Agenda and draft minutes

North Northumberland Local Area Council - Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Remotely

Contact: Lesley Little 

Items
No. Item

189.

PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED AT A VIRTUAL PLANNING COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 141 KB

Minutes:

The Chair outlined the procedure which would be followed at the virtual meeting and of the changes to the public speaking protocol.  He also advised Members that if their connection was lost during consideration of an application and it was not possible for a short recap to be provided then the Member would not be allowed to vote on the application.

 

190.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bridgett, Clark and Renner-Thompson.

 

As Councillor Thorne, Vice-Chair Planning had some technical difficulties and had been unable to join the meeting at the beginning, Councillor Castle continued in the chair and advised that item 7 on the agenda would be considered before item 6.

 

 

191.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 239 KB

The Minutes of the North Northumberland Local Area Council, held on Thursday 18 February 202 as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

Minutes:

The minutes of the North Northumberland Local Area Council held on Thursday 18 February 2021,as circulated, be agreed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

192.

DETERMINATION OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 181 KB

To request the committee to decide the planning applications attached to this report using the powers delegated to it. 

 

Please note that printed letters of objection/support are no longer circulated with the agenda but are available on the Council’s website at  http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Planning.aspx

 

 

Minutes:

The report requested the Committee to decide the planning applications attached to the report using the powers delegated to it.  Members were reminded of the principles which should govern their consideration of the applications, the procedure for handling representations, the requirement of conditions and the need for justifiable reasons for the granting of permission or refusal of planning applications.

 

RESOLVED that the information be noted.

 

193.

19/04941/FUL pdf icon PDF 339 KB

Proposal for a single bungalow dwelling. (Amended plans rec'd 27.01.2020)

Land West Of Burn House, Doddington, Northumberland

Minutes:

Proposal for a single bungalow dwelling. (Amended plans rec’d 27.01.2020)

Land West of Burn House, Doddington, Northumberland

 

J Hudson, Planning Officer introduced the application to the Committee with the aid of a Power Point presentation. 

 

Councillor Thorne joined the meeting at 14:15 after the introduction to the report therefore he took no part in and did not vote on this application.

 

In response to questions from Members of the Committee the following information was provided:-

 

·       A lot of objections were in respect of the potable water supply and the foul drainage as Doddington was not connected to Northumbria Water   or mains electric etc.  Following concerns from Public Protection, the applicant had provided additional information which proved that they were able to connect to a private water supply for domestic water and were able to discharge foul drainage to the existing treatment plant. They had also provided a contaminated land screening assessment along with additional information which had been requested from Highways.   In relation to amenity and overlooking given the separation distances it was considered there would be no loss of amenity to the existing dwelling.

·       Highways had requested conditions related to car parking and bike storage.

·       The main objections from the Parish Council in relation to housing need and car parking had been addressed.

·       Northumbria Water had not commented on the application as they had no assets in the area as all were private connections. The applicant had provided all the additional information that had been requested.

 

Councillor Watson proposed that the application be granted in line with the officer recommendation as outlined in the report which was seconded by Councillor Lawrie.  A vote was taken and it was unanimously

 

RESOLVED that the application be GRANTED for the reasons and with the conditions as outlined in the report.

 

Councillor Thorne, Vice-Chair Planning took the Chair at this point.

 

194.

20/03622/FUL pdf icon PDF 412 KB

Revisions to the layout to replace 2 approved dwellings with 3 dwellings and the creation of a new plot for one dwelling (amounting to two additional dwellings on the site). Revised description.

Land South Of Mereburn House, Low Wood, Swarland, Northumberland

 

Minutes:

Revisions to the layout to replace 2 approved dwellings with 3 dwellings and the creation of a new plot for one dwelling (amounting to two additional dwellings on the site). Revised description.

Land South of Mereburn House, Low Wood, Swarland, Northumberland.

 

V Cartmel, Area Planning Manager introduced the application to the Committee with the aid of a Power Point presentation.

 

A written statement from Newton on the Moor & Swarland Parish Council was read out to the Committee by L Little, Senior Democratic Services Officer. A copy would be filed with the signed minutes and be uploaded to the Council’s website.

 

A written statement in support of the application from Cussins was read out to the Committee by L Little, Senior Democratic Services Officer. A copy would be filed with the signed minutes and be uploaded to the Council’s website.

 

In response to questions from Members of the Committee the following information was provided:-

 

·       The properties most affected by the proposals would be on Low Wood with Plot 10 to move closer than the previously approved dwellings. From the conservatory of 6 Low Wood to the garage on Plot 10 would be a distance of 22.3m; from the corner of 5 Low Wood to the corner of Plot 10 would be 30m; from the conservatory of 4 Low Wood to the corner of Plot 10 would be 43.8m.  This demonstrated that these exceeded the usual privacy distances required and therefore would not detrimentally impact on the amenity of existing residents in terms of amenity.

·       Officers felt that the plots were of an ample size with generous gardens and the density of the proposals remained in character with the area.

·       In respect of street lighting the site had a private maintenance strategy attached and a condition in relation to this and therefore the properties would look after themselves.  Some areas of the estate did show as public highway and others as private land freehold and was an interesting estate of low density.  There were no street lighting or footpaths, but the development already worked safely and the issue was if an extra two dwellings would require any additional works.  It was considered at the current time it was able to support this level of development and was an appropriate arrangement.

·       The area did have narrow streets which formed part of the design and currently in terms of highways safety did not have an issue despite the way it was set out.  It also benefitted from close access to the A1.  In terms of access to the distribution roads, Highways would take a much greater look if there was additional development proposed in the future, however it was not thought that the additional two properties would impact on this at the current time.

·       There were no set distances which stated how close properties should be to boundaries rather this was based on amenity and how they looked in the character to the area.  The density was higher than the dwellings at Low  ...  view the full minutes text for item 194.

195.

PLANNING APPEALS UPDATE pdf icon PDF 313 KB

For Members’ information to report the progress of planning appeals.  This is a monthly report and relates to appeals throughout all 5 Local Area Council Planning Committee areas and covers appeals of Strategic Planning Committee.   

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the information be noted

196.

S106 AGREEMENTS UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 245 KB

For Members’ information to report the agreement monitoring and collection of s106 contributions in the planning process.  This is a monthly report and relates to agreements throughout Northumberland during the previous monthly period.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the information be noted.

 

 

197.

NEWTON COMMON - PROPOSED SCHEME OF MANAGEMENT pdf icon PDF 268 KB

The report provides some background with regard to a request received from Newton-by-the-Sea Parish Council for the County Council to consult upon a scheme of management under the Commons Act 1899.

 

Minutes:

H Lancaster, Legal Services Manager introduced the report to the Committee highlighting the key issues of the report.

 

Councillor Pattison, as the local Ward Member advised that the Parish Council took great pride in the common land and paid extra in order to keep the common looking nice and had been of the opinion that the land actually belonged to them.  Councillors highlighted the frequency of ownership disputes of small pockets of land across the County where no-one wanted to take responsibility and the necessity for these to be addressed.

 

Councillor Watson proposed acceptance of the recommendation as outlined in the report which was seconded by Councillor Pattison.  A vote was taken and it was unanimously

 

RESOLVED that authority be given to commence the statutory consultation process with regard to the County Council making a Scheme of Management with regard to Newton Common under the Commons Act 1899.