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Apologies for Absence
To receive and record apologies for absence.
There were no apologies for absence.
To approve the minutes of the Development Management Committee held on 7th December 2017.
RESOLVED that the Minutes of the last meeting held on the 7th of December 2017 were approved as a correct record and approved by the Chairman.
Site Viewing Working Party Minutes
To receive the minutes of the Site Viewing Working Party held on 4th January 2017.
The Minutes of the Site Viewing Working Party held on the 4th January were received.
Declarations of Interest
To receive and record declarations of interests from members present in respect of the various matters on the agenda for this meeting.
Cllr Gary Hughes advised he had met previously with the Developer for Application APP/17/00633 with regard to a different Application, however he was still capable of making an unbiased and objective decision. It was advised that this was not a prejudicial interest.
The Chairman to report the outcome of meetings attended or other information arising since the last meeting of the Committee.
The Chairman advised upcoming training sessions and encouraged all members to attend. It was also advised that the Draft Local Plan was out for consultation with members of the public. Committee members were encouraged to engage with the consultation process as far as possible.
Matters to be Considered for Site Viewing and Deferment
The Committee are invited to consider any matters they wish to recommend for site viewing or deferment.
No matters were considered for Site Viewing or Deferment.
To receive requests to make a deputation to Committee.
The following Deputation requests were noted by the Committee:
Mr Graham Simmonds – APP/17/00633, Orchard
House, Western Avenue, Emsworth
Mr Gian Bendinelli – APP/17/00633, Orchard
House, Western Avenue, Emsworth
(3) Cllr Rivka Cresswell – APP/17/00633, Orchard House, Western Avenue, Emsworth.
Proposal: Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of 25no. retirement living apartments with communal facilities, car parking and landscaping to include the removal of some onsite protected trees (subject to an Area Tree Protection Order 2068/2017) and provision of replacement tree planting.
Committee considered the written report and recommendation from the
Head of Planning Services to grant permission.
The Committee was addressed by the following deputees:
Mr Graham Simmonds, who objected to the
officer’s recommendation for the following reasons:
The proposal had received 52 objections from 21
properties in the immediate vicinity, illustrating strong public
The proposal would had a significant dominating
effect on nearby properties by way of it’s bulk and would be
5 times larger than the Orchard House.
The proposal was inappropriate due to its design as
it did not reflect the character of the area by way of the proposed
materials and design.
It proposal was contrary to the Havant Borough
Council Local plan as it would create overshadowing and overlooking
of nearby properties.
If approved, the proposal would result in the
removal of a number of trees on the site which would be destructive
to the local environment. The removal of these trees was not
supported by the Council’s Arboricultural Officer The land
surrounding Orchard House has significant social value to the local
The parking on Western Avenue was inadequate, and an
increase in traffic would exacerbate the matter. The parking
provision for the proposal was insufficient to support the number
Mr Gian Bendinelli, who supported the Officers
recommendation for the following reasons:
The removal of any trees on site prior to an Area
Tree Protection Order being applied was conducted solely by the
owners of Orchard House.
The officers report was objective in nature and
should be supported by the Committee
The proposal would make a positive contribution to
the Council’s 5 year housing supply if approved.
response to questions from the Committee, the deputee advised that
no conversations regarding the felling of tree on the site had
taken place between the owners, agent and developer to his
Cllr Lulu Bowerman, on behalf of Cllr Rivka
Cresswell, who object to the Officer’s recommendation for the
Deputation attached to the end of these Minutes.
In response to questions from Committee it officers advised that:
On balance, the removal of tree on the site was
outweighed by the benefits of the proposed new housing and new
trees being planted.
It was only possible to alter the access road with
the agreement of all land owners.
No trees on the site were subject to a Preservation
Order prior to the area Protection Order being made.
The separation distances between the proposed
building and existing properties well exceeded the Council’s
It was the Officers’ opinion that the proposal
was in keeping with the character of the area whilst also including
A soft landscaping scheme was included in the
conditions and must be adhered to prior to the commencement of
· Affordable Housing Contributions on such developments was a complex matter which required a decision on balance of benefits and financial gain by the Council in ... view the full minutes text for item 95.
To consider the Appointment of Chairman for the next meeting of the Development Management Committee.
RESOLVED that Cllr Gary Hughes be Appointed as Chairman for the next Development Management Committee