Agenda and minutes

Area Planning Committee (Western)
Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 7.15 pm

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

Contact: Ema Dearsley  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

55.

Minutes

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 January 2019 (to be laid on the table half an hour before the meeting).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 2 January 2019 were confirmed and signed.

56.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were apologies for absence from Councillors Peter Isherwood, Pat Frost, Stephen Hill, Martin Lear and Nabeel Nasir.

57.

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 members of the Committee declared a non-pecuniary interest in item B2 as the applicant was a fellow Councillor.

58.

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 the receipt of questions is 20 February 2019.

Minutes:

There were none.

59.

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS

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

 

The deadline for the receipt of questions is 20 February 2019.

 

 

Minutes:

The following question was received from Cllr David Beaman, in accordance with Procedure Rule 11.

 

The quality of plans and elevations received in planning applications are highly variable - are there any specific regulations, either national or local, under which plans and elevations have to be provided if they are to be accepted for consideration?

 

The response was as follows.

 

There are requirements set out in legislations about the plans submitted for a planning application, but these relate to the content of the drawings – the scale, orientation, existing and proposed plans and elevations – rather than the quality of the plans. There is also Government guidance given for electronically submitted applications regarding the standards for electronic documents, but this relates to file type, sizes and resolution of plans.

 

Drawings are assessed at the validation stage, however, it is the accuracy of the drawings which are being assessed. Some drawings can be feint, particularly if using pastel colours which do not come out well electronically. Agents and applicants may be asked to provide darker drawings so that it will read better on the website.

 

Officers have said that it would be helpful to have some examples of applications where the drawings might be considered to lack quality so that they can assess what is possibly giving rise to concerns and looking at where things might be able to be improved. It would however be very difficult to tell an applicant that the application drawings are not acceptable when they meet the legal requirements. There is no provision in the legislation to cover this eventuality.

 

If Cllr Beaman would like to have more of the technical details about the legal requirements for submission of plans, I’m sure that officers would be happy to discuss that with him.

60.

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:

Beth Howland-Smith, Development Manager, advised the Committee that an updated NPPF had been released which introduced some very minor changes.

61.

Performance Against Government Targets pdf icon PDF 57 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 heard that the Council continued to perform well against all targets.

62.

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.

62.1

B1 - WA/2018/1787 - Land At Rear Of Trackers, 8 Burnt Hill Road, Wrecclesham GU10 4RZ pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Proposal

 

Erection of a dwelling and associated works.

 

Recommendation

 

That, subject to conditions 1 – 13 and informatives 1 – 2, permission be GRANTED.

Minutes:

Proposal

 

Erection of a dwelling and associated works at Land At Rear Of Trackers.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED that permission be REFUSED for the following reason.

 

The proposed dwelling would be considered out of keeping with the character and appearance of the area in conflict with FNP1 of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan, the Farnham Design Statement (2010), Policy TD1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018, retained Policies D1 and D4 of the Local Plan 2002 and paragraphs 127, 130 and 131 of the NPPF 2019.

62.2

B2 - WA/2018/1972 - Land At 1 Water Lane, Farnham GU9 9NH pdf icon PDF 396 KB

Proposal

 

Outline application for erection of a dwelling with all matters reserved (as amended by plans received 25/01/2019 and 28/01/2019 and amplified by Ecological Report received 25/01/2019).

 

Recommendations

 

RECOMMENDATION A:

 

That, subject to conditions 1 – 14 and the completion of an appropriate legal agreement by 28/08/2019 in respect of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA, permission be GRANTED.

 

RECOMMENDATION B:

 

That, in the event that the requirements of recommendation A are not met, permission be refused.

 

RECOMMENDATION C:

 

That, if formal planning permission in respect of recommendation A is issued on 01/03/2019 or thereafter, then the Head of Planning be authorised to charge CIL in accordance with the Council’s approved CIL Charging Schedule.

 

Minutes:

Proposal

 

Outline application for erection of a dwelling with all matters reserved (as amended by plans received 25/01/2019 and 28/01/2019 and amplified by Ecological Report received 25/01/2019)

 

Decisions

 

 Decision A

 

 

 

 

 

 Decision B

RESOLVED that, subject to the completion of an appropriate legal agreement by 28/08/2019 in respect of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA and subject to conditions 1-14 and informatives 1-10, permission be GRANTED.

 

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

 

 Decision C

That, if formal planning permission in respect of recommendation A is issued on 01/03/2019 or thereafter, then the Head of Planning be authorised to charge CIL in accordance with the Council’s approved CIL Charging Schedule.