Agenda and minutes

District Planning Committee - Thursday, 23rd January, 2020 2.00 pm

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To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillor Coe-Gunnell White.


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




To confirm Minutes of the previous meeting of the District Planning Committee held on 17 December 2019. pdf icon PDF 232 KB


After a minor amendment to the timing of the break during the meeting held on 17 December, the Minutes of the Committee meeting were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.



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




DM/19/2242 - Land West of Turners Hill Road, Crawley Down - adjacent to RH10 4HE pdf icon PDF 348 KB


Steve Ashdown, Team Leader for Major Developments introduced the report for reserved matters and noted that a Section 106 Legal Agreement has been completed as part of the Appeal process. He highlighted the Tree Preservation Orders on a number of trees adjacent to the site.  The Team Leader confirmed that the access to the site was approved at the outline stage and this was a reserved matters application for the layout, appearance, scale and landscaping of the development. He confirmed that the proposal shared principles established at the outline stage including 15m buffer zones to the Ancient Woodland to the north and south of the site, the general landscaping to the east and west boundaries and the retention of separation distances with existing properties to the east. The Committee were advised that officers considered that the design is in general accordance with the outline scheme, the main difference is the open space in the centre of the site.  He noted there had been some concerns regarding the location of the block of flats to the south of the site and the play area but confirmed that officers were content. He stated that the proposal would provide a policy compliant affordable housing provision  and noted the minor conflict with the number of 2 and 3 bedroom units with the Neighbourhood Plan policy.  However, he noted that overall 77% of the properties would be 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties and that the overall mix was acceptable in accordance with policy DP30 of the District Plan. The Urban Designer has not raised an objection to the scheme.  It is considered that the proposal complies with the Development Plan when considered as a whole.


            John Hitchcock, Worth Parish Councillor spoke in objection to the application as the reserved matters application does not comply with the District Plan, Crawley Down Neighbourhood Plan and application approved by the Secretary of State (SoS). 


Ian Gibson spoke as a resident with a prejudicial interest and he objected to the application.  He recapped on the planning history of the site, noted the SoS conditions for the design housing mix and the conflict with Crawley Down Neighbourhood Plan. He advised Committee of a mathematical error on page 27 of the report as the % of 2 and 3 bed market units was 66% not the 70% stated in the report.


Lisa Da Silva, agent spoke in support of the application.  She noted that the access was the same as the application granted at appeal, and the application had been revised further after discussions with officers.  She highlighted the buffer zones to the Ancient Woodland, retention of hedgerows, mixed housing types with the inclusion of bungalows and policy compliant 30% affordable housing.


In response to comments from Members the Team Leader confirmed that the fencing along the buffer zone to the Ancient Woodland would be similar to that used in Wychwood Place. With regards to sustainability he also noted that the developer would be using a ‘fabric first’ approach.  The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


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