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    Planning Committee - Wednesday, 31 March 2021 6.00 pm

    Venue: Video Conference via Microsoft Teams

    Contact: Karen Wyeth  Email: k.wyeth@spelthorne.gov.uk

    Link: Members of the public may hear the proceedings by tuning into the Council's YouTube channel

    No. Item


    Minutes pdf icon PDF 388 KB

    To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 3 March 2021 as a correct record.


    The minutes of the meeting held on 03 March 2021 were approved as a correct record subject to S Doran on the Declaration of Interests being amended to J Doran.



    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.


    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. Sider BEM stated that he had visited the site in relation to application No. 20/01573/FUL – Old Watch Tower, 6-8 Wolsey Road, Ashford, TW15 2RB.


    Planning application No. 20/01573/FUL - Old Watch House, 6-8 Wolsey Road, Ashford TW15 2RB pdf icon PDF 373 KB


    Ashford Town



    Erection of a second floor extension to create an additional flat, and alternations to an existing approved 1 bed flat together with external alternations and provision of cycle parking and refuse storage.


    Officer Recommendation

    This application is recommended for approval.

    Additional documents:




    Erection of a second floor extension to create an additional flat, and alterations to an existing approved 1 bed flat together with external alterations and provisions of cycle parking and refuse storage.


    Additional Information:

    Amended plans have been provided to show the proposed eastern side elevation to have obscure glazing below 1.7m to ensure no loss of privacy to neighbouring sites.


    Imposition of obscure glazing condition: -


    Condition: - Prior to the occupation of the development hereby permitted the second floor windows on the eastern flank elevation shall be obscure glazed and be non-opening to a minimum height of 1.7 metres above internal floor level in accordance with details/samples of the type of glazing pattern to be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.  These windows shall thereafter be permanently retained as installed.


    Reason: -To safeguard the privacy of the adjoining properties in accordance with policies SP6 and EN1 of the Spelthorne Borough Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document 2009.


    Amendment to Condition 2 below (plan numbers)


    The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans and drawings:


    Site location Plan 086-L01

    Front elevations 086-E01

    West elevation 086-E03

    Southern elevation 086-E04

    Ground floor plan 086-P00

    First floor plan 086-P01

    Second floor plan 086-P02

    Roof plan 086-L02 all received on 22 December 2020.


    Proposed Section AA and BB both numbered 086-S 01 received on 15 February 2021.


    Block plan number 086-L 03 received on 17/03/2021.


    Amended East elevation 086-E02 Rev A received on 31/03/2021.


    Reason: - For the avoidance of doubt and in the interest of proper planning


    Public Speaking:


    In accordance with the Council’s procedure for speaking at meetings, Councillor O. Rybinski spoke as Ward Councillor against the proposed development raising the following key points:


    i)     the site is already developed and expansion would impact on the look of the building,

    ii)    parking within Wolsey Road is already an issue so another flat may increase the problem,

    iii)   residents were concerned about emergency vehicles being able to gain access and egress this part of the road due to an increase in cars parking on the road

    iv)   residents were concerned that other properties in the street maybe converted into flats as they want the street to remain full of nice family homes.



    During the debate the following key issues were raised:


    i)             this application had previously been refused and had gone to appeal with the Planning Inspector upholding the decision based solely on the design of the building and had no issues with parking or overdevelopment,

    ii)            the design of the building has been changed in an attempt to better fit in with the street scene,

    iii)           the new design complies with planning requirements in relation to surrounding properties,

    iv)           as the local population grows, buildings need to be changed to accommodate this growth,

    v)            the clock face feature is retained, reflecting the history of the building,

    vi)           the patio area for the proposed site may  ...  view the full minutes text for item 95/21


    Future Major Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 102 KB


    The Planning Development Manager presented a report outlining the major applications that may be brought before the Planning Committee for determination.


    Resolved that the report of the Planning Development Manager be received and noted.


    Planning Appeals Report pdf icon PDF 193 KB

    To note details of the Planning appeals submitted and decisions received between 18 February 2021 – 19 March 2021.


    The Chairman informed the Committee that if any Member had any detailed queries regarding the report on Appeals lodged and decisions received since the last meeting, they should contact the Planning Development Manager.


    Resolved that the report of the Planning Development Manager be received and noted.