Agenda and minutes

Area Planning Sub-Committee West
Wednesday, 15th November, 2017 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping

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Webcasting Introduction

1.         This meeting is to be webcast. Members are reminded of the need to activate their microphones before speaking.


2.         The Chairman will read the following announcement:


“I would like to remind everyone present that this meeting will be broadcast live to the internet (or filmed) and will be capable of repeated viewing (or another use by such third parties).


If you are seated in the lower public seating area it is likely that the recording cameras will capture your image and this will result in the possibility that your image will become part of the broadcast.


This may infringe your human and data protection rights and if you wish to avoid this you should move to the upper public gallery.”

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The Chairman made a short address to remind all present that the meeting would be broadcast on the Internet, and that the Council had adopted a protocol for the webcasting of its meetings. The Sub-Committee noted the Council’s Protocol for Webcasting of Council and Other Meetings.



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The Chairman welcomed members of the public to the meeting and outlined the procedures and arrangements agreed by the Council, to enable persons to address the Sub-Committee in relation to the determination of applications for planning permission.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 150 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting of the Sub-Committee held on 17 October 2017.

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That the minutes of the meeting of the Sub-Committee held on 18 October 2017 be taken as read and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest

(Director of Governance) To declare interests in any item on this agenda.

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(a)          Pursuant to the Council's Code of Member Conduct, Councillor R Bassett declared a non-pecuniary interest in the following items. He stated that he had taken no part in discussions over a contribution being made to the running of the bus services in the village, which had been part of a Section 106 Agreement. The current bus service was run by Community Transport of which he was a Trustee, and he was also the Ward Councillor. The Councillor determined that his interest was personal and that he would remain in the meeting for the consideration of the applications and voting thereon:


·           EPF/1232/16 – Chimes Garden Centre, Old Nazeing Road, Nazeing, Waltham Abbey


·           EPF/1492/16 – Chimes Garden Centre, Old Nazeing Road, Nazeing, Waltham Abbey


Any Other Business

Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, requires that the permission of the Chairman be obtained, after prior notice to the Chief Executive, before urgent business not specified in the agenda (including a supplementary agenda of which the statutory period of notice has been given) may be transacted.

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It was reported that there was no urgent business for consideration at the meeting.


Development Control pdf icon PDF 631 KB

(Director of Governance)  To consider the planning applications set out in the attached schedule


Background Papers

(i)         Applications for determination – applications listed on the schedule, letters of representation received regarding the applications which are summarised on the schedule. 


(ii)        Enforcement of Planning Control – the reports of officers inspecting the properties listed on the schedule in respect of which consideration is to be given to the enforcement of planning control.

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The Sub-Committee considered a schedule of applications for planning permission.




            That the planning applications numbered 1 – 4 be determined as set out in the attached schedule to these minutes.


Probity in Planning - Appeal Decisions, 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017 pdf icon PDF 141 KB

(Director of Governance) To consider the attached report.

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The Sub-Committee received a report regarding Probity in Planning – Appeal Decisions 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017.


In compliance with the recommendation of the District Auditor, the report advised the Sub-Committee of the results of all successful allowed appeals and the consequences of the decisions. In addition, two local indicators were measured, which included all planning application type appeals as a result of committee reversals of officer recommendations (GOV008) and the performance of officer recommendations and delegated decisions (GOV007).  


Over the six-month period between 1 April 2017 and 30 September 2017, the Council received 56 decisions on appeals (48 of which were planning related appeals, the other 8 were enforcement related).


GOV07 and 08 measured planning application related appeal decisions and out of a combined total of 48, 15 were allowed (31.3%). Broken down further, GOV007 performance was 4 out of 32 allowed (12.5%) and GOV008 performance was 11 out of 16 (68.8%).


Out of the planning appeals that arose from decisions of the Plans West Sub-Committee to refuse contrary to the recommendation put to them by officers during the 6-month period, there were none for this Committee.




That the probity in Planning report covering the period 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017 be noted.