8 Amherst Road, Hastings
Approval of all reserved matters relating to the Access, Appearance, Landscaping, Layout and Scale of Outline Permission HS/OA/14/00806 - Erection of three detached dwellings with access.
Partially completed dwellinghouses
15 letters of objection and 1 petition received.
The Principal Planner, Mr Batchelor, presented this report for the approval of all reserved matters relating to the access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of outline planning permission HS/OA/14/00806 – Erection of three detached dwellings with access at 8 Amherst Road, Hastings.
The site was formerly a two-storey detached property which has been demolished since outline planning permission was granted in 2011. The site now contains three partially completed dwellings and includes substantial planting and protected trees around its boundaries. The site measures 0.3 hectares in total.
Outline permission was granted in 2011 (with all details reserved) for the redevelopment of the site for 3 detached dwellings and amendments to existing access. The permission was initially refused but granted on appeal. This permission lapsed but was granted outline consent in 2014 (ref HS/OA/14/00806).
Approval has been given under reference HS/DS/16/00285 for the external appearance, layout and scale of the development with the landscaping being approved under HS/DS/17/00024.
Reserved matters from the outline planning permission have been approved, this reserved matters application was submitted to resolve an issue regarding damage to protected tress that has occurred on the site. Since the last reserved matters were approved, the developer commenced works on the site, damage two protected oak trees (shown to be retained in the previous permissions) and now seeks approval for the amended scheme involving the removal of the oak trees, significant replacement planting and slightly amended layout details.
Since the application was submitted, it has been amended to show details of the retaining wall and planting area along the boundary with 14 Amherst Road and a slight amendment to the layout to show the protection of the remaining oak tree to the east of the proposed driveway and adjacent to no. 8 Amherst Road.
Members were informed of an update to the report:-
· Matters relating to landscaping and conditions
The Principal Planner advised the most notable changes to the application related to the internal road layout where the access road will be set back and changes to the boundary details along Plot 3, 14 Amherst Road. He said the Arborculturalist had recommended the damaged trees should be removed and replaced with a robust replacement planting plan.
Members were shown plans and photographs of the application site.
Mrs Alexandra Hudson, petitioner, spoke against the application. She referred to the damaged oak trees stating that one of the trees could have been saved with correct pruning to distribute the weight. She questioned why the trees had been left for 8 months if they were deemed unsafe and felt the council should have issued a stop notice and the developer fined £20,000.
The Applicant, Mr Sherlock-Scougall, had been invited to the meeting, but could not attend.
The Principal Planner advised that the badger corridor was not there during construction but he was satisfied that the site was otherwise accessible for badgers. as the badgers could still migrate through the site without the corridor
Councillor Rogers proposed a motion to defer the application to the next meeting that the Borough Arboriculturalist could attend. This was seconded by Councillor Dowling.
RESOLVED – (Unanimously) that the application be deferred until the next meeting that the Borough Arboriculturalist could attend.
- MAP_8 Amherst Road, item 16a PDF 340 KB
- 8 Amherst Road, item 16a PDF 141 KB
- Wording Copy of Decision HS OA 14 00806, item 16a PDF 15 KB
- Decision HS_OA_14_00806, item 16a PDF 2 MB