Agenda and minutes

SITE INSPECTION, Planning Committee - Thursday, 27th July, 2023 1.30 pm

Venue: To meet on site at 13:30pm at Castle Park Road, Barnstaple, as per location plan.

Contact: Corporate and Community Services  01271 388253

Note: Members of the Public are only allowed on the site with the permission of the owner. As this is a formal meeting, we ask that Members of the Public do not approach the Committee Members or Officers for the duration of the site visit. Please note that a full presentation and consideration of the planning issues will be made when the matter is determined at a future Planning Committee. If you have any questions please contact Corporate and Community Services on 01271 388253 or email 

No. Item


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bulled, Denton, Haworth-Booth, Spear and Whitehead.



Declaration of Interests

(Please complete the form provided at the meeting or telephone the Corporate and Community Services Team to prepare a form for your signature before the meeting.  Items must be re-declared when the item is called, and Councillors must leave the room if necessary)




The following declarations of interest were made:


Councillor Leaver:   Planning application: 75927: Other Registerable Interest as the Devon County Councillor for Barnstaple South



75927: Land at Castle Park Road Westacott Grange Barnstaple. pdf icon PDF 720 KB

Formation of a new service road, footway and associated infrastructure (New ownership certificate and amended plans). Summary report by the Lead Planning Officer (Major applications) (attached).



Also present: Kris Langmead of Tritech Precision Products Barnstaple.


Councillor Leaver declared an interest as the County Councillor for Barnstaple South.


The Committee received the following statement from the Corporate and Community Services Officer:


Any observations which are made during the course of this site visit by Members of the Planning Committee are limited to those issues identified by the Planning Committee of North Devon District Council.


Such observations are made after viewing the site and on the basis of the limited information available on site.


Any such observations are, nor should they be taken as an indication that the application is acceptable or unacceptable. A full presentation and consideration of all the planning issues will be made when the matter was determined by the Planning Committee.


Location: Site entrance:


The Lead Planning Officer (Major Applications) addressed the Committee and advised of the following:


·         The location of the proposed road on the map, and on the site, and the route of the road to the left of the existing premises.

·         Detailed drawings would be presented at Committee.

·         There would be no change to the junction with Castle Park Road.

·         The road would be 104m in length.

·         The road would narrow in part.


Location: Rear of business premises:


Kris Langmead of Tritech Precision Products advised that the temporary additional buildings on the side of the main building would be removed. These were metal sheds/’lean-to’ structures including vents and plant. This would be in order to achieve the required road width.


The Lead Planning Officer (Major Applications) addressed the Committee and advised of the following:


·         Westacott Meadows was to the rear boundary of the site at a higher level.

·         Westacott Lane was owned by Devon County Council.

·         Identified the route and the local plan allocation on the map.

·         The aim was to have two access routes to the location.


Councillor Knight arrived at 13:49pm



In response to questions, the Committee were advised:


·         There is not a requirement for the road to adopted by DCC (as confirmed by DCC) if this remains a private road. This is not a planning matter.

·         The DCC Highways officer would be present at the Committee.

·         The Section 106 agreement would ensure biodiversity net gain for removal of hedgerow

·         A highways agreement and reserved matters application would be required to achieve the connection through to the larger part of Westacott allocation where a link to the new Landkey roundabout would be delivered onto the A361

·         Tritech would not require any access or fire escapes to the side adjacent to the road.


A number of the Committee viewed the far corner of the site to view the tree line / hedgerow.


Councillor Walker left the meeting.


Location: Westacott Lane (to rear of Tritech site)


The Lead Planning Officer (Major Applications) addressed the Committee and advised of the following:


·         The location of the Tritech site, and its rear boundary with Westacott Lane.

·         The location on the map.

·         Full ecology report and Design would be submitted with full application to Committee.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.