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Emergency evacuation procedure

The Chair will ask the Committee Administrator to draw attention to the emergency evacuation procedure as set out under Note 7


The Senior Democratic Services Officer read out the procedure


Election of Vice Chair (if desired)


A Vice Chair was not required


Apologies for absence and Substitutions


There was an apology from Councillor Vic Pritchard whose substitute was Councillor Sally Davis


Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, declarations of interest are received from Members on any of the agenda items under consideration at the meeting. Members are asked to indicate:

(a) The agenda item number and site in which they have an interest to declare.

(b) The nature of their interest.

(c) Whether their interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or other interest (as defined in Part 2, A and B of the Code of Conduct and Rules for Registration of Interests)

Any Member who needs to clarify any matters relating to the declaration of interests is recommended to seek advice from the Council’s Monitoring Officer before the meeting to expedite dealing with the item during the meeting.


There was a disclosable pecuniary interest declared by Councillor Martin Veal regarding the planning application on land opposite 199 Bailbrook Lane, Batheaston (Item 3, Report 9) and he would therefore withdraw from the meeting for consideration of this matter.


To Announce any Urgent Business Agreed by the Chair


There was none


Items from the Public - To receive Deputations, Statements, Petitions or Questions

(1) At the time of publication, no items had been submitted.


(2) To note that, regarding planning applications to be considered, members of the public who have given the requisite notice to the Committee Administrator will be able to make a statement to the Committee immediately before their respective applications are considered. There will be a time limit of 3 minutes for each proposal, ie 3 minutes for the Parish and Town Councils, 3 minutes for the objectors to the proposal and 3 minutes for the applicant, agent and supporters. This allows a maximum of 9 minutes per proposal.


The Senior Democratic Services Officer informed the meeting that various people had registered to speak on planning applications and that they would be able to do so when reaching their respective items in Report 9


Items from Councillors and Co-opted Members

To deal with any petitions or questions from Councillors and where appropriate Co-opted Members


Councillor Ian Gilchrist raised an issue regarding the discharge of conditions on the planning permission recently issued for development at Beechen Cliff School, Bath. He requested that an item be included on the next Agenda so that the Case Officer could attend and give an explanation of his interpretation of the conditions.


A Member considered that it was not appropriate for the matter to be dealt with in this manner. The Chair agreed and stated that notice had not been given of this matter being raised. He would, however, speak to appropriate Officers to resolve the matter.


Minutes: 11th February 2015 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the previous meeting held on Wednesday 11th February 2015

Additional documents:


The Team Manager – Development Management stated that the listed building application at The Colonnades, Grand Parade, Bath (Minute 112) would need to be referred to the Secretary of State for a decision with a recommendation to refuse consent.


Councillor Neil Butters referred to the application at The Wharf, Greensbrook, Clutton (Minute 112) and the issue of the former railway weighbridge and stone built office which was to be demolished. He stated that he had requested that due consideration be given to relocation of these heritage assets. The Team Manager stated that this would be taken into account.


The Minutes of the previous meeting held on Wednesday 11th February 2015 were approved as a correct record and were signed by the Chair.


Plans List - Applications for Planning Permission Etc for Determination by the Committee pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Additional documents:


The Committee considered


·  A report by the Group Manager – Development Management on various applications for planning permission etc.

·  An Update Report by the Group Manager on Item Nos. 1,2 and 9, a copy of which is attached as Appendix 1 to these Minutes

·  Oral statements by members of the public etc. on Item Nos. 1-10, the Speakers List being attached as Appendix 2 to these Minutes


RESOLVED that, in accordance with their delegated powers, the applications be determined as set out in the Decisions List attached as Appendix 3 to these Minutes


Item 1 Former Cadbury site, Cross Street, Keynsham – Full planning permission for partial demolition, change of use and extension of Building B to a 135 unit care home use (C2), partial demolition and extension and use of Block C for employment use (B1) alongside the erection of 30 dwellings (open market and affordable) at the site of a previously approved care home, including the use of existing basements for car parking (Buildings B&C), associated surface level parking, access roads, landscaping and associated infrastructure. Works altering planning approval 13/01780/EOUT as approved on 19th February 2014 – The Case Officer reported on this application and his recommendation to (A) authorise the Planning and Environmental Law Manager to secure a Deed of Variation to the existing S106 Agreement to secure various provisions relating to (i) affordable housing, (ii) employment space, (iii) education, and (iv) occupiers of the care flats in Block B; and (B) upon completion of the Agreement, authorise the Group Manager to grant permission subject to conditions. He referred to the Update Report which had amended the original recommendation.


The applicant made a statement in favour of the proposed development which was followed by statements by the Ward Councillors Charles Gerrish and Brian Simmons.


Councillor Bryan Organ was pleased that Freeman Retirement Planning was involved in the scheme. Negotiations were progressing on provision of a doctors’ surgery. He felt that this was a good scheme and therefore moved the Officer recommendation which was seconded by Councillor Les Kew.


Members debated the motion. Councillor Dave Laming expressed some concerns about the scheme. There was no Transport Strategy and there was no firm commitment on provision of a doctors’ surgery. Councillor Manda Rigby stated that, although welcoming the statement of intent, there was a sustainability issue. There was no contribution to any medical provision and no commitment to build a surgery. She considered that some wording should be added regarding an appropriate S106 contribution to provide sustainable medical facilities on site for the occupiers of the development. The Chair stated that there was no obligation to provide a doctors’ surgery – the existing 8 GP’s in the area could use the funding to move onto the site. The Case Officer responded to these issues by saying that 1k sq m was included in the scheme for provision of medical facilities and that the funding was available for provision of a doctors’ surgery, not necessarily one particular surgery.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 124.


New Planning Appeals Lodged, Decisions Received and Dates of Forthcoming Hearings/Inquiries pdf icon PDF 38 KB

To note the report


After some comments by Members on some of the appeals, the report was noted.


Change of date of May meeting

To note that the meeting arranged for Wednesday 6th May has been brought forward to Wednesday 29th April in view of the Elections being held on Thursday 7th May


The Committee noted the change of date of the May meeting from Wednesday 6th May to Wednesday 29th April due to the Elections being held on Thursday 7th May