This is a meeting of the Planning Committee of Hart Borough Council held on the 18th Jan 2023.

The last meeting of the Planning Committee was on the 14th Feb 2024, and the next meeting will be 13th Mar 2024.

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Council Chamber

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Agenda

Item Title Minutes
1 MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING Minutes , 14/12/2022 Planning Committee

The minutes of the meeting on 14th December 2022 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.

 

2 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies had been received from Councillor Blewett.

3 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor Kennett declared that he knew the applicant for item 7. (22/02641/FUL Zenas, Reading Road, Hook). This was considered a non-prejudicial interest.

 

4 CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chairman announced that on 5th January 2023 the Council accepted a nomination from The Yateley Society to list The Anchor Inn as an Asset of Community Value. The designation, which lasts for 5 years, will give community organisations the time to put together a bid to purchase the public house should the owner decide to list it for sale.

 

Located on Vigo Lane, Yateley, The Anchor Inn has been a focal point of the local community for over 150 years, providing a place for residents to meet and socialise. In recent years, The Anchor Inn has hosted a variety of community and charity events in support of residents and charitable causes.

 

 

5 DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS Development Applications 2022-23 UPDATED

The planning reports from the Executive Director, Place were considered and the updates via the Addendum were accepted.

6 22/02554/FUL - 10 RICHMOND CLOSE, FLEET, HAMPSHIRE, GU52 7UJ Planning Committee agenda item 1
10 Richmond Close Site Plan.pdf
10 Richmond Close Street Scene.pdf
10 Richmond Close Floor Plan.pdf

The Senior Planner summarised the application as demolition of an existing garage and erection of a 3-bedroom detached bungalow.

 

Members questioned and discussed:

·       If the officer’s recommendation to refuse a previous application for the site, was made under delegated powers with the benefit of a site visit and it was confirmed it was.

·       The correct SPA identified in the officer’s report and whether it should be Hawley Road as opposed to Yateley.

·       The reasons for the refusal of the previous application in August - officers confirmed the reasons were similar to this.

·       The footprint of the plot/application. 

·       The square footage of the existing building and what would remain of it if the application were permitted.

·       If the option of having two bedrooms had been considered.

·       The size of neighbouring properties on the close and how this build would compare.

·       How cramped would the build appear from the road if permitted.

·       How the Council’s Local Plan encourages and is keen to increase more bungalow stock in the district.

·       The location of the site and it’s distance to local amenities and schools. 

 

Members debated:

·       The size of the proposed plot and how it would affect the existing street scene.

·       The desire for preservation of bungalows in Fleet and the opportunity to increase bungalow stock.

·       Slight concern with remaining size of the dwelling and plot.

·       The conditions that could be added to disallow additional storeys to be built at a later date.

·       The location and that it’s within walking distance to local amenities and schools.

·       The overall appearance of the proposed development.

·       The potential for SANG/SAMM mitigation to be secured within a reasonable two-week timeframe.

 

The Chairman proposed the Officer’s recommendation to Refuse and was seconded by Councillor Oliver. Members undertook a recorded vote, and the results were:

 

For: None

Against: Cockarill, Forster, Kennett, Makepeace-Browne, Oliver, Radley, Southern and Worlock.

Abstention: Quarterman  

 

Officer’s recommendation to Refuse was not carried.

 

The Chairman proposed a revised motion to Grant.

 

Members discussed:

·       Changing the SPA designation in the application.

·       The removal of permitted development rights via planning condition so extra storeys or loft conversions would not be allowed in the future.

 

The Development Management & Building Control Manager explained more detail on SANG provisions and the other conditions that could be placed on the application if permitted. They included:

·       Listing external materials

·       Surface water drainage scheme

·       Soft landscaping and the biodiversity net gain

·       Parking conditions for the existing dwelling and new dwelling

·       Construction hours

·       Permitted development rights removal for roof alterations.

 

Members questioned the use of solar panels and heat pumps and if this could be enforced in the application. It was confirmed that this cannot be conditioned or enforced on every proposal, and the use of low-carbon technology for heating and power is required by the new Building Regulations that were published last June in any event. 

 

Councillor Radley proposed a revised motion to Grant and this was seconded by Councillor Forester.

 

Members unanimously voted For the revised motion, and Grant, subject to conditions discussed was carried.

 

DECISION – GRANT, subject to conditions discussed and securing of SANG and SANG payments within two weeks.

 

Notes:

 

A site visit was carried out on Tuesday 17th January, as set out in the Addendum paper.

 

Simon Port spoke For the application.

7 22/02641/FUL - ZENAS, READING ROAD, HOOK, HAMPSHIRE, RG27 9ED Planning Committee agenda item 2
Plans Zenas 2202641FUL.docx

The Principal Planner summarised the application as erection of a detached four-bedroom house, a detached three-bedroom house and a detached cycle store, following demolition of the two existing buildings; partial demolition of Building 1 and conversion to a garage; provision of amenity space, parking, hard and soft landscaping, and associated flood mitigation works.

 

Members questioned:

·       The culvert and its underground section, including the location in respect of the site’s curtilage.

·       Whether the site was in flood zone 2 or 3.

·       Whether markers for flood levels placed on the site by the applicant were accurate.

·       That the site had been an eyesore for a considerable period of time.

·       The other reasonably available sites within the defined search area of Hook Settlement Policy Boundary or its immediate surrounds, which the Council considered would meet the requirements from a sequential flood risk perspective.

·       The ownership of these two additional sites, Brown Croft and Geffery’s House and whether that was material to the consideration.

·       Whether a lack of objection from the Environment Agency was pertinent in Sequential Test assessments.

·       Pre-application discussions for alternative uses for the site including commercial.

·       Whether different types of use would potentially meet the Sequential Test for development on this site.

·       The high amount of recent rainfall and that on the site visit the water levels in the culvert appeared low.

·       The definitions of flood zones 2 and 3A. 

·       Whether resolving to grant this application would be a departure from the Local Plan policy NBE5 and the procedure and implications of this.

·       The area of search for reasonably available sites.

·       Whether, if the Sequential Test is not passed, could the development proceed anyway.

·       Fine balance between re-development and flood risk.

Members questioned the markers that they had observed on the site visit and the modelling work, and the Flood Risk Management Officer confirmed these were acceptable.

 

The Flood Risk Management Officer also confirmed that the Environment Agency does not respond to Sequential Tests, as its responsibility lies with the relevant Local Authority. 

 

Members debated:

·       The appearance of the proposed site currently, that it is an eyesore, and the benefits of re-development.

·       The benefits to residents if the site appearance was improved.

·       If flood risk were not an issue, there would be no other concerns with re-development.

·       That there must be very good reason to depart from officers’ professional advice and the first refusal, a very recent material planning consideration.

·       The design of the proposed house and that it was of a good quality.

·       The devastation that flooding of homes can cause to residents. 

·       Whether the site was flat and if re-grading of gardens would change the status and remove designation in flood zones 2 and 3.

·       Distances of the site to the two reasonably available sites in flood zone 1.   

·       The floorplan of the house and the potential impact of landscape gardening on a Sequential Test result.

·       Legal implications of granting permission contrary to Sequential Test result, LPA standard approach to the assessment and Hart Strategic Flood Risk Assessment 2016 notes area of search could be district-wide.

 

The Executive Director, Place reminded the committee of the Council’s Climate Change Emergency declaration, the relevant detail within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF 21) relevant to this application, and guidance contained within the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) 'Flood Risk and Coastal Change'.

 

The Development Management & Building Control Manager clarified policy NBE5 Managing Flood Risk, Planning Practise Guidance for sequential test and reasonably available alternative sites and the Hart Strategic Flood Risk Assessment 2016.

 

Shared Legal Services clarified the Government guidance to the Committee in terms of Planning Practise Guidance for Sequential Test. www.gov.uk (Flood risk assessment: the sequential test for applicants - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Members undertook a recorded vote on the Officer’s recommendation to Refuse and this was carried. The results were:

For: Cockarill, Oliver, Quarterman and Radley.

Against: Forster, Southern and Worlock

Abstention: Kennett and Makepeace-Browne

 

DECISION – REFUSE

 

Notes:

 

A site visit was carried out on Tuesday 17th January, as set out in the Addendum paper.

 

Ian Lasseter OBO Lasseter Downie Planning, spoke For the application.

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Attendees

Brian Blewett photo
Committee Member
Brian Blewett

Liberal Democrat

Apologies

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Graham Cockarill photo
Committee Member
Portfolio Holder - Planning Policy and Place
Graham Cockarill

Liberal Democrat

Present, as expected

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Peter Wildsmith photo
Committee Member
Chairman
Peter Wildsmith

Liberal Democrat

Absent

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Richard Quarterman photo
Chairman
Portfolio Holder - Climate Change and Corporate Services
Richard Quarterman

Liberal Democrat

Present, as expected

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Dermot Smith photo
Committee Member
Vice-Chairman
Dermot Smith

Independent

In attendance

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Jane Worlock photo
Committee Member
Jane Worlock

Conservative

Present, as expected

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John Kennett photo
Committee Member
John Kennett

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Steve Forster photo
Committee Member
Steve Forster

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Tim Southern photo
Committee Member
Tim Southern

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Alan Oliver photo
Vice-Chairman
Portfolio Holder - Community Safety and Development Management
Alan Oliver

Community Campaign Hart

Present, as expected

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James Radley photo
Committee Member
Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder - Finance
James Radley

Community Campaign Hart

Present, as expected

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Wendy Makepeace-Browne photo
Committee Member
Wendy Makepeace-Browne

Community Campaign Hart

Present, as expected

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Officer
Executive Director - Place
Mark Jaggard

None

In attendance

Officer
Committee and Member Services Officer
Jenny Murton

None

In attendance

Officer
Planning Policy Officer
Matthew Harris

None

In attendance

Officer
Development Management & Building Control Manager
Stephanie Baker

None

In attendance

Officer
Shared Legal Services
Fehintola Otudeko

None

In attendance

Officer
Principal Planner
Kathryn Pearson

None

In attendance

Officer
Senior Planner
Aimee Harris

None

In attendance

Officer
Flood Risk Management Officer
Alex Jones

None

In attendance

Previous Committee Meetings

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10th Jan 2024 Planning Committee (Cancelled)

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8th Nov 2023 Planning Committee (Cancelled)

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9th Aug 2023 Planning Committee

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Source

This meeting detail is from Hart Borough Council website