June News from Findon Parish Council

Findon Valley, West Sussex

Edited extracts from the confirmed minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 19th April 2018

Chairman’s announcement

The Chairman confirmed that he would not be standing again as Chairman after the May 2018 Planning Committee meeting.

Declarations of Interest

Cllr Smith declared a pecuniary and prejudicial interest in Agenda item P 18.27 (SDNP/18/01289/FUL – Soldiers Field Stables as a close neighbour and would leave the meeting for this item and take no part in any discussion.

Public Question Time

Several neighbouring residents spoke against the Soldiers Field Stables application highlighting the close proximity of the proposed stables to neighbouring properties, reference to the Findon Neighbourhood Development Plan Policy BT2 retention of employment land, the economic viability of the equestrian yard, and lack of a strategic plan for the site as a whole. A resident handed out photo montages of the proposed development and referred to guidance for horses and stables. The applicant’s agent felt that the montages were not representative.

The applicant for Middle Nepcote, 5 Nepcote Lane, advised that the property would be upgraded for modern living if permission was granted.

Consideration of Applications

SDNP/18/01436/HOUS – 5 Nepcote Lane. Various extensions. Council raises no objection

SDNP/18/01731/FUL – Land east of Pony Farm,  New dwelling, landscape enhancements and associated works. Although it was noted that the applicant had made some changes regarding the eastern elevation and reduction in scale, following a majority vote the Committee agreed that the original objections made against application SDNP/17/05058/FUL still stood, in particular the proposed development being outside the development boundary. Council objects to the application.

SDNP/18/01289/FUL –Soldiers Field Stables  Hybrid application comprising: Full planning application for the replacement of an existing dwelling, erection of new stable yard with ancillary groom’s accommodation, hay barn, a new unit of holiday accommodation and relocation and enlargement of existing manege. Outline planning application for the redevelopment of the existing stable yard with 3 dwellings and garages. The Committee concluded that appropriate sympathetic development would be welcomed, and consideration should be given to an alternative proposal such as moving the equestrian site to the east of the currently proposed development. Council objects to the hybrid application.



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