Agenda and minutes

Area Planning Sub-Committee South
Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping

Contact: Democratic Services Tel: (01992) 564243  Email:  democraticservices@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Media

Items
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73.

Webcasting Introduction

1.         This meeting is to be webcast;

 

2.         Members are reminded of the need to activate their microphones before speaking; and

 

3.         the Chairman will read the following announcement:

 

“I would like to remind everyone present that this meeting will be broadcast live to the internet (or filmed) and will be capable of repeated viewing (or another use by such third parties).

 

If you are seated in the public seating area it is likely that the recording cameras will capture your image and this will result in the possibility that your image will become part of the broadcast.

 

This may infringe your human and data protection rights and if you wish to avoid this you should speak the webcasting officer.”

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Minutes:

The Chairman made a short address to remind all present that the meeting would be broadcast on the Internet, and that the Council had adopted a protocol for the webcasting of its meetings.

74.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting of the Sub-Committee held on 29 January 2020. 

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Minutes:

            RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held 29 January 2020 be taken as read and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

75.

Declarations of Interest

To declare interests in any item on this agenda.

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Minutes:

(a)          Pursuant to the Council’s Code of Member Conduct, Councillor A Patel declared a non-pecuniary interest in the following item of the agenda by virtue of being the Commercial and Regulatory Services Portfolio Holder. The Councillor had determined that he would remain in the meeting for the consideration of the application and voting thereon:

 

·                     EPF/2126/19 – 202 High Road, Loughton.

76.

Any Other Business

Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, requires that the permission of the Chairman be obtained, after prior notice to the Chief Executive, before urgent business not specified in the agenda (including a supplementary agenda of which the statutory period of notice has been given) may be transacted.

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Minutes:

It was noted that there was no other urgent business for consideration by the Sub-Committee.

77.

Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version - Planning Policy Briefing Note

A Planning Policy Briefing Note (March 2018) has been produced by the Planning Policy Team to ensure that a consistent approach is taken to the provision of planning policy advice for the District, particularly in relation to the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version, which was published on 18 December 2017.

 

The primary purpose of the Planning Policy Briefing Note is to inform the development management process and to provide assistance for Development Management Officers, Councillors, applicants and planning agents. The Planning Policy Briefing Note is available at:

 

http://www.efdclocalplan.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Planning-Policy-Briefing-Note_Mar-2018.pdf

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Minutes:

It was noted that the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version Planning Policy Briefing note was available at:

http://www.efdclocalplan.org/wpcontent/uploads/2018/03/Planning-Policy-Briefing-Note_Mar-2018.pdf

78.

Site Visits

To identify and agree requirements for formal site visits to be held with regard to any planning application listed in this agenda, prior to consideration of the application.

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Minutes:

It was noted that the following formal site visit was requested by members, and agreed by the Committee, prior to the consideration and determination of the remaining applications.

 

·         EPF/1680/19 – 30 York Hill, Loughton.

 

 

79.

Planning Application - EPF/1680/19 - 30 York Hill, Lougton pdf icon PDF 206 KB

To consider the attached report.

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Minutes:

APPLICATION No:

EPF/1680/19

 

SITE ADDRESS:

30 York Hill

Loughton

Essex

IG10 1HT

 

PARISH:

Loughton

 

WARD:

Loughton St Johns

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSAL:

Proposed two storey side and rear extension.

 

DECISION:

Deferred

 

Click on the link below to view related plans and documents for this case:

http://planpub.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/NIM.websearch/ExternalEntryPoint.aspx?SEARCH_TYPE=1&DOC_CLASS_CODE=PL&FOLDER1_REF=625996

 

 

DEFERRED FOR SITE VISIT

80.

Planning Application EPF/2126/19 - 202 High Road, Lougton pdf icon PDF 325 KB

To consider the attached report.

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Minutes:

APPLICATION No:

EPF/2162/19

 

SITE ADDRESS:

202 High Road

Loughton

IG10 1ET

 

PARISH:

Loughton

 

WARD:

Loughton St Marys

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSAL:

Change of use from A3 to A5 (Including Air Extraction & Ventilation Details)

 

DECISION:

Deferred

 

Click on the link below to view related plans and documents for this case:

http://planpub.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/NIM.websearch/ExternalEntryPoint.aspx?SEARCH_TYPE=1&DOC_CLASS_CODE=PL&FOLDER1_REF=628058

 



DEFERRED FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

81.

Planning Application EPF/2411/19 - 65 Staples Road, Lougton pdf icon PDF 241 KB

To consider the attached report.

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Minutes:

APPLICATION No:

EPF/2411/19

 

SITE ADDRESS:

65 Staples Road

Loughton

IG10 1HR

 

PARISH:

Loughton

 

WARD:

Loughton St Marys

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSAL:

Proposed installation of x3 no. replacement windows to the front of the property.

 

 DECISION:

Refused

 

Click on the link below to view related plans and documents for this case:

http://planpub.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/NIM.websearch/ExternalEntryPoint.aspx?SEARCH_TYPE=1&DOC_CLASS_CODE=PL&FOLDER1_REF=629119

 

 

REASON  FOR REFUSAL

1

The proposed development, due to the design of the replacement windows, fails to take the opportunity to improve the character and quality of the conservation area, contrary to paragraph 130 of the National Planning Policy Framework, policy HC7 of the adopted Local Plan and Alterations, and policy DM 7 of the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version (2017).

 

82.

Planning Application - EPF/3016/19 - 140-142 Church Hill, Loughton pdf icon PDF 364 KB

To consider the attached report.

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Minutes:

APPLICATION No:

EPF/3016/19

 

SITE ADDRESS:

140-142

Church Hill

Loughton

IG10 1LJ

 

PARISH:

Loughton

 

WARD:

Loughton St Johns

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSAL:

Application for Variation of condition 1 of EPF/2015/19 to enable a variation in delivery and waste collection hours.

 

DECISION:

Grant Permission (With Conditions)

 

Click on the link below to view related plans and documents for this case:

http://planpub.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/NIM.websearch/ExternalEntryPoint.aspx?SEARCH_TYPE=1&DOC_CLASS_CODE=PL&FOLDER1_REF=631338

 

 

CONDITIONS



1

No deliveries or waste collections are to be made outside of the hours 07.30 and 20.00 hours Monday to Saturday. No deliveries or waste collections are to be made outside the hours of 16.30 to 18.30 on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

 

 

2

The use hereby permitted shall not be open to customers / members outside the hours of 8am to 10pm on Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

 

3

There shall be no external loudspeaker systems provided within the curtilage of the site. Any internal loudspeaker systems shall be such that at no time would the noise emanating therefrom exceed 45dbA, measured on the rear boundary of the site.

 

4

No access, either pedestrian or vehicular, shall be formed onto Millsmead Way

 

5

The proposed development should be carried out in accordance with the mitigation measures set in the noise report produced by Acoustics Consultants Ltd dated October 2019, reference : 7855/FD.

 

 

 

 

83.

Planning Application - EPF/3061/19 - 1 Fontayne Avenue, Chigwell pdf icon PDF 241 KB

To consider the attached report.

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Minutes:

 

APPLICATION No:

EPF/3061/19

 

SITE ADDRESS:

1 Fontayne Avenue

Chigwell

IG7 5HB

 

PARISH:

Chigwell

 

WARD:

Grange Hill

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSAL:

Proposed part single storey, part two storey side and rear extension. Loft conversion with rear dormer and a new front porch. (Revised application to EPF/2347/19).

 

DECISION:

Grant Permission (With Conditions)

 

Click on the link below to view related plans and documents for this case:

http://planpub.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/NIM.websearch/ExternalEntryPoint.aspx?SEARCH_TYPE=1&DOC_CLASS_CODE=PL&FOLDER1_REF=631558

 

CONDITIONS

 

1

The development hereby permitted must be begun not later than the expiration of three years beginning with the date of this notice.

 

2

The development hereby permitted will be completed and retained strictly in accordance with the approved drawings numbers: 527/PL/00, 527/PL/03 527/PL/04 Rev A, 527/PL/05 Rev A, 527/PL/06 Rev A, 527/PL/07 Rev A and 527/PL/08 Rev A.

 

3

Prior to preliminary ground works taking place, details of surface water disposal shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall be implemented in accordance with such agreed details.

 

4

Materials to be used for the external finishes of the proposed development shall match those of the existing building, except those stated on the approved plans.

 

5

The window openings in the upper storey flank elevation shall be entirely fitted with obscured glass with a minimum Level 3 obscurity and have fixed frames to a height of 1.7 metres above the floor of the room in which the window is installed and shall be permanently retained in that condition.

 

6

Access to the flat roof over the single storey extension hereby approved shall be for maintenance or emergency purposes only and the flat roof shall not be used as a seating area, roof garden, terrace, patio or similar amenity area.

 

7

Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, as amended, (or any other order revoking, further amending or re-enacting that Order) no window openings shall be inserted in the flank elevation without the prior written permission of the Local Planning Authority.

 

84.

Probity in Planning - Appeal Decisions, 1st April 2019 to 30st September 2019 pdf icon PDF 250 KB

To consider the attached report.

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Minutes:

The Sub-Committee received a report regarding Probity in Planning – Appeal Decisions 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019. In compliance with the recommendation of the District Auditor, the report advised the decision-making committee of the results of all successful allowed appeals (i.e. particularly those refused by committee contrary to officer recommendation).

 

The purpose of the report was to inform the Area Plans Sub-Committee South of the consequences of their decisions in this respect and, in cases where the refusal was found to be unsupportable on planning grounds, an award of costs might have been made against the Council.

 

Over the six-month period between 1 April 2019 and 30 September 2019, the Council received 56 decisions on appeals (54 of which were planning related appeals, the other two were enforcement related). Seven appeals out of 54 were allowed (13%). Broken down further, Committee reversals performed very well with only 2 out of 14 allowed (14.3%) and there was also a good officer delegated decisions performance of 5 out of 40 (12.5%) allowed.

 

Out of the planning appeals that arose from decisions of the Area Plans Sub-Committee South to refuse contrary to the recommendation put to them by officers during the 6-month period, one appeal was allowed against decisions made and three were dismissed. Out of 2 Enforcement Notice appeals, both were dismissed, but only one was of relevance to this Sub-Committee.

 

During this period, there were no successful award of costs against the Council.

 

Whilst performance in defending appeals at 22.6% appeared to be modest, there was no national comparison of authority performance. Members and officers were reminded that in refusing planning permission there needed to be justified reasons that in each case must be not only relevant and necessary, but also sound and defendable so as to avoid paying costs. This was more important now than ever given that a Planning Inspector or the Secretary of State could award costs, even if neither side had made an application for them. Whilst there was clearly pressure on Members to refuse in cases where there were objections from local residents, these views (and only when they were related to the planning issues of the case) were one of a number of relevant issues to balance out in order to understand the merits of the particular development being applied for.

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That the probity in Planning report covering the period 1 April 2019 to 30 September 2019 be noted.