Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 12th April, 2018 6.00 pm

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

Contact: James Harris  Democratic Services Assistant - 01730 234098

Items
No. Item

125.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors N Drew, J Matthews, D Orme and R Mocatta.

126.

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 March 2018, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 22 March 2018 were agreed and signed as a correct record.

127.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no chairman’s announcements.

128.

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:

Councillor(s)

Item Number

Nature of Interest

Details of Interest

Cllrs F Cowper, A Glass and I Thomas

37525/001 – Land east of, 5-7 Chalet Hill, Bordon, GU35 0TQ

Perception of bias

The land was owned by East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and the Councillors were members of EHDC Cabinet.

 

 

129.

Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 55 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.

130.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 42 KB

Minutes:

The committee did not agree to any site visits.

131.

Report of the Head of Planning

Minutes:

Application No., Site and Description:

Resolution:

 

57524/001/FUL

 

Land south of Lovedean Electricity Sub Station, Broadway Lane, Lovedean, Waterlooville

 

Installation of two energy storage systems and associated infrastructure with a total capacity of 49.95MW (as amended by additional information received 6 November 2017 and 7 March 2018)

 

Permission subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix A.

 

26218/081/FUL

 

Stables at Bowleswood Farm, Grayshott Road, Headley Down, Bordon

 

Change of use of land from stabling to a mixed use of stabling and the use of land as a gypsy and traveller caravan site consisting of 6 pitches each with a mobile home, one touring caravan, one utility day room, car parking and associated works. (As amplified by information received 21/11/17 & 30/1/18)

 

Permission subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix A.

 

37525/001/FUL

 

Land east of, 5-7 Chalet Hill, Bordon, GU35 0TQ

 

One pair of semi detached dwellings with associated parking (amended elevations received 26/2/2018)

 

Permission subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix A.

 

SDNP/34234/999/PRE

 

5 Eastlake Close, Petersfield, GU31 4ES

 

Oak - Mature Oak tree in TPO area crown reduction of no more than 2m on the eastern aspect only and to appropriate growth points.    Finished spread will be approximately 6.5 metre radius

 

Approved subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix A.

 

132.

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

133.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL pdf icon PDF 136 KB

134.

57524/001/FUL/JonH - Land south of Lovedean Electricity Sub Station, Broadway Lane, Lovedean, Waterlooville pdf icon PDF 357 KB

Anesco Ltd

 

Installation of two energy storage systems and associated infrastructure with a total capacity of 49.95MW (as amended by additional information received 6 November 2017 and 7 March 2018)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Installation of two energy storage systems and associated infrastructure with a total capacity of 49.95MW (as amended by additional information received 6 November 2017 and 7 March 2018)

 

Cllr Schillemore, the local ward councillor, left the committee in order to address the item as the ward councillor.

 

The Planning Officer explained that concerns had been received commenting that the proposal was essentially 50MW and therefore an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was required.  The applicant had confirmed that storage would be limited to 49.95MW and therefore the scheme was below the 50MW threshold for EIA development.  A Screening Opinion was issued in October 2017 which concluded the proposal was not EIA development and that remained the case.  

 

The purpose of the development was to provide an energy storage facility for the management of supply of energy across the distribution network.  The government had identified storage facilities such as that proposed as part of a ‘smart’, flexible energy system that balanced supply and demand issues arising from the greater and more intermittent nature of renewable energy sources.  The site at Lovedean had been chosen as it had the capacity to connect to the distribution network.

 

In terms of the principle of development, the site was in the countryside so policy CP19 was applicable.  The only development allowed was that with a proven need for a countryside location.  In this instance, the infrastructure form of development and the location adjacent to Lovedean sub-station, which had sufficient capacity to connect the storage facility, warranted the countryside location.  

 

Policy UI1 of the Local Plan Second Review allowed for new utility infrastructure where it was acceptable in environmental/landscape terms; the amenity of adjoining property would not be harmed; traffic was not harmful to the local highway network and measures to mitigate the environmental impact were incorporated.

 

The Department for Energy and Climate Change published ‘Towards a Smart Energy System’ in 2015 which set out objectives for meeting the challenges of security of energy supply, affordability of energy and decarbonising the environment.  It referred to the demands and challenges facing electricity supply with demand forecast to increase (potentially double) by 2050.  It set out a vision of a ‘smart’ energy system which included energy storage as a key mechanism in providing flexibility to the energy network.

 

As a principle, it was considered that energy storage was a substantial benefit to the energy supply network and allowed for the integration of the energy generated from renewable sources that had increased dramatically in recent years.  

 

The scheme had to be balanced against environmental considerations and primarily in this case landscape impact and the setting of the public footpath were key considerations.  With regard to landscape impact, the site had a strong rural character and was open to the south.  The Lovedean sub-station was generally well contained but was a significant landscape feature in the area.  The visual impact would impact most significantly on views from the public footpath to the south.  There would be a significant  ...  view the full minutes text for item 134.

135.

26218/081/FUL/LW - Stables at Bowleswood Farm, Grayshott Road, Headley Down, Bordon pdf icon PDF 661 KB

MssrsAmer & Searle

 

Change of use of land from stabling to a mixed use of stabling and the use of land as a gypsy and traveller caravan site consisting of 6 pitches each with a mobile home, one touring caravan, one utility day room, car parking and associated works. (As amplified by information received 21/11/17 & 30/1/18)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Change of use of land from stabling to a mixed use of stabling and the use of land as a gypsy and traveller caravan site consisting of 6 pitches each with a mobile home, one touring caravan, one utility day room, car parking and associated works. (As amplified by information received 21/11/17 & 30/1/18)

 

The Planning and Compliance Manager introduced the application and drew the committee’s attention to the supplementary matters which included an email from the Grayshott Society.  In addition, there were amended conditions and two further conditions.

 

Government guidance required Councils to maintain a five-year supply of deliverable land for pitches.  The Council’s current assessment of need was based on the Gypsy Traveller Accommodation Assessment which had been completed in 2017.  The need identified for 2017-2022 was for 19 pitches.  Since March 2017, only 1 Traveller pitch with planning permission had been completed which had not been previously identified, so there was still an outstanding need for 19 pitches.  This should be afforded significant weight when assessing the application.

 

The site fell within a countryside location but was within reasonable proximity to the settlement of Grayshott.  It would not be visible from the public realm.  Whilst it was also within the Headley Down/Grayshott Local Gap, officers concluded that due to the location of the development, the proposal would not undermine or compromise the integrity of the gap.  Due to the recognised need for such accommodation, this had to be weighed against any perceived harm.

 

The site was 250m from the Wealden Heaths Phase II Special Protection Area (SPA).  The County Ecologist and Natural England had initially raised objections due to the lack of an appropriate Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA).  Following the submission of an HRA, Natural England withdrew their objection as they were satisfied with the avoidance and mitigation measures proposed; conditions prohibited the use of generators and lighting fires on the land.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

(1)   Mr Gillett spoke on behalf of objectors to the application.

 

As set out in Appendix 4 attached to these minutes.

 

(2)   Cllr Frankcom spoke on behalf of Grayshott Parish Council.

 

As set out in Appendix 5 attached to these minutes.

 

(3)   Mr Murdoch spoke as the agent for the application.

 

·         The application complied with Development Plan Policy CP15;

·         It complied with National Planning Policy for Traveller Sites and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF);

·         It was consistent with Joint Core Strategy (JCS) Policy CP19 and had a proven need for a countryside location;

·         It was also consistent with JCS Policy CP23 and would not diminish the local gap;

·         There was currently an unmet need and substantial weight was given to an appeal decision at Hilltop Stables;

·         The applicant’s daughter attended a local school;

·         The site was a reasonable distance to the services and facilities in Grayshott; and

·         He asked the committee to adopt the officer’s recommendation.

 

Councillors reiterated the importance of the Habitat Regulations Assessment which they asked the officer to read aloud.

 

In response to a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 135.

136.

37525/001/FUL/NP - Land east of, 5-7 Chalet Hill, Bordon, GU35 0TQ pdf icon PDF 368 KB

Tantum Investments

 

One pair of semi detached dwellings with associated parking (amended elevations received 26/2/2018)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

One pair of semi-detached dwellings with associated parking (amended elevations received 26/2/2018)

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the application and drew the committee’s attention to the supplementary matters where the Landscape Officer had commented on the amended drawings in which the height of the proposed dwellings had been reduced by 0.8m.

 

The site was open land on a corner between Chalet Hill and Park Street and within the Whitehill Bordon Settlement Policy Boundary (SPB).  The 0.3 hectares of land had been left vacant when the original development surrounding it had been built.  This proposal would match the site on the opposite side of the junction. 

 

A previous application had been refused by the Planning Committee as at that time, it had felt it was important visually for it to remain as open land.  However, the land had not served much genuine public amenity value.

 

As the site was within the SPB, the principle of development was considered acceptable.

 

The impact on amenities of neighbours had been looked at carefully in the report and officers had concluded that they would not be adversely affected.

 

The proposal would provide tandem parking at the rear of the site.  Whilst the Highways Authority had no objection, they noted that the new access would result in the loss of on-street parking.  The development would be CIL liable and should on-street parking restrictions be necessary in the future, some of the CIL money could be used towards such potential requirements.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputee:

 

(1)   Katie West spoke as the agent for the application.

 

As set out in Appendix 6 attached to these minutes.

 

In response to concerns about the scale of the development, the Planning Development Manager said that the density in the area was very high and there was a similar development on the opposite side of the road.  When viewing the streetscene, the proposal would fit in extremely well and two to three bedroom dwellings were in demand in the area.

 

Concern was expressed that the proposal would result in a pressure on parking and Cllr Joy proposed that a condition be added that the front gardens should not be converted into parking spaces.  The officer suggested vehicular access to the site from Park Street only however, the final wording of this condition to be agreed with the Chairman of the Planning Committee and Cllr Joy.

 

As a local councillor, Cllr Pond said that the site was not currently used as a mini park or playground.  It would match those properties built on the opposite side of the road and she was pleased to see that Whitehill and Bordon Town Council’s worries regarding the height had been addressed.  She supported the officer’s recommendation.

 

The committee voted on the officer’s recommendation for permission, subject to the change listed in the supplementary matters and that a condition be added regarding parking on the site, the final wording of this condition to be agreed with the Chairman of the Planning Committee and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 136.

137.

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

138.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL pdf icon PDF 72 KB

139.

SDNP/18/01399/TPO - 5 Eastlake Close, Petersfield, GU31 4ES pdf icon PDF 251 KB

Mrs Silvester

 

Oak - Mature Oak tree in TPO area crown reduction of no more than 2m on the eastern aspect only and to appropriate growth points. Finished spread will be approximately 6.5 metre radius.

Minutes:

Oak - Mature Oak tree in TPO area crown reduction of no more than 2m on the eastern aspect only and to appropriate growth points.  Finished spread will be approximately 6.5 metre radius.

 

The Planning Development Manager introduced the application and said that the Oak tree was lopsided and required the crown to be reduced by 2m in order to balance the tree out.

 

The committee AGREED the officer’s recommendation for approval.

 

Following the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED.