, with the southern boundary consisting of a mature copse of trees. He highlighted to Members that the western boundary was undefined and that planting of a native hedge had been proposed. However, the proposal would have little impact on the landscape and it was considered that Condition 4, which would require the submission of a detailed landscaping scheme prior to the commencement of the development, was no longer required. The Planning Officer drew Members’ attention to Condition 3 within the report and advised Members that he was awaiting full details of the waste water treatment plant and its connection to the lodges. The Planning Officer concluded his address by informing Members that the holiday lodges would not be used other than as holiday accommodation.
The Planning Officer responded to questions raised by Members. In response to a question regarding the opening season of the park, the Planning Officer advised that the park was closed for six weeks each year, January to the end of February, and that the lodges could not be used as permanent residencies. The Planning Officer agreed that an additional condition would be added in this regard, to mirror the opening season of the current park. In response to a question regarding the removal of Condition 4, as outlined in the report, it was agreed that Condition 4 should remain, with additional wording to ensure the planting would be retained thereafter.
Members gave consideration to the application and a motion to approve the application was proposed and seconded and a vote was taken, during which all Planning Committee Members confirmed that they had, without interruption, heard the full presentation and discussion on the item and it was
RESOLVED – That the application be approved subject to the conditions below:-
Condition 1: The development hereby permitted shall begin not later than three years from the date of this decision.
Reason: To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Condition 2: The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: Location Plan, Amended site plan 03A, Proposed lodge floor plans & elevations Rev A.
Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.
Condition 3: Prior to the commencement of development details of the waste water treatment plant and its connection to the holiday lodges shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority. The approved details shall be fully implemented together with the access track being laid out before the holiday lodges are first occupied and both shall be retained thereafter.
Reason: In order to provide sufficient drainage and an acceptable access. .
Condition 4: The landscaping scheme along the western boundary of the site as shown on the approved site plan shall be retained. Any trees, shrubs or hedges planted in accordance with the approved site plan which are removed, die, become severely damaged or become seriously diseased within five years of planting shall be replaced within the next planting season by trees, shrubs or hedging plants of similar size and species to those originally required to be planted.
Reason: In order to provide the site with an adequate screen and in accordance with Policy DM18 of the Council’s Development Management Policies.
Condition 5: The holiday lodges shall not be used other than as holiday accommodation. They shall not be used as a sole or principal residence by any occupants. Furthermore, this permission does not authorise occupation of the lodges except during the period 01 March to 14 January each year’.
Reason: To safeguard the local tourist economy in accordance with Policy DM18 of the Council’s Development Management Policies.
Publication date: 10/09/2020
Date of decision: 25/06/2020
Decided at meeting: 25/06/2020 - Planning Committee