Agenda and minutes

Northern Area Planning Committee - Tuesday, 13th June, 2023 2.00 pm

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Note: Planning Application : P/FUL/2022/03360 Former Priory Hospital, Fairfield Bungalows, Blandford Forum has been deferred and will not be considered at this meeting 


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To receive any apologies for absence.



Apologies for absence were received from …


An apology for absence was received from …


No apologies for absence were received at the meeting.


Declarations of Interest

To disclose any pecuniary, other registerable or non-registerable 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.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 167 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 16th May.


The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 16th May were confirmed and signed.



Public Participation

Members of the public wishing to speak to the Committee on a planning application should notify the Democratic Services Officer listed on the front of this agenda. This must be done no later than two clear working days before the meeting. Please refer to the Guide to Public Speaking at Planning Committee. GuidanceforspeakingatPlanningCommittee.doc.pdf (


The deadline for notifying a request to speak is 8.30am on Friday 9th June.


Representations by the public to the Committee on individual planning applications are detailed below. There were no questions, petitions or deputations received on other items on this occasion.



Planning Applications

To consider the applications listed below for planning permission.


Members considered written reports submitted on planning applications as set out below.


P/FUL/2022/05022- Land at Kine Bush Lane, Gillingham pdf icon PDF 408 KB

Stationing of a holiday cabin, development of a structure comprising of a cycle and refuse store, creation of an access and creation of a parking and turning area.    


With the aid of a visual presentation, the Case Officer explained the planning application to members. Details including photographs of the site location, access and roof and floor plans were discussed. The Case Officer also discussed bin and cycle stores and provided members with details of the proposed site plan and the design of elevations. In addition to this, details regarding sewage and waste collection were also included. Members were informed that access would be created by the small removal of a hedgerow.

The Case Officer’s presentation also included details of the key issues of the site which related to the impact of the character and appearance of the area as well as the location of the unit. Members were also informed of two additional conditions which referred to access closure and construction. These conditions read as follows:


Access Closure

Before the development is occupied or utilised the existing access point located at the south-eastern corner of the site must be permanently closed by extending the adjoining highway boundary and removing any gates. The existing highway vehicular crossing must be expunged and reinstated to a specification which must be submitted to and approved in writing by the Planning Authority.


Reason: To ensure the proper and appropriate reinstatement of the adjacent highway.


Construction Method Statement

Prior to the commencement of the development, a method statement that details how the mobile structure will be placed of the site and removed from the site, and details of all deliveries through the construction phase, such as the delivery of construction material, shall be submitted to the local planning authority for approval in writing. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved statement.

Reason: To ensure there is no harm to verges, hedges, or highway safety.


Steve Savage, Transport Development Manager, informed members that the site was situated within a typically rural Dorset Road. He clarified access to the site and informed members that visibility splays had been secured from both directions. Mr Savage also discussed the minimised impact on the hedgerow as well as the local cycle route which was situated near the proposed site. He felt as though it was an appropriate site with maximised visibility, there were no objections from highways and supported the recommendation for approval.


Public Participation

Both the Applicant and Agent spoke in favour of the application. They were delighted that the recommendation was for approval and commended the officer’s report. Mr U’Dell and Mr Cable-Alexander discussed the environmental benefits of the proposed site as well as informed members of the resources that would be used to encourage biodiversity. Mr U’Dell discussed the photographs previously shown in the officer’s presentation and explained that they allowed members to visually see exactly what would be on offer. He described the cabin’s as modest and moveable. Mr Cable-Alexander informed members that the business had been built due to a love of the countryside. They also discussed a lack of adverse impacts and hoped the members would grant the officer’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


P/FUL/2022/03360- Former Priory Hospital, Fairfield Bungalows, Blandford Forum pdf icon PDF 645 KB

Convert former special needs residential care home into 16 No.  flats and carry out associated external alterations, including construction of terraces and balconies. Erect cycle store.


It was requested that the Former Priory Hospital, Fairfield Bungalows, Blandford Forum application P/FUL/2022/03360 be deferred as officers needed to obtain further information. The deferral would allow time for officers to correlate all information prior to consideration by the committee.



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 was no exempt business.


Decision Sheet pdf icon PDF 196 KB