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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 9 May 2002 at 6.00pm.

Present: Councillors STEWART McGLYNN, KITTY RITCHIE, FRANK ELLIS, ALEX KING, 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 JOHN HENDERSON and The Hon R J LESLIE MELVILLE.

Councillor McGLYNN, Convener, in the Chair.

1. BUILDING WARRANTS

The Committee noted that in the period 8-26 April 2002 a total of 2 Staged Warrants, 3 Demolition Warrants, 17 Amendments to Warrants and 76 Building Warrants had been approved with an estimated cost of £6,783,795.

2. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

(a) Delegated Approvals

There was submitted Report No 547/02 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 11 April ­ 1 May 2002.

(b) Land at Templeton Farm, Birkhill, Dundee

There was submitted Report No 548/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00022/OUT by R Knox for the outline erection of a dwellinghouse on land at Templeton Farm, Birkhill, Dundee.

The Committee noted that the applicant had withdrawn the application.

(c) Unit 6, Broomfield Road, Montrose

There was submitted Report No 550/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00289/TEL by BT Cellnet Limited, for the erection of a tower, antennae, cabin, fence and ancillary equipment at Unit 6, Broomfield Industrial Estate.

The Committee noted that the applicant had withdrawn the application.

(d) Land at Drumsturdy Road, Kingennie, by Dundee

There was submitted Report No 552/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 01/01164/OUT by A Kydd for the outline erection of two dwellinghouses on land at Drumsturdy Road, Kingennie, by Dundee. The application was recommended for approval.

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

(e) 1 Reform Street, Monifieth

There was submitted Report No 553/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00146/FUL by Mr Shek for the change of use from a shop to hot food takeaway at 1 Reform Street, Monifieth. The application was recommended for approval.

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

(f) Land to Rear of 6 Barry Road, Carnoustie

There was submitted Report No 555/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00017/FUL by The Corner Newsmarket Limited for the erection of a house on land to the rear of 6 Barry Road, Carnoustie. The application was recommended for conditional approval.

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

(g) 34 Hill Street, Arbroath

There was submitted Report No 556/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00109/CON by Angus Tyre Company for conservation area consent for the demolition of disused stores at 34 Hill Street, Arbroath. The application was recommended for conditional approval.

Slides were shown.

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

(h) 34 Hill Street, Arbroath

There was submitted Report No 557/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00240/FUL by Angus Tyre Company for the change of use from retail outlet to garage workshop and office at 34 Hill Street, Arbroath. The application was recommended for conditional approval.

Slides were shown.

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

(i) Nether Drumgley Farm, Forfar

There was submitted Report No 561/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00186/COU by Mr P Hill for the change of use of part of the steading area to form caravan storage at Nether Drumgley Farm, Forfar. The application was recommended for approval.

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

(j) Land at Old Smiddy, Glenisla

There was submitted Report No 562/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00210/OUT by Harrington Construction Limited for outline erection of a dwellinghouse on land at the Old Smiddy, Glenisla. The application was recommended for approval.

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

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

(k) 15 Littlecauseway, Forfar

There was submitted Report No 563/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00212/FUL and 02/00213/LBC by Mr & Mrs A Beattie for the alteration and extension to a dwellinghouse at 15 Littlecauseway, Forfar. The application was recommended for approval.

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

(l) Site at Lentlands Road, Forfar

There was submitted Report No 564/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00281/FUL by Angus Community Care Charitable Trust for the erection of special needs housing and ancillary communal facilities at Lentlands Road, Forfar.

The Committee agreed that consideration of the application be deferred to the next meeting.

(m) 10 Headingstone Place, Forfar

There was submitted Report No 565/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00260/FUL by R Martin and D McRitchie for the extension to a dwellinghouse at 10 Headingstone Place, Forfar. The application was recommended for conditional approval.

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

3. CERTIFICATE OF ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT ­ LAND AT WALMAR COTTAGE, ELLIOT, ARBROATH

There was submitted Report No 559/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 01/01040/CAD by Mr Ney for a Certificate of Alternative Development for the erection of a dwellinghouse on land at Walmar Cottage, Elliot, Arbroath. The application was recommended for approval.

Slides were shown.

The Report indicated that the site was affected by the proposed landtake for the A92 Dundee to Arbroath dualling and this was the reason for the application having been submitted. For compensation purposes, the Committee was required to consider whether the site would be suitable for housing development or for any other development.

The Committee agreed, under Section 25(4)(b) of the Land Compensation (Scotland) Act 1963, to issue a certificate to the effect that planning permission would have been granted for the development of the land and the erection of a dwellinghouse, subject to the imposition of the conditions detailed in the Report.

4. DISCHARGE OF SECTION 50(75) AGREEMENT ­ TURIN HOUSE, ABERLEMNO

There was submitted Report No 566/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport which sought approval for the discharge of a Section 50 Agreement restricting occupation of six houses at Turin House, Aberlemno.

The Report indicated that the Section 50 Agreement no longer served any meaningful planning purpose, but remained a burden on the title of the property. Discharge of the Agreement would not compromise the Council's policies and would have no implications for the effective planning control of the area. Accordingly, as indicated in the Report, the Director of Planning and Transport had no objections to the discharge of the Agreement.

The Committee agreed to the discharge of the Section 50 Agreement which currently restricted the occupation of six unbuilt houses in the grounds of Turin House, Aberlemno.

5. POSSIBLE URGENT WORKS NOTICE AT 39/40 HIGH STREET, KIRRIEMUIR

There was submitted Report No 567/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport which outlined the background to the ongoing deterioration of property at 39/40 High Street, Kirriemuir.

Slides were shown.

The Report indicated that 39/40 High Street, Kirriemuir was an early 19th Century gable end building within the centre of the town. It was statutorily listed and the centre of Kirriemuir was designated as an outstanding conservation area. The continuing deterioration of the building had attracted public criticism over a number of years. Both private individuals and the Community Council had written to the Director of Planning and Transport expressing their concerns over the building's general appearance.

The property itself was an important historic building in its own right and, with increasing public concern at its deteriorating condition, it was suggested that remedial action was an urgent necessity. If the defects were not attended to very soon, there was a very real risk of damage to the fabric of the building, which would increase the costs of re-use. This was over and above the need to rectify its general dilapidated appearance.

The Committee agreed to authorise the Director of Planning and Transport:-

  1. to undertake a high level inspection of the exterior of 39/40 High Street, Kirriemuir from a mobile hoist as a precursor to preparing a Description of Works for service of an Urgent Works Notice under Section 49 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997;
  2. in conjunction with the Director of Property Services, to prepare a Description of Works and budget costings for repairs to 39/40 High Street, Kirriemuir; and
  3. to serve the owner of 39/40 High Street, Kirriemuir with an Urgent Works Notice as described in (i) above and to instruct the work if the owner failed to comply with the Notice.

6. ANGUS RETAIL STUDY

With reference to Article 6 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee of 2 May 2002, there was submitted Report No 503/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport which advised members of the findings arising from the Angus Retail Study undertaken by consultants on behalf of Angus Council.

The Report concluded that the Angus Retail Study provided an assessment of current retail provision and likely future trends affecting the retail sector within Angus. The survey work gave an illustration of consumers' views and provided a qualitative aspect, whilst data on floor space, turnover and expenditure patterns formed a quantitative base to input into the implementation and review of Department Plan Policy, and the consideration of development proposals. Overall, the study findings provided a sound and up to date basis on which to further detail and apply retail policy through the review of the Angus Local Plan.

The Committee agreed that the study findings be taken into account as a material consideration in dealing with development control casework related to major retail planning applications.

7. DRAFT NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY GUIDELINE 17 ADDENDUM MAXIMUM CAR PARKING STANDARDS

With reference to Article 8 of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee of 2 May 2002, there was submitted Joint Report No 505/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Roads which commented on the draft Addendum to National Planning Policy Guideline 17 Transport and Planning and formed the suggested basis for the Council's response to the proposed national maximum car parking standards.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed to approve the recommendations, as detailed in the Report.

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