Planning Applications Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 17 August 2017
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Jim H Dempster (Chairman) - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
John Campbell (Vice-Chairman) - Nith
Ian Blake - Abbey
Dougie Campbell - Dee and Glenkens
Ian Carruthers - Annandale South
Archie Dryburgh - Annandale East and Eskdale
Andy Ferguson - North West Dumfries
Patsy Gilroy - Dee and Glenkens
Andrew Giusti - Stranraer and the Rhins
Ivor A Hyslop - Lochar
David James - Castle Douglas and Crocketford
Jeff Leaver - Lochar
Jane S Maitland - Dee and Glenkens
John Martin - Nith
David J McKie - North West Dumfries
Elaine Murray - Nith
Ronnie Tait - Annandale East and Eskdale
John Young - Castle Douglas and Crocketford
Officials:
Robert Duncan - Team Leader Major Developments
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
Lindsey Little - Development Management Assistant
Billy Murray - Senior Planner
Andrew Nicholson - Archaeologist
David Suttie - Planning and Building Standards Manager
Apologies:
Douglas Fairbairn - Annandale North
Katie Hagmann - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Jim McColm - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

17 Members present, 3 apologies and 1 not present at the start of the meeting.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

2.1   John Campbell, Ian B Carruthers, Andy Ferguson and Ivor A Hyslop declared an interest in item 4 by virtue of the fact that they had all been approached by the applicant but had not given any comment on this application and as such had determined that their interest was such that they would remain in the meeting during consideration of this item.

 

2.2   John Martin declared an interest in item 4 by virtue of the fact the he knew an objector and had determined that his interest was such that he would remain in the meeting during consideration of this item.

 

2.3   Jim Dempster, Ivor A Hyslop, Jeff Leaver and Elaine Murray declared an interest in item 7 by virtue of the fact that they had all been approached by the applicant but had not given any comment on this application and as such had determined that their interest was such that they would remain in the meeting during consideration of this item

 

2.4   Ronnie Tait declared an interest in items 4 and 5 due to political interest in relation to Council elections and had determined that his interest was such that he would leave the meeting during consideration of these items.

3 MINUTE OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING OF 13 JULY 2017

Decision

 

APPROVED.

 

MEMBERS -Jim Dempster, Archie Dryburgh, Patsy Gilroy and Ronnie Tait left the meeting - 13 Members present

 

PROCEDURE - John Campbell assumed the role of Chairman.

APPLICATIONS CONTINUED FOLLOWING DEFERRAL FOR SITES VISITS (COMMITTEE IN SESSION)
4 LONGBURN WIND FARM, 7.2KM EAST OF CARSPHAIRN, CASTLE DOUGLAS - PLANNING APPLICATION FOR ERECTION OF WINDFARM (CAPACITY 23MW) COMPRISING 10 WIND TURBINES (MAX HEIGHT 134M TO BLADE TIP), SITE SUBSTATION, METEOROLOGICAL MAST (MAX HEIGHT 80M), TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION COMPOUNDS AND FORMATION OF HARDSTANDING, WATER COURSE CROSSINGS, ACCESS ON TO B729 AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE (16/P/2/0187)

PROCEDURE - Members were advised that this application had already been the subject of public speaking at a previous meeting and that only those Members who were present and had heard the representations could vote on this application should the Committee determine to divide being:

 

John Campbell, Dougie Campbell, Ian B Carruthers, Andy Ferguson, Andrew Giusti, Ivor A Hyslop, David James, Jeff Leaver, Jane S Maitland, John Martin, David J McKie, Elaine Murray and John Young.
 

VOTE

 

4.1   MOTION by IVOR A HYSLOP seconded by ANDREW GIUSTI to approve application 16/P/2/0187 as an exception to policy on the grounds that due to the particular siting of this development being in a hollow, it would not have a significant detrimental landscape or visual impact or cumulative effect and the socio-economic benefits would outweigh any adverse effects at this location.

 

4.2   AMENDMENT by JANE S MAITLAND seconded by DAVID JAMES to refuse application 16/P/2/0187 on the grounds as detailed in the report.

 

4.3   On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:

 

Motion - 5 votes being:

 

John Campbell, Ian B Carruthers, Andy Ferguson, Andrew Giusti and Ivor A Hyslop.

 

Amendment - 7 votes being:

 

Dougie Campbell, David James, Jeff Leaver, Jane S Maitland, John Martin, David J McKie and John Young.

 

Abstention - 1 vote being:

 

Elaine Murray.
 

Decision

 

REFUSED application 16/P/2/0187 on the grounds as detailed in the report.

 

MEMBERS - Jim Dempster, Archie Dryburgh and Patsy Gilroy re-entered the meeting - 16 Members present

 

MEMBERS - Ian Blake entered the meeting and Andrew Giusti left the meeting - 16 Members present

 

PROCEDURE - Jim H Dempster resumed the role of Chairman.

Applications Eligible for Speaking
5 CROSSDYKES FARM, LOCKERBIE - PLANNING APPLICATION FOR ERECTION OF 15 WIND TURBINES, 1 METEOROLOGICAL MAST (80M HIGH), CONTROL ROOM AND SUB STATION BUILDING, TEMPORARY CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT, FORMATION OF 2 BORROW PITS, 2 TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION COMPOUNDS, CRANE STANDINGS, NEW ACCESS ONTO C80A, ACCESS TRACKS AND ASSOCIATED WORKS NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH CONDITIONS 16 (POSITIONS OF WIND TURBINES, TRACKS AND CRANE PADS) AND 18 (SIZE AND SPECIFICATION DETAILS OF PROPOSED WIND TURBINES) OF PLANNING PERMISSION REF 15/P/4/0142 (17/0145/FUL)

The Committee heard from Alastair Yule, Applicant.

 

Decision

 

APPROVED application 17/0145/FUL subject to (A) the successful completion of the appropriate legal agreements within 6 months of the date of the decision or any extended timescale as agreed by the appointed officer and (B) conditions as detailed in the report.

 

MEMBER - Ronnie Tait re-entered the meeting - 17 Members present

6 PORT LOGAN BAY HOTEL PORT LOGAN - PLANNING APPLICATION FOR ALTERATIONS AND EXTENSIONS TO HOTEL AND FORMATION OF AN EXTRA 7 CAR PARKING SPACES OPPOSITE (14/P/1/0495)

The Committee heard from Richard Blakemore, Objector.

 

Decision

 

APPROVED application 14/P/1/0495 subject to conditions as detailed in the report.

Applications not Eligible for Speaking
7 CURRIE EUROPEAN OFFICES AND TRUCK PARK, OFF A701, LOCHARBRIGGS, DUMFRIES - APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION IN PRINCIPLE FOR RESIDENTIAL AND RETAIL MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT (16/1850/PIP)

VOTE

 

7.1   MOTION by IAN B CARRUTHERS seconded by ANDY FERGUSON to approve application 16/1850/PIP subject to (A) the successful completion of the appropriate legal agreements within 6 months of the date of the decision or any extended timescale as agreed by the appointed officer and (B) conditions as detailed in the report and AGREED for any future applications to be brought back to this Committee for determination.

 

7.2   AMENDMENT by JANE S MAITLAND seconded by DAVID JAMES to refuse application 16/1850/PIP on the grounds that this application is premature in that LDP Policy ED1a sections 2 and 3 have not been met and in addition Policy ED9 has not being fully complied with as no retail impact assessment of the development had been made.

 

7.3   On a vote being taken by roll call, Members votes as follows:

 

Motion - 13 Members being:

 

Jim H Dempster, John Campbell, Dougie Campbell, Ian B Carruthers, Archie Dryburgh, Andy Ferguson, Patsy Gilroy, Ivor A Hyslop, Jeff Leaver, David J McKie, Elaine Murray, Ronnie Tait and John Young.

 

Amendment - 3 votes being:

 

David James, Jane S Maitland and John Martin.

 

Abstention - 1 vote being:

 

Ian Blake.
 

Decision

 

APPROVED application 16/1850/PIP subject to (A) the successful completion of the appropriate legal agreements within 6 months of the date of the decision or any extended timescale as agreed by the appointed officer and (B) conditions as detailed in the report and AGREED for any future applications to be brought back to this Committee for determination.

8 KIRK WYND CEMETERY, LANGHOLM - LISTED BUILDING CONSENT APPLICATION FOR TAKING DOWN AND REBUILDING OF 30 METRES OF BOUNDARY WALL (17/0928/LBC)

MEMBERS - David James, Jane S Maitland and John Martin left the meeting during consideration of this item - 14 Members present

 

VOTE

 

8.1   MOTION by IAN B CARRUTHERS seconded by IAN BLAKE to defer consideration of application 17/0928/LBC for further information on why works have been carried out prior to determination.

 

8.2   AMENDMENT by IVOR A HYSLOP seconded by ELAINE MURRAY to approve application 17/0928/LBC unconditionally.

 

8.3   On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:

 

Motion - 4 votes being:

 

Ian Blake, Ian B Carruthers, Patsy Gilroy and Ronnie Tait.

 

Amendment - 10 votes being:

 

Jim H Dempster, John Campbell, Dougie Campbell, Archie Dryburgh, Andy Ferguson, Ivor A Hyslop, Jeff Leaver, David J McKie, Elaine Murray and John Young.
 

Decision

 

APPROVED application 17/0928/LBC unconditionally and AGREED for the Planning and Building Standards Manager to relay to the relevant department the Committee’s dissatisfaction at works being carried out prior to the Committee being able to consider the application and to seek an explanation as to why this had taken place, with any response to be circulate to all Committee Members for information.

APPEAL DECISION (FOR NOTING ONLY)
9 PLOT 2, LAND ADJACENT TO 3 CRANNOG ROAD, LOCHFOOT, DUMFRIES - PLANNING APPLICATION FOR ERECTION OF DWELLINGHOUSE WITH INTEGRAL GARAGE AND FORMATION OF ACCESS (16/P/2/0202)

Decision

 

NOTED the appeal for application 16/P/2/0202 was dismissed.

10 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.