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MINUTE of MEETING of the DEVELOPMENT CONTROL COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday, 20 February 1997 at 6.30 pm.

Present: Councillors Mrs KATHLEEN RITCHIE, STEWART MOWATT, WILLIAM DOIG, FRANK ELLIS, ALEX KING, Mrs RENATE LAMONT, WILLIAM MIDDLETON, BRIAN MILNE, ALEX SHAND, SANDY WEST and THOMAS I N YOUNG.

Apologies :    Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors IAN HUDGHTON and WALLIE LEASK.

Councillor Mrs RITCHIE, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

The minutes of meetings of this Committee held on 9 and 30 January 1997 were submitted, approved as correct records and signed by the Convener.

* 2. BUILDING WARRANTS

It was reported and noted that between 20 January 1997 and 7 February 1997, 87 Building Warrants had been approved and 7 Warrants amended with the total value of the work amounting to £1,817,413.

COUNCILLOR MILNE, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR YOUNG, MOVED THAT DETAILS OF BUILDING WARRANTS GRANTED UNDER DELEGATED AUTHORITY BE ISSUED WITH THE AGENDA AND PAPERS.

Councillor West, seconded by Councillor Ritchie, moved as an amendment that the status quo remain, ie details of Building Warrants be placed in the members’ room.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the motion:-

Councillors Mowatt, Doig, King, Middleton, Milne, Shand and Young (7).

For the amendment:-

Councillors Mrs Ritchie, Ellis, Mrs Lamont and West (4).

The motion was declared carried and became the finding of the meeting, resulting in details of all Building Warrants being issued with the Development Control Committee papers.

3. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

There was submitted Report No 144/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development on applications for planning consent.

The Committee agreed as follows:-

(i) Delegated Approvals

To note consents issued by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development as detailed in List A of the Report.

(ii) Recommended Refusals

After hearing the applicant’s agent, to defer consideration of application No 01/96/1776, but otherwise to refuse consent, for the reasons recommended by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development, in respect of the application detailed in List B of the Report and appended to this minute.

(iii) Recommended Approvals

To grant consent, subject to the conditions recommended by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development, in respect of the applications detailed in List C of the Report and appended to this minute.

(iv) Debated Applications

(a) The Committee considered application No 01/96/1755 by Torlea Woodlands Ltd for the erection of a dwellinghouse and garage at No 12 Holding, Upper Todhills, Tealing, as detailed in Report No 144/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development, who recommended refusal.

An agent for the applicant was present and addressed the Committee.

Councillor Mrs Ritchie, seconded by Councillor Mowatt, moved that the application be refused as detailed in the Report.

COUNCILLOR KING, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR ELLIS, MOVED AS AN AMENDMENT THAT THE APPLICATION BE DEFERRED TO ALLOW CONDITIONS TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE NEXT MEETING WITH A VIEW TO THE APPLICATION BEING CONDITIONALLY APPROVED.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the motion:-

Councillors Mrs Ritchie, Mowatt, Mrs Lamont, Shand and West (5).

For the amendment:-

Councillors Doig, Ellis, King, Middleton, Milne and Young (6).

The amendment was declared carried and became the finding of the meeting resulting in the matter being deferred to the next meeting to allow officials to submit conditions with a view to granting the application.

Interest in the following application was declared by Councillor Milne as a Council appointee to the Patrick Allan Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust.

* (b) The Committee considered application No 01/97/1030 by Kalasco Ltd for the erection of 22 houses for the elderly at Hospitalfield, Westway, Arbroath as detailed in Report No 144/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development who recommended conditional approval.

Two local objectors to the application were present and addressed the Committee.

COUNCILLOR SHAND, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR MILNE, MOVED THAT THE APPLICATION BE REFUSED.

Councillor Mrs Ritchie, seconded by Councillor Middleton, moved as an amendment that the application be conditionally approved subject to a number of variations, including the rear section of Block E being deleted from the plans, a reduction in height being considered, a Section 50 Agreement being signed in respect of a Landscaping Bond and a restriction being considered for the age of the occupants of the houses.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the motion:-

Councillors Doig, King, Mrs Lamont, Milne, Shand and Young (6).

For the amendment:-

Councillors Mrs Ritchie, Mowatt, Ellis, Middleton and West (5).

The motion was declared carried resulting in the application being refused.

(c) The Committee considered application No 01/97/1065 by G Davidson for retrospective consent for the erection of a fire wall and conservatory at 44 Gagiebank, Wellbank as detailed in Report No 144/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development who recommended conditional approval.

COUNCILLOR MRS RITCHIE, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR MOWATT, MOVED THAT THE APPLICATION BE DEFERRED TO ALLOW NEW PLANS WITH DEFINITIVE MEASUREMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED.

Councillor King, seconded by Councillor Milne, moved that the application be conditionally approved as detailed in the Report.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the motion:-

Councillors Mrs Ritchie, Mowatt, Doig, Ellis, Mrs Lamont, West and Young (7).

For the amendment:-

Councillors King, Middleton, Milne and Shand (4).

The motion was declared carried and became the finding of the meeting, resulting in the application being deferred to allow further plans to be submitted.

5. REPLACEMENT WINDOWS - POLICY REVIEW

There was submitted Report No 143/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development advising that the Council currently operated a policy for the replacement of windows in historic buildings, which was aimed at protecting and enhancing the built heritage. The policy was based on consistent and nationally agreed standards, which also took account of energy conservation. However, as there was constant pressure to permit a more relaxed approach to replacement windows in historic buildings, particularly in respect of double glazing, the Report detailed how the demands could be accommodated and yet at the same time, preserving the appearance of many of Angus’ better buildings.

After a presentation by the Conservation Officer, the Committee agreed:-

(i) to approve the contents of the Report as a basis for consultation with Historic Scotland and window manufacturers; and

(ii) to award monies from the Conservation Budget for the repair of traditional windows and the installation of Council approved draught proofing systems and secondary glazing; and

(iii) to note that, following the consultation process, the Director would report back to the Committee as soon as possible.

6. COSLA SURVEY - DEVELOPMENT OF BUILDING CONTROL FEES TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES

There was submitted Report No 217/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development advising that the Government was reviewing the basis for the setting of fees for Building Warrants.

The Committee agreed, in principle, that local authorities should be given powers to set their own fees in respect of Building Warrants and that a response on these lines be sent to COSLA.

7. BUILDING PRESERVATION NOTICE - 3 NEW ROAD, FORFAR

There was submitted Report No 236/97 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development on an 18th Century stone slated house situated just outside the Forfar Conservation Area at 3 New Road, Forfar. Although the building was worthy of statutory listing, it was not included in the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest for the Forfar Burgh.

The Committee agreed:

(i) to serve a Building Preservation Notice on the owner, lessee and occupier of 3 New Road, Forfar; and

(ii) to recommend that Historic Scotland include the house in the statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest for the Forfar Burgh.

 

APPENDIX

 LIST B - REFUSALS

Application No. Promoter Location Development
01/96/1742 Mr & Mrs Watson 27 School Road, Arbroath Erection of Boundary Fence (Retrospective)

LIST C - APPROVALS

Application No. Promoter Location Development
01/96/1408 Neil and Fraser Ogston West Port Bar, Keptie Street, Arbroath Formation of 5 No. Flats at First Floor Level
01/97/1019 Arnott (Contracts) Ltd 21 Station Road, Carnoustie Change of Use from Shop to Flat
01/96/1754 Webster Homes Ltd Plot 2, Denley Court, Arbroath Erection of Dwellinghouse and Garage
01/97/1002 Hillcrest Housing Association North Grimsby, Arbroath Residential Development - 20 Flats/Dwellinghouses
01/96/1852 Bett Homes Ltd Plots 59, 61, 71,and 72 Cortachy Crescent, Northmuir, Kirriemuir Change of 4 No. House Types