Agenda and minutes

Development Control Committee - Thursday, 28th October, 2021 14:00

Venue: remotely - via Microsoft Teams. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services 


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Councillor P J White

To receive apologies for absence from Members.


The Chairperson referred with sadness to the recent death of Councillor PJ White, the Committee’s condolences would be given to Councillor White’s family.  The Chairperson asked all those present to observe a two minutes’ silence and for a period of quiet reflection.


All present observed a two minutes’ silence as a mark of respect.


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.




Approval of Minutes pdf icon PDF 211 KB

To receive for approval the minutes of the 30/09/2021


RESOLVED:            That the minutes of the Development Control Committee of 30 September 2021 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).


There were no public speakers.


Amendment Sheet pdf icon PDF 4 KB

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.


RESOLVED:   That the Chairperson accepted 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 the Committee to consider necessary modifications to the Committee report, so as to take account of late representations and revisions that are required to be accommodated.


Development Control Committee Guidance pdf icon PDF 239 KB


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


P/20/953/FUL - Brodawel Camping and Touring Park, Moor Lane, Porthcawl, CF36 3EJ pdf icon PDF 736 KB


RESOLVED:            That consideration of the application be deferred pending a request for further information from the applicant, the application will be reported to a future meeting.


Amendments to Development Control Committee Protocols pdf icon PDF 2 MB


The Group Manager Planning and Development Services (“the Group Manager”) reported on proposed changes to the procedures relating to the Development Control Committee which had been the subject of discussion at the workshop held on 29 September 2021.  He informed the Committee that the current Planning Code of Practice was adopted by the Development Control Committee in April 2017, which included arrangements for the site inspection protocol, public speaking and the current scheme of delegation. 


He reported on a proposal to retain the number of objectors required before reporting a householder/minor application to committee at more than 2 i.e. 3 or more objectors, but to increase the required number of objectors on any other form of application to more than 4 i.e. 5 or more.  It was also proposed to treat repeated objections from different members of the same family as one neighbour objection.  He stated that petitions will be considered on the strength/value/merits of the objections raised and the weight of objection to a particular scheme, especially in the social media age.


The Group Manager also reported on a proposal to increase the speaking time for public speaking for objectors / Members / Town or Community Councillors / applicants / agents from the existing 3 minutes to 5 minutes.  He outlined a proposal to allow two objectors to speak for 2½ minutes each in case they had different points to raise. If two objectors were to agree to split the 5-minute speaking time between them applicants / agents would still have the same time overall (5 minutes) in which to respond to the objectors’ comments.  In addition, the Workshop had considered that it should be possible if a member of Committee wished to do so to ask technical / fact finding questions of the agent/applicant.  The agent/applicant would then be able to clarify points raised by Committee but this process would not be an opportunity to make further representations to committee. Any such questions could only be put to the agent/applicant with the agreement of the Chair of Committee (“the Chair”).  In the same way, Members would also be able to question objectors, with the agreement of the Chair, on any points arising from their address to committee to clarify any points of a technical/fact finding nature.


 The Group Manager stated that at the Workshop it was agreed that where an application was deferred after public speaking had taken place, public speakers should not be heard on the second occasion the application came before Committee unless the deferral resulted in a new consultation process or a requirement for an amended scheme. However, at the discretion of the Chair in consultation with the Group Manager and the Development and Building Control Manager public speakers might be allowed to address Committee on an item deferred from an earlier meeting. 


The Group Manager reported on the current process for late representations, whereby representations received by 4pm on the day before Committee are reported on the Amendment Sheet circulated to the Committee prior  ...  view the full minutes text for item 538.


2021 Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) For the Bridgend Local Development Plan (LDP) 2006 - 2021 pdf icon PDF 2 MB


The Principal Strategic Planning Policy Officer reported on the findings of the 2021 Annual Monitoring Report (AMR), in that notably, housing delivery was failing to keep pace with the housing requirement and new, deliverable housing allocations are urgently needed to relieve growing housing supply pressure.  He stated that it was imperative that the Local Planning Authority continued to progress with the statutory review of the LDP, to prevent ad-hoc development coming forward outside the development plan system.


He reported that the 2021 AMR must be submitted to the Welsh Government prior to 31 October 2021 and that its aim is to assess the extent to which the LDP Strategy and Policies are being achieved.  He stated that the AMR has two primary roles; firstly to consider whether the policies identified in the monitoring process are being implemented successfully; and secondly to consider the Plan as a whole against all of the information gathered to determine whether a complete or partial review of the Plan was necessary.


He reported that the key findings of the AMR are an annual shortfall in housing delivery, where completions were 300 dwellings per annum below that anticipated.  There was a 2,920 dwelling shortfall in housing delivery in respect of the cumulative average annual housing requirement, whilst, 111 affordable housing units were delivered and 1.46 hectares of vacant land developed in the year.  He outlined the vacancy rates of commercial properties in Bridgend, Porthcawl and Maesteg town centres.  He informed the Committee that a draft Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment was approved by Cabinet on 15 December 2020, and since its approval, a remaining need for 6 pitches had been identified.  He stated that any unmet need for sites would be met through the Replacement LDP. 


He also reported that the LDP Review Report (2018) had already recognised an urgent need to address the shortfall in the housing land supply through the identification of additional housing sites.  The shortfall in housing delivery was now even more acute and was failing to keep pace with the housing requirement.  He stated that it was fundamental to include sufficient, deliverable sites within the Replacement LDP to relieve growing housing supply pressure, otherwise, the gap between housing delivery and the housing requirement will continue to widen and extra housing sites will be needed to ensure the County Borough’s housing requirements can be delivered.  He informed the Committee that failure to act could also result in ‘planning by appeal’ and ad-hoc development coming forward out of accord with the Plan’s strategy.    


He concluded that the findings of the AMR provide an important opportunity for the Council to assess the effectiveness of the adopted LDP and to determine whether it needs to be reviewed.  He stated that the Local Planning Authority is progressing with the statutory review of the LDP which will address the shortfall in the housing delivery and facilitate the identification/allocation of additional housing land.  He informed the Committee that over 1,200 responses had been received to the draft LDP  ...  view the full minutes text for item 539.


Training Log pdf icon PDF 59 KB


RESOLVED:            That the report of the Corporate Director Communities on the updated Training Log be noted.


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.


There were no urgent items.