Agenda and minutes

West Devon Development Management and Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 28th February, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber - Kilworthy Park

Contact: Kathy Hoare Senior Case Manager - Democratic Services 


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*DM&L .42

Apologies for Absence



Apologies were received from Cllrs T Pearce and B Ratcliffe, with Cllr R Cheadle substituting for Cllr Pearce.


*DM&L .43

Declarations of Interest

In accordance with the Code of Conduct, Members are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, Other Registerable Interests and Non-Registerable Interests including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting;



Members and officers were invited to declare any interests in the items of business to be considered during the course of this meeting.  In so doing, Cllr Mott declared an interest in planning application 4034/22/HHO (minute DM&L.46 below refers) by virtue of being the Council’s appointed Member representative on the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Partnership and remained in the meeting during consideration of this application.


*DM&L .44

Items Requiring Urgent Attention

To consider those items which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be considered by the Meeting as matters of urgency (if any). 




Whilst there was no urgent business brought forward to this meeting, the Chairman reminded the Committee the next Development  Management & Licensing Committee was scheduled to be held on 18 April 2023.



*DM&L .45

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 223 KB

Meeting held on 24 January 2023



The minutes from the Committee meeting held on 24 January 2023 were approved as a true and correct record.


*DM&L .46

Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 656 KB

To see Letters of Representation and further supplementary information relating to any of the planning applications on the agenda, please select the following link and enter the relevant Reference number:



WARD NAME                                               Bere Ferrers

APPLICATION NUMBER                          4034/22/HHO            

LOCATION                                                   Pump Cottage, Bere Alston       

DEVELOPMENT                                     Householder application for

                                                                 proposed detached garage



The Committee proceeded to consider the report that had been prepared by the relevant Planning Officer on the following application and considered also the comments of the Parish Council together with other representations received, which were listed within the presented agenda report and summarised below:



(a)  Application No.  4034/22/HHO        Ward: Bere Ferrers


Site Address: Pump Cottage, Bere Ferrers


       Development: Householder application for proposed detached garage


          Recommendation: Refusal


Key issues for consideration: Design, scale and massing, the impact on non-designated heritage asset and setting, impact on the Cornwall and West Devon World Heritage Site, Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


       Speakers included:


        Supporter: Mr H Thornton

        Bere Ferrers Parish Councillor: Cllr P Crozier

        Local Ward Member: Cllr A Blackman


During questions of the speakers, it was clarified that, should Members wish to propose Conditional Application of the planning application, then they would need to demonstrate how the identified harm would be mitigated.  It was confirmed that no weight should be given to the previous Structure, as there was just a concrete slab in situ. It was questioned if trellis work inside the hedge would help to mitigate the harm.


In debate, it was clarified that the Bere Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan stated that new development should avoid harming the unique assets of the area.  Also, there was also no carbon reduction measures proposed in the planning application as stated as being required on new development within the Neighbourhood Plan.


It was raised by a Member that, on the site visit, the Committee had observed several sheds in close proximity to the application site that appeared to have no relevance to the heritage assets outlined in the Officer’s published agenda report.  In reply, the Head of Development Management said that the decision made on those garages may have been poor decisions in the past, however with the current adopted policies and, in particular, the World Heritage site status, it is important to measure the decision against them.  The Officer also explained that it would be hard to condition against further development on this site, as it was an application for a garage and so it would not be possible to remove permitted development rights.


Committee Decision: Refusal







1.    The proposed garage does not meet the minimum internal dimensions for domestic garaging as set out within paragraph 8.5 of DEV29 of the Plymouth & South West Devon Joint Local Plan (2014- 2034) The small size of the proposed garage is substandard resulting in a building that is not fit for purpose. If approved, it will increase pressure for additional garage buildings within the site, further compromising available space within the site for on-site parking and turning and exacerbating the negative visual impact that a proliferation of small garden buildings would have within the Public Realm of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and World Heritage Site (WHS) protected Heritage Landscape. As such the proposal is contrary to policy DEV29 Plymouth & South West Devon Joint Local Plan (2014- 2034);


2.    The  ...  view the full minutes text for item *DM&L .46

*DM&L .47

Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 60 KB



The Head of Development Management updated Members on the appeal on Higher Wilminstone Milking Parlour, near Tavistock. The application had been refused on four reasons.  The location had been the main reason that the Inspector had given for dismissing the appeal, as there were no local facilities and people would be reliant on the motor car.



*DM&L .48

Update on Undetermined Major Applications pdf icon PDF 202 KB



The Head of Development Management updated Members on two applications that were raised at Committee. She confirmed that the meeting had taken place with Sports England on the application on Hazeldene Preparatory School, Tavistock.  Also, that a meeting had taken place with the architect in regard to potential amendments to the design of the proposed houses.


The Monitoring Officer confirmed that the application on Plymouth Road was awaiting land ownership issues to be dealt with in regard to probate.