Agenda, decisions and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday 16 May 2018 9.30 am

Venue: Committee Rooms, East Pallant House. View directions

Contact: Katherine Davis or Lisa Higenbottam  Email:  kdavis@chichester.gov.uk or  lhigenbottam@chichester.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

161.

Chairman's Announcements

Any apologies for absence which have been received will be noted at this stage.

 

The Planning Committee will be informed at this point in the meeting of any planning applications which have been deferred or withdrawn and so will not be discussed and determined at this meeting.

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and drew attention to the emergency evacuation procedure.

 

Apologies were received from Mrs Duncton, Mr Hixson and Mr Wakeham.

 

162.

Approval of Minutes pdf icon PDF 49 KB

The minutes relate to the meeting of the Planning Committee on 18 April 2018 (copy to follow).

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 2018 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

 

163.

Urgent Items

The chairman will announce any urgent items that due to special circumstances will be dealt with under agenda item 13 (b).

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

 

164.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Details of members personal interests arising from their membership of parish councils or West Sussex County Council or from their being Chichester District Council or West Sussex County Council appointees to outside organisations or members of outside bodies or from being employees of such organisations or bodies.

 

Such interests are hereby disclosed by each member in respect of agenda items in the schedule of planning applications where the Council or outside body concerned has been consulted in respect of that particular item or application.

 

Declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests, personal interests and prejudicial interests are to be made by members of the Planning Committee in respect of matters on the agenda or this meeting.

 

 

 

Minutes:

Mr Barrett declared a personal interest in respect of application CH/17/03622/OUT as a Chichester District Council appointed member of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

 

Mrs Kilby declared a personal interest in respect of applications CC/17/03164/FUL and CC/18/00655/DOM as a member of Chichester City Council.

 

Mr Oakley declared a personal interest in respect of applications CH/17/03622/OUT, EWB/17/03547/FUL, FU/17/01191/FUL and WW/17/03295/FUL as a member of West Sussex County Council.

 

Mr Plowman declared a personal interest in respect of applications CC/17/03164/FUL and CC/18/00655/DOM as a member of Chichester City Council.

 

Mr Plowman also declared a personal interest in respect of applications CC/17/03164/FUL and CC/18/00655/DOM as a Chichester District Council appointed member of the Chichester Conservation Area Advisory Committee.

 

Mrs Purnell declared a personal interest in respect of applications CH/17/03622/OUT, EWB/17/03547/FUL, FU/17/01191/FUL and WW/17/03295/FUL as a member of West Sussex County Council. 

 

Planning Applications

 

(To listen to the full debate of the planning applications follow the link to the online recording)

 

The Committee considered the planning applications together with two agenda update sheets at the meeting detailing the observations and amendments that had arisen subject to the despatch of the agenda.

 

During the presentations by officers of the applications members viewed photographs, plans, drawings, computerised images and artist impressions that were displayed on the screens.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the following decisions be made subject to the observations and amendments below:

 

165.

CC/17/03164/FUL - Pret A Manger, 82 East Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1HA pdf icon PDF 446 KB

Change of use from Class A1 to mixed A1/A3 (sui generis).

Decision:

Permit.

Minutes:

Information was reported on the agenda update sheet relating to the removal of condition 1.

 

Mr Frost and Mr Whitty responded to members questions and comments. Mr Frost clarified that A1 use is primarily for cold food sold for consumption off the premises whilst the proposed use was considered to be sui generis (mixed A1 and A3) as it comprises consumption of food  both on and off the premises. With regard to the increase in non-retail uses he explained that the 0.52% difference above the policy threshold should be viewed as a modest breach given the wider context of maintaining the viability and vitality of the city centre. With regard to any further change of use Mr Whitty confirmed that condition 4 requires the site to be either mixed A1 and A3 or to revert to A1 use. With regard to the shop frontage he confirmed the length as 11 metres. With regard to requirements for marketing of the existing use set out in appendix E of the CDC Local Plan, this is not a requirement for retail (A1) premises.

 

Recommendation to Permit agreed.

 

166.

CC/18/00655/DOM - 43 York Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7TL pdf icon PDF 343 KB

First floor rear extension and rear porch.

Decision:

Permit.

Minutes:

Recommendation to Permit agreed.

 

167.

CH/17/03622/OUT - Ronic House, Main Road, Bosham, PO18 8PN pdf icon PDF 287 KB

Outline application with all matters reserved except access for the re-use of previously developed land (comprising car showroom - sui generis use) for residential development of up to 5 dwellings and associated works.

Decision:

Defer for a Section 106 agreement then Permit.

Minutes:

The following member of the public addressed the Committee:

 

·       Mrs K Simmons - Agent

 

Recommendation to Defer for a Section 106 agreement then Permit agreed.

 

168.

EWB/17/03547/FUL - Land East Of 10 Downview Close East Wittering PO20 8NS pdf icon PDF 440 KB

Construction of 1 no. 3 bedroom detached dwelling and 2 no. semi-detached, 3 bedroom dwellings.

Decision:

Refuse (contrary to officer recommendation).

Minutes:

The following members of the public addressed the Committee:

 

·       Mr B Reeves – East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council

·       Mr A Prior - Agent

 

Mr Whitty responded to members questions and comments. He confirmed that the scheme, originally comprising four dwellings, under the previous application, had been amended to one detached dwelling and two semi-detached dwellings. He explained that officers considered the current appearance of the site, including the width of the access to the public amenity space to be a characteristic of the area, not part of the character of the area and as such found the proposal to reduce the size of the access not unreasonable. He explained that any new housing would be additional windfall for the Council. With regard to parking West Sussex County Council (WSCC) Highways had raised no concerns.

 

Members discussed their concerns about reducing the access route to the public amenity space. Some members felt that the loss would be detrimental to the character of the area as views towards the open space would be significantly reduced. Some members were also concerned that approval could set a precedent for similar sites across the coastal villages in the district.

 

Mr Barrett proposed that the application be refused on the grounds of over development causing harm to the character of the area. Mrs Tassell seconded the proposal which was carried.

 

Refuse (contrary to officer recommendation).

 

The Committee took a short break.

 

169.

FU/17/01191/FUL - Land At 6 Oaklands, West Ashling Road, Hambrook, Funtington, West Sussex pdf icon PDF 292 KB

Change of use of land for stationing of caravans for residential purposes for 2 no. gypsy pitches with 2 no. caravans on each pitch together with formation of hard standing and ancillary dayroom.

Decision:

Permit with Section 106 agreement.

Minutes:

The following member of the public addressed the Committee:

 

·       Mr N Green - Agent

 

The Chairman requested officers ensure the septic tank is of adequate capacity for the site.

 

Recommendation to Permit with Section 106 agreement agreed.

 

170.

WE/18/00607/FUL - Woodbury House, Whitechimney Row, Westbourne, PO10 8RS pdf icon PDF 520 KB

Creation of a part two storey house with basement and separate carport/garden store.Variation of conditions 2 and 3 from permission WE/16/00721/FUL, to incorporate amendments to various plans and external materials.

Decision:

Defer for a Section 106 agreement then Permit.

Minutes:

Information was reported on the agenda update sheet relating to details of the financial contribution to mitigate the impact of the proposed development.

 

The following member of the public addressed the Committee:

 

·       Mr R Briscoe – Westbourne Parish Council

 

Mr Whitty responded to members questions and comments. He explained that officers felt there would be no detrimental impact to the site or surrounding area as a result of the increase in the height of the car barn. He confirmed that the closest view of a neighbouring property from the balcony would be an acceptable 20 metre distance. With regard to the roof light he confirmed that although a level of light would be omitted from the hallway it would be difficult for officers to enforce a condition restricting its use. With regard to concerns relating to vehicle access to the site he explained that it would be difficult to justify a condition as the same access routes had been  previously approved. With regard to concerns that the outbuildings could be subject to future conversion he asked members to consider whether the potential harm was great enough to make a condition reasonable. Following discussion no further conditions were added.

 

Recommendation to Defer for a Section 106 agreement then Permit agreed.

 

171.

WW/17/03295/FUL - Izora, 1 Watersedge Gardens, West Wittering, PO20 8RA pdf icon PDF 617 KB

Change of use from public highway pavement to residential garden use.

Decision:

Defer for a member Site Visit.

Minutes:

Information was reported on the agenda update sheet relating to amended condition 2. Mr Sims also reported information on a second agenda update sheet relating to letters of objection.

 

The following members of the public addressed the Committee:

 

·       Mr R Shrubb – West Wittering Parish Council

·       Mr B Reeves – East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council

·       Mr B Couchman  - Objector

·       Mrs C Barton – Objector

·       Mrs J Culverwell - Objector

·       Mr P Collard – Applicant

·       Mrs E Hamilton – Chichester District Council Ward Member for West Wittering

·       Mrs S Taylor – Chichester District Council Ward Member for East Wittering – also on behalf of Mr K Martin, Chichester District Council Ward Member for East Wittering (who was unable to attend the meeting)

 

Members discussed the impact of narrowing the width of the footpath on Shore Road. Some members raised safety concerns that there is no footpath on the opposite side of the road to mitigate often high levels of pedestrian activity from the nearby car park to the beach.

 

Mr Barrett proposed that the application be refused on the grounds of public safety and the loss of public amenity. Mrs Tassell seconded the proposal which was lost.

 

Mr Frost advised members that given their concerns it would be wise to assess the proposal in greater detail against relevant government guidance and to obtain further clarification from WSCC Highways regarding the pavement width. Members then discussed the possibility of a deferral.

 

The Chairman proposed the application be deferred for further information including a site visit and for officers to arrange for a WSCC Highways representative to be present when the application returns to Committee. Mrs Kilby seconded the proposal which was carried.

 

Defer for a member Site Visit.

 

172.

Schedule of Planning Appeals, Court and Policy Matters pdf icon PDF 141 KB

The Planning Committee will consider the monthly schedule updating the position with regard to planning appeals, litigation and recent planning policy publications or pronouncements.

Minutes:

The Committee considered and noted the schedule of outstanding planning appeals, court and policy matters that had been circulated with the agenda.

 

Court and other matters

 

Information was reported on the agenda update sheet relating to River Farm, Brookfield Lane, Tillington. The appellant had been granted permission to challenge the Inspector’s appeal decision letter in the High Court. Officers anticipate confirmation of the hearing date shortly.

 

173.

Consideration of any late items as follows:

The Planning Committee will consider any late items announced by the Chairman at the start of this meeting as follows:

 

a)    Items added to the agenda papers and made available for public inspection

b)    Items which the chairman has agreed should be taken as matters of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be reported at the meeting

Minutes:

There were no late items.