West Berkshire Council

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6.

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To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of this Committee held on 20 May 2020.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 20 May 2020 were approved as a true and correct record and signed by the Chairman.

7.

Declarations of Interest

To remind Members of the need to record the existence and nature of any personal, disclosable pecuniary or other registrable interests in items on the agenda, in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

Councillor Adrian Abbs, being unaware that they had been withdrawn, declared an interest in Agenda Items 4(1) and 4(2), but reported that, as his interest was a personal or another registrable interest, but not a disclosable pecuniary interest, he determined to remain to take part in the debate and vote on the matter. Other Members would have declared interests in Agenda Items 4(1) and 4(2) had they not already known that the items had been deferred.

Councillor Carolyne Culver declared that she had been lobbied on Agenda Item 4(3).

8.

Schedule of Planning Applications

(Note: The Chairman, with the consent of the Committee, reserves the right to alter the order of business on this agenda based on public interest and participation in individual applications).

8.(1)

Application No. and Parish: 18/03340/COMIND, Newbury Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Greenham pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Proposal:

Permanent use of hostel (Use Class Sui Generis) as a hotel (Use Class C1).

 

Location:

Newbury Racecourse, Racecourse Road.

 

Applicant:

Newbury Racecourse.

 

Recommendation:

The Head of Development & Planning be authorised to GRANT conditional planning permission subject to completion of a Section 106 legal agreement.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Councillor Adrian Abbs, being unaware that the Item had been withdrawn, declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 4(1) by virtue of the fact that he was a member of Greenham Parish Council. As his interest was personal and not prejudicial or a disclosable pecuniary interest, he/she/they determined to remain to take part in the debate and vote on the matter.)

Agenda Item 4(1) concerning Planning Application 18/03340/COMIND in respect of the permanent use of hostel (Use Class Sui Generis) as a hotel (Use Class C1) at Newbury Racecourse, Racecourse Road

David Pearson explained to the Committee that, due to some concerns over technical issues relating to the current application, and the history of the site, officers had been in negotiations with the agent to seek clarification. Unfortunately, clarification had not been received in time for the meeting and the agent had agreed that the item should be deferred to a later Committee.

8.(2)

Application No. and Parish: 19/00225/COMIND, The Lodge at Newbury Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Greenham pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Proposal:

Erection of a three storey extension to the front elevation of The Lodge to provide additional rooms.

 

Location:

The Lodge at Newbury Racecourse, Racecourse Road.

 

Applicant:

Newbury Racecourse.

 

Recommendation:

The Head of Development & Planning be authorised to GRANT conditional planning permission subject to completion of a Section 106 legal agreement.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Councillor Adrian Abbs, being unaware that the Item had been withdrawn,  declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 4(2) by virtue of the fact that he was a member of Greenham Parish Council. As his interest was personal and not prejudicial or a disclosable pecuniary interest, he/she/they determined to remain to take part in the debate and vote on the matter.)

Agenda Item 4(2) concerning Planning Application 18/03340/COMIND in respect of the permanent use of hostel (Use Class Sui Generis) as a hotel (Use Class C1) at Newbury Racecourse, Racecourse Road

David Pearson explained to the Committee that, due to some concerns over technical issues relating to the current application, and the history of the site, officers had been in negotiations with the agent to seek clarification. Unfortunately, clarification had not been received in time for the meeting and the agent had agreed that the item should be deferred to a later Committee.

8.(3)

Application No. and Parish: 20/00231/HOUSE, 20 The Green, Chieveley pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Proposal:

Rear garden extension to replace existing conservatory.  Single storey side extension to south-east elevation.  Two storey side extension replacing detached garage.

 

Location:

20 The Green, Chieveley, Newbury.

 

Applicant:

Mr and Mrs Lorraine.

 

Recommendation:

To DELEGATE to the Head of Development and Planning to GRANT PLANNING PERMISSION subject to conditions.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Councillor Carolyne Culver declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 4(3) by virtue of the fact that she had been lobbied. As her interest was personal and not prejudicial or a disclosable pecuniary interest, she determined to remain to take part in the debate and vote on the matter.)

1.            The Committee considered a report (Agenda Item 4(3) concerning Planning Application 20/00231/HOUSE in respect of a rear garden extension to replace existing conservatory.  Single storey side extension to south-east elevation.  Two storey side extension replacing detached garage.

2.            David Pearson introduced the report to Members, which took account of all the relevant policy considerations and other material planning considerations. In conclusion the report detailed that the proposal was acceptable and a conditional approval was justifiable. On balance, officers recommended the Committee grant planning permission.

Removal of speaking rights

3.            As resolved at the Extraordinary Council meeting held on 29 April 2020, public speaking rights had been removed for virtual Council meetings. This right had replaced with the ability to make written submissions. This decision had been made in accordance with The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panels Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.

4.            In accordance with the Extraordinary Council resolution, written submissions had been received from Mr Roger Scully (Absolute Architecture), agent.

5.            The written submission of Mr Roger Scully was read out by the Clerk to the Committee as follows:

Agent Representation

The following statement is in support of application 20/00231/House. It has been prepared by Absolute Architecture on behalf of the applicant.

The design presented to the committee has been updated during the application process in response to officers and consultees concerns.

The planning officer has already set out to the committee the basis upon which, under current local and national planning policy this application is being recommended for approval.

We therefore address directly the concerns raised by the consultees, which are the reasons this application has been brought before you.

Bulk & linear design:

The design is in keeping, ridge heights are subservient to the host dwelling and building lines are set back. Neighbour and applicant amenity is unaffected. The design meets with design guidance.

The design is not linear. It is designed to appear as a separate mass (the garage) with a subservient link to the main house. This creates character, definition and reduces bulk. The proposals will be well screened from the end of the close and from the wider AONB.

We note that other two storey side extensions of linear design that close gaps have been approved within The Green development.

AONB impact, views in and out:

There are no public views through the application site following the growth of natural vegetation. The impact on the AONB is negligible as the proposals replace an existing structure of similar size and character. The site is well screened from surrounding public rights of way. No views will be lost as a result of closing a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.(3)