Agendas, reports and minutes

North Planning Applications Committee

Date: Tuesday, 25 March 2014

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A meeting of the North Planning Applications Committee will take place in the Council Chamber, Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness on Tuesday 25 March 2014 at 10.30 am.

You are invited to attend and a note of the business to be considered is attached.

Webcast Notice: This meeting will be filmed and broadcast over the Internet on the Highland Council website and will be archived and available for viewing for 12 months thereafter.

Members are reminded that during determination of any item before this Committee they must be present throughout the whole of that item in order to be entitled to participate.

Members are further reminded that mobile devices, including mobile phones, can be used for following the agenda/reports and delivering speeches but should not be used for any form of communication (text or tweet) during the meeting.

Yours faithfully,

Alaisdair Mackenzie, Legal Manager
(for Depute Chief Executive)

1. Apologies

2. Declarations of Interest
Foillseachaidhean Com-pàirt

Members are asked to consider whether they have an interest to declare in relation to any item on the agenda for this meeting.  Any Member making a declaration of interest should indicate whether it is a financial or non-financial interest and include some information on the nature of the interest.  Advice may be sought from Officers prior to the meeting taking place.

3. Confirmation of Minutes
Dearbhadh a’ Gheàrr-chunntais

There is submitted for confirmation as a correct record the Minutes of Meeting of the 17 and 18 February 2014.

4. Major Applications
Iarrtasan Mòra

There is circulated Report No PLN-020-14 (117kb pdf) by the Head of Planning and Building Standards providing a summary of all cases within the “Major” development category currently with the Planning and Development Service for determination.

5. Continued Items
Cuspairean a' Leantain

5.1  Applicant:  Wind Harvest Ltd (13/02682/FUL) (PLN-021-14 (11kb pdf) | PLN-018-14 Part 1 (1687kb | PLN-018-14 Part 2 (409kb pdf)) (PLN/018/14)
Location:  Land 978 m SE of Lochend Holding, Barrock, Caithness (Ward 4)
Nature of Development:  Erection of 4 no 2300 kw wind turbines with a height to tip of 99.5 m, height to hub of 64 m, rotor diameter of 71 m and associated infrastructure
Recommendation:  Refuse.

6. Planning Applications to be Determined
Iarrtasan Dealbhaidh rin Dearbhadh

There are circulated Reports Nos PLN/022/14 - PLN/029/14 by the Area Planning Manager North as follows:-

6.1  Applicant:  Bell’s Seafood (13/03281/FUL) (PLN-022-14 (616kb pdf))
Location:  The Garage, Gerry Square, Thurso (Ward 2)
Nature of Development:  Conversion of garage to fish processing and distribution facility.
Recommendation:  Grant.

6.2  Item withdrawn from agenda - Item has been refused under delegated powers.

6.3  Applicant:  Sheriff Court Service (13/03584/LBC) (PLN-024-14 (330kb pdf))
Location:  Sheriff Court House, High Street, Tain (Ward 8)
Nature of Development:  Internal alterations to court house.  New counter with lift.  Public access to courtroom to use existing fire escape stair in clock tower
Recommendation:  Grant.

6.4  Applicant:  Highland Housing Alliance (13/04495/FUL) (PLN-025-14 (1102kb pdf))
Location:  Fleming Way, Invergordon (Ward 7)
Nature of Development:  Erection of 4 flats, 2 houses and change of 2 house types
Recommendation:  Grant.

6.5  Applicant:  Dennis Overton (13/04498/FUL) (PLN-026-14 (352kb pdf))
Location:  Land 75 m west of Braefoot, Dingwall (Ward 9)
Nature of Development:  Erection of house  
Recommendation:  Refuse.

6.6  Applicant:  Mr and Mrs Barry Hawthorne (13/04808/FUL) (PLN-027-14 (1258kb pdf))
Location:  Land to south east of Snizort Free Church of Scotland, Skeabost Bridge, Portree, Isle of Skye (Ward 11)
Nature of Development:  Erection of dwelling and garage, formation of access, installation of air source heat pump and Puraflo system with outflow to River Tora  
Recommendation:  Grant.

6.7  Applicant:  Mr and Mrs John and Fiona Middleton (14/00125/FUL) (PLN-028-14 (587kb pdf))
Location:  Lochbay Cottage, Stein, Waternish, Isle of Skye (Ward 11)
Nature of Development:  Change of use with alterations: renovation of existing property, demolition of existing extensions, erection of new extensions and detached garage, replacement of existing septic tank to existing outfall, change of use from house to B and B accommodation (letting 2 out of 3 bedrooms)
Recommendation:  Grant.

6.8  Applicant:  Mr Dafydd Jones (14/00736/FUL) (PLN-029-14 (1844kb pdf))
Location:  Letham Craig, Easter Balloan, Marybank (Ward 6)
Nature of Development:  Erection of extension and relocation of disabled ramp
Recommendation:  Grant.  

7. Decisions of Appeals to the Scottish Government Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals
Co-dhùnaidhean Ath-thagraidhean do Bhuidheann-stiùiridh Riaghaltas na h-Alba airson Ath-thagraidhean Dealbhaidh agus Àrainneachd

7.1  Applicant:  Eurowind UK per Logan PM (14/00004/REFCA)
Location:  Lyth Wind Farm, Lyth
Nature of Development:  Construction of a windfarm comprising 10 No wind turbines with a tip height of up to 99.5 m, crane hard-standings, access tracks, 64 m anemometry mast; control building, buried cables, construction compound and 2 temporary borrow pits.

The Committee is asked to note that an appeal has been lodged and members will be advised of the outcome in due course.

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