Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 28th April, 2022 6.00 pm

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

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Items
No. Item

82.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors S Hunt, P Langley, S Schillemore and I Thomas.

 

 

                                       

83.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 1023 KB

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 March 2022.

Minutes:

Minutes of the meeting held on 9 March 2022 were agreed and signed as a correct record.

 

 

                                       

84.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed all those present to the Planning Committee, in addition to the Councillors who sit on the committee.

 

 

                                       

85.

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 from members of this meeting.

 

 

                                       

86.

Acceptance of Supplementary Matters pdf icon PDF 24 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.

 

 

                                       

87.

Future Items pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Minutes:

The committee agreed to inspect the following sites, should the applications be referred to the Planning Committee for determination:

 

·       53322/007 – Land North of Bartons Road, Rowlands Castle, Havant

 

·       58038/003 – Proposed Solar Farm and Battery Storage Facility-Area 1, Broadway Lane, Lovedean

 

·       55562/010 – Development Land East of Horndean, Rowlands Castle, Horndean, Waterlooville

 

 

 

 

                                       

88.

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:

 

59143/FUL

 

Land to the rear of 2-4 Willowfield, Watercress Way, Medstead, Alton

 

Construction of 4 dwellings with parking and landscaping (as amended by plans and additional information received on 23/07/2021 and 03/11/2021)

 

Refused subject to the reason as set out in Appendix B.

 

 

 

 

SDNP/22/00643/HOUS

 

138 The Causeway, Petersfield, GU31 4LL

 

Demolition of an existing conservatory structure and building an extension on the same footprint as the removed conservatory.

 

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

 

 

 

89.

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 124 KB

90.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

91.

59143/FUL/MH - Land to the rear of 2-4 Willowfield, Watercress Way, Medstead, Alton pdf icon PDF 922 KB

William Lacey Group

 

Construction of 4 dwellings with parking and landscaping (as amended by plans and additional information received on 23/07/2021 and 03/11/2021)

 

 

                                       

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Full Application – Construction of 4 dwellings with parking and landscaping (as amended by plans and additional information received on 23/07/2021 and 03/11/2021)

 

The Principal Planning Officer initially wished to raise members’ attention to the Supplementary matters, in which he highlighted the revised site location plan, showing the repositioned access point onto Holland Drive. Three additional objections to the proposal had also been submitted. Changes to the recommendation had also been made in respect of revised amendments to the conditions, to deliver the required on and off-site ecological mitigation and to protect biodiversity within the countryside.  

 

An aerial image was shown of the application site, which was formerly garden land. This was introduced as a parcel of land, approximately 0.21 hectares, situated to the east of existing residential properties in Willowfield and to the west off Holland Drive, which depicted a recent development for approval of 80 houses. The land to the north formed an open grass area and to the south, a pocket of woodland existed. A site location plan was also shown of the site in relation to Holland Drive, situated on the eastern boundary.

 

A spatial plan showed the existing Settlement Policy Boundaries (SPB) for Medstead and Four Marks, in relation to the position of the application site. The Officer wished to highlight that the local shops and facilities, which were located along the A31, south west of the site, were approximately 500-600 metres distance from the proposed dwellings.

 

Due to the fact that the proposed application site lay outside of a Settlement Policy Boundary, the Principal Planning Officer showed an image taken from Part 2 of the Local Plan, evidencing the Council’s Housing and Employment and Land Allocations document. Land previously located outside of the SPB, as included in the adopted Local Plan 2006, was highlighted, as well as the approved Friars Oak development of 80 dwellings at Holland Drive. The Officer then explained the Principle of Development and displayed an updated map which showed a change to the boundary line since 2006, which now incorporated Holland Drive. It was noted that the proposed application site was still excluded from the Settlement Policy Boundary area and therefore was designated as countryside. Further SPB distances beyond the proposed parcel of land, showed approximately 40 metres to the south, 100 metres to the north, 130 metres to the east and 210 metres to the west. 

 

The Principal Planning Officer then explained the purposes of a Settlement Policy Boundary in respect of differentiating between built developments and the countryside. He stated that because the proposal was outside of the Settlement Policy Boundary, it was contrary to EHDC Local Plan and Joint Core Strategy Policy CP19 (Development in the Countryside), and also Policy 1 of the Medstead and Four Marks Neighbourhood Plan. He continued that a local authority was allowed to make decisions based upon the merits of permitting an application which outweighed the need for refusal. In this instance, EHDC Planning Team had concluded there were Material Considerations to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 91.

92.

PART 2 - South Downs National Park Authority - 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 124 KB

93.

SECTION 1 - APPLICATIONS REPORTED IN DETAIL

94.

SDNP/22/00643/HOUS - 138 The Causeway, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4LL pdf icon PDF 861 KB

Mr Will Parsons

 

Demolition of an existing conservatory structure and building an extension on the same footprint as the removed conservatory.

 

 

                                       

Minutes:

The Development Management Team Leader explained that the application was being brought forward to Committee as the Applicant was a member of staff at EHDC.

 

The Officer proceeded to introduce the application by showing a plan of the property on Google Earth, situated south-east of The Causeway. The site location plan highlighted the proposed single storey extension, which was proposed to be located to the rear of the semi-detached two storey dwelling.

 

The proposed rear elevation and floor plans were also displayed. The proposed extension would measure 3 metres high and would be sited on the same footprint as the demolished conservatory. The extension would include brick work elevations and a flat roof, with a roof lantern. The proposed side elevation was also displayed, which showed the site of the extension with a flanked wall between the neighbouring property.  Rear elevation photographs of the existing conservatory were then displayed, in relation to the adjacent property, which also had a conservatory. It was proposed that a parapet wall be set in the boundary 0.4 metres from the existing fencing between the neighbouring properties. The wall would be slightly higher than the fencing but considered to be acceptable, as it would not be dissimilar to the current situation.

 

All determining issues had been addressed within the report. The Development Management Team Leader proceeded to outline the main planning issues.

 

In terms of the Principle of Development, the site would fall within the Settlement Policy Boundary of Petersfield. There would be no increase in floorspace, which conformed to Policy SD31 of the South Downs National Park Local Plan.  The design in respect of scale and character to the dwelling was considered appropriate. The impact on the neighbouring amenity was considered acceptable and similar to the current situation. 

 

Condition 5 would be required in respect of Policy SD08 of the South Downs Local Plan, with dark night skies mitigation for the use of the roof lantern and bi-fold doors.

 

It was noted that no objections to this application had been received from any neighbours or Town Council.

 

The Development Management Team Leader concluded his presentation and recommended approval for the reasons stated, as listed within the report.

 

The Chairman thanked the Officer for his presentation and invited the Committee to ask questions of the Officer and to provide any comments.

 

The Development Management Team Leader confirmed that within planning regulations, no minimum distance is required when building in proximity to the

boundary, but everything has to be contained within the owner’s boundary.

 

It was noted by members that an inclusion of Condition 5 in respect of the Dark Night Skies was welcomed.

 

Clarification was sought in relation to the guttering for the flat roof. The Officer confirmed that it would be 0.5 metres higher than the actual building, although there would be no significant difference from the existing situation, as the parapet wall structure would be acceptable for the neighbouring property and maintenance could still be carried out.

 

The Committee voted on the Officer’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 94.