Agenda item

29745/002/FUL/JonH - 155 - 159 Lovedean Lane, Horndean, Waterlooville, PO8 9RW

Capital Homes (Southern) Ltd


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


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


The Principal Planning Officer introduced the application and reminded the committee that this item had been deferred at the 26 October 2017 meeting for clarification of surface water drainage specifications and further assessment of the implications on flood risk and the designation of the site as Flood Zone 1 by the Environment Agency.


The Environment Agency had reiterated that the site should be treated as being in Flood Zone 1 and that their mapping would be updated in February 2018. The main issue was surface water flooding and the applicant had submitted a Drainage Strategy to the satisfaction of the council’s Drainage Consultant. The Drainage Strategy proposed measures that would cater for the 1:100 year +30% climate change event and was based on a Sustainable Urban Drainage System of drainage including connection to the surface water main in Lovedean Lane.


The recommendation was for permission.


Cllr Tickell spoke on behalf of Horndean Parish Council.


Horndean Parish Council had objected to this application and those objections still stood. In particular, the objections had been based on the proposed development conflicting with the Horndean Village Design Statement in relation to the three properties proposed at the rear of the site and the flood risk.


Turning to the flooding issue, this could be dealt with by way of condition, but the point was to ensure that the condition was robust enough to ensure that problems caused by the development had to be resolved by the developer not become ‘one of those things’ which was beyond the scope of the condition. Increased run off had been identified as a problem. She asked the committee to ensure that if permission was granted, there was a robust and enforceable condition that enabled the relevant authority to enforce the resolution of drainage and flooding issues created by the development.


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.


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. 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.


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 the site had been combined to resemble a converted barn and a palette of materials had been formulated to reinforce the semi-rural setting. Drainage, flood risk, highways and ecology issues had all been addressed and settled.


Lovedean Lane had flooded in some areas in the past. The existing situation was the responsibility of the lead local flood authority and the local drainage authority. It was not for the developer to solve existing issues and this proposal would not worsen the situation.


RGP Design had presented a comprehensive Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy which demonstrated that this site was at a low risk of flooding. The Environment Agency and Hampshire County Council concurred with this conclusion. The Drainage Strategy demonstrated that flood risk would not be increased as a result of this development, by including flow attenuation and storage within the site boundary to limit the rate of run-off leaving the site, in accordance with the NPPF.


He felt that officers were right to recognise that his clients proposals accorded with all the relevant provisions of the development plan and he requested that the committee accept their recommendation and grant permission.


The committee discussed the application and thanked officers for pursuing an improved Drainage Strategy. In response to a question it was explained that the built up nature of the locality and the distances involved to the Clanfield Observatory and the South Downs National Park would make a condition regarding dark night skies unreasonable. With regard to failure of the drainage water pump, it was confirmed that a Maintenance Strategy was part of the Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) and a condition required the development to be undertaken in accordance with the FRA.


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


Following the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED, 15 Councillors voting FOR permission, no Councillors voting AGAINST permission and 1 Councillor ABSTAINING from voting.

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