Decision details

70467: Land off Southley Road, South Molton, EX36 4BL

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee considered a report by the Senior Planning Officer (DB) (circulated previously).


The Senior Planning Officer (DB) addressed the Committee and advised that the outline permission had been granted subject to an agreement of a Section 106 payment of £266,981. This application was now being reconsidered on the basis of a viability assessment and a revised Section 106 agreement.


Marc Cornelius (South Molton Town Council) addressed the Committee.


The Corporate and Community Services Officer read a statement from the Ward Member, Councillor Worden, to the Committee.


Councillor Yabsley declared a Personal interest as a South Molton Town Councillor.


In response to questions from the Committee, the Service Manager (Development Management) advised that:


·       The viability assessment had been independently scrutinised.

·       There was guidance within the National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) in relation to the valuation of the purchase price of land in the viability calculation.

·       The Committee could decide on how the £266,981 would be allocated. However, she advised that there was a 10 year period within which any Section 106 payment would need to be spent, before any unspent funds were returned to a developer.

·       It was preferable to provide any housing on-site, rather than off-site.


The Senior Planning Officer (DB) advised that:


·       The area on the north east of the site, as indicated on the site plan, was not within the ownership of the applicant.

·       The site was a brownfield site, with some contamination, so development costs could potentially be more expensive than similar sites.


RESOLVED (11 for, 0 against, 1 abstained) that the application be APPROVED subject to the following (Option 1) as per the Senior Planning Officer’s recommendations;

a)    The provision of 3x two-bedroomed affordable dwellings to be provided for social rent and to be delivered within the early stage of the development build; and

b)    £20,000 of Section 106 funds.

Report author: Debbie Butler

Publication date: 25/11/2021

Date of decision: 10/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 10/11/2021 - Planning Committee

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