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Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Friday, 13th July, 2018 4.00 pm

With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall

Contact: Ken Bickerton  Committee Officer

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Items
No. Item

10.

Apologies for absence

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Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors I David Bithell MBE, Michael Dixon, Marc Jones, John Phillips and Ronnie Prince.

11.

Bereavement

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The Chair referred to the recent death of the Planning Control Manager’s father and extended the Committee’s deepest sympathy to his family.  Members and officers stood in silenced as a mark of respect.

12.

Declarations of personal interests, if any

Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare the existence and nature of any personal interest in respect of any of the business to be transacted at this meeting

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Members were reminded of their responsibility, under paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare any interests in relation to any business to be transacted at this meeting.  The following declarations were made:

                                                                                        

Agenda Item 5 – Site Inspection B

 

Councillor Paul Pemberton  – Personal and Prejudicial – Application Code No. P/2017/0799 having pre-determined the application. The Councillor withdrew from the meeting for this item taking no part in the discussion and voting thereon.

 

Councillor Paul Roberts  – Personal and Prejudicial – Application Code No. P/2017/0799 having pre-determined the application. The Councillor withdrew from the meeting for this item taking no part in the discussion and voting thereon.

13.

Variation in Order of Agenda

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RESOLVED – That, due to two Members having to leave the meeting by 5.30pm, consideration of Planning Application P/2017/0799 be brought forward and considered at this time.

14.

Site B Application Code No. P/2017/0799 - Proposed intensive poultry installation and all associated works on land at Mulsford Farm, Sarn, Malpas, Wrexham.

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(Members declaration of interest in relation to this matter are set out in Minute  12 above).

 

(Councillor J R Skelland was present as Local Member)

 

During the site inspection Members viewed the application site from various vantage points including the location of the proposed new access onto Queensford.

 

The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report in respect of the above-mentioned application and the Planning Control Lead explained the proposal to Members of the Committee.  He reported that two further objections to the application had been received and he drew Members’ attention to their contents.

 

The Local Member commented upon the planning history of the site and indicated his objection to the application as, in his opinion, the proposed buildings due to their scale and siting would have an adverse impact upon the character of the Special Landscape Area at this location.  In addition, traffic generation, ligt emission and noise from the development would have a detrimental impact on the amenity of occupiers of nearby residential properties.  Therefore, he requested that permission be refused.

 

During consideration of the application Members considered the local highway infrastructure, scale and the visual and amenity impact of the development on the surrounding area.  Several Members commented that due to its scale, the development would have an adverse impact upon the Special Landscape Area and recommended that the application be refused. 

 

After hearing the views of Members it was

 

RESOLVED – That permission be REFUSED

 

Reason

 

Due to its scale the development will have an adverse impact upon the Special Landscape Area and therefore conflicts with policies GDP1 (a) and EC5 of the adopted Wrexham Unitary Development Plan.

15.

Site A (i) Application Code No. P/2017/0623 - Change of use and conversion of barns to 13 residential units, including part demolition, access and parking arrangements at Broad Oak Farm, Llyndir Lane, Rossett, Wrexham.

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The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report in respect of the above-mentioned application and the Planning Control Lead explained the proposal to Members of the Committee.  He reported that since the Planning Committee meeting, the Highways department had agreed a scheme of highways improvements with the applicant, therefore, proposed Reasons 3 and 4 for refusal could be deleted.

 

The Chair drew Members’ attention to written representations received from the Local Member (Councillor Hugh Jones) who had apologised for not being able to attend the meeting.  The matters raised referred to both this application and to Application Code No. P/2018/0223. 

 

The Local Member indicated his support for the application as the proposed development would provide much needed, relatively affordable homes on an essentially brown field site.  The application had been developed following full pre-planning consultation with the planning department and the highway issues have been resolved.  The site has been an eyesore for some time and the Community Council also supported it’s redevelopment.

 

During consideration of the application, several Members commented upon the varying levels of rebuilding and alteration works required to individual buildings in order to facilitate their conversion into residential units.  Some of the buildings could be sympathetically converted, however, the required work to restore other buildings to a habitable condition would be tantamount to the erection of new dwellings outside a settlement limit.  Several Members commented that a revised scheme, possibly with a reduction in the number of residential units, may be more acceptable.  It was proposed that further consideration of the application be deferred to allow the applicant time to discuss with the Head of Environment and Planning possible amendments to the development to address the concerns raised by Members at the meeting.  This was agreed by the Committee.

 

RESOLVED – That consideration of the application be DEFERRED to allow the applicant time to discuss with the Head of Environment and Planning possible amendments to the development to address the concerns raised by Members so that the application could be considered by the Committee on the basis of the fullest information possible.

16.

Site A (ii) Application Code No. P/2018/0223 - Conversion of barns (including part demolition) to form 5 No. dwellings, access arrangements and associated works at Broad Oak Farm, Llyndir Lane, Rossett, Wrexham.

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The Head of Environment and Planning submitted a report in respect of the above-mentioned application and the Planning Lead explained the proposal to Members of the Committee. 

 

This application was related to Application Code No. P/2017/0623 above.

 

RESOLVED – That consideration of the application be DEFERRED to allow the applicant time to discuss with the Head of Environment and Planning possible amendments to the development to address the concerns raised by Members so that the application could be considered by the Committee on the basis of the fullest information possible.