Agenda and minutes

Urgent Chief Executive Decisions - Planning Applications
Friday, 12th June, 2020

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interests

Minutes:

There are no relevant interests to declare.

 

 

2.

Planning Application - (20/00055/FL) - 5 Mount View Road, Cayton pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To consider a planning application for the erection of a 3 bedroom dwelling with garage for Miss Claire Bennett (Report of the Planning Services Manager reference 20/71 attached).

 

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Minutes:

The Chief Executive considered the report of the Planning Services Manager (reference 20/71) and the following representations from third parties, ward members, members of the Planning and Development Committee, together with an officer response.  The Planning Services Manager gives his final recommendation to the Chief Executive in light of these representations and following his meeting with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the committee.

 

Third Party comments

 

None received

 

Ward members’ comments

 

Cllr Swiers

 

West-End View is a narrow road, with over sixty properties and lots of vehicles parked, as the houses do not have driveways. I feel that to have construction vehicles up and down at the narrowest point, could prove to be quite dangerous as they would have to reverse in as not enough room to turn,

 

Committee members’ comments

 

Cllr Stonehouse

 

Inclined to support the application.

 

From the size and design of the house one would anticipate a higher than average likelihood that near future occupants will aspire to use of an EV, and it is appreciated that reference is made in the report to DEC2 of the Local Plan and the requirement for ‘a minimum 13A socket for electric vehicle charging. However, since November 2016, central government grants (EVHS) for home charge point installation are not awarded for 13A socket outlets (2.4kW). In fact 16A (3.7 kW) or 32A (7.4 kW) are now the standard. This allows faster and safer charging. It is therefore suggested that a 13 A cable would need to be replaced by a thicker 16A or 32 A cable and associated circuit breaker in order for any grant applicant to recoup 75 % of the installation cost.

 

Section 5.27 of the Local Plan encourages planning applicants to allow potential buyers the ability to upgrade, however the fact that EVHS grant scheme incentivises redundancy of 13A outlets for EV charging implies that 16A/32A should now be the default option. In fact, the required installation of an unused 13 A circuit could easily be seen as a detriment the Borough’s sustainability aspirations.

 

Cllr Riley

 

Fully support as it will rectify an eyesore and hopefully the owner of number 5 might be prompted to put their existing property into a better state of repair.

 

 

Cllr Sharma

 

Reference to the soak away. Would like clarification that soil type is appropriate for soak away to function effectively and efficiently.

 

Cllr Campbell

 

I agree that the proposed fence be replaced by a wall as per the condition as set out.

Could an additional condition be added to protect and guarantee access for the allotment holders?

 

Cllr Broadbent

 

In agreement with the Officer recommendation

 

Cllr Trumper

 

In agreement with the Officer recommendation

 

Officer response

 

Cllr Swiers – there is a turning head at the end of West End View and space within the site for construction vehicles to turn and allow them to leave in a forward gear.

 

Cllr Stonehouse – the applicant has the opportunity to provide a greater socket output and there is space within the site to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Planning Application - (19/01453/FL) - The Parade, Moor Road, Filey pdf icon PDF 275 KB

To consider a planning application for the development of 55 holiday homes with associated landscaping for Essential Vivendi Ltd (Report of the Planning Services Manager reference 20/90 attached).

 

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Minutes:

The Chief Executive considered the report of the Planning Services Manager (reference 20/90) and the following representations from third parties, ward members, members of the Planning and Development Committee, together with an officer response.  The Planning Services Manager gives his final recommendation to the Chief Executive in light of these representations and following his meeting with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the committee.

 

Applicant’s Further Comments

 

Since taking ownership of The Bay, Aria have continued to invest in the Resorts infrastructure and just as importantly its people. We have built and opened new leisure facilities. This new development is the result of a £5 million investment in the site, with the majority of that work carried out by local contractors. The Bay is an extremely important part of the local economy both for incoming tourism and of course employment. During peak season we employ in excess of 100 people who are almost all local. Opening this next phase of The Bay is key to our business model for the resort as we strive to maintain a viable operation in these challenging times. The issues affecting the holiday and hospitality industry as a result of the Covid-19 crisis are well known. We are acutely aware how important tourism is to Scarborough and it is our intention to be up and running as soon as possible after the crisis to ensure we bring visitors back to the area. For the rest of the season to be a success we need the resort looking its absolute best with this new phase open for business. I would be extremely grateful if the Council could work with me and my team to approve the levels for as many of the 55 holiday homes as possible, thus allowing us to open this development, and begin to help bring tourism back to Filey soonest. We want to work with your officers as soon as possible to agree what we can open, and what amendments are needed to protect the amenity of existing holiday homes, and would welcome your support to achieve that. The Bay has been held in high regard for many years and it is important for us all that we maintain its good reputation.

 

Third Party Further Comments

 

Three further written representations have been received since publication of the agenda. They make the following points:

You should be made aware that considerable work "on the ground" on this project has already been undertaken by the developer. As far as I understand it planning permission has not yet been granted?

At least 8 cabins are already in place some/all of these are not in accordance with the application in that they have not been erected at the correct elevation and are some 2 metres higher than the planning application. This will adversely affect neighbouring properties and surrounding landscape.

The cabin rooflines are high when viewed against the backdrop of the houses behind.

Fully agree that a further condition be included in order to minimize the impact  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Planning Application - (19/02549/FL) - North Yorkshire Water Park, Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Wykeham pdf icon PDF 169 KB

To consider a planning application for the proposed expansion of existing water sports facilities for Dawnay Estates (Report of the Planning Services Manager reference 20/102 attached).

 

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Executive considered the report of the Planning Services Manager (reference 20/102) and the following representations from third parties, ward members, members of the Planning and Development Committee, together with an officer response.  The Planning Services Manager gives his final recommendation to the Chief Executive in light of these representations and following his meeting with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee.

Applicant’s Further Comments

None

Third Party Further Comments

None

Parish Council Further Comments

None

Ward Member Comments

None

Committee Members’ Comments

In summary, comments have been received from 7 Members, 4 of whom are supportive of the recommendation not to hold a Committee site visit in light of Covid-19 restrictions, while 3 Members do not agree, making the case that a site visit should be held before a decision is made.  A slightly abridged version of the comments received is set out below:

Cllr Sharma -   Supports a committee site visit. The North York Moors National Park intend to create protocols to enable site visits to take place and therefore I see no reason why a site visit cannot be carried out in advance of this coming back to the Committee. I appreciate it may not be in the standard form we have come to expect, but something is better than nothing.

Cllr Pearson -     I am still in favour of a site visit as agreed at the committee meeting on the 5th March 2020. I can find no reasons why a site visit cannot be held - it is so easy to set out markings on the floor 2 m apart i.e. 16 people at the meeting would be an area of 10 m x 6 m.  Most of the members of the  Committee just want to get a feel for the site and the impact on wildlife, if any.  If anything did go wrong on the site it is the local councillors not the planning officers who will get the phone calls, emails and letters from constituents. I would like to propose that the application is deferred until a site visit is held.          

Cllr Trumper - I feel that this item should be deferred to the next meeting to be discussed properly by the Committee. Obviously, this item was previously deferred so members could visit the site. After reading the biodiversity report I feel there are still many questions which can only be properly discussed through the committee process. Therefore, I do feel that the decision should be made by the committee and not delegated to the Chief Executive. 

Cllr Riley - I am in agreement to taking the decision without a site visit in view of the current circumstances. The questions that I would have wished to have answered on the site visit all concern the impact on wintering wild bird populations by removing the restriction on sporting activity between November and March and are as follows: What does wakeboarding involve in terms of disturbance of the area around the lakeside? After the participant  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Planning Application - (19/02499/RM) - Land adjacent to Ashlar Drive, Eastfield pdf icon PDF 220 KB

To consider a reserved matters approval in relation to the access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for 28 dwellings approved in outline under decision reference 11/01914/OL for Keepmoat Homes (Report of the Planning Services Manager reference 20/103 attached).

 

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Minutes:

The Chief Executive considered the report of the Planning Services Manager (reference 20/103) and the following representations from third parties, ward members, members of the Planning and Development Committee, together with an officer response.  The Planning Services Manager gives his final recommendation to the Chief Executive in light of these representations and following his meeting with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the committee.

 

Applicant’s Further Comments

 

None.

 

Third Party Further Comments

 

None.

 

Parish Council Further Comments

 

None.

 

Ward Member Comments

 

None.

 

Committee Members’ Comments

 

Councillor Eric Broadbent - I can confirm that I read the reports on the planning applications for the Planning meeting 12th June and that I am in agreement with the recommendations.

 

Councillor Michael Stonehouse - I am in favour of this application. The provision for trees in the development is very welcome for environmental and also aesthetic reasons.

 

Councillor Paul Riley - With this one, I am happy with the scheme. I was just struggling to reconcile the development plan with the plan prepared by the Tree Specialist as his does not include an indication of the site boundary. There is a copse of mature trees (only sycamore and ash I think) to the northern boundary which should be retained if possible; however based on where I think the line of the northern boundary lies, a number of these would need to be taken out in addition to the three circled in red on the TS plan.

 

Cllr Stewart Campbell – Concerned that affordable housing element again believed expendable.

 

Officer Response

 

Councillor Campbell’s concern regarding affordable housing is noted. However, the viability of this site is challenging, and has been carefully scrutinised by Officers.  In recent discussions regarding viability the applicant has confirmed that by working with Registered Providers it will be possible to deliver further affordable housing on the site, above the Local Plan requirements, subject to securing Homes England funding.  The matter will be kept under review as applications for future phases are made.

Councillor Riley comments on the impact on existing trees are noted.  Previous decisions have accepted the loss of this copse of trees and its loss will be compensated for through tree planting throughout future phases of the development, including in area of open space.

 

Chair and Vice Chair of Planning and Development Committee

 

A remote meeting to discuss the agenda items was held on 9 June 2020. Both confirmed they were in agreement with the recommendation as set out in the agenda.

 

Planning Service Manager Recommendation to Chief Executive

 

That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the recommendation on the agenda.

 

Decision

 

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

 

 

6.

Planning Application - (19/02721/FL) - Land off Highfield Road, Whitby pdf icon PDF 207 KB

To consider a planning application for the erection of 10 one and two bed apartments with parking for Yorkshire County Homes (Report of the Planning Services Manager reference 20/105 attached)

 

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Minutes:

The Chief Executive considered the report of the Planning Services Manager (reference 20/105) and the following representations from third parties, ward members, members of the Planning and Development Committee, together with an officer response.  The Planning Services Manager gives his final recommendation to the Chief Executive in light of these representations and following his meeting with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the committee.

 

Applicant’s Further Comments

 

None.

 

Third Party Further Comments

 

None.

 

Parish Council Further Comments

 

None.

 

Ward Member Comments

 

None.

 

Committee Members’ Comments

 

Councillor Eric Broadbent - I can confirm that I read the reports on the planning applications for the Planning meeting 12th June and that I am in agreement with the recommendations.

 

Councillor Michael Stonehouse - I am in favour. Seemingly significant effort has gone in to coming up with a distinctive and user friendly design. Also pleased to see that the minimum space standards are being stuck to by Registered Housing Providers in dealing with developers. Good to see local representations regarding renewables and electric vehicle charge points - hopefully central govt will

act soon to help local planning authorities drive this agenda forward.

 

Councillor Paul Riley - No concerns. I note that the Town Council and Whitby Civic Society recommended carbon-saving measures. Hopefully the new local plan will provide for the council to be able to impose these as a condition in future as the south east facing roof would be suitable for solar panels.

 

Cllr Stewart Campbell – In agreement, grant.

 

Officer Response

 

Councillors’ comments on renewable energy measures etc are noted.  However, Councillors also acknowledge that currently the Local Plan does not have policies requiring these and that this is something that will be given consideration through the update of the local plan.  No further comments to make.

 

Chair and Vice Chair of Planning and Development Committee

 

A remote meeting to discuss the agenda items was held on 9 June 2020. Both confirmed they were in agreement with the recommendation as set out in the agenda.

 

Planning Service Manager Recommendation to Chief Executive

 

That planning permission be granted, in accordance with the recommendation on the agenda.

 

Decision

 

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