Agenda and minutes

District Planning Committee - Thursday, 15th October, 2020 2.00 pm

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Roll Call and Virtual Meetings explanation.


The Chairman commenced the roll call to confirm the Members present.  Carolyn Forster, Business Unit Leader for Legal Services provided a virtual meeting explanation.



To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Councillor Walker and Councillor Coe-Gunnell White.



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


Councillor Laband and Councillor Bates declared a non pre-determined interest in Item 6 DM/20/1137 as they are a Member of Haywards Heath Town Council.



To confirm Minutes of the previous meetings of the District Planning Committee held on 20th August and 3rd September 2020. pdf icon PDF 221 KB

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





DM/20/1137 - Central House, 25 - 27 Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3TP. pdf icon PDF 543 KB


Joanne Fisher, Senior Planning Officer drew Members attention to the agenda update sheet which had been emailed and was available online.  The update sheet  detailed drew attention to the inclusion of policy DP4, rewording of condition 5 on materials, removal of condition 6 which is now an informative and the revised plans under consideration.


She introduced the report seeking outline planning permission to  seek demolition of the existing building and erection of a new office (B1 use) and a mixed use  (commercial B1, D1, D2 use and residential) building comprising of up to 38 flats and up to 3,419 sqm of commercial floorspace together with the formation of a new access and associated car parking. All matters to be reserved except for access.


She highlighted the topography and location of the site.  The site is within the built-up area of Haywards Heath and a commercial area as detailed in the District Plan and Neighbourhood Plan. The joint access with 21 - 23 Perrymount Road will be retained and an additional access will be provided.  She noted the mixed use of the rear building and the potential for an internal courtyard.  The illustrative design of the scheme is similar to the consented scheme to the south of the site, a contemporary design 6 storeys high.  The re-development and higher density proposed is supported under principles DG31 and DG32 of the Council’s Design Guide, the appearance and landscape would be reserved matters.


The main issues were the principle of the development and the access.   The mixed use was deemed appropriate as the Government accept mixed use sites to maximise land use. The application would retain commercial use of the site and the commercial floor space would be increased.  The scheme could provide up to 38 residential units and 30% affordable housing in an accessible and sustainable location in a Category 1 settlement.


The Senior Planning Officer highlighted that the additional access was acceptable and the Highways Authority had raised no objection to the application. She confirmed that the provision of parking is lower than the standard in the West Sussex guidance document, but the site is in an accessible and sustainable location.  The application notes a five-year travel plan initiative.


The Chairman outlined the procedure for the speaker.


Mr P. Allin, agent spoke in support of the application.


The Chairman noted that the Committee were to determine the access and principle of the development only.


Councillor Laband, speaking as Ward Member confirmed that Haywards Heath Town Council had lodged an objection to  the previous application.  He expressed concern over the additional access and safety for pedestrians.  He urged the applicant to engage with stakeholders in Haywards Heath Town Council if the application was approved.


Members discussed access and parking for residential residents, including the disabled, provision for deliveries, the neighbouring office block, an adjacent parking space,  access for services including emergency services, provision for cycle users, the appearance and design of the buildings. 


The Senior Planning Officer highlighted that concerns regarding  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


DM/20/1590 - Land at Lower Hollow Copse (Pot Common), Copthorne Road, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3SQ. pdf icon PDF 841 KB


This item was deferred.



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