1 & 2 Wayside, 490 & 492 Sedlescombe Road North, St Leonards on Sea
Proposed 6 No. new build domestic houses.
1 letter of objection and 1 petition of objection received.
Application referred to Committee by Councillor Mike
The Planning Services Manager presented this report for the demolition of two bungalows and erection of six houses at 1 & 2 Wayside, 490 & 492 Sedlescombe Road North, St. Leonards on Sea
Members were informed of several updates to the report:-
3 further objections have been received raising the following summarised points:
· Amended plans not available on the Council website.
· Impact on wildlife.
· Impact on ecology of a pond at 12 Harlequin Gardens.
· Land contamination.
· Insufficient parking.
· Ground stability.
· Highways safety.
· Development density too high.
Response to neighbour objections:
· Amended plans were available to view on the Council website from 25 April 2018.
· The application is supported by an ecology report. No evidence of badgers were found on-site. The nearest Great Crested Newt recording is 3 km from the site and there are no known protected species at the pond at 12 Harlequin Gardens. No further surveys have been recommended.
· Highways safety, parking and density have been addressed in the main committee report. ESCC Highways have not objected on highway safety or parking grounds.
· Drainage details are required by condition 3.
· One additional condition is recommended to secure levels prior to start of the development (see below).
· The Council Environmental Health Officer has not raised any objections regarding land contamination. However, a precautionary condition is proposed should contamination be found during the development process (see below).
No development shall take place until details of earthworks have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. These details shall include the proposed grading and mounding of land areas including the levels and contours to be formed, showing the relationship of proposed mounding to existing vegetation and surrounding landform. Development shall be carried out only in accordance with the approved details.
Reason: To ensure that construction takes account of the local ground conditions and the sloping nature of the site.
In the event that contamination is found at any time when carrying out the approved development that was not previously identified it must be reported in writing immediately to the Local Planning Authority. A full investigation and risk assessment must then be undertaken, and where necessary, a remediation scheme be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
Reason: To protect those redeveloping the site and any future occupants from potential contamination.
Members were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.
Keith Jenner, representative of the petitioner, was present. He said he wasn’t opposed to the development, but felt the application should consist of 4 houses not 6. He raised concern regarding the density of the site, limited parking, access, impact on pedestrian safety, ecology and drainage.
Mike Edwards, applicant, spoke in support of the application; he said the original plan was for 7 units, but on advice it was reduced to 6. With regard to the blank wall, there is a plot of land beyond Plots No. 6 adjacent Harlequin Gardens which would be retained.
Members discussed concerns regarding the layout of the site, poor design particularly the blank wall on the side elevation of Plot 6, access and ecology. The Planning Services Manager explained that this was an on balance recommendation and that the density was policy compliant. She advised that there was no objection raised by ESCC Highways and that any deferral would be subject to costs.
Councillor Edwards proposed a motion against the officers recommendation, to refuse the application subject to the resolution below which was seconded by Councillor Beaver.
RESOLVED – by (5 vote for and 2 against, with 3 abstentions) that planning permission be refused subject to the following reasons:-
The proposed development would result in a congested form of development of poor design offering a blank wall on the side elevation of plot 6 facing Harlequin Gardens. The proposed development would therefore be contrary to policy DM1 of the Hastings Development Management Local Plan (2015).
The proposed development would result in a parking and turning spaces located close to the proposed plots and associated houses, specifically plots 2, 3 and 5, which would unacceptably affect the future living conditions of residents by reason of noise, disturbance and light pollution and would be contrary to policy DM6 of the Hastings Development Management Local Plan (2015) and paragraph 17 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
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