Planning Committee meeting 27 January 2015 – Minutes

PONTELAND TOWN COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING 27 JANUARY 2015

Present: Councillor Mrs E Thompson (in the Chair), Councillors Mrs S Johnson, A Varley and
Mrs C Greenwell

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 14/04287/COU: Bank Top Garage, Prestwick, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9TX – Change of use of land for additional temporary short term vehicle parking (up to 15 cars maximum) associated with Bank Top Garage

OBJECTION: This application contravenes Green Belt policy in the NPPF and Castle Morpeth District Local Plan:
• 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 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.

This paddock should always have been an agricultural green field in the open countryside of the Green Belt and any suggestion that this site should be deemed otherwise is incorrect and implying an unlawful use. However, the applicant has previously shown a complete disregard for Planning legislation, particularly the Green Belt aspects. The applicant has not only ignored the refusal decision (and enforcement) but has carried out an indiscriminate unlawful use by placing vehicles, containers and caravans on the site: unregulated, uncontrolled and without restrictions every day and night.

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 activities taking place at all times of day and night, particularly in terms of disruption, noise, fumes and loss of privacy associated with heavy goods vehicles arriving, unloading, manoeuvring and leaving, as well as cars towing caravans.

This application would result in an inappropriate development in the Green Belt, causing harm and having a detrimental impact upon openness and visual amenity, with no very special circumstances having been established.

Correspondence – An email had been received from Philip Ham (Ponteland Civic Society) expressing concern at the possible undermining of the Green Belt.

1.2 14/03078/ADE: Self Unlimited Choice, 34 Merton Road, Ponteland NE20 9PS – Free standing pavement sign

COMMENT: Whilst we are not happy about street clutter, we do understand that organisations sometimes require advertising. However, this type of sign, particularly when placed on pavements, can cause problems for visually impaired users; therefore, we request that the sign is situated next to the planter.

Correspondence – Emails had been received from Philip Ham (Ponteland Civic Society) and David Butler expressing concern about street clutter and a hazard to pedestrians.

1.3 15/00064/FUL: 8 Westsyde, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9LS – Proposed two storey extension to side elevation, conservatory to rear

COMMENT: Whilst not objecting to the proposal, we note that the front elevation changes are not mentioned or included in the application.

1.4 15/00121/VARYCO: Auction Mart, Meadowfield, Ponteland NE20 9SD – Variation of Condition 4 of planning application 13/02782/VARYCO – Outline construction of residential care home for 73 residents, 2, 3 bedded bungalows, 4, 3 bedded town houses with associated car parking, service amenities and garden areas – amendments relate to revised site plan with substation/binstore drawings

COMMENT: We are concerned about the loss of some parking provision.

The Committee made no comments about the other application considered.

2. DECISIONS: APPLICATIONS AND APPEALS; WITHDRAWN APPLICATIONS

2.1 DECISION 14/01272/FUL: 13 The Rise, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9LJ – Demolition of existing house and construction of new house
Permission granted under delegated powers on 12 June 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.2 DECISION 14/01413/FUL: Kirkley Hall Stables, Kirkley NE20 0BB – Proposed agricultural shed for livestock. (30m x 12.2m x 4.2m)
Permission granted under delegated powers on 11 July 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.3 DECISION 14/03975/FUL: 140 Eastern Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9RH – Ground floor internal and external alterations including extension to the existing garage.
Permission granted under delegated powers on 9 January 2015.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.4 DECISION 14/03959/FUL: 103 Thornhill Road, Ponteland NE20 9QE – Proposed extension over garage, lean to extension to rear & pitched roof to front
Permission granted under delegated powers on 9 January 2015.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.5 DECISION 14/03922/FELTPO: 8 Edgewood, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9RY – Tree preservation order application to fell one Conifer
Permission granted under delegated powers on 14 January 2015.
The Committee had made a comment referring the proposal to the Tree and Woodland Officer and requesting replacement trees but it was stated that these would be inappropriate.

2.6 DECISION 14/03806/FUL: 36 Linden Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9DP – Proposed works to demolish single storey pitched roof twin garage and porch extension and rebuild this with flat roof and added cloakroom. Second floor pitched roof bedroom and en-suite bathroom extension above garage
Permission granted under delegated powers on 13 January 2015.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.7 DECISION 14/03849/FUL: 68 Cheviot View, Ponteland NE20 9BW – Proposed first floor extension to side, single storey to rear and replace hip with gable to provide extension to loft
Permission granted under delegated powers on 13 January 2015.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.8 DECISION 14/04039/FUL: 56 West Road, Ponteland NE20 9SX – Demolition of utility room and erection of bedroom & kitchen extension to rear
Permission granted under delegated powers on 16 January 2015.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.9 DECISION 14/03890/FUL: 3 Pembroke Drive, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9HS – Proposed detached dwelling
Permission granted under delegated powers on 16 January 2015.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.10 DECISION 14/04017/PRUTPO: Louisville, North Road, Ponteland NE20 9SH – Tree Preservation Order: T1 – Lime – remove overhanging branches, T8 – Whitebeam – remove dead branches over street/path/road, T9 – Ash – deadwood, T10 – Cherry – 20-25% crown lift and thin including removal of branches near/over building
Permission granted under delegated powers on 19 January 2015.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.11 DECISION 14/03982/FUL: 67 Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9HJ – New entrance canopy to entrance to replace existing, and new kitchen extension and conservatory to rear of property
Permission granted under delegated powers on 20 January 2015.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.12 DECISION 14/03979/FUL: 27 Avondale Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9NA – Proposed front porch; internal and external alterations including replacement of flat roofed dormer with pitched roof
Permission granted under delegated powers on 20 January 2015.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

2.13 DECISION 14/03723/VARYCO: Oakwood Cottage, The Avenue, Medburn NE20 0JD –
Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) from planning approval 13/02987/FUL (Erection of 2no dwellings)
Permission granted under delegated powers on 22 January 2015.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

3. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

3.1 Proposed changes to the Planning System

An email received from David Francis (NALC) had been circulated to Town Councillors reminding them of changes which had come into effect on 30 May 2013.

3.2 Deloitte – Review of the Planning Service for Northumberland County Council

In the January 2015 issue of NALC ENEWS it was stated that Northumberland County Council had commissioned and received a report from Deloitte covering a review of the Planning process as part of the 2013/14 external audit Value for Money (VFM) programme.

This report made recommendations on streamlining NCC planning procedures which, if accepted and implemented, would reduce local council influence at planning committee meetings and increase the proportion of applications which are determined by officers. It includes a suggestion that town or parish council objections (when differing to the officers) should no longer trigger a reference to a planning committee. Also, it recommends that the area planning committees be discontinued and fewer, non-geographical committees be set up.

Deloitte do not appear to realise that local councils are statutory consultees in the planning system, nor do they seem to take into account community/localism aspects.

NALC have raised their concerns with members of the Audit Committee, who will be considering the report.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 10 February 2015