Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 26th August, 2021 6.00 pm

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

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Items
No. Item

29.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors A Glass, P Langley and J Matthews.

 

                                       

30.

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 Extraordinary meeting held on 9 June 2021 and the meeting held on 5 August 2021, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

Minutes of the Extraordinary meeting held on 9 June 2021 and the meeting held on 5 August 2021 were agreed and both signed as a correct record.

 

 

                                       

31.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed all those present to the Planning Committee. In addition to the Councillors who sit on the committee, she also welcomed the officers and members of public who were in attendance.

 

 

                                       

32.

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:

A declaration of interest was declared by Cllr A Williams, as he owned the site, the subject of application 27580/007 (Minute 39).

 

 

                                       

33.

Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 141 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.

 

 

                                       

34.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Minutes:

Members agreed that no visits were required.

 

 

                                       

35.

Report of the Director of Regeneration and Place

Minutes:

The reports of the Director of Regeneration and Place were considered, and it was RESOLVED that:

 

Application No., Site and Description

Resolution:

 

 

57035/FUL

 

Land at Montecchio Way and, Mill Lane, Alton

 

Development of a 4,327 sqm retail unit with associated, car parking, landscaping and infrastructure (as amended by plans and additional information received on 27/01/2020, 03/02/2020, 21/02/2020, 31/03/2020, 03/04/2020, 28/04/2020, 21/07/2020,  12/08/2020, 09/12/2020, 10/12/2020, 28/01/2021 and 09/02/2021).

 

Permission subject to the proviso and conditions as set out in Appendix A

 

27580/007/TPO

 

Little Benifold, Headley Hill Road, Headley, Bordon, GU35 8DU

 

T8 - Western Red Cedar - Fell.

T9 - Sweet Chestnut - Reduce crown, leaving a crown height of approx 13m and crown spread radius of 4 metres.

T10 - Sweet Chestnut - Remove deadwood and badly attached branches to give 5 metres clearance over the highway and 2 metres clearance from adjacent power and telephone cables.

T11 - Sweet Chestnut - Remove deadwood and badly attached branches to give 5 metres clearance over the highway and 2 metres clearance from adjacent power and telephone cables.

T12 - Sweet Chestnut - Remove deadwood and badly attached branches to give 5 metres clearance over the highway and 2 metres clearance from adjacent power and telephone cables.

T13 - Silver Birch - Fell.

Consent subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix A

 

 

 

 

 

                                       

36.

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 214 KB

37.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

38.

57035 - Land at Montecchio Way and Mill Lane, Alton pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Hargreaves Properties Ltd

 

Development of a 4,327 sqm retail unit with associated, car parking, landscaping and infrastructure (as amended by plans and additional information received on 27/01/2020, 03/02/2020, 21/02/2020, 31/03/2020, 03/04/2020, 28/04/2020, 21/07/2020,  12/08/2020, 09/12/2020, 10/12/2020, 28/01/2021 and 09/02/2021).

 

 

                                               

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Outline of Application – Development of a 4,327 square metre retail building with associated car parking, landscaping and infrastructure which would be located at the north-eastern end of Alton, at the junction of Montecchio Way and Mill Lane. Montecchio Way links directly to the A31 Alton bypass and, to the rear (north-west), the Alton-Waterloo railway line with the opposite side of Mill Lane to the east. The site proposal would be located 1.3 kilometres from Alton town centre.  

 

The Committee considered a presentation, written report and recommendation from the Head of Planning to grant permission.

 

The Committee considered an officer’s presentation and a written report, which recommended that permission be granted.

 

The Committee received supplementary information, circulated prior to the meeting which updated the Committee on the parking requirements for the proposal and set out amendments to the recommendation.

 

A letter received from Holybourne Village Association, which requested that a footpath to Holybourne should be considered in the interests of pedestrian safety, was read to the Committee. The Officers advised this matter was addressed in the report and it was shown that it was not a viable option.

The Committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

(1)        Cllr Paul Crossley, on behalf of Alton Town Council, raised the following concerns:

 

·                     A new pedestrian and cycle access, at the northern side towards Holybourne should be implemented.

·                     The preferred location of the pedestrian crossing would be near the local school.

·                     The lack of sufficient parking in the area would worsen, with the risk of additional visitors parking along Mill Lane.

·                     In respect of the national requirement for climate change, the application for the development contained a lack of renewable energy.

 

(2)        Mr Simon Hawley, the applicant’s agent, supported the application on the following grounds:

 

·                     The Brownfield site had been previously purchased and planning permission had already been granted for retail use, although the land had been subsequently sold to the current applicant.

·                     The applicant had worked closely with planning officers over recent years. They wished to help promote and create increased employment in this area.

·                     The concerns expressed by Alton Town Council had been noted and mostly addressed, as detailed within the Committee Report.

·                     The matter of the proposed parking provision was deemed to be acceptable in relation to the Council’s SPD.

·                     There were many other significant benefits associated with this scheme, which included the use of 10% of the development’s power being used through renewable energy. Available funding of Community Infrastructure Levy (CiL), would be available in excess of half a million pounds, which could be used for any infrastructure improvements to benefit the local community. Additionally, the S106 contribution could be used towards funding any highways improvements, such as the existing cycle and footpath. 

 

(3)        Cllr Burns, the local ward councillor, advised that development of this site was welcomed. However, she expressed concerns set out in the Appendix 1 attached to these minutes.

 

In response to points raised during the representations, the Officers advised that:

 

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39.

27580/007 - Little Benifold, Headley Hill Road, Headley, Bordon pdf icon PDF 577 KB

Cllr Anthony Williams

 

T8 - Western Red Cedar - Fell.

T9 - Sweet Chestnut - Reduce crown, leaving a crown height of approx 13m and crown spread radius of 4 metres.

T10 - Sweet Chestnut - Remove deadwood and badly attached branches to give 5 metres clearance over the highway and 2 metres clearance from adjacent power and telephone cables.

T11 - Sweet Chestnut - Remove deadwood and badly attached branches to give 5 metres clearance over the highway and 2 metres clearance from adjacent power and telephone cables.

T12 - Sweet Chestnut - Remove deadwood and badly attached branches to give 5 metres clearance over the highway and 2 metres clearance from adjacent power and telephone cables.

T13 - Silver Birch - Fell.

 

                                       

Minutes:

Cllr Williams left the room prior to the item. He had previously declared a personal and pecuniary interest, as he owned the land.

 

The application sought consent to fell the Birch in order to allow an adjacent Yew tree to develop, to fell the Western Red Cedar because decay at the base made it a potential hazard to the adjacent property and to prune the remaining Sweet Chestnuts in order to maintain them in a safe condition and give adequate clearance over the adjacent highway. 

 

The Committee considered an officer’s presentation and a written report, which recommended that permission be granted.

 

The Committee received supplementary information, circulated prior to the meeting which clarified information in respect of tree T8 (Western Red Cedar). He also confirmed that the application had been dealt with in accordance with the Council’s Constitution and procedures.

 

In respect of the proposal to fell two trees, concern was expressed that there was no plan to plant additional trees, with regards to Climate Emergency. The Offcers confirmed that the arboricultural officer had not made any recommendations to replace any additional trees due to the numerous existing trees already located at the site and that the removal would allow for better development of the other adjacent trees.

 

Members explored the idea of imposing a condition to allow for additional trees to be planted in alternative locations, but upon legal advice it was decided this was not appropriate, as the amenity would not be adversely affected.

 

It was RESOLVED that application 27580/007 be granted consent subject to the conditions set out in the submitted report.

 

Following the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED, 10 Councillors voting FOR permission, no Councillors voting AGAINST permission and no Councillor ABSTAINING from voting.