Planning Committee

Agenda

HASSOCKS PARISH COUNCIL

To: All Members of the Planning Committee (Cllrs Jane Baker, Carolyn Barton, Kristian Berggreen, Robert Brewer, Leslie Campbell, Bill Hatton, Claire Tester and Nick Owens) with copies to all other Councillors for information.

A virtual meeting of the PLANNING COMMITTEE will be held on Monday 26 April 2021 at 7.30pm.

Parish Clerk
20 April 2021

AGENDA

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. Disclosure by Councillors of personal and/or pecuniary interests in matters on the agenda and whether the Councillors regard their interest as prejudicial/pecuniary under the terms of the Code of Conduct.

3. MINUTES. To accept Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday 6 April 2021 (previously circulated).

4. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

5. NEARLY ZERO ENERGY BUILDINGS. Members are invited to agree responses to applicable Planning Applications regarding Policy 5 of the Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan. (Appendix 1)

6. PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSES TO PLANNING APPLICATIONS. Members are invited to consider alternative wording for responding to Planning Applications. (Appendix 2)

7. APPLICATIONS (copies of each application can be viewed online via the Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) Website – https://pa.midsussex.gov.uk/online-applications/)

7.1 DM/21/0085 17 Semley Road Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8PD Construction of front eevation 1st floor dormer window with rear elevation shower room and rear ground floor kitchen extension. Amended plans received 29/03/2021 showing altered position for the front dormer inset off the side elevation and addition of high level shower room window in rear elevation.

7.2 DM/21/0052 8 Bonny Wood Road Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8HR Demolition of existing sunroom and detached garage building. Creation of first floor in roof space with front facing dormer and two storey rear extension. Single storey side extension. Amended plans received 04.03.2021 showing reduction in depth of first floor rear extension and change to roof form and 2 no. dormer windows to front roof slope. Amended site plans received. Amended existing and proposed elevations received 23.03.2021 and 19.03.2021 showing correct height of dwelling.

7.3 DM/21/1201 3 Ewart Close Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8FJ Yew Tree – Reduce branches at 1.2m high and below by 3m.

7.4 DM/21/1232 27 Clayton Avenue Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8HD Reduce branches overhanging neighbours back to approximately 1 metre from the fence line.

7.5 DM/21/1309 3 Highlands Close Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8LD Hip to gable rear roof extension with flat roof dormer on each side to create first floor. Erection of a dummy pitched roof single storey rear extension. Alterations to window and door positions and types. (LDC).

7.6 SDNP/21/01671/FUL St John The Baptists Church Underhill Lane Clayton BN6 9PQ Provision of metal handrail to church path from Lynch gate to porch and at steps adjacent to Lynch gate.

7.7 DM/21/1308 14 Flowers Close Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8FF  Proposed single storey rear extension. |

7.8 DM/21/1277 13 Damian Way Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8BH   Replace obscure glass with clear glass in both panes of one window on south facing side dormer.

7.9 DM/21/1459  The Old Thatch 15 Lodge Lane Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8LU T1 Ash Tree – Fell.

7.10 DM/21/1394 24 Clayton Avenue Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8HD Loft conversion and re roof existing dwelling.

7.11 DM/21/0671  41 Downs View Road Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8HY  (Amended plans and description 26.03.2021) Extension and alterations to provide an enlarged front porch, garage conversion and front pitched roof, and rear extension to provide bedroom/home office above extended kitchen with new cladding and additional small area of hard standing to drive.

7.12. DM/21/1435 50 Friars Oak Road Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8PY  Pitched roof porch extension to the front elevation.

8. APPLICATIONS FOR DISCHARGE OF PLANNING CONDITIONS.

8.1 Discharge of conditions 5, 8 and 9 of application DM/20/3160 Land Rear Of 16 The Quadrant Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8BP Ref. No: DM/21/1212

9. DECISION NOTICES.

10. TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE APPLICATION. Members are invited to consider whether Hassocks Parish Council wishes to make any comments regarding an application to Mid Sussex District Council for a Temporary Road Closure from 16.00hrs to 20.00hrs on Friday 3rd December 2021 for the Light up Hassocks event to take place. (Appendix 3)

11. Urgent Matters at the discretion of the Chairman for noting and/or inclusion on a future agenda.

12. Date of Next Meeting: Monday 17 May 2021 at 7.30pm

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APPENDIX 1

To: Planning Committee                 Date: 26 April 2021
Contact for this report: Cllr Nick Owens
Subject: Agenda Item 5 –Neighbourhood Plan Policy 5 Nearly Zero Energy Buildings


1. In previous meetings references to the Neighbourhood Plan Policy 5 have been applied in an ad hoc or inconsistent way on occasions, and it may not have been clear to applicants and MSDC why NP5 is important. Recent changes to legislation give the Committee both reason and opportunity to clarify this.

2. Members are invited to consider a proposal that one of the three following paragraphs be attached to relevant applications for new build homes, new build (other) and extensions /alterations respectively to give applicants a steer as to how they may need to amend their application in order for it to be satisfactorily consistent with HNP Policy 5.

i. Standard Paragraph for New Buildings that are dwellings
The applicant is advised that Regulation 25B of the Building Regulations came into force on 31st December 2020 for dwellings (and on 31st December 2019 for buildings that are not dwellings), which requires all new buildings to be ‘Nearly Zero Energy’. This is supported by Policy 5 ‘Enabling Zero Carbon’ of the Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan which states that proposals will be supported that maximise the opportunity to include sustainable design features, providing any adverse local impacts can be made acceptable. These requirements may require amendments to your design which could affect the drawings submitted for planning permission. The applicant may wish to note that new buildings that are built to a Nearly Zero Energy standard, are unlikely to need further retrofitting to minimise the carbon emissions that the nation is required to reduce to zero by 2050. Examples of Nearly Zero Energy standards that have been found to be both energy efficient and resistant to overheating, can be found in the Passivhaus standard published by the Passivhaus Trust, and in the LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide published by the London Energy Transformation Initiative – the LETI guide is supported by the GLC and London Boroughs. The Government has not yet concluded on the precise definition of its Future Homes Standard that is to be introduced by 2025: it may be close to the Passivhaus and LETI standards.

ii. Standard Paragraph for Alterations and Extensions to dwellings
The applicant is advised that Government has committed to adopt a ‘Future Buildings Standard’ during 2021 which will change the Building Regulations requirements for alterations and extensions to homes to bring these alterations closer to that of a ‘zero energy building’. This is supported by Policy 5 ‘Enabling Zero Carbon’ of the Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan which states that proposals that modify existing buildings (including extensions) should seek to maximise the inclusion of energy-saving measures and renewable energy generation. Energy saving measures include floor, roof and wall insulation, and low u-value windows (which may need to be triple glazed). These requirements may require amendments to your design which could affect the drawings submitted for planning permission. The applicant may wish to note that alterations that are built to a Nearly Zero Energy standard, are unlikely to need further retrofitting to minimise the carbon emissions that the nation is required to reduce to zero by 2050. As retrofitting an existing home to be highly energy efficient is more complex than doing so for a new building, applicants may wish to look at the ‘EnerPHit’ standard that the Government is understood to be considering as the applicable “Nearly
Zero Energy’ standard in this context, or at the Architypes published by the London Energy Transformation Initiative for u-values for your extension walls, windows etc. and for ventilation and overheating prevention standards to be achieved.

3. OFFICER RECOMMENDATION. Members are invited to consider the approving the application of the above two paragraphs in response to appropriate relevant planning applications, in addition to specific comments that members may wish to make.


APPENDIX 2

To: Planning Committee                                      Date: 26 April 2021
Contact for this report: Cllr Claire Tester
Subject: Agenda Item 6 – Parish Council Responses to Planning Applications.


1. Hassocks Parish Council responds to planning applications with ‘recommend approval’ or ‘recommend refusal’. This paper has been prepared to inform a discussion about whether this is the best way to respond in future.

2. Survey of Other Parish Councils in Mid Sussex
In Mid Sussex most (13/19) Parish Councils respond to planning applications with ‘objection’ or ‘no objection’. Hurstpierpoint & Sayers Common responds with ‘recommend permission is granted’ or ‘recommend permission is refused’. Fulking responds with ‘for’ or ‘against; Poynings with ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ and Newtimber does not seem to respond at all (probably because it doesn’t have many planning applications and is a Parish Meeting so has no delegated powers).
Of the 3 Town Councils, Haywards Heath responds with ‘objection’, ‘no objection’ or ‘no comments’; Burgess Hill responds with ‘recommend approval’ or ‘recommend refusal’ and East Grinstead responds with ‘would support approval’ or ‘would support refusal’.
The terms ‘objection’ or ‘no objection’ are also commonly used by other statutory consultees such as WSCC Highways because they indicate the impact of a proposal on the specific matters that they are responsible for, without appearing to comment on the overall merits of an application.

3. What Difference Does It make?
Town and Parish Councils are statutory consultees on planning matters, but they are not the decision-makers. Decisions on planning applications are made by Mid Sussex District Council or the South Downs National Park Authority as Local Planning Authorities (or at appeal by the Planning Inspectorate or the Secretary of State). It is important to recognise this in the terms used to respond so that applicants and the public are not given a false impression.

It is also important to recognise that the Parish Council may not have all the information or expertise necessary to make a firm recommendation on what decision should be made. Planning applications are often accompanied by very technical reports and the Parish Council is unlikely to have the expertise to know whether these are accurate or robust. It could recommend approval for an application only for the Local Planning Authority to refuse planning permission due to an inadequate ecological or drainage report for instance.

Parish Councillors are also not able to access private land without the owner’s consent and most planning applications are commented on without visiting sites. There have been occasions where the Parish Council has responded ‘recommend approval’ but the case officer has subsequently refused planning permission or required amendments due to impact on neighbours. Not all neighbours will object if proposals are likely to cause such adverse impacts – either because they don’t want to upset their neighbours or because they haven’t seen or don’t understand the implications of the plans.

Whilst such discrepancies may not make any difference to the decision on the planning application, they may damage the reputation of the Parish Council if it has recommended approval of an application which is subsequently shown to be flawed or have an adverse impact on neighbours.

In contrast the term ‘no objection’ does not imply that the planning application should be permitted, just that the Parish Council knows no reason for objecting to it.

4. OFFICER RECOMMENDATION. Members are invited to consider whether Hassocks Parish Council wishes to continue with the existing responses of Recommend Approval or Refusal, or whether an alternative format should be agreed.


APPENDIX 3

Draft order

LIGHT UP HASSOCKS

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972, SECTION 180

TOWN POLICE CLAUSES ACT 1847, SECTION 21

 

MID SUSSEX DISTRICT COUNCIL

(TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER) 2021

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Mid Sussex District Council, in pursuance of their powers under the above Acts have ordered and directed that as:

 

Keymer Road (B2116) from Woodsland Road to Wilmington Close including the junctions with:-


Chancellors Park
Downs View Road
Parklands Road
Grand Avenue
Dale Avenue

 will be thronged and liable to be obstructed, that the aforesaid streets, and parts of streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic (including pedal cycles and horses) between the hours of 16.00hrs to 20.00hrs on Friday 3rd December 2021 or such lesser period as may be required for the Light up Hassocks to take place.

PROVIDED THAT this temporary closure is subject to any direction, which may be given by a police constable in uniform.

Wilful breach of this Order renders offenders liable to a penalty not exceeding Twenty Pounds.

 

Date……………………………          ………………………………………….                                                                                                     

                                                      Head of Regulatory Services

Mid Sussex District Council logo logo 

Information
Applicant’s Details
Name Mr Bernard O’Rourke
Address Hassocks
Phone
Email
Group / Organisation applying for temporary road closure Sussex Vale Rotary
Event Details
Event Light Up Hassocks
Road(s) to be closed Keymer Road (B2116) from Woodsland Road to Wilmington Close including the junctions with:-
Chancellors Park
Downs View Road
Parklands Road
Grand Avenue
Dale Avenue
Please upload map here https://forms.midsussex.gov.uk/upload_dld.php?fileid=5854bae57a4e1d135b8231b0f0eae5dd
Closure Details
Date of closure 03/12/2021
Time of closure (NOT before 6 am or after midnight) From 04:00 PM
To 08:00 PM
Kindly confirm that you will be contacting the frontagers and any other persons affected by the closure Yes
Insurance
Name and Address of Insurance Company Ecclesiatical Insurance c/o Barlett Brokers Leeds LS18 4RS
Policy Number
Notes for Organisers
I agree to these notes for Organisers Agree

 

 

Minutes

HASSOCKS PARISH COUNCIL

Draft Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held virtually on
Monday 26 April 2021 at 7.30pm

Attendees: Parish Councillors: Jane Baker, Carolyn Barton, Kristian Berggreen, Bob Brewer, Leslie Campbell, Nick Owens and Claire Tester.

In Attendance: Deputy Clerk: Tracy Forte; 5 members of the public.

P20/193 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.  There were no apologies for absence.

P20/194 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. Cllr Barton declared a pecuniary and personal interest in application DM/21/1309 3 Highlands Close Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8LD.

P20/195 MINUTES. It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 6 April 2021, be signed by the Chair as a true and accurate record of the meeting.

P20/196 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.  3 members of the public were already present at the meeting but did not wish to speak and a further 2 members joined during public participation who wished to speak.

P20/196.1 Jenny Weinstein spoke regarding item 5 – Nearly Zero Energy Buildings.  Ms Weinstein informed the Committee that she was concerned about the lack of action being taken by the government and local councils despite many declaring a climate emergency. She stated that unless action is taken, net zero could never be reached. Therefore she expressed her support of the proposal for the Parish Council to use the opportunity to encourage zero carbon homes when considering planning applications.

P20/196.2 Jay Bishop of Bonnywood Road, spoke in opposition to DM/21/0052 8 Bonny Wood Road Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8HR.  Mr Bishop informed the Committee that the most recent amendments to the proposed application are in response to a query raised by himself regarding the roof height shown on the original plans.  The roof height for both the existing and proposed dwelling was shown as being higher than it should have been.  This was acknowledged as being incorrect and has been amended to show the correct roof height in the current plans.  Mr Bishop told the Committee that other than this correction, he was not aware of any other amendments since the last submission.

P20/197 NEARLY ZERO ENERGY BUILDINGS.  Cllr Nick Owens introduced the report which had formed Appendix 1 of the agenda, inviting Members to consider a proposal that one of two paragraphs be attached to relevant applications for new build homes, and extensions /alterations respectively to give applicants a steer as to how they may need to amend their application in order for it to be satisfactorily consistent with HNP Policy 5.

Cllr Owens asked Members to note two errors on paragraph 2 of the original report.  It should have stated ‘one of the following two paragraphs’ rather than ‘three’, and ‘new build (other)’ in the second line should have been deleted.

Members discussed this proposal in detail and were supportive of this.  Cllr Owens explained that the aim was to draw the attention of applicants for new builds to the legal requirements for building to zero energy standards, and to provide direction to guidance on how to achieve this.  For applicants of alterations or extensions, the requirements were not yet mandatory, however Cllr Owens invited Members to note the discrepancy between Building Regulations and Planning Legislation in this matter, and that it is more economical to build an extension to zero energy standards rather than trying to implement changes retrospectively, and therefore the aim is to encourage applicants to consider how to reach zero energy standards by providing direction to further advice and guidance.

A query was raised as to how this information would reach applicants given that the response is submitted to the relevant Planning Authority.  It was noted that the Parish comments would be included on the planning portal for applicants to read and would most likely be included in an Officer’s report.  The aim is also to raise awareness and to encourage MSDC in particular to produce a clear energy efficient Design Guide.  Cllr Owens informed the Committee that he hoped HPC along with other local parishes and towns would be able to engage with MSDC to develop a guide.  It was noted that the Neighbourhood Plan Committee could work towards this aim.

P20/197.1 Following the discussion, Members voted on the proposal and it was RESOLVED that the following two paragraphs would be applied in response to appropriate relevant planning applications in addition to specific comments that the Committee may wish to make.

i. Standard Paragraph for New Buildings

The applicant is advised that Regulation 25B of the Building Regulations came into force on 31st December 2020 for dwellings (and on 31st December 2019 for buildings that are not dwellings), which requires all new buildings to be ‘Nearly Zero Energy’.  This is supported by Policy 5 ‘Enabling Zero Carbon’ of the Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan which states that proposals will be supported that maximise the opportunity to include sustainable design features, providing any adverse local impacts can be made acceptable.  These requirements may require amendments to your design which could affect the drawings submitted for planning permission. The applicant may wish to note that new buildings that are built to a Nearly Zero Energy standard, are unlikely to need further retrofitting to minimise the carbon emissions that the nation is required to reduce to zero by 2050.  Examples of Nearly Zero Energy standards that have been found to be both energy efficient and resistant to overheating, can be found in the Passivhaus standard published by the Passivhaus Trust, and in the LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide published by the London Energy Transformation Initiative – the LETI guide is supported by the GLC and London Boroughs.  The Government has not yet concluded on the precise definition of its Future Homes Standard that is to be introduced by 2025: it may be close to the Passivhaus and LETI standards.

ii. Standard Paragraph for Alterations and Extensions to dwellings

The applicant is advised that Government has committed to adopt a ‘Future Buildings Standard’ during 2021 which will change the Building Regulations requirements for alterations and extensions to homes to bring these alterations closer to that of a ‘zero energy building’.  This is supported by Policy 5 ‘Enabling Zero Carbon’ of the Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan which states that proposals that modify existing buildings (including extensions) should seek to maximise the inclusion of energy-saving measures and renewable energy generation.  Energy saving measures include floor, roof and wall insulation, and low u-value windows (which may need to be triple glazed).  These requirements may require amendments to your design which could affect the drawings submitted for planning permission. The applicant may wish to note that alterations that are built to a Nearly Zero Energy standard, are unlikely to need further retrofitting to minimise the carbon emissions that the nation is required to reduce to zero by 2050.  As retrofitting an existing home to be highly energy efficient is more complex than doing so for a new building, applicants may wish to look at the ‘EnerPHit’ standard that the Government is understood to be considering as the applicable “Nearly Zero Energy’ standard in this context, or at the Architypes published by the London Energy Transformation Initiative for u-values for your extension walls, windows etc. and for ventilation and overheating prevention standards to be achieved.

One member of the public left the meeting.

P20/198 PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSES TO PLANNING APPLICATIONS.  Cllr Claire Tester introduced the report which had formed Appendix 2 of the agenda inviting Members to consider whether Hassocks Parish Council wished to continue with the existing responses of Recommend Approval or Refusal, or whether an alternative format would be more appropriate.

A detailed discussion followed enabling Members to consider the reasoning behind the current terminology used.  It was noted that the Parish is a Statutory Consultee and as such is significant in planning decisions, therefore it was generally felt that the use of Recommend Approval or Refusal carried more substance than No Objection/Objection and appropriately represents the level of response the Council wishes to deliver.

Cllr Barton thanked Cllr Tester for providing a detailed report and enabling an informed review of the Council’s responses.  This was echoed by other Councillors.

P20/198.1 It was therefore AGREED that RECOMMEND APPROVAL and RECOMMEND REFUSAL would continue to be the standard terminology used in response to planning applications by Hassocks Parish Council.

P20/199 The Chairman proposed considering 8 Bonnywood Road, Hassocks first which was agreed by the Committee.

P20/200 APPLICATIONS

DM/21/0052 8 Bonny Wood Road Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8HR Demolition of existing sunroom and detached garage building. Creation of first floor in roof space with front facing dormer and two storey rear extension. Single storey side extension. Amended plans received 04.03.2021 showing reduction in depth of first floor rear extension and change to roof form and 2 no. dormer windows to front roof slope. Amended site plans received. Amended existing and proposed elevations received 23.03.2021 and 19.03.2021 showing correct height of dwelling. Response: RECOMMEND REFUSAL.  The Council’s previous comments still stand due to insufficient material amendments being presented in this application to give rise to any change in response.

4 members of the public left the meeting.

DM/21/0085 17 Semley Road Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8PD Construction of front elevation 1st floor dormer window with rear elevation shower room and rear ground floor kitchen extension. Amended plans received 29/03/2021 showing altered position for the front dormer inset off the side elevation and addition of high level shower room window in rear elevation. Response: RECOMMEND APPROVAL.  No further comments; the Council’s previous response remains unaltered.

DM/21/1201 3 Ewart Close Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8FJ Yew Tree – Reduce branches at 1.2m high and below by 3m. Response: RECOMMEND APPROVAL.

DM/21/1232 27 Clayton Avenue Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8HD Reduce branches overhanging neighbours back to approximately 1 metre from the fence line. Response: The Council would defer to the MSDC Tree Officer’s advice.

DM/21/1309 3 Highlands Close Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8LD Hip to gable rear roof extension with flat roof dormer on each side to create first floor. Erection of a dummy pitched roof single storey rear extension. Alterations to window and door positions and types. (LDC). No discussion took place on this application.  Response: NOTED.

SDNP/21/01671/FUL St John The Baptists Church Underhill Lane Clayton BN6 9PQ Provision of metal handrail to church path from Lynch gate to porch and at steps adjacent to Lynch gate. Response: RECOMMEND APPROVAL.

DM/21/1308 14 Flowers Close Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8FF  Proposed single storey rear extension. Response: RECOMMEND APPROVAL.  The applicant is advised that Government has committed to adopt a ‘Future Buildings Standard’ during 2021 which will change the Building Regulations requirements for alterations and extensions to homes to bring these alterations closer to that of a ‘zero energy building’.  This is supported by Policy 5 ‘Enabling Zero Carbon’ of the Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan which states that proposals that modify existing buildings (including extensions) should seek to maximise the inclusion of energy-saving measures and renewable energy generation.  Energy saving measures include floor, roof and wall insulation, and low u-value windows (which may need to be triple glazed).  These requirements may require amendments to your design which could affect the drawings submitted for planning permission. The applicant may wish to note that alterations that are built to a Nearly Zero Energy standard, are unlikely to need further retrofitting to minimise the carbon emissions that the nation is required to reduce to zero by 2050.  As retrofitting an existing home to be highly energy efficient is more complex than doing so for a new building, applicants may wish to look at the ‘EnerPHit’ standard that the Government is understood to be considering as the applicable “Nearly Zero Energy’ standard in this context, or at the Architypes published by the London Energy Transformation Initiative for u-values for your extension walls, windows etc. and for ventilation and overheating prevention standards to be achieved.

DM/21/1277 13 Damian Way Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8BH   Replace obscure glass with clear glass in both panes of one window on south facing side dormer. Response: RECOMMEND APPROVAL.

DM/21/1459 The Old Thatch 15 Lodge Lane Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8LU T1 Ash Tree – Fell. Response: RECOMMEND APPROVAL

DM/21/1394 24 Clayton Avenue Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8HD Loft conversion and re-roof existing dwelling. Response: RECOMMEND APPROVAL.  The applicant is advised that Government has committed to adopt a ‘Future Buildings Standard’ during 2021 which will change the Building Regulations requirements for alterations and extensions to homes to bring these alterations closer to that of a ‘zero energy building’.  This is supported by Policy 5 ‘Enabling Zero Carbon’ of the Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan which states that proposals that modify existing buildings (including extensions) should seek to maximise the inclusion of energy-saving measures and renewable energy generation.  Energy saving measures include floor, roof and wall insulation, and low u-value windows (which may need to be triple glazed).  These requirements may require amendments to your design which could affect the drawings submitted for planning permission. The applicant may wish to note that alterations that are built to a Nearly Zero Energy standard, are unlikely to need further retrofitting to minimise the carbon emissions that the nation is required to reduce to zero by 2050.  As retrofitting an existing home to be highly energy efficient is more complex than doing so for a new building, applicants may wish to look at the ‘EnerPHit’ standard that the Government is understood to be considering as the applicable “Nearly Zero Energy’ standard in this context, or at the Architypes published by the London Energy Transformation Initiative for u-values for your extension walls, windows etc. and for ventilation and overheating prevention standards to be achieved.

DM/21/0671  41 Downs View Road Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8HY  (Amended plans and description 26.03.2021) Extension and alterations to provide an enlarged front porch, garage conversion and front pitched roof, and rear extension to provide bedroom/home office above extended kitchen with new cladding and additional small area of hard standing to drive.  Response: RECOMMEND APPROVAL.  The applicant is advised that Government has committed to adopt a ‘Future Buildings Standard’ during 2021 which will change the Building Regulations requirements for alterations and extensions to homes to bring these alterations closer to that of a ‘zero energy

building’.  This is supported by Policy 5 ‘Enabling Zero Carbon’ of the Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan which states that proposals that modify existing buildings (including extensions) should seek to maximise the inclusion of energy-saving measures and renewable energy generation.  Energy saving measures include floor, roof and wall insulation, and low u-value windows (which may need to be triple glazed).  These requirements may require amendments to your design which could affect the drawings submitted for planning permission. The applicant may wish to note that alterations that are built to a Nearly Zero Energy standard, are unlikely to need further retrofitting to minimise the carbon emissions that the nation is required to reduce to zero by 2050.  As retrofitting an existing home to be highly energy efficient is more complex than doing so for a new building, applicants may wish to look at the ‘EnerPHit’ standard that the Government is understood to be considering as the applicable “Nearly Zero Energy’ standard in this context, or at the Architypes published by the London Energy Transformation Initiative for u-values for your extension walls, windows etc. and for ventilation and overheating prevention standards to be achieved.

DM/21/1435 50 Friars Oak Road Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8PY  Pitched roof porch extension to the front elevation. Response: RECOMMEND APPROVAL.

P20/201 APPLICATIONS FOR DISCHARGE OF PLANNING CONDITIONS. Discharge of conditions 5, 8 and 9 of application DM/20/3160 Land Rear Of 16 The Quadrant Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8BP Ref. No: DM/21/1212.  NOTED

P20/202 RESOLVED that the observations on the planning issues as agreed above be submitted to the relevant Planning Authority for consideration.

P20/203 PLANNING AUTHORITY DECISION NOTICES

The following decisions were noted:              

Application details Hassocks PC recommendation to Planning Authority Planning Authority Decision (MSDC/SDNP)
DM/21/0821 26 Stanford Avenue, Hassocks Recommend Approval Permission Granted
DM/21/0905 6 Farm Close, Hassocks Recommend Approval Permission Granted
DM/21/0369 75 Ockley Lane, Hassocks Recommend Approval Permission Granted
DM/21/0945 6 The Crescent, Hassocks Recommend Approval. Permission Granted
DM/21/0703 39 Mackie Avenue, Hassocks Recommend Approval Permission Granted
DM/21/0608 14 Friars Oak Road, Hassocks Recommend Approval Permission Granted
DM/21/0533 10 Fox Close, Hassocks Recommend Approval Permission Granted
DM/21/0461 2 Kings Drive, Hassocks Recommend Approval Permission Granted
DM/21/0165 Mill Nursery, London Road, Hassocks Recommend Refusal Permission Granted
DM/21/0429 11 Clayton Avenue, Hassocks Recommend Approval Permission Granted
DM/21/1005 4 Bonnywood Road, Hassocks Recommend Approval Approved
DM/21/0483 Wellhouse, Wellhouse Lane, Burgess Hill. Recommend Approval Permission Granted
DM/21/0269 65 Downs View Road, Hassocks Recommend Approval Permission Granted

The following notifications of Certificate of Lawful Use or Development (LDC), General Permitted Development (GDP)and/or Prior Approval were noted:

Application details Hassocks PC recommendation to Planning Authority Planning Authority Decision (MSDC/SDNP)
DM/21/0749 20 Friars Oak Road, Hassocks (LDC) Noted Certificate of Lawful Development issued
DM/21/0698 13 Windmill Avenue, Hassocks (LDC) Noted. Certificate of Lawful Development issued.

 

DM/21/0538 6 Hassocks Gate, Hassocks (LDC) Noted Certificate of Lawful Development issued.
DM/21/0214 4 Friars Oak Road, Hassocks (LDC) Noted Certificate of Lawful Development issued.
DM/21/0692 10 Bonnywood Road, Hassocks (LDC) Noted Certificate of Lawful Development issued.

The following appeal decisions was noted:              

Application details Hassocks PC recommendation to Planning Authority Planning Inspectorate Decision
APP/D3830/D21/367085 33 Church Mead, Hassocks.  DM/20/2988 Recommend Approval Appeal Dismissed

 P20/204 TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE APPLICATION.  Members were invited to consider whether Hassocks Parish Council wishes to make any comments regarding an application to Mid Sussex District Council for a Temporary Road Closure from 16.00hrs to 20.00hrs on Friday 3rd December 2021 for the Light up Hassocks event to take place. The Committee had no further comments to make and recommended approval of this road closure.

P20/205 Urgent Matters at the discretion of the Chairman for noting and/or inclusion on a future agenda. There were no urgent matters.  

P20/206 DATE OF NEXT MEETING.   Monday 17 May at 7.30pm.

There being no other business the Chair closed the meeting at 9.05pm.