Agenda and minutes

Area Planning Committee (Central)
Wednesday, 15th August, 2018 7.15 pm

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

Contact: Amy McNulty  Democratic Services Officer

No. Item



To confirm the Minutes of the Meetings held on 23 May 2018 (to be laid on the table half an hour before the meeting).


The Minutes of the Meeting held on 23 May were confirmed and signed.



Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Paul Follows and Anna James.


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.


There were no declarations of interests in relation to items on the agenda.



Questions by Members of the Public

The Chairman to respond to any questions received from members of the public in accordance with Procedure Rule 10.


There were none.



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



There were none.


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.


There were no updates to Government guidance since the last meeting.


Performance Against Government Targets pdf icon PDF 49 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 will be provided with the update sheet.


The Committee noted that the Council continued to perform well in regard to the speed and quality of decision making.


Applications for Planning Permission pdf icon PDF 45 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.


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



Item A1, WA/2018/0735 - Land At Branksome House, Filmer Grove, Godalming GU7 3AB pdf icon PDF 936 KB



Erection of a building of 9 flats with associated parking, bin storage and cycle storage (revision of WA/2018/0126).






That, subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement to link the development with the office block conversion within six months of the committee date and conditions, permission be GRANTED.




In the absence of a completed Section 106 Agreement within six months of the committee date, that permission be REFUSED.




Erection of a building of 9 flats with associated parking, bin storage and cycle storage (revision of WA/2018/0126).




RESOLVED that permission be REFUSED for the following reasons:


Reason 1


The proposed development, by reason of its design and lack of suitable amenity space, both internally and externally, would result in substandard living conditions for future occupiers. Furthermore the proposal would result in overlooking between the proposed flats. This would be contrary to Policy TD1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018, retained Policies D1 and D4 of the Local Plan 2002 and guidance contained within the NPPF 2018.


Reason 2


Owing to the conflict of use between the established office use and the proposed residential development, the development would represent inappropriate residential development, with inadequate parking and amenity arrangements, to the detriment of the amenity of future occupiers. The proposal would not be in accordance with Policies TD1, EE1 and ST1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018.


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:


Anne Zuck - Objector


Megan Rowe - Applicant/Agent