Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 22nd April, 2021 6.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

64.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

65.

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 1 April 2021, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting had not been circulated and would be confirmed at the next meeting of the Planning Committee.

66.

Confirmation of Attendance

Minutes:

Councillors present verbally confirmed their attendance.

67.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

68.

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 meeting when the committee discusses and votes on the matter.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

69.

Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 439 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillors present confirmed that they had received and read the Supplementary Matters papers which included information received since the agenda had been published.  These were reported verbally at the meeting and are attached as Annex A.

70.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Minutes:

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

 

·         21560/023 – Alton Convent School, Anstey Lane, Alton, GU34 2NG; and

·         27202/038 – Applegarth Farm, Headley Road, Grayshott, Hindhead, GU26 6JL.

71.

Report of the Director of Regeneration and Place

Minutes:

The report of the Director of Regeneration and Place was considered and it was RESOLVED that:

 

Application No., Site and Description

Resolution:

 

SDNP/20/04264/FUL

 

Land adjacent to Goleigh Manor, Noar Hill Common Road, Hawkley

 

Change of use from grazing of horses to equestrian and the change of use of two of the existing larger mobile field shelters to permanent stabling with associated works.

 

Permission subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A.

SDNP/20/04927/FUL

 

Land North of Hurst Farm Bungalows, Hurst Lane, Privett, Alton, GU34 3PJ

 

Change of use from grazing of horses to equestrian and the change of use of two of the existing larger mobile field shelters to permanent stabling with associated works. (Further information received 3/2/21 and 4/2/21. Design and access statement available to view. An amended location plan received on 6/4/21)

Refused for the reasons set out in Appendix B.

 

72.

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 36 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the application and displayed various images including an aerial photograph of the site, existing and proposed site plan

 

 

                                       

73.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

74.

SDNP/20/04264/FUL - Land adjacent to Goleigh Manor, Noar Hill Common Road, Hawkley pdf icon PDF 694 KB

Mrs Nicola Baillie

 

Two stables and open fronted hay shed enclosed by post and rail fencing, small area of hardstanding to park one car.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Two stables and open fronted hay shed enclosed by post and rail fencing, small area of hardstanding to park one car.

 

The Planning Officer introduced the application and drew the committee’s attention to the supplementary matters where there had been a small correction to the plan reference numbers and an amendment to Condition 7.

 

The officer outlined the main issues.  In terms of the principle of development, the site had lawful use for private equestrian purposes.

 

In terms of the impact upon the scale and character of the site and local area, development had been judged to be acceptable in terms of its impact and would be screened from the highway by a hedge.  The building was of a relatively modest size and materials used would be controlled by condition.

 

With regard to impact on amenity of neighbouring properties, it was considered that there was sufficient distance and screening to avoid a negative impact on their amenities.

 

The entrance to the field would be retained and parking would be available on the area of hardstanding.

 

The Conservation Officer was happy that there would be no unacceptable impact to the scale and historical and architectural merits of the setting of the listed building and for that reason, it was judged to have an acceptable impact on the South Downs National Park (SDNP).

 

Each member of the committee confirmed to have received and read the written deputations circulated prior to the meeting, which had also been published on the council’s website.  These submissions had been received from:

 

(1)  Ms Wyman, on behalf of objectors.

 

As set out in Appendix 1 attached to these minutes.

 

(2)  Colemore and Priors Dean Parish Meeting.

 

As set out in Appendix 2 attached to these minutes.

 

(3)  Mrs and Miss Baillie, the applicant.

 

As set out in Appendix 3 attached to these minutes.

 

The Chairman invited councillors to ask questions of officers.

 

In response to a question raised as to what private equestrian use was, the Planning Officer said that the site could not be used for commercial purposes, it was purely for private leisure equestrian purposes and the site could not be rented for commercial gain.

 

It was noted that the report said that the building was 3.6m in depth however, by interpreting the drawings, if you included the overhang, it would be 4.8m in depth.  The officer confirmed that the ground elevation was 3.6m.

 

It was asked if it was possible to put a restriction on the maximum number of horses on the site.  In reply, the Development and Building Control Manager said that permission had already been granted for equestrian use on this land without the number of horses being restricted on site.  The committee were being asked to consider the stabling for those horses.  The officer questioned whether now restricting the number of horses on the land would be appropriate and meet the six tests when conditions were imposed.  She felt it would not be reasonable to impose such a condition.

 

The committee  ...  view the full minutes text for item 74.

75.

SDNP/20/04927/FUL - Land North Of Hurst Farm Bungalows, Hurst Lane, Privett, Alton, GU34 3PJ pdf icon PDF 890 KB

Ms Jane Soul

 

Change of use from grazing of horses to equestrian and the change of use of two of the existing larger mobile field shelters to permanent stabling with associated works. (Further information received 3/2/21 and 4/2/21. Design and access statement available to view. An amended location plan received on 6/4/21)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Change of use from grazing of horses to equestrian and the change of use of two of the existing larger mobile field shelters to permanent stabling with associated works. (Further information received 3/2/21 and 4/2/21. Design and access statement available to view. An amended location plan received on 6/4/21)

 

The Senior Planning Officer introduced the application and said that it had been brought before the committee at the request of the local ward member.  She asked the committee to note the supplementary paper which included a correction to the list of plans, Tree Officer comments, a further representation received and a further informative.  In addition, the officer had received a further representation from Froxfield and Privett Landscape Conservation Group in response to the supplementary paper however, there was no change to the officer’s report or recommendation.

 

The current field shelters on the site subject of this application were additional structures that had been brought on site around 2015.  EHDC’s Enforcement Team confirmed that officers visited the site numerous times since their construction and considered them mobile.  There had been disputes however, at some point between 2018 and 2020, EHDC’s Enforcement Team found that due to the alterations and extensions to the buildings, they were no longer mobile and the land was being used as equestrian.  Therefore, planning permission was required.

 

The Senior Planning Officer provided a brief history of the application and said that whilst this provided background, it was important to note that the current structures on site were not mobile and this application was for the retention of the permanent buildings on site and the change of use of the land to equestrian.

 

The officer outlined the main issues.  In terms of the principle of development, the application site was situated outside of any settlement policy boundary (SPB) in the countryside.  Policy SD25 of the South Downs National Park (SDNP) Plan stated that exceptionally, development would be permitted outside of SPBs if there was an essential need for a countryside location.  Supporting text of the document stated that exceptional circumstances could include uses of land relating to countryside recreation which may only be able to function successfully in rural locations.  Policy SD24 related to equestrian uses which was supported subject to a number of criteria.  The proposal would change the use of the land from horse grazing to equestrian and was for the retention of permanent stables.  Equestrian use was a rural land-based use which was appropriate to a countryside location, therefore, the principle of development was considered acceptable.

 

With regard to impact on the character of the local area, the site was largely concealed from public view by mature trees and vegetation on all boundaries.  The proposed permanent stables located close to the existing access, were of an appropriate design and style to comply with Policy SD24 and would not cause harm to the landscape or character of the area.  Concern had been raised by the Landscape Officer regarding the potential intensification of activity on the site  ...  view the full minutes text for item 75.