Agenda and minutes

District Planning Committee - Tuesday, 26th March, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

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To note Substitutes in Accordance with Council Procedure Rule 4 - Substitutes at Meetings of Committees etc.


Councillor Margaret Hersey substituted for Councillor Mockford, Councillor Walker substituted for Councillor Holden and Councillor Whittaker substituted for Councillor Watts Williams.



To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillor Holden and Councillor Watts Williams.


To receive Declarations of Interest from Members in respect of any matter on the Agenda.




To confirm Minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2019. pdf icon PDF 81 KB


The Minutes of the Committee held on 21 February 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman after minor amendments to spellings on page 6.




To consider any items that the Chairman agrees to take as urgent business.




DM/18/4321 - Land West of Copthorne, Copthorne Way, Copthorne, West Sussex (West of RH10 3RX) pdf icon PDF 310 KB


This application was withdrawn by officers.



DM/18/4837 - Land at 37 - 55 Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3BN pdf icon PDF 679 KB


Steven King, Planning Applications Team Leader, introduced the report for the full planning permission for the redevelopment of the site to provide 145 new residential flats with Commercial floorspace (A2 use) and associated car parking.   He noted that two buildings remained on the site in Clair Road but the majority of buildings that used to be on the site had been demolished.  The Planning Applications Team Leader noted that the proposed buildings were now more uniform in height, the two upper floors would be set back and the landscaping to the frontage would improve the street scene. 


The Team Leader highlighted that the principle of the development had already been established and the high quality design would improve the public realm.   The design optimises the use of the site.  He confirmed that Design Review Panel had been consulted and both they and the Urban Designer were content with the proposal.  30% affordable rented accommodation would be included in the section 106 agreement and the Housing Team were content.  The main impact of the development would be to the properties to the north of the site.  Although the view would change significantly the loss of light had been assessed and there would be no significant adverse impact to the occupants.


The Team Leader stated that the two main access points remained the same as the outline application and vehicle movements from the site would be less than those in peak hours from the previous use of the site. The car parking spaces had reduced to 76 with a dedicated number allocated for the affordable units, 30 spaces for the 44 units.  This was 12 spaces less than the consented scheme. However, the level of parking provision was acceptable as the site is in a highly sustainable location next to the railway station, a supermarket and is within walking distance of the town centre.


Tim Rodway, agent, and Stephens Andrews, architect for the applicant, spoke in favour of the application.


A Member sought clarification from the officer regarding the installation of access gates and the classification of the commercial floorspace.  The Team Leader confirmed that no gates would be installed and condition 12 requested details of the Car Park Management Plan.  He noted that the application before the Committee was for A2 use and any future change of use would require a further planning permission. He advised that this did not mean that alternative uses on the ground floor would not be considered, the planning condition just meant that proposed changes of use would require planning permission.


Members discussed the reduction in car parking spaces, allocation of spaces to the flats and access points to the buildings and car park.    


The Team Leader confirmed each commercial floor space had separate access points.  He noted that Highways and the environmental health officer were content with the Construction Management Plan that was approved under the outline planning permission.  The site would be developed from block A through to block D.  He noted that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Questions pursuant to Council Procedure Rule 10 due notice of which has been given.