17 December 2016 Planning Committee Meeting : Minutes

Avebury Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting held by Avebury Parish Council’s Planning Committee held on 17 December 2016 on site at Lower Acre, Bray Street, Avebury SN8 1RA and afterwards outside Beckhampton House, Beckhampton SN8 1QR

Starting time: 10.35am

Five members of the public were present at Bray Street, and Mr Mark Petitt, of Fowler Architecture and Planning.

Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chair), Mr Terence O’Connor, Mrs Lynzey Paradise, Mr Stephen Stacey and Ms Zandria Service.

Apologies:  Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman), Mr David Brotheridge and Mr Jon Campbell.

Questions from the public: none

Declarations of interest: Andrew Williamson said that he had no financial or beneficial interest to declare, but that he had written on an individual basis to Wiltshire Council both to object to the Lower Acre application and to make some positive proposals.

Full planning for demolition of existing bungalow and erection of replacement dwelling, with associated parking, turning, landscaping & private amenity space (Resubmission of 14/02099/FUL) at Lower Acre, Bray Street, Avebury SN8 1RA.  Application Ref: 16/11050/FUL

Members viewed the site from Bray Street, from a raised green area to the west of 3 Bray Street and from the rear of Lower Acre.  Members considered the documentation supplied by the applicant, received answers to questions from Mr Petitt and heard from members of the public present.  Written representations from two local households and the Avebury Society had either been heard by councillors at the Parish Council meeting on 6 December or were read on-site in Bray Street by those that were not present on 6 December.  Mr Williamson read a copy of his letter to the Planning Department.

It was proposed by Zandria Service, seconded by Stephen Stacey and unanimously agreed that the Parish Council object to the application on the grounds that:

  1. The size, bulk, height and depth of the proposed dwelling was significantly greater than the design that had been approved in 2014 (14/02099/FUL).  The floor area, excluding the basement, was 48% larger than the 2014 scheme. The proposed scheme would have a damaging impact on the street scene in Bray Street, the Conservation Area and the surrounding countryside
  2. The style and aesthetics of the chosen design were not in keeping with other buildings nearby and would detract from the street scene in Bray Street, the Conservation Area and the surrounding countryside.  There is a need for a building of greater architectural merit.
  3. Building on either, or both, of the plots on either side of Lower Acre would intensify development in Bray Street and would fundamentally alter the character of the Conservation Area.  If the current application is approved, it should only be on the basis that planning consent will never be given for housing on either neighbouring plot.
  4. The proposal does not provide for the accommodation of contractors’ vehicles and plant on site.  Bray Street is narrow and considerable damage has been done recently to verges and banks. There is also a need to ensure that vehicles, including emergency vehicles, can get by. All contractors’ vehicles and plant should therefore be parked off road.

The meeting adjourned to Beckhampton Stables and reconvened at 11.45am.

Present: Councillors Mr Andrew Williamson (Chairman), Mrs Maggie Lewis (Vice-Chair), Mr Terence O’Connor and Ms Zandria Service.

Apologies:  Dr Mike Bedford (Vice-Chairman), Mr David Brotheridge and Mr Jon Campbell, Mrs Lynzey Paradise and Mr Stephen Stacey.

One member of the public was present for part of the meeting.

Full planning for erection of seven single storey timber stables on an existing base off Nash Lane being the north stables of Beckhampton House Stables, Beckhampton, SN81QR.  Application Ref: 16/11513/FUL.

Members considered the above application.  The position of the long barrow was noted together with the fact that the proposed stables were due to be built on the base of earlier stables that had subsequently been demolished.

It was proposed by Maggie Lewis, seconded by Terence O’Connor and unanimously agreed that Avebury Parish Council support the application.

The meeting closed at: 12:00.