Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Monday, 12th February, 2018 6.00 pm

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

Contact: Lisa Papps  Democratic Services Assistant - 01730 234073

Items
No. Item

88.

Apologies for Absence

To receive and record any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors D Ashcroft, K Carter, N Drew, S Pond and S Schillemore.

89.

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 11 January 2018, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 11 January 2018 were agreed and signed as correct record.

90.

Chairman's Announcements

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

91.

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

21068/041 – Alton Sports Centre, Chawton Park Road, Alton, GU34 1ST

Perception of bias

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

 

 

92.

Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 74 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.

93.

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 the sites:

 

·                     55587/072 – MOD Development Site, Oakhanger Road, Bordon;

·                     55587/075 – Land at and adjoining Bordon Garrison, Camp Road, Bordon; and

·                     30016/031 – Land south of Oaklands House, Redhill Road, Rowlands Castle.

94.

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:

21068/041/RES

 

Alton Sports Centre, Chawton Park Road, Alton, GU34 1ST

 

Approval of reserved matters pursuant to outline permission 21068/040 - Replacement sports centre (Use Class D2) up to 8,500 sqm gross external floor area together with parking structure and other car parking (up to 250 spaces); Construction of outdoor floodlit, fenced synthetic turf pitches; vehicular, pedestrian and cycle routes; landscaping, including tree planting and sustainable urban drainage.  Earthworks, implementation of appropriate remediation works and felling of trees following demolition of the existing sports centre building; removal of the existing synthetic sports pitches, floodlighting and fencing. (Access, Appearance, Landscaping, Layout, and Scale to be considered) [Supplementary information and amended plans received 11/12/2017, 21/12/2017, 8/1/2018 and 1/2/2018]

 

Deferred in order for the applicant to demonstrate quantifiable evidence of how it has engaged the relevant stakeholders in mitigating Policies CP16 and CP17 of the Joint Core Strategy and Policy CH2 of the Alton Neighbourhood Plan within the 15 minute drive time of the new facility.

 

 

53523/009/FUL

 

Land to west of Highgate House, Lyeway Lane, Ropley, Alresford

 

Retention of gypsy and traveller site for one pitch in addition to its lawful use as a timber yard with paddocks

 

Permission subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A.

 

49776/001/OUT

 

Land at Lynch Hill, Mill Lane, Alton

 

Outline application - Development of up to 7ha of employment land (use classes B1a (office), B1c (light industrial), B2 (general industrial) and B8 (storage and distribution) with associated access (submitted for detailed approval), and green infrastructure (additional information received on 08/05/2017, 26/05/2017 and 10/11/2017)

 

Committee resolved to refuse the application, but the applicant withdrew the application before the decision could be issued.

 

SDNP/17/06038/HOUS

 

8 Rival Moor Road, Petersfield, Hants, GU31 4HB

 

Two storey extension to rear

 

Approved subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A.

 

95.

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

96.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Minutes:

Cllrs Cowper, Glass and Thomas left the room, as per their declaration of interest.

97.

21068/041 - Alton Sports Centre, Chawton Park Road, Alton, GU34 1ST pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Sports and Leisure Management Limited

 

Approval of reserved matters pursuant to outline permission 21068/040 - Replacement sports centre (Use Class D2) up to 8,500 sqm gross external floor area together with parking structure and other car parking (up to 250 spaces); Construction of outdoor floodlit, fenced synthetic turf pitches; vehicular, pedestrian and cycle routes; landscaping, including tree planting and sustainable urban drainage. Earthworks, implementation of appropriate remediation works and felling of trees following demolition of the existing sports centre building; removal of the existing synthetic sports pitches, floodlighting and fencing. (Access, Appearance, Landscaping, Layout, and Scale to be considered) [Supplementary information and amended plans received 11/12/2017, 21/12/2017, 8/1/2018 and 1/2/2018]

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Approval of reserved matters pursuant to outline permission 21068/040 - Replacement sports centre (Use Class D2) up to 8,500 sqm gross external floor area together with parking structure and other car parking (up to 250 spaces); Construction of outdoor floodlit, fenced synthetic turf pitches; vehicular, pedestrian and cycle routes; landscaping, including tree planting and sustainable urban drainage.  Earthworks, implementation of appropriate remediation works and felling of trees following demolition of the existing sports centre building; removal of the existing synthetic sports pitches, floodlighting and fencing. (Access, Appearance, Landscaping, Layout, and Scale to be considered) [Supplementary information and amended plans received 11/12/2017, 21/12/2017 and 8/1/2018]

 

The Development Management Team Leader introduced the application and referred to the Supplementary Matters where there had been a further update from Sport England, the Sports Development Officer and Hants FA.  However, no changes were proposed to the officer recommendation.

 

He advised the committee that the internal layout and mix of D2 uses was not a material planning consideration.

 

A location plan of the site was displayed, along with an illustrative masterplan, the existing site plan, proposed site plan, and proposed elevations.

 

The principle of development had been established through the granting of the outline permission.  This reserved matters application considered matters relating to: access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale. 

 

The new sports centre would be constructed whilst keeping the existing facility open.  Access and egress to the site would remain via Chawton Park Lane.

 

It would be sited closer to Alton Cardiac Rehab centre and aligned corner to corner with a shared courtyard parking area.  A new area of car parking was proposed on the footprint of the existing centre as well as revisions to the current car park.  Highways had raised no objections to the proposed increase in parking from 146 to 232 spaces.

 

In terms of landscaping, a detailed plan was to be agreed by the Landscape Officer and Arboricultural Officer.  A landscape buffer would remain in place to retain the separation from a terrace of properties in Gurdons.

 

The proposed building would be viewed as a series of blocks.  The use of these smaller blocks would break up the scale and massing of the building which overall, was of a good standard of design.

 

The recommendation was for approval of reserved matters.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

(1)         Mrs Golding spoke on behalf of objectors to the application.

 

As set out in appendix 1 attached to these minutes.    

  

(2)          Cllr Hicks spoke on behalf of Alton Town Council.

 

As set out in appendix 2 attached to these minutes.

 

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

 

As set out in appendix 3 attached to these minutes.

 

(4)          Cllr Graham Hill spoke as the local ward councillor.

 

As set out in appendix 4 attached to these minutes.

 

The committee discussed the application and referred to the outline application approved in 2015 which in the officer report to committee stated that full details of the facilities to be provided  ...  view the full minutes text for item 97.

98.

53523/009 - Land to west of Highgate House, Lyeway Lane, Ropley, Alresford pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Mr & Mrs Cole

 

Retention of gypsy and traveller site for one pitch in addition to its lawful use as a timber yard with paddocks.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Retention of gypsy and traveller site for one pitch in addition to its lawful use as a timber yard with paddocks

 

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

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the application which proposed the siting of a static mobile caravan, in addition to a touring caravan.

 

The distance between the static caravan and the rear elevation of the neighbouring property, Highgate House, was 60m. Concerns had been received regarding odour and noise, however, a septic tank was intended to be connected for permanent use and whilst there had been conflicting information regarding the use of a generator on the site, this was not a planning consideration and any queries should be directed to Environmental Health.

 

The site could be glimpsed from Lyeway Lane, particularly in the Winter months. However, during the Summer months, boundary hedging created solid screening. There would be some visual impact when viewed from a public footpath and a ‘key vista’ as identified in the emerging Ropley Neighbourhood Plan, but it was not considered to have an unacceptable harmful impact.

 

In terms of the principle of development, the proposal complied with Policy CP15 and the site was considered to be suitable for a permanent gypsy pitch, despite the fact the site is outside of, but close to the Settlement Policy Boundary (SPB) of Ropley. Government guidance required Councils to maintain a five-year supply of deliverable land for traveller pitches. The Council had recently published its Gypsy Traveller Accommodation Assessment that identified a need for 19 pitches by 2022. Currently, EHDC was only able to demonstrate a 1.04-year supply.  In addition to the identified need, the 2011 Census ascertained that there were 92 ethnic travellers living in bricks and mortar accommodation in East Hampshire, which would generate an unknown need in addition to the 19.

 

The applicants had a clear connection to Ropley, with their daughter attending a local school.  Given the lack of culturally suitable alternative accommodation, the proposal would meet a clear need and the site was considered appropriate in scale and location relative to the settlement.

 

The recommendation was for permission.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

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

 

·                     This was an unlawful regularisation application;

·                     The site was outside the SPB, in the countryside and next to a commercial property;

·                     It was clearly visible from the footpath;

·                     It had not been put forward when there was a call for gypsy and traveller sites and therefore, it was not urgently needed as a gypsy and traveller site;

·                     Alternative accommodation was available;

·                     The applicant had held the same landline since 2011;

·                     The timber shed had a large amount of machinery that was nothing to do with that business and was unlawfully on site;

·                     There was no mains drainage and there was no confidence this would be put in place;

·                     The generator had been running at all hours; and

·                     There were clear views in to the site.

 

(2)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 98.

99.

49776/001 - Land at Lynch Hill, Mill Lane, Alton pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Tanvale Holdings Ltd

 

Outline application - Development of up to 7ha of employment floorspace (use classes B1a (office), B1c (light industrial), B2 (general industrial) and B8 (storage and distribution) with associated access (submitted for detailed approval), and green infrastructure. (Access only to be considered) (additional information received on 08/05/2017, 26/05/2017 and 10/11/2017).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Outline application - Development of up to 7ha of employment floorspace (use classes B1a (office), B1c (light industrial), B2 (general industrial) and B8 (storage and distribution) with associated access (submitted for detailed approval), and green infrastructure. (Access only to be considered) (additional information received on 08/05/2017, 26/05/2017 and 10/11/2017).

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the application for which outline planning permission was sought for the development of 7ha of employment land.  Access and the principle of development were the only matters for consideration.  The application related to an allocated employment site which had come forward as part of the Council’s adopted District Local Plan: Housing and Employments Allocations, April 2016.  As such, the principle of development was acceptable.

 

Current access to the site was via an unmade track from Waterbrook Road.  This land was not under the ownership of the applicant; therefore, the proposed new access was onto Montecchio Way via a new T-junction with a visibility splay of 2.4m from the carriageway and 72m in each direction.  Some scrub vegetation was to be removed in order to create the visibility lines.  The Highway Authority had raised no objection on highway safety and capacity grounds, with the access width being great enough to allow HGVs to pass.

 

Whilst the Landscape Officer had concerns that the proposal would have a moderate landscape impact, officers concluded it to be outweighed by the significant benefits resulting from the deliverability of the allocated employment site.

 

The recommendation was for permission.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

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

 

As set out in appendix 7 attached to these minutes.

 

(2)          Cllr Hicks spoke on behalf of Alton Town Council.

 

As set out in appendix 8 attached to these minutes.

 

(3)          Cllr Salisbury spoke on behalf of Binsted Parish Council.

 

As set out in appendix 9 attached to these minutes.

 

(4)          Mr Warren spoke as the agent for the application.

 

·                     The applicant had worked with EHDC and Hampshire Highways over the past 18 months.  All potential accesses had been assessed and this was the only option that was both viable and deliverable;

·                     It had been demonstrated that access off Montecchio Way was technically sound;

·                     If the application was approved, the landowner was likely to sell to the developer which could open up future opportunities; and

·                     This was an opportunity for much need employment land.

 

(5)          The Democratic Services Assistant read aloud a deputation provided by Cllr Carter, the local ward councillor.

 

As set out in Appendix 10 attached to these minutes.

 

The Head of Planning had listened to the concerns raised during the representations regarding the proposed access.  He and the Principal Planning Officer had met with officials from Hampshire Highways at the site.  The Highways Authority confirmed that in their considered opinion, the proposed access was safe and acceptable.  When pressed, the Highways Authority had said that they would not defend EHDC should the application go to appeal.  A highways representative had been  ...  view the full minutes text for item 99.

100.

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

101.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL pdf icon PDF 73 KB

102.

SDNP/17/06038/HOUS - 8 Rival Moor Road, Petersfield, GU31 4HB pdf icon PDF 876 KB

Mr Alex Stone

 

Two storey extension to rear.

 

Minutes:

Two storey extension to rear

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the application and displayed proposed elevations along with photographs of and from within the site.

 

The recommendation was for approval.

 

The committee were supportive of the application.

 

Following the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED, 10 Councillors voting FOR approval, no Councillors voting AGAINST approval and no Councillors ABSTAINING from voting.