Agenda and minutes

West Devon Development Management and Licensing Committee - Tuesday, 18th July, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber - Kilworthy Park

Contact: Kathy Hoare - Democratic Services Specialist 


No. Item

*DM&L .1/23

Apologies for Absence



Apologies were received from Cllr N Jory for who Cllr P Kimber substituted.

*DM&L .2/23

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;



 For the record, Cllr Mann declared that she had been Chairman of Tavistock Town Council’s Development Management Committee when application 4087/22/HHO was heard at their Committee meeting. She declared that she was of an open mind and had not predetermined this application and therefore remained in the meeting and took part in the debate and vote thereon

*DM&L .3/23

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). 




 There was no urgent business brought forward to this meeting.

*DM&L .4/23

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 567 KB

Meeting held on 28 February 2023



The minutes from the Committee meeting held on 28 February 2023 were approved as a true and correct record.

*DM&L .5/23

Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 375 KB

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


(a) Application No. 4087/22/HHO        Ward: Tavistock North


Site Address: 61 Parkwood Road, Tavistock PL19

Development: Householder application for alterations to existing building including rear/side extension & roof conversion.


Recommendation: Refusal


Reasons for refusal (updated from published Officer report)


1.      The proposal is considered to be an unacceptable development in terms of its siting, design, size and scale. The site forms the end of a row of well-preserved traditional buildings within the Conservation Area and World Heritage Site. The proposal introduces new built forms to both the rear and side of the dwelling house that would be visible within the public realm, erode the distinctive, traditional appearance of the row of dwellings causing less than substantial harm to the outstanding universal value of the World Heritage Site and character and appearance of the Conservation Area, without public benefit.  The proposal is therefore contrary to policies SPT11, DEV20, DEV21 and DEV22 of the adopted Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan 2014-2034; Tavistock Conservation Area Appraisal 2009; World Heritage Site Management Plan 2020-2025, and the National Planning Policy Framework.


2.      The proposed two-storey rear extension is an over-bearing addition that would overlook the neighbour’s amenity space to the rear and encroach on their privacy contrary to policy DEV1 of the adopted Plymouth and South West Joint Local Plan 2014-2034; National Planning Policy Framework and the advice contained within appendix 1 of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan, Supplementary Planning Document (adopted July 2020).      


3.      Insufficient information has been provided to demonstrate that there is an adequate drainage solution contrary to policy DEV35 of the adopted Plymouth and South West Joint Local Plan 2014-2034 and National Planning Policy Framework. 



 Key issues for Committee consideration:


       Visual impact on the World Heritage Site, Conservation Area & Public Realm

     The size and mass of the structure in relation to the quality of the build form and the authenticity of the World Heritage site and the wider setting.

     Visual impact on the setting of multiple non designated heritage assets including the host dwelling and the setting of Listed Buildings surrounding the Foundry.

     Neighbour amenity – impacts of dominance, over-shadowing and loss of privacy.



One Speaker registered:


Applicant: Mrs F McCarter

In Mrs McCarter’s presentation she stated that they were contributing to keeping the building in its original state by proposing to use breathable materials and bringing back wooden sash windows. As a family they would like for the dwelling to be their  family home for years to come and they would use favourable materials to lessen the impact onthe neighbouring property


In debate the Principal Planning Officer explained that overlooking was a material planning consideration. Policy Dev 1 outlined neighbourhood amenities and  ...  view the full minutes text for item *DM&L .5/23

*DM&L .6/23

Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 271 KB



The Head of Development Management took Members through the Appeals Update. In so doing, it was noted that Application 0723/21/FUL, Land Plymouth Road, Tavistock for 44 residential dwellings and 0.76ha of commercial land was upheld. As a result, the Committee recognised that the applicant had two planning permissions on the land now.

*DM&L .7/23

Update on Undetermined Major Applications pdf icon PDF 200 KB



There were no questions for the Head of Development Management arising from the agenda item.