Agenda and draft minutes

Eastbourne Borough Council Planning Committee
Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Court Room - Town Hall, Eastbourne. View directions

Contact: Committee Services on 01323 410000 

Items
No. Item

21.

Minutes of the meeting held on 25 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 125 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 25 June 2019 were submitted and approved as a correct record, and the Chair was authorised to sign them, subject to the amendment of Councillors present.  Members agreed that Amanda Morris was the substitute for Jim Murray.  Councillor Md. Harun Miah was added to list of apologies in minute 13.

22.

Apologies for absence.

Minutes:

An apology was reported from Councillor Md. Huran Miah.  Councillor Sammy Choudhury was the appointed substitute for Councillor Md Huran Miah.

 

23.

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPIs) by members as required under Section 31 of the Localism Act and of other interests as required by the Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

Councillor Taylor declared a Prejudicial Interest in minute 26, 61-63 Summerdown Road and minute 28, 13 Upper Avenue, as he was the owner of a care home.  He withdrew from the room while the items were considered and did not vote.

 

24.

Urgent items of business.

The Chairman to notify the Committee of any items of urgent business to be added to the agenda.

 

Minutes:

There were none.

 

25.

Right to address the meeting/order of business.

The Chairman to report any requests received to address the Committee from a member of the public or from a Councillor in respect of planning applications/items listed and that these applications/items are taken at the commencement of the meeting.

Minutes:

The business of the meeting was reordered from the agenda.  Item 9, 13 Upper Avenue was considered prior to item 8, Eastbourne House, 22-24 Gildredge Road.

26.

61-63 Summerdown Road. Application ID: 190019 pdf icon PDF 234 KB

Minutes:

Outline application for new 64 bed nursing home (Amended description following removal of new building housing residential flats from proposal) -  OLD TOWN

 

Having declared a Prejudicial Interest, Councillor Taylor was absent from the room during discussion and voting on this item.

 

The Committee was advised by way of an addendum report, that should the recommendation to approve be agreed by members, a requirement for a local labour agreement, including monetary contributions towards monitoring, would be attached as a planning condition.

 

The Committee was further advised in the addendum report, that in response to comments from objectors regarding the assessment of the visual impact of the proposed parking at 59 Summerdown Road, that the proposed parking area would involve the demolition of single-storey extensions that have been made to the original building. It was not considered that any parts of the building to be removed possess any architectural merit and the visual integrity of the original building would be maintained. The proposed parking bays would also not result in the removal of any significant street or site landscaping.  It is not considered that the visual impact of parked cars would detract from the character of the area given that they would be directly adjacent to the highway.  It was therefore considered that the provision of this parking area would not have any unacceptable visual impact and would comply with saved policies UHT1, UHT4 and UHT7 of the Eastbourne Borough Plan and Policy D10a of the Eastbourne Core Strategy.

 

In the addendum report, it was noted that Paragraph 8.3.4.of the officers report, should have stated that 2 ½ storey buildings are prevalent within the street scene, not 3-storey buildings.

 

The addendum report referred to additional correspondence that had been received from the Planning Consultant acting on behalf of the neighbours objecting to the scheme, stating that the provision of parking at 59 Summerdown Road had not been properly assessed. Plans should be marked as illustrative only as, if not, the Local Planning Authority cannot reserve matters shown on them by condition.  An Appeal Inspector would also consider these plans as part of the application unless annotated otherwise.  A suite of suggested conditions had been provided.   Officer response:  Further clarification regarding the provision of parking is provided within the addendum. It is noted that these works could be carried out without the need for planning permission, subject to agreement with ESCC Highways.   The plans showing indicative layout and scale would not be listed as approved plans on the decision notice, as informative can also be added to make clear that these plans have been assessed as indicative only.  It is agreed that a condition relating to the southern wing of the building would be reasonable and appropriate in order to safeguard the amenities of the occupants of 65 Summerdown Road.  The Committee were advised of an additional condition to the resolution, should the application be approved.

 

Helen Greenhalgh, local resident, addressed the Committee in objection, raising concern regarding the lack of detail  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

South Cliff Court, 11 South Cliff. Application ID: 190116 pdf icon PDF 177 KB

Minutes:

Planning permission for the replacement and alterations to balconies (resubmission) - MEADS

 

Mr Daniel Huff, local resident, said there were ongoing concerns regarding the potential for overlooking and asked the committee to consider raising the rear privacy screen height from 1.2m to 1.4m or 1.5m to further prevent overlooking from residents.

 

The Committee discussed the application and felt that the scheme had been sufficiently modified.

 

Councillor Murray proposed a motion to approve the application. This was seconded by Councillor Vaughan.

 

Resolved (Unanimous): That permission be approved as set out in the report.

28.

13 Upper Avenue. Application ID: 190127 pdf icon PDF 167 KB

Minutes:

Planning permission for the change of use from Class C2 Residential Care Home to a Sui-Generis HMO for no more than 26 persons with associated parking and cycle and bin storage – UPPERTON

 

Having declared a Prejudicial Interest, Councillor Taylor was absent from the room during discussion and voting on this item.

 

Mr Green, local resident, addressed the Committee in objection, raising concern regarding noise and disturbance, loss of privacy, and the number of occupants.  He stated that there should be a management plan in place along with a fully trained manager.

 

Mr Naveed Ali, applicant, addressed the Committee in support, stating that the HMO would accommodate young working people and students. There would be strict vetting procedure, 24 hour CCTV, a resident manager and electronic entry system.  

 

Members welcomed the reduction of occupants from 34 to 26. 

 

Councillor Vaughan proposed a motion to approve the application. This was seconded by Councillor Metcalfe. 

 

Resolved (Unanimous): That permission be approved as set out in the report.

 

29.

Eastbourne House, 22-24 Gildredge Road. Application ID: 181104 pdf icon PDF 420 KB

Minutes:

Planning permission for extensions to existing building including enlarged floorplate and additional floor to allow Change of Use from B1 (offices) to C3 (residential) with the provision of 22 x individual residential units - MEADS

 

The Committee discussed the application and arrived at differing views. Concern was raised regarding loss of office space; parking, density, design and lack of affordable housing.  Members also welcomed the scheme and the approach to encourage cycling and use of public transport.

 

A motion to refuse the application, proposed by Councillor Taylor and seconded by Councillor Lamb, was lost by two votes to six.

 

Councillor Murray proposed a motion to approve the application as set out in the report. This was seconded by Councillor Vaughan. 

 

Resolved (by 6 votes for (Councillors Diplock, Maxted, Metcalfe, Choudhury, Murray and Vaughan) and 2 against (Councillors Lamb and Taylor)): That permission be approved as set out in the report.

 

30.

South Down National Park Authority Planning Applications (Verbal update)

Minutes:

There were none.

 

31.

Appeal Summary pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Minutes:

Members noted the summary report of appeal decisions between 27 June 2019 and 8 July 2019.

 

·      Land between the garage (facing Kinfauns Avenue) of 70 Churchdale Road and rear of 68 Churchdale Road – Appeal Dismissed 03.07.19.

 

·      Land adjacent to 84 St Philips Avenue and 21 Roselands – Appeal Dismissed 03.07.19.

 

·      Savoy Court Hotel, 11-15 Cavendish Place – Appeal Allowed 08.07.19.

 

·      Langley Shopping Centre, 64 Kingfisher Drive – Appeal Allowed 27.06.19.