Agenda and draft minutes

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To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 23 January 2019.


The minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Tiffany Osborne, Clare Paul, Crispin Raikes, Dean Ruddle and Gerard Tucker.


Declarations of Interest

In accordance with the Council’s current Code of Conduct (as amended 26 February 2015), which includes all the provisions relating to Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI), personal and prejudicial interests, Members are asked to declare any DPI and also any personal interests (and whether or not such personal interests are also “prejudicial”) in relation to any matter on the Agenda for this meeting. 

Members are reminded that they need to declare the fact that they are also a member of a County, Town or Parish Council as a Personal Interest.  Where you are also a member of Somerset County Council and/or a Town or Parish Council within South Somerset you must declare a prejudicial interest in any business on the agenda where there is a financial benefit or gain or advantage to Somerset County Council and/or a Town or Parish Council which would be at the cost or to the financial disadvantage of South Somerset District Council. 

Planning Applications Referred to the Regulation Committee

The following members of this Committee are also members of the Council’s Regulation Committee:

Councillors Clare Paul, Graham Middleton and Sylvia Seal.

Where planning applications are referred by this Committee to the Regulation Committee for determination, Members of the Regulation Committee can participate and vote on these items at the Area Committee and at Regulation Committee.  In these cases the Council’s decision-making process is not complete until the application is determined by the Regulation Committee.  Members of the Regulation Committee retain an open mind and will not finalise their position until the Regulation Committee.  They will also consider the matter at Regulation Committee as Members of that Committee and not as representatives of the Area Committee.


Prior to discussion of agenda item 11, Councillor Adam Dance declared a personal interest for planning application 17/04604/FUL, as he is also a county councillor, and a member of South Petherton Parish Council which had made comments on the application as consultees.


Date of next meeting

Councillors are requested to note that the next Area North Committee meeting is scheduled to be held at 2.00pm on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at a venue to be confirmed.


Members noted that the next meeting of the Area North Committee was scheduled for 2.00pm on Wednesday 27 March 2019, at a venue to be confirmed.


Public question time


There were no questions from members of the public present at the meeting.


Chairman's announcements


The Chairman reminded all councillors to use the microphones when speaking.


He informed members that as the Vice Chairman was absent, he had asked Councillor Sylvia Seal to take the role for the meeting, and this was agreed by members.


Reports from members


There were no reports from members.


Area North Committee Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 84 KB


The Director (Strategy & Support Services) asked how members wanted officers to bring forward progress and update reports regarding the Area Chapter in the Council Plan. She suggested updates on the Area Chapter should be added as a regular item on the Area North Forward Plan.


During a short discussion, it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 107.


Planning Appeals pdf icon PDF 54 KB


Members noted the report that detailed planning appeals which have been lodged, dismissed or allowed.


On the subject of appeals in general, a member asked if it would be possible to have monthly updates on the status regarding appeals and possible designation of the authority.


In response, the Senior Planning  ...  view the full minutes text for item 108.


Schedule of Planning Applications to be Determined By Committee pdf icon PDF 85 KB


Members noted the schedule of planning applications to be determined at the meeting.


Planning Application 17/04604/FUL - Probiotics International Ltd, Lopenhead, South Petherton pdf icon PDF 479 KB

Additional documents:


Proposal: Demolition of various outbuildings and greenhouse and the erection of a warehouse building (Use Class B8) and associated parking and landscaping.


The Specialist (Development Management) presented the application as detailed in the agenda report, highlighting the layout, access, parking, arrangements for access and turning by HGVs, and the elevations  ...  view the full minutes text for item 110.


Planning Application 18/03322/FUL - Homelea, Broadmead Road, Beercrocombe pdf icon PDF 375 KB


Proposal: The addition of a window to end elevation and the change of use of existing stables to house dogs (Retrospective).


The Specialist (Development Management) presented the application as detailed in the agenda. He updated members that two further letters of support had recently been received and would be viewable  ...  view the full minutes text for item 111.