Minutes Planning Committee Monday 20 July 2020

MINUTES

Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee held on

20 July 2020 at 7.30pm Via Zoom – Meeting Link:-

https://zoom.us/j/95519232636?pwd=VW5YOWZvTHR2WGM2TFdxTHByeVF5Zz09

                                              Meeting ID:-  955 1923 2636  Password:-  929096                                                                                                                

Present:- Cllr Carter (Chair), Cllr Crocker, Mr Duncombe, Cllr Finan & Cllr Knox-Scott

In Attendance:-  Mrs J Simmonds (Clerk)

Also Present:-  5 Members of public                                                                                                                           

011/PL/20           Items by Members of Public Present.

The meeting is open to the public and press and the first 15 minutes will be reserved, if required, for public comment.

Members of public were present to listen to comments made on application PL/20/1659/FA.  One of the members of

public gave the committee their reasons why they wished the Parish Council to object.

012/PL/20            Apologies for Absence

APOLOGIES were received from Cllr Hoskins and Mr Harris.

013/PL/20           Declarations of Interest

Members to declare any personal interest in any item of business as defined in the Code of Conduct 2007.  If that interest is a prejudicial interest as defined in the Code, the member should withdraw from the meeting for that item.

None

014/PL/20            Minutes

RESOLVED to approve  the Minutes of the Planning Meeting held on 15 June 2020 which will be signed by the Chairman.

015/PL/20            Planning Applications

(i) RESOLVED to approve delegated decisions submitted for Planning Applications for which the response date was prior to this Committee Meeting.   See Appendix 1.

(ii) RESOLVED to consider and formulate a response to new Planning Applications received. See Appendix 2. Plus amended plans for information only.

016/PL/20            NOTED Planning Decisions, Enforcements and Appeals.

District Decisions made since the last Planning Committee Meeting.  See Appendix 3.

017/PL/20            NOTED Outstanding Enforcements See Appendix 4.

018/PL/20            Correspondence.

NOTED update from Mr. Duncombe regarding Red Lion Cottages. AGREED no reply required and to close the case.

019/PL/20            Exclusion of the Press & Public

Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 RESOLVEDto exclude the press and public from the following business because publicity would prejudice the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business.  Part two items:-To discuss any possible unlawful buildings or business’s which have not been granted enforcement notices and therefore are not public.

NOTED Next meeting date:  17 August 2020

Meeting ended at 9pm

Signed/Chairman                                                                                                               Dated

NOTED APPENDIX 1

DELEGATED DECISIONS

PL/20/1806/KA                  99 Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LP

Trees at T1 & T2 – laurel and hazel – remove.  T 3 – conifer – fell.  T 4 – laurel- fell.  T5 – conifers tip reduce overhang by 1.5m to boundary.  T6 – conifer hedge and laurels – remove.  (Stoke Poges West End Conservation Area).

Parish Comment:-  No objection subject to the tree officer report.

PL/20/1741/FA                   Gateside, Park Road, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4PG

Two storey side and rear extensions, changes to doors and windows including insertion of rear dormer and front and rear rooflights, render to external walls, change of roof covering to slate.  (amendment to PP PL/18/2117/FA)

Parish Comments:-  No objection subject to the 50% Green Belt rules.

APPENDIX 2

 NEW PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

PL/20/1659/FA                   Top Cottage, Hollybush Hill, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4PX

Demolition of existing dwelling house and creation of a new dwelling house and detached garage.

Parish Comments:-  Object, Policies EP3, H9 (a) & (b) and H11apply, along with the NPPF section 12 paragraph 127 (c).  

The proposed development, by virtue of a combination of its size, scale, massing, style and proximity to the sites flank boundaries, would appear over dominant, obtrusive and out of keeping, as well as appearing as a cramped overdevelopment of the site. As such, it would have an adverse impact on the street scene and the character and visual amenities of the area. Therefore the proposal is contrary to policies H9 and EP3 of the South Bucks District Local Plan (adopted March 1999), and policy CP8 of the South Bucks Core Strategy (adopted February 2011), and the NPPF. Furthermore, the proposed development would not reflect the form or height of existing buildings to the detriment of its appearance and character and contrary to the content of the South Bucks Townscape Character Study. Which refers to informal asymmetrical architectural style properties under page 158 section 11.45.

The current usage of the access drive/track is limited and the potential of vehicle usage if allowed will entirely overload capacity.  TR5(c) & H11 (e) apply.

PL/20/1894/TP                   Copperfield House, Stoke Court Drive, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LU

G1 – 2 x Cypress (either end of row of 4) – fell.  G2 – 8 x small diameter stemmed mixed species (predominantly Cypress) – fell.  T3 – Yew – Crown lift by removing two lowest limbs.  T3 – Cypress – fell.  (SBDC TPO 2 of 1963)

Parish Comments:-  No Objection subject to the tree officers report.

PL/20/1590/FA                   Stoke Grange, Fir Tree Avenue, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4NN

Subdivision of plot and erection of dwelling house with detached garage.

Parish Comments:-  Object, Contrary to GB1

This proposal, if permitted would be likely to act as a precursor of further applications for similar types of development within this part of the Greenbelt, which the Planning Authority would find increasingly difficult to resist and which, which, cumulatively, would seriously prejudice the openness of the Greenbelt and the aims and objectives of Greenbelt policy.

PL/20/1798/FA                   Land adjoining 1 Journeys End, Stoke Poges, Bucks.

Vehicular access for new build house.

Parish Comments:-  No Comment

PL/20/1697/FA                   46 Pennylets Green, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4BX

Single storey side and rear extensions.

Parish Comments:-  No comments apart from concerns around reducing parking spaces in the surrounding area.

PL/20/1770/FA                   35 Sefton Close, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LH

35 Sefton Close, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LH

Parish Comments:-  No Comment.

PL/20/1727/FA                   40 Vine Road, Stoke Poges, Bucks, Sl2 4DP

New Vehicular Access and car hard standing to front elevation.

Parish Comments – No Comment

17/01905/FUL                    Stoke Court, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LY

Part demolition at the rear and residential conversion of the existing Stoke Court mansion house and re-development of site to provide 61 residential units and associated access, parking and landscaping.

Parish Comments:-  The number of vehicles in relation to the number of houses plus visitors vehicles is a concern and traffic movements will be pushed onto Duffield Lane, Sefton Close and Rogers Lane.  The Parish Council had a meeting with the developers before the application was made in 2017 and they agreed that an extra 7 spaces to accommodate visitors would be factored in. 

Regarding the public areas we would like to know who will be looking after these and or dealing with any issues that may arise 
Residents that live in close proximity to the site have not been consulted regarding any changes to the application 

17/01906/LBC                    Stoke Court, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LY

Listed Building Consent. Part demolition at the rear and residential conversion of the existing Stoke Court mansion house and re-development of site to provide 61 residential units and associated access, parking and landscaping.

Parish Comments:-  The number of vehicles in relation to the number of houses plus visitors vehicles is a concern and traffic movements will be pushed onto Duffield Lane, Sefton Close and Rogers Lane.  The Parish Council had a meeting with the developers before the application was made in 2017 and they agreed that an extra 7 spaces to accommodate visitors would be factored in. 

Regarding the public areas we would like to know who will be looking after these and or dealing with any issues that may arise 
Residents that live in close proximity to the site have not been consulted regarding any changes to the application 

PL/20/1990/FA                   Heather Ridge, Lakeside Drive, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LX

Erection of an indoor swimming pool to the rear of the property. (amendment to Planning permission on PL/20/0857/FA)

Parish Comments:-  No Comment

AMENDED PLANS FOR INFORMATION

NOTED APPENDIX 3

PLANNING DECISIONS

PL/20/1081/FA                   Windward, Grays Park Road, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4JG

Two storey side link extension (revision of PL/19/4336/FA)

Parish Comments:-  The proposed extensions would result in the creation of a large, bulky and unattractive structure of excessive depth, with flank walls unrelieved by any setbacks. The extended dwelling would be lacking in pleasing proportions and would fail to respect the traditional character of the existing dwelling. The excessive depth of the extended building and the unbroken flank elevations would be apparent in angled views from the road, and would result in an unduly bulky appearance that would be at odds with the traditional proportions of the existing dwelling and would be out of keeping with the general character of this residential area. In terms of design and scale, the proposed extensions and alterations cannot be considered to accord with the principles set out in policies EP3 and H11 of the South Bucks District Local Plan, and the standard of design would not comply with advice in Appendix 8 of the Plan. The development would therefore not be in accordance with guidance set out in the NPPF (2019).

Hereby Permits

PL/19/2912/KA                  Stoke Court, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LY

Lombardy Poplar (Populus Nigra trees) x 2 – fell and replace with identical species (Conservation area stoke Poges West End).

Parish Comments:-  No objection subject to the arboriculturalist’s report.

No TPO Required

PL/19/3144/HB                  Focus School, Stoke Poges Campus, School Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4QA

Listed Building Consent for Erection of a multi-purpose space and ancillary rooms and refurbishment of Grade II Listed Sefton Park School.

Parish Comments: – We have no objections as far as the refurbishment of the Grade II Listed building is concerned.  However we OBJECT to the addition of the multi-purpose space as we believe its design is totally out of keeping in this historically sensitive location.

Permission Refused

PL/19/1702/FA                   Bolds Court, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LR

Demolition of existing 22 elderly care flats and construction of 5 two bed houses and 7 three bed houses incorporating parking, hardstanding and amenity areas.

Parish Council comments: Object EP3 a,c,d&e, H9a&b. This site is adjacent to a conservation area. We do not believe that the proposed materials are in keeping and do not harmonise with surrounding buildings and are of an urbanising appearance. We would therefore request a site visit.

Permission Refused

PL/19/1761/FA                   Land South of Home Farm Barn, School Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4QA

Erection of detached dwelling and garage.

Parish Council comments:  Object GB10e. Concerns of over intensification of the site

Withdrawn

PL/19/4051/FA                   Ashcroft, Duffield Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4AA

Erection of two bay detached garage with first floor gymnasium to replace existing garage.

Parish Comments:-  Object our previous comments apply which were:-

OBJECT: Policies EP3, EP5, EP6, C1, H9 & H12 all apply.

Over development/ Over dominant/ Out of character with the surrounding area

Loss of character to the conservation area

Loss of light and sunlight/ Loss of privacy to neighbouring property on Rogers Lane

Will lead to easier access to property on Rogers Lane, thus threat of crime.

Can be used as a separate dwelling as not attached or accessed to main houses.

Ashcroft has double yellow lines outside as do some of the terraced properties on Rogers Lane. meaning that these properties park on Duffield Lane on a dangerous bend. We believe that these proposals will lead to further parking on the road.

Also the proposed development, by virtue of a combination of its size, scale, massing, style and proximity to the sites flank boundaries, would appear over dominant, obtrusive and out of keeping, as well as appearing as a cramped overdevelopment of the site. As such, it would have an adverse impact on the street scene and the character and visual amenities of the area. Therefore the proposal is contrary to policies H9 and EP3 of the South Bucks District Local Plan (adopted March 1999), and policy CP8 of the South Bucks Core Strategy (adopted February 2011), and the NPPF. Furthermore, the proposed development would not reflect the form or height of existing buildings on this designated Formal Suburban Road, to the detriment of its appearance and character and contrary to the content of the South Bucks Townscape Character Study.

Also policies Appendix 8 and H12 apply.

There has also been removal of trees which we believe to be a breech.

Withdrawn

PL/19/4052/FA – South Croft, Duffield Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4AA

Parish Comments:-  Object, our previous comments apply which were:-  Parish Comments: – OBJECT: Policies EP3, EP5, EP6, C1, H9 & H12 all apply.

Over development/ Over dominant/ Out of character with the surrounding area

Loss of character to the conservation area

Loss of light and sunlight/ Loss of privacy to neighbouring property on Rogers Lane

Will lead to easier access to property on Rogers Lane, thus threat of crime.

Can be used as a separate dwelling as not attached or accessed to main houses.

Ashcroft has double yellow lines outside as do some of the terraced properties on Rogers Lane. meaning that these properties park on Duffield Lane on a dangerous bend. We believe that these proposals will lead to further parking on the road.

As well as although reduced in scale we still believe this is an effort to create two self-contained annexe facilities. Therefore we object Policies H12 generally and the Local Plan Appendix 8 paragraph 8.

Withdrawn

PL/19/4130/FA                   16 Deans Close, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4JX

Erection of single storey rear/side extension.  Loft conversion incorporating rear dormer and front roof lights.  New front porch and new side window.

Parish Comments:-  Object to the dormer which is not in-keeping.  Policies GB10, H9 (a) & (b) and EP3 (a), (b) & (c) all apply.  This proposal, if permitted, would be likely to act as a precursor of further applications for similar types of development within this part of the Green Belt, which the District Planning Authority would find increasingly difficult to resist and which, cumulatively, would further seriously prejudice the openness of the Green Belt and the aims and objectives of the Green Belt Policy.

Hereby Permits

PL/20/0139/FA                   Beltrees, Park Road, Stoke Poges, bucks, SL2 4PA

Amendments to front porch and single storey rear infill extensions (Retrospective)

Parish Comments:-  No Comment

Hereby Permits

PL/20/0187/FA                   Land of Pinewood Nurseries, Wexham Street, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL3 6NB

New agricultural building and glasshouse.

Parish Comments:-  Object GB1.  This proposal would, by virtue of the resultant size and scale of the building when considered in relation to the original building and its potential intrusive impact upon its setting in the landscape, contribute to the erosion of the Green Belt which, individually and when considered in the context of an accumulation of similar proposals, would detrimentally affect the aims and objectives of the Green Belt. As such, the proposal is contrary to policies GB1 and GB10 of the South Bucks District Local Plan (adopted March 1999) which seek to ensure that extensions to dwellings within the Green Belt are, inter alia, of a small scale in relation to the size of the original dwelling, and to section 9 of the NPPF (Protecting Green Belt Land).

This proposal, if permitted would be likely to act as a precursor of further applications for similar types of development within this part of the Greenbelt, which the Planning Authority would find increasingly difficult to resist and which, which, cumulatively, would seriously prejudice the openness of the Greenbelt and the aims and objectives of Greenbelt policy.

The applicant had a previous application which was for a change of use from a glasshouse to a storage facility; it appears that the applicant now wants to replace that lost glasshouse with a new replacement!

Hereby Permits

PL/20/0193/FA                   12 Fircroft Close, Stoke Poges, bucks, SL2 4DS

Demolition of garage and construction of single storey front side and rear extension.

Parish Comments:-  No Comment

Hereby Permits

PL/20/0213/TP                   Copperfield House, Stoke Court Drive, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LU

T1-Cedar – Fell. T5-Horse Chestnut – Crown Reduction. (SBDC TPO 02/1963)

Parish Comments:-  No objection subject to the arboriculturalists report.

Consent Granted

PL/20/0420/FA                   23 Freemans Close, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4ER

Single storey front/side extension and first floor side/rear extension.

Parish Commenets:-  No Comment

Hereby Permits

PL/20/0857/FA                   Heather Ridge, Lakeside Drive, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LX

Erection of an indoor swimming pool to the rear of the property.

Parish Comments:-  No Comment

Hereby Permits

PL/20/0934/FA                   Magnolia Cottage, Wexham Street, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL3 6NB

Two storey side extension

Parish Comments:-  Object.  We would like to draw your attention to the fact that previous applications on this property were under the name of Pinewood Nurseries so not Magnolia Cottage, and is therefore misleading.  The garage has already been turned into habitable accommodation and then later permission was granted to build a detached garage!!

This proposal, together with previous extensions that have been carried out to the dwelling house would, by virtue of the resultant size and scale of the building when considered in relation to the original building and its potentially intrusive impact upon its setting in the landscape, contribute to the erosion of the Greenbelt which, individually and when considered in the context of accumulation of other similar proposals, would detrimentally affect the aims objectives of the Greenbelt. As such, the proposal is contrary to Policies GB1 and GB10 of the SBDC Local Plan (adopted March 1999)

This proposal, if permitted would be likely to act as a precursor of further applications for similar types of development within this part of the Greenbelt, which the Planning Authority would find increasingly difficult to resist and which, which, cumulatively, would seriously prejudice the openness of the Greenbelt and the aims and objectives of Greenbelt policy.

The application site is located within the Metropolitan Green Belt. The proposed extension by virtue of its increase in floor space and size in combination with previous additions would constitute a disproportionate addition to the original dwelling. As such, it constitutes inappropriate development, which is by definition harmful to the Metropolitan Green Belt. As well as being unacceptable in principle, the proposed extension, by virtue of its height and size results in a physical intrusion into the Green Belt which detracts from the openness of the Green Belt and its setting. No very special circumstances have been advanced sufficient to warrant an exception to the normal operation of Green Belt policy. As such the proposed development is contrary to policies GB1 and GB10 of the South Bucks District Local Plan (adopted in March 1999) and section 9 (Protecting Green Belt Land) of the NPPF.

Permission Refused

PL/20/0959/HB                  Stoke House, Grays Park Road, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4HX

Internal and external alterations to Stoke House.

Parish Comments:-  No Comment.

Listed Building Consent Granted

PL/20/0886/FA                   Yew Tree Cottage, Wexham Street, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL3 6NB

Alteration to existing residential studio to allow for a self-contained dwelling.

Parish Comments:-  Object. Policies H9 a) & b), H12 generally, GB2 b) & C) and EP3 a), b) & d) all apply as well as Appendix 8.

This proposal, if permitted would be likely to act as a precursor of further applications for similar types of development within this part of the Greenbelt, which the Planning Authority would find increasingly difficult to resist and which, which, cumulatively, would seriously prejudice the openness of the Greenbelt and the aims and objectives of Greenbelt policy.

Permission Refused

PL/20/1036/SA                   8 Ash Grove, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4AG

Application for a Certificate of Lawfulness:-  New Vehicular Access

Certificate Granted

PL/20/1257/FA – 89 Vine Road, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4DQ

Single storey front infill extension and garage conversion, alterations to windows/doors to rear elevation.

Parish Comments:- No comment.

Hereby Permits

PL/20/0873/FA                   27 Broom Hill, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4PU

Conversion of garage into habitable room and external alterations to create three parking spaces.

Parish Comments:-  Object: Planning history: 

Originally 1 house

Application for 4 terraced, Refused

Application for 3 terraced, Refused

Application for 2 houses, Granted SBDC acknowledged that houses were elevated so appeared higher in the street scene

Over development H9 EP3

Hereby Permits

PL/20/0226/FA                   12 Mobbs Close, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4FF

Re-location of front door and addition of a new front window and rear bi-fold doors and internal changes.

Parish Comments:-  Object Policy EP3 (d), GB1 1 & 3 apply.  This proposal, if permitted would be likely to act as a precursor of further applications for similar types of development within this part of the Greenbelt, which the Planning Authority would find increasingly difficult to resist and which, which, cumulatively, would seriously prejudice the openness of the Greenbelt and the aims and objectives of Greenbelt policy.

Hereby Permits

TREE PRESERVATION ORDERS

APPEALS