Background
Background

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. CA28 7SJ

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

Items
No. Item

PP 18/161

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Denise Burness.

PP 18/162

Declarations of Interests in Agenda Items:

Minutes:

Councillors Joan Hully and Linda Jones-Bulman declared a non-pecuniary Interest in Applications 4/18/2326/001 (Land to South East of Trumpet Road, Cleator Moor) due to being Cleator Moor Town Councillors.

 

Councillors Joan Hully, Michael McVeigh and Jackie Bowman declared a non-pecuniary Interest due to knowing the agents and a number of people in the public seats. All Members stated they were not pre-determined and would look at each application with an open mind.

 

PP 18/163

Minutes of the meeting held on 20 February 2019 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 20 February 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record

PP 18/164

Schedule of Applications

Minutes:

Due to members of the public being present, planning applications were taken in the following order:

PP 18/165

Application 4/18/2326/0O1 - Land to South East of Trumpet Road, Cleator Moor. pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Outline application for residential development for 11 dwellings including access position.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

During discussion of this item Mr N Johnston, Mrs Robinson, Mr J Robinson,

Mr Tyson, Mrs Curwen and Mrs J McClelland spoke in objection to the application.

 

The Applicant’s Agent, Mr M Sandelands, then exercised his right to respond.

 

RESOLVED – that on a vote of 4 in favour, 5 against and 0 abstentions, the application be Refused contrary to the Planning Officer’s recommendation on the grounds that:-

 

1.      The Application Site comprises an area of undeveloped land located on the periphery of the settlement of Cleator Moor. The open and undeveloped form of the land contributes positively to the character of the local landscape and the settlement character of Cleator Moor, with particular regard to the approach to the settlement from the east. The proposed development would result in the urbanisation of the Application Site, the loss of the open character of the Application Site and increase the sense of visual coalescence between Cleator and Cleator Moor to the detriment of the character of the local landscape contrary to the provisions of Policy ENV5 and DM26 of the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028, Criteria J, K and L of the Copeland Borough Council Interim Housing Policy 2017 and Paragraph 170 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

2.      The Application Site is located within close proximity to and is visible from the nationally designated and highly sensitive landscape of the Lake District National Park. The proposed development would be directly visible from and would adversely affect views from the westernmost fells of the Lake District National Park. The proposed development would also partially obscure locally important views of the westernmost fells of the Lake District National Park from Trumpet Road. The proposed development is therefore contrary to the provisions of Policy ENV5 and Policy DM26 of the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028, Criterion G of the Copeland Borough Council Interim Housing Policy 2017 and Paragraph 170 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

3.      Insufficient information has been submitted to demonstrate that the traffic generation from the development would not result in detrimental impacts on the capacity and safe functioning of the public highway contrary to the provisions of Policy DM22 of the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028 and Paragraphs 108-109 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

4.      Insufficient information has been provided to demonstrate that the development will not result in detrimental impact upon Great Crested Newts which comprise a European Protected Species contrary to the provisions of Policy ENV3 of the Copeland Local Plan 2013-2028 and Paragraph 175 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

PP 18/166

Application 4/18/2347/0O1 - Land to West of Casa-Mia, Harras Road, Whitehaven. pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Outline application (with some matters reserved) for residential development consisting of nine serviced self-build plots.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

During discussion of this item a letter of objection from Mr H Jackson was read out, then Mr K Heddle, Mr G Elliott, Mr G Milligan, Ms L Baker and Councillor John Kane (on behalf of Whitehaven Town Council) spoke in objection to the application.

 

The Applicant’s Agent, Mr S Blacker, then exercised his right to respond.

 

RESOLVED – that on a vote of 5 in favour, 4 against and 0 abstentions, the application be Approved in Outline.

PP 18/167

Application 4/18/2242/0F1 - Moresby Hall, Moresby. pdf icon PDF 587 KB

Application for repair and reconfiguration of existing structures to provide additional accommodation; erection of extension on site of former dutch barn to provide 10 letting rooms and associated facilities and formation of additional car parking.

 

Minutes:

During discussion of this item Mr J Moore spoke in objection to the application.

 

Councillors Martin Barbour and Gillian Troughton spoke in support of the application.

 

The Applicant’s, Mr D Saxon and Mrs J Saxon, then exercised their right to respond.

 

RESOLVED – that on a vote of 2 in favour, 7 against and 0 abstentions, the application be Deferred as Members were minded to approve the application against the Planning Officer’s recommendation.

PP 18/168

Application 4/18/2243/0L1 - Moresby Hall, Moresby. pdf icon PDF 315 KB

Application for listed building consent for the repair and reconfiguration of existing structures to provide additional accommodation; erection of extension on site of former dutch barn to provide 10 letting rooms and associated facilities and formation of additional parking.

 

Minutes:

During discussion of this item Mr J Moore, Councillor Martin Barbour and Councillor Gillian Troughton spoke in objection to the application.

 

The Applicant’s, Mr D Saxon and Mrs J Saxon, then exercised his right to respond.

 

RESOLVED – On a unanimous vote that, the application for Listed Building Consent be Approved

 

PP 18/169

Application 4/18/2546/0O1 - 1A - 1B Quay Street, Whitehaven. pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Outline application and conservation area consent for the demolition of the existing building to facilitate the development of a six storey office building (use class b1) including the provision of a ground floor retail unit (use class a1 or a3) and car parking with all matters reserved except for access, scale and layout.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:- On a unanimous vote that a site visit be undertaken to appraise all material planning considerations before determining the application.

 

PP 18/170

Application 4/19/2044/0F1 - Land at How Bank Farm, Whangs Beck, Falcon Club, West Lakes Academy and West of Croadalla Avenue, Egremont. pdf icon PDF 235 KB

Application for the creation of three flood storage areas, landscaping and associated works.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:- On a unanimous vote that a site visit be undertaken to appraise all material planning considerations before determining the application.

 

PP 18/171

Application 4/18/2486/0O1 - Land at Asby Road, Asby. pdf icon PDF 543 KB

Outline application for residential development of two detached dwellings plus associated access and landscaping.

 

Minutes:

During discussion of this item Ms S Watton spoke in objection to the application.

 

The Applicant’s Agent, Mr M Sandelands, then exercised his right to respond.

 

RESOLVED – On a unanimous vote that the application be Approved in Outline.

 

PP 18/172

Schedule of Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 34 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the Schedule of Delegated Decisions from 12 February 2019 to

12 March 2019 be noted.

 

PP 18/173

Planning Appeal Decision pdf icon PDF 42 KB

To inform Members of a recent appeal decision in respect of a dwelling known as Loreley at 12 Common Side, Distington, CA14 4PU.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members were informed of the outcome of a recent Appeal decision in respect of a dwelling known as Loreley at 12 Common Side, Distington, CA14 4PU.

 

RESOLVED – that the decision to DISMISS the appeal be noted in the context of the Local Plan Policies and also in relation to performance monitoring.

 

PP 18/174

Exempt Information

The Chair to move

That under Section 100(a)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item on the grounds that, if they were present, there could be disclosed to them exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Schedule 12A of the Act.

Minutes:

The Chair moved and it was duly seconded and

 

RESOLVED - That the press and public be excluded for the next item of business in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3 and 5 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 as amended.

 

PP 18/175

Former Customs House, West Strand, Whitehaven - Release of Planning Obligation

Minutes:

The Panel considered a request for the release of a planning obligation made under section 52 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 relating to the use of the Former Customs House, West Strand, Whitehaven.

 

During the discussion, the panel heard from the Council’s Solicitor, then Mr M Sandelands, Mr A Todman and Mrs L Tool (representing Age UK West Cumbria).

 

Members were advised that the 4 hour time limit on meetings had been reached during the discussion and in accordance with Chapter 4 paragraph 22.7 of the Constitution, it was AGREED that the meeting continue until the business on the agenda had been concluded.

 

RESOLVED:- that

a)      the restrictive covenant imposed by a section 52 agreement dated 9 October 1989 and made between the Council and the trustees of Age Concern Copeland restricting use of the Former Customs House, West Strand, Whitehaven to charitable purposes be released and the agreement discharged, and

b)      the Council acknowledges and appreciates Age UK West Cumbria’s promise to invest a minimum 15% of the proceeds of sale from the property in other properties located within Copeland which they either own or occupy for the long term.

 

 

In Public

PP 18/176

Planning Panel Site Visits

Minutes:

There were two site visits resulting from this meeting, being at 1A-1B Quay Street, Whitehaven and Land at How Bank Farm, Whangs Beck, Falcon Club, West Lakes Academy and West of Croadalla Avenue, Egremont.

 

RESOLVED – that site visits be arranged for Wednesday 3 April 2019, departing the Copeland Centre at 10:00am or meeting at the Falcon Club, Egremont at 10:30am.

 

PP 18/177

Date and Time of Next Meeting:

The next meeting of Planning Panel will be held on Wednesday 24 April 2019 at 2:00pm at St John’s Church Hall, Egremont Road, Hensingham, Whitehaven, CA28 8QW.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Planning Panel will be on Wednesday 24 April 2019 at 2.00pm at St John’s Church Hall, Egremont Road, Hensingham, Whitehaven, CA28 8QW.

 

 

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