Agenda item

Schedule of Planning Applications (Agenda Item 9)

To consider the Schedule of Planning Applications:

 

Item No

Applicant

Parish

Page No

1

Mr T Wells

Watton

16-19

2

Mrs J Mysko

North Tuddenham

20-22

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the applications be determined as follows:

 

(a)       Item 1: 3PL/2008/1622/O: Watton: 10 Monkhams Drive: Demolition of bungalow, creation of new access and erection of 8 new dwellings with garages for Mr T Wells

 

Councillor C Bowes declared a personal and prejudicial interest in this item and left the room whilst it was discussed.

 

This was an outline application with only access to be considered. 

 

Members were shown a map with the site highlighted and an adjacent site also outlined which was for a similar application.  This had been received at a later date and would come to a future Development Control Committee.

 

The existing modest bungalow on site would be demolished.  A ditch which crossed the site would be piped.  An indicative layout showed that the access would lead onto a private drive through the site in cul-de-sac form.

 

It was pointed out that surrounding residential development was predominantly single or one-and-a-half storey.  Any overlooking and privacy issues would be addressed at the reserved matters stage, if outline approval was granted.

 

The density of the proposal was low and the Council’s Housing Officer had suggested that a higher density could include an affordable housing element.  However, officers felt that a higher density development would be out of character for the area and considered the current proposals acceptable.

 

Mrs Duggan, objector, said that she had lived adjacent to the site for 12 years.  She would have no objection to bungalows but if houses were permitted they would take away the natural light to her dwelling.

 

Mr Mawford, objector, was concerned about potential loss of privacy through overlooking; the maintenance of the hedges on the borders of the site; and flooding.  He showed photographs of the ditch full of water following recent rain.  Finally he raised concerns about health and safety due to the proximity of a commercial garage to the site.

 

Mr Wells, Agent, understood the concerns of the neighbours and said these could be addressed in due course.  He was present to answer questions.

 

A Member proposed that a condition be imposed limiting the development to a maximum of one-and-a-half storey dwellings and this was unanimously agreed.

 

Members were also keen to maintain the low density style of development.

 

Approved, as recommended, subject to additional conditions limiting the development to a maximum of eight dwellings, restricting the height to one-and-a-half storeys and that the indicative plan should be broadly followed.

 

(b)       Item 2: 3PL/2008/0073/F: North Tuddenham: Dale Tree Barns, Low Road: Removal of condition 5 on pp 3PL/2005/1274/F to allow annex to be used as separate dwelling for Mrs J Mysko

 

This application was for the removal of a condition which restricted the annex to ancillary use only and prevented it from being sold, leased or sub-let separately from the main dwelling.

 

The applicant was the sister of the owner of the site and had inhabited the annex since 2006.  The owners were intending to sell.  If the applicant succeeded in having the condition removed the land would be sub-divided and she would buy the annex and stay in residence.

 

Although policy permitted annexes in the countryside, the creation of new dwellings was resisted except where there was special justification.  Personal circumstances did not provide sufficient justification.  The application was therefore recommended for refusal.

 

Mr Stapleton, from the Parish Council, was concerned that similar applications had been refused in the past.  The Parish Council did not want people to have to leave the village, but needed clarification of the policy in these circumstances.

 

Mrs Mysko, applicant, said there had been no objection to the annex or her occupation of it since 2006.  The conversion had created a barn style property which did not impact on the local environment and extensive tree planting had enhanced the landscape.  Her sister had paid Council Tax on the annex since it was built. 

 

A local Member said he had visited the site and the annex was separated from the main building by quite a distance and could be separated easily.  His only concern was that the footprint of the property could increase if the restriction was lifted.

 

Other Members felt that if the restriction was lifted in this case it would encourage more applications for annexes which might then become separate dwellings in the countryside.  They felt that the policy should not be undermined.

 

Refused, as recommended.

 

Notes to the Schedule

 

Item No

Speaker

1

Mrs Duggan – Objector

Mr Mawford – Objector

Mr Wells - Agent

2

Mr Stapleton – Parish Council

Mrs Mysko - Applicant

 

Written representations taken into account

 

Reference No

No of Representations

3PL/2008/1622/O

10

3PL/2009/0073/F

1

 

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