Agenda and minutes
Venue: Main Hall, Stoke Park Junior School, Underwood Road, Bishopstoke, SO50 6GR
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There was no public participation on this occasion.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 23 November 2016.
That the Minutes of the meeting held on 23 November 2016 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
Declarations of Interest
Members are invited to declare interests in relation to items of business on the agenda. Any interests declared will be recorded in the Minutes.
There were no declarations of interest at this time.
Presentation on Planning Guidelines
Development Management staff gave a short presentation on guidelines that had to be taken into account when determining planning applications; in particular the issues that could, and could not, be taken into account. This was set against the broader policy framework.
Outline: construction of up to 250no. Dwellings with access from
Mortimers Lane and pedestrian/cycle links, open space and landscaping,
all matters other than access reserved. (This application is subject to
an environmental impact assessment and is a departure from the
development plan, is a major development, and affects a setting of a
listed building) (Ref.O/15/77190).
This application was taken earlier and became Agenda Item 6.
Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Development Management (Agenda item 7) concerning an application for a construction of up to 250no. Dwellings with access from Mortimers Lane and pedestrian/cycle links, open space and landscaping, all matters other than access reserved. (This application is subject to an environmental impact assessment and is a departure from the development plan, is a major development, and affects a setting of a listed building.) (Ref: O/15/77190).
The Committee was advised of following updates:
· Paragraph 1: Application’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) had been undertaken (also confirmed in paragraph 8). Processed included a referral to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) who would also be notified of decision. It had not been called in for inquiry.
· Paragraph 12 - Consultation responses: Letter of objection from Mims Davies MP– move towards options B and C in emerging Eastleigh Borough Local Plan which would destroy Stoke Park Woods, result in loss of countryside, affect amenity of residents and increase danger of flooding, and was premature. Would refer to Department for Communities and Local Government if allowed.
· Letter to Councillors from Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) – objection re prematurity/strategic site/loss of countryside and includes challenge to housing numbers (to be addressed through Local Plan).
· Paragraph 42: two additional neighbour letters and one repeat letter (total 55) including concerns regarding capacity of Chickenhall sewage works and headwaters had been received.
· Paragraph 97: As the Hedge End North appeal decision to allow development was subject to legal challenge, and other sites taken out of the supply list, the Council’s current 5 year supply was taken back to 4.23 years, and development proposals could raise this to around 4.44 years using current methodology.
· Paragraph 150: To clarify matters relating to strategic site option delete “It is recognised that for the development to proceed it would need to assist in delivering substantial mitigation solutions which would be required of it as part of strategic development area. This infrastructure includes a northern link road linking Fair Oak to the M3/north Eastleigh via Allbrook, and other major highway improvements”.
Note: HCC Highways support development with mitigation detailed in paragraph 150 but wish to future-proof to also enable contributions to also be spent on strategic projects should that option arise and note Council Statement:
“The Council has a legal requirement to consider all planning applications submitted to it. Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath Local Area Committee taking a decision on the application at Pembers Hill, Fair Oak does not in any way commit the Council to options B and C in the draft local plan. The recommendation from Council planners is based on national and local planning policy considerations”
Prematurity – now raised by objectors and can be material planning consideration - limited weight in the context of need to deliver housing/presumption in favour of development and standalone nature of the development.
The Head of Legal and Democratic Services gave advice contained within the National Policy Planning Guideline ( NPPG), The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Government’s 2005 extant document the Planning System: General Principles on the matter of prematurity and its limited weight in relation to the current early stage of the new Local Plan, confirming that other material considerations in respect of this application such as the lack of a five year housing supply are likely to have much stronger weight.
That the decision to grant outline planning application be DELEGATED to the Head of Development Management, in consultation with the ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
Amended Decription: Variation of condition 1 to comply with definition
of Gypsies and Traveller sites within DCLG - planning policy for Traveller
sites - August 2015 and relief of condition 3 to allow permanent siting of
timber chalet of appeal decision APP/W1715/A/10/213780 (X/09/66043).
Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Development Management (Agenda item 6) concerning an application for a variation of Condition 1 to comply with definition of Gypsies and Traveller sites within DCLG - planning policy for Traveller sites - August 2015 and relief of Condition 3 to allow permanent siting of timber chalet of appeal decision APP/W1715/A/10/213780 (X/09/66043).
That permission be GRANTED.
(NOTE: One member of the public spoke in objection to the proposed application citing following reasons: applicant not being a member of the gypsy community; and the site being deemed as uninhabitable. The agent spoke in support of the application.)