Falklands : Falklands Planning and Building Committee Report (08/10/10)
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 17.10.2010 (Article Archived on 31.10.2010)
This month’s meeting of the Planning and Building Committee, chaired by Councillor Sharon Halford, assembled in the Liberation Room in the Secretariat to review ten applications seeking planning permission
PLANNING & BUILDING COMMITTEE
HELD 7th OCTOBER 2010
(By Graham France)
This month’s meeting of the Planning and Building Committee, chaired by Councillor Sharon Halford, assembled in the Liberation Room in the Secretariat to review ten applications seeking planning permission.
In the absence of Councillor Jan Cheek, who was overseas attending the Conservative Party Conference being held in Birmingham, fellow MLA Glenn Ross provided support. Just one of the five Lay members was absent and there were two members of the public present to view proceedings in the “open” section of the meeting.
Conditional planning permission was granted for the following detailed submissions: demolition of a peat shed and erection of a fence at 92 Davis Street for Norma Thom; erection of dwelling with decking at 12 Mink Park for Hannah Humphries; the erection of decking and a porch to the dwelling at 4B Ross Road West for Paul Loosley; the siting of a container for use as a lock-up and the designation of the area north of the sail loft as a container park at the Maiden Haven Marina on Moody Brook Road for Carl and Dianne Freeman; and the construction of two warehouses at 11 – 13 Boxer Bridge Road for Byron Holdings Limited.
There were two applications seeking planning permission in principle, one of which was refused as it would constitute overdevelopment of the site. This was submitted by Gilberto Castro and was for the erection of a dwelling on land to the rear of 92 Davis Street.
The other outline application was submitted by Bob and Lyn Hancox and was for the erection of a dwelling on land to the rear of 9 Ross Road West. This received conditional consent despite a letter of objection from a couple living in the area. Attached to that letter was copy of a letter dated 12 May 1997 to those persons from the then Building Adviser / Planning Officer (the writer) which advised on the refusal of an appeal to Executive Council and included the following concluding sentence:
“…Executive Council further agreed that as a general policy it does not favour development proposals which would fill in every green area and back garden in Stanley as it would cause urbanisation on a scale which would destroy the character of the Town.”
A proposal submitted by Arlene Bowers for a bakery and café with seating for up the twenty-four people located at Waverley House on John Street attracted a lot of discussion and was the subject of a detailed report by the Environmental Planning Officer (EPO), Antony Payne. This recommended refusal on the grounds of insufficient parking spaces to meet the increased number of covers of the enlarged café which would give rise to highway and pedestrian concerns, and members agreed with this view so it was refused consent.
One application, for the siting of two containers on land opposite 13 Sulivan Street for Rose Toolan, was withdrawn, and the proposal to incorporate a corner window in the north-east corner of the café at West Store on Ross Road for the Falkland Islands Company was deemed “permitted development” which meant it did not require planning consent.
The committee then took note of progress being made with applications for building permits, and heard in some detail from the Building Adviser Nick Stephens on two submissions for such work in Camp, with members in agreement with his proposals. Nick also acted as the Secretary during the meeting in the absence of Fiona Wallace-Nannig who was unable to attend.
Prior to announcing the date of the next meeting, which is to be held on the 4th November, members of the committee reviewed statements made by the appellant and the EPO on an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the erection of a dwelling to the rear of 10 Barrack Street for Graham Bound. These will in due course be placed before Executive Council for a decision.
Graham France 8th October 2010