Agenda and minutes

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Emergency evacuation procedure

The Chairman will ask the Democratic Services Officer to 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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There were no apologies for absence or substitutions.


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.

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There were no declarations of interest.


To Announce any Urgent Business Agreed by the Chairman

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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 595 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 24 August 2022 as a correct record.

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Cllr Duncan Hounsell asked for an amendment to item no. 2 Application No: 20/02964/FUL Lansdown Lawn Tennis & Squash Racquets Club, Northfields,

Lansdown to insert after “tennis club” the words “court lighting would increase by 30%”.  This was agreed and subject to this amendment it was;


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 24 August 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.



Main Plans List - Applications for Planning Permission Etc for Determination by the Committee pdf icon PDF 352 KB

The following applications will be considered in the morning session starting at 11am:


1.  22/00687/REG03 Storage Yard Adjacent to Argyle Works, Lower Bristol Road, Westmoreland, Bath

2.  22/01753/FUL 24 The Tyning, Widcombe, Bath

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The Committee considered: 

A report by the Head of Planning on various planning applications and update report in relation to items 1 & 2 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: 22/00687/REG03

Site Location: Storage Yard Adjacent to Argyle Works, Lower Bristol Road, Westmoreland, Bath

The Case Officer introduced the report which was an application for the erection of 8 affordable dwellings and associated works, following the demolition of the existing building.

She confirmed the officer recommendation that officers be delegated to permit the application subject to the conditions set out in the committee report and update report.

The following public representations were received:

1.  Chris Beaver, agent speaking in support of the application.


In response to Members questions, it was confirmed:

1.  As the Council was the applicant, it was not possible to enter into a Section 106 Agreement to secure the affordable housing scheme and instead permission was subject to a condition to ensure that the affordable housing was retained on site in perpetuity unless purchased under Right to Buy or a similar legislative scheme.  An amended version of condition 2 was included in the update report to refer this proviso. The recommendation was therefore delegate to permit subject to the version of condition 2 that appeared in the update report. 

2.  The alignment of the trees at the front of the site was asymmetric, but these trees were already in place some of which were protected by a Tree Preservation Order and there had been no objection raised by the Tree Officer. 

3.  In relation to the contaminated land, the Environment Agency had been consulted and there would be strict conditions attached to the permission.

4.  There was a shortfall in cycle spaces due to the constraints of the site, but this was weighed against the benefits of the application, including the green landscaping. 

5.  There was an existing recommended condition (12) relating to materials, but this could be strengthened to include a sample panel of the boundary wall to include rubblestone coursing.

6.  In relation to encouraging food growing, there was sufficient space on the site for vegetable boxes and there could be an additional condition to secure water butts for rainwater harvesting.

7.  In terms of the Council’s current parking standards, the application would result in a shortfall of 7 parking spaces.  In relation to the Local Plan Partial Update (LPPU) and reduced parking standards, the application would be policy compliant, but not much weight could be given to the proposed new standards at this stage of the LPPU process.  As the application was not compliant with current standards, it had been advertised as a departure from the development plan.  Officers had balanced  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46.


New Planning Appeals Lodged, Decisions Received and Dates of Forthcoming Hearings/Inquiries pdf icon PDF 71 KB

The Committee is asked to note the report.

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The Committee considered the appeals report.


Cllr Jackson acknowledged the success rate of the Council in recent appeals and thanked officers.  In response to a question about whether enforcement action would be pursued in relation to the structures on the Resourceful Earth site, the Deputy Head of Planning Development Management undertook to report back through the Chair of the Committee. 


RESOLVED that the report be noted.

20220921 Speaking List pdf icon PDF 120 KB

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