Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 12th March, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Epsom Town Hall

Contact: Democratic Services, tel: 01372 732121  email:  democraticservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

65.

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 of interest were made in relation to the business to be considered at the meeting:

 

Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT

Councillor Jan Mason, Other Interest: In the interests of openness and transparency Councillor Jan Mason declared that she was a visitor to Hobbledown.

 

Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT

Councillor Lucie McIntyre, Other Interest: In the interests of openness and transparency Councillor Lucie McIntyre declared that she was a visitor to Hobbledown.

 

Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT

Councillor Neil Dallen, Other Interest: In the interests of openness and transparency Councillor Neil Dallen declared that he was a visitor to Hobbledown and knows the General Manager.

 

Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT

Councillor Peter O'Donovan, Other Interest: In the interests of openness and transparency Councillor Peter O’Donovan declared that he knew Hobbledown’s marketing manager, who was a parent at the same school as his son.

 

The Royal Automobile Country Club (RAC), Old Barn Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7EW

Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Other Interest: In the interests of openness and transparency Councillor Clive Woodbridge declared that his son was a member of the RAC.

 

The Lodge, West Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1XU

Councillor David Reeve, Other Interest: In the interests of openness and transparency Councillor David Reeve declared that he thought he knew one of the speakers.

 

66.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 106 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm as a true record the Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on the 16 January 2020 (attached) and authorise the Chairman to sign them.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 16 January 2020 were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

67.

Maplins, 42 High Street, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8AH pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Change of use at ground floor from retail to A3 Restaurant use and the conversion of first second and third floor of the building to nine residential apartments.

Minutes:

Description

Change of use at ground floor from retail to A3 Restaurant use and the conversion of first second and third floor of the building to nine residential apartments.

This application was brought before the Planning Committee as it had been called in by Town Ward Councillor, Councillor Neil Dallen.

The Committee noted that there was an update report on this item, which had been published as a supplement to the agenda prior to the meeting.

Recommendation

An amendment to the recommendations of the report was moved and seconded. The proposed amendment put an additional obligation on the applicant to enter into a Section 106 agreement to prevent owner/occupiers from applying for a parking permit for the Epsom CPZ area. The reason for this condition was that the premises is located in a sustainable area, in the town centre.

Following consideration, this amendment was agreed.

Decision

Planning Permission is PERMITTED subject to the Applicant entering into a legal agreement to make the development car free, by amending the Traffic regulation orders to prevent owner/occupiers of the new residential properties from obtaining a parking permit and following conditions:

General 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 Act 2004.

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

 

19.3166.110 Rev.P1 – Proposed Site / Ground Floor

19.3166.111 Rev.P1 – Proposed Floor Plans

19.3166.112 Rev.P1 – Proposed Floor Plans

19.3166.113 Rev.P1 – Proposed Elevations

 

Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and to ensure that the development is carried out in accordance with the approved plans to comply with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007).

(3)          Prior to the Commencement of the development, details and samples of the external materials to be used for the development shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.

 

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.

 

Upper Floors Conditions:

(4)          The rooflight window(s) hereby approved shall be of a 'conservation style' and shall not project beyond the plane of the roof.

 

Reason: To safeguard the special architectural and historic interest of the listed building / In the interest of the character and appearance of the conservation area in accordance with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007) and Policies DM8, DM9 and DM10 of the Development Management Policies 2015.

(5)          The development shall not be occupied until details of all boundary treatment on the eastern side of the terrace to apartment 9 have been submitted to and approved in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 67.

68.

Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Amendment to play structure permitted under 17/00988/FUL to provide new smaller play structure for younger children.

Minutes:

Description

Amendment to play structure permitted under 17/00988/FUL to provide new smaller play structure for younger children.

This application was referred to the Planning Committee as the land is owned by the Council.

Decision

Planning Permission is PERMITTEDsubject to the following 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 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 and documents: Submitted Elevation Plan 1.0 dated 29/10/2019, Proposed Site Plan 1.0 dated 29/10/2019 and agent’s letter dated 21/11/2019.

Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and to ensure that the development is carried out in accordance with the approved plans to comply with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007).

(3)          The development hereby permitted shall be constructed entirely of the materials as detailed on the schedule of materials dated 21/11/2019.

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.

Informative(s):

In dealing with the application the Council has implemented the requirement in the National Planning Policy Framework to work with the applicant in a positive and proactive way. We have made available detailed advice in the form or our statutory policies in the Core Strategy, Supplementary Planning Documents, Planning Briefs and other informal written guidance, as well as offering a full pre-application advice service, in order to ensure that the applicant has been given every opportunity to submit an application which is likely to be considered favourably.

 

69.

The Royal Automobile Country Club (RAC), Old Barn Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7EW pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Variation of Condition 15 of Planning Permission ref: 17/00542/FUL, dated 7 December 2017, to extend the opening hours of the external play facilities and café area in the walled garden from 6:00pm to 8:00pm between April and September (inclusive) and in the winter months 5pm on any given day.

Minutes:

Description

 

Variation of Condition 15 of Planning Permission ref: 17/00542/FUL, dated 7 December 2017, to extend the opening hours of the external play facilities and café area in the walled garden from 6:00pm to 8:00pm between April and September (inclusive) and in the winter months 5pm on any given day

Decision

 

Planning Permission is PERMITTED subject following conditions

(1)           The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of the Planning Permission dated 7 December 2017

 

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

(2)          Ground works shall be carried out strictly in accordance with the approved details, approved under application ref: 18/01341/COND, dated 28.02.2019

 

Reason: To ensure that the works are in keeping with the historic setting of the listed wall and to ensure a satisfactory external appearance of the building in accordance with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007) and Policy DM8 and DM10 of the Development Management Policies Document - 2015

(3)          The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details and samples of materials for the external surfaces of the development, approved under ref: 18/01341/COND, dated 28.02.2019

 

Reason: To ensure a satisfactory external appearance of the building in accordance with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007) and Policy DM10 of the Development Management Policies Document – 2015

(4)          The development shall be carried out in strict accordance with the approved details of the children's outdoor play equipment, approved under ref: 19/01067/COND, dated 15.10.2019

 

Reason: To ensure a satisfactory external appearance of the building in accordance with Policy CS5 of the Core Strategy (2007) and Policy DM10 of the Development Management Policies Document - 2015

(5)          The development shall be carried out in accordance with the Construction Management Transport Plan and Logistics Plan and other approved documents and drawings, approved under ref: 18/01339/COND, dated 27.03.2019.

 

Reason: In order that the development should not prejudice highway safety nor cause inconvenience to other highway users and to accord with the provisions of policy CS16 of the Core Strategy 2007

(6)          Prior to the first occupation of the development hereby approved, a revised Travel Plan shall be submitted for the written approval of the local planning authority in accordance with the sustainable development aims and objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework, Surrey County Council's "Travel Plans Good Practice Guide", and in general accordance with the 'Heads of Travel Plan' document. The approved Travel Plan shall be implemented on first occupation of the new development and for each and every subsequent occupation of the development, and the Travel Plan should thereafter maintained and developed to the satisfaction of the local planning authority.

 

Reason: To promote sustainable means of travel and ensure that the development does not prejudice the free flow of traffic and conditions of safety on the highway or cause inconvenience to other highway users as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 69.

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57 Salisbury Road Worcester Park Surrey KT4 7DE pdf icon PDF 190 KB

Redevelopment of the site for 15 apartments (1 x studio unit, 9 x 1 bed and 5 x 2 bed apartments) with car port, car parking, cycle store, bin store and associated external works.

Minutes:

Description

Redevelopment of the site for 15 apartments (1 x studio unit, 9 x 1 bed and 5 x 2 bed apartments) with car port, car parking, cycle store, bin store and associated external works.

Decision

Planning Permission is PERMITTED subject to the completion of a legal agreement to secure the following heads of terms:

A mechanism to review the viability of the development, if slab level is not completed or the occupation of 9 or less flats, within two years from the date of the planning permission. Subject to the viability testing the agreement secure a financial contribution towards affordable housing in the borough of Epsom and Ewell in lieu of any dwellings as affordable, payable up to a maximum of £444,981 Index Linked and subject to the conditions.

In the event that the section 106 Agreement referred to in Part A is not completed by 12th June 2020 the Head of Planning be authorised to extend the deadline to complete the agreement or refuse the application for the following reason:

In the absence of a completed legal obligation under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), the applicant has failed to comply with Policy CS9 (Affordable Housing and meeting Housing Needs) in relation to the provision of a commuted sum in lieu of the on-site provision of affordable housing.

 

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 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by Section 51 (1) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2005.

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

§  2019 - P0043 - LP (Site Location Plan) (1:1250)

§  2019 - P0043 – 200  (Coloured Site Layout) (1:250)

§  2019 - P0043 - 201 (Proposed Site Information Plan) (1:250)

§  2019 - P0043 - 202 (Proposed Floor Plans) (1:100)

§  2019 - P0043 - 203 (Proposed Elevations) (1:100)

§  2019 - P0043 - 204 (Proposed Street Scene) (1:250)

§  2019 - P0043 - 205 (Proposed Bin Store) (1:100)

§  2019 - P0043 - 206 (Proposed Cycle Store) (1:100)

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

(3)          Prior to the commencement of development, details and samples of the external materials to be used for the development shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.  The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details.

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.

(4)          No development shall take place until full details, of both hard and soft landscape proposals, including a schedule of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.

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The Lodge, West Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1XU pdf icon PDF 200 KB

Demolition of existing detached house and construction of Two houses and Three flats.

Minutes:

Description

Demolition of existing detached house and construction of two houses and three flats.

The Committee received a report seeking to build two houses and three flats with direct access to West Street, Ewell Village and bounded by Gibraltar Recreation ground to the north west of the site. The development would accommodate parking spaces on the site and it was proposed that the parking demand would be accommodated by this.

The report outlined paragraphs 7 and 8 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Members were encouraged to view the proposed development in terms of sustainable development i.e. in terms of economic, social and environmental impact. The Standardised Method of Housing Need that required the Borough to build 695 dwellings per year was also emphasized and the Council’s commitment to maximising the five year land supply.

It was acknowledged that the proposed development would optimise the density of the site. Members deliberated the balance between potential less than significant harm to the character of a conservation area and the benefits associated with the provision of an additional five dwellings.

The Committee noted that an application for the site had been considered at its meeting on 17 November 2019 but had been refused by the Committee on two grounds. The Committee considered that the application in front of it at this meeting provided mitigation for one of those two grounds (parking standards), but not the other (that its scale, massing, bulk and detail would fail to preserve or enhance the character of the Ewell Village Conservation Area).

Decision

Planning permission is REFUSED for the followings reason:

(1)          The design of the development by reason of its scale, massing, bulk and detail would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Ewell Village Conservation Area, resulting in less than substantial harm to the designated heritage asset. The development does not achieve public benefits that outweigh the harm and adverse impacts of the scheme when assessed against the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework taken as a whole. The proposal is contrary to the NPPF, policies DM8, DM9, and DM10 of the Development Management Policies Document 2015 and CS5 of the Core Strategy 2007

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Monthly report on Appeals and Housing Numbers pdf icon PDF 64 KB

The Planning Service has received the following Appeal decisions from 1st January to 20th February 2020.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the appeal decisions from 1 January 2020 to 20 February 2020.