Agenda and minutes

District Planning Committee - Thursday, 21st October, 2021 2.00 pm

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To receive apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from Cllr Hatton.


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


Councillor Jackson declared a non-pre-determined interest in Item 5 DM/21/1118 as he is a Member of Hassocks and Sayer Common Parish Council.


To confirm Minutes of the previous meeting of the District Planning Committee held on 16 September 2021. pdf icon PDF 217 KB


The Minutes of the Committee meeting held on 16 September 2021 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/21/1118 - East Lodge Farm, Malthouse Lane, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9LA. pdf icon PDF 426 KB


Steven King, Planning Applications Team Leader introduced the application. He drew Members’ attention to the Agenda Update Sheet noting the additions in relation to policy DP1, the cycle parking, the additional conditions and the removal of permitted development rights for the site.


The Officer advised the application was seeking full planning permission to erect a class E(g) building to include a mix of office, research and development and industrial processes with carpark, new vehicle access onto Malthouse Lane and associated landscaping. 


The Team Leader highlighted that the previous buildings had already been removed,  confirmed the planning history of the site was detailed in the report, noted the issues of the site and highlighted that the principle of development had been established by previous extant planning consents for a similar development. The site has developments already on two sides, would not result in coalescence between Hurstpierpoint and Burgess Hill, and the public benefit of the development would outweigh the less than substantial harm to the setting of the grade II listed building, Kent Farm.    The Urban Designer had no objections, and the design had a fabric first approach to sustainability.  West Sussex Highways had no objections and there would be no severe impact on the highway network.  He concluded that the committee should determine the application in relation to the Development Plan and reiterated the material conditions of the two extant applications for the site.


Ms Sacha Drabble, resident spoke in objection of the application. 


Mr David Wakefield, resident spoke in objection of the application.


Ms Sally North, resident spoke in objection of the application.


Mr John White, agent for the applicant spoke in favour of the application.


Cllr Alison Bennett, Ward Member for Hurstpierpoint and Downs spoke in objection of the application.  She advised that she was speaking against the application as it was contrary to District Plan policies: DP1: Sustainable Economic Development as a planned business park is nearby; DP12: Protection and Enhancement of Countryside as the site is outside the built-up area of Hurstpierpoint and in her opinion the proposal would not enhance the countryside; DP13: Preventing Coalescence; DP21: Transport  as Malthouse Lane has no sustainable transport and has been subjected to flooding;  DP26: Character and Design as the proposal would not be sensitive to its countryside setting. The application would provide 30 jobs, and these should be provided within the allocated employment areas of the Burgess Hill Growth Programme.


Cllr Jackson, Ward Member for Hurstpierpoint and Down spoke in objection to the application.  He objected as the application was contrary to District Plan policies DP12: Protection and Enhancement of Countryside and DP13: Preventing Coalescence.  He commented of the volume of traffic in the vicinity of the site, expressed concern that West Sussex Highways had not raised an objection and noted that permission had been granted previously.  He confirmed that he would not support the application.


The Chairman highlighted the extant planning permission, the application had an improved design with a lower roof height and reiterated that Highways  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


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