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16/1786/FUL | Retention of conversion of buildings to 13 no. industrial units (Use Class B1 (c) light Industrial, B2 General Industry and B8 Storage and Distribution) | 11- 23 Hogsbrook Units Woodbury Salterton Exeter EX5 1PY
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Clerk To Woodbury Parish Council

Consultation Date: Thu 11 Aug 2016

Economic Development Officer

Consultation Date: Thu 11 Aug 2016

Environmental Health

Comment Date: Thu 15 Sep 2016

I have considered the application and note that this site is close to nearby residents who may be impacted during the construction process. We would request the applicant to consult and follow the council's Construction Sites Code of Practice prepared by Environmental Health and adopted by the council in order to ensure that any impacts are kept to a minimum. This is available on the council's website: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/noise/noise-guidance-and-advice/guidance-and-advice-for-developers-builders-and-contractors/

Raleigh - Cllr G Jung

Comment Date: Tue 30 Aug 2016

To West Team.

I have viewed the documentation supplied by the applicant regarding this Planning Application 16/1786/FUL Units 11-23 Hogsbrook Units EX5 1PY. Retention of conversion of buildings to 13 no. industrial units (Use Class B1 (c) light Industrial Storage, B2 General Industrial and B8) Retrospective.

I note the comments from the Parish Council and the Residents Association together with comments from other residents who all do not support this application.

I list a number of points.

1. This application is contrary to the East Devon Local Plan.

2. This application together with other Industrial Planning Applications at Hogsbrook Farm (6/1258/FUL 16/1257/FUL and 16/0568/FUL) would if approved constitute a substantial industrial complex within the open Countryside annexed next to Greendale Business Park.

3. The eastern unit in this application was built in or around 2004 as an agricultural barn. I note in the documentation that landscaping was required in the form of tree screening. However there is no evidence of this landscaping being provided, and recently a new barn was built partially on land which was intended for landscaping cover.

The landscaping was required as a condition because of its prominent position.

4. The western unit in this application is formed partly from a barn built around 2002/04 although I cannot find any reference to a planning application, and a unit built retrospectively in 2015 after a barn that was alleged to be condemned was demolished.

The Documents provided by the Applicant states

"1.3 The units have not been used for agricultural and therefore were converted for further use."

Policy D8 of the Adopted Local Plan states.

"The re-use or conversion of buildings in the countryside outside of built-up area boundaries will be permitted where:
1. The new use?.
2. The building is structurally sound and capable of conversion"

The previous buildings have, as stated in 1.3 not been used for agriculture at this site and part of the western barn clearly were not capable of conversion.

5. DCC Highways comment to this present application.

"The A3052 is a County Primary Route and part of the Strategic Road network and therefore the development proposals should not adversely affect the road network in terms of traffic and road safety. The visibility at this junction does meet the DMRB specification for visibility."

This comment refers to the Greendale Business Park Junction off the Sidmouth Road (A3052). As this proposal is dependent on this approved access to the Business Park it therefore follows that the proposed development is dependent on and part of the existing Business Park.

As Policy E7 of the East Devon Local Plan "Extensions to Existing Employment Sites" excludes Greendale Business Park from expansion from its present boundaries.

6. This Application is at a similar location as 15/2592/MOUT, 16/0568/FUL 15/1936/FUL and 15/1950/FUL which have previously not been supported by the Local Planning Authority and refused.

Conclusion.

I consider that this application, similar to other previous retrospective applications at this location should not be supported as they are against a number of Local Plan Policies.

I will reserve my final views on this application until I am in full possession of all the relevant arguments for and against.

Cllr Geoff Jung



Parish/Town Council

Comment Date: Wed 24 Aug 2016

The Parish Council note that this application is at the same location as 15/1950/FUL Units 1-5 Hogsbrook Units and 15/1936/FUL Units 7 - 9 Hogsbrook Units which the Parish Council did not support in Sept 2015. These applications were recently re-applied under planning application 16/1257/FUL and 16/1258/FUL which again the Parish Council did not support. 'The Parish Council does not support intensification of industrial use in an agricultural setting nor extension of industrial use close to Greendale Business Park which is contrary to the Emerging Local Plan in the open countryside.'

The Parish Council note that the Local Plan has now been adopted and also note that the previous applications submitted in 2015 were refused by the Planning Authority because the applications did not comply with Policies E4, E7, TC2, TC7, and TC9 of the Local Plan. The Parish Council also note that the first application for an Agricultural Unit in 2005 05/0900/MFUL was refused by the Planning Authority.

Quote from the refusal Notice
'The proposed development by reason of its size and positioning would appear over prominent and harmful to the character and appearance of the open landscape and agricultural land.'

In consideration of the comments to the previous applications and the relevance of the Planning Authorities 'Local Plan' now agreed policy together with the emerging proposed Planning Authorities 'Village Plan' which again does not support further expansion on land at and around Greendale Business Park, the Parish Council have considered this new application:

The development is also adjacent to Hogsbrook Wood a 'semi ancient woodland' which has a Tree Preservation Order Ref No LP11/776/GCG Order No 15/2002 and adjacent to 'Walkidons Way' an ancient right of way popular for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders to access Woodbury Common. Development in such close proximity to these important heritage assets would have a serious adverse impact on these important historic features. The position on rising ground would appear over prominent and harmful to the character and appearance of the open landscape and agricultural land close to the AONB of Woodbury Common.

The Parish Council therefore does not support this new Planning Application 16/1786/FUL because of the intensification of industrial use in an agricultural setting adjacent to Greendale Business Park.

Devon County Highway Authority

Comment Date: Mon 22 Aug 2016

Observations:
The proposed development is for the retention of conversion of buildings to 13 no. industrial units, light Industrial, general industry and storage and distribution. A number of planning applications have been for made for adjoining units. As part of of these applications a
footway and passing bay have been constructed.

The A3052 is a County Primary Route and part of the Strategic Road network and therefore the development proposals should not adversely affect the road network in terms of traffic and road safety. The visibility at this junction does meet the DMRB specification for visibility.

Recommendation:
THE HEAD OF PLANNING, TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENT, ON BEHALF OF DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL, AS LOCAL HIGHWAY AUTHORITY, HAS NO OBJECTION TO THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

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