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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 18 April 2002 at 6.30pm.

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

Councillor McGLYNN, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

The minutes of meetings of this Committee of 21 February and 14 March 2002 were approved as correct records and signed by the Convener.

2. SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEMS (SUDS)

There was submitted Joint Report No 424/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Roads which provided the Committee with background information in respect of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).

The Report indicated that Sustainable Urban Drainage was concerned primarily with the drainage of rainwater from developments in ways that did not adversely affect the environment. SUDS was strongly supported by the Government and required a range of disciplines and agencies to work in partnership, eg, developers, planners, drainage engineers, architects, landscape architects, ecologists and hydrologists. In acknowledgement of that, a working party of affected organisations had been formed which had produced the SUDS Design Manual for Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2000. The Manual acknowledged that planners had the co?ordinating role and it was a requirement for structure and local plans to set the framework for SUDS whilst Development Control would have a key role for implementation on the ground.

SUDS both reduced the amount of diffuse pollution and slowed down run-off into water courses. SEPA were now strong advocates of SUDS and promoted it for all developments. SEPA was also in a strong position in this respect as they could refuse surface water outfalls into existing water courses.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Report; and
  2. to request the Director of Roads to pursue further the issue of maintenance, responsibilities and costs.

3. BUILDING WARRANTS

The Committee noted that in the period 4 March ­ 5 April 2002 a total of 3 Staged Warrants, 5 Demolition Warrants, 17 Amendments to Warrants and 124 Building Warrants had been approved with an estimated cost of £6,000,806.

4. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

(a) Delegated Approvals

There was submitted Report No 425/02 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 15 March ­ 10 April 2002.

(b) Land Adjacent to Dronley Road, Birkhill, Dundee

With reference to Article 2(f) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 March 2002, there was submitted Report No 367/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport which detailed application No 01/01031/FUL by A & J Stephen Limited for a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) to serve a proposed housing development on land adjacent to Dronley Road, Birkhill. The application was recommended for conditional approval.

Slides were shown and Mr Phillips, an objector, and Mr Lockhead, the applicant's representative, addressed the meeting.

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

(c) Land at the Fairway, 47 Panmure Street, Monifieth

There was submitted Report No 426/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00219/FUL by Discovery Homes Limited for the erection of five dwellinghouses (re-application) on land at The Fairway, 47 Panmure Street, Monifieth. The application was recommended for refusal.

Slides were shown and Mr Sangster, an objector, and Mr Cramb, the applicant's representative, addressed the meeting.

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

(d) Mill of Brighty Farm, Gagie, by Dundee

With reference to Article 3(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 November 2001, there was submitted Report No 427/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 01/00812/FUL by Bruce Robertson for the erection of a dwellinghouse at Mill of Brighty Farm, Gagie, by Dundee. The application was recommended for refusal.

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

(e) Land at North Cotton, Kingennie, Broughty Ferry

There was submitted Report No 428/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 01/01183/OUT by Mr & Mrs Bell for the outline erection of a dwellinghouse on land at North Cotton, Kingennie, Broughty Ferry. The application was recommended for refusal.

Slides were shown and Mrs Bell, the applicant, addressed the meeting.

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

(f) 51 Sidlaw Gardens, Birkhill, Dundee

There was submitted Report No 429/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00091/FUL by Mr & Mrs Anderson for the erection of a conservatory at 51 Sidlaw Gardens, Birkhill. The application was recommended for refusal.

Slides were shown.

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

(g) 52 Sidlaw Gardens, Birkhill, Dundee

There was submitted Report No 430/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00121/FUL by Mr & Mrs Quinn for the erection of a conservatory at 52 Sidlaw Gardens, Birkhill. The application was recommended for refusal.

Slides were shown.

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

(h) 5 Auchterhouse Park, Auchterhouse, Dundee

There was submitted Report No 431/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00053/LBC by Mr & Mrs MacLeish for replacement windows at 5 Auchterhouse Park, Auchterhouse, Dundee. The application was recommended for approval.

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

(i) Lundie Cottage, Lundie, Dundee

There was submitted Report No 432/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00173/FUL by Craig Thomson Homes Limited for the erection of a dwellinghouse on land at Lundie Cottage, Lundie, by Dundee. The application was recommended for approval.

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

(j) Milton Haugh Farm, Carmyllie

There was submitted Report No 433/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00136/FUL by Gray Retail Limited for engineering works to form a car park, pond and footpath on land at Milton Haugh Farm, Carmyllie. The application was recommended for approval.

Slides were shown and Mr Bingham, an objector, addressed the meeting.

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

(k) 3 Lethnot Gardens, Forfar

There was submitted Report No 434/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00152/FUL by Mr & Mrs B Kidd for the extension to a dwellinghouse at 3 Lethnot Gardens, Forfar. The application was recommended for approval.

Slides were shown and Mr M Davis, Mr D Kidd and Mr K McMinn, objectors, and Mr B Kidd, the applicant, addressed the meeting.

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

COUNCILLOR ROBERTON, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR KING MOVED AS AN AMENDMENT, THAT THE APPLICATION BE REFUSED AS THE DEVELOPMENT:-

  1. WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AND UNACCEPTABLE DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE RESIDENTIAL AMENITY ENJOYED BY ADJOINING HOUSEHOLDS AND
  2. WOULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE APPEARANCE AND CHARACTER OF THE DWELLING BY INTRODUCING NEW OR INCONGRUOUS ELEMENTS TO THE STREET SCENE.

On a vote being taken, the members voted for the motion:-

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

For the amendment:-

Councillors Henderson, King, Leslie-Melville, Lumgair, Milne, Murphy, Robertson and Spiers (8).

The amendment was declared carried and became the substantive motion.

Councillor Ritchie, seconded by Councillor McGlynn moved as a further amendment that the application be deferred to the next meeting to enable the applicant to discuss his proposals further with the Director of Planning and Transport.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the substantive motion:-

Councillors Henderson, King, Leslie-Melville, Lumgair, Milne, Murphy and Robertson (7)

For the further amendment:-

Councillors McGlynn, Ritchie, Ellis, Selfridge, Spiers and West(6)

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

(Councillor Selfridge left the meeting at this point.)

(l) Muirhead Industrial Estate, Kirriemuir

There was submitted Report No 435/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00159/FUL by Thrums Tyre Service for the erection of a tyre depot building on land at Muirhead Industrial Estate, Kirriemuir. The application was recommended for approval.

Slides were shown and Mrs Gray, an objector, addressed the meeting.

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

(m) 1 Kinaldie Holdings, Arbroath

There was submitted Report No 436/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 01/00961/FUL by G Hendry for the excavation of pond for fishing on land at 1 Kinaldie Holdings, Arbroath. The application was recommended for conditional approval.

Slides were shown.

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

5. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved, in terms of Standing Order 27(2), that the public and press be excluded during consideration of the following item, so as to avoid the possible disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, paragraphs 4, 6 and 8.

6. 8 GUTHRIE STREET, FRIOCKHEIM

With reference to Article 6 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 14 March 2002, the Director of Planning and Transport updated the Committee on the progress of 8 Guthrie Street, Friockheim and showed slides on the property at the present time.

The Committee agreed to note and welcome the progress to date and asked to be advised when the building had been completed to the satisfaction of the Director of Planning and Transport.

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