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85.

Public Participation Period

Up to 15 minutes are allowed for public participation.  Participants are restricted to 3 minutes each.

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The Chairman stated that there was one registered speaker under the Public Participation Scheme, Mr Don Westman, who was invited to address the Committee as follows:-

 

“This is a summary of my experience in objecting to a recent planning application for a development adjacent to the Ridings in Market Rasen, which was passed at the last planning meeting.

 

I have recently retired from around 40 years of public service in environmental protection. During that time I have made numerous technical comments on planning applications, including at a public enquiry. I always believed that due diligence would be given to all comments received by councils in making a decision.

 

My recent experience with the determination of the Ridings application has dramatically changed that opinion. Despite considerable evidence of a significant flood risk to existing properties, permission was granted. The FRA does not take into account a flooding threat from a nearby spring which has caused flooding in the past.

 

LCC held a site meeting and reported that there were several matters for which further discussion and clarification were required’ via a multi-agency approach, to include WLDC.

 

It was announced at the planning meeting that due to LCC concerns a drainage condition was to be imposed, but this did not appear to reference the spring which runs over the site into the Ridings.

 

I have twice sought clarification of this from West Lindsey but have had no response. I cannot even see any drainage condition in the minutes.

 

I have had several issues with WLDC including:-

 

poor customer service, including lack of engagement/response to emails rude and aggressive tones on the phone; and

 

reading out the wrong statement from me at the last planning meeting, and a failure to attend a site meeting to discuss flood risk, which was arranged by Lincolnshire County Council as Lead Local Flood Authority.

 

I am shocked, extremely frustrated and very disappointed that West Lindsey planning officers refused to engage regarding the serious flood risk concerns in the Ridings. Market Rasen has enough issues with flooding, as reported on “Look North” in August, without more issues being created by inadequate planning control. I have therefore lost all confidence in the planning system.

 

I have serious concerns that more people in Market Rasen will now be flooded as a result of this, and other flawed planning decisions. The current surface water flood risk map for this area shows how recent development has not been properly controlled in this respect. I feel existing residents have been let down badly by public servants, whose duty it is to protect their interests, as part of the planning process.

 

Could WLDC please update concerned residents regarding the position on the drainage issues as referenced above?”

 

The Chairman stated that he would ask the Development Management Team Manager to look in detail at Mr Westman’s comments and respond accordingly.  The Chairman also suggested that Mr Westman could, if he wished, pursue a formal complaint via the Council’s Complaints Procedure, the details  ...  view the full minutes text for item 85.

86.

To Approve the Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 514 KB

i)      Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 30 November 2022, previously circulated.

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday, 30 November 2022 be confirmed and signed as an accurate record.

 

87.

Declarations of Interest

Members may make any declarations of interest at this point but may also make them at any time during the course of the meeting.

 

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Councillor Mrs J Rainsforth declared a non-pecuniary interest, in relation to agenda item 6c, application number 145770 stating that the Trinity Arts Centre was within her Ward.  Councillor Mrs Rainsforth indicated that she had not called the application in and had an open mind.  Thus she would remain as a Member of the Planning Committee and vote on the application.

 

Councillor P Morris declared a non-pecuniary interest, in relation to agenda item 6a, application number 145360, stating that as he had been unable to attend the site meeting he would abstain from speaking and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Dobbie declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6c, application number 145770, as a member of Gainsborough Town Council which had previously considered the application, and he would leave the meeting before the vote was taken on this item.

 

Councillor Dobbie declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6d, application number 145890, as a member of Gainsborough Town Council which had previously discussed this application and he would leave the meeting before the vote was taken.

 

88.

Update on Government/Local Changes in Planning Policy

 

Note – the status of Neighbourhood Plans in the District may be found via this link

https://www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/my-services/planning-and-building/neighbourhood-planning/

 

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The Development Management Team Manager reported that the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill was due its second reading in the House of Lords on the 17 January 2023.  Last month, the Secretary of State, had given a written ministerial statement outlining some of the proposed changes to the Bill.  If local authorities had an up-to-date Local Plan, it would no longer be necessary to show a deliverable 5 year housing land supply.  The statement had also indicated that local authorities would have more freedom to refuse planning applications from developers who had a track record of delaying building and from developers who persistently flouted the planning rules. 

 

Consultation on reforms to the National Planning Policy Framework had started in December 2022 and would run until the beginning of March 2023.  This referred to housing delivery becoming a material consideration in the determination of planning applications as well as the need to give sufficient weight to energy efficiency provisions in relation to the construction of new buildings.

 

In addition local authorities would be able to consider applications for on shore wind farms on sites not designated for such developments in Local Plans.

 

The Central Lincolnshire Local Plan had now completed its examination in public and was moving ever more closely to formal adoption.  It was not expected that the Government planning policy changes referred to above would have any detrimental impact on the emerging Local plan.

 

With regard to local issues the Development Management Team Manager advised the Committee of the progress of recent Neighbourhood Plans as follows:-

 

Hemswell and Harpswell NP: Successful examination in public; arrangements in hand for a local referendum.

 

Hemswell Cliff NP: Successful at examination; responses document available for inspection; process to appoint Inspector underway.

 

Keelby NP: successful at examination; responses document available for inspection; process to appoint Inspector underway.

 

89.

145360 - Land to the rear of Marquis of Granby, High Street, Waddingham pdf icon PDF 228 KB

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The Chairman introduced the first application of the meeting, application number 145360, for the erection of 7 dwellings and associated infrastructure on land to the rear of the Marquis of Granby, Waddingham. This application had been referred to the Committee following objections from Waddingham Parish Council, the local Ward Member and other third parties.  The application had been deferred on 30 November 2022 to enable a site visit to take place.  The Planning Officer gave a short presentation on the scheme which included any relevant history relating to the site, brief details of the representations received and consultation with statutory consultees.

 

Note:              Councillor R. Patterson entered the Chamber at 6.48 pm.

 

The Chairman advised that there were four registered speakers for the application. He invited the Democratic and Civic Officer to read aloud the submitted statement from the first speaker, the Chairman of Waddingham Parish Council, Councillor Lauretta Williams. The following statement was read.

 

“I have watched the live feed of last month’s committee meeting and am concerned about how the comment from Waddingham Parish Council was construed.   Cllr. Dobby’s comment indicates that he took the Waddingham Parish Council comment to mean that the Waddingham Parish Council approves of this development.

Can I please make it clear Waddingham Parish Council has always been against this development as evidenced by the comments made previously to 145360 and previous applications 129108 (2012), 130898 (2014), 138660 (2018), 143052 (2021). Please note that 136796 included some apposite internal West Lindsey comments on the trees.

The latest comment sent to the WL Planning Officer last month does not indicate approval of the development by Waddingham Parish Council. Waddingham Parish Council will approve of the amendments, conditions and conclusions noted in the report, that must mitigate against the problems previously identified by Waddingham Parish Council and residents and confirmed in the Planning Officers report. That depends of course on them being valid and sufficiently detailed and carried out comprehensively and properly monitored. It also depends on the conditions and actions being fully effective at removing the problems, especially with respect to scale, appearance, environmental protection, drainage and flood risk.

On the visit to the site it was observed that even though there had not been much rain the site had many puddles where previous rain had not drained away and the ground was extremely muddy. It was also noted that the proposed storage tank for rainwater is located at almost the highest point of the building site and so would not prevent run off water from running down the slope and into the neighbouring properties without a system of drains, pumps and piping designed to pump the water uphill.

We hope that any specialist reports and suggestions are accurate and offer the best solutions for resolution of the problems identified, especially with respect to drainage and flood risk.  The solution being offered by the current developer to store drainage water in a tank which is then pumped into the main drains does not seem to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 89.

90.

145096 - Hybrid Planning Application for proposed 57km pipeline scheme between Elsham and Lincoln pdf icon PDF 161 KB

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The Chairman introduced the next application of the meeting, application number 145096, a hybrid planning application by Anglian Water Services for a 57km Potable (drinking water) pipeline between Elsham and Lincoln.  The proposed scheme covered an area of 368.56 hectares with the pipeline running in a north-south alignment from Elsham to the north of Lincoln. At the northern extent of the proposed pipeline route, the pipeline would run south from a proposed new covered reservoir and pumping station at Elsham to an existing pumping station at Waddington.

 

The development would include a new 1.5km pipeline to the north of Welton, connecting the proposed Elsham to Lincoln pipeline to the existing Welton water treatment works site.  This was a full planning application.  The outline application was for additional above ground infrastructure at the Welton treatment works, with all matters reserved apart from access.

 

The planning application boundary crossed the four local planning authority administrative areas of North Lincolnshire Council, West Lindsey District Council, the City of Lincoln and North Kesteven District Council.  The largest area of the proposed scheme fell within the administrative boundary of West Lindsey District Council (230.78 hectares).  81.46 hectares fell within North Lincolnshire, 54.19 hectares within North Kesteven District Council and 2.13 hectares within the City of Lincoln.

 

The Planning Officer reported that condition 2 as printed in the report, was no longer necessary.  The condition had been imposed because the Highway Authority had wanted visibility displays.  However the Highway Authority had subsequently indicated that these were no longer necessary.  The additional drawing referred to in condition two would be included in the list of drawings contained within the report.

 

Discussion ensued, during which Members raised multiple points, which included other similar projects in adjacent authorities, the vital importance of infrastructure, and the support that it would provide to Lincoln and Lincolnshire villages.

 

It was proposed and seconded that permission for the full and outline applications be GRANTED subject to the following conditions:

 

Conditions stating the time by which the development must be commenced:

 

1. The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

 

Reason: To conform with Section 91 (1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

 

Conditions which apply or require matters to be agreed before the development commenced:

 

None

 

Conditions which apply or are to be observed during the course of the development:

 

2.With the exception of the detailed matters referred to by the conditions of this consent, the development hereby approved shall be carried out in accordance with the following drawings:

 

Figure 2.1 Scheme Overview

Drawing No. 07640-100005-ELSINTM-XXX-MAP-T-0001

 

Scheme Location Plan Sheet 1 of 2

Drawing No. 07640-100005-ELSINTM-TWT-MAP-T1-0001

 

Scheme Location Plan Sheet 2 of 2

Drawing No. 07640-100005-ELSINTM-TWT-MAP-T1-0002

 

ELW – Welton New Connection

Drawing No. 07640-100005-ELSINTM-ZZZ-PLN-T-0009

Proposed Site Layout Plan Sheet 3 of 21 Rev P01

Drawing No. 07640-100005-ELSINTM-ZZZ-PLN-T-0012

 

Proposed Site Layout Plan Sheet 4 of 21 Rev P01

Drawing No. 07640-100005-ELSINTM-ZZZ-PLN-T-0013

 

Proposed Site Layout Plan Sheet  ...  view the full minutes text for item 90.

91.

145770 - Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough pdf icon PDF 90 KB

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The Chairman introduced the next application of the meeting, application number 145770 which sought Listed Building Consent for the alteration and refurbishment of an existing external door to include the renewal of ironmongery, including a door closer, replacement of the fire door seals, redecoration and the re-fixing of existing signage, in order to meet the fire safety requirements for the building.

 

Note:              Councillor D. Dobbie left the Chamber at 7.35 pm.

 

It was proposed and seconded that Listed Building Consent be GRANTED subject to the following conditions:

 

Conditions stating the time by which the development must be commenced:

 

1.    The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

 

Reason: To conform with Section 18(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (as amended).

 

Conditions which apply or require matters to be agreed before the development commenced: 

 

None.

 

Conditions which apply or are to be observed during the course of the development:

 

2.    With the exception of the detailed matters referred to by the conditions of this consent, the development hereby approved shall be carried out in accordance with the following drawings: 

  1. RD:5029-01 Rev D dated 25/07/2022.
  2. RD:5029-03 Rev A dated 28/03/2022.
  3. RD:5029-04 dated September 2022.

 

The works shall be carried out in accordance with the details shown on the approved plans and in any other approved documents forming part of the application.

 

Reason: To ensure the work proceeds in accordance with the approved plans in accordance with section 17 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (as amended).

3.    The ironmongery shall match those stated on ‘Ironmongery details email’ received 14th December 2022.

Reason: To ensure that special regard is paid to protecting the special architectural and historic interest and integrity of the building under Section 16 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

4.    All new internal works and finishes and works of making good to the retained fabric, shall match the existing original work in respect of detailed execution and finished appearance unless otherwise approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Reason: To ensure that special regard is paid to protecting the special architectural and historic interest and integrity of the building under Section 16 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

Note:              Councillor D. Dobbie returned to the Chamber at 7.35 pm.

 

92.

145890 - Gainsborough Town Centre, Gainsborough pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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The Chairman introduced the next application of the meeting, planning application 145890 seeking Advertisement Consent for new wayfinding signage in Gainsborough.  The application proposed two new freestanding aluminium map monoliths of approximately 2.2 metres in height, 0.65 metres in width and 0.14 metres in depth.  The signs would contain white text on a blue and black background.

 

Note:              Councillor D. Dobbie left the Chamber at 7.36 pm.

 

Having received a report from the Development Management Manager, it was proposed and seconded that Advertisement Consent be GRANTED subject to the following conditions:

 

1.    The grant of express consent expires five years from the date of the grant of consent.

 

Reason: To comply with the requirements of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 2007.

 

2.    No advertisement is to be displayed without the permission of the owner of the site or any other person with an interest in the site entitled to grant permission.

 

3.    No advertisement shall be sited or displayed so as to—

(a)         endanger persons using any highway, railway, waterway, dock, harbour or aerodrome (civil or military);

(b)         obscure, or hinder the ready interpretation of, any traffic sign, railway signal or aid to navigation by water or air; or

(c)          hinder the operation of any device used for the purpose of security or surveillance or for measuring the speed of any vehicle.

 

4.    Any advertisement displayed, and any site used for the display of advertisements, shall be maintained in a condition that does not impair the visual amenity of the site.

 

5.    Any structure or hoarding erected or used principally for the purpose of displaying advertisements shall be maintained in a condition that does not endanger the public.

 

6.    Where an advertisement is required under these Regulations to be removed, the site shall be left in a condition that does not endanger the public or impair visual amenity.

 

7.    With the exception of the detailed matters referred to by the conditions of this consent, the development hereby approved shall be carried out in accordance with the following drawings: Proposed Sign Details received 22/11/2022 and Map of Proposed Sign Locations received 2211/2022. The works shall be carried out in accordance with the details shown on the approved plans and in any other approved documents forming part of the application.

 

Reason: To ensure the development proceeds in accordance with the approved plans and to accord with the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

Note:              Councillor D. Dobbie returned to the Chamber at 7.38 pm.

 

93.

Determination of Appeals pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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The determination of appeals was NOTED.