Agenda and minutes

Planning, Regulatory & General Licensing Committee
Thursday, 15th April, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Virtually Via Microsoft Teams - if you would like to attend this meeting live via Microsoft Teams please contact committee.services@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

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Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Simultaneous Translation

You are welcome to use Welsh at the meeting a minimum notice period of 3 working days is required should you wish to do so.  A simultaneous translation will be provided if requested.

Minutes:

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

 

2.

Apologies

To receive.

Minutes:

The following apologies for absence were received:-

 

Councillor G. Thomas

Councillor D. Wilkshire

 

3.

Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To consider any declarations of interest and dispensations made.

Minutes:

The following declaration of interest was raised:-

 

Councillor J. Hill

Item 4 – Planning Report - C/2020/0301

Unit 19, Rassau Ind Est, Rassau, Ebbw Vale

Erection of 1 Wind Turbine and

Associated Infrastructure

 

4.

Planning Applications Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider the report of the Team Manager Development Management.

 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the following:-

 

C/2020/0301

Unit 19, Rassau Ind Est, Rassau, Ebbw Vale

Erection of 1 Wind Turbine and

Associated Infrastructure

 

Upon a vote being taken, Councillor J. Hill abstained from voting as he sat on the Brecon Beacons National Park and it was

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED.

 

5.

Maes y Dderwen, Charles Street, Tredegar pdf icon PDF 391 KB

To consider report of the  Service Manager Development & Estates

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Service Manager Development and Estates.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Members carefully considered each reason for refusal and agreed the following reasons for formally refusing planning permission:-

 

(1)       The view of the highways officer was disagreed on this occasion and stand by comments made at the March meeting of the Planning Committee. It was felt that parking was a major issue in Charles Street and caused a lot of disruption to residents – these concerns were raised in correspondence and reported to the Planning Committee. Historically, when the Tredegar By-Pass was first constructed Charles Street was closed off at the bottom in an attempt to make it more of a residential area and within weeks the closure was rescinded because of the absolute chaos caused as a result. There are major parking concerns already in this area as shown in the original planning report.

 

(2)    The management is controlled by other regulators, but this is very much our decision which places them in a potentially dangerous position. The public house, as with all public houses sometimes has customers using the outside area for smoking or other uses, which puts the residents in close proximity to potential harmful situations such as those outlined by the residents who live in the area.

 

(3)    The proposal will reduce amenity space currently enjoyed by existing residents in the daytime and will impact on their wellbeing.

 

(4)    The proposed development is not in the best interests of the community surrounding the development.

 

(5)    The proposed development will result in a Class C3

          building next to a public house. These uses should not be         located next to each other.

 

·        Members noted that under the terms of the adopted Blaenau Gwent Planning Committee Protocol, in the event of an appeal, officers would not be able to defend the decision. Members would be called upon to present the case, including if necessary be subject to cross examination at a public inquiry.

 

·        Members noted that in the event of an appeal, the potential for an award of costs was high unless substantive evidence to support the reasons for refusing planning permission be brought to the case.

 

6.

Appeals, Consultations and DNS Update April 2021 pdf icon PDF 403 KB

To consider report of the  Service Manager Development & Estates

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Service Manager Development & Estates.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted.

 

7.

Planning Appeal Update: 51 Tynewydd Nantybwch Tredegar Ref: C/2020/0202 pdf icon PDF 397 KB

To consider report of the Planning Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Planning Officer.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the appeal decision be noted for planning application C/2020/0202 as outlined in Appendix 1 of the report.

 

8.

List of applications decided under delegated powers between 19th February 2021 and 19th March 2021 pdf icon PDF 332 KB

To consider the report of the Senior Business Support Officer.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Senior Business Support Officer.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted.

 

9.

Enforcement closed cases between 24th February 2021 to 26th March 2021

To consider the report of the Service Manager Development.

Minutes:

Having regard to the views expressed by the Proper Officer regarding the public interest test, that on balance the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information and that the report should be exempt.

 

RESOLVED that the public be excluded whilst this item of business is transacted as it is likely there would be a disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 12, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

 

Consideration was given to the report of the Service Manager Development & Estates.

 

RESOLVED that the report which contained information relating to a particular individual be accepted and the information contained therein be noted.