Agenda and draft minutes

Eastbourne Borough Council Planning Committee - Tuesday, 24th August, 2021 6.00 pm

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

Contact: Committee Services on 01323 410000 

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Items
No. Item

19.

Introductions

Minutes:

Members of the Committee and Officers present introduced themselves to all those who were present during the meeting.

 

20.

Apologies for absence and notification of substitute members

Minutes:

21.

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 Maxted and Councillor Taylor declared a personal interest in item 26, Bedfordwell Depot, as they were members of the Bedfordwell Road Project Board.

 

22.

Minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2021 were submitted and approved as a correct record, and the Chair was authorised to sign them.

 

23.

Urgent items of business. pdf icon PDF 112 KB

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

 

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.  An officer addendum, however, was circulated to the Committee prior to the start of the meeting, updating the main reports on the agenda with any late information (a copy of which was published on the Council’s website).

 

24.

Bedfordwell Depot, Bedfordwell Road. ID: 210247 & 210248 (Listed Building) pdf icon PDF 450 KB

Minutes:

ID: 210247 - Mixed use development comprising construction of 80no. dwellings (59no. houses and 21no. flats) and conversion of existing Pump House and Annexe into 20no. flats and 1no. commercial unit (Use Class E) and associated access, circulation road, parking, drainage and landscaping.

 

ID: 210248 - Listed Building application for internal and external works to Grade II Listed Pump House and Annexe in relation to conversion into 20no. flats and 1no. commercial unit UPPERTON.

 

The Committee was advised by way of an addendum report of two additional representations that had been received, an amendment to the recommendation and an additional and amended condition. The Head of Planning First proposed five additional conditions (Nos. 42, 43 and 44, and Nos. 4 and 5) to the planning and listed building applications.

 

The Head of Planning First informed the committee that the consultation response had been received from Natural England regarding the Habitats Regulations requirements.  Recommendation (a) to delegate the Head of Planning to receive and evaluate the consultation response was therefore removed from the recommendation. 

 

Mr Paul Humphreys (Bespoke & Eastbourne Eco Action (EEAN)), addressed the Committee in objection to the application.  Karen Tipper (Agent) spoke in support of the application.

 

Members discussed the proposal in detail and raised concerns regarding the design, materials, width of the cycle route, junction and pedestrian crossing.

 

The Head of Planning First addressed the matters raised by the objectors and members and confirmed that negotiations with the applicant had been achieved to widen the site access and for a cycle route across the site and safe route into town. Furthermore, the cycle route could, in the future, be joined and extended northwards into Eastbourne Park. ESCC highways had fully endorsed the scheme. The S278 agreement to cover off-site highway works would include the design of the junction. Members concerns regarding the materials could be negotiated with the applicant and concerns regarding the junction and pedestrian crossing would be raised with ESCC Highways.

 

ID: 210247 - Councillor Vaughan proposed a motion to approve the application in line with the officers’ recommendation for delegated authority to seek agreement from ESCC SuDS and S106 Agreement; the conditions set out in the Addendum, the additional conditions reported by the Head of Planning First and to negotiate the materials with the applicant.  This was seconded by Councillor Taylor and was carried. 

 

RESOLVED: (Unanimously) that the Head of Planning be delegated to seek agreement from ESCC SuDS on the final detailed matters related to access and maintenance of the SuDS for the site and on the provision that no objections are received then planning permission be granted, subject to a S106 Agreement to secure affordable housing; a local labour agreement; car club; travel plan and S278 for off-site highway works, the conditions set out in the officers report and in the Addendum and the following additional conditions:-

 

Condition No. 42 - Details of pedestrian crossing to be submitted;

Condition No. 43 - The Listed Building has to be fully refurbished  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

Former site of Wood's Cottages and adjoining land. ID: 210485 pdf icon PDF 256 KB

Minutes:

 

Erection of 49 dwellings together with parking, access, and landscaping LANGNEY.

 

The Specialist Advisor (Planning) presented the report.

 

The Committee was advised by way of an Addendum of an additional representation that had been received and updates to: revised plans/conditions, drainage, community infrastructure levy (CIL), attenuation pond, relocation of fish and the policy headings.

 

Mr Laurence Hulkes (Agent), addressed the Committee in support of the application. The objector, Jackie Field, was not present to speak at the meeting.

 

The Committee discussed the proposal including issues around the pond; gates and electric charging points. Members welcomed the development and the 106 legal agreement to secure £105K to go towards supporting affordable housing provision.

 

Councillor Taylor proposed a motion to approve the application in line with the officers’ recommendation, S106 Agreement, the conditions set out in the officers report, and the amended conditions set out in the Addendum.  This was seconded by Councillor Lamb and was carried. 

 

RESOLVED: (unanimously) that planning permission be granted subject to a Section 106 Agreement to secure Affordable Housing (if found to be viable), Travel Plan Monitoring Fee, Traffic Regulation Order and Local Labour Agreement, the conditions set out in the officers report, and the amended conditions set out in the Addendum.

26.

Date of next meeting

To note that the meeting of the Planning Committee is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 21 September 2021 in the Court Room at Eastbourne Town Hall, Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4UG.

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the next meeting of the Planning Committee is scheduled to commence at 6:00pm on Tuesday, 21 September 2021, be noted.