Agenda and minutes

Development Control Committee - Thursday, 29th October, 2020 14:00

Venue: remotely via Skype for Business

Contact: Democratic Services 


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Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of personal and prejudicial interest (if any) from Members/Officers including those who are also Town and Community Councillors, in accordance with the provisions of the Members’ Code of Conduct adopted by Council from 1 September 2008. Members having such dual roles should declare a personal interest in respect of their membership of such Town/Community Council and a prejudicial interest if they have taken part in the consideration of an item at that Town/Community Council contained in the Officer’s Reports below.




The following declarations of personal interest were made:-


Councillor S Baldwin – Agenda Item 7, as a member of Bridgend Town Council

Councillor K Edwards – Agenda Item 8, as he had dealt with the case on behalf of the applicant.



Approval of Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To receive for approval the minutes of the 17/09/2020



RESOLVED:                          That the Minutes of a meeting of the Development Control Committee dated 17 September 2020, be approved as a true and accurate record.



Public Speakers

To advise Members of the names of the public speakers listed to speak at today’s meeting (if any).







Amendment Sheet

That the Chairperson accepts the Development Control Committee Amendment Sheet as an urgent item in accordance with Part 4 (paragraph 4) of the Council Procedure Rules, in order to allow for Committee to consider necessary modifications to the Committee Report, so as to take account of late representations and revisions that require to be accommodated.




There was no Amendment Sheet issued in respect of today’s meeting.



Development Control Committee Guidance pdf icon PDF 83 KB


RESOLVED:                          That the summary of Development Control Committee Guidance as detailed in the report of the Corporate Director - Communities be noted.



P/20/422/FUL - 66 Nolton Street, Bridgend pdf icon PDF 124 KB


RESOLVED:                           That the above application be granted subject to the Conditions contained in the report of the Group Manager, Planning and Development Services.


 PROPOSAL:                             Change of use from shop (use class A1) to hot food takeaway (Use Class A3)


P/20/470/FUL - 12 Crown Row, Maesteg pdf icon PDF 521 KB


RESOLVED:                            That the above application be granted subject to the Conditions contained in the report of the Group Manager, Planning and Development Services.


 PROPOSAL:                           Retention of a new timber fence on top of an existing boundary wall



P/20/559/FUL - 63 Pendre, Bridgend pdf icon PDF 310 KB


RESOLVED:                              That the above application be granted subject to the Conditions contained in the report of the Group Manager, Planning and Development Services.


 PROPOSAL:                             Change of use from use class C3 (dwellinghouse) to C4 (House in Multiple Occupation)



Appeals pdf icon PDF 3 MB




1.            That the Appeals received as listed in the report of the Corporate Director – Communities, be noted.


2.            That the following Appeals Decisions as contained in the report of the Corporate Director – Communities and decided by the Inspectors appointed by the Welsh Ministers since the last report to Committee, be noted:-


(a)        A/20/3249036 (1888) – Retention of change of use to a gym, Unit 11 Queens Court, Bridgend Industrial Estate – Appeal Allowed subject to Conditions (see Appendix A to report).

(b)        A/20/3250766 (1899) – Construct a single garage (re-submission of  P/19/949/FUL), 20 Bridgend Road, Porthcawl - Appeal Allowed subject to Conditions (See Appendix F to report)

(c)        A/20/324/6041 (1892) – Erection of one single storey dwelling (bungalow) 31 Felindre Road, Pencoed – Appeal Dismissed (See Appendix B to report)

(d)        A/20/3253366 (1894) – Outline application for 2 detached dwellings, former BT Repeater Station, Island Farm Road, Bridgend – Appeal Dismissed (See Appendix C to report).

(e)        D/20/3256506 (1997) – Single Storey extension to rear, 20 Upper Street, Maesteg – Appeal Dismissed (See Appendix D to report).

(f)        D/20/3257637 (1998) – Demolish existing side structure and replace with 2 storey extension; raise roof of dweling to provide first floor accommodation; dormer to front elevation with Juliet balcony, 45 West Drive, Porthcawl - Appeal Dismissed (See Appendix E to report.)



Replacement Local Development Plan Update pdf icon PDF 44 KB


The Corporate Director – Communities submitted a report, the purpose of which was to update the Development Control Committee on the Replacement Local Development Plan.


The Strategic Planning Policy Team Leader advised that the current Bridgend Local Development Plan (LDP) was adopted by Bridgend County Borough Council on 18 September 2013 and sets out the Council’s objectives for the development and use of land in Bridgend County Borough over the 15 year plan period 2006 to 2021 and its policies to implement them.


He advised that an up-to-date LDP is an essential part of a plan-led Planning system in Wales. The Council is statutorily required (under Section 69 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004) to undertake a full review of the adopted LDP at intervals not longer than every 4 years from the date of adoption. As such, a full review of the adopted LDP was triggered in September 2017.


LDPs also have to be based on robust evidence to ensure that critical land-use issues are identified and properly addressed. Some of the evidence base studies that underpin our existing LDP policies are out-of-date and need to be updated and/or replaced in order to fully understand the land-use requirements of the County Borough up to 2033. The material weight attached to the existing LDP and its evidence base will progressively diminish from 2021 onwards as the contextual local situation evolves thereby placing the Council in an increasingly tenuous position and open to challenge from the development industry. Similar circumstances in other Local Authorities (RCT and Caerphilly) have recently resulted in certain sites being granted planning permission at appeal despite being out of accord with the extant Development Plan.


The Strategic Planning Policy Team Leader advised that The Minister for Housing and Local Government had written to all Local Planning Authorities in Wales on 24 September 2020 regarding the end date of LDPs. The Minister had confirmed that LDPs adopted prior to 4 January 2016 will remain extant and the basis for determining planning applications until replaced by a further LDP. However, in view of the considerations set out in the above paragraph, the Strategic Planning Policy Team Leader advised that, whilst the Minister’s letter does confirm that the existing LDP will remain the basis for determining planning applications until it is replaced, this factor alone does not override the urgent need to address the shortfall in the County Borough’s housing land supply and to refresh the evidence base. The existing LDP still needs to be reconsidered and replaced if it is to deliver future housing requirements for the County Borough up to 2033.


The Replacement LDP would avoid ‘planning by appeal’ and ad hoc development coming forward outside the development plan system and not in accordance with the Plan’s strategy. The latest population and household projections have been duly considered and a Local Housing Market Assessment, Infrastructure Delivery Plan and Employment Study are being produced. Consideration has also been given to the policy aspirations linked to the Cardiff  ...  view the full minutes text for item 425.


Endorsement of Regional Technical Statement 2020 pdf icon PDF 7 MB


The Senior Strategic Planning Policy Officer presented a report the purpose of which was to seek endorsement of the Regional Technical Statement(RTS) in order to meet the requirements of National Planning Policy and agree the progression of the Statement of Sub-Regional Collaboration.


The report gave some background information and as part of this, it was confirmed that a Statement of Sub Regional Collaboration (SSRC) is required to be prepared by the Cardiff City Authorities (referred to in the report), as part of the evidence base needed to support each Local Development Plan (LDP). The Senior Strategic Planning Policy Officer further confirmed that the timescale for preparing SSRCs will need to be geared towards the timescale for the earliest LDP submission within that sub-region. The purpose of the SSRC is to confirm that all constituent LPAs within a particular RTS sub-region accept the individual apportionments for aggregates for their individual Authority areas as set in the latest Review of the RTS and that (as a minimum) the RTS requirements for that sub-region as a whole will be met.


The calculation of the apportionments set out in the RTS followed a four-stage process. Each stage and its relevance to Bridgend was set out in some detail in paragraphs 4 of the report and covered:-


  • Stage 1 – Setting the National Level for future aggregates provision;
  • Stage 2 – Calculation of the Regional Split between North and South Wales;
  • Stage 3 – Calculation of Sub-Regional and LPA Apportionments;
  • Stage 4 – Sand and Gravel and Crushed Rock total Apportionment


In addition to the SSRC, the Bridgend LDP will also need to safeguard primary aggregate resources. This will mean that relevant resources of both crushed rock aggregates and land-based sand and gravel should be safeguarded within the LDP in accordance with detailed advice based on the use of British Geological Survey mapping.


The Senior Strategic Planning Officer concluded his submission, by confirming that the LDP would also need to safeguard railheads in order to provide a full range of sustainable transport options (whether or not they are currently utilised).


There were no Members questions in relation to this report.


RESOLVED:                                That the Development Control Committee noted the Regional Technical Statement that will be reported to Council for endorsement.



Urgent Items

To consider any other item(s) of business in respect of which notice has been given in accordance with Part 4 (paragraph 4) of the Council Procedure Rules and which the person presiding at the meeting is of the opinion should by reason of special circumstances be transacted at the meeting as a matter of urgency.