Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 13th July, 2017 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX. View directions

Contact: James Harris  Democratic Services Assistant - 01730 234098

Items
No. Item

25.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors N Drew, D Evans, A Joy, D Phillips and S Schillemore.

 

26.

Confirmation of Minutes

Please note that it is helpful if Councillors could give advance notice, to Democratic Services, of any questions they wish to raise in respect of the Minutes.

 

Minutes of the meeting held on 22 June 2017, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 22 June 2017 were confirmed as a correct record and signed.

 

27.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

28.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors are reminded of their responsibility to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest which they may have in any item of business on the agenda no later than when that item is reached.  Unless dispensation has been granted, you may not participate in any discussion of, or vote on, or discharge any function related to any matter in which you have a pecuniary interest as defined by regulations made by the Secretary of State under the Localism Act 2011.  You must withdraw from the room or chamber when the meeting discusses and votes on the matter.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

29.

Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Minutes:

Councillors noted the supplementary papers which included information received since the agenda had been published. These were reported verbally at the meeting and are attached as Annex A to these minutes.

30.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Minutes:

The committee did not agree to any site visits.

 

31.

Report of the Head of Planning

Minutes:

The report of the Head of Planning was considered and it was RESOLVED that:

 

Application No., Site and Description

 

Resolution:

SDNP/16/03778/FUL

 

14 /14a Chapel Street, Petersfield

GU32 3DP

 

Demolition of existing single storey rear extension, conversion of existing ground floor offices to three retail units, and conversion and extension of upper floors to provide six residential units - amended proposal, February 2017

 

Permission subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix A

 

SDNP/16/06316/FUL

 

The Cedars, The Street, Binsted

GU34 4PB

 

Single storey side and rear extensions to public house and three two storey dwellings with three associated car ports and new access, and with associated landscaping, parking and refuse storage (amended access details received 2 March 2017) (Further drawings and viability study received 30 March 2017)  Further access arrangement drawing received 12 April 2017

Permission subject to the proviso and the conditions as set out in Appendix A

 

32.

PART 2 - South Downs National Park - Applications and related planning matters to be determined or considered by the Council on behalf of the South Downs National Park Authority pdf icon PDF 119 KB

33.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

34.

SDNP/16/03778/FUL - 14 /14a Chapel Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3DP pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Mr Michael Goldmeier & Webber Holdings Ltd

 

Demolition of existing single storey rear extension, conversion of existing

ground floor offices to three retail units, and conversion and extension of

upper floors to provide six residential units - amended proposal,

February 2017.

Minutes:

Demolition of existing single storey rear extension, conversion of existing ground floor offices to three retail units, and conversion and extension of upper floors to provide six residential units – amended proposal, February 2017.

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the item and displayed an aerial photograph of the site, along with photographs of and from within the site and the street scene.  In addition, proposed elevations and a floor plan for the shops were also displayed.  She explained that the Joint Core Strategy supported retail use, there had been no policy objections and officers were satisfied that the proposed design would compliment the conservation area. 

 

The recommendation was for approval.

 

John Butcher spoke as the applicant’s agent.

 

He explained that a lot of the objections had been submitted by residents from the recently built houses behind The Drum public house.  He did not feel that this application would impinge on the amenity of these residents and he had been surprised that some had said that the airy nature of the public pathway that ran alongside the site would be affected.  He felt that the pathway was an important route into the town and aimed to improve it with this application.  The unit originally proposed for the land to the rear had now been deleted and he felt that the proposal would be a visual improvement to make a more attractive route into the town.

 

The committee discussed the application and found it difficult to connect the objections to the application under consideration.  Committee members did not think that there would be any issues with overlooking and believed that the proposal would be a visual enhancement, as well as provide the benefits of additional retail space and six one bedroom flats.

 

Following the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED, 12 Councillors voting FOR permission, no Councillors voting AGAINST permission and no Councillors ABSTAINING from voting.

35.

SDNP/16/06316/FUL - The Cedars, The Street, Binsted, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4PB pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Mr T Stewart

 

 

Single storey side and rear extensions to public house and three two storey dwellings with three associated car ports and new access, and with associated landscaping, parking and refuse storage (amended access details received 2 March 2017) (Further drawings and viability study received 30 March 2017)  Further access arrangement drawing received 12 April 2017.

 

Minutes:

Single storey side and rear extensions to public house and three two storey dwellings with three associated car ports and new access, and with associated landscaping, parking and refuse storage (amended access details received 2 March 2017) (Further drawings and viability study received 30 March 2017) Further access arrangement drawing received 12 April 2017.

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the item and displayed an aerial photograph of the site, along with photographs of and from within the site, the public house, adjacent properties and the view to the site from the public footpath to the south.  Elevations of the proposed development were also shown and it was explained that the existing access to the public house would be used for the proposed properties, with the secondary access adjacent to Ivy Cottage for the public house. This change had been accepted by Hampshire County Council Highways.

 

She drew the committee’s attention to the supplementary matters, which contained a number of suggested conditions from Binsted Parish Council.  She believed that a number of the concerns raised would be covered by the conditions already proposed and explained that a number of the conditions suggested by the parish council were not within the scope of the planning process, such as the site to always remain as a village public house and the use of the meadow.

 

A previous application for four dwellings had been refused and dismissed at appeal.  The density of the proposal needed to be balanced against the benefit to the village in making the sole public house, one of only three community facilities in the village, viable and sustainable.  Officers were satisfied that the proceeds from the sale of the properties would be sufficient to fund the works to the public house and that there would be no adverse impact on the SDNP.  The recommendation was therefore for approval.

 

Sue Hodder, Parish Clerk, spoke on behalf of Binsted Parish Council

 

Binsted Parish Council wanted to see the Cedars Pub survive, thrive and remain open for business.  This application was not in the interests of the long term sustainability of this rural community and on that basis they objected.

 

As highlighted in the Planning Inspectorate’s Appeal Decision in April 2015, the main issues for refusal remained:

 

1.     The effect on the character and appearance of the locality and on the living conditions of adjacent residents; and

 

2.     Whether the development  would have an adverse effect on the long term future and viability of the Cedars Public House.

 

Binsted Parish Council questioned what had changed.  Further to this, they raised the following issues:

 

·           The proposed development would remove 2,200m2 of grassland.  Should the SDNP policy of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage not apply? 

 

·           Why did the proposal include more than 300m2 of land outside of the Settlement Policy Boundary (SPB)?

 

·           Post development, the dramatically reduced amount of garden space of 84m2 within the SPB and 34m2 outside of the SPB would amount to the loss of the children’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.