Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: location as per officer report

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, Lane, C Leaver, Walker and Whitehead.



Declaration of Interests

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There were no declarations of interest declared.



76809: Land to North of Station Road Woolacombe Devon EX34 7AX pdf icon PDF 598 KB

Outline application for residential development of 105 dwellings with some matters reserved (Appearance, Scale and Landscaping) (Further information received) (Development Affecting a Public Right of Way).  Report by the Lead Planning Officer (attached).



Also present:


Graham Townsend (Agent)

Councillor Malcolm Wilkinson (Ward Member for Mortehoe)

Daniel Bleasdale, Clerk of Mortehoe Parish Council


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 Officer in consultation with the Chair of the Planning Committee and the Ward Members of the area where the application site is located, as set out in Part 3 Annexe 2 of the North Devon Council Constitution.


Such observations are made after viewing the site and on the basis of the limited information available. Any such observations are not, 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.


The Lead Planning Officer (Major Applications) addressed the committee and provided them with a paper copy of the location plan. She then advised of the following:


·         The application was for 105 dwellings and the associated infrastructure

·         The proposed access was via the southern boundary (from the B3343) with a right turn onto the site. Access would be via the location of the existing gate.

·         The site covered the field in which the committee members were stood. 

·         The boundary of the site was shown and was for this one field only.

·         There was an existing public right of way across the site.

·         The full application would contain the full reports in respect of landscaping and bio diversity.

·         It was proposed that 52 of the 105 dwellings would be affordable housing.

·         Pedestrian access would be via the top of the site.

·         The site was classed countryside and Fortescue was classed as a rural settlement but was not within the formal development boundary.

·         DCC Highways had mentioned the lack of footway to Woolacombe from the access.

·         Some hedgerow would be removed to open the visibility at the site entrance to the highway.  Further details would be provided at the formal committee meeting.




In response to questions from the Committee, the Lead Planning Officer (Major Applications) advised of the following:


·         The site was designated as Countryside/SP07 (within the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan (NDTLP)).

·         It was an area of ‘pre-existing green space’ within the Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and designated ‘Heritage Coast’.

·         Full reports in relation to ecology, and hedgerow detail, would be presented within the full application when it is presented to Committee.

·         The neighbouring site (alongside the boundary to the west) was also within the AONB.


Councillor Wilkinson (Mortehoe Ward Member) advised that the neighbouring development was not within the development plan.


In response to a question from the public, the Lead Planning Officer (Major Applications) advised that details of pavements would be included in the full application when presented to Committee.


In response to a question from the Committee, the Chair noted that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.