Agenda, decisions and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday 6 June 2019 9.30 am

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Committee will be informed at this point in the meeting of any planning applications which have been deferred or withdrawn and so will not be discussed and determined at this meeting.


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, and explained the emergency evacuation procedure. 


Apologies were received from Mr P Wilding and Mrs J Fowler. 


The Chairman expressed her thanks to the previous Chairman Mr Hayes for his work.  The Chairman also noted that it was 75 years since D-Day and we should not forget the sacrifices made on that day. 


Approval of Minutes pdf icon PDF 82 KB

The minutes relate to the meeting of the Planning Committee on 24 April 2019. (copy to follow).




That the minutes of the meeting held on 24 April 2019 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.


Urgent Items

The chairman will announce any urgent items that due to special circumstances will be dealt with under agenda item 16b.


There were no urgent items.


Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 52 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.



Mrs Purnell declared a personal interest in planning applications WR/19/00124/FUL, SI/18/02925/FUL and BI/19/00351/FUL as a member of West Sussex County.


Mr Barratt declared a personal interest in planning application BI/19/00351/FUL as a member Chichester Harbour Conservancy.


Mr Briscoe declared a personal interest in planning application WE/18/03013/FUL as a member of Westbourne Parish Council.


Mr Oakley declared a personal interest in planning applications WR/19/00124/FUL, SI/18/02925/FUL and BI/19/00351/FUL as a member of West Sussex County Council.




WR/19/00124/FUL - Old Helyers Farm Kirdford Road Wisborough Green RH14 0DD pdf icon PDF 312 KB

Replacement of existing permanent residential caravan with a new dwelling
and relocation of the existing access





Additional information was reported on the agenda update sheet regarding the name of the ward which should read as ‘Loxwood’, and a further condition that the existing mobile home is removed from the site within one month of occupation of the proposed dwelling.  An additional comment was also included on the agenda update sheet, from a third party believing a letter from the agent contained a misrepresentation of facts and a query regarding rural business need and current/future use, which had been addressed within the Officer’s report.


The following member of the public addressed the committee:


Mrs D Appleton – Agent


During the discussion Members debated the property in relation to the current business, whether such an isolated dwelling was contrary to the Neighbourhood Plan, and requested clarification regarding the class and whether it would be linked to the business.  Mrs Stevens confirmed that condition 3, would be amended, tying the dwelling (not mobile home) to person/s solely/mainly employed in the equestrian business.  Mrs Stevens also confirmed the use of the wider site could not be changed to any other business use without first obtaining planning permission. If the business should cease, planning permission would be required to remove the condition for it to be sold on the open market.  Mrs Stevens added that in respect of the Neighbourhood Plan, there is a ‘lawful fall-back’ for a tied property.  Mr Whitty further explained that the application seeks to ‘replace’ one property, which has permission, with another. Mr Whitty confirmed the recommended occupancy restriction condition could be amended to allow occupiers to be employed in agriculture in addition to the equestrian use on the site. .


Committee members also sought clarification regarding parking and access.   Mrs Stevens responded that the site provided two parking spaces for the proposed dwelling and further parking areas for horse boxes with sufficient turning spaces and that the Highways Authority was satisfied with the access and parking proposed. 


Recommendation to Permit agreed.


WE/18/03013/FUL - Woodbury House Whitechimney Row Westbourne PO10 8RS pdf icon PDF 154 KB

New boundary walls and gates; Reconfiguration of and additional hardstanding; Land level changes; Revised drainage scheme. (Amendments to approved landscape and drainage schemes)



Defer for site visit.


Additional information was reported on the agenda update sheet (recorded as Application No: 19/00124/FUL and should read 18/03013/FUL).  Westbourne Parish Council objects to this retrospective application as the completed construction works are in contravention to the original plans, which although recognised as not a justification for refusal, considers there are sound planning reasons for refusal of the application.  These reasons include the roofline which is set higher than approved, the raising of the ground levels causing surface water to run into adjoining land and the demolition of an original flint wall which should have been retained and, which had replaced by a new flint wall, which is not considered in character with the village.


The members of the public addressed that committee:


Mr R Hitchcock – Parish Representative

Mr R Briscoe – Objector


During the discussion Members debated the newly constructed flint wall, and the issues of managing surface water where levels have been raised.  Mr Barrett proposed a site visit due to the difficulties of visualising the work which had taken place from photographs only, which was seconded by Mr Oakley.  


Following further discussion Miss Boddy, agreed the new wall appears stark at present, but it would weather over time and its appearance would soften.  Miss Boddy confirmed the drainage officer had advised that he was satisfied with the proposed drainage and confirmed that further information about the scheme requested by members could be presented at the next meeting. 


A vote was taken with regards to undertaking a site visit, which was agreed.


Mr Whitty confirmed that having heard the concerns of Members a site visit would be appropriate.


Recommendation to defer a decision, pending a site visit.


SI/18/02925/FUL - Land South Of Telephone Exchange Selsey Road Sidlesham West Sussex pdf icon PDF 474 KB

Proposed private stable block and associated hard standing. New access to the highway



Defer for further information.


Additional information was reported on the agenda update sheet regarding the name of the ward which should read as ‘Siddlesham with Selsey North’.


The following member of the public addressed the committee:


Mr A Harland – Parish Representative


During the discussion Members debated traffic volume on the road from which the site access would be located, larger vehicles accessing the site, visibility splays, the impact of new hardstanding on drainage, infilling development, the appearance of sub-dividing fields, storage of feed, potential issues of manure seepage onto the highway, the replanting of hedgerows, and whether a condition not to operate a business from the site would be appropriate.  Mrs Stevens responded that with regards to ‘infilling’ if this was a residential scheme, that would be an appropriate consideration, but it is not for an equestrian development, and provided information citing Policy 55 of the Local Plan which permits equestrian use where the criteria is met.  The Highways Authority were satisfied with the proposed access; the gate would be set back from the edge of the carriageway to allow space for vehicles to stop clear of the highway. With regards to flooding, a condition had been included that ‘discharge of washings ….or yard areas must first drain into a soakaway or treatment system’.  There would be no requirement for additional undercover space to keep feed.  Mrs Stevens added that planning permission is not required for grazing or turn horses out, and that the fencing erected on the site does not currently require planning permission, acknowledging that a condition could be added removing permitted development for further fencing to sub-divide the field.  The Environment Officer has not raised any objections regarding the muck heap but they do require a waste management plan to be submitted. In response to concerns from members about the location of the muck heap and the potential odour impacts upon neighbouring properties Mrs Stevens advised that a condition could be added to relocate the muck heap to another part of the site further away from residential properties. Mrs Stevens confirmed that the other two applications for the gypsy and traveller sites are independent of this application and there is no indication within this application that this site would be used for commercial purposes and therefore it is appropriate to include a condition stating that the site should only be used for the private keeping of horses.   


Further discussion included; the position of a recently installed new gate; a question regarding the installation of hardstanding and what would happen if construction of the stables does not takes place; removal of hedgerows;, connection to the bridleway network;, and future use of the stables for conversion to residential accommodation.  Mr Whitty responded that there is no dropped kerb adjacent to the gate, therefore that is likely to be unauthorised development and separately from this application, enforcement action can be taken.   Mr Whitty advised Members of the committee against employing supposition regarding future use of the building, and reminded Members with regards  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


FB/19/01017/DOM - Strathisla 10 Salthill Road Fishbourne Chichester West Sussex PO19 3QH pdf icon PDF 306 KB

Partial conversion of detached double garage to home office and external
alterations including installation of a pitched roof





Additional information was reported on the agenda update sheet regarding the name of the ward which should read as ‘Harbour Villages’ and that the application is retrospective and therefore condition 1 is omitted from the recommendation.


Recommendation to Permit agreed.


CH/19/00661/FUL - Flat Farm Broad Road Hambrook Chidham Chichester West Sussex PO18 8RF pdf icon PDF 249 KB

Demolition of existing dwelling and associated outbuildings and construction
of 11 no. dwellings (variation of condition 12 of permission CH/16/04148/FUL
- amendments to street lighting).





Additional information was reported on the agenda update sheet regarding the name of the ward which should read as ‘Harbour Villages’.


During the discussion Members debated brightness and appropriateness of the lighting, impact on the character of the area, any ecological impact, and change from original planned bollard lighting to lamp columns.  Mr Whitty responded by showing photographs taken the evening prior to the meeting and explained the light spill on the ground was limited, that character of the area was not affected as it is less rural in appearance than previous, due to appeal decisions allowed on the other side of the road.  Therefore, in that context the character is already present, and Mr Whitty advised that it would be difficult to construct an argument based on character, to defend an appeal.


Members of the Committee queried the potential to both limit the lumen output and control the timing of the lighting.  Miss Bell confirmed the lights were currently 915 lumens, and it would be possible to limit the light by condition.  With regards to timing, the lights have sensors as approved in 2012 to switch on at dusk and off at dawn, which is how the other lighting on the development is operating, but the implementation of different hours could be investigated by requirements through condition.   


With regards to a question as to whether a consultation with residents may appropriate, Mr Whitty confirmed a previous consultation had not generated any comments.  Mr Whitty added that he had some concern with limiting the lighting (brightness and timing) without the knowledge of impact on safety, and suggested as an alternative, part of the resolution may be that Members ask officers to investigate the option for placing such a restriction with the applicant, which may be possible depending on health and safety constraints.  Mr Whitty further advised that efforts could be made to consider restrictions.  


Recommendation to Permit agreed with the condition that final details regarding the level of lumens and timings to be established.


BI/19/00351/FUL - Birdham Fruit Farm Martins Lane Birdham Chichester West Sussex PO20 7AU pdf icon PDF 259 KB

Replacement dwelling. Alterations to house design - window to utility and
minor increase in projection of south balcony. Re-use of existing building to
provide multipurpose store. Erection of 3 bay garage and construction of
swimming pool and hot tub - Variation of Condition 2 of planning permission
BI/08/04567/FUL (APP/L3185/A/09/2093508 - Multi purpose store to include
residential annex ancillary to dwelling house





Additional information was reported on the agenda update sheet regarding the name of the ward which should read as ‘The Witterings’, and to also note that no part of this decision permits a new access track across the land adjoining the application site to the east.  Mrs Stevens gave a further verbal update to a condition within the recommendation which referred to the control of the building, which is the subject of this application in relation to two earlier permissions in 2004 and 2005, which should also include a permission given in 2008.   


The following member of the public addressed the committee:


Mr S Crossley – Applicant


During the discussion Members debated if further structures would be required for storage and what weight should be given for the need for temporary accommodation within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  Mrs Stevens responded that there are no proposals for an additional building for storage and any such building would require a planning application as permitted development is more limited within the AONB. Mrs Stevens confirmed that the building would only be occupied in connection with main dwelling on the site.  Members further suggested that removal of permitted development is included as a condition to prevent further structures.  Mr Whitty responded that without evidence, this could be considered as unreasonable or unnecessary.   


Recommendation to defer for Section 106 then Permit agreed.


Mr Page left the meeting at the close of this item and did not return.


VARIATIONS TO SECTION 106 AGREEMENT - 18/00448/OBG: Land west of Garsons Road, Southbourne pdf icon PDF 35 KB

The proposed amendments to the S106 agreement related to the detailed provisionsof the mortgagee in possession obligations. The amendment was proposed to bring the wording in line with updated National Housing Federation recommended clauses, which CDC now use as standard. The updated wording would allow the Registered Provider to achieve the maximum possible value when securing affordable housing finance. The proposals do not change the approved proportion, mix and tenure of affordable dwellings secured under the S.106. The variation facilitates the ability/viability of registered providers to continue to deliver affordable housing in the District.


This item will be taken under item 14.


VARIATIONS TO SECTION 106 AGREEMENT - 18/02913/OBG: Land west of Garsons Road, Southbourne pdf icon PDF 34 KB

The variation to the S106 agreement sought to add a separate definition andbespoke clauses for the management of the allotments, separating the allotment provision and management obligations from the rest of the Open Space. The amendments were proposed to allow the option for Southbourne Parish Council to be transferred the allotment provision, while the remainder of the Open Space would be the responsibility of a site management company. The deed allows for the management company to be responsible for the allotments in the event that the Parish Council do not proceed with the transfer.



This item will be taken under item 14.



SDNP/18/00474/FUL - Lower Diddlesfold Farm Diddlesfold Lane Northchapel West Sussex GU28 9EN pdf icon PDF 281 KB

Proposed demolition of 2 no. agricultural cattle barns, the erection of a replacement U-shaped agricultural barn and stables (for private use only), outdoor sand school, muck ramp, refurbishment of an existing agricultural barn and associated landscaping. Change of use to a mixed agricultural use and private equestrian use.





Additional information was reported on the agenda update sheet providing the name of the ward as ‘Loxwood’.  Additional comments raised by two third party objectors, an amendment to time limit condition and two additional conditions disallowing the construction of an enclosure within a specific area of the site and the requirement for an asbestos survey.


Mr Saunders reminded Members of the Committee, that this application is within the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) area and therefore the emerging SDNPA Local Plan is the framework for considering applications, rather than the District Council Local Plan 1999.  Mr Saunders also provided additional comments from the Landscape Officer regarding three outstanding matters.  The permitted agricultural building will partially screen the development, which will have a minimal impact on long distance views and use of traditional materials will enable the buildings to sit within the landscape, reflecting the local vernacular. The sand school will be 67m above datum, the same as the adjacent slab of the agricultural barn and lower than the adjacent land level. The Landscape Officer is now satisfied in relation to parking of vehicles, changes to the entrance, lighting and fencing and that either there are no changes proposed or that they can be adequately controlled by condition.


The following member of the public addressed the committee:


Mr M De’Courcy – Agent


During the discussion Members commented on the improvement in appearance the proposed development would provide, and queried whether the applicant would live on the site, if there would be a necessity for sub-division of open fields to accommodate horses, the change from agriculture to equestrian use and business use of the development.  Mr Saunders confirmed that there were two dwellings on the site in the control of the applicant, which the applicant may consider replacing at a future date but that was not part of this application.  Mr Saunders explained that in relation to the forthcoming SDNPA Local Plan, regarding change of use, currently the proposal is for the buildings to be tied by condition to private equestrian use and there are policies within the Local Plan which allow for redundant rural buildings to be converted to residential use but, a number of tests would have to be passed for permission to be granted.  The application was for mixed equestrian and agricultural use.  With regards to sub-division of the fields, a condition could be added if this is a concern to restrict permitted development rights to erect fencing on the land and Mr Saunders confirmed permitted development does allow conversion of farm buildings into other uses. 


Members further discussed whether there was sufficient parking on site, requirement for housing, and the link for the dwellings within the application.  Mr Saunders responded that there was sufficient hard-standing for parking and the two houses within the site enabled the scale of the development to be more acceptable.  Mr Whitty added there is not a direct link through 106 or a condition to revert the houses to a link,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.


Chichester District Council - Schedule of Planning Appeals, Court and Policy Matters Between 4 April 2019 and 16 May 2019 pdf icon PDF 226 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.


The Chairman asked if any Members had any issues to raise, and suggested that for future meetings, Members email issues in advance, to ensure officers had time to prepare a response.


Mr Oakley drew Members attention to Planning Reference 18/00798/FUL and suggested members viewed the detail of this application, as such conversions were likely to be a regular occurrence, and this was an interesting decision with regards to appearance within street scene, provision of living conditions and the potential impact on parking in an already built-up area.  The Chairman suggested that details will be provided for the next meeting as a summary, that officers provide further information at that time. 


Mr Oakley referred to Planning Reference 18/0080/FUL and commented that this appeal is on the original application and asked why the applicant is still pursuing the appeal given there is another on-going appeal.  Mrs Golding responded that once permission is issued on the other appeal, this appeal may be withdrawn. 


Miss Golding drew the Committee’s attention to the update sheet, to which two court matters had been added.


South Downs National Park - Schedule of Planning Appeals, Court and Policy Matters Between 4 April 2019 and 16 May 2019 pdf icon PDF 221 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.



The Chairman noted that there was an absence of information on Planning Reference SDNP/18/03543/Hous and SDNP/18/04138/FUL.  Mr Whitty responded that these appeals would be reported on at the next meeting.


Miss Golding drew the Committees attention to the update sheet to which one court matter had been added.



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


There were no late items.