Agenda and minutes

Eastbourne Borough Council Planning Committee - Tuesday, 24th September, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Court Room at Eastbourne Town Hall, Grove Road, BN21 4UG

Contact: Committee Services on 01323 410000 

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Minutes of the meeting held on 27 August 2019 pdf icon PDF 119 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 27 August 2019 were submitted and approved as a correct record, and the Chair was authorised to sign them.



Apologies for absence and notification of substitute members


An apology was reported from Councillor Md. Huran Miah.  Councillor Colin Murdoch was the appointed substitute for Councillor Barry Taylor.



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.


There were none.



Urgent items of business.

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



There were none.



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.


The business of the meeting proceeded in accordance with the agenda.



282 Kings Drive. Application ID: 181178 pdf icon PDF 603 KB


Planning permission for demolition of existing house and associated structures and provision of 85 bed care home with parking, landscaping and highway access - RATTON.


This application had been brought back to Committee following deferral to mitigate concerns raised by the Committee concerning size/over-massing of the proposed development and to allow the developer and planning team to liaise on the viability of an alternative development. The applicant had made several alterations to the scheme to address these concerns:


·         A reduction of 5 bedrooms in total (85 rooms down to 80)

  • Setting the building into the ground (16m AOD) approximately 2.1m below Kings Drive.
  • Setting the building back from the front by approximately 1.5m to align with the front building line of the adjacent property.
  • Refuse vehicle access and turning details.

The Committee was advised by way of an addendum report, that should members agree to delegate the decision to approve the application to the Head of Planning in consultation with the Chair of the Planning Committee, subject to no new issues being raised as a result of the additional consultation, a requirement for a local labour agreement, including monetary contributions towards monitoring, would be attached as a planning condition.  A further representation was received from the occupiers of 284 Kings Drive stating that the development had not been accompanied by a daylight and sunlight impact assessment. Conditions 1 & 4 of the addendum had been updated to reflect this. Conditions 2 & 3 of the addendum were as per the officer’s report.


Roland Cottingham, speaking on behalf of the local residents, addressed the Committee in objection, referring to the height, mass and scale of the development stating that it was out of keeping in the area and there were already a number of care homes in the area which were not fully occupied.


Councillor Belsey, Ward Councillor, addressed the Committee (from the public gallery) in objection to the application.  He referred to the overdevelopment of the site, raising concern regarding the recent number of the road traffic collisions and the potential for further accidents to occur.


 Alison Knight, agent, explained the whole build had been moved back 1½metres and the bay window was in front of the building line. In response to the concerns raised, she referred to the alterations to the scheme, stating that the development would be of economic benefit to the area, providing much needed care facilities for the elderly and frail who reside locally. Although none of the residents would drive cars, she said electric point charging would be provided for visitors and staff. New trees and bird and bat boxes would be installed for the benefit of wildlife. She stated that the scheme had been improved significantly and no objections had been received from statutory consultees.


The Committee discussed the application and came to a mixed view.  Discussion included concern regarding the proximity of the proposed development to other care homes and sheltered accommodation in the area. Concern was also raised regarding the insufficient reduction of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45.


Appeal Decision - 189 Terminus Road ID: 3214271 pdf icon PDF 103 KB


Members noted that the Inspector had allowed the appeal.



Appeal Decision - Wood Winton. ID: 3229204 pdf icon PDF 117 KB


Members noted that the Inspector had allowed the appeal.



College Conservation Area Appraisal (update)

Verbal update from Head of Planning


The Committee received a verbal update from the Head of Planning on the public consultation of the boundary review for the College Conservation Area.


A review of College Conservation Area was commissioned as part of the borough’s commitment to undertaking a rolling programme of conservation area appraisals. The College Conservation Area has not been reviewed or extended since it’s adoption in 1986.


Members noted that further public engagement regarding the proposed boundary changes to the College Conservation Area would be taking place, the results of which will be reported back to the Planning Committee.