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Meeting of the Council held on 17/02/2004
Development Control Committee - 5th January and 4th February 2004 : Report to the Meeting to the Council on 17th February 2004



WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
DEVELOPMENT CONTROL COMMITTEE – 5TH JANUARY* AND
4TH FEBRUARY 2004 #
REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL ON 17TH FEBRUARY 2004
A. PLANNING APPLICATION WA03/0453 – FARNHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB AND DAVID LLOYD LEISURE LTD#
[Ward Affected: Weybourne and Badshot Lea]
A.1 Your Committee considered planning application WA03/0453 relating to land on Monkton Lane, Farnham at its meeting on February 4th 2004. The application had been referred to the Committee by the Western Area Development Control Sub-Committee, which had met on 21st January 2004. On 16th January 2004 Members of both Committees were invited to a planning event where presentations were given by both the applicants and interested parties. Members were invited to ask questions.

A.2 The report which was considered by your Committee is attached as an Annexe hereto. After a full discussion of the application, your Committee concurred with the Officer and Sub-Committees’ recommendation that permission should be refused.

A.3 In accordance with Part III of the Constitution (conditions of delegation), five members present at the meeting required that this matter be referred to Council for decision.

A.4 Having considered planning application WA03/0453 (relating to the erection of a tennis, health and fitness club with outdoor tennis courts and swimming pools; erection of a rugby pavilion with pitches and training area; provision of floodlighting to parts of both areas; construction of a new vehicular access with car parking and associated works on Monkton Lane, Farnham) as described in the Annexe to this report, your Committee

RECOMMENDS that

1. permission be REFUSED for the following reasons:-

1. Standard Countryside Beyond Green Belt (R1.2)

2. Standard Farnham/Aldershot Strategic Gap (R1.6)

3. The proposed development, by reason of its size, mass, height and scale and lighting would have a seriously detrimental impact of the character and appearance of this strategically important open area and would compromise the role it plays in maintaining the separation between the urban areas of Weybourne and Badshot Lea. It would not accord, therefore, with Policies D1 and D4 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan 2002, or the Policies identified in reasons 1 and 2 above.

4. The proposed development, if permitted in this out-of-town location, would be heavily reliant on travel by the private car and would not accord with Central Government planning policy guidance detailed in Planning Policy Guidance Note 6 (PPG6) – “Town Centres and Retail Developments” and PPG13 – “Transport”. Nor would it accord with Policies LO1 and LO2 of the Surrey Structure Plan (Deposit Draft) 2002 and Policy TC1 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan 2002.

5. The Local Planning Authority has considered carefully the contribution of the development proposed to meeting current future leisure needs in the Farnham area but it is not persuaded that this contribution outweighs the harm that would be caused to the countryside, the Strategic Gap, sustainability and Town Centre objectives of the Development Plan as set out in the Policies identified in reasons 1-5 above.

Background Papers (DoPD)

B. PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Southern*
Southern#
Eastern*
Western*
C. AREA DEVELOPMENT CONTROL SUB-COMMITTEES *#
[Wards Affected: All]

In addition to the matters referred to elsewhere in this report, your Committee has received brief reports from the respective Area Development Control Sub-Committees on the following matters:-

5. Enforcement Action –Land at West End Lane, Chiddingfold*

6. Enforcement Action - Land at junction of Rake Lane and Station Lane, Milford*

7. Enforcement Action - Paddock Woods, Petworth Road, Witley*

8. Enforcement Action - Hascombe Road, Godalming#

9. Objection to Tree Preservation Order – Trees on land at Linkside North, Linkside South, Linkside West and Linkside East, Hindhead#

D. ACTION TAKEN BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE*

Your Committee has noted the action taken by the Chief Executive after consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, since its meeting on 3rd December last.

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