Agenda and minutes

Strategic and Technical Planning Committee - Monday, 19th June, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ. View directions

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No. Item


Minutes pdf icon PDF 23 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 2 May 2023


The minutes of the meeting held on 2 May 2023 were confirmed and signed.



Declarations of Interest

To disclose any pecuniary, other registrable or non-registrable interests as set out in the adopted Code of Conduct. In making their disclosure councillors are asked to state the agenda item, the nature of the interest and any action they propose to take as part of their declaration.

If required, further advice should be sought from the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting.



No declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests were made at the meeting.




Planning Applications


Application No: P/FUL/2022/04629 - Southover Farm, Tolpuddle, Dorchester DT2 7HE pdf icon PDF 795 KB

Retrospective application for as-built slurry lagoon.





The Planning Officer (Minerals and Waste) presented the report for a retrospective application for an as built slurry lagoon.


The Planning Officer detailed the history of the slurry lagoon which was granted permission in 2019 for a depth of 3.4m but had been constructed to a depth of 5.5m.  The lagoon had been in use for two winters and was surrounded by fencing and barbed wire.


The Planning Officer outlined the principle of development, the need for slurry storage, measurements as built and those approved.  By way of a slide presentation committee members were shown views of the site, the approach and an arial view detailing the one-way delivery routes into and out of the farm.  Details of the ecological designations, nutrient neutrality and concerns relating to amenity and Highways, were highlighted as part of the presentation. Photographs of Southover Lane were displayed to inform members of the delivery routes to the farm, deliveries of slurry were permitted 5 times a day, there had been no objections from the Highways Department.


As part of the previously approved application a Slurry Liaison Committee had been established as a liaison between the farmer and the residents which met twice a year.  As part of the retrospective application, the applicant wished to reduce these meetings to once a year, however the Chairman of the Slurry Liaison committee had expressed a wish to maintain a minimum of two meetings per year.


Oral representation was received from Lizzie Guinn, Philip Martin, Cllr David Neudegg (Vice Chairman of Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle Parish Council), Cllr John Ridout (Puddletown Area Parish Council) and Cllr Emma Parker, Dorset Council Ward Member.


Concerns raised in their representations related to the number of and speed of traffic movements, residents’ wish to reduce daily movements from five to two and the need to maintain the Slurry Liaison Committee together with balancing the needs of the farmer and the residents.


Mr Cobb, the applicant also addressed the committee, he was happy to work within conditions but stressed the need for flexibility. He expressed his willingness to work with the Slurry Liaison Committee.


The Planning Officer was invited to respond to the comments made by the speakers.  The number of traffic movements were the same as granted in the original application and records were kept for inspection.  Concerns relating to speed limits would not be enforceable by Council Officers.


In debating the application members felt it inadvisable to reduce the number of Slurry Liaison Committee meetings.


Proposed by Cllr Sherry Jesperson, seconded by Cllr Toni Coombs


That; If members were minded to support the application, the condition to hold twice yearly meetings of the Slurry Liaison Committee be re-instated and remained in place for the existence of the slurry lagoon. Further meetings were to be instigated by the Chairman, not by Dorset Council Officers.


Members were aware that the key consideration remained unchanged, if neither permission was in place the applicant would still have the ability to import the same amount of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3a


Application No: P/FUL/2021/01018 - North Dairy Farm Access To North Dairy Farm Pulham Dorset DT2 7EA pdf icon PDF 583 KB

Install ground-mounted solar panel photovoltaic solar arrays, substation, inverter stations, transformer stations, security fencing, gates and CCTV; form vehicular access, internal access track, landscaping and other ancillary infrastructure.


This application was deferred to a later date.  The Head of Planning advised that a scheduled ancient monument that needed further assessment had come to the attention of Officers.  It had been agreed with the applicant to defer the application to give the matter further consideration.


Urgent items

To consider any items of business which the Chairman has had prior notification and considers to be urgent pursuant to section 100B (4) b) of the Local Government Act 1972. The reason for the urgency shall be recorded in the minutes.



There were no urgent items.


Exempt Business

To move the exclusion of the press and the public for the following item in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 of schedule 12 A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

The public and the press will be asked to leave the meeting whilst the item of business is considered.

There is no scheduled exempt business to report.


There was no exempt business.


Decision Sheet pdf icon PDF 218 KB

Slurry Liaison Committee TOR for info pdf icon PDF 228 KB