Agenda and minutes

Development Control and Regulation Committee
Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber - County Offices, Kendal

Contact: Jackie Currie  Email: jackie.currie@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

14.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr R Bingham, Mr F Cassidy, Mr W McEwan and Mr D Whipp.

 

15.

Changes in Membership

To note any changes in membership.

Minutes:

It was noted that Mr J Mallinson replaced Mr R Bingham as a member of the Committee for this meeting only.

 

16.

Disclosures of Interest

Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises

 

1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for            profit or gain.

 

2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority

 

(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and

 

            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.

 

4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 

 

5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 

 

6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)

 

            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and

 

            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial                                                         interest.

 

7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where

 

(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the    area of the authority; and

 

 

(b)       Either –

 

(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one            hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

 

(ii)     If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

 

In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.

 

Note

 

A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).

Minutes:

Mr J Mallinson declared a non pecuniary interest under the Members’ Code of Conduct in relation to Agenda Item No 10 -  Commons Registration – Application for registration of land at Blencarn Park, Rockcliffe as a Town or Village Green, as he is a Carlisle City Councillor and the City Council own the land.

 

 

 

17.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED,       that the press and public be not excluded during consideration of any items of business.

18.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of a meeting held on ???  2018 (copy enclosed)

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,       that the minutes of the meeting held on 30 May 2018 be agreed with the following amendments:-

 

On Minute No 6 – Highways Act 1980 Section 119A – Application to divert unrecorded public footpath at Bayley Lane/Bailey Lane – at the end of paragraph 6 add the word ‘come’ between ‘to and an’ so it now read ‘scheduled to come to an end’.

 

On Minute No 7 (b) – amend the title of this by inserting the words ‘and Condition 3 of Planning Reference 1/15/9008’ into the heading so it now read ‘1/17/9018 & 1/17/9019, North West Recycling Rockcliffe Estate, Section 73 Variation of Condition 2 of Planning Permission reference 1/17/9008 and Condition 3 of Planning Permission Reference 1/15/9008 to extend ….’

 

On Minute No 7 (d) – amend the resolution to read ‘Planning Permission be GRANTED, subject to conditions….’

 

On Minute No 8 – Annual Performance Review 2017/18 – in the opening paragraph  after the words Cumbria County Council insert the words ‘showing how they’ so it now read ‘’within Cumbria County Council showing how they were performing…..’’

 

  

19.

CA9/2 - APPLICATION FOR THE REGISTRATION OF A TOWN OR VILLAGE GREEN, LAND AT SCAUR CLOSE GREEN - LAZONBY PARISH COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 114 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Alston and East Fellside]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Before members considered this report the Solicitor reminded them that should the Council refuse any of these applications the applicant MUST be given the opportunity to make oral representations to address the reasons for that refusal before a further report to the Committee was made.  Members noted this.

 

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application received from Lazonby Parish Council to register land at Scaur Close Green, Lazonby as a village green.

 

The Application related to a parcel of land known as Scaur Close Green, Lazonby.  The Applicant was the registered owner of the Application Land. Paragraph 8 of Section 15 of the 2006 Act allowed the owner of any land to apply to the commons registration authority to register land as a town or village green.

 

The Commons Registration Officer took members through the report and highlighted the supporting evidence submitted by the applicant, which included:-

 

·       Official copy of register of title CU97368;

·       Official copy of register of caution title CU275594;

·       Copy of the Minutes of Lazonby Parish Council meeting on 1st March 2017.

 

Members noted that no objections had been received for this application.

 

The Commons Registration Officer said the Application had been validly made and the evidence provided by the Applicant satisfied all of the relevant criteria.  She was therefore recommending that the Application Land be added to the register of the Council’s town and village greens.

 

The Local Member for Penrith North asked members to note that this application was in her division and not in Alston as stated in the report.  This was noted.

 

The officer recommendation was then put to a vote, and with 15 for and 0 against, it was

 

RESOLVED that the Committee accepts the application and adds the land at Scaur Close Green to the register of town or village greens.

 

20.

CA10/36 - APPLICATION TO CORRECT UNIT CL20 OF THE REGISTER OF COMMON LAND - CALDBECK COMMON, ANTHONY PHILIP VAUX pdf icon PDF 125 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Thursby]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Development Control and Regulation Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application received from Anthony Philip Vaux to correct unit No. CL20 of the register of Common Land – Caldbeck Common.

 

The right to graze 250 sheep (adult), 12 cattle and 4 ponies on Caldbeck Common was provisionally registered as attached to land at entry 46 of register unit CL20 on 12 November 1968, and subsequently at entry 101 on 10 May 1972. On the agreed basis of 1 sheep equalling 1 unit, 1 beast (cattle) equalling 4 units and 1 pony equalling 8 units this equated to 330 units in total.

 

As a result of an objection a Commons Commissioner’s decision dated 26 July 1982 reduced the number of rights to 308 units in total. This was recorded in the register and the entries became final on 7 October 1982.

 

A conveyance dated 16 October 1987 transferred the grazing rights for 250 sheep and 12 cattle to Colin William Bell, whilst a conveyance dated 15 December 1987 transferred the grazing rights for 4 ponies to Michael John Fearn and Linda Clare Fearn, effectively ignoring the Commons Commissioner’s decision which reduced the total grazing units from 330 to 308.

 

As a result of application 792 made on the 14 August 2004 the full 308 units were severed and were now shown as held in gross under the name of Thomas Alan Benn at entry 281 of register unit CL20. This application was made as a result of a transfer dated 31 March 2004, which as well as ignoring the previous Commons Commissioner’s decision, incorrectly listed 12 cattle and 250 sheep as equating to 308 units. The calculation error with regards to units was recognised at the time, and in a letter dated 5 July 2004 Burnett’s Solicitors effectively agreed to claim only 298 units of the 308 units originally sought. Despite this letter the application was processed and the full 308 units were transferred and were now shown at entry 281.

 

The Applicant sought to correct these two apparent errors which would result in the 308 units currently assigned to Mr Thomas Alan Benn being reduced to 278.13 units, and the remaining (as yet unclaimed) 29.87 units being shown under the name of the original applicant.

 

One objection had been received from Mr Christopher Lasper.   The objection was sent to the applicant and he responded to say that he did “not understand the objection which seemed to revolve around an obscure point of interpretation which had arisen in a previous case”, and confirmed that he was happy for the application to be determined based upon the evidence he had already provided.

 

The officer asked members to note that Mr Lasper’s objection did not take account all of the relevant documents, which were available on request. 

 

The Commons Registration Officer was of the opinion that the evidence submitted by the Applicant and his own research supported the claim that an  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.

21.

CA10/37 - APPLICATION TO CORRECT UNIT CL11 OF THE REGISTER OF COMMON LAND - BRACKENTHWAITE FELL, CRUMMOCK WATER pdf icon PDF 124 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Bothel and Wharrels]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure  (copy enclosed)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members had before them a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application received from Miss Christine England to correct unit No. CL11 of the register of Common Land – Brackenthwaite Fell, Crummock Water.

 

Brackenthwaite Fell, Crummock Water was provisionally registered as common land on 10 November 1967 under Section 4 of the Commons Registration Act 1965 pursuant to application no. 109 made by Mr W. Loat of Lanthwaite Farm Gate Farm, Buttermere made on 1 September 1967.  

 

Following a Commons Commissioner’s decision dated 30 November 1981 the provisional registration became final on 10 December 1981 and the land became registration unit CL11.

 

The Applicant claimed that the information contained in the map submitted by Mr Loat with the 1967 Application did not show the boundary of the land being registered, and that given the imprecise nature of the map it was incumbent on the registration authority to establish the true and accurate boundary of the common. The Applicant claimed that the registration authority failed to do this and incorrectly included the Application Land which the Applicant claims was privately owned and enclosed.

 

During this notice period the Registration Authority sourced its own archival material in relation to the application, and during this search the original application maps were found, which showed the land the Registration Authority was asked to register by the 1967 Application. The Applicant would later confirm that they were unaware of these particular maps when submitting the Application.

 

Two objections were received during the notice period in the form of email letters, one from Mr Steve Byrne, and one from Mr Hugh Craddock on behalf of the Open Spaces Society.

 

Mr Bryne’s objection centred upon the requirement for the Applicant to identify at which point a Section 19 copying error occurred, a requirement which he believed was unfulfilled. Mr Byrne stated that the map referred to by the Applicant was almost certainly ‘not the map that was supplied by Mr Loat’. The discovery of additional maps described at paragraph 4.10 of the report would support this theory.

 

Mr Craddock’s objection was made following sight of the maps.  Mr Craddock stated that ‘the registration effected by the council faithfully accords with the original application’. If the registration authority accurately registered the land it was asked to register then there should be no prospect of the Application being granted under Section 19(2)(a) of the Commons Act 2006

 

Both objections were forwarded to the Applicant and her representatives and replies were received from both the Applicant and her representative, along with Mr Craddock’s subsequent response of 11 April 2018. Both the Applicant and her representative focussed on whether or not the land was common land, and did not identify where a specific mistake had been made by the registration authority, on which the application should be judged.

 

Following a review of the evidence received, officers were minded to recommend that the Application was refused. However, an application such as this cannot be refused without  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

22.

CA13/16 Application to correct mistaken registration, CL276 Blawith Fell, Land at Tottlebank Farm pdf icon PDF 125 KB

[Electoral Divisions: High Furness]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Development Control and Regulation Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application had been received from Elizabeth Wardle to correct mistaken registration in common land register unit CL276 Blawith Fell.

 

The Application related to a parcel of land at Tottlebank Farm, Blawith comprising O.S. fields numbered 185 and 186 which formed part of the land comprised in common land register unit CL276 – Blawith Fell. 

 

CL276 was provisionally registered as common land on 31 July 1970 under Section 4 of the Commons Registration Act 1965 pursuant to application no. 1325, made by Boughton Estates Limited (“the 1970 Application”).  The provisional registration became final on 1 August 1972 and the land became register unit CL276.

 

The Applicant claimed that the Application Land was registered as common land by a mistake made by the Boughton Estate and that, immediately before its provisional registration, the Application Land was not subject to rights of common, waste land of the manor, a town or village green or land of a description specified in section 11 of the Inclosure Act 1845.

 

The Applicant had requested the removal of the Application Land from the register of common land, and submitted the following supporting evidence with the Application:

 

·      copy register of title CU142049 confirming the Applicant’s ownership of the Application Land;

·      copy letter from the Lake District National Park Authority (LNDPA) dated 02/10/2012 confirming that the Application Land forms no part of their holding;

·      copy letter from Andrew Nicholson (the tenant of the Application Land) dated 29/09/2012 describing the historic situation with regard to the Application Land;

·      copy of the 1970 Application;

·      copy Deed between LNDPA and the Applicant dated 23/07/2003 acknowledging the Applicant’s ownership of the land.

·      copy letter from Boughton Estates confirming that the registration of the Application Land was made in error.

·      copy extracts from Register of Common Land

·      additional evidence submitted by the Applicant in response to an objection.

·      copy Compensation Agreement between the Duke of Buccleuch, Lord of the Manor of Ulverston and John Thomas Newton of Tottlebank Farm, Blawith for the extinguishment of the manorial incidents over the Application Land dated 07/04/1932.

 

Two representations were received, one from the Open Spaces Society who did not have any objections to the application and the other from Mr Steve Byrne who commented that it was highly likely that the Application Land was once waste land of the manor and that the key question concerned the physical state of the land at the time of its provisional registration. Mr Byrne did not provide any evidence to support his assertion regarding past status of the Application Land.

 

The representations were notified to the Applicant, who then provided a reply to Mr Byrne’s representation by sending additional documents

 

The officer advised she had also carried out her own research which supported the claim that the Application Land was not common land at the time of registration and should be removed.  She was therefore recommending that the Committee  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

23.

COMMONS REGISTRATION: - APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION OF LAND AT BLENCARN PARK, ROCKCLIFFE AS A TOWN OR VILLAGE GREEN pdf icon PDF 170 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Longtown]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application received from Rockcliffe Parish Council to register land at Blencarn Park, Rockcliffe as a town or village green.

 

Members noted that the Application Land was located at the centre of a housing estate.

 

The Applicant submitted the following evidence in support of the Application:

 

   5 user evidence questionnaires

   13 user evidence letters

         

The Application was supported by 5 user evidence questionnaires and 13 user evidence letters, which the officer considered to be insufficient evidence to satisfy the criterion that a significant number of the inhabitants of the locality used the Application Land.

 

The western part of the Application Land was owned by Carlisle City Council and the eastern part was owned by the Riverside Group Limited. Carlisle City Council was the owner of the whole of the Application Land for the first 9 years of the claimed 20-year period (1993 to 2013). In 2002 Carlisle City Council transferred the eastern part of the land to Carlisle Housing Association. In 2010 that part of the land was acquired by the Riverside Group Limited. As a local authority, Carlisle City Council was a creature of statute and their role was defined in numerous different Acts of Parliament, it was unable to act unless given the power to do so by legislation and it could only hold land for certain prescribed purposes.

 

Enquiries had been made as to the nature of that ownership. Carlisle City Council confirmed that the Application Land was acquired in two parcels, one on 18th April 1964 and the other on 28th June 1965. Both parcels were acquired for housing purposes. Outline consent was granted to the Border Rural District Council for housing in 1971.  The officer report produced at that time stated that the western part of the Application Land would be “laid out as landscaped open space to benefit both the existing village and the new development”.

 

The Supreme Court in the Barkas case held that land could not be registered as a town and village green where its use by the public was permitted by statute.

 

Carlisle City Council was of the opinion that the land was designated as a public open space under the Open Spaces Act 1906, however, it was unable to provide documentary proof to confirm this.

 

As the land is held for housing it may be that it was allocated as a recreation ground under section 12(1) of the Housing Act 1985, however, the consent of the Secretary of State was required in order for the land to be allocated as such. Carlisle City Council was unable to confirm whether such consent was obtained.

 

The lack of documentary evidence relating to the status of the land meant that the registration authority could not be sure that the use of land was permitted by statute, however, the approach set out by Lord Carnwath in Barkas with regard to the “as of right” test required “the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

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HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 SECTION 119 - APPLICATION TO DIVERT PUBLIC FOOTPATH NO 321015 PARISH OF DACRE: DISTRICT OF EDEN pdf icon PDF 866 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Penrith Rural]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application to divert a section of public footpath No 321015 at Stainton.  Members noted that all the costs associated with processing the application would be paid by the landowner.

 

The existing public right of way passed through a former farmyard in which the applicant wished to construct a proposed new dwelling and garden.  A short section of the current path would be diverted to run parallel with the current route on the opposite side of an existing dry stone wall.

 

The officer advised that consultations had been carried out and that no objections had been received

 

The Countryside Access Officer was satisfied that the proposed diversion was not substantially less convenient to use compared to the existing definitive route, and was therefore recommending that members approve this and that the order should be made in the interests of the landowner.

 

This was proposed and seconded and voted upon, and with 15 for and 0 against, it was

 

RESOLVED that,

 

(1)       pursuant to the power set out at Part 2G paragraph 2.1(g)(iii) of the Council’s Constitution, an order be made under Section 119 of the Highways Act 1980 to divert that section of public footpath no 321015 in the parish of Dacre shown A-B to a new route A-C-D-E-F on the plan at Appendix A; and

(2)       the Executive Director - Corporate, Customer & Community, be authorised to take all necessary actions to confirm the order.

25.

HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 SECTION 119 - APPLICATION TO DIVERT PUBLIC FOOTPATH NO 431031 PARISH OF WHITEHAVEN : DISTRICT OF COPELAND pdf icon PDF 1 MB

[Electoral Divisions: Kells and Sandwith]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

Minutes:

Members had before them a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application to divert a section of public footpath No 431031 at Edgehill, Whitehaven.

 

The proposed diversion order was in the interests of the landowner and all the costs associated with processing the application would be paid by the landowner.

 

The applicant landowner owned all of the land affected by this Order with the exception of the property known at High House and wished to construct a phased development of new housing in the western field. 

 

The existing definitive route passed through fields and was currently obstructed by a garage at High House and by a deep sided stream near the boundary of the two fields.  The Countryside Access Team had attempted to resolve the outstanding obstructions but the offending landowner had always refused to apply for a diversion order.

 

The proposed diversion would be as close to the existing route as conveniently possible, following less undulating ground than the present route. The diversion would keep to the high ground offering better long distance panoramic views to the east of Whitehaven, the western fells of the Lake District National Park. 

 

The officer advised members that consultations had been carried out and no objections had been received.

 

The Countryside Access Officer was satisfied that the proposed diversion was not substantially less convenient to use compared to the existing definitive route, and was therefore recommending that members approve the application and that the order be made in the interests of the landowner.

 

Members wondered whether there would be any negative impact on the owner of High House.  The Countryside Access Officer confirmed there would be no negative impact on the owner.

 

The proposal was proposed and seconded and then voted upon.  With no members dissenting it was

 

RESOLVED that,

 

(1)       pursuant to the power set out at Part 2G paragraph 2.1(g)(iii) of the Council’s Constitution, an order be made under Section 119 of the Highways Act 1980 to divert that section of public footpath no 431031 in the parish of Whitehaven shown A-B to a new route A-C-B on the plan at Appendix A; and

(2)       the Executive Director, Corporate, Customer & Community be authorised to take all necessary actions to confirm the order.

 

26.

HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 SECTION 119A - APPLICATION TO DIVERT UNRECORDED PUBLIC FOOTPATH AT BAYLEY/BAILEY LANE GRANGE OVER SANDS: DISTRICT OF SOUTH LAKELAND pdf icon PDF 736 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Grange]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Development Control and Regulation Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application to divert the unrecorded public footpath that passed over the railway at Bayley/Bailey Lane, Grange Over Sands to an alternative route that incorporated the nearby railway underpass as shown on plan at Appendix A of the report.

 

All costs associated with processing the diversion order, upgrading and maintaining the new route would be paid for by the rail operator, which was presently Network Rail.

 

A site visit by members had taken place recently at this location.

 

Bayley/Bailey pedestrian level crossing was a popular access point from the town centre to the Grange promenade and sea front.  It had year round heavy usage from the local population and this was added to significantly by visitors to the town.

 

Network Rail had in the past carried out changes to the crossing to attempt to make it safer but continued to remain concerned regarding the safety of the public crossing the tracks given the significant numbers of “vulnerable users”, the high level of misuse of the crossing and the incidences and near misses both reported and unreported. It believed that circumstances had altered due to changes in public attitude, related particularly to reduced level of attentiveness through increased use of headsets and hand-held device distractions, and changed attitude to perceived risk.

 

In July 2017 Network Rail recorded a serious incident at the crossing and requested a temporary closure of the path. Cumbria County Council installed a prohibition of pedestrians over the crossing which would come to an end in October 2018.

 

Network Rail had agreed with the affected landowners to upgrade the proposed diversion route to make it safer and more convenient for the users.

 

There was considerable public interest in this case and a consultation produced a substantial response. However there was no clear consensus between members of the public as to whether the crossing should be closed and the public footpath diverted via the nearby underpass or not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Under Section 119A (1) of the Highways Act 1980 a footpath which crossed a railway should be diverted where it appeared to a council expedient in the interests of safety of members of the public using it. In addition a Council should not confirm an order where it was not satisfied the applicant had done all that was reasonably practical to make the crossing safe.

 

If the recommendation was accepted by members and an order was not made the applicant had an opportunity to request that the Secretary of State made the order, and members noted this would be dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate..

 

Network Rail wished to close this pedestrian railway crossing because it believed it was a danger to the public and there was a safer alternative via the nearby underpass. There were risks associated with using the crossing but it may also be deemed safer than in the past as the available data showed a reduction in number  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

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WILDLIFE & COUNTRYSIDE ACT 1981 - SECTION 53 APPLICATION TO ADD PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY IN THE LANES CARLISLE IN THE CITY OF CARLISLE: DISTRICT OF CARLISLE pdf icon PDF 3 MB

[Electoral Divisions: Castle]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure, which detailed an application received by the County Council to add two sections of public footpath in the Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle to the County Council’s Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way

 

The application was accompanied by 17 rights of way evidence forms from local people claiming to have used the routes on a regular basis on foot for a period of years ranging from 24 to 33 years.

 

The land over which the claimed routes were situated was developed as the Lanes Shopping Centre in the early 1980s.  Prior to the Lanes construction there were a series of cobbled lanes which were stopped up by legal order to enable the development to be carried out.

 

As a result of the consultation procedure objections had been received from the landowner and tenant. The main basis of their objection to the claim being that the tenant entered into Walkways Agreements with the landowners. The agreement allowed pedestrians to use the walkways except at times when they had to be closed for the purposes of maintenance or repair and in the interests of safety or security. The effect of this was to prevent the acquisition of public or private rights of way. 

 

In order to negate an application a landowner or objector needed to provide evidence that the claimed routes had not been used as of right, without permission, force or secrecy. 

 

The current landowner/occupier entered into a Walkway Agreement under Section 35 of the Highways Act 1980 which meant that there could be no statutory presumption of dedication under Section 31 whilst such an agreement was in force. 

 

The Countryside Access Officer had considered very carefully the views of both supporters and objectors, but was satisfied that legally no application to a add route to the definitive map could be supported where it was covered by a Walkways Agreement.  Moreover, since the existing Agreement expired only three years ago, it was not possible to demonstrate a 20 year usage, and on this basis he was recommending that this application to refused.

 

Under public participation Ms Emma Hurst from CMS – CMNO addressed the Committee on behalf of Carlisle Shopping Centre Limited and wished to make the following points. 

 

Ms Hurst felt that the legal tests to dedicate the areas as a footpaths had not been met, as The Lanes had not been enjoyed by the public as of right, and without interruption, for 20 years and were not of such a character that public use gives rise to a common law presumption of dedication.

 

She raised the issue of the various Walkways Agreements which were in place at the shopping centre between 28 June 1985 and 16 August 2017, which made it clear that The Lanes were open to the public subject to the terms on which they were granted. The agreements were capable of being terminated, lasted for a fixed period and governed the use  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Reports on Applications for Planning Permission pdf icon PDF 85 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Various]

 

To receive reports from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

These are applications which are determined by the County Council after taking into account the views of consultees and relevant representations.  Applications in this category are prescribed by legislation. Private applications principally relate to minerals and waste management activities and associated development. County applications are developments which are to be carried out by the County Council itself or jointly with any other person.

 

 

28a

Application No. 1/18/9003, Change of Use to a surface level car park and erection of ancillary infrastructure, Land to rear of The Courts, Bush Brow, Carlisle, CA3 8NA pdf icon PDF 641 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Currock, Castle]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

Minutes:

Members had before them a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application received by the County Council for the change the use of land to the rear of the Courts, Bush Brow, Carlisle to a public surface level car park and to erect associated ancillary infrastructure. The proposal was intended to be a short to medium term use of the site while other longer-term options for a high quality development were explored. 

 

It was proposed to create 90 car parking spaces, 6 motor cycle spaces, a loading bay and 10 cycle parking spaces. As part of the proposed car parking mix it was proposed to provide 5 disabled blue badge bays and 2 electric vehicle charging bays.

 

The Planning Officer took members through the report, detailing the following:-

 

·      surfacing

·      drainage

·      lighting

·      payment meters

·      electric vehicle charging points

·      retaining walls

·      stairway

 

The Planning Officer considered that the proposed use would not generate a significant increase in traffic movements that would be prejudicial to the character of this part of the conservation area. 

 

The officer’s view was that the use of the land for public car-parking would represent a relatively minor visual intensification of its current office parking usage, and recommended that members grant this application on a temporary 5 year basis.

 

This was then voted upon and with and with 14 for and 0 against it was

 

RESOLVED that,     planning permission is GRANTED on a temporary 5 year basis and subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the report.

 

28b

Application No. 2/18/9009 - Demolition of former fire station in a conservation area, along with associated buildings including 1 Francis Croft and Cavendish House, Elizabeth Street on the adjoining site - Location: Former Workington Fire Station King Street Workington pdf icon PDF 1 MB

[Electoral Divisions: St John’s and Great Clifton]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee had before it a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application that sought to demolish the former fire station in a Conservation Area, along with associated buildings including 1 Francis Croft and Cavendish House, Elizabeth Street on the adjoining site.  On completion, the site would be fenced and left secure.

 

The demolition of the fire station and Cavendish House were required to reduce public liability and health and safety issues for County Council owned buildings.  The premises were easily accessible and were targets for vandalism and drug users. The proposal was to demolish the buildings and make secure the site reducing any risk of liability, health and safety to the County Council and securing the site from trespassing.

 

The officer took members through the report, detailing the following:-

 

   Noise

   Dust

   Lighting

 

The officer detailed for members the representations received in relation to this application.  Two letters of representation had been received raising concerns regarding street lighting; access for demolition vehicles; the site being left undeveloped for a period of time and loss of community use.

 

Currently both sites are subject to vandalism and unsociable behaviour.  The County Council was looking at reducing public liability of these buildings by demolishing them and leaving a clear site with reduced risk of further damage to the buildings or injury to the public accessing unauthorised buildings.

 

During demolition works there would be an impact on the amenities of local residents regarding noise.  The officer was therefore proposing a condition to control the demolition operations would be controlled through a condition restricting operating hours.

 

The County Councillor, District Member and local residents had raised concerns with regards to street lighting and installation of a footway, Workington Town Council had also mirrored the same concerns.  Frances Croft was a private access road whereby the County Council was under no legal obligation to provide a footway or street lighting to Frances Croft.  It was estimated that the provision of street lighting and installation of a footway would cost in the region of £20,000, and the residents of Frances Croft would need to contribute a reasonable proportion of the costs.

 

The Planning Officer was therefore recommending that planning permission to demolish the site be granted subject to conditions relating to Demolition Method Statement and hours of operation.

 

This was then put to a vote, and with 13 for, 0 against and 1 abstention it was

 

RESOLVED that,     that Planning Permission be GRANTED subject to conditions set out in Appendix 1 to this report.

 

28c

Application No 4/18/9004 - Storage of additional nuclear material in self shielded box store for a period of up to 100 years. Provision of two additional plant rooms, increase in height of fence to 4m and additional welfare facilities at Sellafield Site, Seascale, pdf icon PDF 2 MB

[Electoral Divisions: Gosforth]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which advised them that planning permission was sought for the storage of additional nuclear material in an existing Self Shielded Box Store (SSBS) (the SSBS was constructed and ready for use) for a period of up to 100 years, provision of two additional plant rooms, welfare facilities and increase in height of the fence to 4 m. 

 

The SSBS received planning permission on 16 November 2015 (planning permission 4/18/9008), and was designed to provide an interim storage solution for the passively venting SSBS containing solely Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) from operations in the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond and forms part of the Waste Retrieval Hazard Reduction Programme, which is of strategic importance to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). 

 

The planning application proposed changes to the storage periods due to the need to store waste for longer periods of time on the Sellafield site. The changes to the storage periods had changed the development under Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)) Regulations 2011 from Schedule 2 to Schedule 1 development requiring EIA to be submitted.

 

The officer referred members to the update sheet and the supplementary information received from Sellafield Ltd which clarified the position of the development and the ensured maintenance of building for the life of the storage period.  The officer was reassured by the clarification and asked members to note an amendment to paragraph 2.5 which should now read:-

 

“2.5     The SSBS planning application 4/15/9008 was originally screened under Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011, the building was considered for installations for the processing and storage of radioactive waste under the Town and County Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011, Schedule 2, 3(g) installations for the processing and storage of radioactive waste (unless included in Schedule 1) was not EIA development, at the time of planning permission 4/15/9008 the development was solely for processing and storage of radioactive waste.  The proposal now is to allow long term storage up to 100 years of irradiated waste which is classed as Intermediate and Higher Level Waste (ILW/HLW).  The proposal was scoped in November 2017 under Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 Schedule 1, 3(b)(v) installations designed solely for the storage (planned for more than 10 years) of irradiated nuclear fuels or radioactive waste in a different site than the production site.   The change in waste type to include irradiated waste for a time period in excess of 10 years now results in the proposal being EIA Development requiring an Environment Statement to be submitted.”

 

Members noted this amendment to the report.

 

The officer took members through the report, and detailed planning assessment and specifically highlighted representations from Ponsonby Parish Council, Beckermet within Thornhill Parish Council and Seascale Parish Council.

 

The officer advised that the concerns of the three Parish Councils had been taken into consideration and where appropriate the concerns had been addressed directly by Sellafield and Office of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28c

28d

4/18/9006 - Moor Row School Boilerhouse pdf icon PDF 304 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Egremont North and St Bees]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

Minutes:

Members had before them a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which advised that planning permission was sought to demolish the existing boiler house and associated brick chimney at Moor Row Primary School and to erect a new boiler house with two flues. The application was needed as the existing boiling house sat partly in a below ground basement and had suffered from repeated flooding incidents.  During flooding in December 2017 the boiler house had become inoperable.  A temporary replacement boiler contained in a shipping container unit was currently being utilised on site.

 

The officer took members through the report, highlighting issues relating to:-

 

·      Design

·      Noise

·      Demolition

·      Flooding

 

The Planning Officer advised members that no representations had been received.

 

The officer recommendation was that the proposed development was in accordance with the development plan; there were no material considerations that indicated the decision should be made otherwise, and he was therefore recommending that this application be granted subject to conditions.

 

This was proposed and seconded and put to a vote.  With 14 for and 0 against, it was

 

RESOLVED that,     planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 to this report.

 

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Application No 4/18/9007 - Provision of two no temporary classrooms for decanting of the school whilst repair works are carried out to the school building for a maximum period of six months. Bransty School, Haig Avenue, Whitehaven pdf icon PDF 868 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Bransty]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

Minutes:

The Development Control and Regulation Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Highways which detailed an application for the siting of a temporary classroom at Bransty Primary School.

 

The officer took members through the report, and detailed the following:-

 

·      Traffic and transport

·      Noise

·      Flood risk

·      Surface water flooding

 

The officer was satisfied that the proposed development was in accordance with the development plan, there were no material considerations that indicate the decision should be made otherwise and was recommending that this application be granted subject to conditions.

 

This was proposed and seconded and voted upon, and with 14 for and 0 against, it was

 

RESOLVED that,     planning permission be GRANTED subject to conditions set out in Appendix 1 to this report.

 

 

28f

Application No. 5/17/9013 - Section 73 Application to Vary or Remove Planning Conditions 1 & 5 of Planning permission reference 5/98/9005 to extend quarrying until 30 June 2029 and to review the restoration of the site at Sandside Quarry, Park Road, Sandside, Milnthorpe pdf icon PDF 882 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Kent Estuary]

 

To receive a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

 

Minutes:

The Development Control and Regulation Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed an application for planning permission sought to vary conditions 1 & 5 of Planning permission reference 5/98/9005 to extend quarrying until 30 June 2029 and to review the restoration of the site at Sandside Quarry, Park Road,   Sandside, Milnthorpe.

 

Condition 1 of the current planning permission required winning and working of minerals to cease and restoration to be completed by 30 June 2020.  Currently around 200,000 tonnes are extracted per annum.  At the end of 2017, there was approximately 2,100,000 tonnes of extractable limestone remaining in the site.   Tarmac was therefore applying to extend the timescale for completion of quarrying operations until June 2029. They had also submitted revised working and restoration phasing plans previously submitted in relation to condition 5 of current planning permission.

  

The Planning Officer took members through the report, detailing:-

 

·      the site planning history

·      consultations and representations

·      planning assessment

 

The Planning Officer felt overall that the documents supplied in support of the application provided a robust assessment of the environmental impacts of the site.  Although he acknowledged that the time extension prolonged impacts raised by the immediate neighbours of the site, he considered the conditions proposed addressed these issues as far as was practical.  The Planning Officer was therefore recommending that having first taken into consideration the environmental information, submitted in connection with the application and subject to the applicant entering into a Section 106 agreement to carry out aftercare for a total period of 10 years; that planning permission be granted as set out in Appendix 1 to this report.

 

This was proposed and seconded and with 14 voting for and 0 against it was

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be GRANTED as set out in Appendix 1 of the report.

 

 

29.

Applications/Consultations Determined Under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 90 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Various]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

To note that these are applications/consultations that have recently been determined by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure in accordance with the schemes of delegation.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,     with no members dissenting the list of applications/consultations determined under delegated powers be noted.

 

30.

Applications/Consultations Proposed to be Determined Under Delegated Powers pdf icon PDF 96 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Various]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

To note that these applications that have been submitted to the County Council but are not ready/appropriate for presentation to the Committee of for determination under delegated powers and/or have been recently withdrawn or determined as invalid or not requiring planning permission etc.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,       that the list of applications/consultations proposed to be determined under delegated powers be noted.

31.

Applications to be Considered at Future Meetings pdf icon PDF 109 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Various]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

To note the list of outstanding planning applications.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,     with no members dissenting the report be received and noted.

 

           

32.

PLANNING ENFORCEMENT RELATED MATTERS pdf icon PDF 65 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Various]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,     with no members dissenting the report be received and noted.

           

 

33.

Date and time of next meeting

The next meeting will be held on 23 August 2018 at County Offices, Kendal at 10am

 

Minutes:

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 23 August 2018 at 10am in County Offices, Kendal.