Falklands : Falklands Planning and Building Committee Report (07/05/10)
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 10.05.2010 (Article Archived on 24.05.2010)
Graham France Updates us on the outcome of this important Committee meeting.
PLANNING & BUILDING COMMITTEE
HELD 6th MAY 2010
This month’s meeting of the Planning & Building Committee was chaired by Cllr Jan Cheek due to the absence overseas on government business of Cllr Sharon Halford. She was supported by fellow MLA Cllr Gavin Short and also attending for the first three applications were two members of the Historic Buildings Committee: Dawn Hoy and Gerald Cheek.
The first of those three submissions was a proposal to change the windows of listed building 12 Drury Street submitted by Shirley Hirtle and this was approved conditionally. Next was Ken Halliday’s outline application for the erection of a dwelling on land at the rear of 5 Drury Street fronting Pioneer Row and members agreed with the recommendation that it be refused as “the proposal would have an unacceptable impact on the character of this historic part of Stanley as it would be on a conspicuous elevation between the Victorian cottages of Pioneer Row and Drury Street, the greatest concentration of historic houses in Stanley.” Two other reasons for the refusal were also part of the decision.
The third application, submitted by Jeannie McKay, was for the erection of a pair of one-and-a-half storey semi-detached dwellings on “Speedwell Paddock” in Villiers Street. A very similar proposal was submitted in 2008 which was refused permission and, on appeal, rejected by Executive Council (ExCo) who agreed it amounted to over-development. Committee members felt to be of the same opinion as their forbears and agreed to refuse consent.
After the departure of members of the Historic Buildings Committee, the meeting moved on to review ten other applications and resolved to grant conditional planning permission for the following: an extension to her dwelling at 1 Watson Way for Karen Drysdale; siting of a Portakabin for storage at “The Stables”, Moody Brook for Graham Fiddes; the erection of a single-storey dwelling at 17 Sulivan Street for Neil Gilbert; an extension to the dwelling with internal alterations at 7 Allardyce Street for Nyree Heathman; a conservatory at 10 Brandon Road for Frank Leyland; an attached garage at 1 Anderson Drive for Irwin Summers; and extensive works including bund construction, road access, security fencing/lighting/floodlights, also permission in principle for warehouse and office units, on land at 11/13 Boxer Bridge Road for Byron Holdings Limited.
Temporary siting of “coach tea rooms” at Gypsy Cove car park was granted to Paz Blyth on the condition it will only be sited between 1 October and 30 April each year until 30 April 2013.
The proposal submitted for Sue Goss to change the use from storage and music studio to food preparation area (such as pizzas for home delivery) and music studio at 98 Davis Street attracted a lot of discussion. It was finally decided to grant temporary permission for one year with a number of other conditions also to be imposed.
The Public Services Department proposed the erection of a 1.8 metre-high fence on the Ross Road East roadside boundary of Stanley Cemetery. This was in response to concerns expressed by families visiting graves who wished to have more privacy. Members felt unhappy with the scheme but were unable to refuse consent and therefore it would have to be forwarded to ExCo for decision. It was said at the meeting that the proposal might now be withdrawn.
Before concluding the open part of the meeting, members were updated with the current position on seventeen applications for building permits, two of which were shown to be “rejected” but had now been amended to provide the correct information and had been approved.
The next meeting of this committee is scheduled to take place on Thursday 3 June commencing at 8.30am in the Liberation Room.
Graham France. 7th May 2010