Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 6th December, 2018 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX

Contact: James Harris  Democratic Services Assistant - 01730 234098

Items
No. Item

89.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors F Cowper, N Drew, A Glass,

S Schillemore and I Thomas.

90.

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 15 November 2018 and the Extraordinary meeting held on 20 November 2018, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2018 and the extraordinary meeting held on 20 November 2018 were agreed and signed as correct records.

91.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

92.

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.

93.

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 the minutes.

94.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Minutes:

The committee agreed to visit the following site should officers be mindful to permit:

 

56082/003 – Mount Royal, 46 Lymington Bottom, Four Marks, Alton,

GU34 5AH.

 

95.

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:

49776/002/OUT

 

Land at Lynch Hill, Mill Lane, Alton

 

Outline application - The 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. (Access only to be considered) (Amended Planning Statement received on 09/07/2018 and additional information / amended plans received on 25/09/2018).

 

Refused for the reason set out in Appendix B

 

49776/003/OUT

 

Land at Lynch Hill, Mill Lane, Alton

 

Outline (all matters reserved) - proposed pedestrian, cycle and vehicular access to EMP1 allocated employment site from Waterbrook Road, Alton (additional information received on 05/12/2018 - Dormouse Mitigation and Pollution Prevention Measures for Caker Stream).

 

Permission subject to the conditions set out in Appendix A.

 

SDNP/18/04833/HOUS

 

11 The Avenue, Petersfield, GU31 4JQ

 

Two and a half storey side extension and single storey rear extension following demolition of side car port.

Refused for the reasons set out in Appendix B

 

96.

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

97.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Additional documents:

98.

49776/002/OUT/MH - Land at Lynch Hill, Mill Lane, Alton pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Tanvale Holdings Ltd

 

Outline application - The 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. (Access only to be considered) (Amended Planning Statement received on 09/07/2018 and additional information / amended plans received on 25/09/2018).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Outline application - The 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. (Access only to be considered) (Amended Planning Statement received on 09/07/2018 and additional information / amended plans received on 25/09/2018).

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the report and drew the committee’s attention to the additional conditions contained within the supplementary matters.  He reminded the committee that the item had been deferred at the 25 October 2018 Planning Committee in order to seek further clarification with regard to the landscape impact and delivery of the access improvements suggested, but not yet concluded.  The applicant’s responses to the reasons for deferral had been included within the agenda.

 

He explained that the site had been allocated as an employment site and displayed site plans, an aerial photograph, various photographs of and from within the site, the streetscene, the location of the proposed access and views of the site to show its relationship with the wider landscape.  In addition, elevation plans were shown detailing the landscaping works that would be required to enable the access road to be constructed. 

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

(1)  Mr Lock spoke on behalf of objectors.

 

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)  Cllr Salisbury spoke on behalf of Binsted Parish Council.

 

Binsted Parish Council felt that this application was the second best option, with the favoured access being that proposed in application 49776/003.  It was worth remembering that the Planning Inspector had stated that due to the countryside location there had to be a proven need for development.  The Waterbrook Road access had now come forward, therefore the need for this access no longer existed.  The fact that this application was being considered for the third time showed that this access was not the best choice and if approved would spoil the landscape.  Binsted Parish Council requested that the committee refuse this application and permit 49776/003.

 

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

 

Mr Garnett introduced himself as a Director at Savills and that he had been working on this proposal for seven years.  Correct procedure had been followed throughout and Lynch Hill had been subject to significant review prior to being allocated as an employment site.  The site allocation plan stated that the development shall provide vehicular access, however, it was not specific as to where the access should be.  The Local Plan had been made sound on that basis.  The employment site had now come forward and the access proposed was sound.  The refusal of this application in favour of application 49776/003 would create a ransom situation and could jeopardise the delivery of the employment site and much needed jobs. 

 

The Chairman invited Cllr Carter to open the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 98.

99.

49776/003/OUT/MH - Land at Lynch Hill, Mill Lane, Alton pdf icon PDF 652 KB

Jansons West London and Thames Valley Ltd

 

Outline (all matters reserved) - proposed pedestrian, cycle and vehicular access to EMP1 allocated employment site from Waterbrook Road, Alton

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Outline (all matters reserved) – proposed pedestrian, cycle and vehicular access to EMP1 allocated employment site from Waterbrook Road, Alton

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the report and updated the committee that the County Ecologist did not object to the application.

 

He explained that the application related solely to a proposed access to the EMP1 allocated employment site via Waterbrook Road and displayed a site plan, flood zone map, indicative landscape plan, elevations and a noise contour map.  An aerial photograph, photographs of and from within the site, the streetscene, proposed access, Lynch Hill Cottage and the TPO trees were also displayed.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

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

 

As set out in Appendix 3 attached to these minutes.

 

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

 

Cllr Salisbury confirmed that Binsted Parish Council supported the application.

 

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

 

He explained that the applicant could deliver the access to allow the EMP1 employment site to be built and provide a high quality pedestrian and cycle access.  Transport, flooding and ecology matters had all been agreed by the relevant consultees and the loss of tress would be mitigated by the planting of replacements on site.  Alton Town Council and Binsted Parish Council had submitted no objections and no letters of objection had been received.  He reiterated that the applicant was keen to deliver this access road and the EMP1 employment site.

 

The Chairman invited Cllr Carter to open the debate as the local councillor.

 

He said that the proposed access avoided a junction onto Montecchio Way and had received no objections from the public, Alton Town Council or Binsted Parish Council.

 

The committee discussed the application and despite being in the countryside, felt that it proposed sufficient mitigation to make it acceptable.  Granting approval would allow the important EMP1 site to be developed.

 

The committee felt that the loss of protected trees would be regrettable and requested that an Arboricultural Method Statement be produced to prevent them from being felled before construction of the road commenced.

 

The committee voted on the officer’s recommendation for outline permission.

 

Following the vote, the proposal was declared CARRIED, 12 Councillors voting FOR outline permission, no Councillors voting AGAINST outline permission and 1 Councillor ABSTAINING from voting.

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 80 KB

102.

SDNP/18/04833/HOUS - 11 The Avenue, Petersfield, GU31 4JQ pdf icon PDF 498 KB

Mr & Mrs Nadim and Andrea Khattar

 

Two and a half storey side extension and single storey rear extension following demolition of side car port.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Two and a half storey side extension and single storey rear extension following demolition of side car port.

 

The Planning Officer introduced the application and displayed site plans and elevations of the existing property, photographs of all aspects, including the relationship with No.13 and elevations, site plans and comparison elevations between the current proposal and the application that had been refused by the committee in August 2018.

 

The officer’s recommendation was for permission.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

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

 

She highlighted that the principle of the scale of the proposal being acceptable had been based upon an application approved in 2013, when policies had been different.  Objectors did not believe that the scale of the 2013 application would be acceptable under current policies and therefore the current proposal of a 95% increase in size was unacceptable.  The proposed extension would also have a negative effect on the amenity to the residents of No.13 with regard to overshadowing.  A key part of Arts and Crafts style was asymmetry, which the design of this proposal lacked.  Therefore, objectors felt that the application should be refused.

 

Cllr Deane spoke on behalf of Petersfield Town Council.

 

As set out in Appendix 4 attached to these minutes.

 

(2)   Mr Khattar spoke as the applicant

 

He had listened to the comments made by the committee about the previous application and had based this revised proposal upon these comments and advice from the Conservation Officer.

 

The committee had not requested any changes to the size, mass and bulk of the previous application, therefore the changes made had been to address the reason for refusal regarding the potential impact on the Dark Sky Reserve and to match the detailing of the extension to the original house in order to satisfy the reason for refusal on design.

 

The committee discussed the application and whilst it appreciated the measures taken by the applicant to address the previous reasons for refusal, it did not feel that the amendments proposed went far enough to satisfy the previous reason for refusal relating to the design being out of keeping. 

 

The committee highlighted specific aspects of the proposal, such as the shape of the proposed new windows, the fact that they would not have sills and the lack of timber detailing on the new gable.

 

The committee voted on the officer’s recommendation for permission.

 

Following the vote, the proposal was declared LOST, 4 Councillors voting FOR permission, 7 Councillors voting AGAINST permission and 2 Councillors ABSTAINING from voting.

 

Cllr Williams proposed the following reasons for refusal:

 

The proposed extension is not sympathetic to the character and appearance of the existing dwelling, the street scene and the Petersfield Conservation Area, by reason of the design being out of keeping with the Arts and Crafts character and detailing of the dwelling and the surrounding area. In addition, the design would not preserve and enhance the historic interest, character and appearance of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 102.