Planning Committee meeting 23 September 2014 – Minutes

PONTELAND TOWN COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING: 23 SEPTEMBER 2014

Present: Councillor Mrs S Johnson (in the Chair), Councillors C Rawlings and R Ramsay

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Mrs E Thompson, A Varley and Mrs L Noble

1. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

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

1.1 14/02733/CLEXIS: Bank Top Garage, Prestwick, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9TX – Certificate of Lawful Development – Existing: Operation of self-storage container site in conjunction with rear access yard for garage.

OBJECTION: The use of the garage site for storage containers (and storing caravans) not related to the garage business is unlawful as it does not have planning permission.
Such activity is contrary to Green Belt policy in the NPPF and CMDLP in that it undermines one of the essential characteristics of the Green Belt which is openness, and it is not essential to the needs of agriculture or forestry or permitted by other policies.

It appears that the applicant has contravened Planning legislation and concealed from authorities the fact that they were carrying out these unlawful activities. (The sort of abuse recognised in the Localism Act 2011, Section 124)

It appears that there has been an indiscriminate unlawful use of the site: unregulated, uncontrolled and without restrictions every hour of every day. There seems to have been little or no consideration of security and health and safety, or the well-being and amenity of residential neighbours. There have been nuisance issues at all times of day and night, particularly in terms of disruption, noise, fumes, loss of visual amenity and loss of privacy. Such activities are unacceptable and inappropriate in such a location in the Green Belt.

The photographic evidence is unclear in terms of the nature of the objects, numbers of objects and time-scale. There appears to be insufficient space to accommodate all that is claimed and local residents have advised that the activity has not been taking place for as long as stated.

If this application is permitted, controls must be put in place to regulate operations with particular consideration given to the amenity of neighbouring residents.

A copy email had been received from Mr J Blundell to NCC objecting to the application on many grounds including: unlawful development, inappropriate in the Green Belt, more recent significant nuisance rather than historic.

An email had been received from Councillor Mrs C Caisley objecting to the application as unlawful development, operating as an unregulated mini industrialised storage park and detrimental to Prestwick and its residents.

1.2 14/02734/FUL: Bank Top Garage, Prestwick, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9TX – Change of use of existing self-storage container area incorporating rear garage access, to customer vehicle parking/storage area incorporating rear garage access – with corresponding change of use of existing customer vehicle parking/storage area and adjoining land to self-storage container area.

OBJECTION: This application contravenes Green Belt policy in the NPPF and CMDLP:
• It is contrary to one of the main purposes of the Green Belt which is the safeguarding of the countryside from encroachment.
• It undermines one of the essential characteristics of the Green Belt which is openness.
• It is not essential to the needs of agriculture or forestry or permitted by other policies.
There is a requirement to positively enhance the beneficial use of the Green Belt: retain and enhance landscapes, visual amenity and biodiversity and improve damaged and derelict land. Sustainable development should be channelled to areas outside the Green Belt.

In connection with the paddock field to the far north of the garage, in 2007 planning permission was refused for a ‘change of use of agricultural land …’ and an enforcement notice was issued which still does not appear to have been addressed. There has been no further application for planning permission for this paddock which had always previously been an agricultural green field in the Green Belt. Any suggestion that this site should be deemed otherwise is incorrect and implying an unlawful use.

The area directly to the rear of the garage is also in the Green Belt. No conflict would have arisen if the applicant had complied with planning permission and only carried out activities related to the garage business on this land.

It appears that there has been an indiscriminate unlawful use of the site: unregulated, uncontrolled and without restrictions every hour of every day. There seems to have been little or no consideration of security and health and safety, or the well-being and amenity of residential neighbours. There have been nuisance issues at all times of day and night, particularly in terms of disruption, noise, fumes, loss of visual amenity and loss of privacy associated with heavy goods vehicles arriving, unloading, manoeuvring and leaving, as well as cars towing caravans. Such activities are unacceptable and inappropriate in such a location in the Green Belt.

This application would result in an inappropriate development in the Green Belt, causing harm, with no very special circumstances having been established.

A copy email had been received from Mr J Blundell to NCC objecting to the application on many grounds including: an outstanding enforcement notice, unlawful development, inappropriate in the Green Belt, unregulated activities, significant nuisance.

An email had been received from Councillor Mrs C Caisley objecting to the application as unlawful development, operating as an unregulated mini industrialised storage park and detrimental to Prestwick and its residents.

1.3 14/02674/FUL: Land West Of 15 Rowan Drive, Ponteland, Northumberland – The construction of one two-storey four bedroom house for private sale with associated parking and landscaping.

COMMENT: We note that one detached dwelling is proposed and not 2 dwellings (semi-detached) as previously intimated. We are disappointed that this will not contribute to the public housing stock.

1.4 14/02713/FUL: 195 Darras Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9AF – Demolition of existing dwelling and detached garage/workshops, to be replaced with proposed 3 storey dwelling and detached double garage. New private driveway, curved access wall to frontage and timber gates

COMMENT: We are concerned that the windows to the first and second (attic) floor side elevations could cause overlooking and privacy issues and request that these windows be in obscure glazing in perpetuity.

1.5 14/02808/FUL: 26 High View Darras Hall Newcastle Upon Tyne Northumberland NE20 9ET – Extension to front elevation and erection of first floor over existing ground floor to provide 3no bedrooms with en-suites.

COMMENT: We are concerned that the windows to the first floor side elevations could cause overlooking and privacy issues and request that these windows be in obscure glazing in perpetuity.

The Committee made no comments about the other 8 applications considered.

14/02757/FELTPO: Squirrel Haven, Medburn NE20 0JB – Application to fell a sycamore tree protected by TPO because of its poor condition.
14/02624/FELTPO: 4 Sandringham Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9AE – Removal of 1no. ash tree
14/02778/FELTPO: 63 Darras Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9PD – Tree preservation order application to fell four Beech, prune one Beech by 10%, crown raise one Birch to 4 metres, crown raise seven Beech to three metres, fell one dead Beech

An email had been received from Mr D Butler making comments in connection with the above mentioned TPO applications. He was happy with the first two applications but concerned about what was proposed in the third. In the case of all three he requested that felled trees be replaced with more suitable specimens.

14/01599/FUL: Medwyn, Street Houses, Ponteland NE20 9BT – Demolition of 2 no semi-detached dwellings and construction of two storey, 14 bedroom hotel with ancillary car parking areas and access roads

Copy emails had been received from Ponteland Civic Society and Mr P Ham to NCC objecting to the proposal on various grounds: located in the Green Belt and narrows the separation between Ponteland and Newcastle upon Tyne; risk of loss of vegetation undermining the rural character of the immediate area; residential properties but advertised otherwise – at odds with current land use designation.

14/02423/FUL: 46 Woodside, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9JA – Construction of a replacement dwelling

A copy email had been received from Mr & Mrs Cater (50 Woodside) and copy letters received from Mrs C Campbell (4 Clovelly Place) and Mr W Cuthbertson (2 Clovelly Place) to NCC objecting on various grounds: overlooking and privacy issues, design out of character, overbearing size on plot and surrounded by bungalows, flooding (particularly with a basement garage), requesting a site visit.

Land North of 57 Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland
14/01327/FUL – Erection of decked viewing platform recessed from road side, erection of perimeter hoarding at 2.8m in height with covering of advertisements (separate application 14/01329/ADE)
14/01329/ADE – Advertisement Consent: Erection of perimeter hoarding at 2.8m in height with covering of advertisements as per supplied details and installation of soft glow illumination for hours of darkness up to Midnight

A copy letter had been received from Mr L McClusky, 57 Runnymede Road, to NCC objecting to the application on many grounds: loss of amenity (large eyesore on a residential road); problems with traffic compromising safety as there is no pavement on that side of the road which is causing parking issues; also, safety issues with children attempting to climb on and through the display.

2. DECISIONS: APPLICATIONS AND APPEALS; WITHDRAWN APPLICATIONS

2.1 DECISION 14/02085/FUL: 15 Lynwood Close, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9JG – Construction of extension to existing bungalow, to form family/day room to ground floor level, including remove existing external wall with reconfigured internals to utility, kitchen and cloakroom Private stair to first floor guest loft bedroom and en-suite
Permission granted under delegated powers on 21 August 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.2 DECISION 14/02245/FUL: 73 Eastern Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9RE – Extension to the rear and side elevation of the existing building to provide a larger family room and dining area. Addition of a timber framed car port to the south elevation of the existing house.
Permission granted under delegated powers on 22 August 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.3 DECISION 14/02198/FELTPO: 7 Edgewood, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9RY – Tree Preservation Order application: To fell 1no. Larch and to crown thin 2no. Beech trees in rear garden by 20%
Permission granted under delegated powers on 26 August 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.4 DECISION 14/02134/FUL: 86 Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9HH – Single storey rear extension with flat roof and terrace over
Permission granted under delegated powers on 29 August 2014.
The Committee had made a comment about concerns that the first floor terrace would cause overlooking and privacy issues for neighbours.

2.5 DECISION 14/01185/LBC: The Seven Stars, 21 Main Street, Ponteland NE20 9NH – Listed Building Consent: Proposed refurbishment scheme to existing public house to include new floor finishes, decorations, new lighting, introduction of new fixed seating bays, new upper section of bar back-fitting, new internal screens and feature walls, retention of existing fire surrounds and upgrade works to existing toilet facilities. New external signage and lighting by others under separate application.
Permission granted under delegated powers on 29 May 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.6 DECISION 14/00792/FUL: 86 Eastern Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9RE – Rear and first floor extension of existing 3 bed semi-detached bungalow.
Permission granted by the West Area Planning Committee on 5 September 2014.
The Committee had made a comment that they welcomed the amendments and had revised their previous objection to a comment. However, there were still serious concerns about the scale and mass, and also that a two storey dwelling was likely to appear incongruous against the current street scene of low level bungalows

2.7 DECISION 14/02390/FUL: 88 Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9HH – Proposed ground floor orangery extension to rear of kitchen and basement below.
Permission granted under delegated powers on 5 September 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

3. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

3.1 14/01082/FUL: Mayfair House, Prestwick, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9UB – Retrospective: Amendment to planning reference 01/D/673 granted 09.01.2002. Amendment is alterations of stable layout.

The Town Council had been invited to speak at the West Area Planning Committee meeting on 10 September 2014 regarding the above application.
The Town Council had made an objection about the proposal but no Members were available to speak at the meeting.
NCC planners had recommended approval contrary to the views of Ponteland Town Council.

3.2 14/01316/FUL: 238 Middle Drive, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9LU – Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of 4 no. replacement dwellings.

The Town Council had been invited to speak at the West Area Planning Committee meeting on 10 September 2014 regarding the above application.
The Town Council had made a comment about the proposal but no Members were available to speak at the meeting.
NCC planners had recommended approval contrary to the views of more than five letters of objection.

3.3 14/02025/FUL: Callerton Hall Cottages, High Callerton NE20 9TT – Proposed orangery to rear

The Town Council had been invited to speak at the West Area Planning Committee meeting on 17 September 2014 regarding the above application.
The Town Council had made an objection about the proposal and Councillor Mrs S Johnson agreed to speak at the meeting.
NCC planners had recommended approval contrary to the views of Ponteland Town Council

3.4 14/01442/OUT: Northumbria Police HQ, North Road, Ponteland NE20 0BL – Outline: Redevelopment of site to provide a mix of retained Northumbria Police operational functions and buildings and housing with up to 263 dwellings.

The Town Council had been invited to speak at the West Area Planning Committee meeting on 17 September 2014 regarding the above application.
The Town Council had made a comment about the proposal but Members decided not to speak at the meeting.
NCC planners had recommended approval contrary to the views of more than five written objections

At the WAPC meeting it was stated that late correspondence had raised an issue which required consideration so the application was deferred.
However, a site visit was arranged for Monday 6 October 2014 at 10am; Members of Ponteland Town Council were invited to attend.

3.5 14/01327/FUL: Land North of 57 Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland – Erection of decked viewing platform recessed from road side, erection of perimeter hoarding at 2.8m in height with covering of advertisements (separate application 14/01329/ADE)

The Town Council had been invited to speak at the West Area Planning Committee meeting on 17 September 2014 regarding the above application.
The Town Council had made a comment about the proposal but Members decided not to speak at the meeting.
NCC planners had recommended approval contrary to the views of more than five written objections

3.6 14/01329/ADE: Land North of 57 Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland – Advertisement Consent: Erection of perimeter hoarding at 2.8m in height with covering of advertisements as per supplied details and installation of soft glow illumination for hours of darkness up to Midnight

The Town Council had been invited to speak at the West Area Planning Committee meeting on 17 September 2014 regarding the above application.
The Town Council had made an objection about the proposal but Members decided not to speak at the meeting.
NCC planners had recommended approval contrary to the views of more than five written objections
The Town Council’s objection had been missed off the report but Caroline Jones advised that she would correct this at the meeting. The objection had already been taken into account and the illumination had been removed.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 7 October 2014