MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE RADNORSHIRE PLANNING, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM COMMITTEE HELD AT THE GWALIA, LLANDRINDOD WELLS ON 6TH OCTOBER, 1999

PRESENT: County Councillor Mrs M.E. Morris (Chairman)

County Councillors A.E. Allen, G.R. Banks, F. Barker, R.W. Bevan, D.O. Evans, K.A. Harris, E.M. Jones, E. Kinsey-Pugh, M.A. Pugh, J.D.A. Thompson and G.M. Worts.

1. APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from County Councillors E.B. Oakley and K.J. Richards.

2. CHAIRMAN'S ANNONCEMENTS

The Chairman spoke in appreciation of ex Councillor Peter Speake who had resigned from Membership of the Council.

3. MINUTES

The Chairman was authorised to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on the 1st September, 1999 as a correct record subject to Councillor E. Kinsey- Pugh being recorded as having been present.

The Committee noted that during the debate on Application PR554600 (Pontfaen Farm, Farrington Lane, Knighton), the issue of sewage arrangements had been raised.

In relation to the Minutes of the Business Grants Sub-Committee meeting held on the 30th July, 1999, the Shire Planning Officer agreed to advise Members whether a visit had yet been arranged to the premises of Anita Marquetry.

4. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest in accordance with Section 94 of the Local Government Act 1972 or the National Code of Local Government Conduct.

5. BUSINESS GRANTS SUB-COMMITTEE

The Committee received Minutes of a Meeting of the Radnorshire Business Grants Sub-Committee held on the 7th September, 1999.

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE RADNORSHIRE BUSINESS GRANTS SUB-COMMITTEE HELD AT COUNTY HALL, LLANDRINDOD WELLS ON 7TH SEPTEMBER, 1999

PRESENT: County Councillor G.R. Banks (Chairman)

County Councillors D.O. Evans and G.M. Worts.

1. APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from County Councillors K. Harris, E. Kinsey-Pugh, E.M. Jones and Mrs M.E. Morris.

2. MINUTES

The Chairman was authorised to sign the Minutes of the last meeting held on the 30th July, 1999 as a correct record.

3. ACCESS TO INFORMATION

RESOLVED that pursuant to the provisions of Section 100(A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that there would be disclosure to them of exempt information under Schedule 12(A), Part 1, Sub Sections (50 & (7) of the above Act.

4. GRANT APPLICATION - MID WALES DEVELOPMENT GRANT

The Sub-Committee considered a report by the Shire Planning Officer upon an Application for a Mid Wales Development Grant. (Copy filed with the signed Minutes).

The Project related to the purchase and conversion of premises in order to allow the Company Prolease Ltd to relocate and expand, thus creating 6 new full time jobs. The Sub-Committee noted a supplementary report in which written confirmation was given from the Industrial Development Division of the National Assembly for Wales confirming the eligibility of the Project. The Sub-Committee also noted that works could not be started on refurbishment or relocation prior to grant approval, an issue which had been raised by the Local Member with the Chairman.

RESOLVED that a Mid Wales Development Grant of £19,500 be approved and paid to Mr Stuart Austin trading as Prolease in accordance with the report filed with the signed Minutes.

5. SMALL BUSINESS GRANT SCHEME

The Sub-Committee considered an Application for Powys Business Grant from Lynne Marson trading as The Flying Lettuce. The business which has received a Regional Enterprise Grant will design new technology for the growth of traditional salad crops through the winter months on a commercial basis.

Following consideration of the Grant and the experimental nature of the enterprise;

RESOLVED that a Start-up Grant of £1,000 be used to purchase equipment necessary and that such equipment be licensed to the business with out charge.

Prior to the consideration of the next Application from Designer Hand Weaving Company, the Chairman indicated that he would need to declare an interest. This would leave the Sub-Committee with only two Members including the Vice-Chairman who would need to take the Chair and the meeting would have no quorum.

Officers advised that there was no urgency in relation to the Application which could be dealt with at the next meeting which would be held within one month.

RESOLVED that the Application be deferred to the next meeting.


G.R. BANKS

Chairman

Arising thereon:

The Member for Knighton advised the Committee that, as mentioned at the Business Grants Meeting, works had already been started on the site. The Shire Planning Officer agreed to check on the status of this work and advise Members accordingly.

6. REPORT OF THE SHIRE PLANNING OFFICER

The Committee considered the report of the Shire Planning Officer on Planning Applications and other matters (copy filed with the signed Minutes).

Planning Applications

Details of the Applications for Planning Permission, together with the decisions of the Committee or of the Shire Planning Officer acting under delegated powers are appended to these Minutes :

Appendix 1 Decisions taken by the Committee on 6th October, 1999

Appendix 2 Decisions taken by the Shire Planning Officer acting under delegated powers.

Unauthorised Development

Llwyn Barn, Llanbister

The Llwyn Barn was situated in a relatively isolated position adjacent to a bridleway some 2 miles to the south-east of Llanbister. The site was accessed from the single track C1081 Class III Highway and the nearest dwelling was 380 metres away. During the course of 1999 regular gatherings of people and the playing of music had taken place, the most recent event having occurred on the 27th August, 1999.

That event had been witnessed by Officers of the Authority and the Dyfed Powys Police. A statement had recently been received from the Dyfed Powys Police indicating that a number of people attending the event had been between 150 and 200 and that 18 people had indicated they had paid for tickets at the price of £5.00 with a further 10 people indicating they intended to pay on the gate. The event could not therefore be construed as being a private party. It was clearly a business event and could in no way be construed as an activity ancillary to the residential enjoyment of the dwelling house. The activities caused both a noise nuisance in the area and a substantial increase in vehicular traffic along a highway which was poor both in its vertical and horizontal alignment.

Requisitions for information had been served to ascertain the precise nature of the activities on the site and the ownership. The owner had indicated that activities on the site would cease. However should a further event occur, then it was recommended that an Enforcement Notice be served.

Members were advised that the Environmental Health Department was looking into the need for a Public Entertainment Licence for the premises and was also considering statutory nuisance procedures.

Members expressed concern about the obstruction of the lane which would prevent Fire Engines from reaching both the Llwyn Barn and other properties in the lane.

RESOLVED that the Shire Planning Officer be authorised to serve an Enforcement Notice requiring cessation of the public entertainment and "Raves" in the interest of the aural amenity of the area and highway safety.

Tree Matters - Tree Preservation Orders and Works to Trees in Conservation Areas

1. Proposed Works to Trees within the Glasbury-on-Wye Conservation area - Glasbury House Education Centre

A request had been received for permission to carry out additional work to a number of trees within the grounds of Glasbury House Education Centre. This work was part of an ongoing programme which was being undertaken for health and safety as well as general maintenance purposes.

RESOLVED that the works requested be authorised.

2. Proposed Works to Trees within the Glasbury-on-Wye Conservation Area - Removal of Three Fruit Trees and 2 Hawthorns - Oaklands, Glasbury-on-Wye

A request had been received to fell three fruit trees and two hawthorns in the garden of Oaklands, Glasbury-on-Wye. A range of tree works had been approved by the Committee on the 6th January, 1999 and during the course of this work the extent of decay suffered by these five trees had become apparent. They were now to be felled rather than pruned as originally proposed.

RESOLVED that the request be approved.

Supplementary Matters

Local Authority Building Control - Cross Boundary Support

The Committee was advised that Building Control Sections throughout the Country had always suffered seasonal fluctuations in workload combined with the inability to accurately forecast the number of Building Regulation Applications to be submitted in any one year. The situation was sometimes aggravated by a shortage of skilled and experienced staff or by staff sickness. The Building Control Wales Forum, which represented all 22 Local Authorities in Wales, had decided to pursue a policy of cross boundary support to assist those Local Authorities who had found it necessary to seek help in order to fulfil their Building Control responsibilities. The concept of cross boundary support meant that where an Authority was suffering a shortage of staff or an increased workload a proportion of their building regulation applications could be passed to another Authority within Wales for initial checking. An agreed percentage of the deposited fee (expected to be 85%) was then payable to the checking Authority. This was likely to be considerably less than the fees charged for such work by the Private Sector.

RESOLVED that approval be given to the participation of this Authority in a scheme of cross boundary support for building regulation submissions subject to the following:

(i) the charge and any changes to be jointly agreed and implemented by all participating Authorities.

(ii) the referral Authority not to seek indemnity from the checking Authority in relation to any claim arising from their checking service as agreed by the Council's Insurers.

Common Wood, Old Radnor

The Planning Department had recently received expressions of concern from local residents and the Local Member regarding activities at Common Wood, a fourteen acre tract of forestry situated between Weythel Common and the B4594 Stanner to Gladestry highway.

As background to the case Members were advised that in the early 1990s the Forestry Authority had embarked on a programme of disposal of small areas of woodland throughout Wales. Powys County Council had entered into an agreement with the Secretary of State in 1995 to ensure open public access to the wood and this was binding on subsequent owners. Also included in the agreement was the standard clause regarding the right for future provision of public car parking and toilets if such were considered desirable. The current owners had indicated their desire to provide facilities related to public access in the future which would require planning permission but their immediate aim was to implement the Planting Agreement inherited when they purchased the land.

Since 1988 a system of permitted development rights had been in operation in terms of agriculture and forestry which exempted certain classes of development from the need to obtain planning permission with respect to forestry buildings and operations. Part 7 of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 allowed for a number of works and operations to be carried out on forestry land without planning permission but subject to a consultation procedure to determine whether impacts were sufficient to justify the need for planning approval. The Planning Authority had 28 days to make a determination and the procedure was a delegated one which did not involve the publicity and consultations required for Planning Applications.

On the 4th March, 1999 the consultation had been received from the current owners of Common Wood proposing the erection of two forestry buildings. The first was a tractor shed/store office building in the middle portion of the site and the second was a wood storage building at the northern end of the site in an area of cleared woodland. The Case Officer's conclusion had been that the visual / landscape impact of the proposals was acceptable and that the buildings were justified in terms of forestry practice. The Application had been determined to that effect on the 24th March, 1999.

During the Summer period there had been correspondence with the owners regarding their operations and intentions and two site inspections had been carried out, the latest having taken place on the 15th September, 1999. On that date the tractor / store shed was half completed and there were two linked mobile "homes" and a touring caravan in the vicinity of the building. Since forestry work per se has not commenced the permitted development right for seasonal workers' accommodation granted under Part 5 of Schedule 2 of the General Permitted Developments Order did not apply to the mobile home / caravan units. In any event the owners had given an address elsewhere as their residence. Officers had been advised that the mobile units were there to provide temporary accommodation and storage pending the completion of the building and would be removed once that facility was in use. On that basis the Units benefited from the permitted development right for temporary buildings / moveable structures granted by Part 4 of Schedule 2 of the Permitted Development Order. The same was not true for the touring caravan.

At the Site Meeting on the 15th September, 1999 the owners had outlined their intentions for enhancing public access to the wood and providing visitor attractions. The possibility of using the touring caravan for dispensing refreshments on site had been raised. The owners had been told that not withstanding the right of the public to gain informal access to the wood any development requiring Planning Permission would come up against the fact that the current vehicular access was severely substandard. They had been advised to seek a meeting with the County Highways Section with regard to future development proposals but in the meantime had agreed to take the touring caravan off site. Regarding complaints of pollution the owners had stated that the general public who had free access to all parts of the woodland and waterways used it wrongly as a rubbish dump and toilet. They noted from their deeds that the Local Council had responsibility for the disposal of rubbish and the Council if they deemed it necessary could erect a car park and public toilets to enhance the public's use and enjoyment of open air recreation. The owners did not yet have any toilet facilities of their own and used a 'portaloo', taking all waste daily to be emptied at Whitton. They had stated that their intentions towards Common Wood were to clean up this neglected environment and make it safe, pleasant and educational for all people while maintaining a natural balance for the flora and fauna and a protected habitat for some species.

Members were advised that with the exception of the presence of the touring caravan there was currently no breach of planning control at Common Wood. Members were also advised that the Environmental Health Officers were not concerned about pollution of the watercourses in the vicinity.

The Local Member advised the Committee that the total area of land involved was more than 14 acres. He had visited the site recently and had seen plastic bags full of rubbish, bottles and two television sets on the site.

Members expressed concern at the anomaly between the permitted development rights allowed for agricultural enterprises and for forestry enterprises. It was;

RESOLVED that the Committee's concerns relating to permitted development rights be registered with the Welsh Assembly with a request that the present anomalies be addressed.

The Committee was advised that the owners of Common Wood would be written to re-emphasising that on completion of the storage building the mobile homes must be removed and any further development which did not benefit from permitted development rights needed to be applied for and approved prior to it's commencement. The situation would continue to be monitored on a monthly basis.

The Unitary Development Plan for Powys

The Planning Department had commenced the preparation of the Unitary Development Plan for Powys. The Plan or UDP would eventually supersede the existing framework of Structure and Local Plans in the County outside the Brecon Beacons National Park and provide a basis for future land use planning decisions over the period 2001 - 2016.

In July a day Seminar had been held for County Council Members. The next stage was to widen the debate on key issues by undertaking external consultation with statutory bodies such as Town and Community Councils, Local Futures Round Tables and the general public. Consultation on the key issues would be carried out over a four week period which would probably commence in late October and finish in mid November. Immediately prior to and during this consultation period a range of activities and publicity would be given to promoting the UDP and to encourage active involvement in the debate. The main activities would include:

1. Deposit of the "Key Issues" Paper and detailed "Topic Papers" for public inspection in libraries and County Council Offices, including Divisional Offices.

2. The preparation of a leaflet and poster advertising the "Key Issues" consultation period which would be distributed to village shops, post offices, libraries, supermarkets, notice boards etc. across Powys. The leaflet and poster will notify and inform the general public on how and where to get involved. Community and Town Councils would be asked for help in distributing the leaflets and posters.

3. Preparation of a Press Release through the Council's Public Relations Unit.

4. Direct consultation with statutory consultees e.g. Town/Community Councils, Statutory Operators, adjacent Local Authorities, Local Futures Round Tables. Each would receive a copy of the Key Issues and Topic Papers.

5. Statutory consultees such as the utility operators would be given the opportunity to meet with the Planning Department's Development Plan Working Group to discuss issues of common interest.

6. A series of Powys-wide meetings would be held with representatives of all Community and Town Councils. For Brecknockshire and Radnorshire it was recommended that three meetings be held in Builth Wells, Llandrindod Wells and Brecon. Arrangements for these meetings were still being made and dates and times had yet to be set.

RESOLVED that the arrangements as set out in the report be approved.

A proposed timetable for production of the Powys Unitary Development Plan was included in the report. The next stage of the process would be to analyse responses to the consultation and use these as a basis for constructing draft strategy options and objectives. These would then be reported back to each of the appropriate Unitary Development Plan Working Parties.

8. SUCH OTHER ITEMS OF BUSINESS AS IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN WERE OF SUCH URGENCY AS TO WARRANT CONSIDERATION

1. Llwyn Piod

The Shire Planning Officer referred to a further Appeal relating to Llwyn Piod where the Planning Inspector had upheld the appeal to permit occupation for a further period due to exceptional personal circumstances. There appeared to be anomolies in the decision letter. Advice was being sought from the County Secretary and a further report would be brought back in due course.

The Shire Planning Officer was taking advice from the County Secretary and a report would be brought to the next meeting.

2. Site Inspection Advisory Panel Protocol

Arising from questions raised earlier in the meeting, the Principal Solicitor advised the Committee that the Site Inspection Panel had originally been set up as a Sub-Committee. An Ombudsman's case had then brought to the fore certain issues surrounding the holding of a Sub-Committee meeting including the requirement to give public notice, the right of the public to attend the meeting, to inspect background papers etc. Following a report to Committee in February 1999 an alteration to Standing Orders had been approved, whereby the Site Inspection Advisory Panel ceased to be a Sub-Committee. As the Site Inspection Advisory Panel was no longer a Sub-Committee a Member not appointed to it was not entitled to attend site inspections conducted by the Panel. However there might be an opportunity for a Member to attend if particularly appropriate as one of the two rota members. The Committee was reminded that the Local Member was always included as part of the Panel. It was further advised that the Shire Planning Officer or his representative was now a full member of the Panel.

3. "Rave" at Llwyn Piod

The Local Member referred to a "Rave" which had taken place at Llwyn Piod.

The Senior Development Control Officer advised the Committee that he had been on site with the Police and that a report would be brought to the next meeting.

4. Pentwyn

The Local Member advised the Committee that derelict buildings at the Pentwyn site appeared to be occupied.

The Shire Planning Officer advised Members that he had been on site and there was occupation. He would write a letter to the person and send a copy to the Local Member.





(MRS) M.E. MORRIS

Chairman

Radnorshire Planning 061099



APPENDIX 1

DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE 6TH OCTOBER, 1999

PR 4307

Applicant: Mr P. Kendrick, Cwmbrith, Cefnllys, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Location: Cwmbrith Isaf, Cefnllys, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Proposal: Erection of 2 holiday units and creation of new access (SO 06 SE [Outline])

The Senior Development Control Officer advised Members that a revised site plan had been received.

RESOLVED that the Application be approved subject to the conditions set out in the report which is filed with the signed Minutes except for condition 10 which shall be amended to read as follows :

"The period of each let shall be no longer than six weeks with no return occupation by the same holiday-maker for a period of two calendar months".

PR 1317/01

Applicant: T.L. Harris, Hendre Farm, Felindre, Knighton, Powys

Location: Medwaledd, Felindre, Knighton

Proposal: Erection of a cattle shed (SO 18 SW [Full])

The Head of Development Control advised Members of the contents of a letter received from the Applicant's Agents.

Referring to the proposed condition 2 the Local Member advised the Committee that the doors of the shed cleared the highway when fully open and would not cause any obstruction.

RESOLVED that the Application be approved subject to condition 1 set out in the report which is filed with the signed Minutes and to a note being added to the decision notice reminding the Applicant of the need to comply with the Control of Pollution (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Oil) Regulations 1991 (as amended) and the MAFF Code of Practice for the Protection of Water.




PR 148410

Applicant: Mr T. Miah, Dilraj, Emporium House, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Location: Dilraj, Emporium House, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Proposal: Sect. 73: Variation of condition 1 of planning consent R1484H to extend opening hours to 1.00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays (no takeaway after 11.30 p.m.) and to 11.30 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays (SO 06 SE [Variation of Condition])

RESOLVED that approval be given to the Variation of Condition 1 of Planning Permission R1484H to extend opening hours to 1.00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and to 11.30 p.m. on Sundays to Thursdays with no takeaway service to be operated after 11.30 p.m. on any given day. The extractor flue shall not be operated after 1.15 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings and no later than 11.45 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday evenings.

PR 454001

Applicant: Mrs C. Wozencraft, Nant Farm Barn , Hundred House, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Location: Nant Farm Barn, Hundred House, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Proposal: Change of use of redundant agricultural building to holiday accommodation unit (SO 15 NW [Full])

The Committee was advised that it would be necessary to add an additional condition to prevent overlooking of the existing holiday accommodation.

RESOLVED that the application be approved subject to the Conditions set out in the report which is filed with the signed Minutes except for condition 15 which is replaced by the following condition :

"15. The period of let shall be no longer than six weeks with no return occupation by the same holiday-maker for a period of two calendar months".

Also the addition of the following condition:

" No openings whatsoever shall be inserted into the south elevation of the holiday unit hereby permitted."

PR 534701

Applicant: Mrs D.N. Morris, Ger-y-Llyn, Lakeside, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Location: Part O.S. Plot 4424, Lakeside, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Proposal: Change of use of land to donkey sanctuary and Outline: erection of a dwelling and stable block (SO 06 SE [Full])

The Committee was advised that the Applicant had requested a deferral of the Application so that new information could be given to the Planning Officers.

RESOLVED that a decision on this Application be deferred for a meeting of the Site Inspection Advisory Panel which was being called due to the sensitivity of this site.

PR 556600

Applicant: The Samatha Trust, The Samatha Centre, Greenstreete, Llangunllo, Knighton

Location: The Samatha Trust, The Samatha Centre, Greenstreete, Llangunllo

Proposal: Construction of a pond for conservation (SO 27 SW [Full])

Some Members expressed concern at the danger of flooding which could be caused if this Application were approved.

RESOLVED that a decision on this Application be deferred for a meeting of the Site Inspection Advisory Panel and that Officers of the Highways Department and Land Drainage Section be present, the meeting being called due to the possible impact on highways and the adjoining land uses.

PR 556800

Applicant: Mr & Mrs J. Kinsey, Box Farm, Hundred House, Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Location: Part O.S. 3616 Churchfields, Cregrina, Llandrindod Wells

Proposal: Erection of 2 dwellings (SO 15 SW [Outline])

RESOLVED that the application be approved subject to the conditions set out in the report which is filed with the signed Minutes.



PR 558300

Applicant: Mr E.J. Evans, Dan-y-Coed, Aberedw, Builth Wells, Powys

Location: Land at Dan-y-Coed, Aberedw, Builth Wells, Powys

Proposal: Erection of 2 dwellings and creation of a new vehicular access (SO 04 NE [Outline])

The Local Member supported the Community Council's request for a site visit and their concerns about the parking problem in Aberedw.

RESOLVED that a decision on this Application be deferred for a meeting of the Site Inspection Advisory Panel due to the concerns over access and amenity referred to by the Community Council.

Deferred Applications

PR 495702

Applicant: Hornchurch Construction Ltd, Imperial Chambers, Widemarsh Street, Hereford

Location: Carmelite Land, Presteigne, Powys

Proposal: Erection of 46 dwellings and associated infrastructure, roads and pumping station (SO 36 SW)

The Committee was reminded that this Application had been deferred at the September meeting for further negotiations on the number of dwellings and the provision of an open space / informal play area and clarification on drainage and storage tank arrangements. The Committee was advised that a detailed layout plan had now been submitted by the Applicant showing 45 houses. A letter had been received from the Town Council expressing disappointment that the report had not included a green space and also that there was no pavement to be provided along the by-pass.

The Committee was further advised that the Applicant stated the School playing fields had a joint community use and therefore a play area on the site was not needed.

The Head of Development Control advised the Committee that the footpath through the School playing fields had been the subject of two applications for extinguishment which had failed although it might be diverted. It was considered too onerous to expect the Developer to provide a pavement along the by-pass, given the existence of the public footpath.

The Committee was advised that Welsh Water was prepared to adopt the balancing tanks and sewage and surface water drains and the pumping station.

A further letter of objection had also been received stating that if there was any further flooding as a result of the development, the objector would take legal action.

Referring to the detailed layout plan submitted by the Developer, the Head of Development Control advised the Committee that two houses had been removed from the original plan to provide green spaces and one more had been added. Officers did not consider this to be satisfactory. If the additional house were removed from the plan the layout would be considered acceptable at 44 houses.

The Local Member was of the opinion that up to 40 houses would be acceptable although he was still concerned about sewage and surface water.

The Shire Planning Officer advised the Committee that they should accept the advice of their statutory consultees about the acceptability of sewage and surface water arrangements.

Members were also advised that at 44 houses the density of development was comparable with developments elsewhere in the County and was considered reasonable by the Officers.

Several Members considered there should be a properly designated play area within the Site.

The Local Member moved refusal of the Application and this was duly seconded.

The Shire Planning Officer advised the Committee that they did not have a strong case for refusal and there was a possibility of costs being given against the Council.

On being put to the vote the motion of refusal was lost. It was subsequently;

RESOLVED that approval of the Application be delegated to the Shire Planning Officer subject to a reduction in the number of properties from 45 to 44, to the two green spaces being provided as shown on the revised plan and to the Committee's wish to have the footpath diverted along the edge of the playing field being noted.

Councillor Banks asked for his vote against the approval to be recorded.

PR 5562/00

Applicant: Mr J. Gamon, Paddles & Pedals, 15 Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford.

Location: OS 226425, adjacent to River Wye, Hay-on-Wye

Proposal: Change of use of land for canoe launch area and associated car parking (SO 24 SW [Full])

The Chairman, who wished to speak on the Application as Local Member, left the Chair and spoke from the floor. Councillor Worts took the Chair.

RESOLVED that a decision on the Application be deferred for clarification on the status of the access, for investigation of possible alternative access arrangements and for re-consultation on the Application.

PR 499702

Applicant: Mr & Mrs R. Geddes, Rangemoor, The Old Orchard, Upper Farm, Hope Bowdler, Church Stretton, Shropshire

Location: Site at old railway line, Pant y Dwr, Rhayader

Proposal: Construction of 2 Wildlife Pools (SN 97 NE)

The Community Council had expressed concern about the maintenance of a culvert which ran beneath the property below the proposed wildlife pools.

Members were advised that the Applicant had offered to carry out certain works to the culvert although this was not a planning matter and should not be given weight in the Committee's decision.

RESOLVED that the Application be approved subject to the conditions set out in the original report of the Shire Planning Officer.

PR 5353/01

Applicant: Sir Simon Gourlay, Hill House Farm, Knighton

Location: Hill House Farm, Knighton

Proposal: Variation of Condition 3 of PR 5353/00 to remove the gap between the non-electric and electric fences to give a minimum gap of 4 metres along the length of the bridleway (SO 37 SW)

This Application had been deferred at the September Committee meeting pending reconsultation following the submission of a letter from the Applicant suggesting a revised design for the fencing.

RESOLVED that the Application be refused for the following reasons:

(i) the removal of the condition would have an unacceptable adverse effect on public safety which could not adequately be overcome through the ameliorative measures proposed by the Applicant in his letters of 16th and 28th August, 1999.

(ii) the Applicant has provided no justification for the variation of the condition that would override the need to protect public safety.

PR 554600

Applicant: Hornchurch Construction Ltd, Imperial Chambers, Widemarsh Street, Hereford

Location: Pontfaen Farm, Farrignton Lane, Knighton

Proposal: Erection of 28 houses and associated infrastructure (SO 27 SE (amended 9/8/99)

This Application had been deferred at the September meeting for negotiations with the Applicant with a view to reducing the number of dwellings from 28 to between 10 and 12. In addition the Committee had wished to see a layout which reduced the perceived impact on adjoining dwellings and allowed for the retention of a sycamore tree on the site.

The Committee was advised that a letter and new layout plan had been received from the applicant amending the submission to be for a total of 26 properties. The Applicant's Agent had written to the effect that the number of dwellings applied for would not be reduced to the level suggested by the Committee. The revised layout plan had not yet been sent to consultees. Additional information had been received from Severn Trent stating that they wished to negotiate details of sewage arrangements with the developer.

The Local Member had carried out a vehicle count of movements at the junction of Farrington Lane with Ludlow Road that morning between the hours of 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. A total of 284 movements had taken place. Details of these movements were read to Members. He still considered an access onto Ludlow Road would be preferable to using Farrington Lane.

The Head of Development Control recommended caution in using figures contained as guidelines on housing numbers in the Local Plan as these were only approximate and detailed numbers on site needed to be arrived at by negotiation with the Developer. He also advised the Committee that the County Surveyor had given the opinion that if the junction was improved as proposed the full number of houses proposed on site could be constructed with a net advantage to be gained by improvement of the road junction.

RESOLVED that a decision on the Application be deferred for reconsultation on the Developer's revised layout plan

APPENDIX 2

APPLICATIONS DELEGATED TO SHIRE PLANNING OFFICER -

DECISIONS ISSUED FOR SEPTEMBER 1999
REF. NO.

DATE REC'D.

COM/DEL

APPLICATION DETAILS
DECISION

& DATE OF

DECISION

PR2113/18

30/07/99

Delegated

Full: Installation of five bar gate and pedestrian gate at 4 Fold Ffarm, Presteigne for C Turner, 16 Cefn Parc, Tredegar, Gwent, NP2 3PH CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

03/09/99

PR5576/00

02/08/99

Delegated

Full: Block up existing vehicular access and alteration to existing access and track to serve Rose Cottage and change of use of land to domestic curtilage at Rose Cottage, Norton, Prestiegne for Mr T P Southall, Garner Southall Partnership, 3 Broad Street, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1BL on behalf of Mr J Wilding, Old Impton, Norton, Presteigne, Powys CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

02/09/99

PR2904/03

14/07/99

Delegated

Full: Change of use of disused water treatment works to dwelling with larger water treatment rooms used for general agricultural use, internal and external alterations and creation of domestic curtilage at The Old water Works, Llandeilo Graban for I Jones, Ian Jones Architect, Meadow Breeze, Llanddew, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9ST on behalf of Mr M H Evans, The Wern Farm, Painscastle, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3JN CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

02/09/99

PR3834/03

22/07/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of paramount timber building for logs and garden equipment at Neuadd, Colva, Newchurch for Mr A Jennings, Browns of Wem Ltd, Four Lane Ends, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5VQ on behalf of Dr N Doggett, Eyeford, Upper Slaughter, Cheltenham, Glos, GL54 2JB CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

02/09/99

PR5551/01

13/07/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of attached cattle shed at Pendre, Painscastle, Builth Wells for A J Lloyd & Son, Pendre, Painscastle, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3JL CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

02/09/99

PR4206/03

17/06/99

Delegated

LBC: Demolition of ground floor single storey extension to rear and rebuild incorporating first floor extension and modification and alterations at 23a High Street, Knighton for Mr T P Southall, Garner Southall Partnership, 3 Broad Street, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1BL on behalf of Miss W Hall, 23A High Street, Knighton, Powys CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

03/09/99

PR5445/01

21/07/99

Delegated

Deemed: Construction of pitched roof over existing flat roof at Communal Area, St Edwards Close, Knighton for Evan George, Contracts Officer, Powys County Council CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

02/09/99

PR2907/03

07/07/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of first floor bathroom and bedroom extension to rear of property at 1 Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys for Mr T P Southall, Garner Southall Partnership, 3 Broad Street, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1BL on behalf of Mrs V Taylor, 1 Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

03/09/99

PR4539/01

13/07/99

Delegated

Outline: Erection of a dwelling at Part OS 0768, Rock Road, Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells for Mrs R Wilson, Abercamlo, Gravel Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6RH CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

02/09/99

PR2646/03

12/07/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of an extension and alterations to existing village hall at Gladestry Village Hall, Gladestry for Mr J Swabey, Powys County Council, County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG on behalf of Gladestry Village Hall, c/o Mr V Lloyd, Wain Wen, Gladestry, Kington, Nr. Hereford CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

03/09/99

PR5559/00

07/06/99

FulL: Removal of condition 7 (agricultural occupancy) of planning permission GD3848B at Bailey Mawr View, Penybont, Llandrindod Wells for Mr W Brown, Russell Baldwin & Bright, Commerce House, Station Crescent, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, on behalf of Mrs H Watson, Bailey Mawr View, Penybont, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5UD CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

07/09/99

PR4383/02

02/08/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of two domestic extensions including external alterations at Yew Tree Hall, Llanbister Road, Llandrindod Wells for Mr & Mrs J Ford, Yew Tree Hall, Llanbister Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6SR CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

08/09/99

PR236/36

26/07/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of a two storey dwelling with integral garage and creation of a new sharted access at Plot 1, Presteigne Road, Knighton for R A Jones Esq, 21 Norton Street, Knighton, Powys CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

10/09/99

PR236/37

29/07/99

Delegated

Detail: Erection of a two storey dwelling with integral garage at Plot 5, Grove Close, Presteigne Road, Knighton for Mr T P Southall, Garner Southall Partnership, 3 Broad Street, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1BL on behalf of Offa Developments Ltd, 4 West Street, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1EN CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

10/09/99

PR3489/01

10/08/99

Delegated

Full: Change of use of land to Village Green on land opposite Rhiw Gam, Abbeycwmhir for Mr J Berriman, Cross Cottage, Abbeycwmhir, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6PM on behalf of Abbeycwmhir Community Council CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

10/09/99

PR2429/12

23/07/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of a bungalow and detached garage and creation of a new access at Plots 3 & 4 OS 6078 Marteg Road, St Harmon Road, Rhayader for Garner Southall Partnership, Ashby House, Middleton Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys on behalf of Mr & Mrs Apps, Nantserth Bungalow, Llangurig Road, Rhayader, Powys CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

02/09/99

PR1471/02

23/08/99

Delegated

Full: Replace large picture window with two multi-pane period windows, render shop front to match adjacent rendering at St Martins, East Street, Rhayader for Mr W Morgan Lloyd, Gwelfryn, North Street, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5DD CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

22/09/99

PR2903/04

03/08/99

Delegated

Full: Change of use of ground floor from A1 shop to A2 information advice centre at Looney Tunes, Oxford House, High Street, Llandrindod Wells for Llandrindod Wells & District Volunteer Bureau, Sefton House, Middleton Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DG CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

22/09/99

PR5581/00

23/08/99

Delegated

Full: Conversion of vacant shop premises into 2 flats at Bridgend Buildings, Cwmdauddwr, Rhayader for Mr W Whalley, 5 Penpistyll, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5LB on behalf of Mr W Lloyd, Bridgend Buildings, Cwmdauddwr, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5AP CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

22/09/99

PR5579/00

20/08/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of a domestic 2 storey extension between two existing buildings at 1 Rose Cottage, Newbridge on Wye, Llandrindod Wells for Mr D Hughes, Hirfron, 10 Trewen, Llandinam, Powys, SY17 5BU on behalf of Mr S Taylor & Miss K Hughes, 1 Rose Cottage, Newbridge on Wye, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6LY CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

16/09/99

PR3903/26

13/07/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of a single storey dwelling at Plot 17, Meadow Rise, Crossgates, Llandrindod Wells for Ashley Building Consultants, Thornfield, Alexandra Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LS on behalf of Mr & Mrs D & S Jones, 8 Highfield Road, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 0DS CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

21/09/99

PR5552/00

20/05/99

Delegated

LBC: Replacement windows, new interior partitions, insertion of rooflight and repointing at Penrally Cottage, South Street, Rhayader for Ms E Morgan-Jones, Powys County Council, The Gwalia, Llandrindod Wells, Powys on behalf of Ms P Parker, Penrally Cottage, South Street, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5BH CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

15/09/99

PR5071/04

12/08/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of a dwelling at Plot 47, Goylands, Howey, Llandrindod Wells for Mr H Williams, Cheswardine, 10 Windsor Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7BB on behalf of Mr G Evans, Woodlands, Wellington Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

16/09/99

PR5578/00

09/08/99

Delegated

Full: Demolition of single storey extensions and erection of extension and alterations to existing house at The Rhos, Trewern, Old Radnor for Mr T P Southall, Garner Southall Partnership, 3 Broad Street, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1BL on behalf of Mr & Mrs S Barnes, Marteg, Kingswood, Kington, Herefordshire CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

15/09/99

PR2529/01

16/08/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of extension to existing village hall at Felindre Village Hall, Felindre, Nr. Knighton for Mr S Andrews, Powys County Council, County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG on behalf of Felindre Village Hall Committee, Avonlea, Felindre, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1YN CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

15/09/99

PR5574/00

30/07/99

Delegated

Full: Change of use of land to paddock and erection of field shelter at SO1140 Boughrood for Miss S Wheeler, Guadalest, Boughrood, Brecon, Powys, LD3 0BZ CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

15/09/99

PR1230/10

22/07/99

Delegated

Full: Demolition of agricultural building and erection of storage and packaging building in association with water bottling enterprise at Heartsease, Knighton, Powys for McCartneys, The Livestock Market, Ox Pasture, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 4AA on behalf of Mr J Watkins, Heartsease, Knighton, Powys, LD1 1LU CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

10/09/99

PR5276/01

17/08/99

Delegated

Full: Erection of stock/fodder shed at Beili Gof, St Harmon Road, Rhayader for Mr B Wilson, Erw-lon, East Street, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5DY CONDITIONAL

APPROVAL

16/09/99