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Emergency evacuation procedure

The Democratic Services Officer will draw attention to the emergency evacuation procedure.

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The Democratic Services Officer read out the emergency evacuation procedure.


Apologies for absence and Substitutions

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Cllr Ruth Malloy was substituting for Cllr Sue Craig and Cllr Rob Appleyard was substituting for Cllr Paul Crossley.


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 4.4 Appendix 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.

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There were no declarations of interest.


To Announce any Urgent Business Agreed by the Chair

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There was no urgent business.


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

To note that, regarding planning applications to be considered, members of the public who have given the requisite notice to Democratic Services 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, i.e., 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.

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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.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 362 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 14 December 2022 as a correct record for signing by the Chair.

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It was moved by Cllr Brian Simmons, seconded by Cllr Duncan Hounsell and:


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 14 December 2022 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



Site Visit List - Applications for Planning Permission Etc for Determination by the Committee

There are no site visit applications for determination.

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There were no site visit applications for consideration.



Main Plans List - Applications for Planning Permission Etc for Determination by the Committee pdf icon PDF 752 KB

The following items will be considered at 2pm:


1.  22/01124/FUL - Former Purnell Factory North View Development Site, Oxleaze Way, Paulton, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset

2.  22/02863/FUL - Mill Barn, Millards Hill, Welton, Midsomer Norton, Bath and North East Somerset

3.  22/03945/FUL - 9 Gainsborough Road, Keynsham, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset



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The Committee considered: 


A report by the Head of Planning on various planning applications and an update report in relation to items 1, 2 and 3 under the main applications list.


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 Main decisions list attached as Appendix 2 to these minutes. 


Item No. 1 Application No: 22/01124/FUL


Site Location: Former Purnell Factory North View Development Site, Oxleaze Way, Paulton, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset


The Case Officer introduced the report which assessed an application for a residential development of 72 dwellings; vehicular, pedestrian and cycle access; landscaping and other associated ancillary works.


He gave a verbal update on behalf of highways authority as summarised below:

1.  The highways authority was aware of correspondence on behalf of the applicant which suggested the works to the roundabout would start on 20 February 2023 and would be completed by 28 July 2023, however the agreement had not yet been signed and no work could be carried out until the legal agreement was signed and sealed.

2.  The highways authority did not support the removal of the Grampian conditions and considered the conditions to be essential to ensure the delivery of the roundabout before the construction of the proposed development.  The highways authority could not guarantee that the roundabout would be delivered without the conditions.

3.  The roundabout was part of the current scheme which had been assessed by highways officers.  If the developer wished to remove the roundabout from the scheme this would necessitate the submission of a new planning application which would be considered on its merits. 


He reported that outline planning permission had been granted for a mixed-use site in 2010 including a continuing care retirement community, but there was a lack of demand for this use over an extended period and the site had been reallocated for housing as part of the Local Plan Partial Update (LPPU).


In relation to affordable housing, the Case Officer confirmed that 2 scenarios would be covered in the heads of terms:

Scenario A - 100% provision: dependent on grant funding from Homes England.

Scenario B – 30% provision: fallback provision on the basis of a nil grant.


He confirmed the recommendation that officers be delegated to permit the application subject to:

1.  No new issues arising from the application being advertised as a departure from planning policy.

2.  The completion of Section 106 Agreement to cover the 8 heads of terms set out in the report.

3.  The conditions set out in the report.

The following public representations were received:

1.  Cllr Liz Hardman speaking on behalf of Paulton Parish Council.

2.  Dan Trundle, agent, speaking in support of the application.


Cllr Liz Hardman in attendance as local ward member raised concerns about the proposed development as follows:

1.  She acknowledged that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 83.


New Planning Appeals Lodged, Decisions Received and Dates of Forthcoming Hearings/Inquiries pdf icon PDF 91 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report.

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Cllr Duncan Hounsell asked for an update on costs in relation to the application for an anaerobic digester facility which had been refused by Committee and referred to appeal before being withdrawn by the appellant.  The Team Manager (Development Management) advised that the Council’s costs had been calculated and submitted to the appellant, but a response had not yet been received. 


RESOLVED that the report be noted.


Planning Performance Report: October - December 2022 pdf icon PDF 800 KB

To note the Planning Performance Report for October-December 2022.

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In response to a question about an Ombudsman complaint, the Team Manager (Development Management) undertook to provide the details to Cllr Eleanor Jackson after the meeting.


Cllr Duncan Hounsell asked if future reports could contain a breakdown of enforcement investigations to detail whether cases had been closed due to successful enforcement action being taken or for another reason.  He also expressed concern about the increasing number of open cases.  The Team Manager (Development Management) responded that recent staff vacancies within the Enforcement Section had now been filled and this would have a positive impact on progressing enforcement investigations.


Cllr Eleanor Jackson thanked the Enforcement Team for their recent action in preventing a historic wall from being demolished.


In response to a question about why the number of Chair’s referrals to Planning Committee had decreased, Cllr Sally Davis confirmed that there were an increasing number of applications that were policy compliant.  She also reminded Members to ensure that they submitted their requests for an application to be referred to Committee in good time to enable the Chair and Vice-Chair to make a recommendation.


Members suggested that residents be given more notice of when applications were due to be considered by the Committee to allow them to make arrangements to attend meetings.


RESOLVED that the report be noted.


20230208 Speaking List pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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