Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 8th October, 2020 4.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

1.

Roll call and Virtual Meetings explanation.

Minutes:

The Chairman introduced the meeting and took a roll call of Members in attendance. The Legal Representative explained the virtual meeting procedure.

 

2.

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Cartwright and Councillor Walker.

 

3.

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

Minutes:

4.

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 24 September 2020 pdf icon PDF 226 KB

Minutes:

5.

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

Minutes:

The Chairman had no urgent business.

6.

DM/19/4549 - The Regency Hotel, Old Hollow, Copthorne, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4TA pdf icon PDF 372 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Susan Dubberley, Senior Planning Officer, introduced the application which sought approval for a change of use from a hotel (use class C1 to residential (use class C3) (10 flats in total) together with first floor extensions to provide 2x 1 bed and 8x 2 bed flats with associated parking and landscaping at the Regency Hotel, old Hollow, Copthorne. She drew Members’ attention to the Agenda Update Sheet which noted changes to the Use Class, typographical error corrections to the executive summary,  amendment to Condition 4 and representation from Environmental Health.

 

There were no public speakers.

 

A Member noted that even due to its proximity to Gatwick Airport the hotel has been running at a loss. He highlighted a reference in the report regarding the New Homes Bonus which he understood to be phased out by Central Government and expressed his surprised that the Council would receive anything from the site. He was pleased that the parking provision was increased to 17 spaces due to the rural location of the site and the lack of any nearby public transport provision.

 

Nick Rogers, Business Unit Leader for Development Management, confirmed that in February 2020 Central Government announced a review of the New Homes Bonus to see if it would continue beyond the year however due to Covid-19 the review didn’t take place. Until the Government advises otherwise it is considered acceptable to assume that it will continue.  Very limited weight is placed on the NHB as a material consideration in any event particularly as this development accords with the Development Plan.  He advised that it is intended for officers to review reference to the NHB in reports.

A Member urged the developer to put in more parking spaces as he noted that no person would access the site without a car and that at least two people would reside in the flats, whom both may have a car of their own.

 

The Business Unit Leader for Development Management outlined that there was sufficient space for parked vehicles and that it meets West Sussex County Council standards. He also outlined that if in future the residents required more parking spaces there is sufficient room for more parking spaces to be created through a further planning application.

 

A Member highlighted that there is plenty of room to park cars and that the Parish Council have supported the application.

 

The Chairman moved to the officer recommendation to approve the application with the amendment to condition 4 as proposed in the Agenda Update Sheet , which was proposed by Cllr Phillips and seconded by Cllr Coote.

 

A recorded vote was carried out by the Legal Officer and the application was unanimously approved.

 

 Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

G Allen

Y

 

 

E Coe-Gunnell White

Y

 

 

P Coote

Y

 

 

J. Dabell

Y

 

 

R Eggleston

Y

 

 

A. MacNaughton

Y

 

 

G. Marsh

Y

 

 

C. Phillips

Y

 

 

M. Pulfer

Y

 

 

D. Sweatman

Y

 

 

 

RESOLVED

 

A: That planning permission be approved subject to the completion of a S106 Legal Agreement to secure  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

EF/19/0079 - Springwood Nursery, Nash Lane, Scaynes Hill, RH17 7NJ pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

Andrew Clarke, Senior Planning Officer, introduced the report which requested authorisation from members of the committee to commence prosecution proceedings in relation to the failure to comply with the requirements of a Stop Notice relating to the unauthorised development of the construction of a C3 dwellinghouse without planning permission.

 

A Member stated that the Council should not delay and proceed with proceedings.

 

The Chairman moved to the officer recommendation that authority be given to commence prosecution proceedings, which was proposed by Cllr Coote and seconded by Cllr MacNaughton.

 

A recorded vote was carried out by the Legal Officer and the motion was unanimously approved.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

G Allen

Y

 

 

E Coe-Gunnell White

Y

 

 

P Coote

Y

 

 

J. Dabell

Y

 

 

R Eggleston

Y

 

 

A. MacNaughton

Y

 

 

G. Marsh

Y

 

 

C. Phillips

Y

 

 

M. Pulfer

Y

 

 

D. Sweatman

Y

 

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That authority be given for the Council to commence prosecution proceedings in relation to the failure to comply with the Stop Notice pursuant to section 187 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), subject to the Solicitor to the Council being satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to pursue a prosecution.

 

8.

Questions pursuant to Council Procedure Rule 10.2 due notice of which has been given.

Minutes:

None.