In accordance with the decisions at the previous meeting, members had undertaken site visits on the morning of the meeting. The Group Manager – Development Management submitted reports and updated them orally.
(i) PA/2020/764 by Mrs Smith for planning permission to change the use of a paddock to a children’s eco-nursery, including the erection of an office, teaching lodge and polytunnel, and other associated alterations at field south east of Catchwater Farm, Butterwick Road, Messingham, DN17 3PL.
Prior to consideration of this item, Councillor T Foster, local ward councillor spoke to express his concerns over the 40 mph speed limit that was in place on the road where the application was sited.
Councillor Poole, local ward councillor also addressed the committee. He confirmed that council officers had now spoken with the applicant and it was agreed that the minimum floor height be 0.5 metres and that it be included in condition 4. Councillor Poole also had concerns over the requirement for the travel plan to be reviewed annually which, in his opinion, was evidence that council officers had concerns about the application location. Consequently, a temporary planning permission for a period of three years may be appropriate to attach to the conditions.
Councillor J Evison agreed with the statement made by Councillor Poole. He agreed that the minimum floor height of 0.5 metres was acceptable and that a three year permission was also a prudent measure to include on the conditions. Therefore, he was minded to grant the application.
Councillor J Davison too agreed with Councillor Poole. The development was not accessible via public transport and users had to travel down a bumpy narrow road. Therefore, to review the application in three years time would be appropriate.
Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report, subject to the inclusion of the following conditions -
The development hereby permitted shall be removed and the land restored to its former condition on or before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission in accordance with details to be submitted to and agreed in writing by the local planning authority.
Reason: Permission is granted for a temporary period in order to assess the impact of the development on the area in accordance with policies RD2, DS16, T1 and T2 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan, and CS3 and CS19 of the adopted Core Strategy.
The development shall be carried out in accordance with the submitted Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) and in particular the following mitigation measures detailed within the FRA:
- all buildings (other than in the case of the offices and classrooms) to be set at or above existing site levels (the classrooms and offices to be set a minimum of 0.5 metres above existing ground levels)
- flood emergency procedures to be in place.
To reduce the risk and impact of flooding to the development and future users.
(ii) PA/2020/952 by Keadby Developments Ltd for planning permission for the creation of a biodiversity enhancement area (comprising the use of 70,000 cubic metres of excavated soil) at land north west of Keadby Power Station, Keadby, DN17 3EF.
Councillor Briggs, local ward member addressed the committee to share his concerns over the addition of such a large spoil heap on the landscape. The soil could, in his opinion, be used more productively to benefit the River Trent bank. Local residents had suggested numerous schemes to benefit the community, which had not even been considered. The current application would add no real benefit to the local environment.
Councillor Evison stated that he was disappointed that the applicant had not engaged with the council over the application. He agreed with the ward councillor and stated that the height of the earth mounds was too intrusive on the environment and was not in keeping with the landscape.
Councillor P Vickers stated that he was in agreement with the comments made by the local ward member and Keadby with Althorpe Parish Council and that the application should be refused.
It was moved by Councillor Evison and seconded by Councillor P Vickers –
That planning permission be refused for the following reasons:
The proposed development, by virtue of the height of the proposed earth mounds above existing ground levels, the volume of material to be stored and its proximity to the canal towpath to the south (Stainforth and Keadby Canal), was considered to result in a visually prominent form of biodiversity enhancement which formed an alien and discordant feature in the rural landscape, to the detriment of its character and appearance. Accordingly, the proposal is considered contrary to policies RD2 and DS1 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan and CS5 of the adopted Core Strategy.
(iii) PA/2020/1494 by Mr R Sodha for hybrid application comprising full planning permission to change the use of a public house to a dwelling with associated works and outline planning permission for three dwellings with appearance, landscaping, layout and scale reserved for subsequent consideration at King William IV, 177 Scawby Road, Scawby Brook, DN20 9JX.
Prior to consideration of the item, the applicants agent addressed the committee. She stated that the application would result in no adverse impact on the character of the area or neighbouring properties. It was a sustainable development. There would be no adverse impact on street scene or area. The application would support the local economy and environment. The pub had struggled to make a profit for a number of years and attempts to sell the premises had not been successful. Therefore, a change of use to a residential conversion would be the most appropriate use of the building. The loss of the King William would not result in the loss of a community facility.
Councillor Poole, local ward member stated that it was always sad when a public house had to close. However, it was important that the building be utilised and not left boarded up.
Councillor J Evison stated that he was happy to grant the application, subject to the inclusion of an additional condition that ensured that the porch was not re-built.
Councillor J Davison stated that he supported the application.
Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report, subject to the inclusion of the following condition -
Notwithstanding the provisions of Schedule 2 Part 1 Class D of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (or any order revoking and re-enacting that order with or without modification), there shall be no provision of any porch to the dwelling hereby approved for conversion from the former King William IV public house.
Reason: To satisfactorily protect the character and appearance of the area and the residential amenities of future and neighbouring occupiers, in accordance with policy CS5 of the North Lincolnshire Core Strategy and policy DS1 of the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.
(iv) PA/2020/1928 by Mr Tim Jackson for planning permission to erect a dwelling at 26 Hollingsworth Lane, Epworth, DN9 1EY.
Councillor Mitchell addressed the committee as local ward councillor. He stated the similarities between the current application and PA/2020/761, which was refused by the committee. The footprint of the application was exactly the same as the previous application. There would be a loss of amenity too at the adjacent property. Therefore, the application should again be refused.
Councillors Evison and C Sherwood stated that, in their opinion, the footprint of the development site was smaller than the previous application.
Resolved – That planning permission be granted in accordance with the recommendations contained within the report.