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To accept any apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Councillors Elin
Hywel, Elwyn Jones and Gareth Roberts
DECLARATION OF PERSONAL INTEREST AND PROTOCOL MATTERS
To receive any declaration of personal interest and to note protocol matters.
The following member
declared that he had an interest in relation to the item noted:
Councillor Cai Larsen (a member of this Planning Committee), in item 5.1
(C22/0657/18/LL) on the agenda as he was a Member of the Adra Management Board.
To note any items that are a matter of urgency in the view of the Chairman for consideration.
Chairman shall propose that the minutes of the previous meeting of this
committee, held on, 20th November 2023, be signed as a true record.
The Chair accepted the minutes of the previous meeting
of this committee, held on 20 November 2023, as a true record.
To submit the report of the Head of Environment Department.
considered the following applications for development. Details of the
applications were expanded upon, and questions were answered in relation to the
plans and policy aspects.
application for the erection of 30 affordable dwellings with a new access,
internal access road and associated works.
Councillor Sasha Williams and Councillor Iwan Huws
delegate powers to the Head of Environment Department to approve the application,
subject to ensuring an acceptable solution regarding archaeological matters and
a 106 agreement for a play area and educational contribution and conditions
relating to the following:
within five years
comply with the approved plans
Must submit and
agree on a programme for providing affordable housing
Must agree on
external materials including the roofing slates
Removal of permitted
Need to submit an Environmental Management Plan
prior to commencing work on the development
A Welsh name for the
housing estate and individual houses.
Restrict the use to
C3 use class only
Note – Welsh Water
Land Drainage Unit
Full planning application to erect 30 affordable
dwellings with a new access, internal access road and associated works.
Attention was drawn to the late observations
form that proposed additional information regarding Educational Contribution
matters, Linguistic Matters, Biodiversity, Trees, and Archaeology matters.
The Development Control
Team Leader highlighted, that it was a full application to erect 30 affordable
dwellings with associated works on the site designated under T57 as a site for
housing within the Bethel Service Village development boundary as defined by
the Local Development Plan (LDP). It was explained that the site was located
within the Dinorwig Landscape of Outstanding Historic
Interest and abutted the Pen-yr-Orsedd designated
Wildlife Site which was distinctive for its acidic grassland, marshy grassland,
and acid/neutral wetland. The proposal included erecting the houses, providing
new access to the B4366 (which is a class 2 road), creating an internal access
road, landscaped areas and associated drainage work;
the proposal would include a housing mix:
3 two-bedroom bungalows
1 three-bedroom wheelchair-accessible bungalow
8 two-bedroom houses
12 three-bedroom houses
2 four-bedroom houses
4 one-bedroom flats
In the context of the development’s principle,
it was noted, in accordance with Policy PCYFF 1 ('Development Boundaries') that
proposals would be approved within development boundaries in accordance with
the other policies and proposals in the Plan, national planning policies and
other material planning considerations.
It was highlighted that Bethel, in the LDP, was identified as a Service
Village under policy TAI 4 which supported housing to meet the Plan's strategy
through housing allocations and suitable unallocated sites within the
development boundary based on the indicative provision within the Policy.
It was reported, in accordance with Policy TAI
8, that consideration should be given to the proposed development and whether
it met the demand for housing recorded in a Market Housing Assessment and other
relevant local sources of evidence. It was noted that a Housing Mix Statement
was submitted with the application noting the reasoning behind the housing mix
proposed, and confirmation was received from the Housing Strategic Unit
confirming that the development met the recognised local community needs. It
was reiterated that Policy TAI 15 of the LDP stated that Councils would attempt
to ensure an appropriate level of affordable houses in the plan area. In
Bethel, the threshold was two or more housing units, but as the proposal
prepared 100% affordable units and that the Housing Strategic Unit confirmed
that the proposal met the need in the area, the application satisfied policy
TAI 15. As a result, it was considered that there was justification and need
for the proposal and that it would address the needs of the local community and
realise the objectives of the LDP housing policies.
In the context of the location, design and visual impact of the proposal, it was noted that it would form a logical extension to the village, and that the layout, design and materials of the proposed development would be in-keeping with the location in an appropriate way. It was considered ... view the full minutes text for item 6.
Application for a proposed pick your
own enterprise to include alterations to the existing vehicular
access, provision of a car park for customers, installation of a polytunnel and
shelter with solar panels above, provision of a shipping container for the
installation of irrigation equipment and associated equipment with the solar
panels and a shipping container for weighing the fruit and selling
refreshments, installatio of water collection tanks, and the erection of a
building to provide toilets.
LOCAL MEMBER: Councillor
To approve – conditions:
accordance with the plans
cover on the pv panels
pv solar equipment must be disconnected and moved from the site after a
continuous period of not producing energy.
buildings approved here must only be used for agricultural purposes or as
ancillary to agricultural use of the site and if their use for agricultural
purposes within this unit ends permanently within 10 years of the date of
completing the development substantially, unless the local planning authority
approves an alternative use, the building will have to be demolished and
removed from the land and the land restored to its previous condition before
the development took place.
of electric car charging points
the developer to the website of the Welsh Language Commissioner and the Welsh
Offer in order to assist them to create a Language Plan, and identify the
development steps in terms of promoting the Welsh language.
An application for the creation of a pick-your-own
fruit enterprise, including alterations to the existing vehicular access, provision
of customer car park, installation of a polytunnel and shelter with solar
panels above, provision of a container for the installation of irrigation
equipment and associated equipment with solar panels and a container to be used
for weighing the fruit and sale of refreshments, installation of water
collection tanks, and installation of a building to provide toilets.
a) The Development Control Team Leader highlighted that this was a full
application to create a pick-your-own fruit enterprise on a site located on the
outskirts of the village of Rhydyclafdy in open
countryside and within the Llŷn and Bardsey
Island Area of Outstanding Historic Interest.
was explained that the principle of a pick-your-own fruit enterprise was an
agricultural use as it involved using the land to grow produce. Reference was
made to part 3.8 of Technical Advice Note 6 which confirmed if a farm shop was
used only for the sale of goods produced on that farm, with a minimal quantity
of other goods from elsewhere, therefore it was a use which was ancillary to
its use as a farm and did not require specific planning permission (namely
using the current farm buildings to sell the produce). However, in this case,
the proposal involved the provision of a new construction and development
specifically for the enterprise which was subject to planning consent. It was explained that the provision of a shop
in the context of this proposal was in the form of a cabin in order to weigh
the produce as well as the sale of refreshments to customers, such as tea,
coffee and cakes, etc. The cabin would be small, and it was not considered
large enough to sell a large number of goods sourced elsewhere; this element of
the proposal was acceptable and in accordance with the objectives of TAN
objectives for sustainable rural communities.
terms of visual, general and residential amenities, it was noted that the site,
despite being on the outskirts of the village, was relatively concealed since
the land gradually drops away from the village, and although a class 3 road (Lôn Pin) runs past the site, there were only intermittent
views through the high hedges along the road leading from the site.
Attention was also drawn to the shelter frame above the produce growing boards which were substantial in terms of height and included solar panels and clear panels above. This equated to a 3.1m high building with a ridge roof and curves and valleys alternately. Despite being substantial, its height and location means that it would be unlikely to have a substantial detrimental impact on the landscape, including the Landscape of Outstanding Historic Interest. It was reiterated that it was proposed to provide a polytunnel on the site alongside the shelter frames, therefore it was not considered that it would have an additional impact on the landscape in comparison with the nearby shelter ... view the full minutes text for item 7.