Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Ruthin

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1.

APOLOGIES pdf icon PDF 31 KB

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There were no apologies.

 

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST pdf icon PDF 116 KB

Members to declare any personal or prejudicial interests in any business identified to be considered at this meeting.

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The following members declared a personal interest –

 

Councillor Gwyneth Kensler – Agenda Item 6 – because she worked closely with one of the owners of the dwelling subject of the application

 

Councillor Emrys Wynne – Agenda Item 7 – because he was a friend of the family who had submitted the application

 

Councillor Huw Williams – Agenda Item 8 – because he was a friend of the landowner and his nephew worked for the developer

 

Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill – Agenda Item 11 – because he was the Lead Member for Property and the land was in the Council’s ownership

 

3.

URGENT MATTERS AS AGREED BY THE CHAIR

Notice of items which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency pursuant to Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972.

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No urgent matters had been raised.

 

4.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 304 KB

To confirm the accuracy of the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on the 16 January 2019 (copy attached).

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Minutes:

The minutes of the Planning Committee held on 16 January 2019 were submitted.

 

Accuracy – Councillor Alan James had been omitted from ‘members present’.

 

RESOLVED that, subject to the above, the minutes of the meeting held on 16 January 2019 be approved as a correct record.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR PERMISSION FOR DEVELOPMENT (ITEMS 5 - 11) -

Applications received requiring determination by the committee were submitted together with associated documentation.  Reference was also made to late supplementary information (blue sheets) received since publication of the agenda which related to particular applications.  In order to accommodate public speaking requests it was agreed to vary the agenda order of applications accordingly.

 

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5.

APPLICATION NO. 04/2018/1146/PF - GLASCOED, MELIN Y WIG, CORWEN pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To consider an application for demolition of rear extension and outbuildings, erection of extension and alterations to dwelling at Glascoed, Melin y Wig, Corwen (copy attached).

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An application was submitted for demolition of rear extension and outbuildings, erection of extension and alterations to dwelling at Glascoed, Melin y Wig, Corwen.

 

Public Speaker –

 

Ms. C. Hibbert (For) – explained her family circumstances and reasoning behind the application in order to further modernise the dwelling to meet family needs and stay in the area.  The intention was to reuse the existing stones and slates for the new build and ensure it was in keeping with its original appearance.

 

General Debate – Councillor Meirick Davies expressed concern regarding the loss of the building given its historical value and importance to the village.  It was noted that a consultation response had not been received from local Community Council.

 

Proposal – Councillor Tony Thomas proposed the officer recommendation to grant the application, seconded by Councillor Ann Davies.

 

VOTE:

GRANT – 17

REFUSE – 1

ABSTAIN – 0

 

RESOLVED that permission be GRANTED in accordance with officer recommendations as detailed within the report and supplementary papers.

 

6.

APPLICATION NO. 16/2018/1137/PF - LAND ADJOINING THE OLD RECTORY, LLANBEDR DYFFRYN CLWYD, RUTHIN pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To consider an application for erection of 38 dwellings, construction of a new vehicular access, provision of open space and associated works at land adjoining The Old Rectory, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Ruthin (copy attached).

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An application was submitted for the erection of 38 dwellings, construction of a new vehicular access, provision of open space and associated works at land adjoining The Old Rectory, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Ruthin.

 

Public Speakers –

 

Mr. B. Barton (Against) – submitted the report was misleading given that the area allocated for public open space was outside the village development boundary; disputed the sufficiency of the proposed commuted sum payable to equip the proposed play area to the rear of St. Peter’s Church for which there was currently no access, and sought deferment of the application.

 

Mr. P. Lloyd (For) – highlighted the acute need for affordable housing and merits of the application in providing a high quality, sustainable development.  The scheme had been subject to extensive discussions and various designs prior to this stage.  There was no conflict with the Local Development Plan including delivery of the public open space element which was linked to the site with a commuted sum offer.

 

General Debate – The Planning Officer (PG) clarified that the housing element was contained within the allocated boundary but the site for public open space was located outside of the boundary.  If the number of dwellings was reduced to allow for additional on-site open space there was a risk that the scheme would not come forward.  On that basis and given there was no development beyond the development boundary, an agreement had been reached with regard to open space provision and there was no conflict with the open space policies of the Local Development Plan.  The commuted sum payable had been calculated by the Council and provided a contribution towards the cost of an equipped play area for which other allocated sites within the community could also be making contributions to ensure its delivery.

 

Councillor Huw Williams (Local Member) spoke in favour of the development which would help to ensure that the village continued to thrive by meeting local needs and bolstering the local school and economy.  He also supported the proposal for a play area to be located to the rear of St. Peter’s Church which would provide a link to the centre of the village and the issue of access was currently being addressed.

 

Members welcomed the provision of affordable housing in order to meet local needs which was a corporate priority and would also help meet national targets.  The positive impact in terms of future sustainability and benefits to the area was also acknowledged.  In response to a request from Councillor Merfyn Parry relating to condition no. 5 and highway visibility, officers advised that this element would be considered as part of the Construction Method Statement and they would ensure that access to the highway was made safe at an early stage.

 

Proposal – Councillor Mark Young proposed the officer recommendation to grant the application, seconded by Councillor Bob Murray.

                

VOTE:

GRANT – 19

REFUSE – 0

ABSTAIN – 0

 

RESOLVED that permission be GRANTED in accordance with officer recommendations as detailed within  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

APPLICATION NO. 42/2018/0923/PF - LAND OFF MELIDEN ROAD, DYSERTH pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To consider an application for erection of 61 no. dwellings, single and double garages, alterations to existing vehicular access and associated works at land off Meliden Road, Dyserth (copy attached).

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An application for erection of 61 no. dwellings, single and double garages, alterations to existing vehicular access and associated works at land off Meliden Road, Dyserth.

 

Public Speaker –

 

Mr. S. Andrew (For) – explained the proposed development of part of the site allocated for housing in the Local Development Plan which included 10% affordable housing provision.  There were no adverse impacts of the development regarding visual and residential amenity with acceptable drainage and highway terms.  The proposed development was also in accord with the Site Development Brief.

 

General Debate – The Chair had received an email from Councillor David Williams (Local Member) who had met with the Highways Officer to discuss highway issues. Councillor Williams had also raised concerns about the Construction Management Plan which officers confirmed would be dealt with at a later stage in conjunction with the Local Member.

 

The Highways Officer directed members to the report which contained comprehensive information regarding highway issues and access to the site.  It was proposed to form a new access road onto the A547 Meliden Road with the existing pedestrianised and cycle link forming part of the access.  The existing 40mph speed limit would be moved by 40 metres north west of the proposed access and visibility splays would be provided in accordance with TAN18.  An Accumulative Transport Assessment had been carried out taking into account the proposed development along with other committed allocated and current planning applications in the area which showed sufficient spare capacity on the local highway network to accommodate the development.  Consequently officers did not consider there to be sufficient cause to refuse the application on highway grounds.

 

Councillor Peter Evans referred to the number of pending housing development sites nearby and recorded his concerns regarding the amount of traffic to be generated onto the A547 as a result, particularly given the congestion already experienced in Meliden at peak times.  As Lead Member for Highways, Councillor Brian Jones shared those concerns going forward and highlighted the need to keep the matter under close review to ensure sufficiency of the highway infrastructure given the anticipated increase in traffic arising from future housing developments.

 

In response to members’ further questions and comments officers advised that –

 

·         the application complied with Local Development Plan policies in terms of the provision of a mix of dwelling types on open market schemes

·         the comments of the AONB Joint Advisory Committee had been taken into account as part of the assessment process

·         a 30mph speed limit near the site entrance had been considered but the area had been assessed as a 40mph zone taking into account the development – if the situation changed the speed limit would be re-assessed

·         there may be a need to change the timings of the traffic lights to accommodate the development, which had been discussed with the Local Member

·         following consultation with Welsh Water it was confirmed that odour and noise were not considered an issue in this case.

 

Proposal – Councillor Tony Thomas proposed the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

APPLICATION NO. 23/2016/0557/PO - LAND ADJACENT TO DOLWAR, LLANRHAEADR, DENBIGH pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To consider an application for development of 1.2 hectares of land by the erection of 33 no. dwellings (outline application including access and layout) at land adjacent to Dolwar, Llanrhaeadr, Denbigh (copy attached).

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The Vice Chair, Councillor Alan James took the Chair for this item as the Chair, Councillor Joe Welch was the Local Member.

 

An application was submitted for the development of 1.2 hectares of land by the erection of 33 no. dwellings (outline application including access and layout) at land adjacent to Dolwar, Llanrhaeadr, Denbigh.

 

Public Speakers –

 

Mr. E. Williams (Against) – objected to the application on behalf of the Community Council on the grounds of drainage/flooding concerns; highway safety; negative impact on the Welsh Language, and lack of capacity in the local school.  It was submitted that the application would have a negative effect on the local community.

 

Ms. S. Edwards (For) – responded to issues raised including measures to address highway concerns and drainage/flooding concerns with no objection from statutory consultees.  The site was earmarked in Local Development Plan (LDP) for housing and Welsh language impact was assessed at that time and considered acceptable – the development would provide much needed housing and help grow the community.

 

General Debate – Councillor Ann Davies reported upon the Site Inspection Panel meeting on 8 February 2019 and sought further assurances regarding highway safety and local flooding/drainage concerns.

 

Councillor Joe Welch (Local Member) provided some background to the application and it was noted that the site opposite was currently being developed for 15 houses.    The indicative dwelling numbers in the LDP for the site opposite had been 10 houses and 23 for the current application site, hence granting the application would result in 15 and 33 houses respectively across the two sites which was an increase of nearly 50% on the indicative allocation.  Since adoption of the LDP, TAN20 had been issued advising that applicants were no longer required to demonstrate the impact on the Welsh language as it would have been assessed at allocation stage.  Councillor Welch argued that it should be taken into account given that –

 

(1)       circumstances had changed significantly since adoption of the LDP with nearly 50% more housing being proposed for the area

(2)       the application had been submitted in 2016 prior to the issue of TAN20, and

(3)       the Community and Linguistic Assessment provided by the applicant showed the development would result in a decrease in the number of Welsh speakers from 50.03% to 49.1%, leading to a majority Welsh speaking village becoming a minority Welsh speaking village in a language sensitive area. Reference was also made to the validity of the positive Welsh language comments given the nature of questions asked as part of the assessment process.

 

In making his case for refusal Councillor Welch argued that Policy RD5 in the LDP should carry significant weight relative to TAN20.  Policy RD5 stated ‘development could be refused if its size, scale or location would cause significant harm to the character and language balance of the community’.  Councillor Welch also agreed with other considerations raised including the lack of capacity in the local school and likely further pressures on school transport together with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

APPLICATION NO. 01/2018/0992/PF - FORMER NORTH WALES HOSPITAL, DENBIGH pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To consider an application for change of use of land to a site construction training area, erection of a building for use as workshop, plant repairs and storage; alterations to existing access and associated works at former North Wales Hospital, Denbigh (copy attached).

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An application was submitted for change of use of land to a site construction training area, erection of a building for use as workshop, plant repairs and storage; alterations to existing access and associated works at former North Wales Hospital, Denbigh.

 

General Debate – Councillor Glenn Swingler (Local Member) highlighted that the proposed route for HGVs was very narrow and a popular walking area and therefore approval of the application would require appropriate controls and ongoing monitoring during its temporary use.  He also asked whether measures could be implemented to address speeding concerns along Smithfield Road.

 

Members considered the merits of the application and noted that the application was for temporary consent.  Councillor Gwyneth Kensler was keen to ensure minimum impact on nearby residents given the proposed hours of operation and considered appropriate security for the site to be a separate issue.  With regard to the concern regarding noise emanating from the site Councillor Merfyn Parry suggested that the restriction on working hours only be applied to those activities likely to cause noise nuisance. Councillor Mark Young agreed and reported that much work had been done to allay residents’ concerns with most local people preferring the proposed HGV route over other alternatives.

 

Officers responded to members’ comments and questions as follows –

 

·         condition 3 confirmed the construction training facility would cease no later than 31 December 2023 unless an extension had been approved by the Council

·         condition 6 aimed to ensure minimal impact on residents arising from noise disturbance but a presence on site would also help with site security – it was agreed that the condition could be amended in line with Councillor Parry’s suggestion to restrict the operation of noisy activities on site

·         condition 13 ensured there would be no removal of hedgerows, trees, shrubs and climbing plants without approval from the Council

·         the proposed route had been used previously for the North Wales Connections Project and Transformers Project and therefore was also considered acceptable in this case with conditions relating to the provision of visibility splays and relocation of the 30mph speed limit; the road would continue to be monitored.

 

Proposal – Councillor Merfyn Parry proposed, seconded by Councilor Mark Young that the application be granted subject to a change in wording to condition 6 to be agreed with Denbigh Members regarding the imposition of a restriction on the hours of operation of activities likely to cause noise nuisance to nearby residents.

 

VOTE:

GRANT – 19                         

REFUSE – 0

ABSTAIN – 0

 

RESOLVED that permission be GRANTED in accordance with officer recommendations as detailed within the report and supplementary papers subject to a change in wording to condition 6 to be agreed with Denbigh Members regarding the imposition of a restriction on the hours of operation of activities likely to cause noise nuisance to nearby residents.

 

10.

APPLICATION NO. 15/2018/0968/PC - NORTH HILLS FARM, GRAIANRHYD, MOLD pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To consider an application for engineering operations to facilitate the erection of agricultural building and associated works at North Hills Farm, Graianrhyd, Mold (copy attached).

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An application was submitted for excavation works and the erection of agricultural building and associated works (partly retrospective) at North Hills Farm, Graianrhyd, Mold.

 

General Debate – Councillor Martyn Holland (Local Member) supported the application but expressed reservations regarding the amount of work already carried out.  In terms of background to the application a previous planning permission had been granted for the replacement of an existing agricultural building to provide holiday accommodation – the applicant intended to erect another agricultural building to replace the one lost.  Councillor Holland advised that there was much activity on the site which was subject to a number of applications and he felt it would be useful if officers met with the applicant to understand and discuss his future plans for the site which may allay the fears of local residents in that regard.

 

Proposal – Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill proposed the officer recommendation to grant the application, seconded by Councillor Andrew Thomas.

 

VOTE:

GRANT – 18

REFUSE – 0

ABSTAIN – 0

 

RESOLVED that permission be GRANTED in accordance with officer recommendations as detailed within the report and supplementary papers.

 

11.

APPLICATION NO. 30/2018/0969/PF - LAND ADJACENT TO THE TREFNANT INN, TREFNANT pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To consider an application for erection of 13 no. affordable dwellings including access, parking and associated works at land adjacent to The Trefnant Inn, Trefnant (copy attached).

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An application was submitted for the erection of 13 No. affordable dwellings including access, parking and associated works at land adjacent to The Trefnant Inn, Trefnant, Denbigh.

 

General Debate – Councillor Ann Davies reported upon the Site Inspection Panel meeting on 8 February 2019 when assurances had been provided in response to highway safety concerns.  She was also keen to ensure that the local community benefited from the development and were prioritised for affordable housing.

 

Councillor Meirick Davies (Local Member) highlighted the concerns of the Community Council but also acknowledged the need for affordable housing.  He asked that the Housing Association enter into further discussions with the Community Council regarding the development.  In acknowledging the highway concerns and mitigation measures he felt there may also be merit in changing the timings of the traffic light signals to accommodate the development.

 

Members noted the previous planning history relating to the site and the current position and also noted the procedure for occupation of the affordable housing in terms of the SARTH process which placed additional weight on local connections.  Whilst welcoming the provision of affordable housing, members were keen to ensure priority was given to local need and discussed Councillor Merfyn Parry’s suggestion that a S.106 agreement be used to secure that provision.  Given that Welsh Government advised against the need for a S.106 agreement in such circumstances and that the timescale for drawing up the agreement could potentially jeopardise the development, officers suggested rewording condition 15 relating to affordable housing in order to provide a greater level of assurance in terms of meeting the needs of the local community.  Councillor Mark Young sought clarity over the education contribution given that the local primary school was federated and officers confirmed that the commuted sum in connection with the development would be ring-fenced for the closest school.

 

Proposal – Councillor Merfyn Parry proposed, seconded by Councillor Meirick Davies that the application be granted subject to a change in wording to condition 15 to be agreed with the Local Member regarding compliance with affordable housing arrangements and local needs occupation.

 

VOTE:

GRANT – 19

REFUSE – 0

ABSTAIN – 0

 

RESOLVED that permission be GRANTED in accordance with officer recommendations as detailed within the report and supplementary papers subject to a change in wording to condition 15 to be agreed with the Local Member regarding compliance with affordable housing arrangements and local needs occupation.

 

The meeting concluded at 12.25 p.m.

 

 
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