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Minutes of the special Planning Meeting of the Parish Council, held on Tuesday 28th May 2019 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Minutes of the special Planning Meeting of the Parish Council, held on Tuesday 28th May 2019 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

1. Apologies. None.

Present: Cllrs. Marion Dethier, Brian Gale, Simon Howes (Chairman), Patricia Lennard and Rodney Young.

Also present: the Clerk together with sixteen members of the public.

2. Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (As Amended)

Reference: 18/19/00001/DT.
Type: Full Planning Permission.
Proposal: Erection of two detached dormer bungalows.
Location: Glebe House, Front Street, Chedzoy, Bridgwater, TA7 8RB.
Applicant: Harris Bros and Collard Ltd.

The Chairman welcomed everyone, and opened the meeting to the public to allow full discussion.

Following the full discussion the following comments were sent in to Sedgemoor Planners:

Comments from Chedzoy Parish Council regarding the proposed development.

Further to our email of 30/03/19 we are now writing to you with updated comments following our review of the amended plans for the proposed development.

Chedzoy Parish Council held a special planning meeting on Tuesday 28th May 2019 to review the amended plans and to provide a forum for public discussion of the above development. This message forms the formal response of the Parish Council.

Official response.

Having listened to the views of Chedzoy residents and parish councillors at the special meeting. Chedzoy Parish Council shares concerns expressed both by immediate neighbours and the wider village community with respect to the following issues:-

a. Layout, density and design:
  • Ridge height raised from 5.2m to 6.5m giving concerns regarding changing the character and outlook of the area.

  • Addition of dormer windows will create a new problem of overlooking into adjacent properties (which are nor shown adequately in the amended plans and are almost out of view on the bottom of the page).

  • Additional floor space of circa 16%, extra bedrooms and bathrooms will place an additional burden on access, car parking, water supply (existing pressure is already too low for many local residents), sewerage.
b. Loss of outlook, overshadowing, and light this previously raised issue has not been resolved in the amended design and will in all probability be made worst by the suggestion of a raised roof height from 5.2m to 6.5m along with the proposed addition of dormer windows and first floor living space.

c. Highways issues the previously raised concerns have not been addressed in the amended design and will be made worse by the proposed additional bedrooms increasing the likely occupancy and number of vehicles using the site.

d. Ecological issues concerns raised over lack of clarity and consistency of the proposed retention of existing trees and hedgerows, and also plans for additional trees.

e. Drainage additional concerns raised at the removal of the previous recommendation to connect the properties to mains drainage with potential for impact of proposed soakaways on adjacent properties.

f. Fire safety and emergency access strong concerns that the inspection by the Devon and Somerset fire officer is based on the previous design and will need to be reviewed with particular concern regarding access / egress for pedestrians, vehicles and likely impact of access for emergency vehicles.

g. Quality and consistency of the information provided by the developer. The amended plans are inconsistent in the number and location of windows, trees and landscaping. The plans do not adequately reflect the relationship of the development with adjacent properties, particularly those which would be overlooked by the proposed second storey and dormer windows.

Whilst many of these issues have previously been raised by members of the public through their direct responses and input into the planning process, the latest amended design does not seem to have addressed most of these concerns, or to have been reviewed by the consulted experts. Therefore the reports from ecology, drainage, highways, environmental health, fire service etc. appear to be based on the previously submitted design. Material changed to the plans in the amended application require full re-appraisal from consulted experts to assess any changes to impact and determine if any new objections are forthcoming from those consulted.

Whilst there is strong opposition to the proposed development in its current form, there is a sense from the community that some development of the site may be inevitable. There may be more acceptance of any future proposals if the developer reduced the roof height back to 5.2m and removed the dormer windows, thereby returning the development to two single storey bungalows (or one larger single storey bungalow). Acceptance from the local community may also be more likely once concerns regarding the impact on traffic, access, water pressure, existing trees and wildlife habitat are fully dealt with.

2. Consider co-option of one member. The Clerk explained that in order to continue the period in which the Parish Council could co-opt a new member to fill the remaining place on the council (following the election) without the need to advertise the vacancy, it now needs to 'consider' the matter. This was noted.

There being no other business, the meeting was declared closed at 8.35 pm.


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