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Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Chesters, Davies and Prowse.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2022 (circulated previously) be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
The Committee noted that the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2022 had been previously approved as a correct record by the Committee at its meeting on 14 December 2022.
Items brought forward which in the opinion of the Chair should be considered by the meeting as a matter of urgency
There were no items brought forward by the Chair as a matter of urgency.
Declaration of Interests
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The following declarations of interest was announced:
Councillor Yabsley – planning application 74775, other registerable interest as the Devon County Councillor.
Hybrid planning application to provide an Agricultural-Hub comprising: Area 1: Full Planning Permission for the erection of workshop & storage & distribution uses with ancillary offices, shop & showroom, (sui generis), creation of access and associated works (Phase 1); Area 2: Outline Application for the erection of buildings 1, 2 & 3 for agribusiness uses falling under Use Classes Class E (a) retail, Class E (e) medical services, Class E (g) Business, B2 workshop & B8 storage & distribution with appearance & scale to be reserved matters (Phases 2 & 3). Report by the Senior Planning Officer (attached).
The Committee considered a report by the Senior Planning Officer (DB) (circulated previously) in relation to planning application 74775.
The Senior Planning Officer (DB) provided an update following the deferral of the application by the Committee at its meeting on 14 December 2022 as detailed in the report. She advised that the Highways Officer was present at the meeting to help clarify traffic data in relation to the vehicle accident and traffic movements along the A361. In relation to the amendment to the hedgerow, she advised that the Highways Officer had confirmed that changes to the hedgerow were not required in terms of highway safety and that the Highways Authority had assessed all of the information provided by the applicant and had no technical grounds for the refusal of the application.
Sarah Child (Parish Council representative), Ian Lucas (objector), Pete Cruceaon (objector), Mr Comley-Payne (objector), Susanna Coffin (objector), Sarah Coffin (objector), David Morgans (objector) and Andy Pryce (applicant) addressed the Committee.
In response to a question from the Committee regarding the reasons why Devon County Council Highways Authority changed their consultation response from refusal to no objection, the Highways Officer (MC) advised the following:
· The original planning application submitted contained very little information in relation to transport. It stated that customers may walk or cycle to the site, therefore the Highways Authority had recommended refusal.
· The applicant had since submitted a detailed transport assessment and modelling, which he had carefully gone through which showed that there were no capacity issues at the junction with the A361.
· He had had discussions with Devon County Council’s Director of Climate, Environment and Transport and the Highways Improvement teams who had made significant improvements at the Borners Bridge junction and there was no evidence of the need for any improvement either with or without development in this area.
· He had reviewed the collision data for this area and it was correct to the best of his knowledge with the exception of one incident which he had been advised by a member of the public had been plotted on the map incorrectly. This had now been corrected.
· The Highways and Traffic Orders Committee had recently received a presentation at its meeting regarding the safety of the highway network.
· There was no evidence that this development would have an impact on the safety of the junction with the A361.
· The applicant had undertaken and provided a “gap assessment” which identified that there were a significant number of gaps for traffic to join the A361 on a normal day. There would be an increase in traffic on Bank Holidays and the applicant would be aware of this and plan for that.
· The tractor servicing would take place on farms and it was unlikely that many farmers would drive to the site, although machinery would travel to the site on lorries.
· There was no policy reason to support the refusal for this application.
In response to further questions from the Committee, the Highways Officer (MC) advised ... view the full minutes text for item 112.
Report by the Senior Planning Support Officer (attached).
The Committee considered and noted the appeal report by the Senior Planing Support Officer (circulated previously).