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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Neil Bloomfield and William Wallace.


It was noted that Councillor Mike Stanton was acting as substitute for Councillor Adam Dance and Councillor Sarah Dyke was acting as a substitute for Councillor Henry Hobhouse.



Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Public Question Time


A member of the public addressed the committee and said that that the draft minutes published on the website of the Regulation Committee on 17th September 2019 were an inaccurate record of the meeting.  He also sought clarification regarding the timescales on the publication of minutes from previous meetings.


In response the Case Officer, Strategy and Commissioning clarified the current situation regarding these minutes and the Chairman asked that if he left contact details they would action his concerns and contact him direct with more information if he so wished.



Planning Application 19/00655/OUT - Land OS 9609 Brewham Road, Bruton pdf icon PDF 599 KB


Application Proposal: Outline planning permission is sought for the development of up to 60 residential dwellings (Use Class C3), together with associated highways and drainage infrastructure, public open space and landscaping. Details of access are submitted for approval with all other matters (Layout, Scale, Appearance and Landscaping) reserved for later approval.


The Planning Specialist presented his report to members. He explained that the application was an outline application for up to 60 dwellings and that all matters, except access, would be considered by a later reserved matters application. 


Using a PowerPoint presentation, he provided plans to show the location of the site and photographs of the site and access. He also pointed out the position of the junction in relation to the Old Toll House at the corner of Frome Road and Brewham Road.


He explained that the layout plan which had been provided was an indicative plan, and also showed the indicative drainage strategy plan and position of the proposed large attenuation pond.  He advised members that both the Environment Agency and Lead Local Flood Agency were satisfied with the proposal subject to a detailed drainage condition. 


He detailed the access and visibility splay as proposed, explaining that the proposed visibility splay was more than normally required.  He also explained that the proposal included a new pavement to link the development to the town, which would be situated the south of the development, adding that a priority system for vehicles approaching from the west, was also proposed on the road along the north of the site. The proposal had been considered and audited by Somerset County Council and had passed the tests which were carried out.


Photographs on the site and the surrounding area, to include the access, were shown to members.


The Planning Specialist advised that a number of planning applications for housing developments had recently been approved in Bruton, which totalled 193 new dwellings.


He explained that the additional 60 dwellings which were proposed as part of this application would exceed the minimum target of planned houses to be built in Bruton by 24%.  However, as this was only a minimum target figure and that the current local plan policy is now considered out of date, only minimum weight can be given and therefore he felt that this would not be considered significant. 


In summary, he felt that the key considerations for members would be drainage and highway safety, however advised that it was his recommendation that the application be approved.


Councillor Lucy Trimnell SSDC Ward member then spoke in objection to the application. Her comments included:

·         Additional traffic which would be created by this proposal was a concern, especially when considering other new housing developments in the area.

·         Pedestrian access which would be created would be unsafe.

·         Local facilities such as the local primary school and doctor’s surgery cannot cope with the increase.

·         Concerns regarding flooding and impact this will have on the area and local roads.

·         Impact on Ecology and local wildlife.

·         Already have safety  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of the Regulation Committee will be held on Tuesday 17th December 2019 at 10.00am. However this meeting will only take place if there is business to conduct.




Members noted the date of the next meeting.