Agenda and minutes

SITE INSPECTION, Planning Committee - Thursday, 5th October, 2023 4.00 pm

Venue: North Devon Leisure Centre, Seven Brethren Bank, Barnstaple EX31 2AP

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 were received from Councillors Crabb and Lane.


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 announced:


Councillor C. Leaver – planning application 76784, other registerable interest for transparency reasons, as a Devon County Councillor


Councillor Prowse – planning application 76784, other registerable interest for transparency reasons, as  the Lead Member for Regeneration, Economic Development and Planning.



76784: North Devon Leisure Centre, Seven Brethren Bank, Barnstaple EX31 2AP pdf icon PDF 464 KB

Reserved matters application under Regulation 3 of the T & C P General Regulations 1992 notification by NDC pursuant of the outline application of 73606 -  Outline application for 180 dwellings together with all associated infrastructure) (amended plans/documents). Report by the Lead Planning Officer (Major applications) (attached).



The Corporate and Community Admin Assistant read out the following statement:


“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 Manager in consultation with the Chair of the Planning Committee and the Ward Member or Members of the area where the application site is located, as set out in Part 3, Annexe 2 of the North Devon District Council constitution.


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


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 Committee:

  • Arrived at on the northern most part of the Site.
  • The Planning Officer outlined the site plan.
  • Noted the route into the site as well as the proposed route through the site.
  • The Planning Officer noted that the report due to go to Planning Committee was not yet complete but would be ready to go to the next Planning Committee.
  • Noted the outline plan for the individual dwellings and car parking arrangements.
  • Noted the outlined plan for ‘Area One’ and observed the northern area of the proposed plan.
  • Noted the proposed block of flats, which would be six stories high, one story higher than the Old Leisure Centre building.
  • Noted the view of the proposed site from the north side of the river.
  • Noted the open green spaces proposed on the plan and their relation to the site.
  • Walked around the southern edge of the development towards the Long-stay Car Park.
  • Noted the quality of materials proposed in the plan and that they were selected to try and match the heritage of residential buildings across the river to the site.
  • Noted that the Environment Agency was a consultee and had contributed to the plan regarding the flood risk of the dwellings. The result was that the ground floor of the proposed block of flats would be a blank solid stone wall.
  • Walked along the southern bank of the river to the bottom of the Long-stay Car Park and noted the proposed outline/location for ‘Area Two’ of the plan.
  • Noted that the proposed dwellings would be individual dwellings and a mix of two or three stories. Dwellings would have two parking space allocated.
  • Noted the proposed plans for ‘Block C’ and ‘Block D’ and their relation to the site.
  • Noted the proposed riverside elevation of Block D and that they would have a dwarf wall of 1.4 meters high on the edge of the garden closest to the river.
  • Noted that some of the trees along the development would be retained but a lot would be removed. It was also noted that landscaping to the site would be added.
  • Noted the proposed location of a maintenance alley between Block C  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.