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    Planning Committee
    Wednesday, 6 February 2019 6.45 pm

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

    Contact: Gill Scott  Email: g.scott@spelthorne.gov.uk

    Items
    No. Item

    29/19

    Minutes pdf icon PDF 70 KB

    To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 9 January 2019 as a correct record.

    Minutes:

    The minutes of the meeting held on 9 January 2019 were approved as a correct record.

     

    30/19

    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 reported that he had spoken to the applicant and agent upon their arrival at the meeting but had maintained an impartial role, had made no comment and had kept an open mind.

     

    31/19

    Bugle Nurseries, 171 Upper Halliford Road, Shepperton - 18/01561/OUT pdf icon PDF 1 MB

    Halliford and Sunbury West Ward

     

    An outline application with all matters reserved other than ‘Access’ for the demolition of the existing buildings and structures and the redevelopment of the site for a residential-led development comprising up to 51 residential homes, a 72-bed care home and the provision of open space, plus associated works for landscaping, parking areas, pedestrian, cycle and vehicular routes.

     

    Officer Recommendation: to refuse the application

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    This application was withdrawn by the applicant on 6 February 2019 and a decision could therefore not be made on it.

     

    32/19

    The Old Post Office, 1 Knapp Road, Ashford - 18/01424/FUL pdf icon PDF 793 KB

    Ashford Town Ward

     

    Conversion and alterations to existing former post office building to provide 6 flats, erection of new two storey building to provide 8 flats following demolition of outbuildings together with car parking,

    landscaping, access and associated works.

     

    Officer Recommendation: to approve the application

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Description:

    Conversion and alterations to existing former post office building to provide 6 flats, erection of new two storey building to provide 8 flats following demolition of outbuildings together with car parking, landscaping, access and associated works.

     

    Additional Information:

    The Strategic Planning Manager advised that one late letter of objection had been received raising some of the same issues as noted in the Committee report and in addition:-

    ·         Public transport is inadequate

    ·         Refuse collection- regard must be had to when collections take place

    ·         Loss of tree at school site recently

    ·         Display of Planning Applications - any plans for Ashford should be the concern of every single resident.

    ·         Development is unnecessary

     

    Public Speaking:

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

     

    ·         No consideration given to access to leisure facilities by public transport

    ·         Inadequate parking facilities

    ·         Will lead to excessive parking congestion in Village Way

     

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

     

    ·         Will secure long term use for this landmark building

    ·         Will lead to significant reduction in large lorry movements

    ·         Will improve safety for school children

    ·         The site is in a sustainable location

    ·         Development complies with the NPPF

     

    Debate:

    During the debate the following key issues were raised:

    • Inadequate parking
    • Scheme is of a good design retaining character of original locally listed building
    • Car parking provision inadequate for the site
    • Lack of recreational provision in Ashford and insufficient public transport to access elsewhere
    • Impact of parking on Village Way
    • Site is within the town centre; development can either take place in town centre locations or within the green belt
    • Easy to get to surrounding leisure facilities; can cycle to these
    • Existing traffic situation will be improved
    • Dwellings are needed in the borough
    • A “titled balance” in favour of approval exists as set out in the NPPF

     

    Due to an equality of votes for and against the proposal to approve the application the Chairman used his second, or casting, vote to determine the application.

     

    Decision:

    The application was approved subject to conditions as set out in the Officer’s report.

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    Urgent Items

    To consider any items which the Chairman considers as urgent.

    Minutes:

    There were none.