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To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from County Councillors J Wilkinson, G Williams and J Williams.
The Chair welcomed County Councillor G Jones to his first meeting of the Committee. Councillor Jones, as he was undertaking a Local Representative role during the meeting, he had indicated that he would be acting as observer during the meeting rather than taking part as a Committee member.
To authorise the Chair to sign the minutes of the previous meetings of the Committee held on 2 May and 16 May, 2019 as correct records.
The Chair was authorised to sign as a correct record the minutes of the meetings held on 2 and 16 May as correct records.
Declarations of interest
a) To receive any declarations of interest from Members relating to items to be considered on the agenda.
b) To receive Members' requests that a record be made of their membership of town or community councils where discussion has taken place of matters for the consideration of this Committee.
c) To receive declarations from Members of the Committee that they will be acting as 'Local Representative' in respect of an individual application being considered by the Committee.
d) To note the details of Members of the County Council (who are not Members of the Committee) who will be acting as 'Local Representative' in respect of an individual application being considered by the Committee.
(a) There were the following declarations of interest:
P2018/0470 – County Councillor K Lewis who was a friend of the applicant’s son.
19/0616/DIS – County Councillor D Price who was a member of the multi agency group that plans the annual traveller site for the Royal Welsh Show period.
P2018/0470 – County Councillor County Councillor R Williams disclosed a personal but not prejudicial interest in this matter as a non active member of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales
P2018/0470 – County Councillor K Silk County Councillor R Williams disclosed a personal but not prejudicial interest in this matter as a non active member of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales
19/0427/AGR – Interim Professional Lead – Development Management indicated that he had an interest in this application.
(b) County Councillor D Selby requested that a record be made of his membership of Newtown Town Council where discussion had taken place of matters for the consideration of this Committee.
(c) The following County Councillors (who are members of the Committee) declared that they would be acting as ‘local representative’ in respect of the following applications:
County Councillor H Lewis – application 19/0427/AGR
County Councillor G Jones – application 18/1086/FUL
(d) The Committee noted that no Member (who is not a member of the Committee) would be speaking as the ‘local representative’ in respect of any application on the agenda.
To consider the reports of the Head of Property, Planning and Public Protection and to make any necessary decisions thereon.
The Committee considered the report of the Head of Property, Planning and Public Protection (copies filed with the signed minutes).
Any Updates will be added to the Agenda, as a Supplementary Pack, wherever possible, prior to the meeting.
The Members confirmed that they had received and had time to read the update circulated the previous day and prior to the meeting.
Grid Ref: E: 309018 N: 307095
Valid Date: 08/01/19
Community Council: Llanfair Caereinion Community Council
Applicant: Mr & Mrs B Pryce
Location: Banwy Mill Caravan Park, Melin-y-ddol, Llanfair Caereinion, Powys, SY21 0ED
Proposal: Re-development of Banwy Mill Caravan Park to include the change of use of land to accommodate the re-siting of 23 static caravans, associated infrastructure and new vehicular access
Application Type: Full Application
County Councillor G Jones spoke as the Local Representative.
Mr D Junior spoke as objector.
Mr Pryce (applicant) and Mr R Pryce (agent) spoke on behalf of the applicant.
The existing planning consent was for 46 static and 5 touring caravans. However the site had been redundant since 1990. Therefore the existing site was a material planning consideration. The existing consent would no longer be utliised if the application was granted and a S106 agreement would be entered into by the applicant to that effect.
The Committee queried whether there was harm to the listed building, visibility impact on local properties and whether the proposal was commensurate in scale and size with the local hamlet. The Built Heritage Conservation Officer advised the Committee that the harm to the listed building had been removed, visibility impact would be removed by existing and additional landscaping. With regard to the size and scale, the Interim Professional Lead – Development Management advised that Melin-y-Ddol was not classed as a settlement and a landscape and visual assessment had been undertaken which were acceptable.
It was moved and duly seconded to approve the officer’s recommendation with the inclusion of Condition 28 as set out in the update report.
As previously declared, the Chair, County Councillor K Lewis declared a personal and prejudicial interest in the next item and withdrew from the meeting. The Vice-Chair took the Chair.
Grid Ref: E: 311802 N: 293855
Valid Date: 14/08/2018
Community Council: Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Community Council
Applicant: Mr Gareth Woosnam
Location: Upper Gwestydd, Upper Gwestydd Lane, Cefn Mawr, Newtown, Powys SY16 3LA
Proposal: Major: Erection of a 32,000 Free Range Poultry unit and 4 no. feed bins. Creation of vehicular access and of 2 no. passing bays and all other associated works (Resubmission)
Application Type: Full application
Mr I Savage spoke as objector.
Mrs S Jenkins (agent), Mr G Woosnam (applicant) and Mr M Kitching (Highways consultant) spoke on behalf of the applicant.
County Councillor R Williams disclosed a personal but not prejudicial interest in this matter as a non active member of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales.
County Councillor K Silk disclosed a personal but not prejudicial interest in this matter as a non active member of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales.
In response to questions from Members regarding the access to the proposed development from the junction of the C2011 / U2621 roads, the Committee was advised that the issue was one of the alignment of the junction, poor visibility and the primary concern was in relation to Stopping Sight Distance. In addition whilst improvements could be made to the junction the land was not in the ownership of the applicant. Members questioned whether the use of different vehicles would overcome issues of concern to the Highway Authority. The Highways Officer advised the Committee that the use of different vehicles would not assist in terms of Stopping Sight Distance.
Members asked whether other conditions could be imposed such as improved warning signage on the main road or the imposition of speed limits. The Highways Officer advised the Committee that implementing speed limits on this road would not comply with Welsh Government Guidance. The Solicitor to the Committee advised the Committee that if they were minded to approve the application contrary to highways officer advice, he could not rule out the possibility of future action against the Council should there be an accident on this junction in connection with this application.
It was moved and duly seconded that the application should be refused in accordance with the officer recommendation.
County Councillor K Lewis returned to the meeting and resumed the Chair.
Grid Ref: E: 326949 N: 318994
Valid Date: 21/09/2018
Community Council: Llandysilio Community Council
Applicant: Mr N Savage
Location: Land 200 Meters West Of Oldfield Farm, Llandysilio, Llanymynech, Powys, SY22 6RB
Proposal: Proposed affordable housing development and all associated works.
Application Type: Outline Planning
The Planning Officer advised the Committee that the application was for outline consent for 24 affordable dwellings. The Affordable Housing Officer had confirmed the need for social rented accommodation in the Four Crosses area, with 1 bed dwellings being the principal requirement at this time period, which would be dealt with by means of a condition.
In response to questions about whether to impose a condition regarding 1 bed dwellings, the Committee was advised that condition 8 as detailed in the recommendation addressed this issue as it provided the Council with control of what properties would be built on this land in the future. In addition, the Council was in the process of producing its local housing market [needs] assessment and it would be the need identified at the time of the detailed consent application which would determine the type of dwellings which should be built to meet that need. The Committee were only considering whether the land should be developed for affordable housing. All conditions would be reserved to the detailed application which would follow.
It was moved and duly seconded to approve the officer recommendation.
County Councillor H Lewis moved to the public gallery for consideration of the next application.
The Interim Professional Lead – Development Management disclosed an interest in this matter and withdrew from the room.
Grid Ref: E: 323844 N: 266394
Valid Date: 04/04/2019
Community Council: Whitton Community Council
Applicant: Ms E. Hammel
Location: The Slangs, Cascob, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2NT
Proposal: Erection of an agricultural barn
Application Type: Full Application
County Councillor H Lewis spoke as the Local Representative.
Miss M Breeze spoke as objector.
The Committee noted that the proposal had not changed from that previously refused by the Committee.
It was moved and duly seconded that the application be refused.
The Committee also proposed that should the proposal come forward again without change, that it be delegated to officers.
County Councillor H Lewis resumed his seat as a member of the Committee. The Interim Professional Lead – Development Management returned to the meeting.
County Councillor D Price disclosed a personal and prejudicial interest in the next application, as a member of the Powys County Council / Royal Welsh Agricultural Show dealing with preparations for the Royal Welsh Show and left the meeting.
Grid Ref: E: 306713 N: 248536
Valid Date: 03/04/2019
Community Council: Duhonw Community Council
Applicant: Powys County Council
Location: Ysgiog Field 200 Meters North Of Henallt Cottages, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3YP
Proposal: Discharge of conditions no.5 and no.6 of planning approval P/2018/0514
Application Type: Discharge of conditions no.5 and no.6 of planning approval P/2018/0514
County Councillor P Pritchard left the meeting at 1.11 p.m.
It was moved and duly seconded that the officer recommendation be approved.
The Chair asked for clarification as to which Members were eligible to sit for the next item as it had been deferred from a previous meeting. The Democratic Services Officer confirmed that the following Members were eligible to determine the application:
County Councillors K Lewis, E M Jones, L Corfield, L George, H Hulme, J M Jones, F Jump, H Lewis, I McIntosh, G Pugh, D Selby, K Silk, E Vaughan, H Williams, R Williams.
Note: the original Committee report and update report [17/01/2019] are attached for ease of reference.
Grid Ref: E: 315759 N: 301953
Valid Date: 24/07/2018
Community Council: Berriew Community Council
Applicant: D Davies
Location: Maes Y Nant, Berriew, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8BG
Proposal: Section 73 application to remove planning condition no. 3 attached to planning permission M2004/0930 (occupancy restriction)
Application Type: Removal or Variation of Condition
The Committee was reminded that this application had been deferred at its meeting of 17 January 2019 in order for an independent assessment of the marketing information and property valuation to be undertaken by the District Valuers Service. This assessment had been undertaken and the findings were set out in the report.
It was moved and duly seconded that the officer recommendation be accepted.
County Councillor F Jump requested that her abstention be recorded in the minutes.
To receive for information a list of decisions made by the Head of Property, Planning and Public Protection under delegated powers.
The Committee received for information a list of decisions made by the Head of Property, Planning and Public Protection during the period between 29.04.2019 and 16.05.2019.
To receive the Planning Inspector's decision regarding an appeal.
The Committee received a copy of the Planning Inspectorate’s letters regarding appeals in respect of:
Riverside Caravan Park, Llangammarch Wells, Powys, LD4 4BY - The Committee noted that the Inspector had dismissed the appeal. However the Inspector had awarded costs against the Council as it was felt that the reasoning for the Council’s decision was flawed. Officers were seeking clarification regarding this matter.
Land adjacent to Llawnt Uchaf, Newmills, Newtown SY16 3NW - The Committee noted that the Inspector had dismissed the appeal.