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Stoke Poges Parish Council

Planning Committee - Meeting Minutes

Monday 17th July 2023


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Introduction

MINUTES OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 17 JULY 2023 AT 7.30PM IN THE LIONEL RIGBY ROOM AT THE VILLAGE CENTRE, ROGERS LANE, STOKE POGES, SL2 4LP

Present:- Cllr Carter (Chair), Cllr Finan, Cllr Knox-Scott and Mrs Rawlings
In Attendance:- Mrs J Simmonds (Clerk)

Agenda Items

029/PL/23 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. 

None

030/PL/23 Apologies for Absence

APOLOGIES were received from Cllr Crocker and Mr Harris.

031/PL/23 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

032/PL/23 Minutes

RESOLVED to approve the Minutes of the Planning Meeting held on 19 June 2023 which were signed by the Chairman.

033/PL/23 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.

034/PL/23 NOTED Planning Decisions, Enforcements and Appeals.

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

035/PL/23 Councillors/Members Update

Cllr Bassi asked why not all applications sent on the weekly list from County appear at our meetings.  It was explained that some were Certificate of Lawfulness applications which are not consulted or require comments.  A list of all application types was circulated.

Mr Rawlings reported that he had spotted a moth in oak trees in Stoke Common and that they had been removed.

036/PL/23 Correspondence

037/PL/23 Neighbourhood Plan

Cllr Carter updated that we now have a timeline to the formal consultation.  A final presentation is being given next week by the consultant to the Parish Council and working party.

038/PL/23 Exclusion of the Press & Public

Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 RESOLVED to 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.

039/PL/23 Outstanding Enforcements See Appendix 4. 

None

040/PL/23 NOTED Next meeting date:  14 August 2023

APPENDIX 1

DELEGATED DECISIONS 

APPENDIX 2

NEW PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

PL/23/1936/KA Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens, Church Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4PB

G342 Laurel – remove, T274 Cedar – remove, T77 Oak – Fell (Stoke Park Conservation Area).

Parish Comments:- No objection subject to the Tree Officer's report.

PL/23/1779/FA Huntsmoor, Templewood Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 3HW

Change of use of a pool house with permitted development to an annex to the main home with access remaining via the main driveway.

Parish Comments:- Object, Appendix 8, 8.1, 8.2 & 8.3 apply.  

Parish Comments:- Object, Appendix 8, 8.1, 8.2 & 8.3 which states that an annex should be integral to the main dwelling.

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, cumulatively, would seriously prejudice the openness of the Greenbelt and the aims and objectives of Greenbelt policy. 

We endorse the forestry commissions comments and agree with The Planning authority that there is lack of an ecology report. 

PL/23/1963/FA Sri Guru Singh Sabha Sports Ground, Stoke Poges Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks 

Extension of existing 2 x Astro turf pitch as well as an additional third pitch and installation of lighting.

Parish Comments:- Object policy R8 applies, and is contrary to the NPPF section 99. 

We believe that this is an important section of Green Belt as it is the only Green Belt between Slough and South Bucks so is strategically key in defining South Bucks from the urbanisation of Slough.

The addition of floodlighting will be detrimental to dark skies, bats and wildlife and will have a negative impact on the new Country Park being built by Buckinghamshire Council.  

The addition of mesh fencing will detract from the openness of the GB and we see no demonstration of special circumstances to add these structures.

The proposal mentions playing football until 23.00 hours, the intensification of use of the site will attract more traffic movements and parking to a site that already experiences parking issues especially at the weekends with the existing two pitches being used. Another pitch will further exacerbate the situation.

PL/23/2080/FA 1 Pennylets Green, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4BU

Part two, part single storey read and side and front porch extensions.

Parish Comments:- Object, Policies H9 (a) & (b) and EP3 (a), (b), (d) and (f) apply as well as Appendix 6, Class C3 requires that four bedrooms or more require three parking spaces, this property currently has off street parking for 2 vehicles one being the garage which will be lost to this application leaving one space.  The proposal of the new porch will further exacerbate the lack of parking spaces.  The proposal shows a four bedroom house plus a wardrobe which is the size of a bedroom making this into a 4/5 bedroom house. 

AMENDED PLANS

PLANS FOR INFORMATION ONLY

PL/23/1771/EU Moonraker, Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, SL2 4PJ

Lawful development certificate for an existing use or operation or activity including those in breach of a planning condition Certificate of lawfulness for existing 7 small individual timber framed buildings for housing a small private animal collection to include garden shed, temporary tortoise enclosure, store, small mammal enclosure, wetland bird confine and garden office. 

The Council has received an application for the development described above. This is not a planning application, but an application that seeks to demonstrate that the use or the building works, as described above, are "lawful". The applicant must show that the ‘use’ that is the subject of the application has been continuous for more than 10 years or that the ‘building works’ the subject of the application have been substantially complete for more than 4 years, prior to the date of the application. If you have any personal knowledge of how long the use has been carried on and whether the character of the use has changed at all, or, in the case of building works, when those works were completed, the Council would like to hear from you. As this is not a planning application, I must emphasise that the Council is not considering the planning merits of the case. The Council therefore cannot take into account in determining this type of application, whether the use or the building work the subject of the application is, or is not, acceptable, it is purely a legal judgement based on the evidence.

Parish Comments:- Object, this house was built int 2012 and until it was sold in 2022 is was used solely as a residential home with no additional outbuildings, internal fencing or lighting, and certainly no storage or housing of animals.  Animals have only been there since May 2022. 

TREE PRESERVATION ORDERS

APPENDIX 3

PLANNING DECISIONS

PL/23/1073/FA 14 Elizabeth Way, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4LQ

Double storey rear extension and proposed two vehicular accesses for in and out drive.

Planning Comments:- Object, policies H9, EP3 and TR7 11.57 apply.

Elizabeth Way is a small narrow Cut de Sac. There is already pressure on parking. All cars currently park on the pavements. The proposed drive in drive out would remove much needed spaces. By way of design, in the context of the sites surroundings, the proposed drive in and drive out accesses would adversely affect the character and amenities of the street scene and the locality in general, and would fail to respond positively to the features of the site itself and the surrounding context.  The proposal would therefore fail to comply with policies EP3 and H9 of the South Bucks District Local Plan (adopted March 1999) as well as CP8 of the South Bucks Core Strategy Development Plan Document and would be contrary to the above provisions of the Local Plan, NPPF and National Design Guide.

This proposal, if permitted would be likely to act as a precursor of further applications for similar types of development which the Planning Authority would find increasingly difficult to resist. Please note: There is a mature Oak Tree in the rear garden which needs protection with a TPO and the Tree Officer has been advised. We believe this tree is in danger of being removed. 

Hereby permits

PL/23/1685/KA The Old Cottage, Hollybush Hill, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4QN

Cherry - fell. (Framewood Road Conservation Area).

Parish Comments:- Object, Insufficient information, no photos or a valid reason to remove this tree.  The Parish Council will not support the removal of a healthy tree.

It is considered that this tree does not pose a significant risk of harm and the application to fell it has not been properly justified.  The tree has amenity and ecological value and its retention is justified.  To feel the tree would therefore be contrary to policy L10 of the South Bucks District Local Plan (adopted March 1999).

No TPO Required

PL/23/0768/FA The Stoke Poges School , Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, SL2 4LN 

Extension of rubber mulch surfacing on school field

Parish Comments:- No Comment.

Hereby Permits

PL/23/1527/RM Vodafone Telecommunications Base Station, Templewood Lane, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire.

Installation of a new sharable 30m lattice mast co-located with an existing mast approximately 35m to the east of the site, installation of 6no. cabinets, 6no. antennas on 1no. headframe, 2no. 600mm diameter transmission link dishes and ancillary development thereto.

Parish Comments:- Object, Polices EP18 (a), (b) & (c), GB1 (i), (ii) & (IV) apply as well as section 15 of the NPPF 170 (a) & (b).

Prior approval for the siting and appearance of the proposed installation is required, and objections are raised to the proposed siting and appearance of the installation in relation to the prior notification under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015, as amended.  The proposed telecommunication mast would be sited in a prominent location where it would be visible within the open countryside in a sensitive Green Belt location.  Given its height and bulky form the proposed lattice tower (and associated equipment) are of an urban and particularly insensitive design and would be highly visible when viewed from the surrounding area, thus appearing visually intrusive to the detriment of the sensitive open countryside location.  It would also significantly intrude on the skyline in the surrounding area.  Also, greater consideration/justification in relation to the suitability of other nearby sites could have been provided the proposal is contrary to policies GB1, EP3 and EP18 of the South Bucks District Local Plan (adopted March 1999) and section 15 of the NPPF.  As such the proposal would adversely affect the character and appearance of the area and the application for prior approval under the Town and Country (General Permitted development) Order 2015, as amended.

WITHDRAWN

ENFORCEMENTS

NOTED APPEALS

PL/22/2280/FA  6 Penn Meadow Stoke Poges Buckinghamshire SL2 4EB

Erection of detached dwelling; part demolition and single storey rear extension to existing dwelling with associated vehicular access and hardstanding.

Highways: In terms of parking, I am aware that the proposed 2-bedroom dwelling would require 2 spaces, and the existing 4-bedroom dwelling would require 3 spaces to be provided. 

Parish Comments: - Object: TR (d) not enough parking provision for the property and would result in on-street parking.

Refused

Written Reps by 25 July 2023

Meeting ended at 8.42pm.