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To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 27 February 2019.


The minutes of the meeting held on 27 February 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Stephen Page and Dean Ruddle.


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.


Councillors Adam Dance and Crispin Raikes each declared a personal interest for agenda item 12 – planning application 18/01481/OUT, as they are also members of South Petherton Parish Council which had made comments on the application.


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 24 April 2019 at a venue to be confirmed (likely to be the Edgar Hall, Somerton).


Members noted that the next meeting of the Area North Committee was scheduled for 2.00pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019, at a venue to be confirmed (but likely to be the Edgar Hall in Somerton).


Public question time


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


Chairman's announcements


There were no Chairman’s announcements.


Reports from members


Councillor Sue Steele referred to a new tourism brochure for the area, and praised the work that had been done to promote the local area.


Neighbourhood Policing pdf icon PDF 48 KB


The Neighbourhood Police Team Sergeant for South Somerset (Avon and Somerset Constabulary), provided members with a verbal update on the revised structure and new ways of working for the local beat teams. He informed members that shift patterns had also changed, and the Somerton and Wincanton teams were no longer  ...  view the full minutes text for item 119.


Area North Committee Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 83 KB


There was no discussion and members were content to note the Forward Plan.



That the Area North Forward Plan be noted.



Planning Appeals pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Additional documents:


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


One member commented that the Inspector’s comments, regarding the application for 2 dwellings at Henley, were very interesting and the appeal would be a useful case study for new members.


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 18/01481/OUT - Land East of Stoodham, South Petherton pdf icon PDF 508 KB


Proposal: Outline application for the erection of 6 dwellings.


The Specialist (Development Management) presented the application as detailed in the agenda, and highlighted that access via the junction of Stoodham with Silver Street was a contentious issue locally due to safety concerns. He highlighted the key considerations for the application  ...  view the full minutes text for item 123.


Planning Application 19/00259/HOU - 15 Piece Lane, Shepton Beauchamp pdf icon PDF 386 KB


Proposal: Conversion of existing garage with single storey lean to extension to the rear of the property to create a new kitchen, diner and utility room.


The Chairman remaindered those present that the application was only before members for consideration due to the position held by one of the applicants.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 124.