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Minutes pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To approve as correct the minutes of the meeting held on 6 August 2019

(Note: If any Member wishes to propose an amendment to the minutes they should submit this in writing to at least 24 hours before the meeting.  Where applicable, the audio recording of the meeting will be checked to ensure the accuracy of the proposed amendment.)


The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 6 August 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Declarations of Members' Interests

To receive any declarations of interest from Members of the Committee


DC/19/1149: Councillor Claire Vickers declared a personal interest in this item because her home was in close proximity to the site, although the proposal would not have a direct impact on it.



To receive any announcements from the Chairman of the Committee or the Chief Executive


There were no announcements.


Appeals pdf icon PDF 69 KB


The list of appeals lodged, appeals in progress and appeal decisions, as circulated, was noted.


DC/19/1149 - Christs Hospital School, The Avenue, Christs Hospital pdf icon PDF 357 KB

Ward: Southwater North

Applicant: Christs Hospital Foundation

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The Head of Development reported that this application sought permission for a number of additional sports and recreation facilities, car parking and landscaping in the vicinity of the Bluecoats Sports Centre, in conjunction with Christ’s Hospital school. 


This application was a re-submission of DC/18/1268, which had been refused by the Committee in January 2018 on the grounds that the benefits would not outweigh the significant landscape harm in a countryside location, and it would result in an adverse effect on the amenity of neighbouring residents by virtue of noise and light (Minute No. PCN/74 (08.01.19) refers).  The current application sought to overcome these reasons for refusal.


The application included the following:


·         Two storey extension to the west of sports centre to provide a new swimming pool, spa facilities, two class studios, fitness suite and enlarged café;

·         All-weather six-lane running track with floodlighting;

·         Outdoor exercise area;

·         Downgrading and closure of part of Infirmary Drive to sprint track;

·         3G Artificial grass rugby/football pitch with floodlighting;

·         Parking for 272 cars;

·         New access road from Christ’s Hospital Road;

·         Use of land to east to relocate spoil.

·         Landscaping, SuDS drainage system, fencing and lighting.


There were a number of differences compared to the previous application including:


·         Relocation and reduction in scale of Adventure Trail;

·         Athletics track lowered into the ground by half a metre, with scaled down spectator seating;

·         3G pitch moved further south;

·         Floodlighting revised to be controllable and minimise light spill;

·         2.5 kilometre running trail removed;

·         Eight fewer trees to be removed and enhanced tree planting;

·         SUDS pond removed;

·         More detailed Noise Assessment Plan and full Travel Plan, with restriction on large events to be limited to four a year and capped at 1,000 people.


The applicant would also fund a Traffic Regulation Order to reduce the speed limit on Tower Hill and Christ’s Hospital Road to 30mph and traffic calming measures to the west of the site.


The application site was located approximately three kilometres south-west of Horsham and was outside and adjacent to the built-up area boundary of Christ’s Hospital. It was grassland used for sports pitches in the summer months in the northern part of the school campus. The sports centre was used by the school and members of the public. The school itself included two groups of Grade II* Listed Buildings. There were a number of Grade II Listed Building residences nearby, and properties in Barnes Wallis Avenue and Bluecoat Ponds were close to the northwest boundary.


The Parish Council objected to the application. There had been 82 representations objecting to the application, including an objection from the Horsham District Cycle Forum and two objections received after publication of the report, and 37 responses supporting the application. 


Three members of the public spoke in objection to the application. The applicant, the applicant’s transport consultant and the applicant’s agent all addressed the Committee in support of the proposal.  The Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture address the Committee in support of the proposal.  A representative of the Parish Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item PCN/34


DC/19/0905 - Upper Bottle House, Stane Street, Slinfold pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Ward: Itchingfiled, Slinfold and Warnham

Applicant: Mr Michael Chambers

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The Head of Development reported that this application sought permission for the demolition of an agricultural building and erection of a detached L shaped two-storey dwelling and a stables building to the south.  A paddock adjacent to the house was proposed.  The dwelling would use an existing access from Stane Street.


The application site was located in the countryside to the west of Stane Street approximately one and a half kilometres from Slinfold.  There were a number of outbuildings as well as Upper Bottle House on the wider site. 


The Parish Council objected to the application.  There had been 12 representations supporting the application and one of comment.   The applicant addressed the Committee in support of the proposal.  


Members noted that there were no planning objections to the proposed stables.  Members considered the officer’s planning assessment which indicated the key issues for consideration in determining the proposal, in particular the character of the proposal and its impact on the visual amenities of the street scene and the amenity of neighbouring occupiers. 


The applicant had put forward an argument that the dwelling should be allowed as the conversion of the agricultural building into residential could be undertaken under permitted development rights.  There was therefore an argument that there was a ‘fall back’ position.  Members were advised by officers that, in their opinion, the agricultural building failed to meet the criteria for permitted development rights and that there was no ‘fall back’ argument for the construction of a new dwelling. 




That planning application DC/19/0905 be refused for the following reasons:


 01    The proposed dwelling is located in a countryside location, outside of any defined built-up area boundary, on a site not allocated for development within the Horsham District Planning Framework or an adopted neighbourhood plan. The Council is able to demonstrate a 5-year housing land supply and consequently the proposed development would be contrary to the overarching strategy and hierarchy approach of concentrating development within the main settlements of the District. Furthermore, the proposed development is not essential to its countryside location. Consequently, the proposal for a new dwelling on the site represents unsustainable development contrary to policies 1, 3, 4 and 26 of the Horsham District Planning Framework (2015), Policy 5 of the Slinfold Neighbourhood Plan (2018) and guidance within the National Planning Policy Framework (2018).


 02    The proposed dwelling, by virtue of its design and appearance, would result in an unacceptable addition within the site which would result in an urbanising effect on the countryside. The proposed dwelling would represent an incongruous, unsympathetic and unacceptable design which would not be in keeping with the rural character of the countryside location and would be insensitive and harmful to the open setting of the site. The proposal is therefore contrary to policies 26, 32 and 33 of the Horsham District Planning Framework (2015), Policy 5 of the Slinfold Neighbourhood Plan (2018) and policies within the National Planning Policy Framework (2018).