Controversial Planning Application Going Before Councillors Again
Councillors are being given a second chance to review a controversial planning application that was refused at their last meeting in September.
Nikki Banfield and John Jenkins had applied for permission to knock down an existing one-bedroom, single storey building at South Tinks, which is attached to the neighbouring property, and replace it with a larger home.
But planners refused it because they said it would create a new, replacement dwelling that was “significantly larger” than the current building and without any means to restrict it to key workers or local needs.
The applicants said they didn’t want to sign a so-called section 106 agreement to limit who could live in the home.
But at the time, councillors seemed unsure which way to vote.
Cllr Marian Bennett felt the plans were “good for the community” and “showed young people prepared to invest in the place and their future.”
And Cllr Avril Mumford said she was “very muddled about it.”
But the plans have now been resubmitted completely unchanged and will be decided at tomorrow’s Planning Meeting.
The Truro-based consultant acting for the applicants, Stephen Payne, says in his report that there’s no need to change the plans because councillors found everything acceptable last time, apart from the legal agreement to restrict occupancy.
He says the Council’s Local Plan, which was used to justify the refusal, doesn’t make a clear distinction between ‘new’ and ‘replacement’ buildings.
And he finds it “quite remarkable” that officers didn’t use the tests to determine whether the home should be restricted that are set out in National Planning Policy Framework – the government’s guidance on how planning should be applied.
But planning officers are sticking to their guns.
They’ve recommended that the plans are refused again, because it would create an unrestricted, open market dwelling.
They’ve rejected Mr Payne’s arguments, saying any replacement building is “new” and that that requesting a restriction is in line with the National Policy.