Agenda, decisions and minutes

WESTERN Planning - Wednesday, 9th November, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming. View directions

Contact: Kimberly Soane  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

72.

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 1st November 2022.

 

Minutes:

Prior to the start of the meeting the Chairman asked the Committee to stand for a minutes silence in memory of Cllr Roger Blishen who had been a member of the Committee for some time and had sadly passed away.

 

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Simon Dear.

 

Cllr Jerry Hyman attended as substitute for the late Cllr Roger Blishen.

73.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

To approve the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 October 2022 as correct record of the meeting.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the last meeting held on 12 October 2022 were agreed as a correct record.

74.

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 and Cllr Jacquie Keen declared a non-registerable interest for item WA/2022/01752 – Land at Chapman House as they knew the objector for this application but advised they had an open mind regarding the decision.

75.

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 1st November 2022.

 

Minutes:

There were no questions from members of the public submitted for this meeting.

76.

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 1st November 2022.

 

Minutes:

There were no questions from members submitted for this meeting.

 

77.

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:

The Committee were advised there was one update. As part of the response to the climate change emergency Waverly Borough Council had adopted a Climate Change and Sustainability Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on the 18th of October 2022.  The adoption statement would be published in due course.  The SPD is now a material consideration in the determination of planning applications, although not part of the development plan nor is it new policy the SPD represents new guidance in support of the implementation of the relevant policies within the Waverly Borough Council. Namely those policies relevant to sustainable transport, climate change, sustainable construction, renewable energy and the natural environments.

 

The SPD will be will be highlighted to applicants at the earliest possible stage in the planning process.  Applicants will be required to demonstrate how the SPD  is considered at the pre-application stage if relevant and completes a checklist for submission with any planning application with details of the measures considered and reasons for the measures included in the proposed scheme.  This information will form part of the assessments against the SPD guidelines in the relevant development plan policies.

 

78.

APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING PERMISSION

Requests for site visits should be submitted within five working days after the publication of the agenda.  Site visits will be held on the Friday prior to the meeting at 10am or 2pm.

 

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.

 

79.

APPLICATIONS SUBJECT TO PUBLIC SPEAKING

79.1

WA/2022/01752 - Land at Chapman House, Meadway, Haslemere, GU27 1NN pdf icon PDF 266 KB

Erection of extension to building and roof to provide 4 additional dwellings with alterations to elevations and associated landscaping.

 

Recommendation

 

That, subject to conditions, permission be GRANTED.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Erection of extension to building and roof to provide 4 additional dwellings with alterations to elevations and associated landscaping.

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

The proposal, by way of scale, mass and design would result in a cramped and overdeveloped site, failing to take opportunity for improving the character of the area, harm to the area and out of keeping with the street scene contrary to Policy TD1 of the Local Plan Part 1, and retained Policies D1 and D4 of the Local Plan 2002.

 

 

 

Minutes:

Erection of extension to building and roof to provide 4 additional dwellings with alterations to elevations and associated landscaping.

 

Public Speaking

 

In accordance with the Council’s public speaking scheme, the following made representations which were duly considered:

 

Sam Dee – in objection

 

Billy Clements – in support

 

Following the debate, the Committee voted against the officers’ recommendation to grant permission 5 in favour, 8 against and no abstentions.

 

An alternative recommendation to refuse permission was proposed by Cllr Stephen Mulliner and seconded by Cllr John Robini.

 

The Committee voted in favour of the alternative recommendation 7 in favour, 2 against and 4 abstentions.

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

The proposal, by way of scale, mass and design would result in a cramped and overdeveloped site, failing to take opportunity for improving the character of the area, harm to the area and out of keeping with the street scene contrary to Policy TD1 of the Local Plan Part 1, and retained Policies D1 and D4 of the Local Plan 2002.

 

79.2

WA/2022/01621 - Land west of and opposite Old Compton Lane, Waverley Lane, Farnham pdf icon PDF 557 KB

Outline application for the erection of up to 146 dwellings (with all matters reserved except for access) together with the provision of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and other open space, parking, infrastructure and landscaping.

 

Recommendation

 

RECOMMENDATION A     That, subject to conditions, informatives and the prior completion of a legal agreement to secure the provision of affordable housing, SANG management and maintenance, sustainable transport measures, and the maintenance of no site open space and LEAP, the decision for the application for permission be OUTLINE APPROVAL.

 

RECOMMENDATION B       That, in the event that the legal agreement required under recommendation A is not forthcoming within 3 months of the committee resolution, permission be REFUSED.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Outline application for the erection of up to 146 dwellings (with all matters reserved except for access) together with the provision of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and other open space, parking, infrastructure and landscaping.

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

1.    The proposal would involve a significant amount of housing on a location outside of the Built-Up Area Boundary and within an area of Area of High Landscape Value and Sensitivity, in conflict with the Spatial Strategy. Due to the quantum of development proposed on a greenfield site, and the urbanising impact of the proposed development, the proposal would fail to enhance the landscape value or protect the intrinsic character and beauty of the Countryside. Furthermore, the proposal would lead to the erosion of the landscape character. It has not been demonstrated that the proposal would enhance the landscape character. The proposal would therefore be contrary to Policies FNP1, FNP10, FNP11 and FNP14 of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan (2013-2032), Policies SP2, RE1 and RE3 of the Local Plan Part 1 (2018), retained Policies C7 and D7 of the Local Plan 2002, the Farnham Design Statement (2010) and the NPPF 2021.

 

2.    The applicant has failed enter into an appropriate legal agreement to secure a financial contribution towards the maintenance and monitoring of the SANG. The proposal (in combination with other projects) would have a likely adverse effect on the integrity of the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area (SPA) and the Wealden Heaths I SPA in that it is now widely recognised that increasing urbanisation of the area round the SPAs has a continuing adverse effect on the interest features, namely the Nightjar, Woodlark, Dartford Warbler, the three internationally rare bird species for which they are classified. Accordingly, since the planning authority is not satisfied that Regulation 64 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (The Habitats Regulations) applies in this case, it must refuse permission in accordance with Regulation 63(5) of the Habitats Regulations and Article 6(3) of Directive 92/43/EE. The proposal conflicts with Policy NRM6 of the South East Plan, Section 15 of the NPPF 2021, Policies NE1 and NE3 of the Local Plan Part 1 (2018), Policies FNP12 and FNP13 of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan 2013-2032 and the Thames Basin Heath Avoidance Strategy Review (2016).

 

3.    The applicant has failed to enter into an appropriate legal agreement to secure the provision of on site affordable housing, such to meet Waverley Borough Council’s housing need, provisions for the maintenance of play space, SUDs and public open space, and the provision of sustainable transport and necessary Highway improvement measures. The proposal would therefore fail to create a sustainable, inclusive and mixed community and fail to make appropriate public open space and play space provisions. It would thereby be contrary to Policy ANH1, ST1, ICS1 and LRC1 of the Local Plan Part 1 (2018) and paragraph 64 of the NPPF.

 

Minutes:

Outline application for the erection of up to 146 dwellings (with all matters reserved except for access) together with the provision of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and other open space, parking, infrastructure and landscaping.

 

Public Speaking

 

In accordance with the Council’s public speaking scheme, the following made representations which were duly considered:

 

Pamela Pownall – in objection

 

Asher Ross – in support

 

Cllr Mark Merryweather – Farnham Town Council

 

Cllr Andy Macleod – Ward Councillor

 

Following the debate, the Committee voted against the officers’ recommendation to grant permission none in favour, 12 against and one abstention.

 

An alternative recommendation to refuse permission was proposed by Cllr Carole Cockburn and seconded by Cllr Michaela Martin.

 

The Committee voted in favour of the alternative recommendation 13 in favour, none against and no abstentions.

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

1.    The proposal would involve a significant amount of housing on a location outside of the Built-Up Area Boundary and within an area of Area of High Landscape Value and Sensitivity, in conflict with the Spatial Strategy. Due to the quantum of development proposed on a greenfield site, and the urbanising impact of the proposed development, the proposal would fail to enhance the landscape value or protect the intrinsic character and beauty of the Countryside. Furthermore, the proposal would lead to the erosion of the landscape character. It has not been demonstrated that the proposal would enhance the landscape character. The proposal would therefore be contrary to Policies FNP1, FNP10, FNP11 and FNP14 of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan (2013-2032), Policies SP2, RE1 and RE3 of the Local Plan Part 1 (2018), retained Policies C7 and D7 of the Local Plan 2002, the Farnham Design Statement (2010) and the NPPF 2021.

 

2.    The applicant has failed enter into an appropriate legal agreement to secure a financial contribution towards the maintenance and monitoringof the SANG. The proposal (in combination with other projects) would have a likely adverse effect on the integrity of the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area (SPA) and the Wealden Heaths I SPA in that it is now widely recognised that increasing urbanisation of the area round the SPAs has a continuing adverse effect on the interest features, namely the Nightjar, Woodlark, Dartford Warbler, the three internationally rare bird species for which they are classified. Accordingly, since the planning authority is not satisfied that Regulation 64 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (The Habitats Regulations) applies in this case, it must refuse permission in accordance with Regulation 63(5) of the Habitats Regulations and Article 6(3) of Directive 92/43/EE. The proposal conflicts with Policy NRM6 of the South East Plan, Section 15 of the NPPF 2021, Policies NE1 and NE3 of the Local Plan Part 1 (2018), Policies FNP12 and FNP13 of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan 2013-2032 and the Thames Basin Heath Avoidance Strategy Review (2016).

 

3.    The applicant has failed to enter into an appropriate legal agreement to secure  ...  view the full minutes text for item 79.2

79.3

WA/2021/01950 - Land at Former Barons of Hindhead, London Road, Hindhead, GU26 6AE pdf icon PDF 659 KB

Erection of 38 dwellings, construction of access roads, parking areas, landscaping and associated works following demolition of existing buildings and remediation of land (as amended by plans received 01/12/2021 and 07/09/2022.

 

Recommendation

 

RECOMMENDATION A       That, subject to the applicant entering into an appropriate legal agreement by 09/05/2023 to secure Highways and SANG contributions, SuDS and Open Spaces management, provision of 4 affordable housing units and conditions and informatives, permission be GRANTED.

 

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

Additional documents:

Decision:

Erection of 38 dwellings, construction of access roads, parking areas, landscaping and associated works following demolition of existing buildings and remediation of land (as amended by plans received 01/12/2021 and 07/09/2022.

 

Decisions

 

DECISION A     That, subject to the applicant entering into an appropriate legal agreement by 09/05/2023 to secure Highways and SANG contributions, SuDS and Open Spaces management, provision of 4 affordable housing units and conditions 1-27 and informatives 1-17, permission is GRANTED.

 

DECISION B       That, in the event that the legal agreement required under decision A is not forthcoming permission is REFUSED.

 

Minutes:

Erection of 38 dwellings, construction of access roads, parking areas, landscaping and associated works following demolition of existing buildings and remediation of land (as amended by plans received 01/12/2021 and 07/09/2022.

 

Public Speaking

 

In accordance with the Council’s public speaking scheme, the following made representations which were duly considered:

 

Peter Goatley KC – in support

 

Following the debate, the Committee voted in favour of the officers’ recommendation to grant permission 11 in favour, one against and one abstention.

 

Decisions

 

DECISION A     That, subject to the applicant entering into an appropriate legal agreement by 09/05/2023 to secure Highways and SANG contributions, SuDS and Open Spaces management, provision of 4 affordable housing units and conditions 1-27 and informatives 1-17, permission is GRANTED.

 

DECISION B       That, in the event that the legal agreement required under decision A is not forthcoming permission is REFUSED.

 

79.4

WA/2022/01302 - Land at co-ordinates 484327 139729 Bacon Lane, Churt, Farnham pdf icon PDF 271 KB

Erection of lean-to extension to existing stables

 

Recommendation

 

That, subject to conditions 1-2 and informative, permission be GRANTED

 

Decision:

Erection of lean-to extension to existing stables

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

The proposed materials and design would be harmful to the character of the area. The proposal would be contrary to Policy RE3 of Local Plan (Part 1), Policies D1 and D4 of the Local Plan 2002 and the NPPF.

 

Minutes:

Erection of lean-to extension to existing stables

 

Public Speaking

 

In accordance with the Council’s public speaking scheme, the following made representations which were duly considered:

 

Eunice Burch – in objection

 

Cllr Julia Potts and Cllr David Munro – Ward Councillors

 

Following the debate, the Committee voted against the officers’ recommendation to grant permission none in favour, 13 against and no abstentions.

 

An alternative recommendation to refuse permission was proposed by Cllr Stephen Mulliner and seconded by Cllr Jerry Hyman.

 

The Committee voted in favour of the alternative recommendation 13 in favour, none against and none abstentions.

 

Decision

 

Planning permission REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

The proposed materials and design would be harmful to the character of the area. The proposal would be contrary to Policy RE3 of Local Plan (Part 1), Policies D1 and D4 of the Local Plan 2002 and the NPPF.

 

80.

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.