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Posted by: John Brace | January 24, 2014

Planning Committee rejects plans for 4 houses in Noctorum Dell (OUT/13/01184)


Planning Committee rejects plans for 4 houses in Noctorum Dell (OUT/13/01184)

                        

Cllr George Davies (Claughton) tells the Planning Committee why he thinks they should reject plans for four houses in Noctorum Dell

Cllr George Davies (Claughton) tells the Planning Committee why he thinks they should reject plans for four houses in Noctorum Dell

Planning application OUT/13/01184 starts at 6:20 in the video above.

Despite a recommendation from planning officers to approve plans for four houses in Noctorum Dell, after hearing representations from the lead petitioner, a representative of Condy & Lofthouse Architects Ltd and Cllr George Davies (Claughton), the Planning Committee decided unanimously to reject the plans due to the impact on the character of the area (policy HS4), drainage concerns (policies GR7 and HS4) and because it would have an impact on the character and environmental qualities of Noctorum Ridge (policies HS4 and SPD2).

The lead petitioner said, “Many residents are elderly, frail or vulnerable like myself. My husband suffered a stroke ten years ago, he will not cope with the disturbance that this will cause and I as his carer neither will I. As a Council you have a duty of care to your public and the people who vote for you to be in the position that you hold.”

Councillor Stuart Kelly said that three-storey buildings would be out of character for the area and also highlighted concerns he had about flooding and drainage. Cllr Anita Leech also had concerns about drainage and the overbearing impact on nearby bungalows.

Cllr Denise Roberts (Claughton) moved refusal of the planning application, which was seconded by Cllr Denise Realey.

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  1. Why were the planning officers in favour,these are supposedly trained professionals? It was obvious even to the untrained eye the unsuitability of this proposal. Do they not understand or is it something darker?

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    • On the drainage issue, the planning officers felt the concerns expressed about that would be mitigated by proposed conditions on the planning permission. The report has details of the proposed conditions.

      The problem is though is that if planning officers recommend it for approval, but the Planning Committee objects it, if it goes to appeal the planning officer’s recommendation for approval can count in the appellant’s favour.

      Later in that same meeting at least one councillor referred to planning appeal cases where a cost order had been made against the Council for the appellant’s legal costs. Another councillor said that the possibility of losing at appeal and having to pay the other side’s costs shouldn’t be a consideration in how they decide planning applications.

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