Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 22nd December, 2016 6.00 pm

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

Contact: Lisa Papps  Democratic Services Assistant - 01730 234073

Items
No. Item

144.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies from Councillors D Ashcroft, F Cowper, A Joy, D Orme and S Pond.

145.

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 1 December 2016, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

As the minutes of the previous meeting had only been published the previous day, the committee agreed that they be confirmed at the next meeting.

146.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s Announcements.

147.

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(s)

Nature of Interest

Details of Interest

Cllr A Glass

Cllr D Phillips

Cllr I Thomas

33993/083 and 33993/084 – Section 1 – items (ii) and (iii) – Former OSU site Area B, Midhurst Road, Liphook

 

Perception of bias

The Councillors were members of East Hampshire District Council’s Cabinet

 

148.

Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 42 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.

149.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Minutes:

The committee did not agree to any site visits.

150.

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:

 

30667/018/RES

 

Alton Sports & Social Club, Anstey Road, Alton, GU34 2RL

 

Reserved matters pursuant to application 30667/015 for 85 residential dwellings with associated parking, landscaping, infrastructure and works, following demolition of existing buildings and structures (Appearance, landscaping, layout and scale to be considered)

 

Approved subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A.

33993/083/FUL

 

Former OSU site Area B, Midhurst Road, Liphook

 

Development of 1no. office block creating up to 650 sqm gross internal area. (Revision to that previously approved for block 1) and revised access [Internal floorspace figure corrected 17 November 2016 - Supplementary landscaping plan received 25 November 2016]

 

Permission subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A.

33993/084/ADV

 

Former OSU site Area B, Midhurst Road, Liphook

 

Display of two non-illuminated Marketing Boards fitted to grey PVC coated steel posts (Amended plans received 7 and 13 December 2016)

 

Consent subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A.

 

151.

Town and Country Planning Act, 1990 (as amended) - Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 - Development Applications

152.

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 134 KB

153.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

154.

30667/018/RES/SaH - Alton Sports & Social Club, Anstey Road, Alton, GU34 2RL pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Miller Homes Ltd

 

Reserved matters pursuant to application 30667/015 for 85 residential dwellings with associated parking, landscaping, infrastructure and works, following demolition of existing buildings and structures (Appearance, landscaping, layout and scale to be considered)

Minutes:

Reserved matters pursuant to application 30667/015 for 85 residential dwellings with associated parking, landscaping, infrastructure and works, following demolition of existing buildings and structures (Appearance, landscaping, layout and scale to be considered)

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the item and displayed various images including the outline illustrative layout, storey heights plans, tenure plan and streetscenes.

 

Following the grant of outline planning permission, which had established the principle of development on the site, this application sought the approval of reserved matters.  The layout was very similar to that previously seen and there would still be one main access.  In terms of tenure, the housing would not be pepper potted because most registered social landlords disliked this.  However, there would be no difference in the appearance of the dwellings.

 

All previous conditions from the granting of permission at the outline stage had been discharged, apart from a condition relating to contaminated land which was almost set to be discharged.

 

Mr Eckles addressed the committee on behalf of objectors to the application.

 

Objectors were extremely disappointed that earlier concerns had not been properly addressed.  He made three points on the proposed layout:

 

Firstly, despite the minor changes to the frontage, these buildings would still be hard up against Anstey Road and well forward of the existing building line, unlike the scheme shown originally at the public consultation, or indeed Shipley Close opposite.  Incidentally, a number of objectors recalled the original plans for Eggars Field (now Shipley Close) being too close to the road and the frontage being pushed back following pressure from the then Planning Committee – so there was a precedent here.   The application showed scant regard for the adjacent listed buildings, the Anstey Conservation Area, or the provisions of the Alton Town Design Statement.  

 

Secondly, there was a total absence of any shared open space that should be reasonably expected in a scheme of this size.   The children’s play area in Anstey Park was half a mile or so from the southern end of this site, significantly, the area reserved for flats without gardens.

 

And finally, there was still a shortfall of 23 in the number of visitor parking spaces.  Policy T5 had been added to the neighbourhood plan precisely in recognition of the town’s poor bus services and to ensure that parking provision on new sites was self-sufficient.   Quite apart from the chaos and neighbour disputes that would ensue (made even worse by the predominance of the tandem, end-to end parking that was proposed), objectors believed that not enforcing these requirements would set a dangerous precedent for the future, and seriously undermine the neighbourhood plan.

 

On a separate point, objectors were also very concerned that there was still absolutely no renewable energy provision.

 

To conclude, a positive recommendation:  objectors believed that the layout problems could be solved by a rethink of the dwelling mix, especially given the town’s need for smaller dwellings.  Increasing the proportion of 1 and 2 bedroom units from the 39% proposed and concentrating them in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 154.

155.

33993/083/FUL/SAW - Former OSU site Area B, Midhurst Road, Liphook pdf icon PDF 340 KB

East Hampshire District Council

 

Development of 1no. office block creating up to 650 sqm gross internal area. (Revision to that previously approved for block 1) and revised access [Internal floorspace figure corrected 17 November 2016 - Supplementary landscaping plan received 25 November 2016]

Minutes:

Development of 1no. office block creating up to 650 sqm gross internal area.  (Revision to that previously approved for block 1) and revised access [Internal floorspace figure corrected 17 November 2016 – Supplementary landscaping plan received 25 November 2016]

 

The Development Management Manager introduced the item and displayed various images including the previous approved layout plan, proposed layout plan, elevations and floor plans.

 

Permission had previously been granted for two office blocks on the site and a terrace of three light industrial units with access off Midhurst Road.  After purchasing the site, it had been discovered that there was more land than anticipated and therefore, this application proposed a revision to that original scheme and proposed a second vehicular access which would serve the smaller office block and light industrial unit. 

 

The second revision to the scheme was a change to the siting and design of office block one, although the floorspace for the building would remain unchanged.

 

The committee supported the officer’s recommendation for permission.

 

Following the vote, the application was declared CARRIED, 8 Councillors voting FOR permission, no Councillors voting AGAINST permission and no Councillors ABSTAINING from voting.

156.

33993/084/ADV/SAW - Former OSU site Area B, Midhurst Road, Liphook pdf icon PDF 349 KB

East Hampshire District Council

 

Display of two non-illuminated Marketing Boards fitted to grey PVC coated steel posts (Amended plans received 7 and 13 December 2016)

Minutes:

Display of two non-illuminated Marketing Boards fitted to grey PVC coated steel posts (Amended plans received 7 and 13 December 2016)

 

The Development Management Manager introduced the item, the application was for signage to advertise the site associated with its redevelopment.  The marketing boards would be located at two positions along Midhurst Road where there would be most passing traffic.  A location plan was displayed to show where the signs would be placed, along with a picture of the proposed sign.

 

The committee support the officer’s recommendation for consent.

 

Following the vote, the application was declared CARRIED, 8 Councillors voting FOR consent, no Councillors voting AGAINST consent and no Councillors ABSTAINING from voting.