Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: This is a virtual meeting

Contact: Paul Bateman  Email:  paul.bateman@southandvale.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

11.

Chairman's announcements

To receive any announcements from the chairman and general housekeeping matters.

Minutes:

The chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and outlined the procedure to be followed in a virtual public meeting.

 

12.

Declarations of interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests in respect of items on the agenda for this meeting.  

Minutes:

With respect to application P20/S0782/FUL, Garden Cottage, Badgemore Park, Gravel Hill, Henley on Thames, Councillor Ken Arlett declared that he was a former member of Badgemore Park Golf Course and at the present time had no financial interest in that establishment.

13.

Urgent business

To receive notification of any matters which the chairman determines should be considered as urgent business and the special circumstances which have made the matters urgent and to receive any notification of any applications deferred or withdrawn.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

14.

Proposals for site visits

Minutes:

There were no proposals for site visits.

15.

Public participation

To receive any statements from members of the public that have registered to speak on planning applications which are being presented to this committee meeting. 

Minutes:

The list showing members of the public who had registered to speak was shared with members of the committee. Any statements from the public received prior to the meeting were circulated to the committee and would be published on the council’s website.

16.

P19/S4665/FUL & P19/S4667/LB - The Three Horseshoes, Oxford Road, Benson pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Removal of existing C20 pergola and roof covering, construction of new single storey extension to side/rear with pitched roof with glazed pitched roof covering between new extension and existing C19 outbuilding.  New single storey extension to rear of C19 outbuilding with pitched roof.  Internal alterations to remove existing male and female toilets and general refurbishment (as amended by drwgnos 639-(P)-200C, 639-(P)-201E, 639-(P)-202E to reduce rear extension and move further away from site boundary received on 29 July 2020 and amplified by a Flood Risk Assessment, Heritage Statement and noise management measures received on 16 April 2020)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered applications P19/S4665/FUL & P19/S4667/LB for the removal of existing C20 pergola and roof covering, construction of new single storey extension to side/rear with pitched roof with glazed pitched roof covering between new extension and existing C19 outbuilding.  New single storey extension to rear of C19 outbuilding with pitched roof.  Internal alterations to remove existing male and female toilets and general refurbishment. Amended by drawing no.s 639-(P)-200C, 639-(P)-201E, 639-(P)-202E to reduce rear extension and move further away from site boundary received on 29 July 2020 and amplified by a Flood Risk Assessment, Heritage Statement and noise management measures received on 16 April 2020)

at the Three Horseshoes, 2 Oxford Road, Benson.

 

Consultations, representations, policy and guidance and the site’s planning history were detailed in the officer’s report which formed part of the agenda pack for this meeting.

 

The planning officer advised the committee that the development would assimilate well into the conservation area and the proposals would not represent a risk to the fabric of the building.  In the view of planning officers, on balance, the value to the community was greater than the impact on neighbouring housing.

 

Mr Guy Robinson, the owner, spoke in support of the application.

 

In response to a question from the committee regarding the accuracy of the northern border delineation, the planning officer reported that the fence line originally had not been shown correctly, but the latest information on this was that the plans had been modified, and were accurate to the satisfaction of the occupant and the agent.

 

In response to a question on noise minimisation measures, the planning officer reported that the council’s environmental protection team had consulted the occupant and had suggested a condition which would ensure that the glazed area forming the addition to the trading space could not be used for licensable activities creating noise (for example live bands, parties wedding celebrations etc.). This translated into recommended Condition 6, ‘Entertainment Restriction’.

 

A motion moved and seconded, to grant planning permission was declared carried on being put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED; to grant planning permission for application P19/S4665/FUL subject to the following conditions:

 

1.    Commencement three years - Full Planning Permission.

2.    Approved plans.

3.    Sample materials required (all)

4.    Joinery/Glazing Details required

5.    Works to match existing

6.    Entertainment Restriction

7.    Tree Protection (General)

8.    FRA – Implementation as approved

 

A motion moved and seconded, to grant listed building consent was declared carried on being put to the vote.

 

In respect of the listed building application, the committee noted that the Council’s Conservation Officer had no objection in principle to the proposed rear extension and refurbishment of the premises. The committee concurred that the rear extension to the nineteenth century element of the building would be of a modest scale and sympathetic in design.

 

RESOLVED; to grant listed building consent for application P19/S4667/LB subject to the following conditions:

 

1.    Commencement three years – Listed Building

2.    Approved plans

3.    Sample materials required (all)

4.    Joinery/Glazing Details required

5.    Works  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.

17.

P20/S1179/FUL - Land South of Hithercroft Road, Wallingford pdf icon PDF 180 KB

Erection of industrial / distribution units (Class B1(c), B2, and B8) including access and servicing arrangements, car parking, landscaping and associated works.(contaminated land report received 5 May 2020, additional information regarding Highways received 26 May 2020, amended plans & additional information received 3 June 2020 and additional information received 29 June 2020, Transport Technical Note Received 8 July & 4 August 2020).(Amended plans received 9 July 2020)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered application P20/S1179/FUL for the

erection of industrial / distribution units (Class B1(c), B2, and B8) including access and servicing arrangements, car parking, landscaping and associated works (contaminated land report received 5 May 2020, additional information regarding Highways received 26 May 2020, amended plans & additional information received 3 June 2020, additional information received 29 June 2020, Transport Technical Note Received 8 July & 4 August 2020) (amended plans received 9 July 2020), on land South of Hithercroft Road Wallingford, OX10 9TA.

 

Consultations, representations, policy and guidance and the site’s planning history were detailed in the officer’s report which formed part of the agenda pack for this meeting.

 

The planning officer reported that the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) assessment on sustainability had achieved an ‘Excellent’ rating, which the committee noted with approval.

 

The planning officer reported that the Environment Agency had confirmed in their letter dated 21 September 2020 that they had no objections to the proposed development. They welcomed the 10m buffer provided to Bradford’s Brook and required it to be maintained as a fully naturalised buffer zone throughout construction and for the lifetime of the development.  Conditions 6 and 14 should satisfy these requirements, which related to CMS and landscape management.  However, a specific condition would probably be easier for future monitoring and compliance, for both the developer/future occupiers, as well as the council.

 

Thames Water had confirmed that whilst discussions were still taking place in respect of modelling, their representation stood with no objection, subject to a phased approach to development. There were no technical objections to this application from the council or Oxfordshire County Council officers, subject to conditions which were set out in section 9.0 of the report. It was noted by the committee that a recommended condition required further details on surface water drainage.

 

The planning officer reported that the development was considerably smaller in terms of height and scale than the full planning permission given to this site in 2014. Present negotiations had resulted in improved landscaping and planting, resulting in 100 additional trees. The sensitive western boundary was also the subject of improved landscaping.

 

The planning officer reported that the site was compliant with the emerging Wallingford Neighbourhood Plan Site C ambition for the creation of 300 local jobs. Wallingford Town Council had objected to the present proposal on the grounds of overdevelopment but had not objected to the 2014 application.

 

Angie Fenton, the agent, spoke in support of the application. In addition, the democratic services officer had sent Angie Fenton’s statement to the committee prior to the meeting.

 

Sue Roberts, a local ward councillor, spoke objecting to the application.

 

In response to a question from the committee regarding the biodiversity offset, its discharge and the ongoing maintenance commitment, the planning officer reported that the applicants had paid the council £43,000.  The recommended conditions 14 and 15 related to the production of a Landscape Management Plan and its implementation. In response to a question regarding light intrusion, the planning  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.

18.

P20/S1925/FUL - 6a Kentwood Close, Cholsey pdf icon PDF 506 KB

Erection of two storey dwelling (Retrospective) (amended by revised application form and plan received 9 July 2020; material schedule received 18 August 2020 and elevation plans received 19 August 2020).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee considered application P20/S1925/FUL for the erection of a two-storey dwelling (retrospective), (amended by revised application form and plan received 9 July 2020; material schedule received 18 August 2020 and elevation plans received 19 August 2020) at 6a Kentwood Close, Cholsey.

 

Consultations, representations, policy and guidance and the site’s planning history were detailed in the officer’s report which formed part of the agenda pack for this meeting.

 

The planning officer informed the committee that in the list under paragraph 5.1, the section entitled ‘Neighbourhood Plan’, showed ‘H7’ as the parking policy; this should in fact read ‘H6’.

 

The planning officer advised the committee that this was a partially retrospective application, which sought to regularise the approval granted on 15 March 2017, which had a single ‘pre-commencement’ condition, requiring a schedule of materials for the external finish of the scheme to be submitted prior to the commencement of the development.  Development had commenced by the digging of the dwelling foundations on 2 March 2020, which was a breach of planning control.

 

A material change was reported by the planning officer; the Cholsey Neighbourhood Plan was now adopted. Also, the site could accommodate the spaces for the dwelling. The committee noted Table 1 at paragraph 6.26 of the report, which indicated three off street and two on-street parking spaces for this scheme, compared with three and one spaces respectively for the 2017 scheme. The Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, had not raised any objection to the proposal, and considered that there would be insignificant impact or harm upon the highways network, given the small scale of the scheme.

 

Mr. Titi Dumbrofca, a local resident of 6a Kentwood Close, spoke objecting to the application.

 

Councillor Anne-Marie Simpson, a local ward councillor, spoke objecting to the application.

 

In response to a question from the committee in respect of off-street parking, the senior planning officer advised that under planning legislation, off-street parking could not be the subject of planning conditions. However, the neighbourhood plan offered some flexibility for parking.

 

A motion moved and seconded, to grant planning permission was declared carried on being put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED; to grant planning permission for application P20/S1925/FUL subject to the following conditions:

 

1. Approved plans

 

That the development hereby approved shall be carried out in accordance   with the details shown on the following approved plans, [Inserted upon issue of decision], except as controlled or modified by conditions of this permission.

 

2. Materials as on plan

 

The exterior of the development hereby permitted shall only be constructed in the materials specified on the plans and materials schedule (dated 9th March 2020) hereby approved.

 

3. Parking & Manoeuvring Areas Retained

 

Prior to the first occupation of the development hereby approved, the parking and turning areas shall be provided in accordance with the approved plan PD04 and shall be constructed, laid out, surfaced, drained and completed to be compliant with sustainable drainage (SuDS) principles, and shall be retained unobstructed except for the parking of vehicles associated  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.

19.

P20/S0782/FUL - Garden Cottage, Badgemore Park, Gravel Hill, Henley-On-Thames pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Reconfiguration of Garden Cottage to provide additional office accommodation; enlargements to provide twenty units of overnight accommodation (net increase of twelve), treatment rooms and staff accommodation (as amended to clarify extent of hardstanding)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Lorraine Hillier and Councillor Jo Robb, the local ward councillors, stood down from the committee for consideration of this item.

 

The committee considered application P20/S0782/FUL for the reconfiguration of Garden Cottage to provide additional office accommodation; enlargements to provide twenty units of overnight accommodation (net increase of twelve), treatment rooms and staff accommodation (as amended to clarify extent of hardstanding) at Garden Cottage Badgemore Park, Gravel Hill, Henley-On-Thames.

 

The planning officer reported that the Rotherfield Greys Parish Council had objected to the proposal, considering that it represented a ‘gross overdevelopment’ of the site. In the view of the council’s planning and economic development officers, the proposed development would provide additional visitor accommodation to the benefit of the local economy and would broadly be in accordance with the relevant development plan policies and national planning policy.  Subject to conditions, the proposal would be in keeping with the character and appearance of the site and surrounding area, would conserve the landscape and scenic beauty of the Chilterns AONB, and would not materially harm the amenity of neighbouring occupiers or be prejudicial to highway safety.

 

Simon Sharp, the agent spoke in support of the application. In addition, the democratic services officer had sent Simon Sharp’s statement to the committee prior to the meeting.

 

The committee considered that the proposal was well-contained and did not represent overdevelopment.  It took the view that the proposed development would support rural business, to the benefit of the community. The committee noted that the impact upon the Chiltern area of outstanding natural beauty would be limited; the Chilterns Conservation Board at paragraph 2.1 of the report were quoted as stating that, ‘the impact on the special qualities of the AONB are relatively modest’.

 

A motion moved and seconded, to grant planning permission was declared carried on being put to the vote.

 

RESOLVED; to grant planning permission for application P20/S0782/FUL subject to the following conditions:

 

1.         Commencement of development within three years.

2.         Development to be in accordance with the approved plans.

3.         Schedule of materials to be agreed prior to the commencement of development.

4.         Tree protection details to be agreed prior to the commencement of development.

5.         Hard and soft landscaping scheme to be agreed prior to the commencement of development.

6.         Surface water drainage details to be agreed prior to the commencement of development.

7.         A biodiversity enhancement scheme shall be agreed prior to the commencement of development.

8.         A construction traffic management plan to be agreed prior to the commencement of development.

9.         External lighting details to be agreed prior to installation.

10.       Parking and turning area to be provided and retained in accordance with the approved plans.

11.       Travel Plan to be agreed prior to occupation of development.

12.       Cycle parking to be provided in accordance with details to be agreed prior to occupation of the development.

13.       Staff accommodation in Block B to be used only in connection with staff employed at the site.

14.       Rooflights in west elevation of Block E  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.