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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 15 June 2000 at 6.00 pm.

Present: Councillors STEWART McGLYNN, KITTY RITCHIE, FRANK ELLIS, JOHN HENDERSON, ALEX KING, The Hon R J LESLIE MELVILLE, BRIAN MILNE, PETER MURPHY, BILL ROBERTON, DAVID SELFRIDGE and SANDY WEST.

Councillor McGLYNN, Convener, in the Chair.

1. BUILDING WARRANTS

The Committee noted that in the period 15 May to 2 June 2000, a total of 7 Amendments to Warrants and 101 Building Warrants had been approved with an estimated cost of £2,265,284.

2. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

There was submitted Report No 694/00 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) Refusals

The Committee agreed to refuse consent, for the reasons recommended by the Director of Planning and Transport in respect of the applications detailed in the APPENDIX to this minute.

(iii) Approvals

The Committee agreed to grant consent, subject to the conditions recommended by the Director of Planning and Transport, in respect of the applications detailed in the APPENDIX to this minute.

(iv) Debated Applications

(a) Former Town House, 2 Church Street, Brechin

The Committee considered Application 00/00288/COU by Angus Mental Health Association and Angus Independent Advocacy for the change of use from shop to office/meeting room at the former Town House, 2 Church Street, Brechin.

Slides were shown, the objector's agent, the applicant and the local member, Councillor Myles, were heard.

COUNCILLOR RITCHIE, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR MCGLYNN, MOVED THAT THE APPLICATION BE APPROVED, AS DETAILED IN THE REPORT.

Councillor Leslie Melville, seconded by Councillor Murphy, moved that the application be refused as it was an inappropriate use of the building.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the motion:-

Councillors McGlynn, Ritchie, Ellis, King, Milne, Roberton, Selfridge and West (8).

For the amendment:-

Councillors Leslie Melville and Murphy (2)

No vote:-

Councillor Henderson (1).

The motion was declared carried, resulting in the application being approved, subject to the three conditions detailed in the Report.

(b) 4 Roberts Street, Forfar

The Committee considered Application 00/00480/COU by Valtop Limited for the change of use and conversion of office to funeral parlour at 4 Roberts Street, Forfar.

Slides were shown.

COUNCILLOR MCGLYNN, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR RITCHIE, MOVED THAT THE APPLICATION BE APPROVED, SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:-

  1. THAT NO FEWER THAN 12 OFF-STREET PARKING SPACES BE PROVIDED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT HEREBY GRANTED CONSENT, TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND TRANSPORT;
  2. THAT THE CAR PARK BE SURFACED AND MARKED OUT, THE DETAILS TO BE SUBMITTED FOR THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND TRANSPORT BEFORE WORK COMMENCED; AND
  3. THAT SOUND PROOFING OF THE BUILDING BE UNDERTAKEN TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND TRANSPORT PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE USE.

Councillor Roberton, seconded by Councillor Henderson, moved as an amendment that the application be refused.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the motion:-

Councillors McGlynn, Ritchie, King, Leslie Melville, Milne, Selfridge and West (7).

For the amendment:-

Councillors Ellis, Henderson, Murphy and Roberton (4)

The motion was declared carried, resulting in the application being approved, subject to the conditions detailed above.

Councillor McGlynn left the meeting at this stage and the Vice-Convener, Councillor Ritchie, took the chair.

Alex Anderson, Director of Planning and Transport declared an interest in the following application and left the meeting for the item.

(c) Links Parade, Carnoustie

The Committee considered Application 00/00255/FUL by the Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel and Resort for an extension to the existing gym, bar and shop at Links Parade, Carnoustie

Slides were shown.

Councillor Ritchie seconded by Councillor West, moved that the application be approved, subject to the two conditions set out in report no. 694/00

COUNCILLOR MURPHY, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR HENDERSON, MOVED AS AN AMENDMENT THAT THE APPLICATION BE REFUSED AS THE DESIGN DID NOT MEET THE HIGH ARCHITECTURAL STANDARD OF THE REST OF THE BUILDING.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the motion:-

Councillors Ritchie, Ellis, King and West (4).

For the amendment:-

Councillors Henderson, Leslie Melville, Milne, Murphy, Roberton and Selfridge (6)

The amendment was declared carried, resulting in the application being refused.

3. PLANNING APPEAL DECISION - LETHNOT ROAD, EDZELL

With reference to Article 2(ii) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 3 September 1998, there was submitted Report No 695/00 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 a residential development at Lethnot Road, Edzell.

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

4. ENFORCEMENT ACTION ­ LAND AT PHILPIE FARM, AIRLIE, ANGUS

There was submitted Report No 696/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport which detailed the circumstances relative to a recommendation to take enforcement action in relation to the introduction of two caravans to be used for permanent residential purposes on land at Philpie Farm, Airlie, Angus.

The Committee agreed that enforcement action be taken in respect of the unauthorised siting of two caravans as detailed in the Report.

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

With reference to Article 7 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 4 May 2000, there was submitted Report No 698/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport which detailed the summary of a response which it was recommended the Committee make to the Scottish Executive on their consultation document inviting ideas on the possible review of the Building Control System in Scotland.

The Report indicated that any amendments made should allow for flexibility of change at all levels in the regulatory process, to take account of technology, further research, changes in lifestyles etc.

The Committee agreed to the submission of the response as summarised in the Report to the Scottish Executive's consultation paper "Improving Building Standards".

6. PLANNING AND TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SERVICE PLAN 2000/2001

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee of 8 June 2000, there was submitted Report No 626/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport which detailed a summary of progress on the 1999/2000 Service Plan for the Department and advised members of the availability of the Service Plan for 2000/2001.

The Report noted that considerable progress had been made across all parts of the Department in successfully delivering a range of services in accordance with agreed priorities. The 2000/2001 Service Plan had been developed recognising the increased emphasis which would be given to performance management and reporting.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note the terms of the Report and the considerable progress which had been made in relation the 1999/2000 Service Plan; and
  2. to approve the terms and contents of the Service Plan for 2000/2001 including priorities for the next three years.

7. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved, in terms of Standing Order 27(2), that the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item so as to avoid the disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, paragraphs 6, 8 and 11.

8. OLD PARISH KIRK MANSE, BARRY

With reference to Article 4(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 13 April 2000, there was submitted Report No 699/00 by the Director of Planning and Transport which summarised the findings of a survey of the Category C(S) listed Old Parish Kirk Manse, Barry and recommended a course of action by the planning authority.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to authorise the Director of Planning and Transport, in consultation with the Director of Law and Administration, to serve the owner of the building with an Urgent Works Notice under Section 49 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 giving a period of 28 days for compliance with the Notice; and
  2. to request a further report on the owner's reaction to the Notice.

The following matter was, on the determination of the Convener, dealt with as a matter of urgency in view of the timescales involved.

9. VISIT TO LONDONDERRY

The Director of Planning and Transport indicated that a visit was being arranged to Londonderry to visit a similar wind farm to that proposed at Arkhill, Glamis.

The Committee agreed that the Convener, the Director of Planning and Transport along with two officers of the Planning Department should undertake the visit.

APPENDIX to the minute of meeting of the Development Control Committee of 15 June 2000 (Article 2 refers)

REFUSALS

Application No Promoter Location Development
00/00175/ADV Farmfoods 85 High Street
Montrose
Erection of Advertising Sign
00/00421/FUL D Reekie Bellrig
Firthmuir of Boysack
By Arbroath
Erection of Fence

APPROVALS

Application No Promoter Location Development
00/00333/OUT Mr & Mrs J Lindsay Kirkton House
Craig
By Montrose
Erection of Two Houses
00/00278/FUL Marquis of Montrose Society Castle Place
Montrose
Erection of Statue of Marquis of Montrose
(After slides had been shown and the objectors agent heard)
00/00269/FUL Select Homes (Tayside) Limited Plot 17
Peebles
Letham Grange
By Arbroath
Erection of House
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