Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

WESTERN Planning 2020/21 - Tuesday, 4th August, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Zoom

Contact: Fiona Cameron  Democratic Services Manager

Items
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31.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTES

To receive any apologies for absence and substitutes.

 

Where a Member of the Committee is unable to attend a substitute Member may attend, speak and vote in their place at that meeting.

 

Members are advised that in order for a substitute to be arranged a Member must give four (4) clear working days’ notice of their apologies.

 

For this meeting the latest date apologies can be given for a substitute to be arranged is Tuesday 28th July 2020.

 

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence or substitutions for this meeting.

32.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

To note the minutes of the last meeting held on 21st July 2020, which are published on the Council’s website.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting held on 21st July 2020 were noted.

33.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

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 John Robini declared a non-percunery interest in item A1 (WA/2020/2009) (Hill Road) as he knew the objector.

 

Cllr David Beaman declared a non-percunery interest in item B1 (WA/2020/0767) (2 Ridgeway Cottages, Runwick Lane) which is located in the ward that he represents (Farnham Castle).He had called this application in to be determined by the Area Planning Committee given the issues raised after he was contacted by one of the objectors. He has not, however, provided any assistance to the objector other than to advise on general procedures and advises that he has not pre-determined his decision. He has an open mind and will make his decision on the evidence and debate when this application is discussed

34.

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.

 

Submission of questions must be received by Tuesday 28th July 2020.

 

Minutes:

No questions were submitted from members of the public.

35.

QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS

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

 

Submission of questions must be received by Tuesday 28th July 2020.

 

Minutes:

No questions were submitted from members.

36.

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, gave the following updates:

 

·         The Business and Planning Bill, reported at the last meeting was given Royal Assent on 22/07/2020.  The law covers a range of mechanisms to assist businesses out of Covid.  This includes the extension of planning permissions, pavement licenses being granted by Borough and District Councils rather than County Councils and fast tracking of deamed permission for development hours.

·         New regulations have been published reforming the use classes. A,B1 and D have now been revoked and a new category covering commercial and another around learning.

·         Permitted Development Rights – New rights being introduced on the 1st September 2020 to allow 2 stories to be added to existing properties subject to prior approval.

·         Demolition and rebuild of vacant/redundant free standing commercial premises and flats to be allowed.

 

Councillor Hyman also asked for confirmation that the issues raised by him around the Sweetman/ Crondall case in UK law was being complied with.  The planning lawyer assured the committee that all relevant legislation was applied.

37.

APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING PERMISSION

Background Papers

 

Background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 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.

 

38.

APPLICATIONS DECIDED UNDER DELEGATED POWERS

Planning Officer to advise the Committee of any applications decided under the new delegated power, in consultation with the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Ward councillor(s).

Minutes:

No applications had been decided under delegated powers this period.

39.

APPLICATIONS SUBJECT TO PUBLIC SPEAKING

40.

A1 - WA/2020/0029 - LAND AT THE HEIGHTS, 5 HILL ROAD, HASLEMERE pdf icon PDF 977 KB

Proposal

 

Erection of 22 dwellings following demolition of former school buildings and dwelling.

 

Recommendation A

 

That, subject to completion of a S106 Agreement to secure maintenance of the amenity areas hard and soft landscaping, SUDS in perpetuity, estate roads and footpaths, and subject to conditions 1-29 and Informatives 1-12, permission be GRANTED.

 

Recommendation B

 

In the event that the S106 Agreement required under Recommendation A is not entered into within a period of six months of the date of the resolution by the Western Planning Committee, that permission is REFUSED.

Decision:

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reason:

 

The proposal, having regard to scale, pattern and design of the development including the roof pitches of properties 22-25, would fail to preserve the character of the surrounding area and would have a harmful impact on the street scene of the adjacent Hill Road. Furthermore, the cumulation of large built form on site relative to the extent of the proposed landscaping would fail to suitably maintain the existing wooded character of the site and of the Haslemere Hillsides.

 

The proposal would result in the loss of a non-designated heritage asset.

 

The proposal would therefore conflict with Policy TD1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018 and Retained Policies D1, D4 and BD4 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan 2002.


Minutes:

Erection of 22 dwellings following demolition of former school buildings and dwelling.

 

Public Speaking

 

In accordance with the Council’s public speaking scheme, the following made

representations which were duly considered:

 

Peter Hampson – Objector (On behalf of neighbours)

Guy La Costa – Supporter (for the Applicant)

Cllr Robert Knowles – Ward Councillor

Cllr Stephen Mulliner – Ward Councillor

 

The recommendation to grant planning permission, subject to completion of a S106 Agreement to secure maintenance of the amenity areas hard and soft landscaping, SUDS in perpetuity, estate roads and footpaths, and subject to conditions 1-29 and Informatives 1-12, was lost by a vote of 1 in favour, 12 against and no abstentions.

 

Recommendation B was not therefore required.

 

An alternative recommendation, to refuse planning permission, was proposed by Cllr Simon Dear, seconded by Cllr Carole Cockburn, and carried with a vote of 11 in favour, none  against and 2 abstentions.

 

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reason:

 

The proposal, having regard to scale, pattern and design of the development including the roof pitches of properties 22-25, would fail to preserve the character of the surrounding area and would have a harmful impact on the street scene of the adjacent Hill Road. Furthermore, the cumulation of large built form on site relative to the extent of the proposed landscaping would fail to suitably maintain the existing wooded character of the site and of the Haslemere Hillsides.

 

The proposal would result in the loss of a non-designated heritage asset.

 

The proposal would therefore conflict with Policy TD1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018 and Retained Policies D1, D4 and BD4 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan 2002.

41.

A2 - WA/2020/0259 - LAND COORDINATES 492599 134278 TRACK KNOWN AS MUDDY LANE, PRESTWICK LANE, GRAYSWOOD pdf icon PDF 255 KB

Proposal

 

Change of use of land from agriculture to provide a base for outdoor education and recreation together with the erection of 4 buildings; 5 moveable structures associated parking and ancillary works (as amended and amplified by plans and information received 29/05/2020, 08/06/2020, 17/06/2020 and 19/06/2020) (amended description)

 

Recommendation

 

That, subject to conditions 1-16 and Informatives 1-8, permission be GRANTED

Additional documents:

Decision:

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reason:

 

The proposal would constitute inappropriate Green Belt development that would fail to preserve the openness of the Green Belt and no very special circumstances have been put forward to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt, or any other harm. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policy RE2 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018 and the NPPF 2019.

 

 

Minutes:

Change of use of land from agriculture to provide a base for outdoor education and recreation together with the erection of 4 buildings; 5 moveable structures associated parking and ancillary works (as amended and amplified by plans and information received 29/05/2020, 08/06/2020, 17/06/2020 and 19/06/2020) (amended description)

 

Public Speaking

 

In accordance with the Council’s public speaking scheme, the following made

representations which were duly considered:

 

Steve Wagstaff – Objector

Ben Webb – Supporter

 

The Recommendation to grant planning permission, subject to conditions 1-16 and Informatives 1-8, was lost by a vote of 3 in favour, 11 against and no abstentions.

 

An alternative recommendation, to refuse planning permission, was proposed by Cllr Carole Cockburn, seconded by Cllr Simon Dear, and carried by a vote of 12 in favour, non against and 2 abstentions.

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reason:

 

The proposal would constitute inappropriate Green Belt development that would fail to preserve the openness of the Green Belt and no very special circumstances have been put forward to outweigh the harm to the Green Belt, or any other harm. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policy RE2 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018 and the NPPF 2019.

 

 

42.

A3 - WA/2019/1215 - LAND AT 8 KILN LANE, LOWER BOURNE pdf icon PDF 557 KB

Proposal

 

Erection of a dwelling and detached garage (as amended by plans received 22/11/2019 and as amplified by ecological information and further plans received 06/02/2020 and flood risk assessment received 09/07/2020) (Amended description)

 

Recommendation

 

That, subject to conditions 1-25 and Informatives 1-13, permission be GRANTED

Decision:

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reason:

 

The proposal, by reason of its size and scale of development, would result in an overbearing impact to neighbours and have a harmful effect on a listed building. The proposal would therefore conflict with Policy FNP1 of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan (2013-2032), Policy TD1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018 and Retained Policies D1 and D4 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan 2002 as well as the Waverley Design Statement.

 

 

Minutes:

Erection of a dwelling and detached garage (as amended by plans received 22/11/2019 and as amplified by ecological information and further plans received 06/02/2020 and flood risk assessment received 09/07/2020) (Amended description)

 

Public Speaking

 

In accordance with the Council’s public speaking scheme, the following made

representations which were duly considered:

 

Ellen Al-Hashimi – Objector (On behalf of neighbours)

Andy Brown – Supporter

Cllr Roger Blishen – Farnham Town Councillor

 

Further to the update sheet, Officers presented a verbal update to members regarding the recent Business and Planning Act which allows for the revival of planning applications that have expired between 23/03/2020 and 19/08/2020. This is relevant to this site as the previous consent WA/2016/2277 expired on 18/05/2020.

 

The recommendation to grant planning permission, subject to conditions 1-25 and Informatives 1-13, was lost by a vote of none in favour, 13 against and 1 abstention.

 

An alternative recommendation, to refuse planning permission, was proposed by Cllr Carole Cockburn, seconded by Cllr Simon Dear, and unanimously carried.

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reason:

 

The proposal, by reason of its unduly bulk and mass would represent overdevelopment and have a negative impact on the surrounding area. The proposal would therefore conflict with Policy TD1 of the Local Plan 2018 (Part 1) and Policies D1 and D4 of the Waverley Borough Council Local Plan 2002 FNP1 of Farnham Neighbourhood Plan and the NPPF 2019 Farnham Design Statement 2010.

 

2.         The proposal by reason of its size and sighting would result in unacceptable overbearing impact to the neighbouring property 3 Winston Walk, 4 and 6 Kiln Lane. The proposal would therefore conflict with Policy TD1 of the Local Plan 2018 (Part 1) and Policies D1 and D4 of the Waverley Borough Council Local Plan 2002 and the NPPF 2019.

 

3.         The proposal would cause less than substantial harm to the undesignated heritage asset, the planning balance would not outweigh the harm. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policy HA1 of the 2018 Local Plan, HE5 of the Local Plan 2002 and Paragraph 197 of the NPPF.

43.

APPLICATIONS NOT SUBJECT TO PUBLIC SPEAKING

44.

B1 - WA/2020/0767 - LAND AT 2 RIDGEWAY COTTAGES, RUNWICK LANE pdf icon PDF 388 KB

Proposal

 

Erection of extension following demolition of existing (revision of WA/2019/1587)

 

Recommendation

 

That, subject to conditions 1-3 and Informative 1, permission be GRANTED

Decision:

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reason:

 

The proposal, by reason of its size and scale of development, would result in a loss of light and an adverse impact to the adjoining neighbours. The proposal would therefore conflict with TD1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018 and Retained Policies D1 and D4 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan 2002.

 

Minutes:

Erection of extension following demolition of existing (revision of WA/2019/1587)

 

The recommendation to grant planning permission, subject to conditions 1-3 and Informative 1, was lost with a vote of none in favour, 12 against and 1 abstention.

 

An alternative recommendation, to refuse planning permission, was proposed by Cllr Peter Clark, seconded by Cllr Sally Dickson, and unanimously carried.

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reason:

 

The proposal, by reason of its size and siting, would result in unacceptable loss of light, outlook and overbearing impact to the adjoining property at 1 Runwick Lane. The proposal would therefore conflict with Policy TD1 of the Local Plan 2018 (Part 1) and Policies D1 and D4 of the Waverley Borough Council Local Plan 2002 and the NPPF 2019.

 

45.

B2 - WA/2020/0242 - 135 KINGS ROAD, HASLEMERE pdf icon PDF 272 KB

Proposal

 

Erection of extensions following demolition of conservatory

 

Recommendation

 

That, subject to conditions 1-3 and Informative 1, permission be GRANTED

Decision:

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reason:

 

1.              As a result of its overall height and depth, the proposed single storey rear extension would cause significant harm to the amenities of the occupiers of 133 Kings Road by way of overshadowing, loss of light and overbearing impacts, contrary to Policy TD1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018 and the Council’s Residential Extensions SPD.

2.         As a  result of their overall scale, form and design, the proposed extensions would represent disproportionate additions to the host dwelling, amounting to an overdevelopment.  Furthermore, the proposed single storey front extension would not respect the established pattern of development within the immediate area, appearing as an incongruous feature that would cause visual harm to the character and amenity of the street scene, contrary to Policy TD1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018 and the Council’s Residential Extensions SPD. 

 

Minutes:

Erection of extensions following demolition of conservatory

 

The recommendation to grant planning permission, subject to conditions 1-3 and Informative 1, was lost with a vote of 2 in favour, 9 against and 1 abstention.

 

An alternative recommendation, to refuse planning permission, was proposed by Cllr Simon Dear, seconded by Cllr Carole Cockburn, and carried by a vote of 12 in favour, none against and 1 abstention .

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reason:

 

1.              As a result of its overall height and depth, the proposed single storey rear extension would cause significant harm to the amenities of the occupiers of 133 Kings Road by way of overshadowing, loss of light and overbearing impacts, contrary to Policy TD1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018 and the Council’s Residential Extensions SPD.

2.         As a  result of their overall scale, form and design, the proposed extensions would represent disproportionate additions to the host dwelling, amounting to an overdevelopment.  Furthermore, the proposed single storey front extension would not respect the established pattern of development within the immediate area, appearing as an incongruous feature that would cause visual harm to the character and amenity of the street scene, contrary to Policy TD1 of the Local Plan (Part 1) 2018 and the Council’s Residential Extensions SPD. 

46.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider the following recommendation on the motion of the Chairman:

           

Recommendation

           

That, pursuant to Procedure Rule 20 and in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the public were present during the item, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information (as defined by Section 100I of the Act) of the description specified at the meeting in the revised Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972

Minutes:

There were no items to discuss in exempt session so the chairman closed the meeting.