Agenda, decisions and minutes

Planning and Orders Committee
Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 1.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Llangefni. View directions

Contact: Ann Holmes 01248 752518 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

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The apologies for absence were presented and were noted.

2.

Declaration of Interest

To receive any declaration of interest by any Member or Officer in respect of any item of business.

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Councillor Kenneth Hughes declared a personal and prejudicial interest with regard to application 12.2 on the agenda.

3.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 77 KB

To present the minutes of the previous meeting of the Planning and Orders Committee held on 3 October, 2018.

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The minutes of the previous meeting of the Planning and Orders Committee held on the 3 October, 2018 were presented and confirmed as correct.

4.

Site Visit 17 October, 2018 pdf icon PDF 14 KB

To present the minutes of the site visit held on 17 October, 2018.

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The minutes of the planning site visit held on 17th October, 2018 were presented and were confirmed as correct.

 

5.

Public Speaking

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There were Public Speakers with respect to applications 10.4, 12.1 and 12.4.

6.

Applications that will be Deferred

None to be considered by this meeting.

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None were considered by this meeting of the Planning and Orders Committee.

7.

Applications Arising pdf icon PDF 327 KB

7.1 19LPA1043A/CC – Vulcan Street, Holyhead

 

7.2 42C188E/ENF – 4 Tai Hirion, Rhoscefnhir

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7.1       19LPA1043A/CC – Full application for the erection of 6 affordable dwellings, construction of a pedestrian access, creation of 8 parking spaces together with the demolition and relocation of gate posts on land adjacent to Vulcan Street, Holyhead.

 

The application was reported to the Planning and Orders Committee because the Isle of Anglesey County Council is the applicant and the landowner. At its meeting held on 3 October the Committee resolved to convene a site visit; the application site was subsequently visited on 17 October, 2018.

 

The Planning Development Manager reported that the application was originally called in by Councillor Trefor Lloyd Hughes - a Local Member due to concerns over parking congestion in the vicinity of the newly built Cybi School which are also reflected in objections submitted by one local resident. In the Officer’s opinion, the proposal in seeking to demolish the former snooker hall building and an attached residential property on site and replacing them with contemporary flats and houses in a highly sustainable brownfield location within easy access of schools and the town’s amenities will improve the appearance of the area as well as the character of the nearby Grade II Listed Cybi building. The access to the school is to be retained and the gate pillars on the service road to Ysgol Cybi are to be re-aligned. Although part of the application site is currently used on an informal basis for car parking by residents and others, the area in question is owned by the Council and there is no lawful right to park thereon or requirement that the area be retained as a parking area.

 

The Officer said that Councillor Trefor Lloyd Hughes in tendering his apologies for absence for this meeting, had submitted his observations on the application which she read out. Those reiterated his concerns about parking and traffic problems particularly given that 900 pupils from the two schools use the area. The addition of six dwellings with potentially 2 vehicles in each dwelling brings the problem of parking to the forefront not just in Vulcan Street but Holyhead as a whole. Councillor Hughes suggests that parking needs to be looked at in terms of general policy and should be part of the decision-making process which at present it is not. Any costs in relation to highways with the application should be borne by the applicant. It would also be appreciated if the applicant could provide a footpath alongside the proposed new houses to join up with the current footpath at the back.

 

The Officer confirmed that the Highways Authority has no objections to the proposal there being provision for 8 off-street parking spaces as part of the development. With regard to the Local Member’s request that a new footway be provided, there is at present a footway at the rear of the properties on the north west side of Vulcan Street and whilst the proposed development will restrict access to the northern side of the footway at the rear of 47  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Economic Applications pdf icon PDF 307 KB

8.1 34C262H/FR/ECON – Cig Môn, Bryn Cefni Industrial Estate, Llangefni

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8.1       34C262H/FR/ECON – Full application for the erection of a building incorporating 8 separate units (used for light industrial purposes under use classes B1, B2 and B8) together with associated development on land at the former Cig Môn, Bryn Cefni Industrial Estate, Llangefni.

 

The application was presented to the Planning and Orders Committee because part of the application site is located on Council owned land.

 

The Planning Development Manager reported that the proposed units will be located generally at the centre of the site with an access road running in an anti-clockwise circular pattern. Although the application site is located adjacent to the River Cefni and is in a C2 Flood Zone area, being for use classes B1, B2 and B8 it is categorised as less vulnerable development by Technical Advice Note 15 and is therefore considered low risk. Additionally, the units’ finished floor levels will remain above extreme flood levels from the adjacent river. The Officer confirmed that Natural Resources Wales has assessed the application and has raised no objections to the proposed development. The proposal will bring a now redundant site back into sustainable employment use and the recommendation is therefore to approve the application.

 

Councillor Nicola Roberts proposed that the application be approved in accordance with the Officer’s recommendation; the proposal was seconded by Councillor Robin Williams.

 

It was resolved to approve the application in accordance with the Officer’s recommendation and report subject to the conditions contained therein.

9.

Affordable Housing Applications

None to be considered by this meeting.

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None were considered by this meeting of the Planning and Orders Committee.

10.

Departure Applications pdf icon PDF 638 KB

10.1 28C477B – Pencarnisiog Farm, Pencarnisiog

 

10.2 33C182E/VAR – Berw Uchaf, Gaerwen

 

10.3 36C344C/VAR – Ysgol Henblas, Llangristiolus

 

10.4 46C410H – Garreg Fawr, Lôn Garreg Fawr, Trearddur Bay

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10.1    28C477B – Full application for the erection of 4 dwellings (1 affordable) together with the construction of a new vehicular and pedestrian access on land at Pencarnisiog Farm, Pencarnisiog

 

The application was presented to the Planning and Orders Committee as part of the application site is outside the development boundary of Pencarnisiog - therefore is contrary to policies of the Joint Local Development Plan - but is one which the Local Planning Authority is minded to approve.

 

The Planning Development Manager reported that the site plan indicates that the whilst the footprint and the curtilage of the proposed dwellings lie within the development boundary, part of the access road lies outside the boundary as do the drainage arrangements. Planning consent for the erection of two dwellings where the parking and drainage arrangements were in a similar position was granted under former Development Plan policies so in terms of layout the proposal is not dissimilar to that for which consent exists but with the addition of 2 further dwellings. The proposed development is considered acceptable in its location in terms of layout, appearance and scale having no negative impact on the amenities of the existing residential properties nor on the wider area. As part of the proposal, the applicant has confirmed that 7 parking places will be made available at the front of the application site in addition to those at the rear – these will be available for drop-off and pick-up by parents at the adjacent primary school. A contribution of £11,024.79 will be made to the Lifelong Learning Service as part of the proposal.

 

The Officer read out comments made by Councillor Richard Dew, a Local Member (who due to another commitment had left the meeting before the application was considered) confirming that neither he nor Pencarnisiog school had any objections to the development and that he welcomed the provision of an affordable dwelling as part of the proposal.

 

The Officer concluded by saying that as only a small part of the application site lies outside the development boundary and given the advantages of the proposal in providing for an affordable dwelling and an education contribution, the recommendation is to approve the application.

 

Councillor Bryan Owen proposed that the application be approved in accordance with the Officer’s recommendation; the proposal was seconded by Councillor Vaughan Hughes.

 

It was resolved to approve the application in accordance with the Officer’s recommendation and report subject to the conditions contained therein and subject also to a Legal Section 106 agreement for one affordable dwelling and the necessary education contribution payment.

 

10.2            3C182E/VAR – Application under Section 73A for the variation of conditions (03) (mitigation works), (08) (closure of the existing access) and (09) (plans) of planning permission reference 33C182D (conversion of outbuilding into a dwelling together with the formation of an access) so as to change the material finish together with submission of ecology details, mitigation licence and closure of access details after the works have commenced at Berw Uchaf, Gaerwen

 

The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

Development Proposals Submitted by Councillors and Officers pdf icon PDF 427 KB

11.1 11C73F/VAR – Lastra Farm, Amlwch

 

11.2 34C734 – 18 Nant y Pandy, Llangefni

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11.1    11C73F/VAR – Application under Section 73 for the variation of condition (02) of planning permission reference 11C73E (conversion of the function room into four self-contained units and additional hotel rooms) so as to amend the number of self-contained units to two and increase the number of hotel rooms to 8 at Lastra Farm, Amlwch

 

The application was presented to the Planning and Orders Committee as a relevant officer as defined within paragraph 4.6.10.2 of the Constitution who is directly involved in the planning process has declared an interest in the application. The application has been scrutinised by the Monitoring Officer as required under the said paragraph.

 

The Planning Development Manager reported that the application is to change the layout and design of the planning consent granted in 2017 to convert the existing function room into four self-contained units together with two additional rooms, so as to reduce the number of self-contained units from 4 to 2 and increase the number of hotel rooms from 4 to 8. The amended scheme will not increase the existing footprint of what has been previously approved and will not result in any adverse impact on the amenities of nearby residential properties and as the changes are minor, the recommendation is to approve the application.

 

Councillor Robin Williams proposed that the application be approved in accordance with the Officer’s recommendation; the proposal was seconded by Councillor Richard Owain Jones.

 

It was resolved to approve the application in accordance with the Officer’s recommendation and report subject to the conditions contained therein.

 

11.2    34C734 – Full application for the alternations and extensions together with an extension to the curtilage at 18 Nant y Pandy, Llangefni

 

The application was presented to the Planning and Orders Committee as it is made by a relevant officer as defined in the Council’s Constitution. The application has been reviewed by the Monitoring Officer.

 

The Planning Development Manager reported that the application consists of an extension to the northern/side elevation of the dwelling. As the extension is modestly sized the massing of the resulting dwelling will not be out of context with the general area or out of character in terms of the massing of the surrounding residential properties. Due to the location of the extension, the proposal will not affect the amenities of the wider estate and whilst the proposal will face the garden of an existing property, its orientation means that there will be no impact from overlooking sufficient to warrant a refusal. The Officer said that the proposal also involves extending the curtilage to the north to accommodate the extension. The extension to the curtilage will not extend into the Dingle Nature Reserve and wildlife site which lies to the rear of the dwelling; the intention is to erect a wooden fence along the new curtilage to correspond to that which already exists. The Council’s Ecology Adviser confirms that the proposal will have no ecology impacts on the Dingle Wildlife Site. The recommendation is therefore to approve the application.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Remainder of Applications pdf icon PDF 1002 KB

12.1 14C257 – Cefn Trefor, Trefor

 

12.2 18C117C – Swtan, Church Bay

 

12.3 19C1111B – Bodowen, Pentre Fferam Gorniog, Holyhead

 

12.4 39C601 – Cartrefle, Menai Bridge

 

12.5 40LPA356/CC – Ffordd Lligwy, Moelfre

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12.1    14C257 – Outline application for the erection of an affordable dwelling together with full details of the vehicular access and drainage with all matters reserved on land adjacent to Cefn Trefor, Trefor.

 

The application was reported to the Planning and Orders Committee as has been called in by a Local Member on the grounds of proximity to the cluster and a local need.

 

Public Speaker

 

Mr Gavin Evans spoke in support of the application and emphasised the family’s local credentials with both he and his wife having been brought up in Llangefni – in Rhostrehwfa and Corn Hir respectively which is only about 7 miles from Trefor. Mr Evans said that both he and his wife work in Llangefni and are a Welsh speaking family. The land in question was bought from the Council last year with the intention of building a 4-bedroom affordable home for the family – the family’s home in RAF Valley was too small with no chance of extending it. The house was put on the market and sold very quickly meaning that the family is now living on a temporary basis with his brother in Llynfaes which is not ideal. Mr Evans said that he wished to give his children the same freedom and countryside upbringing that he had. Buying a house in such a setting in the open market is out of reach so the only option is to build on their own land. The point is that the family is as close to Trefor as possible and are in need of an affordable dwelling.

 

Councillor R.G. Parry, OBE, FRAgS, a Local Member said that the family’s intention was to apply for planning permission on the plot of land that was sold to them by the Council. He said that he did not consider the proposal to be intrusive as there are 10 two storey houses in Trefor, about 7 cottages and a chapel. With regard to being local, Councillor Parry said that for him personally, Anglesey is “local” although that is not the policy definition of local. The applicants currently reside in Llynfaes which like Trefor is in the Canolbarth Môn ward. Additionally, the Housing Service has confirmed that the applicants are in affordable need. Councillor Parry asked the Committee to give the applicants a chance.

 

The Planning Development Manager reported that under Policy TAI 6 of the JLDP, Trefor is identified as a cluster. The policy supports proposals for affordable dwellings for local need providing all the criteria are met. The policy defines local need as” people in need of an affordable dwelling who have resided within the cluster or in the surrounding rural area for a continuous period of 5 years or more, either immediately before submitting the application or in the past”. The home in RAF Valley which the applicant sold is in the Llifon ward area. The policy does not permit individuals to move out of other villages to clusters in order to obtain an affordable dwelling. Neither  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

Other Matters

None to be considered by this meeting.

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None were considered by this meeting of the Planning and Orders Committee.