Planning Applications Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 9 December 2015
Time:
10.30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
John Martin (Chairman) - Nith
Jim H Dempster (Vice-Chairman) - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Ian Blake - Abbey
Ian Carruthers - Annandale South
Archie Dryburgh - Annandale East and Eskdale
Andy Ferguson - North West Dumfries
Alistair Geddes - Mid Galloway
Patsy Gilroy - Dee
Jack Groom - Nith
Ivor A Hyslop - Lochar
Jane S Maitland - Dee
Tom A McAughtrie - Abbey
Jim McColm - Mid Galloway
David J McKie - North West Dumfries
Stephen Thompson - Annandale North
Alastair Witts - Nith
Officials:
Gillian McNaught - Governance Officer/Solicitor
David Suttie - Service Manager Planning
Judith Turnbull - Senior Planner
Apologies:
Iain Dick - Stranraer and North Rhins
Peter Diggle - Annandale North
Gail Macgregor - Annandale North
Ronnie E Ogilvie - Annandale South
John Syme - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

15 Members present, 5 apologies

 

PROCEDURE - David Suttie, Service Manager Planning, advised the Committee that the e-planning website had been down and the Council Technology Solutions Team were working on having this issue resolved as quickly as possible. Any applications where consultations were due to close would be given an extension.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

 

MEMBER - Ian Blake entered the meeting - 16 Members present

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 25 NOVEMBER 2015

Decision

 

APPROVED.

Applications Eligible for Speaking
4 FELLEND FARM, RINGFORD, CASTLE DOUGLAS - PLANNING APPLICATIONS FOR ERECTION OF SILAGE CLAMPS - RETROSPECTIVE [A] (15/P/2/0197) & [B] (15/P/2/0198)

PROCEDURE - The Committee were advised of an amendment to paragraph 4.6 of the report which should read “In order to ensure that sunlight is not significantly reduced at the adjacent property, a condition is recommended limiting the height of the silage Clamp A to be no higher than the immediately adjacent clamp walls”.

 

The Committee heard from Penelope Coles, J Widdop and P Widdop, Objectors and Robin Austin, Applicant.
 

Decision

 

DEFERRED applications [A] 15/P/2/0197 and [B] 15/P/2/0198 for a site visit to be arranged.

ITEM NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 SPEN STRATEGIC REINFORCEMENT PROJECT - PHASE 1 CONSULTATION ON PREFERRED CORRIDORS AND SITING OPTIONS

Decision

 

AGREED to submit the following comments to SPEN:-

 

1.   The present statement of why the project is needed is inadequate and relies too heavily on the fact that it is included in NPF3. The Council would expect SPEN to publish the Need Case for the project as soon as possible and certainly in advance of the 2nd public consultation.

 

2.   The Council would expect SPEN to take into account the views of local communities likely to be impacted by the route/options and to include residential amenity in their assessment.

 

3.   The Council would expect SPEN to more fully detail the economic impact, both positive and negative, of their proposals, with reference to the Council’s Regional Economic Strategy. Information on future maintenance (including health and safety issues) should be addressed.

 

4.   The Council would expect SPEN to take full account of the importance of the regional landscape quality of Dumfries and Galloway, and to give cognisance to the Council’s Landscape Character Assessment (plus associated guidance within the Dumfries and Galloway Wind Farm Landscape Capacity Study) as the Council considers that it is insufficient to refer only to national and European designated areas as key landscape constraints.

 

5.   With regard to the above, the Council expect SPEN to adopt all possible mitigation to avoid any adverse impact on the region’s sensitive landscape areas, including undergrounding and other routeing options, such as undersea routeing.

 

6.   At this stage, the Council expects SPEN to have an open mind on alternatives other than just the route corridor options shown in their consultation, and to fully assess and appraise options at this early stage rather than ruling them out. There is insufficient justification at this early stage for SPEN’s preferred corridor and the Council would urge them at this stage to undertake a fully open and transparent options appraisal.

 

7.   The Council requests that SPEN allow sufficient periods of time for the submission of comments during the second and third phases of public consultation and that the consultations should be undertaken in accordance with the National Standards for Community Engagement.

6 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.