To receive declarations of interests in respect of any item on the agenda.
Prior to receiving any declarations of interest the Chairman made a statement:
“I would like to remind members that they should approach all items with an open mind and any member who may feel conflicted, pre-determined or who cannot approach an application with an open mind should declare as such and leave the meeting for that item of business”
Standing Declarations of Interest are tabled within these minutes for:
Councillors Tom Ashton, Alison Austin and Paul Skinner in their respective roles as Lincolnshire County Councillors.
Councillors Tom Ashton, Alison Austin and Peter Bedford in their respective roles as members of the South East Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee and Councillor Jonathan Noble in his role as a substitute member of the committee.
Councillors Tom Ashton, Peter Bedford, Frank Pickett and Paul Skinner in their respective roles as members of the Internal Drainage Boards.
Councillor Peter Bedford declared a prejudicial interest in planning application B 19 0520 in that he had made previously commented on the application with officers. Furthermore, Councillor Bedford referenced the written representation received from Hubberts Bridge Community Centre and advised that some of the members of the centre were personally known to him, he would absent from the meeting at that point in the proceedings.
Councillor Paul Skinner declared that whilst both of the applicants on Planning Application B 19 0520 where known to him through his work as a portfolio holder he was not pre-determined in anyway and would listen and make his decision on the evidence presented.
Councillor Peter Watson declared that he was a member of Kirton Parish Council. He further stated that when the Parish Council had considered planning application B 19 0520 he had taken no part in any discussion any confirmed he would take an open approach when determining the application.
Councillor Yvonne Stevens declared that one of the applicants of planning application B 19 0520 was known to her and they had discussed the matter with her previously. However, Councillor Stevens declared that she was not prejudiced by any previous discussion undertaken and would address the item with an open mind.
Councillor Jonathon Noble declared that one of the applicants for planning application B 19 0520 was known to him for a brief time when the applicant had been a former Conservative Councillor, however that would not influence any decision he would make on the application.
Councillor Stephen Woodliffe declared that Mr Arundel one of the applicants for planning application B 19 0520 was known to him. He further stated that when he previously met the application in a local supermarket, the applicant had spoken of his plans. Councillor Woodliffe confirmed that the discussion would not affect his judgement and he would vote with an open mind.
Councillor Brian Rush declared that he knew one of the applicants. He further stated he knew many of the residents within the locality of the site for planning application B 19 0520 from his previous role as Member for Frampton and Kirton Holme. Councillor Rush further confirmed that he had also met with members of the Hubberts Bridge Community Centre, but that he was not conflicted by the discussions held and he could judge the application with an open mind.
Councillor Deborah Evans declared that whilst she knew one of the applicants, Mr Arundell as a former Councillor, she had not spoken with him in respect of application nor seen him since he left the Council. Councillor Evans confirmed she would determine the application with an open mind.
Councillor Tom Ashton declared that whilst he had faintly known one of the applicants as a previous member of the Council, there had been no degree of closeness nor interaction with the applicant and Councillor Ashton confirmed he would determine the application on the policies and papers in the report.
Councillor David Brown declared that he had listened to the owner of a nearby caravan site but had formed no opinion and would address the application with an open mind. He further declared his position as Portfolio Holder for tourism.
The Chairman added that he welcomed Councillor Brown back on to the committee noting he was an experienced planning committee member who would be a welcome addition to the committee.