Agenda and minutes

Planning & Development Committee
Thursday, 5th March, 2020 1.00 pm

Venue: Scarborough Town Hall, Scarborough

Contact: James Edward Mowbray, Democratic Services Officer 

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Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Members are reminded of the need to consider whether they have a disclosable pecuniary, prejudicial or other (personal) interest to declare in any items on this agenda.  Details of any interest must be declared at the start of the meeting or as soon as any interest becomes apparent during the meeting.  The attached form must also be completed. Any advice required should ideally be sought before the day of the meeting.



No declarations of interest were received.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 16/01/2020 (minutes attached).


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 16 January 2020 be approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.


Public Question Time

Public questions of which due notice has been given and which are relevant to the business of the Committee.


A question was received from Mr Adrian Perry, of Scarborough Civic Society. Mr Perry asked the Committee what action could be taken to combat and control unauthorised advertising in public areas, particularly on roundabouts and road verges, which he felt had become increasingly prevalent around the town. The Planning Services Manager thanked Perry for his question, and in his response confirmed that the Advertisement Control Regime formed part of the Town & Country Planning System, which did allow for some unauthorised advertising, though in all cases the permission of the landowner should be obtained; in the case of roundabouts and roadsides that would be the Highway Authority. Where consent was required the Local Planning Authority could only consider two issues: amenity (the general impact of the advertisement) and public safety. It was understood that the County Council did not currently remove advertisements on highway land unless they became a safety concern. The Planning Services Manager confirmed that the County Council does levy a charge for authorised signage on highways and roundabouts. The Planning Services Manager also confirmed that the Chair had asked planning officers to coordinate with Legal Services and the County Council’s Highways Department to arrange a meeting with Members to discuss the issues raised, focusing on advertisements and signage of particular concern. The Planning Services Manager acknowledged the imperative to ensure the timely removal of signs of most concern, whether that fell to the Local Planning Authority or to the Highways Authority. This was not a straightforward matter, but the Planning Services Manager looked forward to making progress and reporting back to Mr Perry in the near future. The Committee concurred with the sentiments of Mr Perry, pointing out that East Riding of Yorkshire Council took a very tough stance on roadside advertisements.


Planning Application - (19/02549/FL) North Yorkshire Water Park, Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Wykeham, Scarborough pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To consider a planning application for the proposed expansion of existing water sports facilities. (Report of the Planning Services Manager ref. 20/60 attached).


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The Committee considered:-




a proposed expansion of existing water sports facilities at North Yorkshire Water Park - Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Wykeham, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 9R, for Dawnay Estates



a report of the Planning Services Manager (Reference 20/60) 


Referring to the report the planning officer introduced the scheme as an amended application, previously approved last year, with a request to lift specific restrictions; notably on inflatable structures and wakeboarding during winter. The planning officer pointed out that a voluntary condition, suggested by the applicants, whereby activity at the site would cease in the event of prolonged periods of cold weather, had been amended to be a mandatory condition. This condition was in place to maintain an acceptable habitat for birdlife at the site, the details of which had been discussed between the applicant and the Council’s Ecology Officer. Recommended conditions would include a log of minimum daily temperatures, the opportunity to review winter use of the site in three years time, surveys of birdlife on the site, and the attendance of a local ornithologist in annual site management meetings. The officer recommended approval of the application, subject to the conditions set out in the report, including those described above. Following the presentation by the planning officer the Chair invited a public speaker, Melanie Edwardson, the agent for the application, to speak in favour of the application. Member opinion on the application was mixed, with some speaking in favour of the scheme while other Members questioned the amended application, and expressed concern about the impact on avian life at the site, particularly that on winter migrants. In response to this divergence of views the Committee agreed to undertake a site visit prior to further consideration.


RESOLVED that the item be DEFERRED, pending a site visit by members of the Committee.


Planning Application - (19/01667/RG3) Royal Albert Drive, Scarborough pdf icon PDF 150 KB

To consider a retrospective planning application for provision of a temporary public toilet for a maximum of two years. (Report of the Planning Services Manager ref. 19/186 attached).


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The Committee considered:-




provision of a temporary public toilet block, for up to three years, at Royal Albert Drive, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 7HY for Paul Thompson (Scarborough Borough Council)



a report of the Planning Services Manager (Reference 19/186) 


RESOLVED that permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in the report.


Planning Appeals pdf icon PDF 239 KB

To consider a report by the Planning Services Manager (ref. 20/50 attached).


The Committee considered a report by the Planning Services Manager (Reference 20/50)


RESOLVED that the report be received, and that progress with the current appeals, and recent appeal decisions, be noted.