Agenda and minutes

Skipton and Ripon Area Constituency Planning Committee - Tuesday, 4th July, 2023 2.00 pm

Venue: Skipton Office, Belle Vue Square, Skipton

Contact: Vicky Davies, Senior Democratic Services Officer  Email:

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Apologies for Absence





Apologies: An apology for absence was received from Councillor Andrew Williams.




Minutes for the Meeting held on 6th June 2023 pdf icon PDF 432 KB




The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 6th June 2023 were confirmed and signed as an accurate record.




Declarations of Interests

All Members are invited to declare at this point any interests they have in items appearing on this agenda, including the nature of those interests.



Councillor Andy Brown declared that he had been lobbied both for and against granting permission in respect of application 2023/24786/FUL and he declared that he was the Division Member.




Public Questions and Statements

Members of the public may ask questions or make statements at this meeting if they have given notice (including the text of the question/statement) to Vicky Davies of Democratic Services (contact details at the foot of page 2) by midday on Thursday 29th June 2023. Each speaker should limit themselves to 3 minutes on any item. Members of the public who have given notice will be invited to speak:-


·       At this point in the meeting if their questions/statements relate to matter which are not otherwise on the Agenda (subject to an overall time limit of 30 minutes).

·       When the relevant Agenda item is being considered if they wish to speak on a matter which is on the Agenda for this meeting.


If you are exercising your right to speak at this meeting, but do not wish to be recorded, please inform the Chairman who will instruct anyone who may be taking a recording to cease while you speak.



The Democratic Services Officer stated that, other than those that had indicated that they wished to speak in relation to the application below, there were no questions or statements from members of the public.




2023/24786/FUL - erection of detached dwelling on site of existing garage, replacement garage at detached dwelling and garage at Norwood House, Low Lane, Cowling, Keighley, BD22 0LE pdf icon PDF 295 KB

Report of the Corporate Director – Community Development


Planning Application


The Committee considered a report of the Corporate Director – Community Development Services relating to an application for planning permission.  The application was recommended for refusal.  Members were also provided with a photograph of the application site that had been submitted by the applicant. During the meeting, the Planning Manager referred to additional information and representations which had been received.


In considering the report of the Corporate Director – Community Development Services regard had been paid to the policies of the relevant development plan, the National Planning Policy Framework and all other material planning considerations.

2023/24786/FUL – Erection of Detached Dwelling on Site of Existing Garage, Replacement Garage at Detached Dwelling and Garage at Norwood House, Low Lane, Cowling, Keighley, BD22 0LE.




The Assistant Director – Planning - Community Development Services sought determination of an application for full planning permission to demolish an existing garage that served the Grade II Listed Norwood House and construct a detached dwelling and garage with associated curtilage, access and parking.  The application had been recommended for refusal 


A statement from the applicant Julian Wood, who could not attend in person, was read out by the Democratic Services Officer.  Julian Wood’s statement included the following comments:


·        The house would be low lying

·        The design approach was of a very high standard

·        The house would be highly sustainable with high levels of thermal efficiency and minimal carbon footprint.


The Committee considered the application set out in the Assistant Director Planning’s report, as well as taking into account the Planning Manager’s presentation and the applicant's representations.   Whilst Members noted that the high environmental standards were admirable, these did not override the fact that it would be a development in open countryside in an isolated rural area on a quiet lane where the listed building and converted barn was the only visible property. Furthermore, the proposed development would be a departure from the up-to-date Local Development Plan. In addition, it was also noted that the Council’s independent heritage consultant considered that the impact upon the setting of the listed building was not at an acceptable level and did not comply with Local Plan Policy ENV2.


The decision:


That, planning permission be REFUSED.




The Committee agreed with the reasons for refusal put forward by the Planning Manager as set out in section 12 of the report:


1.    The proposal consists of housing development within the open countryside contrary to the criteria of Craven Local Plan 2012 to 2032 (November 2019) Policy SPK4 and paragraph 80(e) of the NPPF.

2.    The proposal would be contrary to the aims of Section 16 of the NPPF (2021) and Policy ENV2 of the Craven Local Plan, by reason of its inappropriate size, design, location and inadequate specification, which would harm the setting of the Grade II Listed Norwood House.

3.    The proposal does not accord with Local Plan Policy SP3, in that the proposal is significantly below the suggested housing density and therefore does not represent an efficient use  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.


Any other items

Any other items which the Chair agrees should be considered as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances.


Although there were no urgent items of business, Members took the opportunity to ask why the number of applications submitted to Committee for determination seemed to have declined as they did not want to be alienated from the planning process.  The Planning Manager responded by stating that the revised Scheme of Delegation was the primary reason and that applications coming before Members would be the larger and more contentious ones.  However, he reassured Members that officers would not stand in the way of applications coming before Committee if there were strong planning reasons.


The Planning Manager also updated Committee on the current status regarding the complex ‘Hellifield Flashes’ application in that a legal opinion was being sought on the requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment.




Date of Next Meeting

Tuesday, 01 August 2023 at 2pm.


Tuesday, 1st August 2023. 


    The meeting concluded at 3.06 pm.