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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor P Welch.


Disclosures of Interest

A copy of the Register of Interest for each Selby District Councillor is available for inspection at


Councillors should declare to the meeting any disclosable pecuniary interest in any item of business on this agenda which is not already entered in their Register of Interests.


Councillors should leave the meeting and take no part in the consideration, discussion or vote on any matter in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest.


Councillors should also declare any other interests. Having made the declaration, provided the other interest is not a disclosable pecuniary interest, the Councillor may stay in the meeting, speak and vote on that item of business.


If in doubt, Councillors are advised to seek advice from the Monitoring Officer.



Councillors J Cattanach, I Chilvers, R Packham, D Mackay, M Jordan , K Ellis and M Topping declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 4.1 – Land at Viner Station, Roe Lane, Birkin, Knottingley, as they had all received an additional email representation on the application from the agent for the application.



Chairs Address to the Planning Committee


The Chair informed Members that an Officer Update Note had been circulated, and that the order of business as set out in the agenda would be altered and agenda item 4.2 – Lodge Farm, Wistow Lordship, Wistow considered by Members first.


The Committee also noted that details of any further representations received on the applications would be given by the Officers in their presentations.




Planning Applications Received pdf icon PDF 9 KB

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The Planning Committee considered the following applications.



2020/0475/FUL - Lodge Farm, Wistow Lordship, Wistow pdf icon PDF 114 KB

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Councillor J Mackman joined the meeting at this point.


Application: 2020/0475/FUL

Location: Lodge Farm, Wistow Lordship, Wistow       

Proposal: Conversion of the existing barn into a dwelling house after Class Q permitted approval (retrospective)


The Senior Planning Officer presented the application which had been brought before Members of the Planning Committee as the proposal was contrary to the requirements of the development plan (namely Criterion 1 of Policy H12 of the Selby District Local Plan), but it was considered that there were material considerations which would justify approval of the application.


The Committee noted that the application was for the conversion of the existing barn into a dwelling house after Class Q permitted approval (retrospective).


An Officer Update Note had been circulated to Members and made available on the Council’s website that set out the amendments made to section 7 of the report, which included an update to condition 5, requiring works to be carried out in accordance with the drainage plan provided, and an additional informative regarding a permit for the septic tank, as advised by the Environment Agency. It was not considered that the information in the Update Note would alter the assessment made of the application.


At this point Councillor J Mackman left the remote meeting due to technical difficulties and did not return.


Members expressed their support for the scheme and it was subsequently proposed and seconded that permission be granted; a vote was taken on the proposal and was carried.



To GRANT permission subject to the conditions set out in paragraph 7 of the report and with reference to the additional informative in the Officer Update Note.



2017/1381/FULM - Land At Viner Station, Roe Lane, Birkin, Knottingley pdf icon PDF 91 KB

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Application: 2017/1381/FULM

Location: Land at Viner Station, Rose Lane, Birkin, Knottingley                  

Proposal: Proposed erection of a new grain store including a chemical store and roof mounted solar PV


The Principal Planning Officer presented the application which had been reported to the Planning Committee at its meeting held on 6June 2018, and was deferred for the following reasons, as set out in the minutes of that meeting:


“Members felt that they required more information on the application including on the unauthorised uses of some of the buildings before they could take a decision. Some members expressed a preference for a site visit; however, it was agreed that a decision on such a visit would be taken at a later date.”


Subsequently a retrospective application, under reference 2018/0681/FULM for the Change of Use of the buildings and land from agricultural use to industrial B2 use (which included 5 Biomass Boilers for the drying and heating of woodchip) was reported to Planning Committee in December 2018 and subsequently refused permission on 6 February 2019. An appeal had been lodged against the refusal and would be the subject of a hearing later in August. Members were directed to the relevant planning history section of the report, from paragraph 1.7, for the refusal reasons.


Officers explained that the current application for consideration by Members related solely to the new agricultural grain store. In view of the time period that had passed, the report was re-written, updated and addressed the queries which had arisen previously at committee. An appraisal had been obtained by an Independent Agricultural Consultant on behalf of the Council which justified the need for the grain store, independent of the other buildings on the site. Further information had also been provided on the following:


·      Blue line ownership for the entire holding;

·      Further details of the farm business;

·      Greater justification for the agricultural need for the building and why the existing buildings were to be discounted; and

·      Advice by an Agricultural Consultant on behalf of the Council.


The Committee noted that the application was for the proposed erection of a new grain store including a chemical store and roof mounted solar PV.


An Officer Update Note had been circulated to Members and made available on the Council’s website that responded to comments and queries raised when the application was previously considered at the CEO Planning Decision Session on 24 June 2020.


The Officer’s report concluded that the application could be determined ahead of the appeal decision because there was clear evidence of sound agricultural justification for the new grain store, even if the appeal was dismissed and the biomass building was again available for agricultural use.


Members asked questions relating to the difference between multiple planning and business units within agricultural holdings, the bunding on site and the grain storage capacity and its relation to the proposed grain cash and carry business.


The Committee also asked about Condition 13, which specified that no drying of grain from other farms could take place on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.2