Agenda and minutes

South Hams Development Management Committee - Wednesday, 13th March, 2024 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - Follaton House

Contact: Amelia Boulter - Democratic Services Specialist 01822 813651 

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 332 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 14 February 2024



The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 14 February 2024 were confirmed as a correct record by the Committee


Declarations of Interest

In accordance with the Code of Conduct, Members are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, Other Registerable Interests and Non-Registerable Interests including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting;



Members and officers were invited to declare any interests in the items of business to be considered and none were made


Public Participation

The Chairman to advise the Committee on any requests received from members of the public to address the meeting;



The Chairman noted the list of members of the public, Town and Parish Council representatives, and Ward Members who had registered their wish to speak at the meeting


Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 270 KB

To see Letters of Representation and further supplementary information relating to any of the Applications on the agenda, please select the following link and enter the relevant Planning Reference number:


Additional documents:



The Committee considered the details of the planning applications prepared by the relevant Case Officers as presented in the agenda papers, and considered the comments of Town and Parish Councils, together with other representations received, which were listed within the presented agenda reports, and RESOLVED that:


6a)       3650/23/FUL   Land At Sx 782 623, Symonds Drive, Dartington

                                    Parish:  Dartington Parish Council


       Development:  Application for the erection of a single residential dwelling (Affordable Discount Market)


Case Officer Update:  The Case Officer summarised the key issues, namely that:


·         Discount to remain at 80% of open market rate.

·         Additional information submitted to confirm trees and biodiversity enhancements.


The Officer reported that this was policy compliant and would not ask for a viability study because the site was 30% compliant.  The open market value for this property was £450,000.


During the debate, one Member felt there was need to challenge large developers and £450K was not affordable and not meeting local housing needs.  Also felt it was wrong to approve this and would see further applications coming forward on spare pieces of land.  This was an ancient hamlet being flooded, over developed and not affordable.  Another Member felt garden sizes being reduced were acceptable within the JLP and this was infill housing.


Recommendation:                 Conditional approval subject to completion of  S106.


Committee decision:             Conditional approval subject to completion of S106.


Conditions:                             Standard time limit

                                                Accord with plans

                                                No additional openings

                                                Parking to be provided prior to occupation

Incidental use of garage

                                                Adherence to submitted lighting strategy

                                                Installation of EV charging point prior to occupation


6b)       3048/21/FUL   Montgo, Maudlin Road, Totnes, TQ9 5TG

                                    Town:  Totnes


   Development:  Provision of single dwelling house (resubmission of 1668/20/FUL)


Case Officer Update:  The Case Officer summarised the key issues, namely that:


·         Principle of development.

·         Design/scale/landscape.

·         Neighbour amenity.

·         Highways and parking.

·         Drainage.

·         Land stability.

·         Earlier refusal in 2020.


In response to questions raised, it was reported that: 

·         The Drainage Officer felt that the permeable paving was acceptable.

·         They would be requesting oversight for a practical solution for land stability.

·         The Totnes Town Council had been consulted on 4 occasions.


Having heard from speakers on behalf of the objector and the supporter, Members debated the application.  During the debate, one Member raised concerns on the impact on neighbouring properties and felt that it was important to respect local distinctiveness and maintaining local identity.  This site has the potential to be something wonderful and also felt that this was too big for the site, but they had dealt with the drainage and parking issues.  Another Member felt this was not overbearing and the site was not being used and would now provide housing.  It was also raised that the applicant had addressed the issues and therefore supported the officer’s decision.


Recommendation:                 Conditional Approval


Committee decision:             Conditional Approval to include a pre-commencement condition - a report on land stability to be approved by SHDC.


Conditions:                             1. Time limit

                                                2. Approved plans

                                                3. Land stabilisation details

                                                4. Site levels

                                                5. Construction  ...  view the full minutes text for item DM.59/23


Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 110 KB



Members noted the list of appeals as outlined in the presented agenda report. 



Update on Undetermined Major Applications pdf icon PDF 298 KB



Members noted the update on undetermined major applications as outlined in the presented agenda report.