Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 20th February, 2020 6.00 pm

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

Contact: Lisa Papps  Democratic Services Officer - 01730 234073

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors S Schillemore and I Thomas.


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 9 January 2020, circulated under separate cover.


The minutes of the meeting held on 9 January 2020 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.





Chairman's Announcements


The Chairman advised that Cllr K Budden would be sitting in place of

Cllr I Thomas and

Cllr M Johnson for Cllr S Schillemore.


The Chairman welcomed Surinder Atkar, Solicitor who would be the Committee’s legal adviser.


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.


There were no declarations of interest.




Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 9 KB


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.


Future Items pdf icon PDF 12 KB


No site visits were agreed.





Report of the Director of Regeneration and Place


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


Application No., Site and Description





17 Stoneham Close, Petersfield

GU32 3BX


Single storey rear extension


Permission subject to conditions as set out in Appendix A



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


Two storey rear extension


Deferred to allow Members to visit the site.



SDNP/19/05797/HOUS - 17 Stoneham Close, Petersfield, GU32 3BX pdf icon PDF 596 KB

Single storey rear extension


Associated documents -






Single storey rear extension


The Development Management Team Leader introduced the application and advised the application had been submitted by a member of staff. He advised the committee that the footprint of the extension was similar to neighbouring properties and that the principle of development was acceptable and would accord with the purposes of the South Downs National Park.


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


Following the vote, the recommendation was declared CARRIED. 13 Councillors voting FOR approval, no Councillors voting AGAINST approval and no Councillor ABSTAINING from voting.





SDNP/19/05324/HOUS - Chestnut Cottage, Newton Lane, Newton Valence pdf icon PDF 811 KB

Two storey rear extension


Associated documents -





Additional documents:


2 storey rear extension


The Planning Officer introduced the application and drew the committee’s attention to the supplementary matters where there were further consultee comments and an officer clarification from the South Downs National Park Authority. He discussed the principle of development and that the proposed development would exceed the gross internal area (GIA) as set out the SDNP Policy SD 31, which sets a threshold of approximately 30%, to a 47.9% increase. Officers at the SDNP had been consulted accepted the assessment of the policy whereby the dwelling would be retained as a medium size dwelling and the purpose of the Policy was not to have buildings increasing in size to large dwellings.


The committee was addressed by the following deputees:


(1)      Dr Seed spoke on behalf of objectors.


As set out in Appendix 1 to these minutes.


(2)      Cllr Fewings spoke on behalf of Newton Valence Parish Council.


As set out in Appendix 2 to these minutes.


(3)      Mr Porter spoke as the applicant.


Mr Porter informed the Committee that he had worked closely with planning officers on the application and they had been satisfied with the proposal. It was a large plot and adequate however it was in need of refurbishment. It was proposed to be the family home in the future although currently limited to the needs of his family. He family intended to move into the home at a later stage.


He did not believe that the proposed extension would affect the character of the village and said that it was not visible from the road.


He asked the committee to support the application.


The Chairman opened the debate by asking Cllr Louisson the local ward Councillor to speak.


Cllr Louisson addressed the committee. Since the SDNP Plan was adopted in July 2019, this is only the fifth application to be heard on behalf of SDNP by this committee. Two of the preceding four were staff or councillor applications, and one was a variation of condition. The Churcher’s application heard at the last committee pivoted on traffic issues rather than policy. As a result this was probably the first test of the SDNP local plan that we have been involved in, so he believed that it was important that the Committee uphold the policies established in the plan at the first hurdle. There would be no point to ignore the policies that have been established as the result of many years of formulation, consultation, hearings and examinations then what was the point?

Newton Valence was a geographically large village of approximately 1000 ha but with less than 300 occupants. It wa dominated by Newton Valence Farm and its operations. As was typical of many farming villages the core of the village was a tightly knit collection of small cottages, surrounded by a small number of larger properties. Chestnut Cottage was one of the small cottages in the centre of the village and was in close proximity to a number of similar cottages.


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