Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Committee considered a report on the above application for a non material amendment application to amend approved Planning Application C2012/66220/FUL to allow for alterations to the pipeline route on the western boundary.
At the outset of the item, the legal adviser reminded the committee what was meant by a non-material amendment and that this had been brought to committee at the discretion of the Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning under the constitutional scheme of delegation.
In response to a Member question on tree removal, the Principal Tree Officer expanded on the number and types of trees concerned and how some would be replaced.
Members referred to the nature of a non-material amendment and what this meant in respect of the original application. The Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning elaborated on the details of the amendment and explained that in the opinion of officers, this was not regarded as sufficiently significant to merit a new application.
In response to Members’ biodiversity concerns, reference was made by the Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning to an ongoing enforcement case. The Senior Biodiversity Officer responded to concerns raised with regards to specific tree species and the bird nesting season, reassuring Members that the Council had confirmation from the applicant's ecologist that no legislation had been breached.
The applicant, Simon Woodward (SDEN), and agent, Colin Taylor (Eneteq), addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31. Members sought assurance that there would be no further changes to the pipeline, which was given. Queries were answered with regards to a re-planting timeline, and it was estimated that this would commence in the autumn season. It was also confirmed that tree clearance had taken place within the normative bird breeding season, which may have been affected by the recent cold weather, and that best practice checks had been undertaken as the clearance was within this period.
A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:
Agree (8) Councillors Samantha Bourne, Hamish Pollock, Muhammad Sadiq, Jason Reynolds, Vincent Galligan, Margaret Court, Kevin Burke, Graham Whitham.
Against (2) Councillors Tim Crowley, Patrick McManus
Councillor Crowley wished it recorded in the minutes that his dissent was based on the belief that this was in fact a material amendment to the original application.
RESOLVED: that the alterations to the pipeline route on the western boundary be agreed as a non-material amendment to application C2012/66220/FUL.
Publication date: 13/04/2018
Date of decision: 21/03/2018
Decided at meeting: 21/03/2018 - Planning Committee