Planning Committee Meeting – 19 November 2013

PONTELAND TOWN COUNCIL

PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING – 19 NOVEMBER 2013

Present: Councillor Mrs E E Thompson (in the Chair), Councillors P Cowey, Mrs S Johnson, and C Rawlings

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mrs L Noble

1.         PLANNING APPLICATIONS

A list of planning applications received since the previous Committee meeting had been circulated.

1.1       13/03321/FUL: 31 Bell Villas, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9BD – Change of use from C3 residential to D1 non residential institutions (dental practice) with new vehicular access and parking proposed

OBJECTION:    A change of use from residential to business is likely to bring with it a number of problems; notably the increased demand for access and egress of vehicles on this busy stretch of the A696 which is compounded by a known ‘bottleneck’ area at the turn into the local supermarket.  We are pleased that it is proposed to leave the porch unchanged, enabling the style and character of the building to be retained.  However, we are very disappointed with the proposed removal of the trees and concerned that this will adversely affect the garden setting, having a detrimental impact on the property and the character of the Conservation Area.

A copy email had been received from Ponteland Civic Society to NCC sustaining their original objection given that considerable environmental damage would be caused to the Conservation Area with traffic sight lines resulting in the loss of frontage wall, hedge and trees.  They requested that the property remain residential.

Emails had been received from Mr and Mrs McBride (Cheviot View), Mr and Mrs Rowlands (Cheviot View) and Mr Butler (Ladywell Way) objecting to the application.

1.2       13/03199/FUL: Plot 1 and Plot 3 Harrison Hall, The Avenue, Medburn, Northumberland – Proposed new build detached dwellings on both Plots 1 and 3

COMMENT:  The height of the proposed dwelling on Plot 1 is excessive.

The Committee made no comments on the other 7 applications considered.

13/02974/FUL: 13 The Rise, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9LJ – Demolition of existing house and construction of new house

A copy email had been received from Ponteland Civic Society to NCC requesting that, if the application is approved, the frontage hedge and trees be protected by a condition.

13/03134/FUL:  Mill House, West Road, Ponteland, NE20 9SG – Construction of 18 New dwellings and associated access, landscaping and engineering works

Copy letters and emails had been received from  Ponteland Civic Society, Mr Craggs,

Mrs Ham and the Robson family (Ladywell Way) objecting on various grounds: insufficient car parking, access, overbearing size, inappropriate design, barely allowed buffer zone, flooding and possible serious pollution.

13/03205/TREECA: Bellway Homes, Peel House, Main Street, Ponteland NE20 9NN – Trees in a Conservation Area – Crown reduction to T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5; T4 remove lowest limb on SE side; T5 remove large limb at base of south side

A copy email had been received from Ponteland Civic Society to NCC requesting that permission be withheld as shading is minimal and the lopping would be detrimental to the wider environment of the Conservation Area.

2.         DECISIONS: APPLICATIONS AND APPEALS

2.1       DECISION 13/02237/FUL: 24 Edge Hill, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9RW – Demolition of existing post war bungalow and to be replaced with new build 4 bedroom family home

Permission granted by the West Area Planning Committee on 1 November 2013.

The Committee had made an objection that the very modern design would be out of character with the street scene.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.2       DECISION 13/02997/PRUTPO: 4 Grenville Court, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9HT – Tree preservation order application to crown reduce one Plum tree by 33%

Permission granted under delegated powers on 4 November 2013.

The Committee had made no comment about this application.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.3       DECISION 13/02720/FUL: 12 Low Haugh, Ponteland NE20 9XN – Proposed single storey wraparound extension to rear and side of property with pitch roof. New canopy over relocated principal entrance with pitch roof. Superseded (original) entrance doorway in filled with new opaque window and brickwork.

Permission granted under delegated powers on 5 November 2013.

The Committee had made no comment about this application.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.4       DECISION 13/02943/FUL: 191 Western Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9NB – Removal of existing conservatory to rear and construction of new orangery to rear

Permission granted under delegated powers on 6 November 2013.

The Committee had made no comment about this application.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.5       DECISION 13/02606/FUL: 92 Whinfell Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9ER – Resubmission of application 13/01356/FUL with the addition of window to first floor gable

Permission granted under delegated powers on 7 November 2013.

The Committee had made a comment requesting that the window be in obscure glazing for perpetuity to avoid any overlooking issues and this had been addressed in a condition.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

2.6       DECISION 13/02891/COU: AFI House, Street Houses, Ponteland NE20 9BT – Change of use from class B1 to workshop and showroom

Permission granted under delegated powers on 13 November 2013.

The Committee had made no comment about this application.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

3.         ANY OTHER BUSINESS

3.1       New Build Applications

Councillor Rawlings advised that the NCC Core Strategy in item 9.103 (page 92) states that an average of 8 new dwellings per annum have been built in recent years in Ponteland.

Even though no indication of the time period considered was provided, he believed this seemed a low figure.

A list of known new build applications (as opposed to replacement build) had been compiled, going back to 2003, and this was provided for Members information.

3.2       First Planning Committee Meeting after Christmas and New Year

A meeting is due to be scheduled for 31 December 2013 but, for the Christmas and New Year period, the office will be closed: from noon on Monday, 23 December 2013, re-opening on Thursday, 2 January 2014.

RESOLVED – the meeting date to be changed from Tuesday, 31 December 2013 to the following Tuesday, 7 January 2014.

There was no further business.