Agenda item

Planning application - Thorneydown Farm, Moorhill Road, West End, SO30 3AY

Construction of golf course extension and its dual use for temporary, occasional car parking for major events (more than 15,000 capacity) for the Ageas Bowl between April and October for up to 1300 cars on approximately 12 occasions per annum. Associated landscaping, drainage, ecological enhancement, tree works and earthworks (Ref: F/18/83908).

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Development Management Specialist (Agenda item 10)  on the construction of golf course extension and its dual use for temporary, occasional car parking for major events (more than 15,000 capacity) for the Ageas Bowl between April and October for up to 1300 cars on approximately 12 occasions per annum. Associated landscaping, drainage, ecological enhancement, tree works and earthworks (Ref: F/18/83908).

 

Members were updated as follows:

 

  Neighbour Representations:

-  5 representations were made these are all visible on the Council’s Public Access System.

-  No additional representations were made.

 

  Consultation Responses:

-  Additional consultation response from the Council’s Health and Wellbeing team:

 

‘We are supportive of this application, but had a few comments to consider

-  We would encourage a risk assessment for the new holes proposed next to the main road. Hopefully some ball flight analysis would be conducted to ensure stray golf balls cannot make their way onto the adjacent road.

-  If the fairway of the new holes are going to be used as a temporary car park for big events, what precautions are being taken to ensure the damage to the fairways are minimal.’

 

  Additional Information:

-  The site is owned by Eastleigh Borough Council and Leased to The Ageas Bowl

-  The Council’s Development Management Enforcement Specialist is content that the conditions around construction management plans can be enforced with some aspects requiring enforcement from Hampshire County Council.

-  The transport assessment set out a typical event schedule of which 9 events are above the 15,000 threshold for the site to be brought into use

-  The transport assessment proposes a distribution of 900 vehicles entering the site from Botley Road and 400 entering the site from Moorhill Road.

-  The transport assessment for events proposes a right turn for cars from Moorhill Road into the site but all traffic exiting would make a left turn onto Moorhill Road towards Kanes Hill Roundabout. This would be controlled and managed via the required Transport Management Plans for each event.

-  The surfacing of the permanent road into the site is currently not confirmed. The applicant is also to confirm what temporary surfacing solutions are required to deal with wet ground during the use of the site for car parking Condition 3 requires these details to be submitted prior to commencement

-  The current golf course is relatively cramped due to the space available. The proposal does not add additional holes but would make the course more interesting and more marketable

-  The applicant has confirmed that no netting is required adjacent to Charles Watts Way as it lies outside of the safety guidance zone such that stray golf balls would not easily reach the highway.

 

  Amended Recommendation:

Delegate to the Lead Specialist, Housing and Development in consultation with Chair, Vice Chair, Leader of the Council and Ward Members, to secure a revised layout to overcome ecology and landscape objections and to complete a section 106 legal agreement (to secure a lorry routing agreement, and construction management plan and public access). Then permit subject to the conditions set out in the committee report with amended conditions as set out below.

 

(4) Notwithstanding the Provisions of Schedule 2, Part 4 Class B of the Town and Country Planning [General Permitted Development] Order 2015 [or any order revoking and re-enacting that Order with or without modification], the use hereby permitted as temporary parking shall be used for a maximum of 12 days in any calendar year and only in conjunction with and ancillary to The Ageas Bowl and existing golf course to the north of the site. For the avoidance of doubt the site must not be used for any other purpose including parking for other venues, events or premises.  Reason: In the interests of protecting the visual amenity and physical nature of the Strategic Gap, residential amenity and highway safety.

 

(5) The use of the development as a temporary car park for major events hereby permitted shall operate in accordance with a Transport Management Plan that has first been submitted to the Local Planning Authority at least 2 months prior to the event and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to the event taking place. The submitted details shall be broadly in accordance with the Visitor Management Plans as set out in section 4 of the submitted Transport Assessment reference 70020725TR1.  Reason: In the interests of residential amenity and highway safety.

 

RESOLVED -

 

That authority be DELEGATED: (As amended) to Housing & Development Lead Specialist in consultation with Chair, Vice Chair, Leader of the Council and Ward Members, to be PERMITTED subject to:

  Revised layout to overcome ecology and landscape objections;

  Completion of S106 agreement;

  Additional condition wording to make it clear that Permitted Development Rights for car parking are removed and that use of the land for car parking is limited to a maximum of 12 days in a calendar year;

  And an additional condition regarding Transport Management Plans;

  And additional conditions to secure a biodiversity mitigation and enhancement plan (to include the haul road. 

 

Councillors asked that consideration be given to including Moorhill Gardens in the coning plan and that the Ageas Bowl ensure robust traffic management plans are produced which include ticket checking to move visitors into the site as quickly as possible and prevent mud on the highway.

 

Cllr Asman asked that the Committee investigate the traffic situation in Moorhill Gardens, particularly in relation to rat-running.

 

(NOTES: a) Two members of the public spoke in objection to this application citing a number of issues, including the following: traffic noise pollution and light, compounding traffic problems at peak times, concerns about congestion, pollution and cars using Moorhill Gardens as a rat run. b) Ruth Harding, Planning Consultant from Paris Smith and Agent for Ageas Bowl and James Cole, Head of Operations at Ageas Bowl spoke in support of the application.)

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