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Agenda and draft minutes

Extraordinary, Planning Committee - Thursday, 3rd June, 2021 5.00 pm, MOVED

Venue: Hurstwood Room, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2AX. View directions

Contact: Mark Gregory 

Link: watch_the_meeting

Items
No. Item

23.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Branson and Mrs Shimbart.

24.

Declarations of Interests

To receive declarations of interests.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests relating to matters on the agenda.

25.

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.

 

Minutes:

There were no matters to be considered for site viewing and deferment.

26.

APP/20/00990 (East Hampshire District Council Ref 51680/001) - Havant Thicket, adjacent to Sir George Staunton Country Park, Reservoir and Pipe Line, Middle Park Way, Havant pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Proposal:                Hybrid application seeking:

 

                                 1)      Full Planning permission for Development of a reservoir for raw water storage, A pumped storage reservoir, with the minimum required total storage capacity of 8,700 million litres (Ml), to support the planned bulk supply transfer of at least 21Ml/d in extreme (currently defined as 1:200 year) drought conditions; Construction of an earth embankment adjacent to Staunton Country Park ; Construction of an overflow discharge/spillway at the south-western side of the reservoir and associated works; Construction of a new junction on the B2149 Manor Lodge Road and a new junction on Swanmore Road. Provision of viewing areas on the southern embankment and western edge of the reservoir.

 

                                 2)      Outline application for (matters to be considered outlined in Table 2.2 in the submitted Development Specification) control house partially incorporated within landscaped earth mounding adjacent to the south west embankment; together with provision of other earth embankments. Construction of a visitor centre / cafe, with storage areas and welfare facilities to the northwest of the reservoir to be used for recreational and education purposes; Provision of picnic area(s) and children's play area(s).  Access routes from both junctions to the visitor car park; visitor car park comprising 193 car parking spaces and between 70 and 75 overflow spaces plus spaces for staff, coach/minibus and disabled drivers sited to the north west of the reservoir. Creation of a permanent wetland on the northern side of the reservoir and construction of bird watching hide/screen(s); recreational facilities for public amenity. Provision of perimeter tracks and a network of bridleways, cycle paths and footpaths; Construction of a slipway on the western bank of the reservoir for operational use only and a small section of the proposed pipeline (210m).

 

Additional Information

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 (The site was viewed by the Site Viewing Working Party)

 

Proposal:       Hybrid application seeking:

 

                        1)      Full Planning permission for Development of a reservoir for raw water storage, A pumped storage reservoir, with the minimum required total storage capacity of 8,700 million litres (Ml), to support the planned bulk supply transfer of at least 21Ml/d in extreme (currently defined as 1:200 year) drought conditions; Construction of an earth embankment adjacent to Staunton Country Park ; Construction of an overflow discharge/spillway at the south-western side of the reservoir and associated works; Construction of a new junction on the B2149 Manor Lodge Road and a new junction on Swanmore Road. Provision of viewing areas on the southern embankment and western edge of the reservoir.

          2)      Outline application for (matters to be considered outlined in Table 2.2 in the submitted Development Specification) control house partially incorporated within landscaped earth mounding adjacent to the south west embankment; together with provision of other earth embankments. Construction of a visitor centre / cafe, with storage areas and welfare facilities to the northwest of the reservoir to be used for recreational and education purposes; Provision of picnic area(s) and children's play area(s).  Access routes from both junctions to the visitor car park; visitor car park comprising 193 car parking spaces and between 70 and 75 overflow spaces plus spaces for staff, coach/minibus and disabled drivers sited to the north west of the reservoir. Creation of a permanent wetland on the northern side of the reservoir and construction of bird watching hide/screen(s); recreational facilities for public amenity. Provision of perimeter tracks and a network of bridleways, cycle paths and footpaths; Construction of a slipway on the western bank of the reservoir for operational use only and a small section of the proposed pipeline (210m).

 

The Committee considered the written report and recommendation from the Head of Planning to grant permission.

 

The Committee received supplementary information, circulated prior to the meeting which:

 

(A)         included written deputations submitted by an anonymous local resident, Borrow Investments Ltd, Mrs Bell, on behalf of Havant Climate Change Alliance and Havant Friends of the Earth, Mr Childs, Ms Codling, Ms Comerfield, Councillor Davies, Councillor Francis, Ms Harvey, on belf of Havant Brough Tree Wardens, Mr Luck, Ms Morgan, Ms Saunders, Ms Schwager, Ms Stevenson, Ms Viney, Mrs Young and Portsmouth Water;

 

(B)         gave responses to questions submitted by Councillors prior to the meeting;

 

(C)         summarised eight further representations, including reference to a petition received after the report was published; and

 

(D)         Updated the planning considerations set out in the report.

 

In view of the public interest shown in this application, the Chairman, in accordance with the Committee’s adopted deputation procedure, agreed to an extension of the time allowed for deputations as follows:

 

             3 minutes for each objector

             21 minutes for those speaking in support

 

The Committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

(a)          Ms Brooks, who on behalf of the Havant Climate Change Alliance and Havant Friends of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

APP/20/00991 - Pipeline from Proposed Reservoir Site, Middle Park Way to land adjacent to, West Street, Havant pdf icon PDF 855 KB

Proposal:                Outline application for (matters to be considered outlined in Table 2.2 in the submitted Development Specification)  development of a new pipeline to transfer water from Bedhampton Springs to fill the reservoir in the winter and draw it off to treat and supply when needed in the summer comprising: Construction of an underground, bi-directional pipeline linking the reservoir with the existing pumping station at Bedhampton; Emergency drawdown discharge structure at Hermitage Stream; Upgrades to existing culverts; Washout and air valve chambers (typically below ground).

 

Additional Information

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(The site was viewed by the Site Viewing Working Party)

 

Proposal:       Outline application for (matters to be considered outlined in Table 2.2 in the submitted Development Specification)  development of a new pipeline to transfer water from Bedhampton Springs to fill the reservoir in the winter and draw it off to treat and supply when needed in the summer comprising: Construction of an underground, bi-directional pipeline linking the reservoir with the existing pumping station at Bedhampton; Emergency drawdown discharge structure at Hermitage Stream; Upgrades to existing culverts; Washout and air valve chambers (typically below ground).

 

The Committee considered the written report and recommendation from the Head of Planning to grant permission.

 

The Committee received the supplementary information, circulated prior to the meeting which included written deputations submitted on behalf of Havant Climate Change Alliance and Havant Friends of the Earth, on behalf of Havant Brough Tree Wardens and Portsmouth Water;

 

The Committee was addressed by the following deputees:

 

a)               Ms Brooks, on behalf of the Climate Alliance and Friends of the Earth, advised that the main issues had been highlighted in the previous item and in the written submission but also raised the following concerns:

 

              1            it was important that everything should be done to avoid damage or removal of mature and veteran trees in the interest of biodiversity;

 

              2            the green space along the Hermitage Stream should be restored to its former state once the pipeline had been laid;

 

              3            the commitment to future restoration work on Hermitage Stream should be adhered to as a fundamental part of the Water Environment and Mitigation Package; and

 

              4            water flowing through the pipeline could be used to generate electricity

 

b)               Mr Smith, who, on behalf of Havant Tree Wardens, supported the points raised by Ms Brooks;

 

c)               Mr Taylor, who, on behalf of the applicant, highlighted the following issues set out in the written submission:

 

              (1)         the proposal took into account the environmental impact locally;

 

              (2)         it was proposed to avoid damage to tree roots and other natural structures and plants;

 

              (3)         Health and safety measures would be put in place;

 

              (4)         The proposed route would minimise community impact and areas of local space and grass;

 

              (5)         considerable consultation had been undertaken;

 

              (6)         where possible works would be undertaken to improve watercourses; and

 

              (7)         it was proposed to make the construction plan available to the public

 

In response to questions from the Committee, officers advised that:

 

·                         The Highway Authority were aware of the need to avoid conflict with the works for this proposal and the works associated with the AQUIND Interconnector scheme and that they would seek to ensure that there would be minimal disruption to traffic using the roads affected.

 

The Committee discussed the application in detail together with the views raised by deputees.

 

During the debate, some members of the Committee expressed concern about the disruption to be created by the proposed works. However, a majority of the Committee were satisfied that measures would be in place to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.