Agenda and minutes

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Emergency evacuation procedure

The Chairman will ask the Committee Administrator to draw attention to the emergency evacuation procedure.


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 Bryan Organ - substitute Cllr Liz Richardson

Cllr Caroline Roberts – substitute Cllr Will Sandry


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 106 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 April 2018.

Additional documents:


Cllr Jackson asked that in future the minutes indicate who speakers are (e.g. whether agent or applicant).  She also asked that a summary of the ward councillor’s statement be set out in the minutes.


The minutes of the meeting held on 11 April 2018 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.


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


The Committee considered:


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


·  An update report by the Group Manager (Development Management) on items 1, 4 and 10 attached as Appendix 1 to these minutes.


·  Oral statements by members of the public and representatives.  A copy of the speakers’ list is attached as Appendix 2 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 3 to these minutes.


Item No. 1

Application No. 17/02588/EFUL

Site Location: Parcel 4234, Combe Hay Lane, Combe Hay, Bath – Full planning permission for the erection of 171 residential units, open space, green infrastructure, landscaping and associated works including provision of vehicular access from Combe Hay Lane


The Case Officer reported on the application and his recommendation to permit.  He updated members on the following matters:


·  Although the masterplan for the strategic allocation has not yet been submitted for formal approval it is a material consideration in the determination of the current application.  Approval of this application without agreement of the masterplan would not prejudice the comprehensive development of the wider strategic allocation and not having an agreed masterplan is not considered to be a sufficient reason to refuse the application.

·  South Stoke Parish Council has sought a Legal Opinion, given its concerns that a piecemeal grant of planning permission in advance of the agreement of a comprehensive masterplan for the wider allocation may prejudice the deliverability of the wider allocation in accordance with the Placemaking Principles.  A response to each of the issues raised was provided in the update report circulated to the Committee.

·  Additional comments had been received since the publication of the original report and these were included in the update report.  These included two letters of support and objections relating to increased traffic congestion, impact on the AONB and greenbelt and the availability of other brownfield sites for housing.  One additional objection was received after the publication of the update report on similar grounds.

·  The Highways Officer has asked for an additional condition to be included should the Committee approve the application.


Representatives from South Stoke, Wellow and Combe Hay Parish Councils spoke against the application.


A representative from Bath Preservation Trust and a resident spoke against the application.


The agent and applicant spoke in favour of the application.


Councillor Neil Butters, local ward member, spoke against the application.  He expressed concern regarding the impact on the environment and increased highway congestion and the subsequent adverse impact on Combe Hay Lane.  He felt that if the final development comprised of 450 houses this was a very high number.  He stated that an approved masterplan should be provided for the whole site.  He referred to the legal opinion provided by South Stoke Parish Council which concluded that the application does not meet the minimum requirements of Policy B3a.


Councillor Steve Hedges, adjoining local ward member, spoke against the application.  He expressed concern regarding the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

Update Report - 6 June 2018 - Appendix 1 pdf icon PDF 236 KB

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Quarterly Performance Report - January to March 2018 pdf icon PDF 185 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report.

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The Committee considered the quarterly performance report from January to March 2018.


RESOLVED: To NOTE the report.


New Planning Appeals Lodged, Decisions Received and Dates of Forthcoming Hearings/Inquiries pdf icon PDF 45 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report.


The Committee considered the appeals report.


RESOLVED to NOTEthe report.