Agenda and minutes

Special, Area Planning Committee (Southern)
Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019 6.00 pm

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

Contact: Ema Dearsley  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

86.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Cllr Simon Inchbald.

87.

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:

Members of Haslemere Town Council declared a non-pecuniary interest in item A1.  

88.

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:

There had been no updates to Government Guidance or Legislation since the last meeting.

89.

Performance Against Government Targets pdf icon PDF 52 KB

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 are attached.

Minutes:

The Committee noted that the Council continued to perform well against government targets for speed and quality of decision-making.

90.

Applications for Planning Permission

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.

90.1

A1 - WA/2018/0408 - Georgian House Hotel, 37-41 High Street, Haslemere, GU27 2JY pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Proposal

 

Erection of 3 dwellings; extension and change of use of the rear building from hotel bedrooms and spa (Use Class C1) to 16 flats. Demolition of the link building; alterations to the main hotel building to provide a 12-bedroom hotel with restaurant and bar and a new access to the High Street; provision of ancillary parking and landscaping (as amended by plans and information received 17/09/2018, 23/11/2018, 29/11/2018 and marketing information received 07/03/2019).

 

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/contributions towards: SuDS and open space management/maintenance and subject to conditions and informatives, permission be GRANTED.

 

RECOMMENDATION B:

 

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Proposal

 

Erection of 3 dwellings; extension and change of use of the rear building from hotel bedrooms and spa (Use Class C1) to 16 flats. Demolition of the link building; alterations to the main hotel building to provide a 12-bedroom hotel with restaurant and bar and a new access to the High Street; provision of ancillary parking and landscaping (as amended by plans and information received 17/09/2018, 23/11/2018, 29/11/2018 and marketing information received 07/03/2019).

 

 

The Chairman introduced the officers present. The case officer presented the development proposal as set out in the agenda report, and the update report which included details of additional representations received; the revised Heads of Terms of the legal agreement to reflect that a contribution towards education would now be secured via the Community Infrastructure Levy payment; clarification of the scrutiny of the viability reports submitted by the applicant; and proposed amended and additional conditions.

 

The case officer also confirmed that the County Highways Authority officer had visited the site before submitting their consultation response. They had raised no objection subject to conditions being added to a grant of permission. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service had advised that whilst a fire tender could not get through the archway to the rear of the property, there was access from the public car park; and, this was the also the current situation. Fire safety would be assessed by Building Control as part of the construction process, if planning permission was granted. 

 

Public speaking

John Greer and Alistair Morgan – Objectors

Malcom Carter – Haslemere Town Council

Richard Angel – Supporter, on behalf of the applicant

 

Committee members agreed that this was a highly contentious application for Haslemere residents. The Georgian House Hotel was an important part of the street scene in the high street, and provided valuable hotel, restaurant, and function room services in central Haslemere. Members had been lobbied heavily by both objectors and supporters, and had to balance carefully the arguments on both sides.

 

The Committee were inclined to agree with the objectors’ view that the proposed Mews Cottages would be over-development of the site and have a detrimental impact on the amenity of the residents of the neighbouring properties and the Listed Building and Conservation Area. They also felt that the private amenity space for the cottages was inadequate for what would be family homes, and there was inadequate off-street parking provided. The Committee was also disappointed about the loss of trees that would have a negative impact on the character of the area; and noted the previous appeal Inspector’s comments regarding the importance of the car park to the appearance of openness.

 

With regard to the loss of hotel bedrooms as a result of the proposed conversion of the annexe building into apartments, the Committee’s primary concern was the impact of losing hotel rooms in the town centre at a time when Haslemere was being promoted as a visitor centre accessible to the South Downs National Park. They agreed that investment was needed, but  ...  view the full minutes text for item 90.1