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Minutes – Planning and Conservation Committee – 4 February 2021

The minutes of this meeting are presented below.

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MINUTES OF THE VIRTUAL MEETING OF THE PLANNING AND CONSERVATION COMMITTEE HELD ON THURSDAY 4 FEBRUARY AT 5.00PM

PRESENT:

  • Councillor Joy (Chairman)
  • Councillor Bell
  • Councillor Bowden
  • Councillor Gaskin
  • Councillor Turbefield

EX-OFFICIO:

  • The Mayor (Councillor Plowman)
  • The Deputy Mayor (Councillor J Hughes)
  • Councillor Apel
  • Councillor Scicluna

ALSO IN ATTENDANCE:

  • Planning Adviser
  • Mayoral/Administrator Assistant
  • West Sussex County Councillor Simon Oakley
  • Mr Keith Bartlett, local resident (for CC/20/03226/FUL and CC/20/03342/FUL)
  • Ms Kerry Simmons, Genesis Town Planning, agents for the applicant (for CC/20/03226/FUL and CC/20/03342/FUL)
  • Mr Antony Payne, 77 Property, agents for the applicant (for CC/20/03226/FUL and CC/20/03342/FUL)

103. MINUTES OF MEETING OF COMMITTEE HELD ON 7 JANUARY 2021

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 7 January 2021 having been printed and circulated be approved and be signed by the Chairman as a correct record at a later date.

104. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

There were no apologies for absence.

105. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE IN MATTERS ON THE AGENDA FOR THIS MEETING

The Mayor and Councillor Scicluna, as members of Chichester District Council and as members of the CCAAC declared a Personal Interest. Councillors Apel, Bell and Bowden, as members of Chichester District Council, declared a Personal Interest.

106. STREET NAMING AND NUMBERING – MILLER HOMES PHASE 5F WHITEHOUSE FARM

In the absence of the Property Manager, Councillor Scicluna gave a brief explanation of the historical background to the street names proposed:

(i) Hester Road
(ii) Gill Close

There was some debate about the proposed names and members, for a variety of reasons, were not supportive of the name “Gill Close” but indicated their support for Hester Road.

Councillor Scicluna therefore suggested an alternative name, ie: “Chagall” and explained that Marc Chagall had commissioned one of the stained-glass windows in Chichester Cathedral.

Members were supportive of the alternative name proposed.

It was therefore put to the vote and RESOLVED that “Chagall Close” be substituted for “Gill Close” and that Hester Road, as proposed, remain unchanged. The Property Manager would be advised accordingly.

107. APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING PERMISSION

Mr Bartlett, a local resident, was in attendance for this item. The Chairman therefore took this item first.

Week 3 – 13 January 2021

CC/20/03226/FUL – Case Officer: Martin Mew

23 Lavant Road Chichester PO19 5RA
Redevelopment of the site with creation of 5 no. flats and parking, landscaping and associated works.

Ms Kerry Simmons of Genesis Town Planning, agents for the applicant, spoke about the proposals and invited members questions.

Mr Bartlett addressed the Committee, giving representations, and outlining his reasons for doing so; he referred to the objections previously lodged.

The Chairman thanked Mr Bartlett for his comments.

After some discussion it was proposed, seconded, put to the vote and RESOLVED to raise a Strong objection due to harm to the character of the area and to biodiversity, and because re-purposing agricultural land, particularly in a piecemeal fashion, is not a sustainable method of nitrate mitigation and could lead to insufficient supply of agricultural land.

The Planning Adviser was asked to contact Chichester District Council about their Agricultural Land and Nitrates Policy.

RESOLVED that the Planning Adviser take the necessary action.

Post Meeting Note: The Planning Adviser had contacted Chichester District Council and forwarded their response to all members for their information.

CC/20/03342/FUL – Case Officer: Calum Thomas

10 Lavant Road Chichester PO19 5RQ
Demolition of 3 no. flats and associated garages and erection of 6 no. flats and 1 no. 3-bed dwelling and associated works (Variation of condition 2 or permission CC/19/00181/FUL – alterations to fenestration and roof including lowering the eaves, increase to the rear footprint and provision of 2 no. bedrooms in the roofspace).

Ms Simmons, Genesis Town Planning, agents for the applicants, updated members on this amended application.

A discussion took place, it was then put to the vote and RESOLVED to raise an Objection to the further increase in built form and living space on site; the increased height and bulk, the creation of a fourth storey of residential development, the increased impact on the character and appearance of the area which is characterised by detached homes on large spacious plots.

Week 52 and Week 1 – There were no Committee items.

Week 2 – 6 January 2021

CC/20/03135/ADV – Case Officer: Maria Tomlinson

Open Space East of Otter Close Chichester West Sussex
3 no. non-illuminated hoarding signs.

Recommendation: RESOLVED to raise No objection subject to removal of the signage and hoarding upon completion of the works.

Councillor Gershater left the meeting.

CC/20/03149/ADV – Case Officer: William Price

Unit 1 28 Terminus Road Chichester West Sussex Proposed 1 no. fascia sign and 2 no. window graphics (Description changed – originally read: Change of use and associated signage from flexible class B1 B2 and B8 to class E indoor sport, recreation of fitness).

Recommendation: No objection

CC/20/03208/TCA – Case Officer: Henry Whitby

6 Lancastrian Grange Tower Street Chichester West Sussex
Notification of intention to crown reduce (height and widths) back to previous pruning points and crown thin by 10-15% on 1 no. Whitebeam tree.

Recommendation: No objection subject to the tree officer’s consideration as to the health of the tree, given that significant works were undertaken to three 1 year ago.

CC/20/03335/ADV – Case Officer: Jane Thatcher

The Gym Ltd, The Gym Portfield Way Chichester West Sussex
1 no. illuminated totem sign.

Recommendation: No objection

CC/20/03338/TCA – Case Officer: Henry Whitby

21 Tollhouse Close Chichester PO19 1SF
Notification of intention to fell 1 no. Lime tree (T117) and pollard down to 5m (in height) on 1 no. Sycamore tree (T116) and 2 no. Holm Oak trees (T118 and T119).

This application was requested to be considered at Committee by a Committee member.

Recommendation: No objection in principle, however, we would request consideration be given to replacing the felled lime with a similar tree.

CC/20/03369/FUL & CC/20/03370/ADV – Case Officers: Vicki Baker, Maria Tomlinson

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd
Sainsbury’s Westhampnett Road Chichester PO19 7YR
FUL: Erection of car park valeting facility.
ADV: 3 no. cabin fascia signs, 1 no. non-illuminated double-sided banner sign, 3 no. hoarding signs and 1 no. vinyl wrap.

Recommendation: No objection

Councillor Apel left the meeting.

CC/20/03384/DOM & CC/20/03385/LBC – Case Officer: Calum Thomas

St James Cottage 115 Swanfield Drive Chichester PO19 6TD
Single storey rear extension.

This application was requested to be considered at Committee by a Committee member.

Recommendation: No objection subject to the advice of the Historic Buildings Officer.

Councillor Scicluna left the meeting.

108. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – AN UPDATE ON PROGRESS

The Mayor updated the Committee on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee Panel and referred members to his report previously circulated. The report outlined the proposed new Steering Group Structure, and the Mayor sought the approval of the Committee on this proposal. Councillor Gaskin expressed reservations about the balance of the Steering Committee makeup. She also wished to re-iterate her support regarding the climate emergency and that the membership makeup should reflect this. The Mayor confirmed that the “Task Force” membership could be interchanged, as necessary, to reflect expertise in particular areas.

After discussion, it was put to the vote and RESOLVED to accept the Chichester Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee Panel report.

Councillor Bowden abstained from the voting.

109. WHITEHOUSE FARM – FEEDBACK

The Mayor updated members about the public exhibition and community facilities and said there had been some concerns expressed about this area of the development. There had also been some debate about the design of the proposed school and whether this was appropriate in this site. He said that this was still at the concept stage and discussion was ongoing. The concerns about the chalk stream were now being looked at and addressed. The Chairman said that the dialogue regarding Phase 2 and the southern access route was still awaited. He added that there had been technicalities with Centurion Way. The target submission date was March 2021 but there were still anomalies.

110. ITEMS TO BE INCLUDED ON AGENDA FOR NEXT MEETING

  • Neighbourhood Plan – update
  • White House Farm

111. DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Thursday 4 March 2021

The meeting closed at 6.47pm.

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