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Thakeham Parish Council
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING – Monday 27 February 2017, Village Hall
Meeting opened: 6.30 p.m.
Present Mr R Taylor (Chair) Mrs C Hounslow Mrs C Instance Mr D MacEachern Ms F McConnachie Mr D Scott Kerr
In attendance Mr O Richards Clerk to the Council
Members of the public
222. Apologies for absence and resignations
The resignation of Cllr St Clair was noted. Apologies were received from Cllr Hunt.
223. Interests of Members
In relation to item 5a (Abingworth Community building external finishes) Cllrs MacEachern, Hounslow and Instance flagged their connections with the Village Hall management group. It was also noted that Cllr Hounslow was a neighbour to the site of DC/17/0310, reported under item 8.
224. Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes the meeting held on 23 January 2017 were agreed and signed as a true record. It was noted by way of ratification that since the last meeting a response to HDC regarding DC/17/0102 (50 Crescent Rise, roof extension) had been agreed by delegated action, and sent.
225. Planning Applications for consideration
The Committee considered cases and agreed the following feedback to Horsham District Council:
DC/17/0171 (T/17/03) Amnehs Beauty Salon Shop 3 The Flower Corner Storrington Road
Change of use of existing retail units to single two bedroom dwelling
Members noted that Thakeham Neighbourhood Plan Policy 5 favours retention of employment sites but supports appropriate change of use in cases where it has been demonstrated that there is no demand for ongoing commercial use, and this site was considered to meet this criterion having been vacant since May 2016 (with no enquiries). The proposed minor external changes appeared unobjectionable. In relation to parking, the flat occupants would be expected to cope within the unreserved parking arrangement to the front of the site, which did not seem worse for neighbours than the current situation. Members agreed however flag to officers the importance of the pedestrian right of way along the tarmac at the front of the site, particularly for children travelling to/from Rydon CC, with the request that this be protected/reinforced in some way via a planning condition.
DC/17/0253 (T/17/04) Land adjacent to Green Meadows Danhill Farm Harbolets Road
Erection of a single 3 bedroom dwelling and car barn
Members noted that this proposal was in conflict with Thakeham Neighbourhood Plan Policy 1 which opposes new housing proposals that are outside existing built-up areas and not otherwise designed in the Plan. It similarly conflicts with HDPF Policies 25 and 26.
The Committee also noted that the current cluster of buildings forms an open L shape comprising an architecturally coherent mix of dwellings, including sympathetic converted farm buildings, with an open aspect to the north and west. In that context, the creation of a new house and garage at the proposed location would have an adverse impact on the visual amenity of the location, and create problems of overlooking and loss of privacy (particularly for Green Meadows). The proposed house design is considered unsympathetic, and the proposed separate car barn anomalous. Both would be visible from the B2139 as well as the existing dwellings.
While the current proposal relates just to the single dwelling plus car barn, it refers to an intention to significantly develop commercial use of an adjacent stable site for equine and canine rehabilitation. However, Council notes that a condition of approval of these stables (DC/09/1726) was exclusion of commercial use, and also that Thakeham Neighbourhood Plan Policy 9 supports equestrian development only where it is ancillary to an existing building. In addition, such a development would be likely to create unacceptable disturbance and traffic/access issues, without create any additional employment. Given these strong grounds for objection to any further application relating to the equine/canine facility at this site, it was agreed that the references to such a development did not add supportive weight.
DC/17/0329 (T/17/05) The Maples Merrywood Lane Thakeham Pulborough
External alterations to existing garage fenestrations where being converted (in relation to approved application ref DC/16/2903 for new double detached oak framed garage/carport
226. Major planning proposals
226.1 Abingworth community buildings, external finishes
Members noted that Abingworth Homes/Oakford Homes had some ongoing concerns about the current brick specification for the community buildings, and were seeking informal feedback as to whether members would be receptive to a further proposed revision. Their general concern was how the current pale brick will look, both in isolation and in conjunction with the russet brick houses. In discussion it became clear that there were a mix of views within the Committee and also potentially a differing view from the Village Hall management group. Also, members felt that they did not have a sufficiently clear proposal in front of them, in terms of what exact changes were proposed to the facing bricks, roofing materials and other finishes e.g. window frames. As a result, it was agreed to take the issue forward to the next meeting and seek further clarification. (Action: Clerk to contact Oakford/Abingworth Homes).
226.2 General update
The Clerk reported on latest developments relating to TPC’s proposed conditions for support of the Abingworth phase 2 proposals. In relation to timing of delivery of the Village Hall, indications were that a counter-proposal would be made to TPC’s suggested condition of delivery before start of phase 2. Other S106 commitments relating to traffic calming and rights of way appeared relatively uncontentious. Members were forewarned that the timeline for HDC officers finalising their report in advance of the Development Committee South meeting of 21 March was likely to mean the Clerk seeking TPC’s views on the finalised proposals by circulation in the very near future. (Action: Clerk)
227. Enforcement cases
The Committee noted the circulated update on current cases. It was noted that the trench at the top of The Street should be added to the current list. Members expressed continued frustration with the slow pace of HDC enforcement action. In relation to Dukes Copse (compliance order EN/14/0511) it was agreed that TPC should oppose the appeal for an extended deadline to vacate the mobile home. (Action: Clerk)
228. Planning Applications permitted/refused/withdrawn since the last meeting
The Committee noted the following District-level decisions, and that designated members should follow through with monitoring the progress of permitted applications.
Danhill Manor Coolham Road West Chiltington Pulborough West Sussex RH20 2LH
DC/16/2791 (T/16/56) Listed building consent for new doorway into bedroom (CI)
Planning Cttee 19 December 2016
Permitted 30/01/2017 No special conditions
36 Linfield Copse Thakeham Pulborough West Sussex
DC/16/2844 (T/16/59) 2 storey rear extension. (CH)
Planning Cttee – by circulation 6 Jan 2017
OBJECTION [sent 6/1/17]
Although Council does not object in principle to a 2-storey rear extension at this location, it cannot support this specific design which is unnecessarily bulky and will overlook/overshadow the rear/garden of neighbouring property no.35. In particular there seems no reason for the proposed extension roofline to project high above the existing eaves line, nor a need for the first floor window to be as large as proposed, which adds unnecessarily to the sense of the garden of no.35 being overlooked. Also, the relationship between the proposed extension and the rear face of no.35 needs to be checked in terms of the former depriving light from the latter and how that sits with relevant regulations. However, Council would be open to a revised extension design with a lower roof line, smaller first floor window and information on the light deprivation issue.
Permitted 31/01/2017 No special conditions
Laybrook Farm Goose Green Lane Goose Green Pulborough West Sussex RH20 2LN
DC/16/2892 (T/16/61) Front and rear extensions and porches. (FM)
Planning Cttee 23 Jan 2017
Having noted details of the planning history of the site and location/design details of this application (including apparently limited visual impact on neighbours), the Committee felt there were no particular grounds for objection.
Permitted 30 Jan 2017
3 The materials and finishes of all new external walls and roofs of the development hereby
permitted shall match in type, colour and texture those of the existing building.
The Maples, Merrywood Lane, Thakeham
DC/16/2903 (T/16/62) Erection of double garage (DME)
Having noted details of the location and design details of this application (including no apparent visual impact on neighbours), the Committee felt there were no grounds for objection.
Permitted 7 February 2017 No special conditions
Laybrook Farmhouse Goose Green Lane Goose Green Pulborough West Sussex RH20 2LN
DC/16/2832 (T/17/1) Relocation and extension of sand school, new stables for 6 horses with wash and tack room, a hay barn and equestrian track (CH)
NO OBJECTION SUBJECT TO PROPOSED CONDITIONS
Having noted details of the planning history of the site and the location/design details of this application (including no apparent visual impact on neighbours: Homelea Farm being adjacent but semi-derelict), the Committee felt there were no grounds for objection, subject to these proposed conditions: Commitment to no commercial use of the equestrian facilities; No floodlighting
3 Regulatory Condition: Within 6 months of the hereby approved sand school and stables being first brought into use the existing sand school in the northern section of the site shall be removed, and the site landscaped in accordance with a scheme of work which shall be submitted to and approved in writing.
5 Regulatory Condition: The stables and sand school hereby permitted shall not be used for commercial purposes or in connection with any form of riding or livery establishment.
6 Regulatory Condition: No external lighting or floodlighting shall be provided, installed or operated at the site without the express approval of the Local Planning Authority.
229. Upcoming applications
DC/17/0310 56 Furze Common Road (2 storey side and rear extension). It was noted that Cllr Instance was leading on this application, that Cllr Hounslow was a direct neighbour, and that the HDC deadline of 10 March would require the committee’s response to be agreed by delegated action.
DC/17/0406 11 Hillside Walk (2 story rear extension). This site was located on the Storrington side of the parish boundary and members agreed that TPC had no particular interest in commenting.
230. Public participation session
No matters were raised.
231. Any other business for noting or inclusion on a future agenda
There was none.
Meeting closed: 7.40 p.m.
Date of next meeting: Monday 27 March 2017, at 6.30pm.on 6 Jan 2017