Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Tuesday, 16th April, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX


No. Item


Minutes pdf icon PDF 202 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting.

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It was proposed by Councillor Nutley and seconded by Councillor Bullivant that the minutes of the previous meeting be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


A vote was taken




That the minutes of the previous meeting be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


23/00936/MAJ Matford Home Farm, Matford pdf icon PDF 1010 KB

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The Principal Planning Officer presented the application to the Committee. She provided an update regarding a letter of comment received on behalf of the promoter of the residential element at Peamore in emerging local plan allocation EE2. This letter had come in after publication of the agenda.  Neither the landowner nor the promoter of this site support the use of the residential land as a potential location for the facility, they consider the site to be unsuitable for such a facility in physical and environmental terms and it would reduce residential yield and potentially impact on site viability.  They have confirmed that their representation relates only to the land within the policy EE2 allocation outside West Exe Business Park and its associated allocation.


The Chair read out comments from the Public Speaker, Objector who was unable to attend due to a traffic incident on the morning of the committee. It raised the following points:

·       Loss of housing location

·       Does not conform with Local Plan



Public Speaker Supporter – Spoke on:

·       Low value area

·       Obscured view

·       Landscape proposal reduces visual impact

·       Biodiversity aids


Second Public Speaker, Supporter – Spoke on:

·       Weight must be given to proposed location

·       The applicant site review undertaken for alternate sites did not support their use

·       Environmental concerns of using Peamore site

·       Marsh Barton site is in flood plain

·       South West Exeter Housing needs infrastructure

·       Impact would not cause unacceptable harm

·       Decarbonisation of electricity network


Comments from Councillors during the discussion included:


·       Impact on the landscape

·       Powerlines could have gone underground

·       Size of site larger than expected

·       Possibility of using Peamore site

·       Site could be used for housing supply

·       Application is opposed by parish council

·       Demolition of community buildings

·       No loss of amenity

·       Costs

·       Loss of view isn’t usually a reason for refusal

·       Need for electric supply

·       Importance of input from bodies

·       Doesn’t provide enhancement to entrance to Exeter

·       Noise concerns


In response to the discussion Officers clarified the following:

·       Members should not consider the use of other sites when determining this specific application

·       The secretary of state declined to call the application in



It was proposed by Councillor Sanders and seconded by Councillor Parrott that permission be refused for the reasons set out in the report.


A vote was taken. The result was unanimously in favour of refusal.




That permission be refused for the following reason:


1.     The application site currently consists of a mix of uses and buildings and has an industrial/agricultural appearance within a rural location currently undergoing significant planned change as part of the South West of Exeter Urban Extension. The application site is identified within the South West Exeter Development Framework (2014) as Development Plan Area E1 for Mixed Use development and Community Facilities and has outline planning permission granted for such a development. Whilst the need for electricity infrastructure to serve the new dwellings at South West Exeter is acknowledged it is considered that the proposed development on the application site would result in a large, overbearing and alien structure,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.


Appeal Decisions - to note appeal decisions made by the Planning Inspectorate. pdf icon PDF 123 KB

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The Committee noted the appeals decisions made by the Planning Inspectorate.


S73 Major Decisions Summary pdf icon PDF 56 KB

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The Committee noted the Major Decisions Summary Sheet.