of the Meeting of the

Planning & Regulatory Committee

Wednesday, 31st October 2012

held at the Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.


Meeting Commenced:  4pm            Meeting Concluded: 5pm




P  Ian Porter (Chairman)

P  Bob Cook (Vice-Chairman)


P Elfan Ap Rees (substitute for Terry Porter)

A  Bob Bateman 

    Peter Bryant 

P  Andy Cole 

P   Catherine Gibbons (substitute for Bob Bateman)

P  Jill Iles 

P  David Jolley 

P  Alan McMurray 

A  David Pasley 

P  Robert Payne 

P  Marcia Pepperall 

A  Terry Porter 

    David Shopland 

P  Arthur Terry (substitute for David Pasley)

P  Clive Webb 




P: Present

A: Apologies for absence submitted


Also in attendance: Councillors Mark Canniford, John Crockford-Hawley, Robert Cleland.


Officers in attendance: Sally Evans (Development & Environment), Richard Kent (Development & Environment), Fiona Robertson (for Head of Legal and Democratic Services), Heather Sanders (Corporate Services)




Public Speaking at Area Committees (Standing Order 17A)

Planning Application No. 12/P/1053/F (Agenda item 6.1)


Local resident Dr Mark Allinson addressed the Area Committee speaking in opposition to an application for planning permission at Bristol Road Lower, Weston-super-Mare.


The applicant’s agent James Stacey then spoke in support of the proposal.




Declarations of Pecuniary Interest (Agenda Item 3)





Minutes of the Meeting held on 26 September 2012 (Agenda Item 4.1)


            The representative of the Head of Legal and Democratic Services told the Committee that in order to ensure that the S106 Agreement was in accord with the minutes it was necessary to amend Minute No. PAR 21, to include provision for the recovery of the original grant element when a shared ownership unit was sold on the open market.


            Resolved: that subject to the necessary amendment to Minute No. PAR 21 the minutes of the meeting be approved as a correct record.




Planning Application No. 12/P/1053/F Sub-division of existing properties to form 19 no. self-contained flats comprising 13 no. 2 bed and 6 no. 1 bed units.  Erection of 6 no. additional new dwellings to rear comprising 2 no. 2 bed and 3 no. 3 bed dwellings at 85-91 Bristol Road Lower, Weston-super-Mare (Agenda Item 6.1)


The Director of Development and Environment reported on an application for planning permission.


The representative of the Director of Development and Environment drew Members’ attention to the update sheet, which set out clarification of the Section 106 contributions and details of additional correspondence received.


At the invitation of the Chairman local Ward Members Councillors Canniford and Crockford-Hawley addressed the meeting.  


In considering the application and the recommendation from the South Area Committee, Members expressed concern about the densities proposed, the lack of integration with the surrounding neighbourhood, and the failure to match the newly emerging parking standards.


Resolved: that consideration of the matter be deferred for a site inspection and for negotiation with the applicant to seek amendments to address the issues raised by the South Area Committee.




1st Quarter Development Management 2012/13 (Agenda Item 6.2)

The Director of Development and Environment reported on performance for the first quarter of 2012/13.  Congratulating the officers on the excellent results the Chairman thanked everyone concerned for ensuring that performance was maintained during the recent office moves.


The Director of Development and Environment’s representative advised that the Growth and Infrastructure Bill that was making its way through Parliament would, amongst other measures, introduce provisions allowing developers to apply to the Secretary of State for the determination of planning applications where the Local Planning Authority was deemed to be “poorly performing”.  Whilst the definition of poor performance was still to be published initial indications were that it might be based on a combination of slow decision making and the proportion of appeals allowed.