Agenda and minutes
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Items No. Item
Apologies for Absence
Declarations of Interest
Personal – councillor for the ward. Received a phone call from the developer. She referred them to HBC Planning Department.
Minutes of previous meeting
Minutes to follow
RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting held on 17th March 2021 be approved as a true record.
Notification of any additional urgent items
Planning applications attracting a petition
(R Fellows, Senior Planning Officer)
Erection of a two to three storey detached dwelling (revision to HS/FA/17/00468) (part-retrospective).
Yes – 46 objections and petition received
The Senior Planning Officer presented the application for the erection of a two to three-storey detached dwelling (revision to HS/FA/17/00468) (part-retrospective).
The property has been built and the works completed prior to the application. The applicant is seeking to regulate the property as built, with amendments to the previously approved scheme.
Two late representations have been received, with no new issues raised.
The councillors were shown photos, plans and drawings of the building and surrounding grounds and the approved plans compared to the current application. The property is on the edge of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and the modification to the previous scheme changes the layout with a small area falling into the AONB.
The main modification to the previous application is the change of the ground level to accommodate vehicle access. Following that, the applicant added steps on both sides of the building. There are two additional windows, one at the front elevation and one to the side, to compensate for the large areas of exposed brickwork created by the land level change. Even though the bulk of the house has not changed, the function of the space on the lower ground floor changed into a games room (previously foundation space). A small area of the hardened surface has been added outside to allow vehicle access to the building.
The application was recommended for approval by the Senior Planning Officer.
The lead petitioner, Mr Coombes was present and spoke against the application. He stated that the residents were concerned when the developer ignored the refusal of the variation to the original application and continued the works. The developer changed the landscape (removing the bank on the side of the property) and introduced new external details – steps instead of a disabled access and windows. Mr Coombes stated that residents were concerned about the encroachment into the AONB and that the works were carried out without a prior stability report of the slope. Mr Coombes stated that there were flooding risks, damage to the AONB and trees removed. He stated that one of the conditions of the previous permission stated that the height of the fence pillars should be reduced to 600mm, which hasn’t been done.
Mr Coombes confirmed that the residents were happy with the original, approved application. They are concerned about the unauthorised changes to the landscape without consideration of the environment and the AONB.
Mr Polito, the agent for the applicant, spoke in support of the application. He stated that the application is a retrospective amendment to the previously granted planning permission. He explained that the changes have been made following consultation with the Planning Department. Mr Polito explained that the changes are not significant and do not harm the character and appearance of the area or the relationship of ... view the full minutes text for item 257a
Other Planning Applications
Variation of condition 13 (ecological
statements and reports implemented), of Reserved Matters application HS/DS/17/00935 -
Approval of reserved matters relating to Layout, Scale, Appearance and Landscaping, pursuant to Outline Planning Permission HS/OA/15/00077, for the erection of 208 dwellings - Variation - to allow the partial construction of the access road (this will comprise replacing some of the existing hardstanding and extending the road by no more than 5.6m - total new hardstanding area created will be no more than 11.5 sq.m.) prior to carrying out all necessary ecological measures required under condition 13.
Yes – 11 objections
The Assistant Planning Manager presented the application for the variation of condition 13 (ecological statements and reports implemented), of Reserved Matters application HS/DS/17/00935 - Approval of reserved matters relating to Layout, Scale, Appearance and Landscaping, pursuant to Outline Planning Permission HS/OA/15/00077, for the erection of 208 dwellings - Variation - to allow the partial construction of the access road (this will comprise replacing some of the existing hardstanding and extending the road by no more than 5.6m - total new hardstanding area created will be no more than 11.5 sq.m.) prior to carrying out all necessary ecological measures required under condition 13.
The councillors were shown photos, plans and drawings. The Assistant Planning Manager explained that this application was for a variation to a pre-commencement condition to allow for a small section of the access road to be built to enable the planning permission to be implemented. She explained that the application was for the amendment to Condition 13 only and not the reserved matters application. The road would allow access for future works. Ecological surveys, including for Japanese Knotweed, have been completed, however the developer will still have to fulfil all ecological obligations for the rest of the development.
Councillor Rankin spoke as Ward Councillor. He received reports from residents that the Japanese Knotweed is present on the application site and explained that an independent survey is necessary before proceeding with any development.
The Councillors asked questions about the Japanese Knotweed on-site and the ways to mitigate the possibility of it spreading from other parts of the development in due course. Planning Officers confirmed that the survey on the site was completed by qualified specialists who provided independent opinion. What is more, condition 14 of this application is referring to the Japanese Knotweed Management Plan. The watching brief will supervise works to check for the presence of Knotweed on site. The build of the small part of the access road will be relatively short without any interference to the rest of the development.
Councillor Davies proposed approval of the recommendations, seconded by Councillor Roberts
RESOLVED (by 6 votes for, 2 votes against and 2 abstentions.) to approve variation of condition of Reserved Matters subject to the following conditions:
- The reserved matters hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:
DD166L01A (landscape GA plan 1 ... view the full minutes text for item 258a
The Committee noted the report.
(The Chair closed the meeting at 8.41 PM)