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Minutes of a Meeting of the Planning Committee of Wrington Parish Council held in the John Locke room on Tuesday, 21st September, 2010
1 Apologies:
Mr D. W. Glynn, Chair
Mrs G. J. Bigg
Ms E. P. Irving
Mr P. Robinson
Mrs F. Burke, Clerk
Ms J. Bishop Admin Asst
Mrs C. Turton
Mrs D. J. Yamanaka

In attendance:

2. Declarations of Interest:
There were no declarations of interest on known agenda items.

3. Public Participation
There were no members of the public present.

4. Minutes of previous meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 10th August were reviewed. The minutes were adopted as a true record.

Matters arising: Cllr Glynn reported on the situation concerning Jewells newsagents.

Cllr Yamanaka had previously contacted Simon Exley, NSC, concerning the issue of the property not having been marketed as a business for sale under the current owners. This would normally need to have been done for a set period of time before an application for change of use from business to residential could have been considered. Simon Exley had confirmed in an email that, even if this had been the case and no marketing had taken place, it would not be practical to revoke the planning permission now it had been granted as this would make NSC liable to a potential compensation claim.

Old Bell Court- Cllr Glynn reported that he had raised the issue of the proposed footway in front of Richards Stores with the developer. Somerfield Developments had advised that the NSC highways inspector was not inclined to make any revisions to what is in place, although it was acknowledged that there is a potential conflict with the drawings and permission. It was agreed that Cllr Glynn would clarify the position through the Planning Officer.

5. NSC South Area Planning Committee

Cllr Glynn reviewed the papers from the last meeting. He reported that an appeal had been allowed for the lean-to at Keepers, Ropers Lane, with partial award of costs to appellants.

A report on the call in of Executive Member Decision concerning the Rickyard Road properties and explaining the rationale behind the decision on these properties was circulated to Members.

6. Decision notices issued by NSC

A list of decision notices had been circulated prior to the meeting.

7. Planning Applications

10/P/1572/WT – 33 The Glebe: Willow Tree – Fell

It was agreed that the Council wished to object to this application for the following reason: It was felt that the tree had significant public amenity value as a mature tree within the conservation area. The Council agreed to suggest that pruning the tree would be the preferred approach to help make the tree more manageable.

10/P/1489/F – Land at St Katharine’s Farm, Downside Road, Wrington: Erection of machinery storage building and improvements to highway access (retrospective).

It was agreed that the Council had no comment on this Planning application.

10/P/1491/F – Holiday Cottages at Udley Farm, West Hay Road, Wrington: Removal of condition no2 of 02/P/1593/F for change of use from agricultural buildings to 3 holiday cottages to allow for use as 3 residential dwellings.

It was agreed that the Council had no objection to the proposed change of use, subject to the provision of appropriate facilities for the unit such as energy efficiency, heating and other facilities. The Council recognised the benefit of having the units used for residential use through short-term lets rather than having the units unoccupied. The Council would prefer that the units should be offered to residents of the Parish or residents with direct links to the Parish, as defined within NSC housing policy.

10/P/1508/F – Barley Wood Stables, Long Lane, Wrington: Installation of a bio mass boiler and associated plant housing.

It was agreed that the Council had no objection to this proposal but would recommend that the roof be finished in a non-reflective matt material or timber to avoid any visual light reflection impact on the surrounding area.

8. Other Planning Issues

Various Members had raised the issue of Cooks, Broad Street, Wrington, on behalf of residents. There was uncertainty as to whether this property is currently listed for residential or business use although the previous owner had used the ground floor for business/employment purposes, as had other occupiers of these premises. The Clerk had been in touch with NSC about this and was awaiting a response.

Cllr Glynn reported that the Planning application for major development at Bristol Airport had now been approved as the Secretary of State had decided not to call in the application. A Member recommended that now would be a prime opportunity to make approaches to the airport concerning a review of any issues within the Section 106 agreement which are particularly relevant to the Parish.

The meeting was closed at 7.25pm.

Mr D. Glynn