[Electoral Divisions: Hawcoat]
To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)
Members of the Development Control and Regulation Committee had before them a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure, which detailed a planning application for the erection of a replacement transfer building at Sinkfall Farm Waste Transfer Station, Rakesmoor Lane, Barrow-In-Furness.
Although the building would be significantly bigger than the current building, the applicant had indicated that they do not intend to increase the amount of waste handled at the site, rather, that they considered the development necessary to operate in a more efficient manner and to increase the separation between bays filled with different materials to more easily meet their fire prevention plan
The Planning Officer took members through the report in detail, and covered a site description, planning history, consultations and representations, planning policy, and the planning assessment.
Two representations to this application had been received, and the Planning Officer detailed these for members.
The Planning Officer shared concerns about the impact of noise on the ability of nearby residents to be able to enjoy their property, however, he felt that the use of a complaints investigation and reporting scheme could lead to measures to address complaints and if necessary, compel the applicant to carry out mitigation for the noisiest aspects of the operation.
The proposed development was in accordance with the development plan, there were no material considerations that indicated the decision should be made otherwise and with the planning conditions proposed, any potential harm would reasonably by mitigated. The officer was therefore recommending that the application be granted subject to conditions.
The Planning Officer referred members to the information contained in the Updated Sheet, with particular reference to the proposed condition 3. Members noted that it was proposed to delete draft condition 3 and amend draft condition 2.
The officer also referenced a further objection received since the report was published, and took members through the details of the objection.
One of the members raised the issue to vehicular access in and out of the site and whether the proposed extension would increase the amount of vehicles using the site and perhaps increasing traffic along the narrow country lanes.
The officer reassured the member that there would be little or no increase in the amount of waste processed at the site and should have very little effect on vehicular access. He was not aware that wagons did use the narrow roads as all vehicles should turn right when leaving the site. He had not received any complaints about traffic along the narrow lanes and should any be received they would be investigated.
Members asked whether it would be possible to require more landscaping to make the appearance of the building more aesthetic.
The officer responded to say that the lay of the land was such that it would require a substantial amount of material to make this possible.”
The recommendation was moved, seconded and then put to a vote.
With 14 for, 0 against and 0 abstentions the recommendation was carried.
RESOLVED, that Planning Permission be granted subject to conditions set out in Appendix 1 to this report and the amendment proposed in the update sheet.