Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Joint Planning Committee
Wednesday, 26th June, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming

Contact: Amy McNulty  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chairman

To confirm the appointment of Cllr Richard Cole as Chairman of the Joint Planning Committee for the Council year 2019/20.

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Cole was confirmed as Chairman of the Joint Planning Committee for the Council year 2019/20.

2.

Appointment of Vice-Chairman

To confirm the appointment of Cllr David Beaman as Vice-Chairman of the Joint Planning Committee for the Council year 2019/20.

 

Minutes:

Cllr David Beaman was confirmed as Vice Chairman of the Joint Planning Committee for the Council year 2019/20.

3.

MINUTES

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 23 April 2019 (to be laid on the table half an hour before the meeting).

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 23 April 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed.

4.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND DECLARATIONS OF SUBSTITUTES

To receive apologies for absence.

 

Where a Member of the Committee is unable to attend a meeting, a substitute Member from the same Area Planning Committee may attend, speak and vote in their place for that meeting.

 

Members are advised that in order for a substitute to be arranged, a Member must give four clear working days notice of their apologies. For this meeting, the latest date apologies can be given for a substitute to be arranged is Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs David Else and Penny Rivers.

 

Cllrs Jan Floyd-Douglass and Paul Rivers attended as substitutes.

5.

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

To receive from Members declarations of interests in relation to any items included on the Agenda for this meeting in accordance with the Waverley Code of Local Government Conduct.

Minutes:

Cllr Steve Cosser declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item A1, Charterhouse.  As a Godalming Town Councillor and Waverley Borough Councillor  for Charterhouse ward he had been involved in a number of discussions about this application with both the applicant and their representatives as well as with local residents opposed to the application. He had also discussed the application with the planning case officer on two occasions.

 

Additionally, he was involved in a meeting of Godalming Town Council on 19 June 2019 at which this application was discussed. At that meeting he offered some preliminary thoughts on the application but made clear that he was undecided on the application and would listen carefully to views expressed at the Town Council and subsequently at the Joint Planning Committee by other Councillors before reaching a view. He abstained on the resolution passed by the Town Council.

 

Cllr Paul Follows declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item A1, Charterhouse. He explained that he was a member and Leader of Godalming Town Council, a body that has now objected in writing to the application. He was involved in the meeting of the Policy and Management Committee of Godalming Town Council which considered this application, in the chair. He abstained when called to vote and offered no opinion on the application during the discussion.

 

He had also met with the applicant, residents and the local County Councillor regarding the application.

 

Cllr Paul Follows also declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item A2, Woodside Park as he lived on Catteshall Lane, in fairly close proximity to the application site.

 

Cllr Paul Rivers declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item A1, Charterhouse, as he had attended the Godalming Town Council meeting regarding this application and had been in favour of the application at that time. He now came to this meeting with an open mind.

 

Cllr Val Henry declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item A3 as she was a member of Ewhurst Parish Council.

6.

QUESTIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

The Chairman to respond to any questions received from members of the public of which notice has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 10.

 

The deadline for receipt of questions is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Minutes:

In accordance with Procedure Rule 10, the following question had been received from Mr House of Milford.

 

“Please could you provide the following confirmation:

 

That in accordance with the direction given to the Joint Planning Committee by the then Head of Planning, Elizabeth Sims, at the meeting of the Committee on 20 February 2019  when outline planning permission was given for up to 200 homes on the site at Milford Golf Course (WA/2018/1815) there is no predetermined limit on the number of homes to which the Joint Planning Committee can restrict detailed planning permission at the Reserved Matters hearing and that, as councillor Stephen Mulliner asked at the 20 February 2019 meeting, the Joint Planning Committee have full discretion to reduce the number at that hearing.”

 

The Chairman responded as follows.

 

“As part of the Reserved Matters application the applicant will specify the number of residential units that the site can contain in response to its outline consent taking into account physical, amenity and visual constraints. Officers will critically review the submission against the outline consent, its material matters and the Development Plan. This number could be up to 200 but equally it could be less.  These matters will be considered when the Local Planning Authority has a valid reserved matters application and officers have considered its merits or otherwise having undertaken a technical appraisal and consulted with statutory, non-statutory and local consultees. Officers will then make recommendations to Members of the Joint Planning Committee for their consideration.”

7.

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS

The Chairman to respond to any questions received from Members in accordance with Procedure Rule 11.

 

The deadline for receipt of questions is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Minutes:

There were no questions from Members.

8.

A1. APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION - WA/2019/0067 - Land south of Daviesites, Charterhouse, Queens Drive, Godalming pdf icon PDF 711 KB

Proposal

 

Erection of 2 buildings comprising over 4,000 sq.m of floor space up to 4 storeys in height to provide student accommodation with associated landscaping and associated works together with a car park of 77 spaces at  Land South Of Daviesites, Charterhouse, Queens Drive  Godalming.

 

Recommendation

 

That, subject to consultation with the Secretary of State, conditions 1 – 21 and informatives 1 – 6, permission be GRANTED.

Decision:

RESOLVED to GRANT planning permission, subject to consultation with the Secretary of State, and conditions 1 -21 and Informatives 1 – 6 as set out in the agenda report.

Minutes:

Proposal

 

Erection of 2 buildings comprising over 4,000 sq.m of floor space up to 4 storeys in height to provide student accommodation with associated landscaping and associated works together with a car park of 77 spaces.

 

With reference to the report circulated with the agenda, Officers presented a summary of the planning context for making a decision on the application, and then outlined the proposed development including site plans and the layout. Officers outlined the determining issues and those matters of a more subjective nature.

 

Since the report had been published, a representation had been received from Godalming Town Council objecting on the basis of encroachment into the Green Belt where exceptionally special circumstances had not been met. Two further representations had been received from members of the public which commented on the masterplan which had been published by the applicant on their website, outlining their long term aims for works within the site.

 

Additionally, officers provided some clarification in relation to the planning history on the site. While the school site had previously been considered for de-designation as Green Belt, the Council and Inspector in relation to Local Plan Part 1, had concluded that the land should remain as Green Belt. The previous assessment had been for consideration of a blanket lifting of the Green Belt designation over a large area of land. The current application, however, details an individual, specific proposal with clearly discernible impacts which would leave the majority of the Green Belt within the school site as undeveloped. The previous decision in relation to the Green Belt review, therefore did not prejudice the current application.

 

Public Speaking

 

In accordance with the Council’s arrangements for public participation at meetings, the following made representations in respect of the application, which were duly considered:

 

David Sanders – Objector

David Armitage – Supporter

 

Cllr Steve Williams had registered to speak on the application as the local Ward Member. He expressed concern that the application was for two very large buildings on Green Belt land, where he felt that there were no very special circumstances. Particularly, he felt that the Committee should not give significant weight to the educational reasons put forward by the applicant as the school did not significantly benefit the local community.

 

Debate

 

The Committee considered the application and sought clarification on a number of points. Several Councillors asked for more information about how the very special circumstances to justify harm to the Green Belt were assessed. Cllr Cosser was surprised to note that officers had generally attributed little weight to each of the arguments put forward by the applicant, but overall had concluded that their cumulative effect was sufficient. Cllr Follows also sought to understand how the aggregate benefit of each of the reasons had been assessed.

 

Officers responded that ultimately it was a subjective exercise, and ‘some’ weight had been given to various factors, including the educational benefit of the proposal. While the proposal did constitute development in the Green Belt, this had not been assessed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

A2. APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION - WA/2018/1675 - Woodside Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Proposal

 

Reserved matters application pursuant to outline consent granted under WA/2016/1418 for the erection of 100 dwellings (including 17 affordable units) together with the erection of a building to provide a community use (Use Class D1) at ground floor level with office (Use Class B1) above together with associated works. In conjunction with application WA/2018/1336 to vary the conditions of the outline consent and application WA/2018/1614 for a new access to the site (as amended by plans received 09/01/2019).

 

Recommendations

 

Recommendation A:

That, subject to conditions 1 - 10, informatives 1 - 4 and the prior completion of a legal agreement to secure changes to the outline consent and affordable housing previously approved, permission be GRANTED.

 

Recommendation B:

That should the necessary legal agreement not be completed within 6 months of the date of the meeting, officers are delegated authority to refuse permission.

 

 

Decision:

RESOLVED to DEFER determination of the application to enable the applicant to submit revised designs and parking layout.

 

 

Minutes:

Proposal

 

Reserved matters application pursuant to outline consent granted under WA/2016/1418 for the erection of 100 dwellings (including 17 affordable units) together with the erection of a building to provide a community use (Use Class D1) at ground floor level with office (Use Class B1) above together with associated works. In conjunction with application WA/2018/1336 to vary the conditions of the outline consent and application WA/2018/1614 for a new access to the site (as amended by plans received 09/01/2019).

 

With reference to the report circulated with the agenda, Officers presented a summary of the planning context for making a decision on the application, and then outlined the proposed development including site plans and the layout. Officers outlined the determining issues and those matters of a more subjective nature.

 

Officers provided the Committee with further details of the legal agreement that would be required should the Committee resolve to grant permission. A Deed of Variation would be required to secure changes to the affordable housing mix that was previously secured and also a legal agreement to secure the provision of a LEAP pursuant to a parallel planning application. Additionally, the applicant’s viability assessment had been professionally reviewed and found to be satisfactory.

 

Public speaking

 

In accordance with the Council’s arrangements for public participation at meetings, the following made representations in respect of the application, which were duly considered:

 

Edward Fenner – Objector

Ruth Beard – Agent

 

Debate

 

The Committee considered the application and raised a number of queries relating to the design and layout of the site. The Chairman, Cllr Cole, sought clarification as to whether the lake to the rear of the site would remain available for members of the public to access. Officers confirmed that access to the lake would be maintained, and this was secured as part of the legal agreement.

 

Cllr Follows was disappointed to note that the layout had changed so significantly from the indicative plans that had been provided at outline stage. He also raised concerns about the viability assessment, however Patrick Arthurs, Deputy Development Manager, responded that there was specific methodology set out in the NPPF for appraising viability assessments.

 

There was some uncertainty as to whether the affordable housing provision had been reduced, however it was clarified that the 17% affordable housing provision had been agreed at outline, and no reduction as now proposed. The only alteration was to the affordable housing mix.

 

Several Members raised concerns about the parking provision, which was 4% below guidelines, as well as the additional traffic created by the development. Officers responded that when comparing the proposal with the previous commercial use of the site, there was actually likely to be a reduction in traffic movements.

 

Cllr Cosser had concerns about the design and layout of the proposal, particularly the three-storey buildings at the road frontage. Cllr Townsend shared these concerns and felt that there could be an issue of overlooking from the balconies to the houses on the opposite side of the road. In response to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Continuation of Meeting

Minutes:

At 9.46pm, during consideration of the following item, and in accordance with Procedure Rule 9, it was:

 

RESOLVED that the meeting should continue until consideration of all business on the agenda had been concluded.

11.

A3. APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION - WA/2019/0106 - Backward Point, Cherry Tree Lane, Ewhurst GU6 7GG pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Proposal

 

Erection of 9 dwellings (3 affordable) with garaging, access, landscaping and associated works following demolition of existing dwelling (as amended by plans received 27/03/2019, 12/06/2019 and 14/06/2019).

 

Recommendations

 

Recommendation A:

That, subject to the applicant entering into an appropriate legal agreement within 6 months of the date of the committee resolution to grant planning permission to secure the provision of affordable housing and the maintenance of the SuDS, permission be GRANTED subject to conditions 1 – 20 and informatives  1 – 10.

 

Recommendation B:

That, in the event that the requirements of Recommendation A are not met, permission be REFUSED.

Decision:

RESOLVED to REFUSE planning permission due to the number of units resulting in a cramped layout, resulting in harm to visual amenity.

 

(NB. Full reasons fo the decision will be set out in the Minutes of the meeting and the formal Decision Notice.)

Minutes:

Proposal

 

Erection of 9 dwellings (3 affordable) with garaging, access, landscaping and associated works following demolition of existing dwelling (as amended by plans received 27/03/2019, 12/06/2019 and 14/06/2019).

 

With reference to the report circulated with the agenda, Officers presented a summary of the planning context for making a decision on the application, and then outlined the proposed development including site plans and the layout. Officers outlined the determining issues and those matters of a more subjective nature.

 

By way of update to the report, officers advised that they had taken the view that the provision of a LAP would not be required as part of this application as the site was immediately adjacent to a recreation ground with a play area.

 

Public speaking

 

In accordance with the Council’s arrangements for public participation at meetings, the following made representations in respect of the application, which were duly considered:

 

Ian Davis – Ewhurst Parish Council

 

Debate

 

The Committee considered the application and raised a number of concerns relating to the number of units on the site and the impact this had on separation distances, visual amenity and parking provision.

 

Cllr Henry felt that the proposed dwellings were too close to the eastern border of the site and was concerned by the potential for overlooking. Cllr Cockburn shared these concerns about the density of the layout, she felt that the requirement for obscure glazing in bedrooms was indicative of a cramped layout. Several other Councillors also felt that obscure glazing in the bedroom was not appropriate, although officers advised that these rooms did also have other, non-obscure gazed, windows.

 

Cllr Townsend also felt that the development was too dense, she queried whether the separation distances had been met in relation to the closest neighbouring property. Officers clarified that the separation distance requirement didn’t apply with side-on elevations and that the separations distances were met for all other properties.

 

Cllr Cosser highlighted the fact that if taken in isolation, the proposal failed to meet the parking guidelines and relied on surplus spaces in the wider development site in order to meet the requirement.

 

The Committee agreed two additional conditions to be added to the officer’s recommendation. These were to remove Permitted Development Rights to in relation to conversion of the garage to habitable accommodation and also in relation to the installation of roof lights.

 

Following the debate, the Committee moved to the revised recommendation and this was lost with 5 in favour, 17 against and 1 abstention.

 

It was proposed by Cllr Cockburn and seconded by Cllr Townsend that permission be refused and this was carried with 21 in favour and 2 against. The reasons for refusal are noted below.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED that permission be REFUSED for the following reasons.

 

1.    The proposed development by virtue of the number of units proposed would result in a cramped and crowded layout that would be out of character with the surroundings causing consequent harm to the visual amenity of the area, contrary to Policies TD1 of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.