Agenda item

23/01345/FUL, Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PT

Construction of Prairie Dog enclosure (Retrospective).



Construction of a Prairie Dog enclosure (retrospective).

Officer Recommendation:

Approval, subject to conditions and informatives.

Officer Presentation:

The Committee received a presentation on the application from the Planning Officer.

Public Speaking:

The Ward Councillor who called-in the application spoke on the application. The Ward Councillor, with the permission of the Chair, also spoke on the subsequent Hobbledown application, they had called-in, at this time.

A Member of the Public spoke in objection to the application. The Member of the Public had also registered to speak in objection to the other three Hobbledown applications on the Agenda - with the permission of the Chair, the member of the public also spoke in objection to the other three applications at this time.


Following consideration, Councillor Neil Dallen proposed a motion that the Officer recommendation be agreed. The Proposal was seconded by Councillor Clive Woodbridge.

The Committee resolved (4 for, 4 against, and the Chair exercising his casting vote in favour of the application) to:

GRANT planning permission subject to the following conditions and informatives.


(1)          Approved Plans

Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the local planning authority, the development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the plan numbered 001, received by the local planning authority on 10 November 2023.

Reason: For 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.

(2)          Biodiversity enhancement measures

The scheme to enhance the biodiversity interest of the Site, as detailed on drawing ref: 012A – Hedgerow Planting – dated March ’24, shall be implemented in full and approved and thereafter maintained.

Reason: To enhance biodiversity and nature habitats in accordance with Policy CS3 of the Core Strategy (2007) and Policy DM4 of the Development management Policies 2015.

(3)          Removal of Structure

If the structure hereby permitted should cease being used for the purposes of a Prairie Dog enclosure, then the approved structure shall be removed from the land, and the land shall be restored to its condition before the development took place within 3 months of the date that the use ceased.

Reason: The structure hereby permitted would constitute inappropriate development in the Green Belt were it not for the proposed use and removal would be required to protect the long-term openness of the area in accordance with Sections 12 and 13 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2023, Policies CS2 and CS5 of the Core Strategy 2007 and Policies DM3, DM10 and DM26 of the Development Management Policies Document 2015.


(1)          Positive and Proactive Discussion

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.

(2)          Changes to the Approved Plans

Should there be any change from the approved drawings during the build of the development, this may require a fresh planning application if the changes differ materially from the approved details. Non-material changes may be formalised by way of an application under s.96A Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

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