Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 3rd September, 2020 7.30 pm

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Contact: Democratic Services, email:  democraticservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk  tel: 01372 732000

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests in respect of any item of business to be considered at the meeting.

Minutes:

The following declarations were made in relation to items of business at the meeting:

 

Councillor Neil Dallen, Other Interest: In the interests of openness and transparency, Councillor Neil Dallen declared that he is a member of the Epsom Civic Society. He stated that he came to the meeting with an open mind.

Councillor Steven McCormick, Other Interest: In the interests of openness and transparency, Councillor Steven McCormick declared that he is a member of the Woodcote Epsom Residents Society and the Epsom Civic Society. He stated that he came to the meeting with a clear and open mind.

 

Ashley House Howell Hill Cheam Road Ewell SM2 7LQ

Councillor Colin Keane, Other Interest: In the interests of openness and transparency, Councillor Colin Keane declared that this item concerns the Ward he represents, and that he had received a number of emails regarding this application. He stated that he came to the meeting with a clear and open mind.

 

15 Beech Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 4NH

Councillor David Gulland, Other Interest: In the interests of openness and transparency, Councillor David Gulland declared that he had received a copy of a presentation from a consultant hired by an objector, which had been forwarded to Officers.

 

2.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 87 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm as a true record the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Planning Committee held on the 9 July and the Meeting of the Committee held on 23 July (attached) and authorise the Chairman to sign them.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the previous meetings of the Planning Committee held on 9 July and 23 July 2020 were agreed as a true record and the Committee authorised the Chairman to sign them.

3.

22-24 Dorking Road Epsom KT18 7LX pdf icon PDF 251 KB

Demolition of existing houses and erection of a part two, part three storey building with rooms in the roof and basement providing 20 flats. Basement parking for cars and cycles. Bins stores and associated hard and soft landscaping including new boundary walls and railings.

Minutes:

Description

Demolition of existing houses and erection of a part two, part three storey building with rooms in the roof and basement providing 20 flats. Basement parking for cars and cycles. Bins stores and associated hard and soft landscaping including new boundary walls and railings.

 

Decision

The Committee noted a presentation from the Planning Officer.

The Committee was addressed by Ward Councillor, Liz Frost who spoke in objection to the Application. The Committee also heard from an objector and the Applicant.

The following points were raised by the Committee:

Housing density:Members noted concerns regarding the high density of the proposed residential development and the impact that it would have upon the character of the area.

Parking facilities:Members noted the number of proposed parking spaces for the residential units, and raised concerns regarding the impact this may have on the local area.

Affordable housing: Members noted the shortage of housing within the Borough and how the proposed development would be of benefit in fulfilling need. Members also noted the number of units being offered as affordable housing.

Councillor Neil Dallen proposed a refusal. This was seconded by Councillor Steven McCormick. The reason for this refusal was based on concerns raised by the Committee. These included:

·                     The proposed development by reason of its density, scale, massing, and bulk and detail gives rise to an unacceptably cramped and over-developed layout, leading to an overbearing relationship with the adjacent properties and the local street scene, contrary to the established character of the local area. The benefits of the development would be significantly and demonstrably outweighed by the harm when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework taken as a whole. The proposal is contrary to the NPPF, Policy DM9, DM10 and DM11 of the Development Management Policies Document 2015 and CS5 of the Core Strategy 2007.

·                     The proposed development would not meet the parking standards as set out in Policy DM37 of the Development Management Policies Document 2015 resulting in harm on the amenities of surrounding residential occupiers' in terms of streetscene and availability of on-street parking. It would fail to comply with Policy CS16 of the Core Strategy 2007 and paragraph 102(e) of the NPPF 2019.

Following consideration, the Committee resolved with 8 Members voting for, 4 Members voting against and the Chairman not voting that:

The Application be REFUSED.

4.

Ashley House Howell Hill Cheam Road Ewell SM2 7LQ pdf icon PDF 196 KB

Demolition of the existing building; erection of a three storey residential development comprising nine flats; provision of ten parking spaces, cycle and refuse storage facilities and new access onto Cheam Road.

Minutes:

Description

Demolition of the existing building; erection of a three storey residential development comprising nine flats; provision of ten parking spaces, cycle and refuse storage facilities and new access onto Cheam Road.

Decision

The Committee noted a presentation from the Planning Officer.

The Committee were also addressed by Ward Councillor, Christine Howells, and an objector.

The following items were raised by the Committee:

Site visit: Members noted how a site visit had not yet been arranged, due to constraints around the Covid-19 pandemic. It was noted that due to the nature of the site, a visit would be beneficial to Members when making a decision regarding the Application.

Character of building: Members noted concerns regarding the proposed residential element of the scheme. Members noted the size of the proposed development and spoke about whether it may be out of character of the surrounding buildings.

Councillor Neil Dallen proposed a deferral. This was seconded by Councillor Colin Keane. The reason for this deferral was to give the Committee the opportunity to view the site of the Application.

Following consideration, the Committee resolved with 6 Members voting for, 5 Members voting against and the Chairman not voting that:

The Application be DEFERRED and brought back to the Committee following a site visit.

 

5.

15 Beech Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 4NH pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Proposed ground and first floor rear extension, ground and first floor side extension and internal alterations.

 

Minutes:

Due to time constraints, the Committee could not discuss this Item. It has been deferred to be discussed at a future meeting.

6.

7 Cedar Hill Epsom Surrey KT18 7BP pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Retention of timber fence located along the western flank boundary, and erection of timber decking located to the rear (north) of the dwelling.

Minutes:

Description

Retention of timber fence located along the western flank boundary, and erection of timber decking located to the rear (north) of the dwelling.

Decision

The Committee noted a presentation from the Planning Officer.

Following consideration, the Committee resolved unanimously that:

Planning permission is PERMITTED subject to the following:

Condition(s):

(1)          The development hereby permitted shall begin before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

Reason: To comply with Section 91(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by Section 51(1) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

(2)          The existing fence hereby approved shall be retained and maintained.

Reason: In the interests of amenity and in accordance with Policy DM10 of the Development Management Policies Document 2015

(3)          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:

1491-01 (uploaded 15.07.2020) Existing and Proposed Plans and Elevations.

Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interest of proper planning as required by Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy 2007.

(4)          The development hereby permitted shall be constructed entirely ofthe materials as detailed on the schedule of materials on the planning application form.

Reason: To secure a satisfactory appearance in the interests of the visual amenities and character of the locality in accordance with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007) and Policies DM9 and DM10 of the Development Management Policies 2015.

7.

32 Courtlands Drive, Ewell pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Demolition of existing conservatory and then creating a new extension across the rear of the house in line of existing conservatory.

Minutes:

Description

Demolition of existing conservatory and then creating a new extension across the rear of the house in line of existing conservatory.

Decision

The Committee received a presentation from the Planning Development Officer.

Following consideration, the Committee resolved unanimously that:

A Lawful Development Certificate is GRANTED taking into consideration to the following:

Informative(s):

(1)          A Certificate of Lawful Development is granted for the following reason: The proposed development is Permitted Development under Schedule 2, Part 1 Class A of the Town and Country Planning (General PermittedDevelopment) Order 2015 (as amended).

(2) This decision relates to the following drawings:

PL-00 Site Location dated Jul 20

PL-01 Site Block Plan dated Jul 20

PL-05 - Proposed Floor Plans dated Jul 20

PL-06 - Proposed Elevations dated Jul 20

PL-07 - Proposed Sections dated Jul 20.

(3) Conditions of Class A - In the case of a dwellinghouse on article 2(3) land, development is not permitted by Class A if—

(a) It would consist of or include the cladding of any part of the exterior of the dwellinghouse with stone, artificial stone, pebble dash, render, timber, plastic or tiles;

(b) The enlarged part of the dwellinghouse would extend beyond a wall forming a side elevation of the original dwellinghouse; or

(c) The enlarged part of the dwellinghouse would have more than a single storey and extend beyond the rear wall of the original dwellinghouse.

(4) Your attention is drawn to the need to comply with the relevant provisions of the Building Regulations, the Building Acts and other related legislation. These cover such works as - the demolition of existing buildings, the erection of a new building or structure, the extension or alteration to a building, change of use of buildings, installation of services, underpinning works, and fire safety/means of escape works. Notice of intention to demolish existing buildings must be given to the Council's Building Control Service at least 6 weeks before work starts. A completed application form together with detailed plans must be submitted for approval before any building work is commenced.

If you need any advice regarding Building Regulations please do not hesitate to contact Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Building Control on 01372 732000 or contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk.

(5) You have been granted planning permission to build a residential extension. When undertaking demolition and/or building work, please be considerate to your neighbours and do not undertake work before 8am or after 6pm Monday to Friday, before 8am or after 1pm on a Saturday or at any time on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Furthermore, please ensure that all vehicles associated with the construction of the development hereby approved are properly washed and cleaned to prevent the passage of mud and dirt onto the adjoining highway. You are advised that the Council does have formal powers to control noise and nuisance under The Control of Pollution Act 1974, the Clean Air Acts and other relevant legislation. For further information and advice, please contact - Environmental Health Department Pollution Section.

8.

119 Longdown Lane South, Epsom, KT17 4JL pdf icon PDF 98 KB

The application seeks planning permission for the erection of a carport to the front of the property. The property is located within the Metropolitan Green Belt.

 

Minutes:

Description

Erection of carport to front of property.

 

Decision

The Committee noted a presentation from the Planning Development Officer.

Following consideration, the Committee resolved unanimously that:

Planning permission is PERMITTED subject to the following:

Condition(s):

(1)          The development hereby permitted shall begin before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.

 

Reason: To comply with Section 91(1) of the Town and Country Planning

Act 1990 as amended by Section 51(1) of the Planning and Compulsory

Purchase Act 2004.

 

(2)          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:

Proposed Floor Plans (Received 09/06/2020)

Proposed Elevations (Received 09/06/2020)

Proposed Site Layout Plan (Received 09/06/2020)

Planning, Design and Access Statement (Received 09/06/2020)

 

Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

(3)          The proposed materials and finishes of the external walls and roof of the development shall be those specified on the application form and approved plans, or such other materials shall have been approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority, and shall thereafter be retained as such.

 

Reason: To ensure a satisfactory appearance on completion of the development in accordance with Policy CS5 (The Built Environment) of the LDF Core Strategy (2007) and Policies DM9 (Townscape Character and Local Distinctiveness) and DM10 (Design Requirements for New

Developments (including House Extensions)) of the LDF Development

Management Policies Document (2015).

9.

Monthly Report on Planning Appeal Decisions pdf icon PDF 55 KB

The Planning Service has received the following Appeal decisions from 1 June 2020 to 10 August 2020.

 

Minutes:

The Committee noted the appeal decisions from 1 June 2020 to 10 August 2020.