Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Tuesday, 22nd November, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: Buckland Athletic Football Club, Kingskerswell Rd, Newton Abbot, TQ12 5JU. View directions


No. Item


Minutes pdf icon PDF 289 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting.


It was proposed by Councillor Goodman-Bradbury and seconded by Councillor Dewhirst 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.


21/02674/MAJ - Secmaton Farm, Dawlish pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Additional documents:


The Senior Planning Officer presented the application to the committee.


Comments from Councillors included:

·       Lack of affordable homes

·       Link road is positive

·       6m wide link road too small

·       Parking concerns

·       Traffic safety concerns

·       Not enough town medical capacity

·       Lack of dental capacity

·       SW water strategic sewer solution

·       Affordable housing concern

·       Condition description needs adjusting

·       Area 5 link

·       Allotments are positive but need management

·       Hedges need to be well managed

·       Roads must ensure they line up

·       Postboxes should be suggested to applicant

·       Site short distance from Exe estuary

·       Environment agency opposed?

·       No reasons for refusal

·       Good to have bat/bird/hedgehog boxes

·       Impact on water voles

·       Bungalow concerns

·       Age restriction on bungalow permanent?

·       What are exceptions that allow lower affordable housing?

·       What is affordable housing in area 4

·       Is 10 percent biodiversity gain correct?

·       Scope for reserved matters to return to planning committee

·       Has current biodiversity been measured?

·       Audit of biodiversity wanted

·       MUGA needed as hundreds of houses being built

·       No safe and suitable access

·       No real support from highways

·       Have points raised in 5.52 been confirmed

·       Devon wildlife trust cooments

·       Surgery to receive £80,000 and can apply for CIL

·       Red rock club used for education and youth – £146,000 for it

·       NHS club asked for money but funding was not given

·       County council briefing on link road – no yellow lines

·       Similar link road was 9 meters,

·       Little space for buses and lorries

·       Altered traffic flow

·       What are clubcar vehicles?

·       Children with developmental disorders require additional funding which comes from CIL

·       Condition 15 includes bat survey

·       Bird survey should be undertaken at reasonable time

·       Biodiversity net gain has been in other applications, possibly part of act of parliament, road encourages faster traffic,

·       Important to not return to low affordable housing

·       NHS funding needed

·       Devon wildlife trust opinion


The Senior Planning Officer and Business Manager commented on:

·       The viability assessment

·       30mph speed limit,

·       Obligation for 400 pounds per dwelling towards local surgery, infrastructure, and wet field drainage.

·       No request for funding received from dentists

·       Suitable drainage strategy

·       Environmental agency withdrew objection

·       County bridge application has voles strategy including habitat and agreed by council biodiversity officer

·       Disabled bungalows considered affordable

·       Independent expert agrees that bungalows are affordable housing mitigation

·       Social rent would impact delivery of units

·       10 percent biodiversity gain hasn’t been agreed so not reasonable to require

·       No net biodiversity loss

·       Bat/bird boxes are part of ecological assessment,

·       Plentiful green infrastructure

·       Mitigation funded through CIL

·       S106 agreement received before being agreed at Committee

·       Clubcars are shared vehicles

·       6-meter-wide carriageway

·       No requirement for yellow lines

·       Bats and birds protected by law and the survey would have to be undertaken shortly before construction

·       Planning cannot require adoption of roads, only standards

Biodiversity gain only requested if application is outside local plan, 10 percent net gain is not reasonable to request

·       Detailed scheme will be submitted and considered by biodiversity officer



It was proposed by Councillor Dewhirst and seconded by Councillor Haines that permission be granted, as set out in the updated officer recommendation. .

A  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.


Major Decisions Summary pdf icon PDF 43 KB


The Committee noted the major decisions summary sheet.


Appeal Decisions - to note appeal decisions made by the Planning Inspectorate. pdf icon PDF 60 KB


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