Agenda and draft minutes

Planning and Regulatory Committee - Thursday, 6 February 2020 10.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN

Contact: Joss Butler  Email: joss.butler@surreycc.gov.uk

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39/18

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTIONS

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    To receive any apologies for absence and notices of substitutions under Standing Order 41.

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    Apologies for absence were received from Ernest Mallett, Keith Taylor and Mary Angell. Nick Darby Substituted for Ernest Mallett. Richard Walsh substituted for Keith Taylor.

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MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING pdf icon PDF 231 KB

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    To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 September 2019.

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    The Minutes were approved as an accurate record of the previous meeting.

41/18

PETITIONS

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    To receive any petitions from members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 84 (please see note 7 below).

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    There were none.

42/18

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

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    To answer any questions received from local government electors within Surrey in accordance with Standing Order 85 (please see note 8 below).

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    There were none.

43/18

MEMBERS' QUESTION TIME

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    To answer any questions received from Members of the Council in accordance with Standing Order 68.

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    There were none.

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DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

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    All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

    (i)            Any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

    (ii)           Other interests arising under the Code of Conduct in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting

    NOTES:

    ·         Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

    ·         As well as an interest of the Member, this includes any interest, of which the Member is aware, that relates to the Member’s spouse or civil partner (or any person with whom the Member is living as a spouse or civil partner)

    ·         Members with a significant personal interest may participate in the discussion and vote on that matter unless that interest could be reasonably regarded as prejudicial.

     

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MINERALS/WASTE TA2019/1608 - Land at Kings Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, South Godstone, Surrey RH9 8LB pdf icon PDF 431 KB

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    Retention and extension with upgrading of two appraisal wellsites (Bletchingley Central and Bletchingley 2) and access track for the production of conventional hydrocarbons, including associated infrastructure, all on some 1.78 hectares for a temporary period of 15 years with restoration to agriculture without compliance with Condition 10 (plans and drawings) of planning permission ref: TA/2015/1572 dated 24 March 2016 to remove gas to grid processing, to allow a change and increase of gas to wire processing from 1MW to 6MW; and the reconfiguration of internal layout of both wellsites (a section 73 application).

     

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    Samantha Murphy, Deputy Planning Development Manager

    Caroline Smith, Interim Planning Group Manager

    Stephen Jenkins, Interim Planning Development Manager

    Nancy El-Shatoury, Principal Lawyer

     

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    There were no registered speakers.

     

    Key points raised during the discussion:

     

    1.     Officers introduced the report and provided a brief summary. An update sheet was tabled at the meeting and is attached to these minutes as Appendix 1. Members noted that the proposal was for the retention and extension with upgrading of two appraisal wellsites and access track for the production of conventional hydrocarbons, including associated infrastructure, all on some 1.78 hectares for a temporary period of 15 years with restoration to agriculture without compliance with Condition 10 of planning permission ref: TA/2015/1572 dated 24 March 2016. The applicant also sought to change the method that gas is transported from the sit which was covered within paragraphs 14 – 18 of the report. Members further noted that the application was supported by both noise and air quality assessments. Officers highlighted that no significant impacts had been identified.

    2.     Members of the Committee raised concerns related to the contamination membrane noted within paragraphs 153 – 163 of the report. In response to concerns, officers highlighted conditions outlined in the report which stated that, before the installation of the area of extended containment membrane, details shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the County Planning Authority of the type of existing membrane at Bletchingley Central, the type of membrane to be used for the extension, the dimensions of the overlap area, the method of cleaning the overlap area prior to joining, the method of joining the existing and extended areas of membrane, a Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) Plan, and containment system edge details demonstrating how the system will provide appropriate containment. This shall include details of the existing cellar and surrounding concrete apron and how the existing membrane interacts and seals against them. This shall also include details of the measures to be provided at the vehicle access point to the impermeable area, and how the containment is completed in this area.

    3.     Members of the Committee highlighted comments related to drainage outlined in the report. Officers explained that there was a lack in information and clarity on the drainage system at the sites which was later resolved following a flood risk assessment. A condition was also included in the report which stated that specific details of the drainage systems would be presented to the Local Flooding Authority and the Geological Consultant.

    4.     The Committee raised concerns about whether there would be a significant moderate impact on the openness of the Green Belt. Officers explained that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was clear that mineral extraction need not be inappropriate development in the Green Belt provided it preserves the openness. Officers made a judgement that the harm to openness was a short term harm and that this was overridden by the short term nature of the proposal and that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45/18

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SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSAL MO/2018/0640 - The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG pdf icon PDF 3 MB

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    New stand-alone 2 storey science block, and DT classroom extension to existing building, addition of 5no. new parking spaces to front of school site and the alterations to on-site parking and access with removal (retrospectively) of drop-off facility.

     

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    The applicant requested that the application be deferred to a later meeting.

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ENFORCEMENT & MONITORING UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 116 KB

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    This report covers the period from 1 March 2019 to 1 December 2019.

     

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    Stephen Jenkins, Interim Planning Development Manager

     

    Key points raised in the discussion:

     

    1.     Officers introduced the report and provided Members with a brief summary. It was noted that this was a regular report to update Members on enforcement activities and various actions taken on sites in the county.

    2.     The Chairman referenced paragraphs 6.1 – 6.4 in the report and thanked the Enforcement Team for their work to facilitate the site restoration.

    3.     Members noted that a private briefing on an enforcement matter would later place after the meeting.  

     

    Resolved:

     

    The Planning and Regulatory Committee noted the report.

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DATE OF NEXT MEETING

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    The next meeting of the Planning & Regulatory Committee will be on 27 February 2020.

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    The date of the next meeting was noted to take place on 27 February 2020.