Jeff Downham, Lynn Downham and Elizabeth D Elliott spoke against the application
Councillor John Graham on behalf of Holme Low Parish Council spoke against the application
Councillor John Cook on behalf of Silloth and Solway Coast Ward spoke against the application.
The report recommended granting permission subject to conditions.
The Senior Planning Officer introduced the item and then went through the main issues as detailed in the report.
Principle of Development
Extant planning permission exists for the site for five dwellings (ref. 2/2016/0727). Therefore, the principle of the development has already been accepted under the current Development Plan.
The visual impacts of the development are considered to be acceptable. Blitterlees consists of a mix of house types and styles and the design of the single storey dwellings proposed is considered to be acceptable.
This small scale encroachment is considered to be acceptable.
An acceptable relationship with neighbouring properties is considered to be achieved.
A survey has been provided which demonstrates that Great Crested Newts are unlikely to be affected by the proposal.
Localised flooding issues with the beck and standing water have been highlighted by representations. However, subject to conditions, no concerns have been raised by the Environment Agency or United Utilities.
The County Council as Local Lead Flood Authority has sought further information to substantiate local concerns. This has been received very late in the processing of the application and differs from their approach to the previous application that has been granted approval and is extant. Conditions are therefore proposed to secure the additional information requested through the requirement to provide a full surface water drainage scheme that considers overland flows from neighbouring land. A further condition is also recommended to require finished floor levels for the dwellings themselves, should the additional assessment indicate a risk to the proposal, despite their location within Flood Zone 1.
Following amended plans, no significant removal required.
No provision has been sought on the basis that the extant planning permission for the site (a material consideration and genuine fallback position) did not require and therefore secure an affordable housing contribution.
The Senior Planning Officer clarified to members that existing permission exists for 5 dwellings which was granted in April 2017 and that the applicant has until February 2020 to submit the reserved matters application. This application was submitted in full, not outline.
Members noted the representations received in respect of the application, the main grounds of which were set out in the report.
Questions were asked of the speakers and officers and debate ensued relating to access and the siting of a 18th century cottage.
Some members also expressed concerns in relation to drainage, flooding and surface water.
Councillor Smith moved the motion to defer the decision pending further information in relation to flooding and surface water. Councillor Smith highlighted the delay in receiving of the further assessment from the LLFA.
The motion was seconded by Councillor Lynch.
A vote was held on the motion, 9 voted in favour, 2 voted against and 0 abstentions.
The motion was carried.
The decision is deferred pending further information in relation to flooding and surface water.