MINUTES OF COMPTON MARTIN PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON 24 AUGUST 2016 AT 7.30 P.M.
IN COMPTON MARTIN SCHOOL ROOM
Councillor J Halling-Brown (JHB)
Councillor A Jurkiw (AJ)
Councillor Dr AA Palmer (AAP) (Chairman)
Councillor E Taylor (ET)
Councillor K Moore (KM)
Jane Griffiths – Clerk
0 members of the public
1. To receive and accept apologies for absence
· Councillor C Craig - Holiday
Councillor R Chapman – Holiday
2. Receive comments from the public
3. Receive declarations of interest in the agenda
4. To approve and sign the minutes of the previous meetings
· It was proposed and seconded that the minutes of the 11 July and 22 July will be approved at the September meeting of the Parish Council
5. Planning Applications
1. To receive a report from the Planning Working Party and consider their recommendations regarding the following Planning Applications
16/03572/FUL High View, The Street, Compton Martin – Mr John Shallcross
Installation of 2no south side dormers and erection of double garage
It was confirmed that the Planning Working Party had met to consider the above planning application. The Working Party recommendations were discussed. It was proposed and seconded that the following response be sent to B&NES Planning Department. All in favour.
Compton Martin Parish Council considered the above planning application at their meeting on the 24 August 2016. They wish to OBJECT to this planning application.
The site, which is in the Compton Martin Conservation Area and an AONB has been the subject of considerable development over the past 8 years and is already overdeveloped. The current application proposes further development on the site with the addition of an oversized double garage and apparently oversized dormers.
The plans are extremely difficult to read both in terms of any dimensions and also the precise location of the garage and the amount of the garden that it will take over. The south facing dormer is apparently oversized. The proposed dormers to the east is likely to look over neighbouring properties. Neighbours have similarly expressed an inability to follow the plans and therefore are unable to comment.
The height of the garage would appear to be 5m up to the apex which is likely to be visible to neighbours. At a length of 7m the garage is likely to dominate the small garden space for the entire site and contrary to policy NE.2 stating that development which adversely affects the natural beauty of the landscape of the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will not be permitted.
Although the garage is described as a double garage the current configuration will make it impossible for two cars to enter and exit.
In terms of the design and location of the two dormers together, see view D, can best be described as hickeldy-pickeldy and will be detrimental to the character of the existing building totally out of keeping in a rural cottage, in and AONB and a conservation area.
B&NES has previously indicated the need for suitable residential curtilages in relation to other recent planning applications in the parish. It is not clear that this site will have a sufficient residential curtilage and it will be considerable smaller than the residential curtilage of neighbouring properties.
Under the permission for the one bedroomed family annex 12/01250/FUL Condition 5 (which does not appear to have been complied with) requires a hard and soft landscaping scheme to be approved in writing by the LPA. The proposed garage would have a significant impact on the landscaping scheme.
The majority of the external walls of the garage are proposed to be rough cast render painted brick red. This is not in keeping with the surrounding properties or indeed the existing properties which are currently on the site which are all clad in random local Compton Martin natural stone. All of the walls of the garage should be clad in such stone not simply the rear of the garage.
The already cumulative development on this site is too great and the addition of the garage will result in yet further overdevelopment of the site.
The LPA should know that in the past it has refused planning applications where the cumulative development of the site was significantly less than the cumulative development of this site.
Note: The applicant has identified that the High Hall was built ‘circa 1550’ (evidence not seen). There is a plaque to this effect on the wall. We are uncertain if this requires permission. As such, this would probably be the oldest house in the village and should be afforded Listed Building status.
Compton Martin Parish Council considers that the proposed development is totally out of keeping with the principles of the Compton Martin Conservation Area, AONB and Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan. This site has already been subject to considerable development. The plans are unclear. Compton Martin Parish Council has reviewed the application against the yardstick of Bath and North East Somerset Policies and refer the Planning Department to:
- Policy D.2 – General Design
- Policy D.4 – Appearance and Materials
- Policy BH.6 – Conservation Area
- Policy NE.2 – AONB Landscape and natural beauty
Compton Martin Parish Council also noted the comments received from B&NES Highways Department and the Wales and West Utilities, both of which are on the B&NES website.
For the avoidance of doubt, Compton Martin Parish Council strongly OBJECT IN PRINCIPLE to this application.
6. Date of the Next Meeting
Monday 12 September 2016 – 7.00 p.m. – Compton Martin Village Hall