Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 26th October, 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

52.

Apologies for Absence

To receive and record any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors K Carter and D Orme.

53.

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 14 August 2017, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 24 August 2017 were agreed and signed as a correct record.

54.

Chairman's Announcements

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

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

55.

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.

56.

Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 44 KB

To accept the Supplementary Matters to be considered as part of 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.

57.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 47 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:

 

·           22338/004 – Wield Wood, Preston Candover Road, Upper Wield, Alresford, S024 9RU; and

·           52380/018 – Coomers (Oakhanger) Ltd, Oakhanger Road, Oakhanger Bordon GU35 9JU

58.

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:

 

 

20533/059/FUL

 

Forest Lodge Garden Centre, Farnham Road, Holt Pound, Farnham, GU10 4LD

 

Partial redevelopment of Birdworld and Forest Lodge Garden Centre (as amended by plans received 09/03/17, 13/03/17, 14/03/17, 22/05/17, 13/06/17, 24/07/17, and 30/08/2017)

 

 

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

 

29745/002/FUL

 

155 - 159 Lovedean Lane, Horndean, Waterlooville, PO8 9RW

 

5 dwellings following demolition of existing dwelling (as amended by plans received 28 June 2017)

 

 

Deferred for the clarification over surface water drainage and flood zones designation by Environment Agency.

 

25454/008/HSE

 

Hall Place Cottage, Petersfield Road, Ropley, Alresford, SO24 0EJ

 

Two storey extension to the existing building, construction of new garage and remodelling of the driveway [amended proposal]

 

 

Permission subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A.

 

59.

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 192 KB

60.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

61.

20533/059/FUL/SaH - Forest Lodge Garden Centre, Farnham Road, Holt Pound, Farnham, GU10 4LD pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Denys E Head Limited

 

Partial redevelopment of Birdworld and Forest Lodge Garden Centre (as amended by plans received 09/03/17, 13/03/17, 14/03/17, 22/05/17, 13/06/17, 24/07/17, and 30/08/2017)

Minutes:

Partial redevelopment of Birdworld and Forest Lodge Garden Centre (as amended by plans received 09/03/17, 13/03/17, 14/03/17, 22/05/17, 13/06/17, 24/07/17, and 30/08/2017)

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the application and displayed an aerial photograph of the site, along with photographs of and from within the site, the access, streetscene and plans of the existing site, the previously approved proposal and the current proposal.  Elevations of the proposed Birdworld Visitor Centre and Forest Lodge Garden Centre were also displayed.

 

The Retail Assessment had concluded that the proposal would be unlikely to compete with town centres, although it would provide competition with other local garden centres. 

 

The nearest neighbour was Holt Grange, which also had an on-site business.  With this latest application the proposed enabling development and Birdworld Visitor Centre had been relocated further away from Holt Grange and the parking area nearer.  There had been no Environmental Health objections to this and there would be an acoustic barrier and screening.

 

With regard to access, Phase 1 would retain the existing access, while Phase 2 would require dual access.  Highways had not objected to the application.

 

The recommendation was for permission.

 

The Democratic Services Officer read aloud a deputation provided by Cllr Carter, the local ward councillor.

 

First I would like to compliment the case officer for the quality of the committee report,  the level of detail it contains and the explanation of the phasing aspects of the overall plan.

 

Second, I support this application for the following reasons.  Considering the level of detail provided by the case officer’s report, I will restrict my reasoning and comments to focus on the key aspects,  issues, and highlights of the application.

 

1  Principle of Development

 

This application has been ‘called in to committee’ due to its being a departure from the Development Plan.  However the concept of redevelopment is supported by a number of previously approved  applications therefore, the principle of redevelopment on this site is well established.  Previous applications have been supported and there is no reason why this application should be judged differently.

 

2  Houses and Funding

 

The application includes permission to build 6 detached houses on the site.  The intention is to sell these houses on the open market to provide funding for the redevelopment of Forest Lodge and Birdworld.  While these houses are outside the Settlement Policy Boundary the inevitable question – “what harm does it do?” – arises.  The answer is -  “very little - if any”.  Therefore, I don’t object to the houses and approve of the approach to funding.

 

3   Highways Issues

 

Both Forest Lodge and Birdworld currently have separate accesses located on a fast stretch of the A325 .  Entering or leaving either site  needs great care -  more so at peak times.  This application reconfigures access to a shared single point.   I am pleased to note that Highways issues have been addressed to cope with the increase in traffic movements resulting from  combined access.   Traffic control signals coupled with pedestrian and cyclist needs  ...  view the full minutes text for item 61.

62.

29745/002/FUL/JonH - 155 - 159 Lovedean Lane, Horndean, Waterlooville, PO8 9RW pdf icon PDF 899 KB

Capital Homes (Southern) Ltd

 

5 dwellings following demolition of existing dwelling (as amended by plans received 28 June 2017)

Minutes:

5 dwellings following demolition of existing dwelling (as amended by plans received 28 June 2017)

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the application and displayed an aerial photograph of the site, along with photographs of and from within the site, amended plans and a plan showing the relationship of the site to the permitted development for 40 homes to the north. 

 

He explained that the area had historically comprised a linear pattern of development, however this character was changing due to development that had occurred to the south and permitted to the north.  The original proposal for six houses had been reduced to five, which had addressed concerns regarding overshadowing and overlooking of neighbouring properties.

 

The council’s Drainage Consultant had initially objected to the application, but had retracted this objection following confirmation from the Environment Agency that the site should be considered as Flood Zone 1, rather than Flood Zone 2.  This was due to an inaccuracy with their mapping, which would be rectified.  The Drainage Strategy proposed that all surface water on the site would be attenuated in tanks and released gradually to the surface water sewer under Lovedean Lane.  These measures would apply to the existing dwellings on the site and are designed to improve the current rate of surface water run-off from the site.

 

Following his presentation, he displayed some photographs showing flooding in the area that had been provided by the local ward councillor, Cllr Schillemore.

 

The recommendation was for permission.

 

Mr Tutton spoke as the agent for the application.

 

He thanked the Chairman for allowing him to speak in favour of his clients proposal and the officers positive recommendation.

 

For over a decade, inset map 36 of the Second Review (2006) had shown this site within the Settlement Policy Boundary of Horndean, with land to the west identified as a Reserve Housing Allocation H2.  Development to the west of Lovedean Lane to a similar depth as Ashley Close would clearly not conflict with provisions of the Horndean Village Design Statement (2002) regarding development up the valley sides.  The officer’s report drew attention to Old Barn Gardens, James Copse Road and the development now being undertaken by Bargate Homes to the rear of 179-189 Lovedean Lane, permitted in September 2014, which extended way beyond the western boundary of his clients site and on up the lower part of the valley side.

 

Residents of this locality enjoyed a safe and convenient access to the ‘Central’ and Tesco supermarkets, the Lovedean local centre, Moorlands Infant and Junior Schools and the 300 bus service that followed Milton Road.  As the officers had recognised, this site was in a sustainable location, thereby giving his client’s proposal the positive presumption generated by paragraph 14 of the NPPF and Core Strategy Policies CP1 and CP2.

 

This application had been with the Council since July.  The applicant had worked closely with officers to achieve a scheme that accorded with its surroundings.  One dwelling had been deleted; three dwellings at the rear of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 62.

63.

25454/008/HSE/LTu - Hall Place Cottage, Petersfield Road, Ropley, Alresford, SO24 0EJ pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Mr & Mrs Brandt

 

 

Two storey extension to the existing building, construction of new garage and remodelling of the driveway (amended proposal)

 

Minutes:

Two storey extension to the existing building, construction of new garage and remodelling of the driveway (amended proposal)

 

The Planning Development Manager introduced the application and displayed an aerial photograph of the site, along with a site plan, elevations of the existing dwelling and the proposed alterations and photographs of and from within the site.

 

The recommendation was for permission.

 

The committee approved of the application, although requested that a condition be added to ensure that the proposed studio above the garage be tied to ancillary use associated with the main dwelling.

 

The committee voted on the officer’s recommendation for permission, with an additional condition tying the studio above the garage to ancillary use associated with Hall Place Cottage.

 

Following the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED, 15 Councillors voting FOR permission, no Councillors voting AGAINST permission and no Councillors ABSTAINING from voting.