Planning Committee meeting 3 June 2014 – Minutes

PONTELAND TOWN COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING: 3 JUNE 2014

Present: Councillor Mrs E Thompson (in the Chair), Councillors Mrs L Noble and A Varley

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mrs S Johnson

1. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

Councillor A Varley was welcomed on to the Committee and provided with background information about the Planning system and a copy of the National Planning Policy Framework.

It was agreed that the officers of the Committee would be:
Chairman – Councillor Mrs E Thompson
Deputy Chairman – Councillor Mrs S Johnson

2. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

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

2.1 14/01316/FUL: 238 Middle Drive, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9LU – Demolition of existing dwelling and construction of 4no. replacement dwellings.

COMMENT: We are concerned that the diverting of the water course may, as a result of blockages or other disturbance, cause further flooding in the future on the site and on adjacent and other properties upstream.

A copy letter had been received from Mrs J Brady, 125 Western Way, in connection with the watercourse which runs through both her property and the application site. She expressed concerns over changes to the watercourse which may result in blockages and flooding; 126 Western Way has previously suffered flooding.

2.2 14/01406/FUL: Squirrel Haven, Medburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 0JB – Alterations to drive way to make it possible to turn vehicles around and remove the need to reverse back and out onto the main road, widening of opening onto main road to improve sight lines and access, new fence, gate and gates posts to provide enclosure to the site

OBJECTION: The boundary treatment would be out of character and would diminish the woodland landscape of the area. It would have a detrimental effect on the visual amenity with the intrusion of an urban feature into a very rural setting; indeed, the applicant does not appear to wish to have to look at the fencing as the intention is to mask it with a hedge. Also, we request that the Tree and Woodland Officer investigate the situation with regard to the proposed removal of the trees and possible replacement.

2.3 14/01473/FUL: Keepers Cottage, High Callerton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9TT – Proposed garage and study in place of existing outbuildings

OBJECTION: We are very concerned about the proposal given the site’s location in the Green Belt and Conservation Area. The proposal would be a disproportionate addition over and above the size of the original building and would therefore be inappropriate development within the Green Belt, contrary to the NPPF and Castle Morpeth District Local Plan.

2.4 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.

COMMENT: We agree in principle with the development as effective utilisation of a resource.
However, the existing infrastructure in Ponteland is struggling to cope with the current population numbers and adequate improvements need to be made prior to the start of any development.
There is severe congestion in the centre during peak commuter times; from Main Street along the North Road, beside the Blackbird where the road is narrow, and on Thornhill Road during school pick up and drop off. This development will add to this congestion and an integrated public transport system to and from this site needs to be implemented, together with improved pedestrian and cycle links into the centre amenities. (The bus service generally in Ponteland is no more than just adequate)
Also, there are concerns that the provision of medical facilities and schools would be inadequate.

An email had been received from Mr D Butler requesting that infrastructure improvements to the roads be carried out before building starts.

The Committee made no comment about the other application considered.

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
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 email had been received from Ponteland Civic Society opposing the applications: out of place, scale and character on Runnymede Road; excessive size of proposed opening with resultant loss of vegetation; no footpath on that side of road; intrusive lighting.
An email had been received from Mrs M Sobo objecting to the whole application in terms of size, intrusion in residential area and the start of work prior to obtaining planning permission.

3. DECISIONS: APPLICATIONS AND APPEALS; WITHDRAWN APPLICATIONS

3.1 DECISION 14/00969/PRUTPO: 10 Grenville Court, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9HT – Tree Preservation Order: Thin three trees by 20% to alleviate crown density
Permission granted under delegated powers on 15 May 2014.
The Committee had not been consulted about this application.

3.2 DECISION 13/02973/CLEXIS: Woodside Bungalow, Milbourne NE20 0DG – Certificate of lawfulness of existing dwelling house and curtilage
Permission granted under delegated powers on 19 May 2014.
The Committee had made a comment that as it was unlawful to build a house in this location in the Green Belt this structure must be an annex, as repeatedly stated by NCC and the owner.

3.3 DECISION 14/01002/FUL: 94 Eastern Way Darras Hall NE20 9RQ – Construction of first floor and rear extension to existing detached bungalow
Permission granted under delegated powers on 22 May 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

3.4 DECISION 14/01006/FUL: 18 Avondale Road, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9NA – Provision of additional storey above existing bungalow
Permission granted under delegated powers on 21 May 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

3.5 DECISION 14/00954/FUL: Plot 3 Prospect Farm, The Avenue, Medburn – Proposed dwelling
Permission granted under delegated powers on 21 May 2014.
The Committee had made a comment that they were concerned about overlooking issues from the 2nd floor and this was addressed in a condition requiring the first and second floor windows on the north and south elevations be obscure glazing in perpetuity.

3.6 DECISION 14/00932/VARYCO: 17 Regency Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9AU – Variation of condition 3 relating to planning permission 12/02107/FUL (Construction of two storey infill to front and single storey sun room to rear)
Permission granted under delegated powers on 21 May 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

3.7 DECISION 14/01101/ADE: The Smithyside, 7 Bell Villas, Ponteland NE20 9BD – Advertisement Consent for 2no. hanging signs
Permission refused under delegated powers on 27 May 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

3.8 DECISION 14/00943/OUT: Land South of 101 Eastern Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland – Outline – Construction of one dwelling
Permission granted under delegated powers on 23 May 2014.
The Committee had made no comment about this application.

3.9 DECISION 14/01241/FELTPO: 6 Edgewood, Darras Hall, Ponteland NE20 9RY – Tree Preservation Order – Removal of 1 Oak tree and 2 Beech trees
Permission granted under delegated powers on 23 May 2014.
The Committee had made a comment requesting that the Tree and Woodland Officer inspect the trees to ascertain if their removal was necessary and ask that any removed be replaced.

4. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

4.1 4 West Road, Ponteland

An email had been received from Mr D Butler with information about correspondence with NCC requesting that something be done about the appalling state of 4 West Road, especially as the garden is now becoming very overgrown and seriously encroaching over the pavement.

RESOLVED – The information be received.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 17 June 2014