Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday 14th October 2021 9.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea

Contact: Julie Hollands 

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PL21/44.

Minutes

To authorise the Chairman to sign the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on the 9 September 2021 as a correct record of the proceedings.

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PL21/45.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutes

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors G.C. Curtis, A.E. Ganly, J.M. Johnson and A.S. Mier.

 

It was noted that Councillors J. Barnes was present as substitute for Councillor A.E. Ganly.

PL21/46.

Withdrawn Applications

The Head of Service Strategy and Planning to advise Members of those planning applications on the agenda which have been withdrawn.

 

RR/2021/701/L – BRIAR COTTAGE, SOUTH LANE, DALLINGTON

 

RR/2021/492/P – GORSECLIFFE, CHANNEL WAY, FAIRLIGHT

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It was noted that the following applications were withdrawn from the agenda:

 

·        RR/2021/701/L – Briar Cottage, South Lane, Dallington.

·        RR/2021/492/P – Gorsecliffe, Channel Way, Fairlight which would be reconsidered at the meeting scheduled to be held on Thursday 16 December 2021.

 

 

PL21/47.

Disclosure of Interest

To receive any disclosure by Members of personal and disclosable pecuniary interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the Member regards the personal interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct.  Members are reminded of the need to repeat their declaration immediately prior to the commencement of the item in question.

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There were no declarations of interest made.

PL21/48.

Planning Applications - Index pdf icon PDF 117 KB

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Outline planning permissions are granted subject to approval by the Council of reserved matters before any development is commenced, which are layout, scale, appearance, access and landscaping.  Unless otherwise stated, every planning permission or outline planning permission is granted subject to the development beginning within three years from the date of the permission.  In regard to outline permissions, reserved matters application for approval must be made within three years from the date of the grant of outline permission; and the development to which the permission relates must begin no later than whichever is the later of the following dates: the expiration of three years from the date of the grant of outline permission or, the expiration of two years from the final approval of the reserved matters, or in the case of approval on different dates, the final approval of the last such matters to be approved.

 

In certain circumstances the Planning Committee will indicate that it is only prepared to grant or refuse planning permission if, or unless, certain amendments to a proposal are undertaken or subject to completion of outstanding consultations.  In these circumstances the Director of Place and Climate Change can be given delegated authority to issue the decision of the Planning Committee once the requirements of the Committee have been satisfactorily complied with.  A delegated decision does not mean that planning permission or refusal will automatically be issued.  If there are consultation objections, difficulties, or negotiations are not satisfactorily concluded, then the application will have to be reported back to the Planning Committee.  This delegation also allows the Director of Place and Climate Change to negotiate and amend applications, conditions, reasons for refusal and notes commensurate with the instructions of the Committee.  Any applications which are considered prior to the expiry of the consultation reply period are automatically delegated for a decision.

 

RESOLVED: That the Planning Applications be determined as detailed below.

PL21/49.

RR/2021/722/P - 31 Ninfield Road, Bexhill pdf icon PDF 453 KB

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DECISION: GRANT (FULL PLANNING)

 

CONDITIONS:

 

1.     The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

Reason: In accordance with section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended by section 51 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004).

 

2.     The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:   

Drawing No. 20-044-P-01-B dated 15.09.21

Drawing No. 20-044-S-01-B dated 03/03/2021

Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

 

3.   No above ground development shall take place until details of the materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of the development hereby permitted have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.

Reason: To ensure that the development preserves the visual amenities of the area in accordance with Policies OSS4 (iii) and EN3 of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy.

 

4.     The development shall not be occupied until the cycle parking area has been provided in accordance with approved Drawing No. 20-044-P-01-B dated 15.09.21 and the area shall thereafter be retained for that use and shall not be used other than for the parking of cycles.

Reason: In order that the development site is accessible by non-car modes and to meet the objectives of sustainable development in accordance with Policy TR3 of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy (2014) and Policy DHG7 (ii) of the Development and Site Allocations Local Plan.

 

5.     The dwellings hereby permitted shall not be occupied until the refuse and recycling areas have been laid out within the site in accordance with the site plan, Drawing No. 20-044-S-01-B dated 03/03/2021. Thereafter, these areas shall be used for the storage and collection of waste only.

Reason: To ensure sufficient bin storage and collection points are provided for the dwellings and in the interests of visual amenity, having regard to Policy OSS4 of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy and Policy DHG7 (iii) of the Development and Site Allocations Local Plan.

 

6.     The dwellings hereby approved shall meet the requirement of no more than 110 litres/person/day water efficiency set out in Part G of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations 2010 (as amended) for water usage. The dwellings hereby permitted shall not be occupied until evidence has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority to demonstrate that the dwellings have been constructed to achieve water consumption of no more than 110 litres per person per day.

Reason: To ensure that the dwellings are built to acceptable water efficiency standards in line with sustainability objectives and in accordance with Policy SRM2 (v) of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy and Policy DRM1 of the Rother Development and Site Allocations Local Plan.

 

7.     No site machinery or plant shall be operated, no process shall be carried out and no demolition or construction related  ...  view the full minutes text for item PL21/49.

PL21/50.

RR/2021/1020/P - 6 Spring Steps, Winchelsea, Icklesham pdf icon PDF 190 KB

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DECISION: REFUSE (FULL PLANNING)

 

Members had visited the site which was a non-listed 1950’s terraced property located within the Spring Steps cul-de-sac in Winchelsea.  It was also within the development boundary and Winchelsea Conservation Area (WCA), the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as well as an archaeological notification area.  Winchelsea was also covered by two Article 4 Directions, which restricted certain forms of development. 

 

The proposal sought permission to install 3 No. rooflights to the rear roof slope to facilitate a proposed attic conversion to create two additional bedrooms. 

 

The Planning Committee heard from a spokesperson representing those objecting to the scheme, as well as the two local Ward Members.  Several concerns were raised regarding highway safety, parking issues, overdevelopment (3 to 5 bedrooms), internal alterations and room dimensions, as well as future usage of the property.

 

After deliberation, the Planning Committee felt that the rooflights would have a significant impact on the appearance of the row of terraced properties and therefore affect the character of the locality within the High Weald AONB and WCA.  Members were also concerned regarding the room dimensions which could potentially lead to overcrowded and dangerous living conditions.

 

Councillor Prochak moved the motion to REFUSE (Full Planning) and this was seconded by Councillor Rev Norton.  The motion was declared CARRIED (7 for / 4 against).

 

REASON FOR REFUSAL:

 

1.   The proposal by way of its appearance and choice of materials would detract from the host dwelling and the row of terrace houses within which it resides. Accordingly, it is considered to unacceptably harm the character and appearance of the locality within the High Weald AONB and the Winchelsea Conservation Area contrary to Policies OSS4, EN2 and EN3 of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy 2014 and Policies DHG9, DEN2 of the Development and Site Allocations Local Plan 2019.

 

NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK: In accordance with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (paragraph 38) and with the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015, the Local Planning Authority has acted positively and proactively in determining this application by assessing the proposal against the relevant planning policy and guidance. Unfortunately, the proposed development was considered in this instance to be unacceptable with no amendments likely to overcome the objections raised.

PL21/51.

Appeals pdf icon PDF 138 KB

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PL21/52.

To note the date and time for future Site Inspections

Tuesday 9 November 2021 at 9:00am departing from the Town Hall, Bexhill.

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