Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 7th December, 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

64.

Apologies for Absence

To receive and record any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors K Carter, F Cowper, A Joy, D Orme and S Schillemore.

65.

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 26 October 2017, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 26 October 2017 were agreed and signed as a correct record.

66.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements that the Chairman may wish to make for information.

Minutes:

There were no chairman’s announcements.

67.

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.

68.

Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 41 KB

To accept the Supplementary Matters to be considered as part of the Planning Officer’s Report on Planning Applications.

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.

69.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 50 KB

These items are for information purposes only. They comprise major applications that have either been submitted some time ago but are still not yet ready for consideration or are recently received applications that are not ready to be considered by the Committee or determined under the Scheme of Delegation. The purpose of this report is to highlight the receipt of these applications to ensure that any issues that they raise are highlighted at an early stage. Councillors may also suggest possible future site visits under this item.

Minutes:

The committee agreed to visit the following sites:

 

·           20209/011 – Ropley Lime Quarry, Soames Lane, Ropley, Alresford, S024 0ER;

·           56082/001 – Mount Royal, 46 Lymington Bottom, Four Marks, Alton, GU34 5AH;

·           SDNP/17/05718/FUL – Existing Private Car Park at St Peters Road, Petersfield, Hampshire;

·           SDNP/17/05077/FUL – Hermitage Farm, Petersfield Road, Froxfield, Petersfield, GU34 3PU; and

·           55587/065 – land at and adjoining Bordon Garrison, Camp Road, Bordon.

 

70.

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:

30024/008/FUL

 

Chequers Inn, Winchester Road, Ropley, Alresford, SO24 0BS

 

Nine two storey dwellings with associated access and parking following demolition of existing public house (Amended plans, Certificate B and supplementary information received 17 July 2017, further amended plans / information received 1 August 2017 and 13 November 2017)

 

Refused for the reasons as set out in Appendix B.

 

71.

PART 1 - East Hampshire District Council - Applications and related planning matters to be determined or considered by the Council as the local planning authority pdf icon PDF 77 KB

72.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

73.

30024/008/FUL/SAW - Chequers Inn, Winchester Road, Ropley, Alresford, SO24 0BS pdf icon PDF 400 KB

Mulberry Homes (Ropley) Limited

 

Nine two storey dwellings with associated access and parking following demolition of existing public house (Amended plans, Certificate B and supplementary information received 17 July 2017, further amended plans / information received 1 August 2017 and 13 November 2017)

Minutes:

Cllr Louisson left the committee to speak as the local ward councillor.

 

Nine two storey dwellings with associated access and parking following demolition of existing public house (Amended plans, Certificate B and supplementary information received 17 July 2017, further amended plans / information received 1 August 2017 and 13 November 2017)

 

The Development Management Team Leader introduced the application and referred to the update in the Supplementary Matters sheet which confirmed that the Drainage Consultant had no objection to the principle of the development.

 

He displayed a location plan of the site, along with the layout plan, elevations of the proposed dwellings and photographs of the former Chequers Public House, the site, the street scene and neighbouring properties.  The application proposed that plots 7 to 9 would be only 6m from the A31, which would be significantly closer than the existing built form.  Part of plots 7 to 9 would also be outside of the Settlement Policy Boundary (SPB) and would therefore constitute development in the countryside if permitted.  With regard to this, he cited a recent appeal decision at Virginia, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks, which upheld a refusal on similar grounds.

 

The character of the area was typified by a low density of development of between 5.1dph and 8.3dph.  This application proposed a significantly higher density of 28.1dph.  Officers also had concerns regarding the layout and feel of the proposal, which they judged to be cramped and urban in feel with large areas of hard surfacing that would be out of keeping with the area.

 

The recommendation was therefore for refusal.

 

Cllr Brown spoke on behalf of Ropley Parish Council

 

He thanked the officers for their work in ensuring that the plans addressed their concerns regarding flooding and footpath access to the bus stops.  In the event that the committee chose to approve this application, he asked that it ensured that appropriate conditions be applied to ensure that these works were completed.

 

Having read the grounds for refusal, he feared that the parish council had not made itself clear to the officers about the community’s attitude to this proposal.

 

He explained the importance of this site to the neighbourhood plan that was currently in development and had been a work in progress for some time.  Protocols and processes meant that it could not be rushed.  There was a simple explanation as to why the site had not been proposed as an allocation, which was that the assumption had been made that the site would have already been granted planning permission.  He quoted “and it is anticipated that planning permission will be granted later this year for nine dwellings on the site of the former Chequers Public House”.

 

The neighbourhood plan addressed the issue of the SPB.  The map included within the draft plan showed the SPB to be redrawn to include the whole of the site.  Specifically, this land used to have highways rights, but these rights were being withdrawn under a negotiated settlement for this purpose.

 

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