Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 12th March, 2020 6.00 pm

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

Contact: Lisa Papps  Democratic Services Officer - 01730 234073

Items
No. Item

148.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors F Cowper, S Hunt and E Woodard.

149.

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 20 February 2020, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 February 2020 were agreed and signed as a correct record.

150.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no chairman’s announcements.

151.

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

Item Number

Nature of Interest

Details of Interest

Cllr S Schillemore

22321/016 – Hill View, 27A Southdown Road, Horndean, Waterlooville,

PO8 0ET

 

Prejudicial

The applicant was a family friend.

 

152.

Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 278 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 these minutes.

153.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 5 KB

Minutes:

The committee agreed to visit the following site:

 

·         35839/001 – Change of use of land to provide 12 pitches for travelling showpeople including storage areas, parking area, access, landscaping and an amenity building, Land at Wolf Lane, Chawton, Alton.

154.

Report of the Director of Regeneration and Place

Minutes:

The report of the Head of Planning was considered and it was RESOLVED that:

 

Application No., Site and Description

Resolution:

 

56420/001/FUL

 

Alton Magistrates Court, 25 Normandy Street, Alton, GU34 1DQ

 

Retirement living apartments with communal facilities and car parking following demolition of existing buildings

 

Permission subject to the completion of a Legal Agreement and to the conditions as set out in Appendix A

 

22387/067/FUL

 

Treloar College, Powell Drive, Holybourne, Alton, GU34 4GL

 

Hybrid Application: Full application for new staff accommodation buildings with associated provision for access parking and landscaping. Outline Application: for new 'life skills centre' (scale and access for full consideration) with supporting space for car parking and outside activity space area. (Further highways information submitted on 14/6/19, amended existing block plan and masterplan received 27/6/19, additional ecological information submitted 13/9/19, amended landscape plan received on 4/10/19, amended masterplan received 13/12/19, further drainage information received 4/10/19, 18/11/19, 3/1/20 and 30/1/20, amended master plan and location plans received 4/2/20)

 

Permission subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A

 

22321/016/HSE

 

Hill View, 27A Southdown Road, Horndean, Waterlooville, PO8 0ET

 

Retrospective application for a wall adjacent to a highway, with alterations to include stainless steel railings and gate (as amended by plans received 2 March 2020).

 

Permission subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A

 

58574/FUL

 

21 Columbine Way, Clanfield, Waterlooville, PO8 0WJ

 

Conversion of garage to habitable accommodation

 

Permission subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A

 

49776/004/OUT

 

Land at Lynch Hill, Mill Lane, Alton

 

Outline Application - (Some matters reserved) Development of up to 7ha of employment land (use classes B1a, B1c, B2 and B8) with associated access (submitted for detailed approval) and green infrastructure (additional information received on 10/09/2019 - Updated Ecology Statement).

 

Agreed to the recommendation to amend the Heads of Terms for the Legal Agreement and revise the conditions, as set out in Appendix A.

 

SDNP/19/05324/HOUS

 

Chestnut Cottage, Newton Cottage, Newton Lane, GU34 3RE

 

Two storey rear extension

 

Permission subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A

 

155.

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 276 KB

156.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

157.

56420/001/FUL/SAW - Alton Magistrates Court, 25 Normandy Street, Alton, GU34 1DQ pdf icon PDF 906 KB

 

McCarthy and Stone Retirement Lifestyles LTD

 

 

Retirement living apartments with communal facilities and car parking following demolition of existing buildings.

 

 

                                               

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Retirement living apartments with communal facilities and car parking following demolition of existing buildings

 

The Planning Development Team Leader introduced the application and displayed various images including proposed site layout and elevations.  He drew the committee’s attention to the supplementary matters where there was an update to the wording of Condition 6.

 

The proposal sought full planning permission for the demolition of the buildings occupying the site and their replacement with 43 retirement apartments.

 

In terms of the principle of development, the site was in the settlement policy boundary (SPB) for Alton and was in a good location being in close proximity to the services and facilities in the town centre as advocated in Policy CP12 of the JCS.

 

With regard to affordable housing, the development site was a C3 use and Policy CP13 of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) required provision of affordable housing on site.  However, it was noted that the site was relatively compact and in terms of characteristics, it was hard to sub-divide the site and split the tenure.  Mixed tenure developments were unattractive to registered providers as it was difficult to manage.  The Housing Officer had confirmed that a financial contribution towards off-site affordable housing was most suitable in this instance.

 

The existing car park would remain to provide space for 43 vehicles and there would be provision for electric vehicle charging points.  It has been found that when such facilities are first operational, not all spaces are utilised.  There was also a council car park nearby that was not well used which could provide overspill parking.

 

It was highlighted to the committee that the development would involve the loss of protected trees and the officer advised that in the planning balance with the mitigation tree planting and the lifespan of the trees, then more weight may be attributed to the delivery of the development then retention of the trees.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

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

 

              As set out in Appendix 1 attached to these minutes.

 

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

 

              As set out in Appendix 2 attached to these minutes.

 

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

 

As set out in Appendix 3 attached to these minutes.

 

In response to questions raised during the representations, the Development Management Team Leader said that the application had been supported by an energy strategy and it was possible to add a condition to secure the inclusion of renewable energy measures in the development.

 

National space standards had been detailed on page 25 of the report and officers concluded that the layout gave a reasonable standard of living accommodation and that the Development Plan does not contain any policies detailing space or amenity standards.

 

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

 

Cllr Langley felt it would be a wasted opportunity if the committee did not get this right.  She questioned why  ...  view the full minutes text for item 157.

158.

22387/067/FUL/LGi - Treloar College, Powell Drive, Holybourne, Alton, GU34 4GL pdf icon PDF 865 KB

The Treloar Trust

 

Hybrid Application: Full application for new staff accommodation buildings with associated provision for access parking and landscaping. Outline Application: for new 'life skills centre' (scale and access for full consideration) with supporting space for car parking and outside activity space area. (Further highways information submitted on 14/6/19, amended existing block plan and masterplan received 27/6/19, additional ecological information submitted 13/9/19, amended landscape plan received on 4/10/19, amended masterplan received 13/12/19, further drainage information received 4/10/19, 18/11/19, 3/1/20 and 30/1/20, amended master plan and location plans received 4/2/20)

 

 

 

                                               

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Hybrid Application: Full application for new staff accommodation buildings with associated provision for access parking and landscaping. Outline Application: for new 'life skills centre' (scale and access for full consideration) with supporting space for car parking and outside activity space area. (Further highways information submitted on 14/6/19, amended existing block plan and masterplan received 27/6/19, additional ecological information submitted 13/9/19, amended landscape plan received on 4/10/19, amended masterplan received 13/12/19, further drainage information received 4/10/19, 18/11/19, 3/1/20 and 30/1/20, amended master plan and location plans received 4/2/20)

 

The Senior Planning Officer introduced the application and displayed a variety of photographs of the site along with proposed floorplans and elevations. 

 

Phase 1 would consist of the construction of two single storey staff accommodation buildings.  Phase 2, where outline consent was sought, was for the construction of a new life skills centre for the college.  Only scale and access were for consideration.

 

Concern had been expressed regarding the loss of a playing field, however, the existing field was not considered a playing field but used as an informal recreation space.

 

In terms of the principle of development, the proposed buildings in Phase 2 would be within the settlement policy boundary (SPB) and were therefore considered acceptable.  Phase 1 and one of the proposed car parks in Phase 2 were outside the SPB and in a protected local gap.  However, it was considered that the proposal would enable the college to improve and bring significant social and economic benefits which was supported by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and a number of policies which justified the departure from the Local Plan.

 

With regard to impact upon scale and character of existing building and local area, the proposal would be largely concealed from public view, other than from a public footpath which ran through the site.

 

In terms of highway implications, the County Highway Authority had been consulted and raised no objections subject to a condition.

 

The officer drew the committee’s attention to the supplementary matters which detailed additional information received from EHDC’s Drainage Officer and a further condition in relation to this.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

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

 

        The majority of the proposal was outside the SPB;

        It would cut off an ancient footpath, St Swithun’s Way, and urbanise the area;

        The education use was flawed; staff premises did not count;

        The application would set a precedent and allow residential development all along the Downs;

        The current plans to improve drainage had been devised before this Winter and were already out of date; and

        She asked the committee to not allow this application to build beyond the SPB as there were other places in Alton members of staff could live.

 

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

 

              As set out in Appendix 4 attached to these minutes.

 

(3)          Mr Birch spoke on behalf of the applicant.

 

              As set out in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 158.

159.

22321/016/HSE/SR - Hill View, 27A Southdown Road, Horndean, Waterlooville, PO8 0ET pdf icon PDF 490 KB

Mr Denton

 

Retrospective application for a wall adjacent to a highway, with alterations to include stainless steel railings and gate (as amended by plans received 2 March 2020).

 

                                               

Minutes:

Retrospective application for a wall adjacent to a highway, with alterations to include stainless steel railings and gate (as amended by plans received 2 March 2020)

 

The Planning Officer introduced the report and said that the previous application been refused by the Planning Committee and dismissed at appeal.

 

The walls had now been reduced to 1m which no longer required planning permission.  The wooden gates refused as part of the previous application currently remained in place.

 

This application sought the provision of gates in place of the solid wooden gate, and 0.9m high railings on top of the walls with landscaping behind.

 

In response to a question raised as to whether the white walls would be changed to a darker colour, the officer said that the paint would be more muted and would not be as stark.

 

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

 

Following the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED, 11 Councillors voting FOR permission, no Councillors voting AGAINST permission and no Councillors ABSTAINING from voting.

 

Cllr Schillemore returned to the room.

160.

58574/FUL/ACa - 21 Columbine Way, Clanfield, Waterlooville, PO8 0WJ pdf icon PDF 482 KB

Mr & Mrs Hatter

 

Conversion of garage to habitable accommodation.

 

 

                                               

Minutes:

Conversion of garage to habitable accommodation.

 

The Planning Officer introduced the application and said that the proposal was for the conversion of the integral garage into living accommodation.  The existing garage doors would be replaced with windows.

 

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

 

Following the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED, 12 Councillors voting FOR permission, no Councillors voting AGAINST permission and no Councillors ABSTAINING from voting.

161.

SECTION 2 - OTHER MATTERS

162.

49776/004/OUT/MH - Land at Lynch Hill, Mill Lane, Alton pdf icon PDF 757 KB

Tanvale Holdings Ltd

 

Outline Application  - (Some matters reserved) Development of up to 7ha of employment land (use classes B1a, B1c, B2 and B8) with associated access (submitted for detailed approval) and green infrastructure (additional information received on 10/09/2019 - Updated Ecology Statement).

Minutes:

Outline Application – (Some matters reserved) Development of up to 7ha of employment land (use classes B1a, B1c, B2 and B8) with associated access (submitted for detailed approval) and green infrastructure.

 

The Planning Development Manager introduced the application.  The application sought a requirement to amend the original resolution that as part of the S106 agreement, it would secure ‘Site access, including vehicular, pedestrian and cycle, to be approved and implemented prior to 1st use and/or occupation.’

 

The Planning Development Manager drew the committee’s attention to the supplementary matters where it was proposed that there be a change to previous resolution to remove head of term and bring it into two conditions, 25 and 26.

 

In response to a question raised as to if the condition was not fulfilled, would it be waived, the Planning Development Manager confirmed that it was a different way of securing what would be provided on the site.  The conditions were enforceable and it they were not complied with, a breach of condition notice could be served.

 

Following the vote, the recommendation to approve the revised resolution was CARRIED, 12 Councillors voting FOR permission, no Councillors voting AGAINST permission and no Councillors ABSTAINING from voting.

163.

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 pdf icon PDF 131 KB

164.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

165.

SDNP/19/05324/HOUS - Chestnut Cottage, Newton Lane, Newton Valence pdf icon PDF 760 KB

Mr R Porter

 

Two storey rear extension.

Minutes:

Two storey rear extension

 

The Planning Officer introduced the application and advised it had been referred back to the Planning Committee following its deferral from the meeting on 20 February 2020 for clarification from the South Downs National Park Authority on the interpretation of Policy SD31.

 

Having consulted with Lucy Howard, SDNPA Planning Policy Manager, although the extension would be 47.9%, she advised that the extended house would remain a medium size three-bedroom home.  The principle of development was acceptable as it would accord with the purpose of Policy SD31 and a departure from the floorspace restrictions of this policy was justified in this instance.

 

Clarity was sought as to what constitutes a medium sized home, as it was not defined in policy SD31.  The Development Management Team Leader said that a small dwelling had clearly been defined in the policy as that with a floorspace of 120 m2 or below.  A large dwelling had also been defined in paragraph 7.21 as that with 4 or more bedrooms and, therefore by implication, anything below a four-bedroom property and within a floorspace above 120 m2 was classed as medium.

 

It was requested that feedback be given to the SDNPA to improve clarity of the definition of what constitutes a medium sized home.

 

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

 

Following the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED, 11 Councillors voting FOR permission, 1 Councillor voting AGAINST permission and no Councillors ABSTAINING from voting.