Agenda and draft minutes

Northern Area Planning Committee - Tuesday, 29th June, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: The link to watch the virtual meeting can be found on the front page of the agenda.

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To receive any apologies for absence.



Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Andrews and Cllr Parker.


Declarations of Interest

To disclose any pecuniary, other registerable or personal interest 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 interests were made at the meeting.


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, 25 June 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.



There were no representations by the public to the Committee on the individual planning application below. There were also no questions, petitions or deputations received on other items on this occasion.


Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To consider the applications listed below for planning permission.


Members considered the written report submitted on the planning application as set out below.


P/VOC/2021/01567 - West of Shaftesbury Road at Land South of Gillingham, Shaftesbury Road, Gillingham pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Construction of a Principal Street, associated access, landscaping and infrastructure works at land to the East of New Road (B3092), Gillingham. (Variation of Condition No. 3 of Planning Permission No. 2/2020/0379/FUL to allow an alternative location for the site compound).


The Area Lead (Gillingham) introduced the proposal for the construction of a Principal Street, associated access, landscaping and infrastructure works at land to the East of New Road (B3092), Gillingham (variation of Condition No. 3 of Planning Permission No. 2/2020/0379/FUL to allow for an alternative location for the site compound). The Committee was shown various plans and photographs of the proposed alternative location for the compound. The alternative location would mean that no existing hedgerow needed to be removed and an existing access further to the East with the requisite visibility splays could be utilised. Archaeological works would no longer be necessary, at this point in time, which was reflected in a change to Condition 10. There were no material considerations which could warrant refusal of the application.


The Transport Development Manager outlined the access to the site, including that it would be right turns only when exiting the site onto Cole Street Lane. There was some vegetation near the access which would be cut to improve visibility. The Highway Authority was supportive of the application.


There were no written representations received for this application.


Cllr David Walsh, Ward Member for Gillingham

Cllr Walsh was supportive of the application. He said that the extension for Gillingham has been worked on for 10 years and it was good that the community could see that the development was being delivered. The Principal Street had previously been granted permission and there are no material considerations for this application to be refused.


Members’ Questions and Comments

Cllr Cook asked if the access would be one way and if this would cause traffic management issues. The Transport Development Manager confirmed that construction traffic would enter the Principal Street site from the B3081, and it would exit via the access next to the proposed site compound onto Cole Street Lane.


Proposed by Cllr Ridout, seconded by Cllr Pothecary.


The Committee were ‘minded to’ allow the application. The Head of Planning declared that he had listened to the debate and concurred with the member’s ‘minded to’ view to approve the application.


Decision: That the application be approved, subject to the conditions outlined in the appendix attached to these minutes.


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 exempt business.


There was no exempt business.