Agenda and minutes

Development Policy and Affordable Housing Panel
Wednesday, 18th April, 2018 6.30 pm

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

Contact: Cynthia Haveron  Democratic Services Officer - 01730 234092

Items
No. Item

41.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were apologies for absence from Councillors K Carter, G Hill, K Moon and S Schillemore.

42.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive any matters the Chairman wishes to report.

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

43.

Declarations of Interest

To receive and record any declarations of interest from members present in respect of any of the various matters on the agenda for the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

44.

Confirmation of the Minutes

To approve the minutes of the Panel held on 7 March 2018. (Previously circulated)

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 7 March 2018 were confirmed and signed as a correct record with the following amendment. Councillor C Louisson to be added to the Councillors present at the meeting.

45.

Wealden Heaths Phase II Special Protection Area Supplementary Planning Document pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Kevin Thurlow, Principal Policy Planner introduced the report.

 

He reminded the Panel that this had been the subject of a public consultation from 22 January 2018 to 19 March 2018. There had been 23 responses, and these could be found in Appendix A of the report.

 

A number of statutory consultees had responded, as well as responses from four Parish Councils, local groups/societies and individuals. A summary of the issues raised by the responses could be found in paragraphs 4.2 and 4,3 of the report. Following consultation, the document had been revised where necessary to address the concerns raised. A copy of the revised document was attached as Appendix B to the report.

 

Councillors reviewed the revised document and were not happy with the information in Table 2 (paragraph 2.10). They asked for clarification on the difference between a ‘pitch’ and a ‘plot’. In addition, the use of other terminology (‘yard’ and ‘site’) was unclear and the figures in Table 1 and 2 did not seem to match.

 

It was explained that ‘pitches’ referred to Gypsy and Traveller sites and ‘plots’ to Travelling Showpeople sites. It was agreed that the terminology could be made clearer in the document and that its consistent use should be checked.

 

It was agreed that the glossary at the end of the document should reflect the text in the document. The number of existing pitches/plots in East Hampshire (Table 1) will also be checked to ensure that it is up to date.

 

Following a discussion and subject to the above changes, it was RESOLVED that the Panel NOTED:

 

i.              The contents of the Consultation Statement (Appendix A of this report)

ii.            The content of the Supplementary Planning Document (Appendix B of the report) and

iii.           RECOMMENDED the Supplementary Planning Document to Cabinet for consideration at its meeting on 5 July 2018.

 

46.

EHDC Response to National Planning Policy Framework Consultation pdf icon PDF 79 KB

For Consideration

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Kevin Thurlow, Principal Policy Planner introduced the report.

 

He explained that the purpose of the report was to present to the Panel the draft response on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The consultation on the draft revised NPPF commenced on 5 March 2018 and closed on 10 May 2018.

 

The draft revised NPPF could best be summarised as a full rewrite of the National Policy. The document was now much clearer on which parts related to decision making and plan making, and it was considered that the document was now much better written and easier to follow.

 

He asked Councillors for their feedback and suggestions on the draft response. In particular on:

 

·         The role of strategic plans and Neighbourhood Plan;

·         Requirement for 20% of smaller sites identified for housing to be less than 0.5ha;

·         First time buyer exception sites;

·         Rural Economy; and

·         Re-use of employment and retails.

 

Councillors were broadly supportive of the document and suggested a number of amendments to the response. Including

 

Question 7 (viability) – the answer should read ‘No’, for sake of consistency with the written response.

 

Question 13 (first time buyer exception sites) – suggested that the response be rewritten, to query the government’s proposals and justification. Reference needed to be made to local needs and the need to provide affordable rented accommodation.

 

Question 14 (general comments on Chapter 5) – remove the words “We consider this has the potential to” and replace with “This will undermine”;

 

Question 21 (transport) – the answer should be ‘No’ and the long-term reductions to public transport services in rural areas should be noted as a reason why reductions to emissions in rural areas are likely to be difficult to achieve

 

Question 25 (making effective use of land) – in the response change “B-uses” to B-Classes”

 

Question 28 (design) – the effect of permitted development rights for householder developments should be raised as a limit on the ability of a planning authority to protect local character and distinctiveness.

 

Question 30 (green belt) – required an answer that there should be stronger impetus in national policy from authorities with green belt to conduct a review. This is to ensure that development needs are not transferred to non-green belt authorities (such as East Hampshire) in an unreasonable manner.

 

Question 41 (planning policy for traveller sites) – required a response (a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’) as the issue is very relevant to the District

 

Councillors asked that a standard methodology be used throughout the document in phrasing responses. Terminology should be direct and concise.

 

 

Following a discussion, it was RESOLVED that the suggested amendments to the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Consultation be NOTED.

47.

Article 4 direction for Changes of Use from Employment to Residential Use, on Selected Sites and Areas Outside of the South Downs National Park pdf icon PDF 83 KB

For Noting

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Kevin Thurlow, Principal Policy Planner introduced the report.

 

He explained that the purpose of the report was to present the outcomes of the consultation on the non-immediate Article 4(1) direction to revoke permitted development rights that enabled the conversion of employment floorspace to residential.

 

An error in the report was highlight: rather than the suggested 11 responses, a total of 10 responses had been made to the consultation, with comments either supporting or objecting to the Article 4(1) direction. Further comments had been received by e-mail and telephone, including information requests from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. If the decision was taken to confirm the direction, planning officers would take care to ensure that letters were sent to landowners and occupants in advance of further public notification.

 

Details of the responses were attached as Appendix A to the report. Following the consultation, no changes were advised and if it was confirmed by the Head of Planning, following discussion with the Portfolio Holders for Business Support and Planning, the non-immediate Article 4(1) direction would be confirmed and come into force on 31 March 1019.

 

Following a discussion, it was RESOLVED that the Panel NOTED:

 

i.              the content of the Consultation Statement (Appendix A of the report); and

ii.                  that a decision on whether or not to confirm the Article 4(1) direction would be made by the Head of Planning, in liaison with the Portfolio Holders for Business Support and Planning.