The Decision Notice for approval of the application by the parish council for a night landing site at Bigbury Golf Club for the Devon Air Ambulance is available as a DOCUMENT in the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP.
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Devon Building Control Partnership has launched a new-look website, making it even easier for homeowners and professionals to book site visits, submit applications online, request a quote and much more.
The website has been created to be more accessible and easy to use through desktop computers, mobile phones or tablets. Building professionals and homeowners will be able to access information quicker and will be able to subscribe to newsletters, access a property register for Building regulations, look up fees and charges and find out about business events
Devon Building Control Partnership is made up of Teignbridge District Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council. The experienced team of chartered surveyors, building engineers and fire engineers cover all three districts and offers a fast, reliable service for plan checking and inspections through a highly experienced team with vast local knowledge.
The Partnership works closely with the building industry to ensure that buildings are designed to comply through pre-application advice, plan checking and an inspection programme.
Cllr Michael Hicks, Vice Chairman of South Hams District Council and South Hams’ representative at Devon Building Control, said: “This new look website will be invaluable in informing and advising customers of the services provided by Devon Building Control, and is much easier and quicker to navigate. If you’re in the middle of a challenging and stressful building project, a clear and understandable website is essential. I’m certain that customers will be very pleased.”
Andrew Carpenter, Head of Devon Building Control Partnership, said: “I am delighted with the new look website. We know that people now want to use websites on phones and tablets so we’ve revamped the design to make it much easier for people to use on those devices as well as a laptop or mobile. The previous website had served us well but was starting to show its age. We’ve simplified things and made it faster to use and easier to navigate. Information is now much clearer and understandable.
“The redesign is aimed to make sure the site is much more accessible to customers and meets modern expectations as well as being a place where people can find out more about our services. This an online ‘shop window’ will help us improve how we promote and sell activities across the area we cover and operate more commercially and effectively in a very competitive industry.
“Our new website is part of our commitment to providing a great service to customers as well as showcasing the Partnership as a business populated by friendly, qualified surveyors and skilled officers who can offer impartial advice and assistance to homeowners, agents, architects, developers and other professionals on matters relating to building regulations.”
The bespoke website was built by IT professionals working in Strata Service Solutions Ltd, the joint ICT partnership shared across Teignbridge, Exeter and East Devon councils, with expertise and support from officers working for Teignbridge. The look and feel was designed by Made With Maturity, a web design and digital marketing company based in Plymouth.
Laurence Whitlock, IT Director at Strata Service Solutions Ltd, said: “This project gave Strata an excellent opportunity to work with Devon Building Control Partnership to use our experienced web developers to produce a professional and commercial quality web site.”
The website also contains details about the team and a section where people can leave feedback.
Flying in the face of local opinion – that of many residents of both Bigbury and Ringmore, of Bigbury Parish Council, of Bigbury’s Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group AND of SHDC – the appeal against the refusal of planning permission for up to 8 houses to be built at StAnn’s Chapel has been allowed. The appellants costs were not allowed, however.
1. The appeal is allowed and planning permission is granted for the residential development of circa 8 dwellings, open space and associated infrastructure with all matters reserved except for means of access (and associated off-site highway works) at Site at Sx 663 471, St Ann’s Chapel, Bigbury, Devon in accordance with the terms of the application, Ref 4079/16/OPA, dated 20 December 2016, and the plans submitted with it, and subject to the conditions contained in the attached schedule.
This is brilliant news for the community coming hard on the heels of SHDC’s favourable delaying ruling on the application for demolition (see elsewhere on this site).
Valerie Scott, Chair of the Neighbourhood Planning Group writes – ‘You will all be delighted to hear that the appeal on the Bay View Café has been dismissed. I attach a copy of the decision. It is a very thorough decision letter picking up many comments made by the local residents either in writing prior to the hearing and or as other matters raised at the hearing itself. The fact that so many of you attended the hearing will have made it very clear how important these buildings are to the local community both as a community asset and a local heritage asset so many thanks to all those who objected to the application or attended the hearing.’
For the Inspector’s full Decision Notice click here – 3171733 Decision
The appeal against the listing of Bay View cafe as an Asset of Community Value has been rejected. Full details of the proceedings and the decision are available here:- Review of Listing on the Community Assets Register 111217
Extracts from the Planning Officer’s report on the latest stage in developing this site (app. no. 2655/17/VAR) are included below.
Site Address: Royal Oak, Road From St Anns Chapel Cross, Bigbury, TQ7 4AP
Development: Variation of condition no.2 of planning consent 05/2313/14/F to allow redevelopment
of land to allow construction of 4 no. dwellings with associated parking and
Recommendation: Conditional Approval
Time limit for commencement – S73
In accordance with plans
Permitted development restrictions
Construction Management Plan
Spaces to be retained for public house
Details of foul and surface water drainage
Key issues for consideration:
Whether the proposed amendment to the approved scheme is acceptable
The application site comprises of land to the south of the Royal Oak public house, which is
currently closed. The land originally formed part of the car park for the pub, and is itself
located on the eastern side of the B3392. The site is bounded by residential properties to the
north and south, and established hedgerows and agricultural land to the east.
This application is for the redevelopment of part of the former pub car-park with the erection
of four dwellings with associated car parking and amenity space.
County Highways Authority: No highways implications
Environmental Health Section: None received
Bigbury Parish Council: Objection, see casefile for full response
Landscape officer: No objection to modest height increase
Representations from Residents
Comments have been received and cover the following points:
Increase in height resulting in harm to living conditions of adjacent occupiers
Development more prominent in wider views
Land was artificially raised
Increased light pollution
Relevant Planning History
05/2313/14/F – Re-development of land to allow construction of 4no. dwellings with
associated parking and amenity space – Approved
Permission was given for the development in 2014, this application seeks to vary the
approved plans by building the dwellings on the existing ground level rather than excavating
and sinking the dwellings down on the site.
It is considered that the increase in height of 870mm does not result in harm to the
conservation area, views in and out of the site or the wider landscape and does not result in
significant additional overlooking to adjacent occupiers.
Principle of Development/Sustainability:
This application site is located within a village location, but is located outside of any
defined settlement boundary, and is therefore designated as a countryside location.
The applicants have made the argument that the development of the site with four
dwellings would provide the necessary capital to ensure that the pub would be reopened.
It has been stated by the applicant that the public house, which closed in
November 2013 was not receiving sufficient trade to be a viable business, and that the
pressures of the recession, the smoking ban and the rural location of the pub were
factors in seeing a reduced trade. The applicants make the case that local trade is
more likely to be able to sustain a smaller pub, based around the wet trade with a
simple food offering. The point is made that the applicant would most likely seek to let
the pub out to a third party to run.
Although comments have been made to the contrary by objectors, it is stated that
even when previously open the car park of the pub was never fully utilised, and that a
smaller-scale pub would give rise to less demand for use of the car park, based on the
fact that the focus and catchment area for the pub would be local custom, for those
who can walk to the pub. The point is made that to enable the business to justify the
costs of repairs to the pub and the marketing to secure a tenant, return from the site is
required. Essentially this development would enable the re-opening of the pub.
A further point put forward by the applicant is that the Council (citing appeal decisions)
fails to demonstrate a deliverable five year housing land supply and that the
development of this site would give rise to a social benefit through the re-opening of
the public house, and that the development is on previously developed land (being
part of the pub car park). The assertion is also made that the village has a shop, and
although public transport opportunities are limited, there exists the ability to reduce
reliance on the private car.
The issues put forward concerning the need to raise funds to re-open the pub are
noted and understood, but it is not considered that it would be reasonable to issue any
permissions solely upon the basis of the development being acceptable only if the pub
were to re-open.Whilst a legal agreement could be put into place to see the pub reopened
within a defined timescale, it is not considered that this would be reasonable
since it is not an asset of community value, nor is there at present any specific
framework or mechanism offered to secure the re-opening of the pub.
The Planning Balance:
The re-opening of the pub however can be looked at as part of the planning balance of
circumstances in that the re-opening would provide direct and indirect employment,
would provide a local facility for existing and new residents of the village, and the
construction of new dwellings would expand housing supply. The site makes use of
previously developed land (the pub car park) and looking at the issue of re-opening
the pub amongst the circumstances and considerations with the application, it is
considered that there is a distinct balance.
In terms of principle, it is acknowledged that the site is within a rural location, however
it is considered that the situation that is put forward by the applicant in terms of the
relative sustainability of the village is acceptable, and the proposal itself will be sited in
a manner that is largely contained within the existing village envelope. Paragraph 55
of the NPPF advises that housing for rural areas be located where it will enhance or
maintain the vitality of rural communities and it is considered that the array of
circumstances put forward with this application complies with this. Given the position
of the application site, and given the intention to re-open the pub, it is considered that
in principle the application is acceptable, subject to compliance with all other
remaining development control criteria.
The residents of Challaborough have fought long & hard to squash an application to re-build a big house at Waves Edge on the sea front, adjacent to the coastal path – second house down as you walk from Bigbury-on-Sea. The original application was taken to South Hams DC’s Development Management Committee and rejected. Now the developer’s appeal to the Inspector to overturn this decision has been dismissed – with no costs awarded.
The Inspector concluded:- ‘The adverse effects of the development are sufficient to mean that it would fail to conserve the landscape and scenic beauty of the AONB and that it would conflict with the development plan when taken as a whole. No matters have been found to outweigh this conflict. For the reasons given above I conclude that the appeal should be dismissed.’
The full appeal decision is available here:- APPEAL DECISION – 3176134