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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 14 June 2001 at 6.00 pm.

Present: Councillors STEWART McGLYNN, KITTY RITCHIE, FRANK ELLIS, JOHN HENDERSON, DAVID LUMGAIR, BRIAN MILNE, PETER MURPHY, BILL ROBERTON, DAVID SELFRIDGE, RICHARD SPEIRS and SANDY WEST.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors ALEX KING and The Hon R J LESLIE MELVILLE.

Councillor McGLYNN, Convener, in the Chair.

1. BUILDING WARRANTS

The Committee noted that in the period 14 May-1 June 2001, a total of 2 Demolition Warrants, 15 Amendments to Warrants, and 82 Building Warrants had been approved with an estimated cost of £3,029,088.00.

2. MINERALS OVERVIEW REPORT

There was submitted Report No 728/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport which gave an overview for the consideration of a number of potentially competing minerals applications currently being considered by the Committee.

The Report indicated that, as there were currently five mineral planning applications for consideration by the Council, consultants had been engaged to undertake a mineral and landfill audit. The study had included examination of future demand, housebuilding, major construction projects (including the A92) and the effect of recycling.

It was considered that a minerals policy should seek to maintain a ten year landbank and provide for the historic annual extraction rate. To preserve and maintain a ten year landbank of hard rock, additional consent reserves were required which could be provided by quarries that were currently operational. This allowed flexibility and did not include Cunmont Quarry which had consented reserves of 1.25m tons. Unconsented reserves at existing or former quarries had the potential to provide for up to an additional ten years' supply (Waulkmill, Guthrie and Boysack).

It was therefore concluded that future consents should utilise existing quarries before new consents were granted. This approach would enable operators to plan on a long term basis. It would also encourage operators to put in place advance planting etc. to mitigate future impact with regard to any proposed new quarry and help facilitate future consent in the longer term.

The Committee agreed to note the considerations highlighted in the overview report and have regard to them when determining individual minerals applications.

3. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

  1. Delegated Approvals

    There was submitted Report No 739/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing the applications granted by him in accordance with the Scheme of Delegation appended to Standing Orders.

    The Committee agreed to note the applications, detailed in the Appendix to the Report, granted under delegated powers during the period 17 May-6 June 2001.

  2. No 7 Holding, Gagie, Wellbank

    There was submitted Report No 741/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing Application No 01/00199/OUT by N Jamieson for the outline erection of a dwellinghouse, infill of existing pond and formation of new pond at No 7 Holding, Gagie, Wellbank. The application was recommended for refusal.

    Slides were shown and the applicant's agent, Mr Dagen, was heard.

    The Committee agreed that the application be refused for the reasons detailed in the Report.

  3. Mill of Tealing, Tealing, by Dundee

    There was submitted Report No 742/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing Application No 01/00314/OUT by Messrs Kettles for the outline erection of two dwellinghouses at land adjacent to Mill of Tealing, by Dundee. The application was recommended for refusal.

    Slides were shown and an objector, Mrs Stewart, was heard.

    The Committee agreed that the application be refused for the reasons detailed in the Report.

  4. 2 Castle Street, Forfar

    There was submitted Report No 743/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing Application No 01/00245/FUL and 01/00246/LBC by the Fungarth Partnership for the alteration to the shop front at 2 Castle Street, Forfar. The application was recommended for refusal.

    Slides were shown.

    The Committee agreed that the application be refused for the reasons detailed in the Report.

  5. Elliot Caravan Park, Arbroath

    With reference to Article 4(j) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 May 2001, there was submitted Report No 740/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing Application No 01/00129/COU by RS Cargill for an extension to the existing caravan park at Elliot Caravan Park, Arbroath. The application was recommended for approval.

    Slides were shown and Councillor Nield, the local member, and Mr Cargill and Mrs Rae, objectors, addressed the Committee.

    Councillor McGlynn, seconded by Councillor Ritchie, moved that the application be approved as detailed in the Report.

    COUNCILLOR SPEIRS, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR MURPHY, MOVED AS AN AMENDMENT, THAT THE APPLICATION BE REFUSED ON THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS:-

    1. THAT THE APPLICATION, IF GRANTED, WOULD HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT AND IMPACT ON THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES IN THE AREA; AND
    2. THAT NO OVERRIDING DEMAND FOR ADDITIONAL SITES HAD BEEN PROVEN.

    On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

    For the motion:-

    Councillors McGlynn, Ritchie, Ellis, Selfridge and West (5).

    For the amendment:-

    Councillors Henderson, Lumgair, Milne, Murphy, Roberton and Speirs (6).

    The amendment was declared carried resulting in the application being refused for the reasons detailed above.

  6. Mariner Street, Carnoustie

    There was submitted Report No 748/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing Application No 00/01121/FUL by Catchment Tay Limited for the erection of an electricity transformer compound at Westhaven Wastewater Pumping Station, Carnoustie. The application was recommended for approval.

    Slides were shown.

    The Committee agreed that the application be approved as detailed in the Report.

  7. Academy Street, Forfar

    There was submitted Report No 749/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing Application No 01/00301/FUL by Medical Centres (Scotland) Limited for the erection of a new medical centre at Academy Street, Forfar. The application was recommended for approval.

    Slides were shown.

    The Committee agreed that the application be approved as detailed in the Report.

  8. Small Glebe, Liff, by Dundee

    There was submitted Report No 750/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing Application No 01/00371/FUL by Bett Homes Limited for the erection of 12 houses and garages on land at Small Glebe, Liff, by Dundee. The application was recommended for approval.

    COUNCILLOR McGLYNN, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR WEST, MOVED THAT THE APPLICATION BE APPROVED AS DETAILED IN THE REPORT.

    Councillor Ellis, seconded by Councillor Lumgair, moved as an amendment, that the application be refused as the proposed development did not conform with the Angus Local Plan which allocated a maximum of ten houses on the site. As a consequence of the proposed increase in the number of houses to 12, the result would be an over dense development not in keeping with the character of the area which would be detrimental to the amenity of adjacent residential properties and the natural conservation qualities of the area in general.

    On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

    For the motion:-

    Councillors McGlynn, Ritchie, Henderson, Milne, Roberton, Selfridge, Speirs and West (8).

    For the amendment:-

    Councillors Ellis, Lumgair and Murphy (3).

    The motion was declared carried resulting in the application being approved as detailed in the Report.

  9. Ethiebeaton Quarry, Monifieth

    There was submitted Report No 746/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing Application No 00/00971/FUL by Ennstone Thistle Limited for full planning permission for the extraction and processing of hard rock aggregates and ancillary operations along with the erection of a concrete batching plant at Ethiebeaton Quarry, by Monifieth. The application was recommended for approval.

    Slides were shown.

    The Committee agreed that the application be approved as detailed in the Report, subject to the following amended conditions:-

    21 That ground vibration as a result of individual blasts should not exceed 12mm/sec. Average levels should not exceed 10mm/sec, and usually will not be below 6mm/secin 95% of all blasts. All blasting activities should be the subject of monitoring by the applicant and the results submitted in writing on a six monthly basis to the satisfaction of the Director of Planning and Transport.

    25 That an aftercare scheme to be operated for 5 years after completion of restoration, shall be submitted by the applicant for the approval of the planning authority within five years from the date of this consent or within such other period as may be agreed in writing with the Director of Planning and Transport. Such details shall include the management regime to be put in place to monitor the reinstatement and to replace or reinforce areas of reinstatement that fail for whatever reason. Thereafter the approved aftercare plan shall be implemented and the measures contained in it followed, unless otherwise agreed in writing with the planning authority.

    28 That records of annual output from the quarry for each financial year shall be kept by the applicant and submitted to the planning authority in writing within three months of end of the respective financial year.

  10. Ardownie Quarry, by Monifieth

    There was submitted Report No 745/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing Application No 00/00731/FUL by Geddes (Contractors) Limited for the winning and working of minerals and ancillary development at Ardownie Quarry, by Monifieth. The application was recommended for approval.

    Slides were shown and Mrs Don, an objector, was heard.

    The Committee thereafter agreed that the application be deferred to allow further consultation to take place with the applicant.

  11. Land Adjacent to Ardownie Quarry, Ardownie, by Monifieth

    There was submitted Report No 744/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing Application No D18606 by D Geddes (Contractors) Limited for the extension of quarry operations and infilling of void with inert waste at Ardownie Quarry, Ardownie, by Monifieth. The application was recommended for refusal.

    The Committee agreed that the application be deferred to allow the Committee to consider the application at the same time as Application No 00/00731/FUL.

4. ENFORCEMENT ACTION ­ HIGH STREET, MONTROSE

There was submitted Report No 752/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport which detailed the circumstances relative to a recommendation to take enforcement action in respect of the erection of advertising material on the front elevation of the shop at 180-184 High Street, Montrose.

After slides had been shown, the Committee agreed to enforcement action being taken.

5. PLANNING AND TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SERVICE PLAN 2001/2002

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee of 14 June 2001, there was submitted Report No 713/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport which detailed a summary of progress on the 2000/2001 Service Plan for the Department and advised members of the availability of the Service Plan for 2001/2002.

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 2001/2002 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 to the 2000/2001 Service Plan; and
  2. to approve the terms and contents of the Service Plan for 2001/2002, including priorities for the next three years.

6. WASTE REVIEW ­ SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

With reference to Article 12 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee of 14 June 2001, there was submitted Joint Report No 719/01 by the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection which updated members on the key findings arising from the waste review undertaken as part of the wider mineral and waste landfill study by consultants on behalf of Angus Council.

The Report indicated that the waste review endorsed the Waste Management Strategy implemented by Angus since the mid-1990's which highlighted that sufficient landfill capacity existed in Angus for both inert and non-inert waste for at least a ten year period. The study also indicated that in the wider Dundee and Angus context there was a projected shortfall for non-inert landfill capacity that would have implications for land use waste management planning at Structure Plan and Local Plan level.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed that the key findings and basic information be taken into account as a material consideration, in dealing with development control casework in planning application areas raising disposal/waste management issues.

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