Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday 11th November 2021 9.30 am

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

Contact: Julie Hollands 

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PL21/53.

Minutes

To authorise the Chairman to sign the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on the 14 October 2021 as a correct record of the proceedings.

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PL21/54.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutes

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An apology for absence was received from Councillor J.M. Johnson.

 

It was noted that Councillor J. Barnes was present as substitute for Councillor J.M. Johnson.

PL21/55.

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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Declarations of interest were made by Councillors in the Minutes as indicated below:

 

Mier                 Agenda Item 9 – Personal Interest as his partner’s son lived opposite the property and had signed a petition against the application.

                       

Agenda Item 11 – Personal and Prejudicial Interest as the Applicant was his partner.

 

PL21/56.

Planning Applications - Index pdf icon PDF 118 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 – 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 – 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.

PL21/57.

RR/2021/1483/P - Beeching Road Units 7-12, Bexhill pdf icon PDF 194 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 and details:

Site Location Plan, dated 07/12/2018

Proposed Left Hand Side Elevation (Unit 12), Drawing No. 183879/02-08, dated May 2019

Proposed Right Hand Side Elevation (Unit 7), Drawing No. 183879/02-07, dated May 2019

Proposed Ground Floor Plan Units 11&12, Drawing No. 183879/02-03 Rev D, dated May 2019

Proposed Ground Floor Plan Units 7&8, Drawing No. 183879/02-01 Rev E dated May 2019

Landscaping Layout Plan, Drawing No. 183879/100-02 Rev C dated October 2019

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

 

3.     The materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of the development hereby permitted shall match those outlined in the application form unless an alternative finish is first submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Reason: To protect the special character of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in accordance with Policy OSS4 (iii) of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy.

 

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 all material considerations, including planning policies and any representations that have been received and subsequently determining to grant planning permission in accordance with the presumption in favour of sustainable development, as set out within the National Planning Policy Framework.

PL21/58.

RR/2021/863/P - 55 South Cliff, Bexhill pdf icon PDF 439 KB

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DECISION: DEFERRED FOR SITE VISIT

PL21/59.

RR/2020/493/P - The Globe – Land adjacent, Military Road, Rye pdf icon PDF 401 KB

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DECISION: GRANT (FULL PLANNING) SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS

 

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. 17-93-08 Loc Plan (May 19)

Drawing No. 17-93-03 Layout Plan (Jan 18)

Drawing No. 17-93-08 G (16-07-21)

Drawing No. 17-93-09 B (16-07-21)

Drawing No. 17-93-09 2B (16-07-21)

Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning, as advised in Planning Practice Guidance Paragraph: 022 Reference ID: 21a-022- 20140306

 

3.     Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, (or any order revoking or re-enacting this Order with or without modification), no extensions or garages, as defined within classes A-G of Part 1 of the Schedule 2 of the order, shall be erected on the site otherwise than in accordance with a planning permission granted by the Local Planning Authority.

Reason: In the interests of visual amenity, and to ensure that special regard is paid to the interests of protecting the architectural and historic character of the Listed Buildings and their setting preserve the character of the conservation area in accordance with Policy EN2 of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy.

 

4.     Before commencement of any building works/alterations or repairs as hereby approved, samples of the bricks, tiles, weatherboarding to be used shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The works shall be completed utilising the approved materials only.

Reason: In the interests of visual amenity, and to ensure that special regard is paid to the interests of protecting the architectural and historic character of the Listed Buildings and their setting preserve the character of the conservation area in accordance with Policy EN2 of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy.

 

5.     Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, (or any order revoking or re-enacting this Order) with or without modification), no windows or other openings (other than those expressly authorised by this permission) shall be inserted into the elevations or roof slopes.

Reason: In the interests of visual amenity, and to ensure that special regard is paid to the interests of protecting the architectural and historic character of the Listed Buildings and their setting preserve the character of the conservation area in accordance with Policy EN2 of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy.

 

6.     Prior to occupation of the development hereby permitted, the new access shall be in the position shown on the submitted plan and laid out and constructed in accordance with the attached HT407 form and all works undertaken shall be executed and completed by the Applicant to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority.

Reason: To ensure the safety of  ...  view the full minutes text for item PL21/59.

PL21/60.

RR/2020/1826/P - Curlew Cottage – Land adjacent, Pett Level Road, Pett pdf icon PDF 394 KB

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DECISION: GRANT (FULL PLANNING) AND DELEGATE TO DEVELOPMENT MANAGER REQUISITE CONDITIONS ATTACHED, INCLUDING A DARK SKIES CONDITION TO INCLUDE NO EXTERNAL LIGHTING

 

Members had visited the site which was a proposal for one 2-storey dwelling, with a garden room, large balcony and detached double garage on the southern part of the garden of Curlew Cottage.  The Council’s Development Site and Allocations Plan adopted in 2016 concluded that Pett Level did not have a defined settlement boundary therefore the site was located in open countryside.  Pett Level had a limited range of local amenities and residents would have to travel to Hastings or Rye to access facilities.  Therefore the site was considered unsustainable.

 

The Planning Committee heard from the Applicant who outlined the history and future of the property, neighbouring properties and surrounding area, as well as the local Ward Member.  Comments were noted from Pett Parish Council and Fairlight Parish Council, as well as Natural England stating that they had no objection to the application.

 

The Planning Committee discussed the acceptability of the proposal and in weighing up all the issues decided that it was a sustainable site as there was access to regular (one bus per hour) transport facilities.  They also felt that the new dwelling would not adversely impinge on the neighbouring properties.  Therefore the Committee granted full planning permission subject to the inclusion of relevant standard conditions including a suitable condition protecting dark skies (delegated to officers to consider).

 

Councillor Ganly moved the motion to APPROVE (Full Planning) and this was seconded by Councillor Mier.  The motion was declared CARRIED (7 for / 3 against).

 

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 drawings:

Site Location Plan, dated 9.10.20

OV/DB/MR/02 Proposed Site Layout, dated 07/09/2020

OV/DB/MR/01 Proposed Elevations/ Floor plans, dated 9.10.20

OV/DB/MR/03 Proposed Garage, dated 9.10.20

 

3.    Prior to occupation of the dwelling hereby permitted, boundary treatments shall be erected strictly in accordance with details submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and thereafter retained and maintained in accordance with the approved details.

Reason: In the interests of visual amenity and to prevent the development from having any harmful impact upon the amenities of adjoining properties by way of overlooking, in accordance with Policy OSS4 (ii and iii) of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy and DHG11 of the Development and Site Allocations Local Plan.

 

4.    No development above ground level shall take place until full details of the materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of the dwelling and garage hereby permitted have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Development shall be carried out  ...  view the full minutes text for item PL21/60.

PL21/61.

RR/2021/1913/P - Mistral, Shepherds Way, Fairlight pdf icon PDF 376 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.

Location Plan – P2111-50 – Received 04/08/21

Site Plan – P2111-100 – Received 04/08/21

Proposed Ground Floor Plan – P2111-225 – Received 04/08/21

Proposed First Floor Plan – P2111-266 – Received 04/08/21

Proposed East and South Elevations – P2111-325 – Received 04/08/21

Proposed West and North Elevations – P2111-326 – Received 04/08/21

Proposed Sections A-A and B-B – P2111-425 – Received 04/08/21

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

 

3.     The materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of the development hereby permitted shall match in materials, colour and texture as those used in the existing building unless an alternative finish is first submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Reason: To ensure the development is in character with the existing building and its surroundings in accordance with Policy OSS4(iii) of the Rother Local Plan Core Strategy and Policy DHG9(ii) of the Rother Development and Site Allocations Plan.

 

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 all material considerations, including planning policies and any representations that have been received and subsequently determining to grant planning permission in accordance with the presumption in favour of sustainable development, as set out within the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

(Councillor Mier declared a Personal and Prejudicial Interest in so far as the Applicant was his partner and in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct left the meeting during the consideration thereof).

 

PL21/62.

Planning Statistics for the Quarter April - June 2021 and July - September 2021 (including summary of planning statistics for 2020-2022) pdf icon PDF 390 KB

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PL21/63.

Revision to the Planning Scheme of Delegation and Other Related Changes pdf icon PDF 289 KB

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Consideration was given to the report of the Director – Place and Climate Change which detailed proposed changes to the Council’s Scheme of Delegation. 

 

The proposed changes were mainly a consequence of the Planning Service review which had been carried out earlier this year, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Development Manager had been tasked with identifying areas for operational improvement.  Two specific areas required improvement namely reducing the backlog of planning applications and enforcement process.  Therefore, it was proposed to amend the scheme of delegation by expanding the function of signing off planning applications to principal or senior planning officers and that the legal department be consulted only on enforcement notices to speed-up processing times.

 

The Development Manager advised that he was currently reviewing the Council’s Enforcement Plan; once drafted this would be shared with Members for their comments / contributions.  The Chairman requested that a simplified flowchart of the process with timescales be included.

 

After discussion, Members approved the amendments to the Scheme of Delegation as identified at Appendix A to the report and agreed that Part 8 of the Council’s Constitution be amended accordingly.

 

RESOLVED: That:

 

1)    the officer scheme of delegation in respect of the Planning Service be amended as identified at Appendix A to the report; and

 

2)    Part 8 of the Council’s Constitution be amended accordingly.

 

PL21/64.

Appeals pdf icon PDF 124 KB

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PL21/65.

To note the date and time for future Site Inspections

Tuesday 14 December 2021 at 9:00am departing from the Town Hall, Bexhill.

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