Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee
Tuesday, 26th March, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: County Hall, Chichester

Contact: Tracey Guinea on 033 022 28679  Email:  tracey.guinea@westsussex.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

95.

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 please contact Democratic Services before the meeting.

Minutes:

95.1     In accordance with the County Council’s Code of Conduct, the following interests were declared:

 

·         Mr Patel declared a personal interest in planning application: WSCC/049/18/LY because he is Councillor for Arun District Council.

 

96.

Minutes of the last meeting of the Committee pdf icon PDF 58 KB

The Committee is asked to agree the minutes of Part I of the meeting held on 5 February 2019 (cream paper).

 

Minutes:

96.1     Resolved - That the minutes of Part I of the meeting of the Committee held on 5 February 2019 be agreed as a correct record.

 

97.

Urgent Matters

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

Minutes:

97.1     There were no urgent matters.

 

98.

Part II Matters

Members are asked to indicate at this stage if they wish the meeting to consider bringing into Part I any items of the Part II agenda.

 

Minutes:

98.1     Resolved – That no Part II matters should be brought into Part I of the meeting.

 

99.

Planning Applications: Regulation 3 pdf icon PDF 210 KB

Report by Head of Planning Services.

 

To consider and determine the following application:

 

WSCC/049/18/LY       Creation of a 1.1km highway, with shared cycleway and footway, Pegasus crossing, viaduct, culvert, wetland areas, balancing pond and swales, street lighting and associated works on Land East of Lyminster village & between Toddington Nurseries & A284 Lyminster Road, Lyminster, Littlehampton.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

WSCC/049/18/LY    Creation of a 1.1km highway, with shared cycleway and footway, Pegasus crossing, viaduct, culvert, wetland areas, balancing pond and swales, street lighting and associated works on Land East of Lyminster village & between Toddington Nurseries & A284 Lyminster Road, Lyminster, Littlehampton.

 

99.1   The Committee considered a report by the Head of Planning Services, as amended by the agenda update sheet (copy appended to the signed copy of the minutes).  The report was introduced by Jane Moseley, County Planning Team Manager, who gave a presentation on the proposals, details of the consultation and key issues in respect of the application.

 

99.2   Mr Rob Huntley of Rob Huntley Planning Consultancy, representing Mrs R Andrew a resident of Lyminster and Hargreaves Properties Ltd., spoke in objection to the application.  They don’t object in principle but are concerned about highway safety.  The 2015 proposal was considered unsafe and withdrawn.  The objectors’ offer to work with the County Council was refused.  The current proposal is “near identical”.  It has the same design defects that encourage high speeds, and safety issues remain with the northbound tie-in to the A284.  This could be overcome using the objectors’ proposed alignment (shown to the Committee).  The design does not meet requirements in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.  Requests to see the terms and conditions for the Road Safety Audit and details of the Departures from Standard have been declined, so the assertion that the Council has “provided a compliant solution for the bypass” cannot be verified.  The WSCC Highways Officer asked for condition requiring further design and road safety details.  Due to the tighter bend and high speeds, accidents at the tie-in will occur.  Littlehampton Town Council, Lyminster and Crossbush Parish Council and others have raised safety-related concerns, including the design deficiencies mentioned.

 

99.3   Mr Dan Montagnani, Chairman, Lyminster and Crossbush Parish Council spoke on the application.  The Parish Council supports the principle of a bypass but has some concerns.  The existing road is unable to cope with the traffic volumes resulting in gridlock; HGVs straddle the road around the tight bends; Speedwatch has recorded high numbers of vehicles speeding through Lyminster, and there are weekly accidents and countless near misses.  The tie-in south of the Crossbush Junction will present significant safety risks to cyclists, pedestrians and residents due to the high specification highway linking to narrow road with a single footpath, and there are health and wellbeing concerns for these residents due to noise, vibration and air quality deterioration.  Planning conditions should include more mitigation.  Lack of plans to upgrade or modify the Crossbush Interchange at the A27 will result in worse congestion: there is no joined up thinking with Highways England on the Arundel Bypass plans.  A condition should be included that traffic calming and safety measures be put in place on the A284 through Lyminster village to avoid it becoming a rat-run and prevent traffic backing up.

 

99.4     Sara McKnight, Project Manager, Major Projects, West Sussex County Council, the applicant, spoke  ...  view the full minutes text for item 99.

100.

Planning Applications: Minerals pdf icon PDF 249 KB

Report by Head of Planning Services.

 

To consider and determine the following application:

 

WSCC/044/18/SR      Continuation of working the mineral (sand extraction), but with an enhanced restoration scheme for nature conservation and informal recreation involving the importation of 1.8 million tonnes of inert material over a period of eleven years.  Sandgate Park Quarry, Water Lane, Sullington, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4AS.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

WSCC/044/18/SR   Continuation of working the mineral (sand extraction), but with an enhanced restoration scheme for nature conservation and informal recreation involving the importation of 1.8 million tonnes of inert material over a period of eleven years.  Sandgate Park Quarry, Water Lane, Sullington, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4AS

 

100.1     The Committee considered a report by the Head of Planning Services, as amended by the agenda update sheet (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.

 

100.2     A statement in objection to the application from Mr and Mrs Lawrence, residents of Storrington, was read out.  They dread the proposed landfilling, but support the plans for Sandgate Country Park.  They have concerns about how the Country Park will be delivered; the planning application should set out how it will be implemented.  The proposals for the grassland areas are in conflict with the existing S.106 agreement with Horsham District Council, which requires public paths and open access.  However, the application scheme is superior, but land must be free of people and dogs to allow wildlife to thrive.  The Committee Report does not provide details of existing background noise levels, being based on noise level conditions from some years ago.  Noise readings were taken in the middle of the day; there is no assessment of the impact during noise sensitive hours (early hours until 7.30 a.m.).  Staff often arrive before the 7 a.m. start of site operating hours.  The 70 dBh level, which has not been consulted on, will have a harmful effect; a noise expert should advise the County Council on the impacts.  Mr and Mrs Lawrence also have concerns about vibration, air pollution and ecology.

 

100.3     Helen Hudson of Hudson Planning, agent for the applicant, spoke in support of the application.  The application seeks to change the existing approved restoration plan and deliver an improved scheme in terms of environment and community benefits; it will greatly improve biodiversity; provide more interesting and connective footpaths, and overall there will be a softer shaped restored landform with additional features and it will extend the area of Sandgate Country Park.  Extraction the remaining 1.4 million tonnes of sand is permitted until 2042, but at a rate of 140,000 tonnes per annum this should finished in approximately 10 years.  1.8 million tonnes of inert material would be imported at a rate of 250,000 to 350,000 tonnes per annum over an 11 year period, slowing towards the end, resulting in an additional 134 vehicle movements per day - a worst case scenario.  A proposed S.106 routing agreement will mean vehicles would travel south on Water Lane and east on the A283 to the A24.  Number plate recognition technology will be used.  There will be no adverse impact on the environment or community.  Mitigation measures are built in.  The applicant is in discussion with Horsham District Council about the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 100.

101.

Update on Mineral, Waste and Regulation 3 Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Report by Strategic Planning, County Planning Manager.

 

To note the schedule of County Matter applications and the schedule of applications submitted under the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 – Regulation 3.

 

Minutes:

101.1   The Committee received and noted a report by the Head of Planning Services on applications awaiting determination (copy appended to the signed minutes) detailing the schedule of County Matter applications and the schedule of applications submitted under the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 – Regulation 3.

 

102.

Report of Delegated Action pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Report by Strategic Planning, County Planning Manager.

 

To note the report of applications approved subject to conditions under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 since the Planning Committee meeting on 5 February 2019.

 

Minutes:

102.1   The Committee received and noted a report by the Head of Planning Services (copy appended to the signed minutes) applications approved subject to conditions under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992 since the Planning Committee meeting on 5 February 2018.

 

103.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be held at 10.30 a.m.on 23 April 2019.

 

Minutes:

103.1   The following scheduled meeting of Planning Committee will be on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 10.30 a.m. at County Hall, Chichester.

 

104.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The Committee is asked to consider in respect of the following item whether the public, including the press, should be excluded from the meeting on the grounds of exemption under Part I Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as indicated below, and because, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption of that information outweighs the public interest in disclosing it.

 

Exempt paragraph5:  Information in respect of a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.

 

Minutes:

104.1   Resolved – That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it contains information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act by virtue of the paragraph specified under the item, and in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption of that information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

104.2   The Committee continued its discussions in Part II, for which a Part II summary is available, below.  The Part II discussion took place from 12.38 p.m. to 12.42 p.m.

 

105.

Part II Minutes of the Meeting held on 5 February 2019

To confirm the Part II minutes of the meeting held on 5 February 2019 (for members of the Committee only).

 

Minutes:

105.1   ResovledThat the minutes of Part II of the meeting of the Committee held on 5 February 2019 be agreed as a correct record.