Agenda and minutes

Area Planning Committee (Southern)
Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 6.00 pm

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

Contact: Ema Dearsley  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Chairman

To confirm the appointment of Councillor Peter Isherwood as Chairman of the Committee for the Council Year 2018-2019.

Minutes:

Councillor Peter Isherwood was confirmed as Chairman of the Southern Area Planning Committee for the Council Year 2018-19.

2.

Appointment of Vice-Chairman

To confirm the appointment of Councillor Carole Cockburn as Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the Council Year 2018-2019

Minutes:

Councillor Carole Cockburn was confirmed as Vice-Chairman of the Southern Area Planning Committee for the Council Year 2018-19.

3.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 9 May 2018 (to be laid on the table half an hour before the meeting).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 9 May 2018 were confirmed and signed.

4.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were apologies for absence from Councillors Peter Isherwood and David Round.

5.

Disclosure 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:

All Haslemere Town Councillors declared a non-pecuniary interest in the applications on the agenda.

6.

Any Relevant Updates to Government Guidance or Legislation Since the Last Meeting

Officers to update the Committee on any changes to the planning environment of which they should be aware when making decisions.

Minutes:

Steve Weaver, the Development Control Manager, updated Members on the new system of applying for planning permission which came into effect at the start of that month. It applied to development where the “main purpose” was housing but some non-residential development may also be proposed as part of a housing-led mix. This application procedure was restricted to minor development comprising a maximum of up to nine dwellings, floorspace of under 1,000 sq. m or a site area of less than one hectare.

 

The application process was essentially a two stage one:

           Permission in Principle (PiP) stage – where the LPA settled the question of whether the site was suitable for development in principle and how much development the site was suitable for. An application for PiP must express the proposed development as a range and only need be accompanied by a form and a location plan.

           Technical details consent (TDC) stage – where the LPA assessed the detailed scheme.

 

In some respects the process was not dissimilar to the current process of an Outline Planning Application with all matters reserved, followed by a Reserved Matters application for details relating to appearance, means of access, landscaping, layout and scale which would continue to exist. However, the LPA had a much shorter time period to determine PiP and TDC applications, just five weeks for each, and the scope of the consideration of the initial PiP application was limited to matters of location, land use and amount of development only – all other matters being considered at the TDC stage.

 

In terms of public engagement, LPAs were required to advertise PiP applications only by displaying a site notice on or near the site and advising that representations must be made within a period of not later than 14 days. Whilst there was no statutory requirement to write to adjoining residents, it had been agreed with the Portfolio Holder that they would do so – but again they could only give a 14 day response period.

 

Given the challenging timescales in play, as well as adding applications to the weekly Planning lists in the normal way, officers would be notifying ward councillors and Town/Parish Councils directly on receipt of any PiP application in order that they could quickly appraise themselves of the case and any queries they might have.

 

As mentioned above, the time period for a decision on a PiP was five weeks from the date of receipt. If the applicant was willing, it was possible to agree an extension of time to the determination period. (NB The current period for the determination of planning applications of this nature is eight weeks). PiP applications could be refused and, if this was the case, this refusal could be appealed. If a decision was not made within the prescribed five weeks period there was no automatic permission although the applicant could appeal on the basis of a non-determination.

 

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7.

Performance Against Government Targets

Planning Performance and the Government target on quality on planning decision making will now be a standard item on the Area Planning Committee agenda. This was an agreed recommendation at Executive on 28 November 2017 and is part of the Development Management Service Improvement Plan.

 

The latest available statistics will be attached to the update sheet.

Minutes:

Performance against Government targets was noted.

8.

Applications for Planning Permission pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Background Papers

 

Background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to reports are listed under the “Representations” heading for each planning application presented, or may be individually identified under a heading “Background Papers”.

 

The implications for crime, disorder and community safety have been appraised in the following applications but it is not considered that any consideration of that type arises unless it is specifically referred to in a particular report.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the applications for planning permission be determined as set out below.

8.1

B1 - WA/2018/0620 - Bramble Cottage, Mill Lane, Chiddingfold GU8 4SH pdf icon PDF 289 KB

Proposal

Application under Section 73A to vary Condition 1 of WA/2015/2112 (approved plans), vary condition 7 (requires obscure glazing & restricted opening) and remove condition 8 (obscure glazing) to allow alterations to elevations and additional/altered windows and addition of a porch roof (as amended by plans received 17/05/2018)

 

Recommendation

That, subject to the consideration of any further representations and subject to conditions 1-7 and informatives 1-5, permission be GRANTED

Minutes:

Proposal

Application under Section 73A to vary Condition 1 of WA/2015/2112 (approved plans), vary condition 7 (requires obscure glazing & restricted opening) and remove condition 8 (obscure glazing) to allow alterations to elevations and additional/altered windows and addition of a porch roof (as amended by plans received 17/05/2018)

 

Decision

Resolved that, subject to conditions 1-7 and informatives 1-5, permission be GRANTED

8.2

B2 - WA/2018/0657 - Southlands, Churt Road, Hindhead GU26 6PF pdf icon PDF 538 KB

Proposal

Erection of garage/storage building following demolition of existing outbuilding.

 

 

Recommendation

That, subject to the consideration of any representations, permission be REFUSED.

Minutes:

Proposal

Erection of garage/storage building following demolition of existing outbuilding

 

Decision

Resolved that permission be REFUSED for the follow reason:

 

The proposal by reason of its size, scale, mass and bulk would harm the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside and the landscape and scenic beauty of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Area of Great Landscape Value.  The proposal would conflict with Policies TD1, RE1 and RE3 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan Part 1: Strategic Policies and Sites 2018, retained Policies D1, D4 and RD3 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan 2002 and paragraphs 17 and 109 of the NPPF 2012.

Informatives:

 

  1. The drawing numbers relevant to this decision are: 1721/PL01, 02, 03 REV A, 04 REV A, 05, 06, PL07 REV.A, PL08, 17/4955 REV 05/09 and 17/4955_ELEV.

 

  1. The Council confirms that in assessing this planning application it has worked with the applicant in a positive and proactive way, in line with the requirements of paragraph 186-187 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012.