Agenda and draft minutes

Development Policy Panel
Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 6.30 pm

Venue: Wey Room - East Hampshire District Council, Penns Place, Petersfield, Hants. GU31 4EX. View directions

Contact: Cynthia Haveron  Democratic Services Officer - 01730 234092

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors D Brooks Jackson, M Kendall, K Moon, S Pond and G Shepherd.


Declarations of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Chairman's Announcements


There were no Chairman’s announcements.



To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 1 February 2017, previously circulated.


The minutes of the meeting held on 1 February 2017 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.


EHDC Response to the Fixing our Broken Housing Market White Paper pdf icon PDF 81 KB

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Victoria Potts, Planning Policy Manager introduced the report.


She advised the Panel that the draft responses in the report were the subject to further comments being received.


Councillors made a number of comments and amendments to the proposed consultation responses.


Councillor’s praised the officer for an excellent document.


Following the discussion, it was RESOLVED that the Panel ENDORSED the Council’s consultation response subject to the amendments and additions for submission to the CLG by 2 May 2017.


Brownfield Land Register pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Report to follow.

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Ian Mawer, Planning Policy Team Leader introduced the report. He explained that the Brownfield Land Regulations had come into force on 16 April 2017. There was a requirement for the Council to prepare and maintain a register of previously developed land with the planning authority’s area. The register had to be in two parts and had to be published by 31 December 2017.


The Panel requested that a paragraph be included to explain the definition of what land could qualify as a brownfield site.


Following a discussion the report and recommendation was NOTED.


The Introduction of Charging and Eligibility Criteria for the Self and Custom Build Register

Verbal Update.


Ian Mawer, Planning Policy Team Leader introduced this item.


He advised the Panel that only one other authority in Hampshire (Basingstoke and Deane) were planning to introduce a charge to go on the register (£15). The regulations state that the Council can only charge a fee to cover their reasonable costs.


The Council has received “New Burdens” funding to cover some of the costs of holding a self and custom build register and in identifying land for self and custom build development. 


There were mixed views on whether there should be a cost to people wanting to register for a self and custom build plot as the as of administering the charging could outweigh the reasonable cost that the council could introduce.


Following a discussion, the update was NOTED.


Development Within 400m of the Special Protection Area

Verbal Update.


Victoria Potts, Planning Policy Manager updated the Panel.


She explained that the Habitat Regulations Assessment stated that a maximum of 30 units could be built within 400m of a Special Protection Area (SPA). This allowance was shared between East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).


EHDC and SDNPA would have to start refusing planning applications when the 30 limit is reached. Therefore EHDC had commissioned a study to investigate a possible increase to the unit limit. The SDNPA were asked to jointly commission the extra work but this was not of interest to them. EHDC therefore solely commissioned the work.


Monitoring shows that the 30 limit has been reached following a request from the SDNPA to count 4 units up for a potential allocation. EHDC’s Local Plan Part 3 is looking to allocate sites for G&T accommodation and affordable housing. Both are likely within the 400m buffer. Capacity in the unit limit is therefore required to be safeguarded. It was recommended that EHDC prioritise any remaining capacity and that the SDNPA have reached the limit.

The Panel agreed with this approach.


Following the discussion the update was NOTED.


Local Plan: Part 3 Progress

Verbal Update.


Ian Mawer, Planning Policy Team Leader updated the Panel.


Officers were currently looking at the Settlement Policy Boundary (SPB) and Local Gap methodology and were also undertaking a call for Strategic Housing Land Assessment Area (SHLAA) sites starting that day.


Julia Mansi, Planning Development Manager briefed the Panel on updating the residential extensions SPG from 1995 on Design Guide for residential extensions and shop front guidelines which had been published in 1995 and 1997and were in the process of being updated. The Listed Buildings Guidance was also to be updated.


Following a discussion the updates were NOTED.