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Contact: Emily Horne on 01424 451719  email:  ehorne@hastings.gov.uk

Note: The recording of this meeting is available on line at: (Part 1) https://www.hastings.gov.uk/my_council/cm/?video=295598095&meeting=Planning%20Committee%20meeting%20-%2010%20October%202018%20(1)&CId=129&MId=3046&Ver=4 and (Part 2) https://www.hastings.gov.uk/my_council/cm/?video=295617264&meeting=Planning%20Committee%20meeting%20-%2010%20October%202018%20(2)&CId=129&MId=3046&Ver=4 

Items
No. Item

71.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Cox.

 

72.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

The following councillors declared their interests in the minutes as indicated:

 

Councillor

Minute

Interest

Beaver and Scott

5a – Astec House, 10-12 Sedlescombe Road South, St. Leonards on Sea

Personal Interest – Member of East Sussex County Council.

 

Beaver & Scott

5c – Land to the rear of 419 to 447 Bexhill Road, St. Leonards on Sea

 

Personal Interest – Member of East Sussex County Council.

 

Beaver

5c – Land to the rear of 419 to 447 Bexhill Road, St. Leonards on Sea

 

Personal Interest – Has attended a meeting of residents but did not give an opinion and maintains an open mind.

Beaver

6c – Site of former Hastings College of Arts and Technology, Archery Road, St. Leonards on Sea

Personal Interest – Attended a meeting, but did not give an opinion, only factual information.

Bishop

All applications

Personal Interest - Employer is the Environment Agency but she had no involvement with any of the applications.

O’Callaghan

5b – The Stade Family Amusement Park, The Stade, Hastings

Prejudicial Interest – Son has recently left employment at the Stade.

 

73.

Minutes of previous meeting held on 12 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 209 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting held on 12 September 2018 be approved and signed by the Chair as a true record.

 

 

74.

Notification of any additional urgent items

Minutes:

None.

 

75.

Planning applications attracting a petition

75a

Astec House, 10-12 Sedlescombe Road South, St. Leonards on Sea pdf icon PDF 401 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

 

Proposal:

Redevelopment to provide a mixed scheme comprising 290 sq m of business floor space and 12 x two bed and 1 x three bed apartments together with associated parking.

 

Application No:

HS/FA/18/00028

 

Conservation Area:

 

Listed Building

 

Public Consultation

 

 

No

 

No

 

42 letters of objection received and 1 petition of objection

received.

 

The Principal Planning Officer, Mr Temple, introduced this planning application for the redevelopment to provide a mixed scheme comprising 290 sq m of business floor space and 12 x two bed and 1 x three bed apartments together with associated parking at Astec House, 10-12 Sedlescombe Road South, St. Leonards on Sea. 

 

Members were informed of an update to the report:-

One additional letter of objection from an existing objector/lead petitioner.

 

Members were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.

 

Mr Adamson, petitioner, was present, he said he lived in the rae for 31 years and was speaking on behalf of the residents.  He raised concern regarding the height and appearance of the building and parking, stating that unauthorised parking was likely to increase. He said the scale and mass of the building is completely inappropriate and far too large; it is out of scale and out of character for the area and will impact on the privacy of the surrounding properties. The building will block out sunlight which is important to visiting patients of the neighbouring doctor’s surgery. He read a letter from the owner of the neighbouring GP surgery raising concern regarding daylight; size and scale, design and drainage.  Mr Adamson, said the development will cast a dark shadow over Silverhill both literally and physically.

 

Mike Pickup, agent on behalf of the applicant, spoke in support of the application.  He said the Highways Authority were satisfied that the amount of car parking, widening and additional tactile paving at the entrance of Ponswood Road is acceptable.  Furthermore, he said, the committee report confirmed that the costs associated with the proposed re-development scheme would not be viable to include affordable housing.  He said the committee report refers to the potential for overlooking / loss of outlook, however they conclude there would be no such harm and this would not amount to a sustainable reason for refusal. He said the applicant has been given no opportunity to put in any amended proposals relating to the officer’s concerns regarding building design and composition of the single storey bike store at the front of the site. He said the four storey building will be in keeping with the majority of other buildings with the exception of the adjoining surgery building which is not an appropriate bench mark.  The penthouse forming the 5th storey, will be set back from main frontage line of the building, therefore its overall height will not appear significantly different to other buildings given angle of view from street level. The building will have modern technology: solar panel, water efficiency measures and much improved floor space. The office floor space has been occupied  ...  view the full minutes text for item 75a

75b

The Stade Family Amusement Park, The Stade, Hastings pdf icon PDF 376 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

 

Proposal:

Proposed extensions and refurbishments to main amusement building including raised roof to accommodate additional floor. Increased height and footprint of raised huts behind the main building. Proposed alterations to park and rides. Proposed new formalised and landscaped pedestrian footpath from adjacent to shelter to beach front access and enlargement of amusement park to incorporate land where current footpath is located. Proposed new boathouse and jetty (amended description).

 

Application No:

HS/FA/17/01056

 

Conservation Area:

 

Listed Building

 

Public Consultation

 

 

Yes - Old Town

 

No

 

25 letters of objection received; 1 petition of objection

received and 1 letter of support received.

 

 

This item was moved up the agenda with the agreement of the Chair.

 

Having raised her prejudicial interest, Councillor O’Callaghan was absent from the Chamber during discussion and voting of this item.

 

The Planning Services Manger presented this item for proposed extensions and refurbishments to main amusement building including raised roof to accommodate additional floor.   Increased height and footprint of raised huts behind the main building.  Proposed alterations to park and rides.  Proposed new formalised and landscaped pedestrian footpath from A249 to beach. Increase amusement ride area. Proposed new boathouse and jetty at The Stade Family Amusement Park, The Stade, Hastings.

 

The Planning Services Manager recommended the item be deferred until the next available Planning Committee meeting after the application has been resubmitted and the publicity period has expired, because the application form had not been filled in correctly by the applicant. This was proposed by Councillor Beaver and seconded by Councillor Scott.

 

RESOLVED – (Unanimously) that consideration of the application be deferred to amend the application form and for the application to be considered at the next available Planning Committee meeting once the relevant publicity period has expired.

 

75c

Land to the rear of 419 to 447 Bexhill Road, St. Leonards on Sea pdf icon PDF 370 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposal:

Outline application,(seeking approval of Access), for the reconfiguration of the car park  and erection of 16 residential units and means of access.

 

Application No:

HS/OA/17/01071

 

Conservation Area:

 

Listed Building

 

Public Consultation

 

 

No

 

No

 

11 letters of objection received and 1 petition

of objection received.

 

 

The Principal Planning Officer, Mr Temple introduced this application (seeking approval of access only all other matters reserved) for the reconfiguration of the car park and erection of up to 16 residential units and means of access at land to the rear of 419 to 447 Bexhill Road, St. Leonards on Sea.

 

Members were informed of several updates to the report:-

        Amended drainage layout received- 0000 Rev.D to be added as drawing as part of decision

        Additional Southern Water comments- no objection

 

Members were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.

 

Rebecca Bryan, petitioner, was present, she said the petition had been signed by 100 people against the application.  The area, she said, is subject to flooding x 3 times a year, the water floods a large amount of the land and runs into the neighbouring gardens.  Three years ago sewage flooded the land which had to be dug up and pumped out. The proposed new houses would be right next to the site and there would be no land left to drain it way. She said she spoke to Southern water who confirmed flooding could happen again at any time.  After speaking to Monson who wrote the flood report, she said they had confirmed that they had not visited the site or area and did not know about the flooding issues and had said when flooding happens in the future it is likely to go across the railway and onto the beach. She said they had worked off an aerial view map and did not know about the height of the ground.  She said it is the sloping ground that allows the water to flow away from houses to protect them. If the ground is not raised the houses will be at risk and if the ground is raised the new houses will be at risk. There is no evidence to show the soakaway will work.  She said there are already many problems in area, the drains are constantly blocked; power cuts are becoming more frequent and the houses are liable to subsidence.  The development will create additional traffic and noise and will take away a much needed car parking near the area. It is a wildlife site, with many trees and species.  She said the proposed development will put the area at a higher risk of flooding.

 

The applicant had been invited to attend, but was not present.

 

The Principal Planning Officer, Mr Temple, said drainage will be improved in terms of the foul water on site and the surface water will be pumped away. With a site that has flooding problems, he said they would be looking to improve the flooding problems for the benefit  ...  view the full minutes text for item 75c

75d

Land at Church Street, Hastings pdf icon PDF 406 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposal:

Development of site to provide a terrace of 4 dwellings and 2 detached dwelling.

 

Application No:

HS/FA/18/00110

 

Conservation Area:

 

Listed Building

 

Public Consultation

 

 

No

 

No

 

7 letters of objection received; 1 petition

of objection received and 1 letter of support received.

 

 

The Senior Planning Officer, Mrs Meppem, presented this application for Development of site to provide a terrace of 4 dwellings and 2 detached dwelling at Land at Church Street, Hastings.

 

Members were informed of several updates to the report:-

        A further consultation response received from Southern Water. Their comments have not changed.

        One further objection letter received

 

Members were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.

 

Don Wise, petitioner, was present, he said he agreed with the recommendation to refuse the application.  He said neither the applicant, Council or HMLR have provided a formulated plan or evidence upon reasonable request in more than 40 days to substantiate ownership claims made in this application effected by lease area of land.  He referred to correspondence reference: HS/FA/18/00110EME it is written ‘please note that in accordance with the Councils planning protocol no documents for the committee will be accepted less than 3 working days before meeting. Documents not previously submitted will not be allowed to be circulated at the meeting’.  He said that as no formulated evidence has therefore been presented in respect of this application and ownership of land. During the term of this serving of public consultation of planning has been expressed, then this application would not seem to meet the criteria of an application to be heard by the Planning Committee.

 

Martin Hull, of Kember Loudon Williams Ltd; applicant, spoke in support of the application.  He referred to the points raised in the committee report summary: With regard to Human Rights, housing is a human right and here housing is critically needed.  He said the site is on the footprint of the former terrace that was Church Street which was demolished in the 1970’s.  It is an L shaped building, which gives light and /shade to south.  On the north side there are a series of car ports for every building which allows light to come through the large windows. The planting will be replaced with four habitat sites: woodland; hedge, 200m of native hedging and damp woodland floor type which is in rain gardens and domestic gardens. He said the ecology value of the vegetation is low and that one third of the street area is planted (888msq).  Each garden is over 50sqm which is an accepted national standard (the 10m standard in the local plan relates particularly to 21m separation on buildings from the living room to the eaves of the building in Speckled Wood, which is just over 21m). In terms of drainage, he said the paved area has been minimised by efficient layout and porous paved areas. Some of the paved area has been reduced by replacing cars in carports underneath each of the dwellings which means they can  ...  view the full minutes text for item 75d

76.

Other Planning Applications

76a

Land at Ore Place and Centurion Rise, Hastings pdf icon PDF 401 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

 

Proposal:

Outline planning permission  for a residential dwelling with all matters reserved

 

Application No:

HS/OA/18/00463

 

Conservation Area:

 

Listed Building

 

Public Consultation

 

 

Yes - Ore Place

 

No

 

 34 letters of objection received

 

 

The Senior Planning Officer, Mrs Meppem, introduced this outline application for a residential dwelling with all matters reserved at Land at Ore Place and Centurion Rise, Hastings. She said it was an outline application which was contrary to local and national policy.

 

Members were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.

 

Councillor Davies proposed a motion to refuse the application.  This was seconded by Councillor Beaver.

 

RESOLVED – (Unanimously) that planning permission be refused subject to the following reason:

 

1.

The principle of development of this site for a single residential dwelling is considered unacceptable by virtue of the loss of protected trees, the introduction of built form and the associated infrastructure would cause harm to the significance of the character of the area and the Ore Place Conservation Area. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policies DM1, HN1 and HN8 of the Hastings Development Management Plan, Policy EN3 of the Hastings Planning Strategy and Paragraphs 127, 130 and 171 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

 

Note to the Applicant

 

1.

Statement of positive engagement: In dealing with this application Hastings Borough Council has actively sought to work with the applicant in a positive and proactive manner, in accordance with paragraph 38 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

 

 

76b

Land adjoining 3 Ore Place, Hastings pdf icon PDF 401 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Proposal:

Outline planning permission for a residential dwelling with all matters reserved

 

Application No:

HS/OA/18/00464

 

Conservation Area:

 

Listed Building

 

Public Consultation

 

 

 

Yes - Ore Place

 

No

 

 32 Letters of objection received.

The Senior Planning Officer, Mrs Meppem, presented this application for Outline planning permission for a residential dwelling with all matters reserved at Land adjoining 3 Ore Place, Hastings.  Shed stated that the site was covered by a TPO and the loss of trees was contrary to policy and would be detrimental to the area.

 

Members were shown plans and photographs of the application site.

 

Councillor Davies proposed a motion to refuse the application.  This was seconded by Councillor Beaver.

 

RESOLVED – (unanimously) that planning permission be refused subject to the following reason:

 

1.

The principle of development of this site for a single residential dwelling is considered unacceptable by virtue of the loss of protected trees and the resultant harm to the significance of the character of the area and the Ore Place Conservation Area. The proposal is therefore contrary to Policies DM1, HN1 and HN8 of the Hastings Development Management Plan, Policy EN3 of the Hastings Planning Strategy and Paragraphs 127, 130 and 171 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

 

Note to the Applicant

 

1.

Statement of positive engagement: In dealing with this application Hastings Borough Council has actively sought to work with the applicant in a positive and proactive manner, in accordance with paragraph 38 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

76c

Site of former Hastings College of Arts and Technology, Archery Road, St. Leonards on Sea pdf icon PDF 467 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Proposal:

Variation of Conditions 3 (Approved Plans) and 34(Affordable housing) of Planning Permission  HS/FA/15/00175 (As varied by HS/FA/17/00439) - Amendment for conversion of the listed terrace, into 12 units rather than 24 residential units, including minor external & internal alterations and reduction of affordable housing units from 56% to 25%.

 

Application No:

HS/FA/18/00291

 

Conservation Area:

 

Listed Building

 

Public Consultation

 

 

Yes - Burtons' St. Leonards

 

Grade II

 

9 letters of objection received and 1 neutral comment

received

 

The Principal Planning Officer, Mr Temple, presented this application for variation of Conditions 3 (Approved Plans) and 34(Affordable housing) of Permission  HS/FA/15/00175 (As varied by HS/FA/17/00439) - Amendment for conversion of the listed terrace,  into 12 units rather than 24 residential units, including minor external & internal alterations and reduction of affordable housing units from 56% to 25%.

 

Members were informed of several updates to the report:-

 

        Amended drawings 554_230 P3, 554_232 P5, 554_513 P3 and 554_521 P3 received following requirements of Conservation officer. These relate to external stair and railing of unit 8, garden wall detailing (Block K- listed building), section details of Block K, and an existing rear elevation of Block K respectively

        Tree Officer consultation response- No objection.

        “Deed of variation” to be removed from page 145. An S106 will now be submitted if the committee resolve to grant permission.

 

Mr Temple explained that the only physical changes were to Block K.  Members were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.

 

Councillor Davies sought clarification on the accessibility of the footpath. The Planning Services Manager said she would add an informative to advise that the footpath at the northern end of the site is not closed off and kept open. 

 

Councillor Beaver proposed a motion to approve the application subject to an Informative.  This was seconded by Councillor Davies.

         

RESOLVED – (unanimously) that the Planning Services Manager be authorised to issue planning permission upon completion of an agreement under S106 of the Town and Country Planning Act to secure:

 

·       a financial contribution towards libraries (£28,667) and local public right of way improvements (£2616);

·       a financial contribution towards local policing (£30,522.37)

·       a financial contribution towards improving and upgrading local play facilities (£95,000);

 

unless it has been conclusively shown that the development would not be viable and it would still be acceptable in planning terms without the identified development contributions. In the event that the Agreement is not completed by 15th February 2019 that permission be refused on the grounds that the application does not comply with the relevant policies (policies H3, CI1 and CI3) of the Hastings Local Plan, The Hastings Planning Strategy 2011-2028 or the Hastings Local Plan, Development Management Plan unless an extension of time has been agreed in writing by the Planning Services Manager in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Planning Committee.

 

Subject to the above, Grant Full Planning Permission subject to the following conditions:-

 

1.

The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years  ...  view the full minutes text for item 76c

76d

109 St. Helens Park Road, Hastings pdf icon PDF 317 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Proposal:

Change of use from (D1) Non-residential to C3 (Dwelling house)

 

Application No:

HS/FA/18/00597

 

Conservation Area:

 

Listed Building

 

Public Consultation

 

 

No

 

No

 

1 neutral comment received – Councillor Sabetian has

an Ownership interest.

 

The Planning Services Manager presented this application for Change of use from (D1) Non-residential language school to C3 (Dwelling house) at 109 St Helens Park Road, Hastings.  She advised that Policy E4 seeks to retain language schools unless it can be demonstrated that they are no longer viable.  She said that the business had not made a profit and the property had been vacant for almost 2 years and that the loss of the language school was justified.

 

Members were advised that this application had been brought to Planning Committee because the applicant is an existing Councillor.

 

Members were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.

 

Councillor Edwards proposed a motion to approve the application.  This was seconded by Councillor Beaver.

 

RESOLVED – (Unanimously) that planning permission be granted subject to the following conditions:

 

1.

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

 

2.

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

 

2000/151/LBP

 

 

Reasons:

 

1.

This condition is imposed in accordance with the provisions of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

2.

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

 

 

Notes to the Applicant

 

1.

Failure to comply with any condition imposed on this permission may result in enforcement action without further warning.

 

2.

Statement of positive engagement: In dealing with this application Hastings Borough Council has actively sought to work with the applicant in a positive and proactive manner, in accordance with paragraph 38 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

76e

Former lifeguard hut at Pelham Beach, Pelham Place, Hastings (HS/FA/18/00735) pdf icon PDF 253 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Proposal:

Change of use from sui generis to D1 (childrens playhut)

 

Application No:

HS/FA/18/00735

 

Conservation Area:

 

Listed Building

 

Public Consultation

 

 

Yes – Old Town

 

No

 

Not delegated - Application by Hastings Borough Council

 

The Planning Services Manager presented this retrospective application for change of use from sui generis to D1 (childrens playhut) at Former Lifeguard Hut at Pelham Beach, Pelham Place, Hastings.

 

Members were advised that this application had been brought to Planning Committee because the applicant is Hastings Borough Council.

 

Members were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.

 

The Planning Services Manager explained that since the publication of the agenda, it was noted that the red boundary line on the plan was incorrect for both the Full Planning Application (HS/FA/18/00735) and Advertisement application (HS/AA/18/00736) and should be corrected.  She therefore recommended the application be deferred for the plan to be corrected.  

 

Councillor Marlow-Eastwood proposed a motion to defer the application.  This was seconded by Councillor Edwards.

 

RESOLVED – (Unanimously) that consideration of the application be deferred to amend the plan and for the application to be considered at the next available Planning Committee meeting once the relevant publicity period has expired.

 

76f

Former lifeguard hut at Pelham Beach, Pelham Place, Hastings (HS/AA/18/00736) pdf icon PDF 252 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Proposal:

2x Banners 45cmx120cmx1cm and 4x metal signs 45cmx60cmx1cm

 

Application No:

HS/AA/18/00736

 

Conservation Area:

 

Listed Building

 

Public Consultation

 

 

Yes – Old Town

 

No

 

Not delegated - Application by Hastings Borough

Council

The Planning Services Manager presented this retrospective application for advertisement consent for 2x Banners 45cmx120cmx1cm and 4x metal signs 45cmx60cmx1cm, at the Former Lifeguard Hut at Pelham Beach, Pelham Place, Hastings. The applicant is Hastings Borough Council.

 

Members were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.

 

The Planning Services Manager explained that since the publication of the agenda, it was noted that the red boundary line on the plan was incorrect for both the Full Planning Application (HS/FA/18/00735) and Advertisement application (HS/AA/18/00736) and should be corrected.  She therefore recommended the application be deferred for the plan to be corrected.  

 

Councillor Roberts proposed a motion to defer the application.  This was seconded by Councillor Bishop.

 

RESOLVED – (Unanimously) that consideration of the application be deferred to amend the plan and for the application to be considered at the next available Planning Committee meeting once the relevant publicity period has expired.

 

77.

Planning Appeals and Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 130 KB

Minutes:

The Planning Services Manager reported that one planning appeal has been received and four appeals had been dismissed.  She also reported on the number of delegated decisions. 

 

All matters had arisen between 3 September 2018 and 28 September 2018.

 

The report was noted.

 

 

(The Chair declared the meeting closed at. 8.57pm)

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