The minutes of this meeting are presented below.
You can also download a PDF copy of the minutes here: Minutes – Planning and Conservation Committee – 8 January 2020
MINUTES OF THE PLANNING AND CONSERVATION COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY 2020 AT 5.30PM
- Councillor Bell
- Councillor Bowden
- Councillor Gaskin
- The Mayor (Councillor Plowman)
- The Deputy Mayor (Councillor J Hughes)
- Councillor Apel (Chairman of Community Affairs)
- Councillor Scicluna (Chairman of Finance)
- Councillor Sharp
- Councillor Joy
- Councillor Norrell
- Planning Adviser
- Mayoral/Administrative Assistant
- Councillor Hunt, West Sussex County Council
- Mrs Kerry Simmons, Genesis Town Planning, (agent for the applicants of CC/19/02241/FUL and CC/19/02831/FUL)
- Mr Stuart Elgin, Elberry Properties (for CC/19/02831/FUL)
- Mr Chris Purdy, MH Architects. Agents for the applicants (CC/19/02241/FUL)
In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman, Councillor Bowden, took the Chair.
94. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
As recorded above.
RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 December 2019 having been printed and circulated were signed by the Vice-Chairman as a correct record.
96. UPDATE FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
Any actions arising from the previous Minutes were included on the Agenda
97. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE IN MATTERS ON THE AGENDA FOR THIS MEETING
The Mayor and Councillors Apel, Bell and Bowden, as members of Chichester District Council, declared a Personal Interest.
The Mayor declared a Personal Interest as a member of the CCAAC and Councillor Scicluna declared a Personal Interest as a member of the CCAAC.
98. PLANNING CONTRAVENTIONS
Councillor Scicluna mentioned the high number of banners tied to railings in the City.
The Mayor said that there were also a number of these around the New Park Centre. The Planning Adviser said depending on the specific banner and the circumstances, some may have deemed consent, but if details could be provided of the locations of any causing concern, she would look into the matter.
RESOLVED that the Planning Adviser take the necessary action.
99. STREET NAMING AND NUMBERING
(i) Whitehouse Farm Phase 2A (Miller Homes) – 70 residential homes
The Property Manager explained the background to this proposal and referred to the suggested names for Plots 1-73 as follows:
- High Meadow
- Rushy Mead
- Beehive Lane
A discussion took place and Councillor Scicluna advised the Committee that the relevance of the names was that they were formerly the names of the fields on the site.
The Property Manager sought the views of the Committee and after some debate it was put to the vote and RESOLVED that the names High Meadow, Rushy Mead and Beehive Lane be proposed. The Property Manager would take the necessary action.
(ii) New Lidl retail unit
The Property Manager asked the Committee to consider the proposed name and address for the new Lidl retail unit access road. The name proposal was:
Lidl, Unit 1, Abel Smith Way, Chichester. The Post Code would be confirmed.
The Property Manager drew the attention of the Committee to the supporting historical background information about the Abel Smith Mausoleum appended to the agenda. Councillor Scicluna added that John Abel Smith had made a financial contribution to the stained glass windows in the South Transept of Chichester Cathedral.
Councillor Apel agreed but said that it might be worthwhile asking Lidl to make a financial contribution to the repair of the Chapel on the site. The Mayor said he would approach the matter with Lidl as he was due to open the store shortly.
It was therefore put to the vote and RESOLVED that Lidl, Unit 1, Abel Smith Way, Chichester be proposed and the Property Manager would take the necessary action.
Councillor Scicluna and the Property Manager left the meeting.
100. APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING PERMISSION
Glenmar House Brandy Hole Lane Chichester West Sussex PO19 5RJ Demolition of the existing building and the construction of 6 no. flats with associated car parking and external works. Amended Plans
The Planning Adviser explained that this application had previously been discussed by the Committee at its meeting on 16 October 2019 when an objection had been raised on the following grounds:
Objection due to the impact on the character and amenity of the area as a result of the appearance and excessive scale, mass and bulk of the building and of the associated car parking and insufficient sustainability measures given the climate change situation.
Mr Chris Purdy of MH Architects, gave representation on behalf of the applicant, following which Councillor Hunt (WSCC) gave representations against the application.
After discussion the Committee RESOLVED to maintain their previous objection (above) and respond to the amended plans with the following:
Strong objection on the basis of harm to the character of the area through the sub-division of the plot, appearance, scale and bulk of the building and extent of the hard surfaced parking areas.
Week 49 – 4 December 2019
CC/19/02819/REM and 19/03122/REM
Linden Homes Ltd
Land On The West Side Of Broyle Road Chichester West Sussex
All outstanding Reserved Matters for the erection of 141 dwellings with associated parking, landscaping, informal open space and associated work on Parcel 3C, pursuant to permission 14/04301/OUT.
RESOLVED to make a strong objection to the generic housing design and poor quality materials; high quality materials and local building design and appearance should be reflected in the development, for example through the use of clay and slate and render rather than painted brick. Inadequate parking will be provided as a result of triple parking into garages being provided for over 60% of dwellings. Further consideration should be given to increasing sustainability measures such as electric vehicle charging points and solar panels. The main routes should have a separate cycleway provided and this must not reduce the public open space. Could the road layout be reconfigured to a more informal layout, possibly to remove the double road either side of the public open space? It is noted that there was a lack of public engagement on this particular application.
Councillor Apel left the meeting.
Week 51 – 18 December 2019
Elberry Properties Ltd
10 Lavant Road Chichester PO19 5RQ
Demolition of 3 no. flats and associated garages and replacement with erection of 8 no. flats and 2 no. dwellings and associated works.
101. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – TO GIVE CONSIDERATION TO RESPONSES TO QUESTIONNAIRE PRIOR TO PUBLICATION
The Planning Adviser said that around 1600 completed questionnaires had been returned and with the aid of a visual presentation, explained the responses received. A copy of the responses to the questionnaire is appended to the minutes for ease of reference.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, at their next meeting on 23 January 2020, would now take this item forward through Working Groups.
The Planning Adviser was thanked for her hard work in connection with the production/collation of responses of the questionnaire.
102 CHEMROUTE – A SAFER CYCLE ROUTE FROM CHICHESTER TO EMSWORTH PROMOTING SAFE AND CONFIDENT CYCLING IN CHICHESTER AND WEST SUSSEX
The Committee noted the ChiCycle paper appended to the Agenda which explained the objectives of Chemroute. Councillor Sharp (who attended the meetings as a representative of ChiCycle) felt very strongly about the need for safer cycle routes in view of the recent fatalities in Chichester. She had noted that Chichester City Council were not represented at meetings attended by other local parishes and felt it was important that Chichester City Council had a representation at these meetings.
The Mayoral/Administrative Assistant said that this matter could be pursued as an Outside Body appointment and would seek advice from the Town Clerk about this.
The Committee were supportive of having a City Council representative on Chemroute and it was therefore RECOMMENDED to Full Council for approval.
103. TRANSPORT FOR THE SOUTH EAST – CONSULTATION – CLOSING DATE FOR RESPONSES 10 JANUARY 2020
The Planning Adviser had previously reminded members that the Consultation Document could be viewed via the website prior to the meeting due to the limited timescale for responses, ie: 10 January 2020.
The Planning Adviser had prepared a draft of the City Council’s responses to the consultation which was then discussed and approved. The Planning Adviser was thanked for all her work in preparing the document which would now be forwarded to Transport for the South East. A copy of the responses is attached the minutes.
104. ITEMS TO BE INCLUDED ON THE NEXT AGENDA
- Neighbourhood Plan – update
105. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Wednesday 5 February 2020.
The meeting closed at 7.56pm