Decisions

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Decisions published

07/04/2021 - Licensing and Community Safety Committee ref: 1749    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 07/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 06/05/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that the following minutes of the Licensing and Community Safety Committee (circulated previously) be noted and adopted as follows:

 

(i) 9 February 2021

 


07/04/2021 - Governance Committee ref: 1748    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 07/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 06/05/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that the following minutes of the Governance Committee (circulated previously) be noted and adopted as follows:

 

(i) 9 March 2021

 


07/04/2021 - Building Control Joint Committee ref: 1747    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 07/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 06/05/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that the following minutes of the Building Control Joint Committee (circulated previously) be noted and adopted as follows:

 

(i) 11 February 2021


07/04/2021 - To consider motions of which notice has been submitted by Members in accordance with Part 4, Council Procedure Rules, Paragraph 11 of the Constitution ref: 1745    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 07/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 06/05/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

Decision:

(a) To consider the following notice of motion received by Councillor Mack:

 

Councillor Mack presented his notice of motion to Council.

 

It was moved by Councillor Mack and seconded by Councillor Worden “that the notice of motion be referred to the Policy Development Committee for consideration and to produce a full report”.

 

RESOLVED that the notice of motion be referred to the Policy Development Committee for consideration and to produce a full report.

 

(b) To consider the following notice of motion received by Councillor Luggar

 

It was moved by Councillor Luggar and seconded by Councillor Bushell that “North Devon Council notes with concern and alarm the number of times that environmental damage is caused to the natural environment during development despite the imposition of planning conditions on planning permissions that are meant to protect the same. Too often trees, hedgerows and important habitats are damaged or destroyed when they should be protected for the amenity benefit of the public at large and local residents in particular. North Devon council calls on officers to ensure that planning conditions designed to achieve environmental protection and enhancement are speedily enforced, including by the service of a breach of condition notice if necessary and/or tree protection orders.”

 

In response to the notice of motion, the Chief Executive advised that the Council already had a planning enforcement team in place to enforce planning conditions. Hedgerows were protected through planning conditions, planning policies and enforcement concordats.  The Council employed specialist officers such as an arboriculturalist and a conservation officer.  He suggested that a report providing an update on enforcement procedures be presented to the Policy Development Committee.

 

An amendment was moved by Councillor Prowse that “a report on the issue of enforcement procedures and practices be presented to the Policy Development Committee.”

 

Councillors Luggar and Bushell as the mover and seconder of the motion took the amendment on board.

 

RESOLVED that a report on the issue of enforcement procedures and practices be presented to the Policy Development Committee.


07/04/2021 - Statutory Pay Policy ref: 1746    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 07/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 06/05/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

Decision:

Council considered a report by the Human Resources Manager (circulated previously) regarding the Statutory Pay Policy 2021.

 

It was moved by Councillor Worden and seconded by Councillor Hunt that the recommendation in the report be adopted.

 

RESOLVED that the report, its Appendix and Annex thereto in relation to the Statutory Pay Policy 2021 be approved.


07/04/2021 - Strategy and Resources Committee ref: 1751    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 07/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 06/05/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that the following minutes of the Strategy and Resources Committee (circulated previously) be noted and adopted as follows:

 

(i) 1 March 2021

(A) Minute 272: Council Tax Discounts

 


07/04/2021 - Planning Committee ref: 1750    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 07/04/2021 - Council

Decision published: 06/05/2021

Effective from: 07/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that the following minutes of the Planning Committee (circulated previously) be noted and adopted as follows:

 

(i) 10 February 2021

(ii) 10 March 2021


14/04/2021 - 72974: Listed building consent for internal alterations at 8A-9 Butchers Row, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1BW ref: 1741    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 04/05/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

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

 

The Lead Planning Officer (North) (BP) addressed the Committee and advised:

 

·         The application had been called in for consideration as the property was owned by North Devon Council.

·         The property was classed as a Heritage Asset.

·         The principle consultee was the Conservation Officer who was content with the partial removal of the wall.

·         There was no impact on any wildlife species.

·         The internal wall could be re-erected in future to re-divide the property into two units.

 

RESOLVED (unanimous) that the application be approved as recommended by the Senior Planning Officer.

 


14/04/2021 - 72588: Erection of 3 dwellings incorporating biodiversity enhancements, parking, landscaping and entrance works at Land to the south of Arley House, High Street, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 0EB ref: 1740    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 04/05/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

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

 

The Lead Planning Officer (North) addressed the Committee and advised:

 

·         The application was called in by the Ward Member; Councillor Gubb.

·         The plans show the three proposed open-market dwellings to the North of the site. Each had a small front garden (to the South) and a decking area to the rear.

·         There had been no representations from the home owners of the properties in front of the site. There was a distance between the existing and proposed properties which included the parking spaces.

·         The site was included within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) however it was within a developed area of Combe Martin.

·         The archaeology report had been accepted by Devon County Council (DCC).

·         A Section 106 agreement would be required.

·         The parking provision of two spaces per dwelling was acceptable.

·         The main issue with the application was in regards to the highways.

·         The site access was a narrow sloped access road from the A399.

·         The access route had inadequate visibility.

·         The site would create 18 to 24 additional vehicle movements per day.

·         The opinion of was that the application did not comply with Policy DM05 of the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan and had significant impact on the highway.

·         An access width of 4.1m was the standard of a private drive. The width of the proposed access to the site would be 3.3m

·         The Highways consideration (covered on pages 38 to 40 of the agenda) was read out (in part) to the Committee.

 

John Woodward (agent) addressed the Committee.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, Paul Young of Devon County Council (DCC) Highways confirmed:

 

·         DCC Highways had raised a number of objections.  The objection in relation to the drainage on site had now been resolved.

·         The main issue was the access onto the highway. The junction had poor visibility from the access road to the A399. To the immediate west was on-street parking which provided parking for up to one hour.  This was well used and cars were able to park overnight at the location. When vehicles were parked the available visibility was reduced to 12 metres.

·         The preferred width of an access road was 4.1m. The proposed access would be only 3.3m. This was sub-standard.

·         The gradient of the access would be 1 in 7; increasing to 1 in 4 / 1 in 5. The preferred standard was 1 in 15.  If there was any rain or ice on the road surface it would be difficult to access the site.

·         The access radii was substandard on to the A399. Vehicles would have to straddle the centre of the A399 to gain access or encroach on to the yellow hatch area outside the fire station.

·         Despite the fact that there had been no recorded accidents for the junction over the past five years, the lack of data did not prove that the location was safe. Highways maintained that the proposed access via the junction would be unsafe.

·         Three dwellings currently used the site for parking. It was expected that those dwelling would still be permitted to park on the site. Therefore, with the three new dwellings the vehicles movements would double from the existing figures.  Highways had spoken to the applicant previously regarding the possibility of limiting the available parking although it was deemed that this would only move the problem on to a different location in the village.

·         There had been many applications (also at other locations) where there had been mention of safety issues caused by excess run-off (water and ice) over footpaths. The initial objections due to drainage had been resolved due to a soakaway system being created further up on to the site.

·         Any difficulties for vehicles caused by the gradient would also cause problems for pedestrians. North Devon Council’s Building Control office would be involved in considering any difficulties faced by pedestrians.

 

Darren Collacott (applicant) addressed the Committee.

 

In response to further questions from the Committee the Lead Planning Officer (North) advised that any issues regarding accessibility/disabled access would be covered by the architect’s plans.

 

Councillor Gubb addressed the Committee as Ward Member.

 

In response to questions from the Ward Member, Paul Young of DCC Highways confirmed:

 

·         The plans of the site showed parking for the three new dwellings, plus the existing three spaces used.  The consideration was for parking for six dwellings, DCC looked at the issues in conjunction with the gradient and visibility issues.

·         There had been no accidents recorded within 200m of the junction within the last five years. However there had to be material consideration as although there was no data, the junction could not be considered as safe. It was an existing sub-standard access route which would have additional traffic from the site.

·         Although sites with similar gradients in the area may, or may not have been given permission, each site was assessed based on its own merits.

 

 

RESOLVED (unanimous) that the application be APPROVED as the site was deemed to be a substantial site, compliant with policy, which outweighed (DCC) Highway’s objections subject to;

 

a)    A Planning obligation securing appropriate contributions towards Public Open Space, and

b)    Appropriate and relevant conditions, with power delegated to the Lead Planning Officer to determine the exact wording of the planning obligations and planning conditions, subject to prior consultation with the Ward Member.

 


14/04/2021 - 72536: Erection of 3 dwellings (amended plans and additional information) at Former Ebberley House, Avenue Road, Ilfracombe, Devon. EX34 9AT ref: 1739    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 04/05/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

Councillor Crabb declared a Pecuniary and Personal Interest and left the meeting during the consideration thereof.

 

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

 

The Lead Planning Officer (North) addressed the Committee and advised:

 

·         The applicant was Councillor Crabb, a North Devon Council Councillor who was a member of the Planning Committee.

·         The site was in the town centre and was within the conservation area. It was within the development boundary.

·         He showed the Committee a photo of the site and advised that the site had looked similar to that over a number of years.

·         The application included five parking spaces.

·         The site was within Flood Zone one and a Critical Drainage Area.

·         The recommendation was for approval subject to a Section 106 agreement and conditions.

 

Mr Nigel Gale (architect) addressed the Committee.

 

In response to questions from the Committee, the Lead Planning Officer (North) advised:

 

·         Although planning permissions had previously been granted at the site they had not been built-out. He thought that the site ownership had changed since they were granted.

·         The windows from the neighbouring property were partially obscured.

·         There was room to turn vehicles before exiting the site onto Avenue Road. This would not be compromised if all the spaces were in use.

·         There were no issues regarding the garden of the adjacent property (to the east of the site) being overlooked as there was some distance between the properties.

·         It was not usual for a noise assessment to be carried out for domestic developments.

·         The operators of the dance studio, which was adjacent to the site, had not raised any issue regarding noise, only that of the potential loss of light. The dance studio was used to teach children tap, ballet and modern dance. It was not a dance club/venue.

 

RESOLVED (unanimous) that the application be APPROVED as recommended by the Senior Planning Officer.

 

Councillor Crabb re-joined the meeting.

 


14/04/2021 - To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 10th March 2021 ref: 1757    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Made at meeting: 14/04/2021 - Planning Committee

Decision published: 04/05/2021

Effective from: 14/04/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the previous meeting held on 10th March 2021 (circulated previously) be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 


09/03/2021 - Rough Sleeping Grant - Outreach Navigators ref: 1744    Recommendations Approved

Permission to set aside the requirements of the Contract Procedure Rules to tender for above £40,000 services namely; 2 x full-time Outreach Navigators via Freedom Community Alliance at the cost of £75,000 over a 12 month period.
North Devon Council have been successful in drawing down an additional £357,600 from Government following a submission to the Rough Sleepers Initiative
This project is aimed at reducing the number of people rough sleeping in North Devon.
The aim of the programme is to provide enhanced and better integrated services to individuals who present with multiple and complex needs. This includes the provision of more resources (2.0 Outreach Navigators- two continuation posts) from Freedom Community Alliance who currently provide the Navigator service.

Following successful award of the bid NDC were issued with a funding structure from Government. This structure highlighted immediate service delivery as of the 01.04.2021 and without this approval we are unable to proceed and will be at risk of having to return the funding.
The financial award made through the bid covers full costs of service delivery

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 22/04/2021

Effective from: 09/03/2021

Decision:

Agreed

Lead officer: Ken Miles


09/03/2021 - Rough Sleeping Grant - Full Time CPN ref: 1743    Recommendations Approved

Permission to set aside the requirements of the Contract Procedure Rules to tender for above £40,000 services namely; a full-time Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) via Mental Health Services at the cost of £47,500 over a 12 month period.
North Devon Council have been successful in drawing down an additional £357,600 from Government following a submission to the Rough Sleepers Initiative
This project is aimed at reducing the number of people rough sleeping in North Devon.
The aim of the programme is to provide enhanced and better integrated services to individuals who present with multiple and complex needs. This includes the provision of continued resources (1.0 Community Psychiatric Nurse) from Devon Partnership Trust who provide Mental Health services for the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Following successful award of the bid NDC were issued with a funding structure from Government. This structure highlighted immediate service delivery as of the 01.04.2021 and without this approval we are unable to proceed and will be at risk of having to return the funding.

The financial award made through the bid covers full costs of service delivery

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 22/04/2021

Effective from: 09/03/2021

Decision:

Agreed

Lead officer: Ken Miles


09/03/2021 - Rough Sleeping Grant ref: 1742    Recommendations Approved

Permission to set aside the requirements of the Contract Procedure Rules to tender for above £40,000 services namely; continuation funding for 4 x units of Housing First and an additional 2 units of Housing First Accommodation via Encompass Southwest at the cost of £40,000 over a 12 month period.
North Devon Council have been successful in drawing down an additional £357,600 from Government following a submission to the Rough Sleepers Initiative
This project is aimed at reducing the number of people rough sleeping in North Devon.
The aim of the programme is to provide enhanced and better integrated services to individuals who present with multiple and complex needs. This includes the provision of continuation funding and additional Housing First accommodation (6 x units of continuation accommodation and an additional 2 x units of accommodation from Encompass Southwest who provide Housing First accommodation across North Devon and Torridge.
Following successful award of the bid NDC were issued with a funding structure from Government. This structure highlighted immediate service delivery as of the 01.04.2021 and without this approval we are unable to proceed and will be at risk of having to return the funding.

. The financial award made through the bid covers full costs of service delivery

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 22/04/2021

Effective from: 09/03/2021

Decision:

Agreed

Lead officer: Ken Miles