Agenda and draft minutes

Planning and Rights of Way Committee - Tuesday, 7th September, 2021 10.30 am

Venue: County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RQ

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Declarations of Interest

Members and officers must declare any pecuniary or personalinterest in any business on the agenda. They should also make declarations at any stage such an interest becomes apparent during the meeting. Consideration should be given to leaving the meeting if the nature of the interest warrants it. If in doubt, contact Democratic Services before the meeting.

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8.1        In accordance with the County Council’s Constitution: Code of Practice on Probity and Protocol on Public Participation in Planning and Rights of Way Committees, the following Members declared that they had been lobbied in relation to Agenda Item 4, planning application WSCC/004/20: Cllr Burrett (Chairman), Cllr Gibson and Cllr Sharp.


8.2        In accordance with the County Council’s Code of Conduct, the following Members declared a personal interest in Item 4, planning application WSCC/004/20 because they are members of the National Trust: Cllr Burrett (Chairman) and Cllr Sharp.



Minutes of the last meeting of the Committee pdf icon PDF 246 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 (cream paper).

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9.1     Resolved – That the minutes of the Planning and Rights of Way Committee held on 29 June 2021 be approved and that they be signed by the Chairman.



Urgent Matters

Items not on the agenda that the Chairman of the Committee is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances.

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10.1   There were no urgent matters.



Planning Application: Waste pdf icon PDF 335 KB

Report by Head of Planning Services.


The Committee is asked to consider and determine the following application:


WSCC/004/20 - Restoration of the former Standen Landfill site with a woodland and pasture landfill cap system.  Evergreen Farm, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4NE.


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WSCC/004/20 – Restoration of the former Standen Landfill sitewith a woodland and pasture landfill cap system.  Evergreen Farm, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, RH19 4NE.


11.1   The Committee considered a report by the Head of Planning Services (copy appended to the signed copy of the minutes).  The report was introduced by Chris Bartlett, Principal Planner, who gave a presentation on the proposals, details of the consultation and key issues in respect of the application including changes to the proposal since the application was last considered by the Committee at its meeting of 29 June 2021, as follows:

·        The importation of inert waste material would be over a period of 104 weeks rather than the previously proposed 80 weeks, thereby reducing average vehicle movements per day to 25 daily deliveries (50 HGV movements) and extending the length of completion of the project to two and a half years.

·        There would be no working on Saturdays.

·        A community liaison programme, including with the National Trust, would be required by condition.


11.2   It was confirmed that photographs and information, submitted by Zara Luxford on behalf of the National Trust prior to the Committee meeting, had been circulated to Committee members.  Mr Bartlett advised that the HGVs to be used would not be 4m in height, as per the one shown in the photographs, but would be 2.89m in height.


11.3   Zara Luxford, General Manager, Standen House (National Trust), spoke in objection to the application.  The motion agreed by the Committee on 29 June 2021 has not been fully addressed.  The minor variations regarding HGV movements do not constitute any significant amendments.  There would still be one HGV movement every 7 minutes, which continues to be unacceptable.  The transport statement has still not been reviewed; it is out of date and assesses HGV movements over a 10 hour window and fails to take account of return movements.  Whilst reduced from a 60% increase in HGV traffic, this 51% increase on West Hoathly Road is still neither negligible nor easily accommodated.  There would be significant disruption to visitors to Standen House and residents, who would have to negotiate large vehicles on the narrow lanes for at least two years.  West Hoathly Road and Saint Hill Green are not wide enough to accommodate the type of traffic proposed.  The road widening does not make it clear whether there would be damage to the sandstone rock outcrops adjacent to the site entrance; at a site meeting in June 2021 the applicant said that they would be affected.  The Committee report does not consider this in relation to impacts on the landscape character or the AONB and under the High Weald AONB Management Plan any harm to sandstone outcrops is considered to be a major impact on natural beauty.


11.4   The Committee noted a written statement in objection to the application from Ashley Jinks, Infrastructure Officer, Metrobus Ltd. Metrobus objects to the application and strongly opposes the scheme.  Their position on this has not changed since  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be held at 10.30 am on Tuesday,
12 October 2021.

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12.1   The next scheduled meeting of the Planning and Rights of Way Committee will be on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 at 10.30 a.m.