Agenda and draft minutes

Northern Area Planning Committee - Tuesday, 27th April, 2021 10.00 am

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To receive any apologies for absence.



An apology for absence was received from Cllr David Taylor.




Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


Cllr Pothecary declared an interest in Item 5b. She would speak as the Chairman of the Council and withdraw from the debate and vote.




Minutes pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 23 March 2021.

Additional documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 23 March 2021 were confirmed and would be signed at a later date.




Public Participation pdf icon PDF 37 KB

To receive questions or statements on the business of the committee from town and parish councils and members of the public.


Public speaking has been suspended for virtual committee meetings during the Covid-19 crisis and public participation will be dealt with through written submissions only.


Members of the public who live, work, or represent an organisation within the Dorset Council area, may submit up to two questions or a statement of up to a maximum of 450 words.  All submissions must be sent electronically to by the deadline set out below.


When submitting a question please indicate who the question is for and include your name, address, and contact details.  Questions and statements received in line with the council’s rules for public participation will be published as a supplement to the agenda.


Questions will be read out by an officer of the council and a response given by the appropriate Portfolio Holder or officer at the meeting.  All questions, statements and responses will be published in full within the minutes of the meeting. 


The deadline for speaking at this meeting is 8.30am on Friday, 23 April 2021.


Please refer to the Guide to Public Speaking at Planning Committee and specifically the "Covid-19 Pandemic – Addendum to the Guide to Public Speaking Protocol for Planning Committee meetings" included with this agenda.



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 pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To consider the applications listed below for planning permission.

Additional documents:


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




2/2019/0680/FUL - Former A T S Euromaster Site, New Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8QH pdf icon PDF 160 KB

To consider a report by the Head of Planning.


The Area Manager introduced the application for the erection of 18 No. dwellings, formation of vehicular access, car parking, and landscaping. The Committee were shown various plans of the proposed development as well as photographs of the surroundings. The Area Manager explained the history of the site and that a care home was originally proposed. She also explained that 30% affordable housing is not a possibility, however there would be other Section 106 contributions for other benefits.


The Transport Development Manager outlined the access to the site via King’s Hill. There could be up to 10 traffic movements on the site per hour which would be an acceptable level. The Highway Authority would recommend approval. 


The key planning matters were highlighted:

  • Location of Development
  • Affordable housing & other contributions
  • Movement and access
  • Character and appearance of the area
  • Setting of heritage assets
  • Amenity


A number of written representations were received, and they are attached as an annexure to these minutes.


Members’ Questions and Comments

Members asked several questions relating to the application, including the proposed materials, the value of the site, and traffic accessing the site.


After questions, the Area Manager advised members that: The materials used to build the terrace would match other buildings in the area; The character of slopes would be protected; Bins would be kept at the back of the terrace and moved to the collection point; the terrace houses would meet the minimum space requirements and the minimum building regulations for energy; and the scheme would not be viable if the housing mix included affordable units.


The Transport Development Manager responded to the Members’ questions and advised that: Access to the site was satisfactory, with low speeds and visibility which met the requirements; Emergency service vehicles would not cause issues for access to the site; Refuse vehicles could adequately access, turn, and leave the site; and that the flats would have a bin store.


There were concerns from members that access to the site could be removed from residents because the site was only accessible by a private road. In addition, there were concerns about the high value of the land at the site, the lack of affordable housing, and the density of the proposed development. Officers responded to the concerns.


Proposed by Cllr Cook and seconded by Cllr Ridout that the application be refused.



That the application be refused.


Reasons for refusal:


The proposal, by reason of the design having an excessive scale, employing inappropriate materials of construction, and employing an unacceptable appearance, and its prominent location at the entrance to the old town, would be harmful to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area, and the setting of several listed buildings, bringing with it less than substantial harm which would not be outweighed by public benefit.  Therefore, the proposal would be contrary to North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (2011-2031) policies 1, 2, 5, 7 and 24, emerging Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan policies SFDH1, SFDH2, SFDH3, SFDH4, SFDH6 and SFDH7 and the National  ...  view the full minutes text for item 56.


WD/D/20/002457 - County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To consider a report by the Head of Planning.


The Area Manager introduced the application for various flags to be flown at certain times of the year on three existing flag poles on the roof of County Hall. The Area Manager showed several photographs, plans of the site, and the list of proposed flags.


The key planning matters were highlighted:

  • Amenity
  • Public Safety
  • The Impact on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area


The Chairman of the Council explained that it was discovered that planning permission would be needed for the Council to fly other flags on County Hall in the future. She asked that the Committee consider allowing permission for any flag to be flown that the Chairman of the Council deems appropriate.


There were no written representations received from members of the public.


Members’ Questions and Comments

In response to a question from a member and the comment from the Chairman of the Council, the Area Manager advised that:


  • There could not be a blanket allowance for any flag the Chairman deems appropriate, but an allowance had been made for emergency service and NHS flags.
  • It would not be possible to extend this planning permission for all Dorset residents, if the application was granted.


Proposed by Cllr Andrews and seconded by Cllr Jones that the application be approved, subject to conditions.



That the application be approved, subject to conditions.




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 of business.




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.