HASSOCKS PARISH COUNCIL
To: All Members of the Planning Committee (Cllrs Kristian Berggreen (Chair), Carolyn Barton, Robert Brewer, Bill Hatton, Don McBeth and Angus Neil) with copies to all other Councillors for information.
A meeting of the PLANNING COMMITTEE will be held on 25 September 2023 at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre, Adastra Park, Hassocks.
Parish Clerk – 19 September 2023
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 the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 September 2023 (previously circulated).
4. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.
5. APPLICATIONS (copies of each application can be viewed online via the Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) Website – https://pa.midsussex.gov.uk/online-applications/
5.1 DM/23/2165 2 St Andrews Place Hassocks West Sussex BN6 9QE Partial garage conversion including new door and window and alterations to the steps down to the garden.
5.2 DM/23/2221 Garden Cottage 2A Damian Way Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8BH Variation of condition no 3 relating to planning application DM/22/3394 – to allow the installation of additional solar PV on the rear elevation.
5.3 DM/23/2372 Land At Wellhouse Lane Burgess Hill West Sussex Development of up to nine dwellings.
5.4 DM/23/2354 The Warren South Bank Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8JP Horse Chestnut (T1) – Reduce and rebalance the Chestnut by approximately 30% -Taking 1.5 meters off the height of the Crown and 1 meter off the sides of the Crown.
6. APPLICATIONS FOR DISCHARGE OF PLANNING CONDITIONS. None.
7. DECISION NOTICES.
8. Urgent Matters at the discretion of the Chairman for noting and/or inclusion on a future agenda.
9. Date of Next Meeting: Monday 16 October 2023 at 7.30pm.
All members of the public are welcome to attend meetings of the Parish Council and its Committees.
Item 4 – a period of 15 minutes will be set aside for the public statements and questions relating to the published non-confidential business of the Meeting.
It may be necessary to consider particular items in confidential session and where this arises, these items will be considered at the end of the agenda.
FILMING, RECORDING OF COUNCIL MEETINGS AND USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
During this meeting members of the public may film or record the Committee and officers from the public area only providing it does not disrupt the meeting. The Confidential section of the meeting may not be filmed or recorded. If a member of the public objects to being recorded, the person(s) filming must stop doing so until that member of the public has finished speaking. The use of social media is permitted but members of the public are requested to switch their mobile devices to silent for the duration of the meeting.
HASSOCKS PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the PLANNING COMMITTEE Meeting held on Monday 25 September 2023 at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre, Adastra Park, Hassocks
Attendees: Parish Councillors: Cllr Kristian Berggreen, Cllr Carolyn Barton, Cllr Bill Hatton and Cllr Don McBeth.
In Attendance: Deputy Clerk – Tracy Forte.
P23/73 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE. Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Robert Brewer. Absent without apology – Cllr Angus Neil.
P23/74 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST. There were no declarations of interest.
It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 4 September 2023 be signed by the Chair as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
P23/76 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION. There were no members of the public present.
DM/23/2165 2 St Andrews Place Hassocks West Sussex BN6 9QE Partial garage conversion including new door and window and alterations to the steps down to the garden. 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/23/2221 Garden Cottage 2A Damian Way Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8BH Variation of condition no 3 relating to planning application DM/22/3394 – to allow the installation of additional solar PV on the rear elevation. Response: RECOMMEND APPROVAL
DM/23/2372 Land At Wellhouse Lane Burgess Hill West Sussex Development of up to nine dwellings. Response: RECOMMEND REFUSAL Hassocks Parish Council strongly objects to this application. This proposed application is on agricultural land outside of the built up area boundaries and is not contiguous with an existing built up area. It intrudes on the countryside and is in the local gap between Keymer/Hassocks and Burgess Hill and there is no safe pedestrian access from the site to local amenities Therefore the application is in conflict with District Plan policies DP6: Settlement Hierarchy, DP12: Protection and Enhancement of Countryside and DP15: New Homes in the Countryside and Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan policies: Policy 1: Local Gap, and Policy 14: Residential development within, and adjoining, the built up area boundary of Hassocks.
Furthermore, the proposed site is immediately adjacent to the boundary of the South Downs National Park and the building of up to nine additional dwellings in this rural area will negatively impact on the visual and special qualities of the Park including Dark Skies. Hence the application is contrary to District Plan Policies DP18: Setting of the South Downs National Park and DP29: Noise, Air and Light Pollution and Hassocks Neighbourhood Plan Policy 6: Development Proposals affecting the South Downs National Park.
There is also considerable concern over the safety of vehicular access from Wellhouse Lane onto Ockley Lane. The combination of poor visibility at the access point and the speed at which oncoming traffic travels along Ockley Lane already poses a challenge for vehicles entering and exiting Wellhouse Lane. To potentially double the number of vehicles using this access would increase the risk of an accident significantly.
DM/23/2354 The Warren South Bank Hassocks West Sussex BN6 8JP Horse Chestnut (T1) – Reduce and rebalance the Chestnut by approximately 30% -Taking 1.5 meters off the height of the Crown and 1 meter off the sides of the Crown. Response: NO OBJECTION.
P23/78 APPLICATIONS FOR DISCHARGE OF PLANNING CONDITIONS. None.
P23/79 RESOLVED that the observations on the planning issues as agreed above be submitted to the relevant Planning Authority for consideration.
P23/80 PLANNING AUTHORITY DECISION NOTICES
The following decisions were noted:
|Hassocks PC recommendation to Planning Authority
|Planning Authority Decision (MSDC/SDNP)
|DM/23/2009 22 Church Mead, Hassocks BN6 8BN
|DM/23/2005 12 Ewart Close, Hassocks BN6 8FJ
|DM/23/1911 2 Parkside, Hassocks BN6 8BL
|DM/23/0002 Byanda, Brighton Road, Hassocks
|DM/23/1779 Station Goods Yard, Keymer Road, Hassocks
|Deferred to MSDC Tree Officer
Members were invited to note the following applications which had been withdrawn:
DM/23/1829 8 Dale Avenue, Hassocks.
DM/23/1914 6 Bonnywood Road, Hassocks.
P23/81 Urgent Matters at the discretion of the Chairman for noting and/or inclusion on a future agenda. There were no urgent matters.
P23/82 DATE OF NEXT MEETING. 16 October 2023
There being no other business the Chair closed the meeting at 7.50pm