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Emergency evacuation procedure

The Chairman will ask the Committee Administrator to draw attention to the emergency evacuation procedure as set out under Note 5.


The Democratic Services Officer read out the emergency evacuation procedure.


Election of Vice Chairman (if desired)


A Vice Chairman was not required on this occasion.


Apologies for absence and Substitutions


Apologies for absence were received from:


Cllr Rob Appleyard

Cllr Les Kew – substitute Cllr Patrick Anketell-Jones


Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting declarations of interest are received from Members in 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 an 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 were no declarations of interest.


To Announce any Urgent Business Agreed by the Chairman


There was no urgent business.


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 Democratic Services Officer informed the meeting that there were a number of people wishing to make statements on planning applications and that they would be able to do so when these items were discussed.


Items from Councillors and Co-opted Members

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


There were no items from Councillors or Co-Opted Members.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2017.

Additional documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2017 were confirmed and signed as a correct record subject to the following amendment:


Page 3 – Item No. 1 – paragraph 4 – the final sentence be amended to read “He then moved that permission be refused but there was no seconder.”


Main Plans List - Applications for Planning Permission Etc for Determination by the Committee pdf icon PDF 434 KB


The Committee considered:


·  A report by the Group Manager (Development Management) on various planning applications.


·  Oral statements by members of the public and representatives.  A copy of the speakers’ list is attached as Appendix 1 to these minutes.


RESOLVED that in accordance with the delegated powers, the applications be determined as set out in the decisions list attached as Appendix 2 to these minutes.


Item No. 1

Application No. 17/03341/FUL

Site Location: St John’s Ambulance Hall, North Road, Timsbury, Bath – Conversion of former hall to two dwellings


The Case Officer reported on the application and her recommendation to permit.  She updated the Committee on further comments received from the highways officer who had concluded that the application was policy compliant.


A statement from Timsbury Parish Council was read out.


The registered speaker spoke in favour of the application.


The Case Officer explained that the plans on the presentation were not the most recent version.  Paper copies of the revised plans were circulated to members prior to any debate on the application.  Members confirmed that they were clear on the changes and the plans that they were being asked to consider. 


The Case Officer then responded to questions as follows:


·  The Somer Valley Transport Strategy was currently undergoing consultation so was of limited weight to the decision.

·  The site was considered to be sustainable for the provision of two dwellings.  (The Team Manager, Development Management, added that whether a site is sustainable or not relates to a wider range of factors than bus service provision).

·  Although the planning application had no parking provision associated with it there was unrestricted on street parking available.  The parking standards required for the current use is 4-8 spaces which is higher than for the proposed use.

·  The windows above the current lean-to part of the building would be reinstated.


Councillor Organ stated that the building should be restored and brought back into use.  He moved the officer recommendation to permit the application.  Councillor Crossley seconded the motion.


Councillor Jackson spoke against the motion, in particular, noting the objections of the Parish Council.  She felt that the proposal represented overdevelopment of the site.


The motion was then put to the vote and it was RESOLVED by 8 votes for and 1 vote against to PERMIT the application subject to conditions as set out in the report.


Item No. 2

Application No. 17/04236/FUL

Site Location: 30 Woodcroft, Bishop Sutton, BS39 5XN – Erection of first floor side extension to form bedroom with en-suite


The Case Officer reported on the application and his recommendation to refuse.


The registered speaker spoke in favour of the application.


The Case Officer then answered questions relating to the street scene and location of neighbouring properties.  The Team Manager, Development Management, explained that, although the property was adjacent to the greenbelt, officers did not consider that the proposed development would harm the openness. The application was not being recommended for refusal on that basis but it was considered to be overdevelopment  ...  view the full minutes text for item 87.


Additional documents:


Tree Preservation Order: Bath and North East Somerset Council (Rosemere, Homefield Road, Saltford No.10) Tree Preservation Order 2017 pdf icon PDF 2 MB


The Case Officer reported on the objection that had been received from the owner of the neighbouring property (Hillcrest) following the making of the Tree Preservation Order. 


The objections had been raised for reasons of blocking light, increase in insurance premiums and blocking the view.


Cllr Jackson stated that the tree was magnificent and noted that an application could be made to carry out pruning if the need arose.  She then moved the officer recommendation as set out in the report.  This was seconded by Cllr Crossley.


The motion was then put to the vote and it was RESOLVED unanimously to CONFIRM the Tree Preservation Order with a minor modification to the title of the Order to Bath and North East Somerset Council (Rosemere, Homefield Road, Saltford No. 11).


New Planning Appeals Lodged, Decisions Received and Dates of Forthcoming Hearings/Inquiries pdf icon PDF 41 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report.


The Committee considered the appeals report.  The Team Manager, Development Management, agreed to inform Cllr Crossley of the amount of costs awarded against the Council.


RESOLVED to NOTE the report.


Cllr Jackson thanked the officers for all their hard work throughout the year and this was endorsed by all members of the Committee.