Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 14th November, 2019 6.00 pm

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

Contact: Cynthia Haveron  Democratic Services Officer - 01730 234092

Items
No. Item

105.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors F Cowper and A Williams.

106.

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 24 October 2019, circulated under separate cover.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 24 October 2019 were agreed and signed as a correct record.

107.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman reminded the committee the next meeting would take place on Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 6.00pm in Liphook Millennium Hall.

108.

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.

109.

Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Minutes:

Councillors noted the supplementary papers published 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.

110.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Minutes:

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

 

·         2632/012 Janda, The Drove, Lower Wield, Alresford, SO24 9RX; and

·         Alton Magistrates Court.

111.

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:

 

52747/015/VOC

 

Hill Top Stables, Devils Lane, Liphook

 

Variation of condition 3 of 52747/012 to allow an increase number of families from 2 to 5, variation of condition 4 to allow an increase of caravans from 6 to 10 and variation of condition 10 to allow substitution of approved site layout with a new layout plan (amended site layout plan received 10/6/2019)

 

 

Permission subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix A.

 

29294/006/FUL

 

Woodside, Hewshott Lane, Liphook, GU30 7SS

 

Subdivision of existing single dwelling to create two dwellings, conversion of outbuilding to create one dwelling with associated gardens and parking area.

 

 

Permission subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix A.

 

112.

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 182 KB

113.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

114.

52747/015/VOC/NP - Hill Top Stables, Devils Lane, Liphook pdf icon PDF 932 KB

Mr Doran

 

Variation of condition 3 of 52747/012 to allow an increase number of families from 2 to 5, variation of condition 4 to allow an increase of caravans from 6 to 10 and variation of condition 10 to allow substitution of approved site layout with a new layout plan (amended site layout plan received 10/6/2019)

 

Associated documents - https://tinyurl.com/yapqvnaz

 

 

                                               

Minutes:

Variation of condition 3 of 52747/012 to allow an increase number of families from 2 to 5, variation of condition 4 to allow an increase of caravans from 6 to 10 and variation of condition 10 to allow substitution of approved site layout with a new layout plan (amended site layout plan received 10/6/2019)

 

The Principal Planning Officer introduced the application and said that the application was for an extension to an existing pitch. It was partly retrospective as hard surfacing had already been laid.

 

Planning considerations to take into account when determining this application were the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which gave a presumption in favour of sustainable development and the Planning Policy for Traveller Sites.  This was a document that required councils to set targets in development plans which addressed the likely need and maintain a five-year supply of deliverable land for traveller pitches.  Policy CP15 of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) specifically referred to Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Show people and Policy CP19 of the JCS related to Development in the Countryside.  The latest assessment of East Hampshire’s five-year supply of deliverable land showed that there was a 6.7 year supply in September 2019.  It was highlighted that this was not a ceiling target and the key determining factor was whether a site was suitable.

 

The officer explained that the land owned was capable of accommodating more pitches and was fairly well screened with more screening proposed to the East of the site.

 

She drew the committee’s attention to the supplementary matters which included two additional conditions relating to hardcore that had been left at the rear of the site.  The local authority had no definite knowledge of where it had come from and it was separate from the consideration of the principle of development.  If the application was granted, the applicant was proposing to deal with this at the same time they would undertake the necessary foul drainage works.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

(1)  Mrs Taylor spoke on behalf of objectors.

 

·         The application had received 32 objections;

·         A similar application on an adjacent plot had recently been rejected at Appeal and therefore provided a precedent and grounds as to why this application should be refused;

·         The site had been sold profitably;

·         The new owner had a business renting caravans, it would therefore not meet a real need; and

·         It would add traffic to an unsuitable lane and result in high levels of traffic at unsocial hours.

 

(2)   Cllr Mouland spoke as the local ward councillor.

 

·         The Parish Council were vehemently opposed to the application and felt that the increase in traffic would be inappropriate;

·         In the beginning, it had been agreed the site would be occupied by one family and now it was up to five families;

·         Devils Lane was narrow, two cars could not pass each other;

·         Access to the site was unacceptable;

·         The rubble had been brought in from another site;

·         The previous Inspector had been right regarding  ...  view the full minutes text for item 114.

115.

29294/006/FUL/KP - Woodside, Hewshott Lane, Liphook, GU30 7SS pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Mr & Mrs A Duncan

 

Subdivision of existing single dwelling to create two dwellings, conversion of outbuilding to create one dwelling with associated gardens and parking area.

 

Associated documents - https://tinyurl.com/yapqvnaz

 

 

                                               

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Subdivision of existing single dwelling to create two dwellings, conversion of outbuilding to create one dwelling with associated gardens and parking area.

 

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

 

The site was located outside the Settlement Policy Boundary (SPB) and the proposal sought the sub-division of the existing dwelling and the conversion of the outbuilding creating a total of three units on the site.  The only external change to the main dwelling would be infilling.  The principal external change to the outbuilding would be bi-fold doors replacing the garage door.

 

The site lay within 400m of the Wealden Heaths Special Protection Area and would usually be contrary to Policy CP22.  However, Natural England had accepted that the A3 would act as a barrier.

 

Officers concluded that the proposal would not result in significant harm to the character of the area or have an unacceptable impact on the amenities of neighbouring properties.  The existing access to the site would remain unchanged and was considered adequate.  However, the principle of development would represent a departure from the Local Plan.  It had not been demonstrated that there was an exceptional need for a countryside location such as that necessary for forestry or farming or other rural enterprises and the applicant had not explored a suitable long-term reuse of the buildings for either an employment or community use.  It was in an unsustainable location, outside the SPB and not close to services in Liphook.  It would be a 50-minute round trip to walk into the centre of Liphook.

 

The committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

(1)  Mrs Long spoke as the agent.


As set out in Appendix 1 attached to these minutes.

 

(2)  Cllr Mouland spoke as the local ward councillor.

 

·         The committee had heard the proposal would result in no harm to the area or adjacent properties;

·         No objections had been received, not even from Natural England;

·         It would make a small contribution towards housing numbers in the area; and

·         He supported the application.

 

In response to points raised, the Planning Development Manager said that Policy CP19 was a general policy that restricted development in the countryside.  Saved Policy H7 allowed for large properties to be sub-divided.  The site was situated at the end of Hewshott Lane which was a sunken lane in which they would not encourage people to walk for safety reasons.

 

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

 

She had found the site visit very useful to appreciate the full extent of the property.  The site was beyond the SPB and officers had very clearly explained the limitations of what could be done.  Additional traffic would add to the strain on the lane but it had been used by lorries etc.  Whilst the proposal appeared to be acceptable, the committee had to be mindful of the policies of the planning authority.  She  ...  view the full minutes text for item 115.