Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee
Tuesday, 17th September, 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Epsom Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Sandra Dessent, tel: 01372 732121  email:  sdessent@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

35.

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:

In the interests of openness and transparency the following declarations were made:

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Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Other Interest: Declared that he was a member of the Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators, and had also received correspondence from members of the public in relation to the application.

 

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Councillor Steven McCormick, Other Interest: Declared he was a member of Epsom Civic Society, Epsom & Ewell Tree Advisory Board, Woodcote (Epsom) Residents Society, Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators.  He is known to the applicant and other trainers in the area and supports the Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) charity.  Councillor Steven McCormick confirmed that he was not pre-disposed or pre-determined and retained an open mind

 

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36.

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Demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex of 40 boxes, a secondary stable block of 20 boxes, an isolation yard, a trainer and assistant trainers house, stable staff accommodation, horse walkers, muck pits, a therapy barn, trotting ring and outdoor school, a lunge ring, turnout paddocks and a machinery store and storage barn and enabling residential development comprising 46 apartments.

Minutes:

Decisions

Demolition of the existing Racehorse Training Establishment (RTE) and the erection of a new RTE comprising of a main yard stable complex of 40 boxes, a secondary stable block of 20 boxes, an isolation yard, a trainer and assistant trainers house, stable staff accommodation, horse walkers, muck pits, a therapy barn, trotting ring and outdoor school, a lunge ring, turnout paddocks and a machinery store and storage barn and enabling residential development comprising 46 apartments.

Amendments to Recommendations

Members were presented with an update report, which they considered.  They agreed to accept the recommended changes to the conditions and also to the draft heads of terms to the proposed section 106 agreement, which added the following additional requirements:

·                     A mechanism to review the viability of the development if Phase 4 of the residential scheme has not reached slab level within two years of consent being granted.

·                     A “claw back” clause to ensure that the Council is paid the equivalent value of the cost of the affordable housing provision, due at the time planning was granted on the residential scheme (i.e. 40% Affordable Housing), if the applicant/ owner sold the stables in part or as a whole, within a 15 year period from completion of the enabling residential development.

The officer presentation also included an amendment to withdraw permitted development rights. 

The members accepted the officer’s recommendation to approve the application based on the very special circumstances test having been met as set out in the report.

Decision

Part A

It was agreed to refer to the Secretary of State with a recommendation to GRANT planning permission, subject to the Section 106 Agreement being signed by 25 October 2019, and the proposed conditions:

Part B

Following confirmation from the Secretary of State that the matter is not to be called in, delegation be given to the Head of Planning to determine the application subject to Section 106 Agreement being signed by 25 October 2019, and securing:

·                     Reptile translocation site and Management Plan

·                     Delivery of the enabling housing development in accordance with the approved phasing plan

·                     Securing the trainer and stable hand accommodation in perpetuity

·                     Community mini bus

·                     Travel Plan with monitoring fee

·                     A mechanism to review the viability of the development if Phase 4 of the residential scheme has not reached slab level within two years of consent being granted.

·                     A “claw back” clause to ensure that the Council is paid the equivalent value of the cost of the affordable housing provision, due at the time planning was granted on the residential scheme (i.e. 40% Affordable Housing), if the applicant/ owner sold the stables in part or as a whole, within a 15 year period from completion of the enabling residential development.

Conditions:

(1)          The development hereby permitted shall be begun 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  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.