Notes prior to the Planning Meeting Tuesday 5 Dec 2017

Lanner Parish Council – Planning Committee

Notes of a meeting held prior to the Planning Meeting held on Tuesday 5 December 2017 in Lanner Village Hall. 6.30 to 7.30 pm.

Present: Cllr Luscombe (Chair), Cllr Wood, Cllr Marshall, Cllr Rabey, Cllr Blewett, Cllr Wearne,
In attendance: Chole Pitt (Friendly link officer) Elaine Youlton, Clerk; Teresa Marshall, Assistant Clerk.

Following invitation to discuss a variety of planning issues, raise questions and seek information Council were pleased to welcome Chole Pitt the Cornwall Council, Friendly Link Officer, assigned to Lanner.

Poor quality of applications and the validation process.

Validation:
Council expressed serious concern that applications submitted to CC should be to a required standard. Concern centred on the process of validation which perhaps was not rigorous enough and resulted in applications being presented to Council that did not contain sufficient information to allow consideration. This often led to delays whilst further information was sought.
It was agreed that these concerns should be passed to the Planning Management Teams at CC, although some of the rules were imposed by central government CC should be aware of the consequences and difficulties when such a poor standard of application was accepted for consideration. It was also agreed that such matters would be raised when consultee comments were submitted.

Consistency:
In response to concerns raised regarding consistency of determination and knowledge of a parish by Officers at CC, Chole was able to advise that CC are currently considering the roll out of a programme which allocates Officers to areas, this should significantly enhance a consistent approach.

Enforcement:
General discussion took place regarding the following: Enforcement Officers , rle and responsibility, responses to request for action, Planning Contravention Notices, Enforcement lists published to Councils, irregular acknowledgement and/or updates of information on progress.

Affordable housing:
General discussion took place regarding the following:
The role of the Affordable Housing Officer, discrepancies with figures relating to the need of housing, comparison to response to local housing need survey.

Highways:
The role and range of consultation with Highways and the role of the Planning Officer was explained.

Exception sites/Rural sites
General discussion with particular reference to the NDP.

Harm:
clarification of what constitutes harm was offered and it was confirmed that this should relate to landscape (although very subjective), heritage. It was confirmed that this must be supported by suitable evidence. Only when due process had been fully followed could development be prevented under this rule.

The Chairman and Councillors that Chole Pitt for attending and offering such an informative dialog.

This meeting closed at 7.30 pm.

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