Whitchurch Town Council

Draft Development Committee Minutes – 10 April 2017

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Present:

  Cllr J Buckley   Cllr J Aves   Cllr S Egan
  Cllr B Jackman a Cllr A Jordan   Cllr A Klemz
  Cllr F Nicolson   Cllr H Titcomb   Cllr J Wall
  (‘a’ denotes absence)
Also:      
a Mrs K Bleazard, Clerk   Mrs S Woodman, Deputy Clerk  

1. Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllr A Jordan and Mrs K Bleazard.

2. Declarations of Interest

Cllr A Klemz declared an interest in Item 9.

3. Recording of the Meeting

All present were asked to note that this meeting is recorded by the Council and may be recorded by members of the public.

4. Minutes

Cllr J Wall PROPOSED that the Minutes of the Development Committee meeting of 13th March 2017 be confirmed; SECONDED by Cllr F Nicolson.  There voted 7 in favour, 1 abstention and the Motion was carried.

5. Planning Applications

Application No. 17/00863/HSE Received:       21.3.17 Return by:      10.4.17
Location 14 Lapwing Rise, Whitchurch, RG28 7SU
Proposal Erection of a two storey rear extension with rooflights
Response Some Members felt that the proposal was somewhat out of keeping with the character of adjacent properties, but not sufficiently to justify an objection on planning grounds.   Cllr S Egan PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr J Buckley. There voted 5 in favour; 1 against; 2 abstained and the Motion was carried.
Application No. 17/00781/HSE Received:       24.3.17 Return by:      12.4.17
Location 20 The Green, Whitchurch, RG28 7LU
Proposal Erection of front porch following demolition of existing
Response Cllr J Wall PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr A Klemz. The vote was unanimous.

6. Updates and Results

The following had been circulated previously and were noted:

Application No. 16/03779/FUL Received:       27.10.16 Return by:      16.11.16
Location Whitchurch Silk Mill, 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, RG28 7AL
Proposal Erection of a new external platform lift and internal alterations to Whitchurch Silk Mill, erection of single storey extensions and alterations to the existing shop building, landscaping works including new bridges and a decked area over the river, and erection of an external store
Response Cllr F Nicolson PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr S Egan. All were in favour.
BDBC Decision GRANTED
Application No. 16/03780/LBC Received:        27.10.16 Return by:       16.11.16
Location Whitchurch Silk Mill, 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, RG28 7AL
Proposal Erection of a new external platform lift and internal alterations to Whitchurch Silk Mill, erection of single storey extensions and alterations to the existing shop building, landscaping works including new bridges and a decked area over the river, and erection of an external store
Response Cllr F Nicolson PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr S Egan. All were in favour.
BDBC Decision GRANTED
Application No. 16/03940/HSE Received:       5.1.17 Return by:      25.1.17
Location 70 The Knowlings, Whitchurch, RG28 7JR
Proposal Erection of a front porch, and replacement of a side door with a window
Response Cllr S Egan PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr F Nicolson. All were in favour.
BDBC Decision GRANTED

7. Developer Discussions

Cllr B Jackman said that he felt that it was worthwhile approaching and talking to developers at an early stage, in view of the benefits gained for Whitchurch through the Winchester Road development.  He was concerned that, given the increase in population with 350 new homes, there was only a maximum of 22 years’ capacity left at the cemetery, and it had taken that long to acquire the existing extension.  Therefore, he felt strongly that the Town Council should act now to seek and secure additional land for a further extension, and wished to seek the Committee’s confirmation that he has its support to initiate informal talks with developers.

Members felt that early liaison with developers had produced excellent results for the town that otherwise would not have happened.  Cllr J Wall PROPOSED that the principle of continuing early, informal discussions with developers by Cllr B Jackman is strongly supported and that the Committee records its appreciation of Cllr Jackman’s achievements so far; SECONDED by Cllr A Klemz.  There voted 7 in favour; 1 abstained and the Motion was carried.

8. Planning Application 17/00148/OUT – Land south of Manor Farm, Bloswood Lane

In view of the BDBC Urban Design Officer’s robust objection to the application on several grounds, Cllr J Buckley PROPOSED that any further objections by the Town Council are held in abeyance at this stage; SECONDED by Cllr F Nicolson.  The vote was unanimous.

9. Proposed Expansion of Whitchurch Primary School

Cllr A Klemz had declared an interest as a School Governor in this item, but the Committee agreed that he could remain at the table during discussions.  Following a full discussion referring to some of the suggestions and comments collected from residents, Cllr J Buckley PROPOSED that the Town Council responds to the HCC consultation as follows:

a) The Town Council does not question the need for an increase in the pupil numbers at Whitchurch Primary School. However, it expresses concern that the school expansion will increase traffic and danger both in the school area and in the whole town and that no firm plans on how this will be addressed have been presented or consulted upon.

b) It requests that HCC consider all the above suggestions and responds on each individually to the Town Council and local residents through the traffic management plan and prior to any formal applications being lodged.

SECONDED by Cllr H Titcomb.  There voted 5 in favour, 3 abstained (including Cllr Klemz) and the Motion was carried.  The Deputy Clerk to send the Committee’s response to HCC.  ACTION: SW

10. Tree Warden

The BDBC Tree Officer had given positive feedback on the recent initial session with potential volunteers.  Cllr J Buckley agreed that it had been productive and had circulated a draft brief suggesting areas of responsibility, and proposing that all actions are co-ordinated and fed back through Cllr M Berridge.  Cllr Buckley PROPOSED that the proposal is adopted, subject to agreement from Cllr M Berridge; SECONDED by Cllr F Nicolson.  All were in favour.

11. Correspondence

  • Oakland Road parking bays – BDBC confirmed that the block paving surface is permeable.
  • Letter from Mr L Iveson drawing attention to bulk grain lorries travelling through Whitchurch town centre, possibly relating to a local farm – after a full discussion it was agreed that this was a planning matter.  Cllr A Klemz PROPOSED that the correspondence is referred to BDBC to ask them to take enforcement action if appropriate, and to inform the Town Council of the outcome; SECONDED by Cllr F Nicolson.  The vote was unanimous.  The Deputy Clerk to acknowledge Mr Iveson’s letter.    ACTION: SW

Cllr J Buckley gave a brief update on the Whitchurch Community Bus, which runs three days per week, two days of which are funded by BDBC.  The other is funded by Basingstoke Community Transport, at a cost of £6,000 per year, and they are seeking support from the Town Council to keep the service running for this third day.  Cllr Buckley suggested that if WTC could provide timetables for the cases on posts around the town, this would be a sufficient contribution.  Members were minded to support the idea in principle, and agreed to take the matter to the Resources and Policy Committee for consideration.

The meeting closed at 8.47 pm.

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