Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 24 September 2020 10.00 a.m.

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Items
No. Item

P/44

Election of Vice Chairman

To elect a Vice Chairman for the remainder of the year.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That Councillor Vicky Hughes be elected Vice Chairman for the remainder of the year.

P/45

Chairman's Announcement

Minutes:

Following confirmation that the live stream of the meeting had commenced, the Chairman welcomed everyone to the virtual meeting of South Lakeland District Council’s Planning Committee, in doing so, thanking all officers involved in the process for their work on the project.

 

The Chairman referred to the new Government legislation allowing councils to conduct remote meetings and explained in detail to all taking part, and for the benefit of members of the public, the procedures for the meeting.  He then invited Members of the Planning Committee to introduce themselves, to advise whether they were taking part by video or audio and to confirm that they were able to see (where practicable) and hear all Members participating in the meeting.  All Members present, including the Chairman himself, having indicated that this was the case, he referred to officers present at the meeting who would introduce themselves when asked to address the meeting.

P/46

Minutes pdf icon PDF 358 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 11 June 2020; 25 June 2020; 16 July 2020; and 30 July 2020 (copies attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 11 June 2020; 25 June 2020; 16 July 2020; and 30 July 2020.

P/47

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that the following declarations of interest were made:-

 

Councillor Brian Cooper declared a non-pecuniary interest with regard to Minute No. P/50 (Planning Application No. SL/2018/0806); and

 

Councillor John Holmes declared a pecuniary interest with regards to Minute No. P/50 (Planning Application No. SL/2018/0806) and a non-pecuniary interest with regards to Minute No. P/51 (Planning Application No. SL/2019/0735).

P/48

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the Agenda.

P/49

Public Participation

Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so by no later than 0:01am (one minute past midnight) two working days before the meeting.  Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by contacting the Committee Services Team on 01539 733333.

(1)        Planning Applications

 

            Planning applications for which requests to speak have been made.

 

(2)        Agenda Items

 

            Agenda items for which requests to speak have been made.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that applications to speak under the Council’s public participation scheme have been received in respect of the following items:-

 

Minute No. P/50 (Planning Application No. SL/2018/0806); and

 

Minute No. P/51 (Planning Application No. SL/2019/0735.

 

The Chairman advised that the participants would be dialled into the meeting to make their addreses at the appropriate time.

P/50

Planning Application No. SL/2018/0806 - Land at High Sparrowmire, Kendal pdf icon PDF 979 KB

To consider an application for the erection of 24 affordable dwellings (Full Planning Application) and 1 dwelling (Outline) (amended Scheme).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Hybrid application for the erection of 24 affordable dwellings (Full Planning Application) and one dwelling (Outline) (amended scheme) (South Lakes Housing)

 

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.

 

Councillor John Holmes declared a pecuniary interest in this item by virtue of the fact he was a Director of South Lakes Housing and he was disconnected from the virtual meeting for the item.

 

Councillor Brian Cooper by virtue of being pre-determined and having regard to bias and/or predetermination was disconnected from the virtual meeting for the item.

 

The Planning Officer presented Planning Application SL/2018/0806 which was a hybrid application and which sought part full and part outline permission for 25 dwellings on a site north of High Sparrowmire, Kendal. The full element of the application proposed 24 units which were all affordable and the outline element was for a single, proposed self-build dwelling. The Planning Officer drew Members’ attention to an update to his report regarding the recorded delivery of affordable housing for the entire district and confirmed that the recently published Housing Land Annual Position Statement recorded an additional 34 units. In addition he drew Members’ attention to a correction within the report, which related to the minimum separation distance between the existing properties on Moorefield Close and unit 24, which should have read 16.6m and not 16.2m as stated in the report.

 

The Planning Officer referred to the site visit, which some Members had attended in 2019. He drew Members’ attention to the late representations which had been circulated prior to the meeting and explained that they were a response, from the drainage engineers, to a communication which had been circulated by local residents directly to members of the Planning Committee on Monday, 21 September 2020.

 

The Planning Officer informed Members that the site had been allocated for housing development by policy LA1.3 of the Land Allocations Development Plan Document and he displayed plans and photographs which outlined the proposals. The Planning Officer outlined the mix of detached, semi-detached units and flats. He went on to outline the landscape impact and informed Members that the site was currently an open field with open views to the north and north west. He explained that in the long term the development would be obscured, in part, by more extensive development of land to the west of High Sparrowmire, which was allocated for housing by policies LA1.3 and LA2.1 of the Land Allocations DPD.

 

The Planning Officer highlighted the concerns raised in written representations received, in particular what had been described by residents as a tortuous access route which included a sharp bend. The Planning Officer reminded Members that the sharp bend had been highlighted to those present at the site visit in 2019 and reiterated that the local highway authority had raised no objections. This was confirmed by the local highway authority representative present at the meeting.

 

The Planning Officer  ...  view the full minutes text for item P/50

P/51

Planning Application No. SL/2019/0735 - Plot of land adjacent to The Langdales, Levens pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider an application for the erection of a dwelling including access, design landscaping, layout and scale (revised scheme SL/2018/0938) on a plot of land adjacent to The Langdales, Levens, Kendal, LA9 8PJ.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Erection of a dwelling including access, design landscaping, layout and scale (revised scheme SL/2018/0938) on a plot of land adjacent to The Langdales, Levens, Kendal LA8 8PJ (Dawn Osliff)

 

Note – The Planning Officer’s presentation had been circulated to Members and displayed on the Council’s Website on the day before the meeting.

 

Councillor John Holmes declared a non-pecuniary interest in the item and explained that he had been contacted by the applicant regarding a committee procedural matter. He confirmed, however, that he was not biased or predetermined and he remained connected to the virtual meeting and took part in the discussion and voting on the item.

 

The Planning Officer presented Planning Application No. SL/2019/0735 which sought reserved matters approval for one dwelling on an unallocated site in the village of Levens. The site had outline planning permission with all matters reserved. The Planning Officer reminded Members that the application had been presented to the 30 January 2020 Planning Committee, at which time Members resolved to defer the application to enable the applicant and planning officers to renegotiate the application and submit a more acceptable proposal which would lessen the overbearing impact of the development on the neighbouring property Applegarth.

 

The Planning Officer displayed plans and photographs which outlined the amended application. He drew Members’ attention to the 45-degree visibility line from the rear window of the neighbouring property Applegarth and informed Members that the applicant had removed the proposed rear projection to the west and had also moved the south corner of proposed dwelling by one metre which had achieved a reduction in the massing on the southern gable by three metres.

 

The Planning Officer explained that the main issue for consideration was whether the amended proposal would have an overbearing impact on Applegarth. He went on to inform Members that the owners of Applegarth had objected to the proposal, stating that their property would be overshadowed by the nine metre high dwelling and that the hedge would offer limited screening particularly in the winter months. In addition Levens Parish Council had objected and stated that the proposal was inappropriate and overbearing on Applegarth. The Parish Council had also raised concerns regarding the parking provision and access onto the road. The Planning Officer informed Members that the highway authority was satisfied that the proposal provided adequate space for parking and turning and did not consider that the proposal would have any adverse impact on highway safety.

 

The Planning Officer concluded his presentation by informing Members that the site was served by Underhill which was a narrow lane with a mixture of two storey and single storey dwellings and that the proposed dwelling would relate well to the existing dwelling The Langdales.

 

Note – at this point in the proceedings the Chairman requested that public participant Katherine Morris, speaking in opposition to the application, be dialled into the meeting to make her representation. The Chairman welcomed Mrs Morris and informed her that she had three  ...  view the full minutes text for item P/51

P/52

Planning Application No. SL/2020/0387 - Town View Fields, Kendal pdf icon PDF 866 KB

To consider an application for the replacement of existing timber casement windows with rosewood timber grain effect uPVC windows.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Replacement of existing timber casement windows with rosewood timber grain effect uPVC windows (Mr Scullion on behalf of South Lakeland District Council)

 

Note – The Planning Officer’s presentation 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/2020/0387 which sought permission for the installation of replacement uPVC windows in a purpose built hostel for vulnerable individuals and families. He displayed plans and photographs which outlined the proposal. He informed Members that the property was built in the 1990’s and was a split level rendered building with timber casement windows and a slate roof. The Planning Officer explained that the proposal was for the installation of replacement casement style uPVC windows finished in a rosewood timber grain effect which would replicate the existing windows.

 

The Planning Officer went on to explain that the Kendal Conservation Area Character Appraisal Document noted that the building made a largely neutral impact on the special architectural or historical character of the area and that any perceived harm could be offset against the public benefit of thermal efficiency and security.

 

Members gave consideration to the application.

 

A motion to approve the application was proposed and seconded and a vote was taken on the motion, 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 granted subject to the following conditions:-

 

Condition (1)   The development hereby permitted shall be commenced before the expiration of THREE YEARS from the date hereof.

 

Reason            To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by Section 51 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

 

Condition (2)   The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:

 

Location Plan, Scale 1:1250, Received 7 May 2020

Elevations, Drawing No. 01

 

Reason            For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

 

Condition (3)   The materials to be used for the external surfaces of the development hereby approved shall be:

 

Windows – uPVC finished in rosewood timber grain effect, side hung casement.

 

Reason            To ensure the development is of a high quality design in accordance with Policy DM2 of the Development Management Policies Development Plan Document and Policy CS8.10 of the South Lakeland Core Strategy.

P/53

Planning Application No. SL/2020/0407 - Kendal Town Hall, Kendal pdf icon PDF 804 KB

To consider an application for advertisement consent to hang a public safety message (COVID-19) banner for a temporary period (12 months).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Advertisement consent to hang a public safety message (COVID-19) banner for a temporary period (12 months) (Ms Jacki Robinson on behalf of South Lakeland District Council)

 

Note – The Planning Officer’s presentation 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/2020/0407 which sought permission for advertisement consent to display a temporary banner for a period of up to 12 months, for a public safety messaging associated with COVID-19. She displayed plans and photographs which outlined the proposal explained that the banner would be displayed in a prominent location between Kendal Town Hall and 44 Highgate. The Planning Officer informed Members that Kendal Town Hall was a Grade II listed building and the site was located within the Kendal Conservation Area in Kendal Town Centre. However, it was not located within a designated Special Advertisement Control Area. The banner, which would be held in place using existing fixings which had been in place since 1997, would be displayed for up to a maximum of 12 months and would be taken down if no longer required.

 

The Planning Officer went on to outline the size and dimensions of the banner and explained that banner slides had previously been displayed in the location. She informed Members that the proposal was considered to meet the legislative requirements of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (Regulations) 2007, together with Development Management Policies DPD Policy DM3 and DM20. The Planning Officer highlighted that the location, although in a conservation area next to a listed building, was considered to be a commercial area and therefore there would be no adverse impact or concealment of architectural features. She explained that the banner had been in situ since June 2020 and would be retained for a maximum 12 month period until 30 June 2021.

 

In concluding her presentation the Planning Officer explained that Cumbria County Council, as the highways authority, had been consulted and confirmed that the proposal was not considered to affect highway safety.

 

The Planning Officer responded to questions raised by Members. In response to a query regarding how robust the banner would be in high winds the Planning Officer undertook to provide a written response.

 

Members gave consideration to the application and the importance of the safety message being displayed in a prominent position. Members discussed the possibility of the banner being replaced, on a temporary basis, by other advertising banners. The Interim Development Management Team Leader advised Members that the advertising regulations were not concerned about the content of the banner, the regulations considered the effect on public safety and public amenity.

 

A motion to approve the application was proposed and seconded and a vote was taken on the motion, 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 granted subject to the following conditions:-

  

Condition  ...  view the full minutes text for item P/53

P/54

Chairman's Announcement

Minutes:

The Chairman, prior to closing the meeting, took the opportunity to express thanks to Doug Coyle and Colin Parkes for their contribution to the meeting.