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To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 27th February 2012.
The Minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 27th February 2012 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
To receive from Members declarations as to personal and/or prejudicial interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any Agenda Item. Please see Notes 1 and 2 below.
Councillor D Dew declared a personal and prejudicial interest in Minute No. 64(a) by virtue of his close acquaintance with the applicants and left the room during discussion and voting thereon.
Councillor N J Guyatt declared a personal and prejudicial interest in Minute No. 64(a) by virtue of his close acquaintance with the applicants and addressed the Panel on the application before leaving the room during discussion and voting thereon.
Councillor P L E Bucknell declared a personal interest in Minute No. 64(a) by virtue of an acquaintance with the applicants.
Councillors J J Dutton and R J West declared a personal interest in Minute No. 64(a) by virtue of their acquaintance with one of the applicants as colleague Members of Cambridgeshire County Council.
Councillor P D Reeve declared a personal interest in Minute No. 64(g) by virtue of his membership of Ramsey Town Council.
The Planning Service Manager (Development Management) submitted reports (copies of which are appended in the Minute Book) on applications for development to be determined by the Panel and advised Members of further representations (details of which also are appended in the Minute Book) which had been received in connection therewith since the reports had been prepared. Whereupon, it was
in the light of the personal and prejudicial interests declared by the Chairman, Councillor D B Dew, Councillor P L E Bucknell, Vice-Chairman acted as Chairman of the Panel for the ensuing application.
Councillor P L E Bucknell in the Chair.
(a) Erection of 2 proposed “Eco-Homes”, to be constructed to level 5, land north of Hillside View, Somersham Road, St. Ives – 12/00210/FUL
(See Minute No. 63 for Members’ interests.)
(Councillor K Reynolds, applicant addressed the Panel on the application.)
that the application be refused for the following reasons:-
there is no essential functional rural need to justify the provision of the proposed dwellings within this countryside location. The sustainability credentials of the design of the proposed dwellings combined with the cessation of the existing storage use of the site would fail to outweigh the inherently unsustainable location of the site for housing where opportunities to make necessary journeys by foot, cycle or public transport are severely limited and where future occupiers would be wholly reliant on private transport to access nearly all services, employment and facilities. As such the proposal would constitute an unsustainable form of residential development and would lead to an unjustifiable increase in new housing development within the countryside which would be incongruous in this location and detrimental to the rural character and appearance of the countryside which should be preserved for its own sake. For these reasons, the proposal would be contrary to Planning Policy Statement Nos 1, 3, and 7 and policies ENV7 and SS1 of the East of England Plan – Revision to the Regional Spatial Strategy, May 2008, policies En25, H23 and En17 of the Huntingdonshire Local Plan, 1995, policies CS1 and CS3 of the adopted Huntingdonshire Local Development Framework Core Strategy 2009 and policies E1, E8 and P7 of the Proposed Submission 2010.
Councillor D B Dew in the Chair
(b) Demolition of existing entrance and proposed extension to include new entrance, party room, office, restaurant and fitness suite for St. Ives Leisure Centre, St. Ivo Recreation Centre, Westwood Road, St. Ives – 12/00019/FUL
(Councillor J J Dutton declared a personal interest in the application as a Member of the District Council’s Leisure Forum.)
(Mr T Smith, objector and Mr S Bell, applicant addressed the Panel on the application.)
that the recommendation be approved subject to conditions to be determined by the Head of Planning Services to include those listed in paragraph 8 of the report now submitted to include time limit (3 years), material samples and hard and soft landscaping.
(c) Residential development with access road, open space and balancing pond, including demolition of existing buildings, Houghton Grange, Houghton ... view the full minutes text for item 64.
To consider a report by the Planning Service Manager (Development Management).
By reference to a report by the Planning Service Manager (Development Management), the Panel noted the outcome of nine appeals against refusal of planning permission by the District Council and the reasons for refusal in respect of two of the more notable cases.
Members were pleased to note that the Inspector had dismissed the appeal against the Council’s decision to refuse an application for four wind turbines on land west of Bicton Industrial Park, near Kimbolton but that the outcome of the appeal against the application for four wind turbines at Woolley Hill north of Ellington still was awaited.