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Development Control Committee

MINUTE of MEETING of the DEVELOPMENT CONTROL COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 4 May 2000 at 6.00 pm.

Present: Councillors STEWART McGLYNN, FRANK ELLIS, JOHN HENDERSON, ALEX KING, PETER MURPHY, BILL ROBERTON and DAVID SELFRIDGE.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors The Hon R J LESLIE MELVILLE, DAVID LUMGAIR, BRIAN MILNE, KITTY RITCHIE and SANDY WEST.

Councillor McGLYNN, Convener, in the Chair.

1. BUILDING WARRANTS

The Committee noted that in the period 3 April to 21 April 2000, a total of 9 Amendments to Warrants and 81 Building Warrants had been approved with an estimated cost of £1,575,944.

2. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

There was submitted Report No 507/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport on applications for planning consent.

(i) Delegated Approvals

The Committee agreed to note consents issued by the Director of Planning and Transport as detailed in List A of the Report.

(ii) Approvals

The Committee agreed to grant consent, subject to the conditions recommended by the Director of Planning and Transport, and/or where recorded any additional or amended conditions approved by the Committee, in respect of the applications detailed in the APPENDIX to this minute.

(iii) Deferred Application

The Committee agreed to defer Application No 00/00269/FUL by Select Homes (Tayside) Ltd. for the erection of a house at Plot 17, Peebles, Letham Grange, by Arbroath

3. PLANNING APPEAL DECISIONS

(a) Plot 4, Firhills, Letham Grange

With reference to Article 2(ii) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 21 October 1999, there was submitted Report No 508/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport which detailed the findings of the Reporter appointed by the Secretary of State to determine the appeal against the refusal of Angus Council to grant consent for the sub-division of house Plot 4 at Letham Grange.

The Committee agreed to note that the Secretary of State had dismissed the appeal.

(b) 16 Ernest Street, Arbroath

With reference to Article 3(ii) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 27 May 1999, there was submitted Report No 509/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing the findings of the Reporter appointed by the Secretary of State to determine the appeal against the refusal of Angus Council to grant consent for a dormer extension at 16 Ernest Street, Arbroath.

The Committee agreed to note that the Secretary of State had dismissed the appeal.

Councillor Selfridge declared an interest in the following item and took no part in the consideration thereof.

4. REVISION OF SECTION 75 AGREEMENT ­ DOBBIE'S GARDEN CENTRE, A92, MONIFIETH

With reference to Article 1 (iii) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 5 September 1996, there was submitted Report No 510/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport considering a request from Tulloch Bishopcross, on behalf of Dobbie's Garden Centre seeking a relaxation of the Section 75 Agreement entered into when the development was granted planning consent.

The Report noted that the Section 75 Agreement required 33% of the crafts/produce shop (or visitor centre) floor area to display and sell "a range of goods and produce produced by artists, crafts people and small businesses located within or associated with the local area". However, Dobbie's had now stated that there was little interest within the local market and that there was evidence that local companies wanted to supplement the stock items of operators by providing specialist produce for sale, but that there was no desire to set up shop within the premises.

The Committee agreed to decline, at this time, the request from Tulloch Bishopcross on behalf of Dobbie's to relax the terms of the Section 75 Agreement.

5. MONTROSE CONSERVATION AREA ­ ARTICLE 4 DIRECTION

With reference to Article 7 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 2 September 1999, there was submitted Report No 511/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport which advised the Committee that the Scottish Executive had approved an Article 4 Direction for Montrose Conservation Area. In approving the Article 4 Direction, the Scottish Ministers had recognised the case for additional measures to protect the Montrose Conservation Area.

The Committee agreed to note the decision of the Scottish Executive in approving an Article 4 Direction for the Montrose Conservation Area.

6. TELECOMMUNICATIONS: TRANSPORT AND THE ENVIRONMENT ­ COMMITTEE REPORT ON INQUIRY INTO THE PROPOSALS TO INTRODUCE NEW PLANNING PROCEDURES FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENTS

With reference to Article 6 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 21 October 1999, there was submitted Report No 487/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport which advised the Committee of the recent report by the Scottish Parliament Transport and Environment Committee on planning procedures for telecommunications developments.

The Report commended the approach recommended by the Scottish Parliament Committee and considered it to be a reasonable balance of the perception of health risks, the current scientific evidence, the visual impact of the telecommunications infrastructure and the need for the country to have a modern telecommunications system.

Having heard members of the Committee, it was agreed to note the Report of the Transport and Environment Committee into planning procedures for telecommunication developments and to await the response of the Scottish Parliament.

7. IMPROVING BUILDING STANDARDS: A CONSULTATION PAPER INVITING IDEAS ON THE REFORM OF THE BUILDING CONTROL SYSTEM IN SCOTLAND

There was submitted Report No 513/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport which advised members that the Scottish Executive had published a consultation paper on reform of the Building Control system in Scotland. It was proposed that a further Report responding to the consultation document would be prepared for members' consideration in June.

The Report noted that the review was the start of a fundamental examination of the building control service. The issues raised would require careful consideration and it was proposed to provide a detailed response to the consultation paper. In that context the recently completed Best Value Service Review of the Building Control Service would be helpful. The review also demonstrated that the service provided by Angus Council compared favourably with other Councils in Scotland and that the quality of service was recognised by customers.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the publication of the Scottish Executive consultation paper inviting ideas on the reform of the building control system in Scotland; and
  2. that the Director of Planning and Transport prepare a report, responding to the consultation paper for consideration by the Committee in June.

APPENDIX to the minute of meeting of the Development Control Committee of 4 May 2000 (Article 2 refers)

APPROVALS

Application No Promoter Location Development
00/00231/FUL & 00/00232/FUL Mr & Mrs Mowatt Plots 1 & 2
Andson Street
Friockheim
Erection of a Dwellinghouse
00/00241/FUL Arbroath Bowling Club Dishlandtown StreetArbroath Extension to Clubroom
00/00262/FUL Mr & Mrs Garrigan 7A Milton Place
Monifieth
Erection of Double Garage
00/00243/OUT Ian Robbie Builders, Forfar Chapel Street
Forfar
Residential Development ­ Five Units
Amend Condition 8:
That the sketch plans submitted with the planning application for illustrative purposes including the number of dwellings do not form part of this planning consent.
Amend description of proposal to outline erection of dwelling units.
00/00202/FUL Cedric Hudson Burghillby Brechin Erection of two Satellite Dishes
(After slides had been shown)
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