Greenbelt development – update

Green-fieldWe agree on the need for ‘affordable’ housing locally but the NFDC proposal to allocate development of around 150 houses on ‘green belt’ sites at Pinetops and north of Alexandra Road would compromise the town’s boundaries. Action: At the Sites & Development Management Plan hearing on 23 Apr 2013 LymSoc’s representative put it to Inspector that the SDMP was unsound as the Council had failed to provide evidence of having considered reasonable alternatives to sites allocated and that the choice of locations locally might be better addressed through a Neighbourhood Plan. Comment: Inspector accepted NFDC’s proposition that the only sites where additional housing could be sited were within green belt surrounding Lymington & Pennington (the Inspector at the Core Strategy hearing had accepted this proposition and he was not going to disagree). Status: Inspector’s interim report issued; it does not question NFDC’s allocation at Pinetops and Alexandra Road; it only asks NFDC to respond to a number of mainly technical questions, which, however, will require a further round of public consultation.

Background: The NFDC Sites and Development Management plan sets out the detailed proposals required to implement the planning strategy for the area agreed through the Core Strategy (adopted in 2009). The plan allocates a limited amount of greenfield land for new development to meet the local need for additional housing, affordable housing and employment. Between 2006 – 2026, the overall South East Plan requires 3,920 additional dwellings.

Planning 28 May 2013

sections1Travis Perkins site Lymington; Pennyfarthing Homes Ltd will soon submit proposals for a 23/ 25 home development. The planning consultants Tanner & Tilley have sent out a letter to local residents for their comments by 27.05.2013. LymSoc action: we posted details on our website with a copy of the PDF asking for comments; we contacted Tanner & Tilley Marketing Director to ask for a few days extension to their deadline as we expected to discuss the proposals at our next meeting 28.05.2013; also asked if the application is likely to be for outline permission only as with the drawings presented it’s only possible to focus on the lay-out and density of the proposals.

10360; The Lodge, 4 Milford Road; 4 houses; associated parking (demolition of existing). Comment: this was a tree lined stretch of Milford Road on the approach to Lymington from West.  A neighbour reports that the developer cleared the site including trees prior to his submission. Reccomendation: LymSoc to object on grounds of local distinctiveness; importance of location at entrance to town; ask for reduction in density; restore aspect. http://web3.newforest.gov.uk/ConnectAcolaidWebExternal/GetDocumentContentExternal.aspx?documentId=581523&filename=Proposed+Site+Layout+Plan.pdf

For the record

Sites & Development Management Plan; we agree on the need for ‘affordable’ housing locally but the NFDC proposal to allocate development of around 150 houses on ‘green belt’ sites at Lym 1 (Pinetops) and Lym 2 (north of Alexandra Road) would compromise the town’s boundaries. Action: LymSoc representative spoke at re-scheduled hearing 23 Apr 2013 and put it to the Inspector that the SDMP was unsound as the Council had failed to provide evidence of having considered reasonable alternatives to the sites allocated for additional housing and that the choice of locations locally might be better addressed through a Neighbourhood Plan. Comment: Inspector accepted NFDC’s proposition that due to land values within the town, the only sites where additional housing could be sited was within the green belt surrounding Lymington & Pennington; the Inspector at the Core Strategy hearing had accepted this proposition and he was not going to disagree. Status: Inspector’s interim report is due within weeks.

10257; Gordleton Industrial Park, Hannah Way; construct buildings for industrial, storage and business use (Use Classes B1, B2, & B8) (Outline Application with details only of access, layout and scale). Action: LymSoc objection submitted. Status: Application withdrawn by agent’s e-mail dated 10th May 2013. Comment: a revised application seems very likely before long so we need to remain vigilant and flag it so that people can have their say.

10148; Berthon Boat Company Ltd, Bath Road; retention of cladding; door and fenestration alterations to West Solent shed. Comment: Retrospective application to retain cladding carried out last year, resulting in the infilling of part of a building that was previously open sided. Site is just outside Conservation Area, although the new cladding is visible from viewpoints within and there is a Listed Building fairly close to the north side of the site. NFDC case officer says “The impact of the development on the character and appearance of the adjacent Conservation Area and the setting of the nearby Listed Building are material planning considerations”. However, you might think that cladding might actually be of benefit e.g. in terms of preventing pollution/ noise and is relatively immaterial compared to the presence of the shed itself. Action: none – we considered an objection but agreed the proposed cladding work looks innocuous. Status: NFDC Conservation Officer seeks clarification.

10163; 3 Grove Pastures (Conservation Area); single-storey rear extension. The case officer says “proposed rear extension would be in keeping with the existing property and would not be visible from the street”. Recommendation: leave to NFDC Conservation officer. Status: NFDC Conservation Team recommends approval subject to alterations in height/ design of cornicing and roof lanterns.

Enforcement update

EN/09/0270 Bridge Cottage; Bridge Road [Refers to APP/B1740/C/12/2175912 appeal against enforcement]. Status: decision date 30.10.2012; time for compliance: 12 months i.e. by end Oct 2013.

Buffalo Bar, St. Thomas St; neon signage.  Status: NFDC say they are putting together a case with a view to issuing legal instructions within around 2 weeks unless they comply.

EN/09/0614; Unit 3, Anchor House, Bath Road. Unauthorised Change Of Use: FROM A MIXED USE OF COMMERCIAL OFFICES AND COFFEE SHOP USE TO A MIXED USE AS A CAFE, RESTAURANT AND BAR WITH ASSOCIATED OUTSIDE EATING AND DRINKING SPACE. Status: enforcement notice issued; owner has appealed; an Inspector is to decide outcome using written representations (deadline 13.03.2013). APP/B1740/C/12/2189220; appeal against enforcement. Status: not yet decided. http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/ViewCase.asp?caseid=2189220&coid=210675.

Gordleton expansion: our planning response

Gordleton update: there’s a new application registered 19 Aug 2013- see NFDC website. Then, add your comments on this website.

11033; Gordleton Industrial Park; construct buildings for industrial, storage and business use (Use Classes B1, B2, & B8) (Outline Application with details only of access, layout and scale).
GordletonUpdate: Application withdrawn by agent’s e-mail dated 10th May 2013.
The NFDC is considering an application to increase the size of Gordleton industrial park by around 30%. We are in favour of developing employment opportunities in Lymington and Pennington but this is not the right location.

Planning permission for the original Gordleton Industrial Park was granted at appeal in 1979. When it was first built Gordleton was the main option for expanding employment locally but there are now reasonable alternatives. Industrial capacity has been added in the immediate area and nearby, notably at Ampress. We understand there is a large unoccupied unit at Gordleton, together with undeveloped space within the existing site.

The capacity of the existing access roads is completely inadequate to bear the increased levels of traffic that this proposal implies. The size of lorries when Gordleton first opened was a lot smaller than today. The ambulance station at Gordleton has introduced additional pressure on nearby roads. This proposal would risk producing delays that could have serious consequences.

Contrary to Local Plan policy The Transport Assessment submitted with this application underestimates the impact of the likely increase in traffic. It does not make it clear that the only practical approach to the site for large vehicles is along the Sway Road. The increased traffic along this narrow road would deter other road users e.g. cyclists, pedestrians and walkers from using the road. The application cannot therefore be considered to comply with Local Plan policy CS24.

In 1998, a similar planning application was refused in part because the roads leading to the site were considered to be of inadequate width and alignment to accommodate the additional traffic likely to be generated by the development.

We understand that at a meeting on 18.04.2013, Lymington & Pennington Town Council decided to recommend refusal of this application. We ask the Council to support the recommendation of their planning officers and refuse this application. ENDS.

Application details: 13/10257; Gordleton Industrial Park, Hannah Way SO41 8JD. Proposal: construct buildings for industrial, storage and business use (Use Classes B1, B2, & B8) (Outline Application with details only of access, layout and scale).

See our objection and all comments on the NFDC website:
http://planweb3.newforest.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=_NEWFO_DCAPR_182684.