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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Amanda Hampsey, Daniel Hampsey, Andrew Kain and Liz McCabe.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor Mark Irvine declared a non-financial interest in planning application reference 22/00678/PPP, as he knew the Applicant personally and had been lobbied frequently over the last few months. He left the room and took no part in the determination of this application which was dealt with at item 4 of this Minute.
Councillor John Armour declared a non-financial interest in planning application reference 23/01018/PP as it concerned a farm neighbouring his own business and he had also been lobbied by local residents. He indicated that he would take no part in the determination of this application which was dealt with at item 6 of this Minute, but would remain in the meeting.
a) The Minute of the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee held on 18 October 2023 at 11.00 am was approved as a correct record.
b) The Minute of the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee held on 18 October 2023 at 2.00 pm was approved as a correct record.
c) The Minute of the Planning, Protective Services and Licensing Committee held on 18 October 2023 at 3.00 pm was approved as a correct record.
Having declared an interest in the following item, Councillor Mark Irvine left the meeting at this point.
Report by Head of Development and Economic Growth
The Planning Officer spoke to the terms of the report. Planning permission in principle is sought
for the erection of a single dwellinghouse and
installation of a septic tank. The site
for the proposed dwellinghouse is located within the minor settlement boundary
The proposal also includes the formation of a new access to serve the
proposed dwellinghouse. The majority of this new access is out with
the settlement boundary and is located within the countryside zone. The site is also located within the MOD
safeguarding zone of Coulport.
The proposed site is located on the seaward side of the main road
(B833) opposite an existing dwelling know as Ruanda. All development within the minor settlement
boundary of Coulport/Letter is located exclusively on
the landward side of the main road and there is no existing development to the
seaward side of the road within the settlement boundary. It is considered that the proposals do not
constitute an appropriate site within the settlement zone, because they do not
relate to this established settlement pattern of Coulport/Letter.
It is recognised that there is development on
the seaward side of the main road in nearby neighbouring Ardpeaton. This development is either historical or is
re-development on brownfield sites and is not on a greenfield site. The application site is a greenfield site,
considered to be natural foreshore and can be described as a mature aged
broadleaved woodland with areas of wet woodland within it.
There have been 26 objections to this
proposal received and one representation along with objections from Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council and the Development Policy
Unit. There have been no objections from
other consultees, subject to conditions.
The proposal was assessed against policies of the Local Development
Plan (LDP) 2015, National Planning Framework 4 and LDP2, as detailed at section
P of the report and it was recommended that planning permission in principle be
refused for the reasons outlined in the report of handling.
The Committee agreed to refuse planning permission in principle for the
reasons detailed below:
DM1 gives encouragement to sustainable forms of development within key
settlements on appropriate sites and within the countryside zone on appropriate
infill, rounding off and redevelopment sites and changes of use of existing
buildings. There is a presumption against development that seeks to extend an
existing settlement into the Countryside Zone. With regard to LDP DM1 the
proposal includes an area of settlement zone and countryside zone, the proposal
does not constitute an appropriate site within the settlement zone, because it
does not relate to the established settlement pattern at Coulport/Letter,
where built development is located exclusively on the landward side of the
road. The proposed access to the
development is located within the countryside zone and therefore does not
accord with part E of LDP DM1. In addition, it would not be supported by LDP2
Policy 01 in relation to settlement areas and Policy 02 out with settlement
areas which is a material consideration. In relation to Policy 01 – Settlement
Areas, development will normally be acceptable where it is an appropriate scale
and fit for the size of settlement in which it is proposed and respects the
character and appearance of the surrounding townscape. In this regard the
proposal does not constitute an appropriate site within the settlement zone,
because the proposal does not relate to the established settlement pattern at Coulport/Letter, and results in the development of a
section of natural foreshore in a village where built development is located
exclusively on the landward side of the road. Regarding Policy 02, the proposal
would not constitute as infill, rounding off, redevelopment or located on a
previously developed site and is therefore not generally supported. Policy 02
further notes that development adjacent to, but out with settlement boundaries
which are delineated in the proposals maps will not constitute infill, rounding
off or redevelopment.
In addition, whilst it is
believed that the site could accommodate a modest sized dwelling, it has not
been demonstrated that there would be sufficient land for the required amenity
space including; garden, parking and turning area.
the proposed development fails to pay regard to the established settlement
pattern in this location it is also considered to be contrary to NPF4 Policy
14. Furthermore, based on the above the proposals would also be contrary to the
provisions of Policy LDP 9 and the Supplementary Guidance Sustainable Siting
and Design Principles (paras 4.1 and 4.2) and proposed LDP polices 05, 08 &
10 which are a material consideration.
Policy 9 of NPF4 does not support
greenfield sites unless the site is allocated for development or the proposal
is explicitly supported by policies in the LDP. Given the house is not
supported by the settlement strategy policies within the adopted LDP (as
explained in point 1), then the proposal is also contrary to Policy 9 of NPF4.
3. It is considered that the proposed
development is contrary to NPF4 Policy 1 & 3 as underpinned by LDP Policies
LDP 3, SG LDP ENV 1, 6 & 14 and Proposed LDP2 Policy 73 given the
disturbance to biodiversity is not acceptable. The construction of a house and
access would result in the loss of ground flora and fauna and individual mature
trees within an established native woodland and the potential impacts on
4. The proposal would be contrary to NPF4 Policy 6 part b) which notes that proposals will not be supported where they result in adverse impacts on native woodlands including individual trees of high biodiversity value or fragmenting woodland habitats. In regard to potentially fragmenting woodland habitats, the preliminary ecological appraisal has noted the site has good connectivity to further Ancient Woodland Inventory and to the Local Nature Conservation Site at Peaton Glen. Also of relevance is SG LDP ENV 6, which places importance on development impact on trees / woodland whereby Argyll and Bute Council will resist development likely to have an adverse ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Councillor Luna Martin joined the meeting during consideration of the foregoing item.
Councillor Irvine returned to the meeting at this point.
OBAN BAPTIST CHURCH: DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUILDINGS AND ERECTION OF NEW CHURCH/COMMUNITY BUILDING WITH ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPING WORKS: OBAN BAPTIST CHURCH, ALBANY STREET, OBAN (REF: 23/00688/PP) PDF 623 KB
Report by Head of Development and Economic Growth
The Planning Officer spoke to the terms of the report. Planning permission is sought for the
demolition of the existing Oban Baptist Church and ancillary buildings to allow
for the erection of a replacement church/community building.
The application site is situated within the defined Main town
Settlement Zone of Oban. The site is
currently occupied by three buildings, the main Church building, the Church
hall and a detached bungalow, all of which are used for various functions. Whilst a historic building, the Church is not
covered by any statutory designation nor is it within any area benefiting from
statutory protection. The proposed new
building is a contemporary designed, split level structure which presents as a
single storey mono-pitched roof structure to Albany Street, with a two storey
pitched roof element presenting to Shore Street. The roof height would be lower than that of
the existing Church building.
The proposal has elicited 12 objections, 1 representation and 48 expressions
of support. The main thrust of the
objections relate to the demolition of the Church building. However, the demolition of the building would
benefit from “deemed permission” under the Town and Country Planning General
Permitted Development Order 1992 (as amended) and therefore this aspect of the
proposal is outwith the remit of the Council as
With regard to the other concerns raised by objectors in relation to
the access and infrastructure arrangements to serve the proposed development,
the site is already operating a similar development to that proposed in the
application. No objections were raised
by any of the statutory consultees.
As a minor departure to NPF4 Policy 9 with regards to demolition, which
can be undertaken without any input from the Planning Authority, the proposal
is otherwise consistent with the provisions of both Local and National Planning
Policy and it was recommended that planning permission be granted subject to
the conditions and reasons detailed in the report of handling.
The Committee agreed to grant planning permission subject to the
following conditions and reasons:
Time Limit Condition (as defined by Regulation)
Standard Condition on Soil
Management During Construction
development shall be implemented in accordance with the details specified on
the application form dated 31/03/23, supporting information and, the approved
drawings listed in the table below unless the prior written approval of the
planning authority is obtained for an amendment to the approved details under
Section 64 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.
For the purpose of clarity, to ensure that the development is implemented in
accordance with the approved details.
note the comments in the consultation response from Scottish Water and the
comments provided in the submission from the Oban District Access Panel,
details of which are available to view on the planning application file via the
Public Access section
of the Council’s website.
– Traffic Management Plan
the effect of Condition 1, no development shall commence until a Traffic
Management Plan has been submitted for the written approval of the Planning
Authority in consultation with the Roads Authority. The Plan shall detail
approved access routes, agreed operational practices (including avoidance of
convoy movements, specifying conduct in use of passing places, identification
of turning areas, reporting of verge damage) and shall provide for the
provision of an appropriate Code of Practice to drivers of construction and
delivery vehicles. The development shall
be implemented in accordance with the duly approved Traffic Management Plan.
Reason: To address potential
abnormal traffic associated with the development in the interests of road
- Finishing Materials
effect of Condition 1, no development shall commence until samples of materials
to be used in the construction of the development hereby approved have
been submitted to and approved in writing by the Planning Authority. The
development shall thereafter be completed using the approved materials or such
alternatives as may be agreed in writing with the Planning Authority.
Reason: In order to integrate the
development into its surroundings.
- Reclamation of Materials
No demolition works
shall commence until a scheme for the reclamation of stone from the Oban Baptist
Church building, during or prior to demolition has been drawn up in
consultation with, and approved in writing by the Planning Authority. The stone
shall be satisfactorily set aside, stored and used within the redevelopment
scheme in a manner which shall first be agreed with by the Planning Authority,
prior to any demolition taking place.
Reason: In order to protect and save
materials and items which can reasonably be retrieved, in the interests of the
historical qualities of the building to be demolished.
– Sustainable Drainage System
the provisions of Condition 1, the development shall incorporate a surface
water drainage system which is consistent with the principles of Sustainable
urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) compliant with the
guidance set out in CIRIA’s SuDS Manual C753. The
requisite surface water drainage shall be operational prior to the development
being brought into use and shall be maintained as such thereafter.
Reason: To ensure the provision of
an adequate surface water drainage system and to prevent flooding.
advice on SuDS can be found in SEPA’s Standing Advice
for Small Scale Development – www.sepa.org.uk
- Waste Management
the effect of Condition 1, no development shall commence until a Waste Management
Strategy for the development has been submitted to
and approved in writing by the Planning Authority.
The Waste Management Strategy shall include details of how much waste the proposal is expected to generate and how it will be managed ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
Report by Head of Development and Economic Growth
The Planning Officer spoke to the terms of the report. This application seeks planning permission to
establish an earth bank slurry lagoon and associated works, including erection
of a 2m high security fence.
The application site is accessible via a farm track off a private
access to the U031 public road. The
proposed development is in response to the updated Scottish Government
legislation on the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland)
Amendment Regulations 2021, which requires all cattle and pig farmers to have a
maximum slurry storage capacity for a period of 22 and 26 weeks by 1 January
2026; and slurry storage to be built in line with the Silage, Slurry and
Agricultural Fuel Oil (SSAFO) requirements.
The application site comprises a greenfield site located within the
In this instance, the proposed erection of a slurry lagoon, whilst on a
greenfield site, represents an exceptional case (to comply with new regulatory
requirements) requiring this specific location (located within a reasonable
distance from the existing functioning agricultural buildings) to function as
an integral part of the agricultural operations of West Drumlemble
At the time of writing the report a total of 29 representations had
been received, 28 of which were in objection and one neutral response. An objection had also been received from Laggan Community Council.
One objector, Leslie McGeachy, had since
indicated that he no longer objected to the proposal as his previous concerns
had been addressed.
The proposal, subject to conditions, is considered to be consistent
with the relevant provisions of the Development Plan, NPF4 and LDP2 and there
are no other material considerations of sufficient significance to indicate
that it would be appropriate to withhold planning permission.
It was recommended that planning permission be granted subject to the
conditions and reasons detailed in the report.
In order to address Health and Safety concerns raised by Members, the
Committee agreed to continue consideration of this application to a future
meeting and requested Officers obtain from the Applicant the following further
on the nature of the proposed fence in terms of size and design and signage
displayed in order to secure the site of the slurry lagoon;
on the type of cover that will go over the slurry lagoon in terms of the safety
aspects of it; and
of protocols that will be put in place in respect of the Health and Safety
aspects of the site, to ensure it was a safe place to work.
(Report by Head of Development and Economic Growth dated 10
November 2023, submitted)
Councillors Paul Kennedy and Luna Martin left the meeting during consideration of the foregoing item.
Report by Executive Director with responsibility for Development and Economic Growth
The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy: Tackling the Nature Emergency consultation is seeking views on a range of topics and actions to halt the loss of biodiversity and tackle the nature emergency in Scotland. An officer response will be submitted to the consultation, and as the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy – Development plan progresses, further reports will be brought forward to Committee with updates on what the implications are for the Council.
A report summarising the actions that local authorities will be expected to deliver in the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Delivery Plan, which is a five year rolling plan, was considered.
The Committee agreed to:
1. recognise the implications for local authorities, as set out in paragraph 4.2 of the report, in delivering the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy – Delivery Plan actions including Nature Networks 30 x 30 in terms of resources, funding and timescales; and
2. recognise the implications for local authorities, as set out in paragraph 4.5 of the report, in meeting any of the targets (which have yet to be agreed) in the draft Natural Environment Bill.
(Reference: Report by Executive Director with responsibility for Development and Economic Growth dated 26 October 2023, submitted)
Report by Executive Director with responsibility for Legal and Regulatory Support
The report to the PPSL Committee in September 2023 provided detail on the introduction and provisions of the Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Articles (Scotland) Act 2022 and particularly the matter of Firework Control Zones.
A report setting out how the Council proposes to provide information on Firework Control Zones and how community requests will be managed was considered.
The Committee agreed to endorse the proposals detailed in the report.
(Reference: Report by Executive Director with responsibility for Legal and Regulatory Support dated 27 October 2023, submitted)