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Current Applications and EWPC Responses

21/01390/TDC – Land at Hollington Lane – 2 houses

The objection of the Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council to any development on this site is well known.  However, given that the Inspector has confirmed development of the plot is acceptable, the present application for two houses rather than four (App. 21/00214/TDC) is far preferable and represents a much less cramped proposal, with much less impact on neighbouring properties, which is an improvement.

The Committee is aware that the Applicants are keen to progress this as soon as possible and note that our letter from BDBC of the 27th May was initially omitted from circulation.  We have endeavoured to assist the Applicants by bringing forward the Planning Committee meeting to 7th June, and hope that the Planning Officer will now be able to progress his consideration of the application.

Whilst the Committee support the presentation of two properties only on the application site, the following queries are raised:

1. Roof Lines: as mentioned in our comments for App. 21/00214/TDC, the roof lines of the proposed houses (especially Plot A) are too high in comparison to the worst impacted neighbouring properties (Scribblers and Hollington Corner).  Guideline 047 of the Village Design Statement states: “Development should take into account the visual impact in relation to the size, height and positioning of the plot and neighbouring buildings.”  It would not be difficult to reduce the roof heights and it is disappointing that they have not already been adjusted.

2. Position of the proposed buildings: neighbours’ comments regarding whether it might be possible to site the buildings closer to Hollington Lane are noted – this would have less impact on Scribblers and would provide longer rear gardens for each of the proposed properties.  That said, due regard must also be taken of the impact of Plot A on Hollington Corner.

The Committee also note there is a question regarding the accuracy of presentation of the buildings on plan, in relationship to the boundary with The Holt.  Repositioning of the buildings closer to Hollington Lane would facilitate longer rear gardens for both properties.

3. Treatment of all boundaries to the site: at time of the Committee meeting, no planting scheme had been submitted, pursuant to Basingstoke & Deane’s Landscape, Biodiversity and Trees Supplementary Planning Document (2018), S.6 of which is especially relevant (Trees, Woodlands and Hedgerows).  This is clearly important as the maintenance of privacy for existing and new properties on all boundaries must be upheld.

4. Drainage: at the time of the Committee meeting no proposals had been submitted for the drainage of the proposed houses. This is especially important having regard to the terrible flooding of Hollington Corner in 2013, as explained in Mr. Dumper’s letter to BDBC (date stamped by BDBC on 3 June 2021).

5. External lighting: at time of the Committee meeting no proposals had been submitted for the prevention of light spillage. Given the dark skies within the parish, any external lighting must be

respectful of the environment and limited in both timing and brightness. In accordance with Guideline 018 of the Village Design Statement: “External lighting should be selected to minimise light pollution of the night sky.  External lighting, including security and alarm lights, should be time switched to reduce both light pollution and annoyance to neighbours”.

6. At time of the Committee meeting no Biodiversity Management Plan had been submitted.

 

21/01315/FUL - Garden adjacent to Chancers Barn, Trade Street, Woolton Hill.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council object to the above application: 

A detailed and considered application has been presented – for land which is within the Settlement Policy Boundary of the Parish.  However, whilst the Committee appreciate the application is for a personal retirement home, which in this Parish are in short supply, the site is not suitable for development of the type proposed for the following reasons:

1.  The thin triangular shaped site is not big enough to suitably accommodate an additional building.  No Site Plan has been submitted – which would show the position of the new building, its relationship with the site boundaries and with the existing house – all of which are too tight to be acceptable. 

2.   For the above reason the Planning Committee would encourage a site visit which will confirm that the proposal is not appropriate for the site.  All members of the Committee have visited or viewed the site, and are in agreement that it would be cramped and not provide acceptable amenity for the proposed new or the existing property.  Further, it would not be a congruous addition to the street scene.

3.  To build on this ‘land’ which, in reality, is the garden to the existing house, would leave a 4 bedroom house with almost no garden – certainly not any garden of the size traditionally expected with a 4 bedroom house.

4.  The height of the proposed new building – whilst continuing the ribbon development seen in Trade Street – is still unacceptable on this small plot and would accentuate the cramped development in a way which is out of keeping with the East Woodhay Village Design Statement.

5.  The use of the proposed car turntable is innovative, but again supports the Committee’s view that the total land available and to be shared between the existing and the proposed new building is not large enough.

6.  Further the use of the turntable indicates that there will be no visitor parking on the site. On street parking is very tight along this part of the Trade Street, causing a considerable amount of congestion during the Doctors’ Surgery hours.  Yet here is a newly planned car exit within a few yards of the on-road parking allocated to visitors to the Surgery.  This will create an even more potentially dangerous situation for road users and pedestrians alike.

7.  Trade Street has a semi-rural character with houses typically set back from the road behind boundary hedges. Many dwellings sit within large plots with generous street gaps between buildings that contribute to a sense of spaciousness.  The recent removal of a large mature laurel hedge running along the side of the Chancers Barn garden (presumably to increase the size of the plot) and its replacement with wood panel fencing has already marred the visual amenity of the street scene.

The Planning Committee would also make the following general points:

a) Whilst BDBC may be under pressure to deliver more housing, East Woodhay Parish has more than satisfied its quota, delivering a substantial new stock of housing. This has been confirmed by BDBC in their Authority Monitoring Report 2019-2020 (see Section 5.120 and Table 5.28 (at Page 76)).

b) The Neighbourhood Plan will shortly start its section 14 consultation process (Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012).  This proposal does not fit with the spirit of that Neighbourhood Plan or with the Local Plan.

c) Reference to the Appeal Decision on Land at Hollington Lane is not relevant to this application – each has to be judged on its own merits.  That said, of more relevance is the recent decision to decline the Appeal on The Old Shop in Trade Street (20/00076/REF) where the Inspector has commented that, “The appeal site is located in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  Paragraph 172 of the Framework states that great weight should be given to conserving or enhancing landscape and scenic beauty in, among other areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which  have the highest status of protection in relation to these matters.”.  The land adjacent to Chancers Barn under discussion here is just a few doors down from the Appeal site mentioned above and represents an equally unsuitable and cramped proposal.  

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council object to the above application as outlined above.   

 

20/03595/OUT - Land at Yew Tree Cottage, Mount Road, Woolton Hill, RG20 9QZ.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council object to the above application.  Whilst we appreciate the application is for smaller homes, which in this Parish are in short supply, the site is outside the Settlement Policy Boundary (SPB) and, thus, in the countryside which is also in increasingly short supply. 

The Planning Committee would also make the following points:

a)  Whilst BDBC may be under pressure to deliver more housing, East Woodhay Parish has more than satisfied its quota, delivering a substantial stock of new housing. This has been confirmed by BDBC in their Authority Monitoring Report 2019-2020 (see Section 5.120 and Table 5.28 (at Page 76)).

b)  This proposed development would constitute continued development in the countryside,  outside the agreed SPB. The Parish Council and our community agreed the Woolton Hill SPB in the Local Plan in order to contain development within that boundary and thereby protect the countryside and the AONB. Further development would not only undermine the very purpose of the SPB, but effectively ignore it altogether, making the SPB and community involvement in agreeing it entirely redundant.

c)  This Parish Council is trying to prevent further urbanisation of the countryside within our Parish – this and other development proposals of this type in the area, do not fit with the spirit of the Local Plan or the Neighbourhood Plan which is in preparation.  Nor do they fit with the East Woodhay Village Design Statement.   

 d) Following the number of applications for development that have been made, apart from exceptional circumstances, the Committee can no longer support applications for building on sites within the Parish but outside the SPB.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council object to the above application as outlined above and to ensure consistency across the Parish. 

 

21/01318/HSE - Knights Cottage, Knights Lane, Ball Hill, RG20 0NP.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council has no objection to the above application, but would comment that had the application included floodlights they would not have been considered appropriate for residential property.

 

21/01285/HSE - 16 Harwood Rise, Woolton Hill, RG20 9XW.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council has no objection to or comments to make upon the above application.

 

T/00217/21/TPO - 13 Meadowbrook, Woolton Hill, RG20 9AN.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council is content to leave the decision in the above matter to the expertise of the Tree Officer.

 

T/00232/21/TPO - 74 Harwood Rise, Woolton Hill, RG20 9XZ.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council is content to leave the decision in the above matter to the expertise of the Tree Officer.

 

21/01098/HSE - Half Acre House, Tile Barn Row, Woolton Hill.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council has no inherent objection to the above application as the proposed garage is more appropriately located.  However, the Committee would question the appropriateness of the height of the new building and observe that a slightly lower ridge height would probably more sympathetic to the surroundings.

 

21/01417/TENO – Land at corner of Tile Barn Row and Woolton Hill Road, Woolton Hill. Proposed 18m phase 8 monopole C/W wraparound cabinet at base and associated ancillary works.

East Woodhay Parish Council strongly object to this application, for the following reasons.

  1. Woolton Hill is a rural village located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The erection of an 18 metre phone mast in the middle of the village would completely destroy the visual amenity which this location affords to the local community.
  2. The NPPF (July 2018) provides at paragraph 113 that where new sites are required for this type of equipment they should be sympathetically designed and camouflaged where appropriate. The proposed site is exposed on all sides, apart from some trees on the north side. It is also very small, measuring approximately 8 metres by 5 metres, and is situated on the corner of a junction of three roads. At best, it is therefore a massive understatement for the applicant to suggest that although “there will be an intensification of the amount of equipment (additional monopole and associated cabinets in the area) it is felt that such a minor increase would not detract from the area in which the proposal sits”. It is inconceivable that an 18 metre phone mast and associated grey (not even green!) cabinets would have anything other than a seriously deleterious impact on the area in which the proposed mast would stand.
  3. Contrary to the applicant’s assertion that the “site benefits from the screening from the trees adjacent”, those trees would provide little, if any, screening at all. The mast would stand in front of them and, as the applicant accepts, they are in any event considerably shorter than the height of the proposed mast.
  4. The applicant also asserts that their selection process was “influenced by the numerous vertical elements of street furniture distributed around the vicinity of the site including street lighting columns”. This suggests to us that the selection process was not rigorous, because there are no such “vertical elements” or “street lighting columns” in that area of the village.  Indeed, no street lighting columns are visible from the site.
  5. Of further concern is the applicant’s statement that “[S]ite sharing is not an option”. Why not? Again, this suggests to us that insufficient consideration has been given to alternative sites.

For these reasons the Planning Committee recommend refusal of this application.

 

21/01151/LBC - Woolton House, Woolton Hill, RG20 9TZ.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council has no objection to or comments to make upon the above application.

21/01119/HSE - West View, Woolton Hill Road, Ball Hill, RG20 0NY.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council has no objection to or comments to make upon the above application.

 

20/03610/FUL - 21 Woolton Lodge Gardens, Woolton Hill, RG20 9SU.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council has no objection to or comments to make upon the above application.

 

20/03609/FUL - 19 Woolton Lodge Gardens, Woolton Hill, RG20 9SU.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council has no objection to or comments to make upon the above application.

 

21/01286/HSE - Tall Trees, Gore End Road, Ball Hill, RG20 0PG.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council has no objection to or comments to make upon the above application.

 

21/01064/HSE - Cottage Farm House, North End Road, North End.

The Planning Committee of East Woodhay Parish Council has no objection to or comments to make upon the above application.