Whitchurch Town Council

Development Committee Minutes – 24 April 2017


  Cllr J Buckley   Cllr J Aves a Cllr S Egan
a Cllr B Jackman   Cllr A Jordan   Cllr A Klemz
  Cllr F Nicolson a Cllr H Titcomb a Cllr J Wall
  (‘a’ denotes absence)
  Mrs K Bleazard, Clerk   Mrs S Woodman, Deputy Clerk   2 members of the public

1. Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllrs S Egan, B Jackman, H Titcomb and J Wall.

2. Declarations of Interest

Cllr A Klemz declared an interest in Item 5 (17/01106/FUL).

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 A Klemz PROPOSED that the Minutes of the Development Committee meeting of 10th April 2017 be confirmed; SECONDED by Cllr F Nicolson.  There voted 4 in favour, 1 abstained and the Motion was carried.

5. Planning Applications

Application No. 17/01038/HSE Received:       6.4.17 Return by:      25.4.17
Location 5 Kings Walk, Whitchurch, RG28 7DJ
Proposal Demolition of existing conservatory and part of attached garage, addition of single storey and two storey extensions with internal alterations and erection of detached garage block with ancillary accommodation
Response It was generally agreed that the development was set well back and would not impact visually on the surrounding area, although Cllr Klemz felt that the proposed garage and ancillary accommodation building to the frontage was out of character with the area.  Cllr J Buckley PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr A Jordan. There voted 4 in favour, 1 abstention and the Motion was carried.
Application No. 17/00256/HSE Received:       6.4.17 Return by:      20.4.17
Location 14 Newbury Street, Whitchurch, RG28 7DN
Proposal Erection of two storey rear extension following demolition of workshop and store
Response Cllr J Buckley PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr A Jordan. The vote was unanimous.
Application No. 17/01128/HSE Received:       7.4.17 Return by:      26.4.17
Location 14 Meadow View, Whitchurch, RG28 7BL
Proposal Erection of single storey rear extension following demolition of existing conservatory
Response Cllr J Buckley PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr F Nicolson. The vote was unanimous.
Application No. T/00136/17/TCA Received:       11.4.17 Return by:      2.5.17
Location Four Farthings, McFauld Way, Whitchurch
Proposal T1 Norway Spruce – dismantle/fell
Response Cllr J Buckley PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr A Klemz. The vote was unanimous.
Application No. 17/01209/FUL Received:       13.4.17 Return by:      2.5.17
Location Barn adjacent to Bradley Wood Farmhouse, Dunley, Whitchurch
Proposal Change of use of agricultural barn to 4 bed dwelling house, including parking area and the setting out of domestic curtilage
Response Cllr J Buckley PROPOSED objection as the development is in the AONB and out of character with the surroundings, and does not meet the sustainability requirements of the surrounding area under NPPF economic, social and environmental guidelines (para. 7 – achieving sustainable development). SECONDED by Cllr A Klemz; the vote was unanimous.
Application No. 17/01106/FUL Received:       6.4.17 Return by:      26.4.17
Location Outbuilding on land south of Ivy Cottage, Winchester Road, Whitchurch
Proposal Change of use of existing garage outbuilding to 2 bedroom dwelling
Response (Cllr A Klemz had declared an interest in this item and took no part in the discussion or voting, but did answer questions in his capacity as the applicant’s agent).   During a full discussion, it was noted that the development lies outside the settlement boundary and that walking times to the station and nearest bus stop had been considerably underestimated. Also there would be three dwellings where there had originally been only one.

Cllr A Jordan PROPOSED objection because the proposed development lies outside the town’s settlement boundary and the Committee believes it is ‘development by stealth’; SECONDED by Cllr F Nicolson. The vote was unanimous. Cllr Klemz then rejoined the meeting.

6. Updates and Results

The following was noted:

Application No. 16/02508/RES Received:        4.11.16 Return by:       18.11.16
Location Land by Winchester Road, Whitchurch
Proposal Reserved Matters application for details of the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale pursuant to outline permission 15/03693/OUT, for the erection of 100 dwellings, with associated works to facilitate school bus drop off, and associated open space and recreational facilities
Response Cllr A Klemz PROPOSED no objection; SECONDED by Cllr F Nicolson. All were in favour.

7. Tree Warden

Cllr J Buckley said that Cllr M Berridge, the Town Council’s Tree Warden, had approved his draft proposals for co-ordinating a team of tree wardens and the next step was to assign appropriate areas of responsibility to each one.

8. Community Bus

Further to Members’ recommendation at the previous Committee meeting to support Basingstoke Community Transport in keeping the community bus running for a third day in the week, Cllr J Buckley PROPOSED that a sum of up to £250 is made available towards the promotion of the local community bus service.  SECONDED by Cllr A Jordan; the vote was unanimous.

9. Correspondence

  • Gateway signs at Bloswood Lane – St Cross, the developer at the Bloswood Lane site, had obtained permission from BDBC to temporarily remove the gateway fence and two signs from the verge to improve site access during building work, and would replace them when the work was complete.  At Cllr J Buckley’s request, it was agreed that St Cross is asked to replace the 30mph speed limit sign immediately.   ACTION: KB
  • David George would be meeting with developers on Wednesday 26th April to discuss s106 agreements relating to north west Whitchurch.  It was agreed that Cllr Klemz would attend and report back to the Committee.   ACTION: AK
  • Co-Op Store, Bell Street – a complaint had been received alleging a possible breach of planning conditions relating to the siting of air conditioning units.  It was agreed to refer this to BDBC.   ACTION: KB
  • Trees felled in Bell Street and Church Street car parks – the Clerk had received an enquiry as to whether there would be any replacement planting.  The BDBC Tree Officer had asked the Tree Wardens to suggest two alternative sites for replanting.  It was agreed that Bell Street car park should be one of the sites, and the matter passed to Cllr Berridge to look into.   ACTION: KB

The meeting closed at 8.55 pm.

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