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    Extraordinary, Planning Committee
    Tuesday, 12 February 2019 6.45 pm

    Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames

    Contact: Chris Curtis  Email: c.curtis@spelthorne.gov.uk

    Items
    No. Item

    34/19

    Disclosures of Interest

    To receive any disclosures of interest from councillors under the Councillors’ Code of Conduct, or contact with applicants/objectors under the Planning Code.

    Minutes:

    a) Disclosures of interest under the Members’ Code of Conduct

     

    There were none.

     

    b) Declarations of interest under the Council’s Planning Code

     

    Councillor R.A. Smith-Ainsley declared that councillors had attended meetings and a variety of functions, including mayoral and charity events at Shepperton Studios.  The facilities had, on occasions, been provided without charge but there had been no personal pecuniary interest.

     

    A site visit had been offered to councillors.

     

    Councillors R.A. Smith Ainsley, H.A. Thomson, C. Barnard, R.O. Barratt, I.J. Beardsmore, S. Burkmar, R. Chandler, S. Doran, T. Evans, M. Francis, N. Islam, J. Sexton and R.W. Sider BEM reported that they had received correspondence in relation to application 18/01212/OUT, Shepperton Studios, Studios Road, Shepperton, TW17 0QD but had maintained an impartial role, had not expressed any views and had kept an open mind.

     

    Councillor Smith-Ainsley had also attended a presentation on the proposals but had kept an open mind and made no comment.

     

    Councillors M. Attewell and M. Madams, Ward Councillors for Laleham and Shepperton Green, also reported that they had received correspondence in relation to the application.

     

    35/19

    Shepperton Studios, Studios Road, Shepperton. TW17 0QD - 18/01212/OUT pdf icon PDF 2 MB

    Laleham and Shepperton Green Ward

     

    To consider and determine the planning application for:

     

    outline planning permission with all matters reserved (except for principal points of access) for the redevelopment and expansion of Shepperton Studios, comprising the partial demolition and replacement of existing accommodation; construction of new sound stages, workshops, office accommodation, entrance structures and reception, security offices and backlots; creation of new vehicular and pedestrian access from Shepperton Road and the relocation of existing access off Studios Road; with associated car parking; landscaping and ecological enhancements.

     

    Officer Recommendation: Approve the application subject to conditions as set out at Section 22 of the Report.

     

    N.B. Under the Town and Country Planning (Consultation) (England) Direction 2009 the application must be referred to the Secretary of State before any permission can be issued.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Description:

    This application sought outline planning permission with all matters reserved (except for principal points of access) for the redevelopment and expansion of Shepperton Studios, comprising the partial demolition and replacement of existing accommodation; construction of new sound stages, workshops, office accommodation, entrance structures and reception, security offices and backlots; creation of new vehicular and pedestrian access from Shepperton Road and the relocation of existing access off Studios Road; with associated car parking; landscaping and ecological enhancements.

     

    Additional Information:

    The Planning Development Manager informed the Committee of the following updates:

     

    Para 4.15 – 5th column heading should read A-B+C

     

    Para 22.2 – The reason for referring the application to the Secretary of State is as follows:

     

    The proposal is “Green Belt development” which includes inappropriate development on land allocated for Green Belt in our adopted local plan and which, by reason of its scale, nature and location, would have a significant impact on the openness of the Green Belt.

     

    Para 22.3 page 71

     

    In the event that the Secretary of State does not call the application in but the s106 agreement is not completed to our satisfaction, the additional reasons for refusal should reflect the terms in the s106:

     

    2. The development fails to provide adequate measures to mitigate increased traffic movements in the locality contrary to Policies SP7 and CC2 of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD 2009 and the principles set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

     

    3. The development fails to satisfactorily mitigate the adverse impact of the proposal on the setting, landscape and views of the River Ash and fails to compensate for the adverse impacts on the biodiversity of the site; contrary to policies SP6, EN1, EN8 and EN9 of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD 2009.

     

    3 late representations have been received:

     

    Shepperton Studios had submitted a letter in support of the application with a document titled ‘Briefing to Members of the Planning Committee’ and newsletter.

     

    The applicant advised that this was sent to members of the planning committee and Ward members. It had been uploaded to the Council’s website.

     

    Laleham Residents Association had submitted a letter of objection regarding the proposal being inappropriate development in the Green Belt and the weight afforded to the national economic interest.

     

    One other letter of objection had been received on the following grounds:

    • Preservation of the Green Belt
    • The inadequacy of the very special circumstances
    • The scale of development
    • Inadequate transportation mitigation measures
    • Inadequate community benefits

     

    Public Speaking:

    In accordance with the Council’s procedure for speaking at meetings, David Furst spoke against the proposed development raising the following key points:

    • Inappropriate development within the Green Belt
    • Green Belt is performing strongly in the Arup Green Belt Review
    • Limited number of jobs to be created in Spelthorne
    • Lots of jobs will be created with the expansion of Heathrow
    • Applicant has taken the lazy and easy option to expand on Green Belt land – no attempts to look at alternative sites – should be located in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35/19