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Planning and Building Committee Report (07/01/10)

PLANNING & BUILDING COMMITTEE HELD 7th JANUARY 2010 This was to be a busy meeting with no less than seventeen applications seeking planning permission. However, five of these sought retrospective consent, the development having already been carried out, with no less than four of these being the erection of a fence over one -metre height on a roadside boundary. These fences had been erected at 2 Anderson Drive, 24 Eliza Crescent, 45 Davis Street and at Liberty Lodge on Rowlands Rise, all of which received the consent now applied for. The other application for retrospective planning permission was for the greenhouse erected at 19 Sulivan Street which, after some discussion on the intended finishes to improve the current appearance, was granted approval. But before these applications were reviewed, two proposals involving listed buildings were considered, the meeting being bolstered with the attendance of two members of the Historic Buildings Committee: Councillor Emma Edwards and Dawn Hoy. The first of these was Juanita Brock’s scheme to demolish the peat shed and erect a building for library archive at 20 Drury Street, the external finishes and glazing pattern raising some discussion and was eventually granted approval. The second building to be considered was Stanley Cottage on Ross Road and plans by government included internal and external modifications with provision of off-street parking and this, too, received consent. Before the departure of the two representatives of the Historic Buildings Committee, those present spoke of the strong contribution made to their work by the late Jane Cameron and her committed organisation of that Committee’s business over the years, adding the comment of how much she will be missed. Other applications seeking planning permission which were considered and duly received conditional approval are as follows: the erection of a storage building for Ian Bury at Plot 43 Lookout Industrial Estate; a sun-lounge at 5 Capricorn Road for Campbell Kirkham; erection of a greenhouse at 3 Fitzroy Road East for John Jaffray; Vladimir Sytchov’s proposal for a garage at 1 Felton Court; an off-street parking area at 5 Davis Street for Allan White and Jacqui Jennings; a dwelling for Justin East on land which is part of the garden at 1 Fieldhouse Close; government’s proposal to erect two pairs of semi-detached houses at 1a to 3b Hansen Hill; a single-storey house at 28 Hansen Hill for Nicholas and Tara Francis; and the siting of a static caravan for residential use by a family member at 72 Davis Street submitted by Ana Crowie. One further proposal reviewed by the committee was that submitted by the Chief Fire Officer, Gardner Fiddes, and was for the erection of a fire-training facility on land to the east of Boxer Bridge Road. This proposal is in the early stages of development and members were advised that much more work had to be done, also that they could in due course expect to see more details of the scheme currently put before them. Details as presently submitted were granted conditional planning consent. There was a single application for an off-street parking grant. Submitted by Les Morrison, it was for land at 108 Davis Street and members agreed to approve the proposal. Only one application had been received seeking a place on the committee as lay member in response to the advertisement and this was from Jacqueline Cotter. Members approved the submission and agreed that the onward process for such applications should be put in hand. The date of the next meeting of this committee is scheduled for Thursday 4th February, commencing as usual at 8.30am in the Liberation Room. Graham France 7th January 2010

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