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Agenda and draft minutes

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence




Declarations of Interest





Beaver, Scott & Webb


All items relating to highways

Personal – East Sussex County Councillor



Personal – Knows the agent



Minutes of the previous meeting held on 8th January 2020 pdf icon PDF 89 KB


RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting held on 8 January 2020 be approved by the Chair as a true record.



Notification of any additional urgent items


None received.



Planning applications attracting a petition


Christ Church, 458 Old London Road (HS/FA/19/00889) pdf icon PDF 464 KB

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Installation of 30 Solar panels on church roof

Application No


Conservation Area


Listed Building

Grade II

Public Consultation

Yes – 50 letters of support and 1 petition of support received


The Planning Services Manager presented the application for installation of 30 Solar panels on church roof at Christ Church, 458 Old London Road.

The Planning Services Manager informed the Committee that since publication of the agenda 1 additional letter of support had been received. It was also confirmed that the agent had sent a letter addressing the need for a structural engineer’s report for the church roof.

A separate application for 26 solar panels on the roof of the church hall adjacent to Christ Church was approved under delegated authority subject to conditions. The Church Hall is unlisted and is part of the overall Church grounds.

The application is for 30 solar panels to the eastern slope of the roof, facing and running parallel to Old London Road.

Each panel will be 1650mm high, 991mm wide and 35mm in depth. The panels will project 70mm from the roof. The solar panels are noted as having an outstanding performance in low levels of sun light.

The Church positively contributes to the character and appearance of the area which is generally commercial with some residential above shops.

The Planning Services Manager explained that any external changes to a heritage asset and proposals for renewable energy are considered in line with national and local policy. Local Plan Policy FC6 of the Hastings Planning Strategy supports renewable energy unless the scale and impact is not compatible with, amongst other things, listed buildings and the purpose of their destination. Policy HN1 of the Hastings Development Management Plan states that permission should only be given for schemes that affect the heritage asset where the scheme shows the full understanding of the significance of the heritage asset.

The Church is highly visible and prominent. The panels would be clearly visible against the background of the roof and there is no clear or convincing justification for the harm that will be provided. The church and its roof are currently prominent and positive features and it has not been made clear if the church roof can accommodate the weight of the panels.

The solar panels would have a shiny surface contrasting with the matt tiles of the church roof. The difference between the roof and the solar panels would be such that they would appear as an incongruous and harmful feature on the roof and the building.

The Planning Services Manager said that there had been no clear and convincing justification provided for the harm that has been identified. Therefore, whilst the proposal will make a small contribution to the effects of climate change it is not considered that it would outweigh the effects of the harm to the listed building.

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

The petitioner, Val Smith, was present and spoke in favour of the application. Ms  ...  view the full minutes text for item 183a


Other Planning Applications


Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Bohemia Road (HS/FA/19/00926) pdf icon PDF 389 KB

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Councillor Bishop was not present for all of this item so did not take part in the debate or vote and remained in the public gallery.


To install three new sections of high-security fencing and gates at the north, south and east boundaries of the site to permit emergency access and maintenance (amended description).

Application No


Conservation Area


Listed Building


Public Consultation

Yes Council application on Council owned land


The Planning Services Manager presented the application to install three new sections of high-security fencing and gates at the north, south and east boundaries of the site to permit emergency access and maintenance (amended description). There were no updates.

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

The Planning Services Manager stated that the proposed fencing and gates were not visible from the public realm and were not harmful to the character or appearance of the area.

Councillor Beaver proposed a motion, seconded by Councillor Davies, to grant the application as set out in the resolution below.

RESOLVED – (unanimously) that Full 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:

BT/M2/4/1, BT/M2/4/2, BT/M2/4/3A, BT/M2/4/4A, BT/M2/4/5A and BT/M2/4/6

3. With the exception of internal works the building works required to carry out the development allowed by this permission must only be carried out within the following times:

08.00 - 18.00 Monday to Friday 08.00 - 13.00 on Saturdays No working on Sundays or Public Holidays.

4. The materials to be used must be galvanised steel fence posts and gates with galvanised steel wire mesh panels.  All posts, gates and mesh are to be polyester powder-coated, colour: green.


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.

3. To safeguard the amenity of adjoining residents.

4. To ensure a satisfactory visual appearance in the interest of the amenities of the area.

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.

3. The development subject to this application falls within a highlighted proximity of a mains gas pipe which is considered a major hazard. The applicant/ agent/ developer is strongly advised to contact the pipeline operator PRIOR to ANY works being undertaken pursuant to the permission granted/ confirmed by this notice.
Address is:
Southern Gas Networks Plc
SGN Plant Location Team
95 Kilbirnie Street
G5 8JD
Tel: 01414 184093 OR  ...  view the full minutes text for item 184a


Planning Appeals and Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 56 KB


The Planning Services Manager informed the Committee that the Council is potentially going to enter into a Planning Performance Agreement for Archery Road.

A Planning Performance Agreement is not a legal contract but is an agreement between the Council and the Developer to deal with an application in a certain time period. That is enabled by the Council getting funding from the developer for additional resources.

The report was noted by the Committee.


(The Chair declared the meeting closed at 7.06pm)



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