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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 30 May 2002 at 6.00pm.

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.

Also Present: Councillor HELEN OSWALD

Councillor McGLYNN, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS

The minutes of meetings of this Committee of 18 April and 9 May 2002 were approved as correct records and signed by the Convener.

2. BUILDING WARRANTS

The Committee noted that in the period 29 April ­ 17 May 2002 a total of 2 Staged Warrants, 3 Demolition Warrants, 9 Amendments to Warrants and 73 Building Warrants had been approved with an estimated cost of £1,589,050.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

3. DELEGATED APPROVALS

There was submitted Report No 626/02 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 2-22 May 2002.

4. LAND AT WHITEHOUSE DEN, PETTERDEN, TEALING

There was submitted Report No 627/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00018/FUL by D J Laing (Contracts) Ltd for the renewal of waste recycling and transfer facilities and proposed alterations and extension to site on land at Whitehouse Den, Petterden, Tealing. The application was recommended for conditional approval, subject to a Section 75 Agreement.

Slides were shown and Mrs Stewart, Mrs Coupar and Mrs Sturrock, objectors, addressed the meeting followed by Councillor Oswald, the local member.

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

2. That noise levels emanating from the site shall not exceed 65 dBA Leq 1 hour at the boundary of the nearest occupied residential property.

11. That the height of the stockpiles shall not exceed six metres above ground level or the proposed bunding adjacent to Highview.

5. 1-5 CASTLE STREET, FORFAR

There was submitted Report No 628/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00190/COU by Kilpatrick Properties Ltd for the change of use of a shop unit to Class 2 of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Scotland) Order 1997 at 1-5 Castle Street, Forfar. The application was recommended for refusal.

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

6. 22 DRONLEY ROAD, BIRKHILL, DUNDEE

There was submitted Report No 630/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00368/FUL by Mr and Mrs Phillips for the erection of a conservatory at 22 Dronley Road, Birkhill. The application was recommended for approval.

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

7. 6-7 HIGH STREET, KIRRIEMUIR

There was submitted Report No 631/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00225/FUL by Colin Ogilvie for the change of use from former lounge bar to amusement arcade and youth centre at 6-7 High Street, Kirriemuir. The application was recommended for refusal.

Slides were shown and Mr Boyd, the applicant's agent, addressed the meeting.

Councillor Milne, seconded by Councillor Henderson moved that the application be deferred to allow a more detailed plan to be submitted showing the number and siting of amusement machines, seating areas, toilets, disabled access, etc.

COUNCILLOR McGLYNN, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR RITCHIE MOVED AS AN AMENDMENT, THAT THE APPLICATION BE REFUSED FOR THE REASONS DETAILED IN THE REPORT.

On a vote being taken, the members voted:-

For the motion:

Councillors Ellis, Henderson, King and Milne (4).

For the amendment:

Councillors McGlynn, Ritchie, Leslie-Melville, Lumgair, Murphy, Roberton, Selfridge, Speirs and West (9).

The amendment was declared carried resulting in the application being refused

8. KINNABER, HILLSIDE, BY MONTROSE

There was submitted Report No 632/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00131/OUT by Amber Agriculture Ltd for the demolition of a pumping station and outline consent for the erection of two dwellinghouses at the former water pumping station at Kinnaber, Hillside, by Montrose. The application was recommended for approval.

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

9. ALMA PLACE, BUCKLERSHEAD, KELLAS, BY DUNDEE

There was submitted Report No 633/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 01/01050/OUT by W B S Keillor Ltd. for the outline erection of 15 dwellinghouses on land at Alma Place, Bucklershead, Kellas, by Dundee. The application was recommended for approval.

Slides were shown.

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

10. LAND AT SOUTH STREET/UNION STREET, MONIFIETH

There was submitted Report No 634/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00326/FUL by Stewart Milne Homes for the erection of two dwellinghouses on land at South Street/Union Street, Monifieth. The application was recommended for approval.

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

11. FORMER GERRARDS SITE, ARBROATH HARBOUR, ARBROATH

There was submitted Report No 635/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00358/FUL by Albamuir Ltd for the erection of a building accommodating a mixed use development including tourist reception facilities, café, restaurant and retail areas on land at the former Gerrards Site, Arbroath Harbour, Arbroath. The application was recommended for conditional approval.

Slides were shown.

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

12. AUCHLEISH FARM, GLENQUIECH, FORFAR

There was submitted Report No 636/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00473/FUL by Mr and Mrs Smyth for the erection of a dwellinghouse on land at Auchleish Farm, Glenquiech, Forfar. The application was recommended for approval.

Slides were shown.

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

Councillor Roberton declared an interest in the following item and took no part in the discussion thereof.

13. SITE AT LENTLANDS ROAD, FORFAR

There was submitted Report No 637/02 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 on land at Lentlands Road, Forfar. The application was recommended for approval.

Slides were shown.

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

14. UNIT 9, ORCHARDBANK INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, FORFAR

There was submitted Report No 638/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport detailing application No 02/00075/FUL by Ross & Bonnyman Ltd for the erection of a polytunnel on land at Unit 9 Orchardbank Industrial Estate, Forfar. The application was recommended for approval.

A copy of a memorandum from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency was circulated for members' information.

Slides were shown and Mr Baird, a representative of Ross & Bonnyman, addressed the meeting.

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

15. PLANNING APPEAL DECISION ­ 6 GUTHRIE CRESCENT, FRIOCKHEIM

With reference to Article 4(b) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 13 August 2001, there was submitted Report No 639/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport which presented the findings of the Reporter appointed by the Scottish Ministers to determine the appeal against the refusal of Angus Council to grant consent for a conservatory at 6 Guthrie Crescent, Friockheim.

The Committee noted that the Scottish Ministers had dismissed the Appeal.

16. REVIEW OF BUILDING CONTROL IN SCOTLAND

With reference to Article 7 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 4 May 2000, there was submitted Report No 640/02 by the Director of Planning and Transport giving a resume of the key changes to the Building Control System in Scotland as proposed by the Scottish Executive in its final consultation paper on the subject and detailing a suggested response to the consultation document.

The Report indicated that the purpose of the Building Standards would remain the protection of the public interest as regards health, safety, welfare and convenience of the public in and around buildings, conservation of fuel and power and accessibility and usability of buildings by the public at large. In the future, the Building Standards might also cover issues such as flood prevention, crime prevention, sustainability and matters relating to fuel poverty. However, the Building Control system would continue in the manner as at present applying to the erection, alteration, extension, change of use and demolition of a building.

The Report concluded that the proposals had many positive aspects which would improve and strengthen the role of Building Control to the benefit of the public.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the proposals of the Scottish Executive; and
  2. to approve the contents of the Report, including the proposed response to the questions raised by the Scottish Executive in the consultation document.
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