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Meeting of the Executive held on 13/11/2001
MILFORD HOSPITAL: PROPOSED SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE



Milford Hospital lies in a rural area within the Metropolitan Green Belt about a mile and a quarter south of Godalming town centre. The site has been identified as a Major Development Site in the Replacement Local Plan. This report proposes that Supplementary Planning Guidance be prepared to guide the future development of the site and includes a summary of the aims, scope and content of the SPG together with a projected timetable. It is proposed that the draft SPG be prepared by the planning consultants acting for the current owner, the Secretary of State for Health, for consideration by the Local Plan Special Interest Group. The Council will therefore retain ownership and control of the process.

There are no direct “Opportunities for All” or community safety implications at this stage. The preparation of the brief and its contents will need to have regard to the environmental and human rights implications are set out in the report. Whilst there will be no direct financial resource implications, there will be staff/manpower implications. This proposal represents a cost-effective way of resolving the planning issues on the site with minimal expense to the Council.
APPENDIX E

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - 13TH NOVEMBER 2001



Title:
MILFORD HOSPITAL: PROPOSED SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING
GUIDANCE
[Wards Affected: Busbridge, Hambledon
and Hascombe, Godalming wards, Witley]


Summary and Purpose

Milford Hospital lies in a rural area within the Metropolitan Green Belt about a mile and a quarter south of Godalming town centre. The site has been identified as a Major Development Site in the Replacement Local Plan. This report proposes that Supplementary Planning Guidance be prepared to guide the future development of the site and includes a summary of the aims, scope and content of the SPG together with a projected timetable. It is proposed that the draft SPG be prepared by the planning consultants acting for the current owner, the Secretary of State for Health, for consideration by the Local Plan Special Interest Group. The Council will therefore retain ownership and control of the process.

There are no direct “Opportunities for All” or community safety implications at this stage. The preparation of the brief and its contents will need to have regard to the environmental and human rights implications are set out in the report. Whilst there will be no direct financial resource implications, there will be staff/manpower implications. This proposal represents a cost-effective way of resolving the planning issues on the site with minimal expense to the Council.



Introduction and Background

1. The Green Belt contains a number of developed sites, such as hospitals and research and educational establishments, which pre-date the Green Belt designation. Planning Policy Guidance Note (PPG) 2 indicates that where such sites are specifically identified in a local plan, whilst Green Belt policies and the Green Belt notation continue to apply, limited infilling or redevelopment is not inappropriate.

2. Milford Hospital lies within the Green Belt about a mile and a quarter south of Godalming Station and about a mile east of Milford. There are footpath links from the site into Godalming to the north and to Milford station to the southwest.

3. The Milford Hospital site is identified as a Major Development Site within the Replacement Local Plan.


4. Policy RD6 of the Replacement Local Plan sets out the Council’s policy regarding Major Developed Sites and states that infilling should:- 5. The Policy specifies that:- “infilling means the filling of small gaps between built development; the relevant area for defining (iv) above is the aggregate ground floor area (footprint) of the existing buildings, excluding temporary buildings, open spaces, with direct external access between wings of a building and areas of hardstanding.

6. This Policy was thoroughly examined by the Inspector at the Local Plan Inquiry and the Council is not proposing any further modifications. The Policy therefore carries considerable weight.

7. The whole site measures some 15.29 ha (37.77 ac), of which 13.14 ha (32.5acres) has been declared surplus. The surplus area contains some 26 dwellings together with a three-storey former nurses’ home of about 925 sq m and a range of mainly single storey buildings extending to some 4,560 sq m and some 1,030 sq m storage and workshop space.

8. The supporting text indicates that:-

particular attention should be paid to the external appearance and design of new buildings, the landscape setting and the spaces between the existing buildings; particular attention should be paid to traffic generation and access and that a Transportation Impact Analysis should be submitted as part of any development proposal together with proposals to mitigate the impact of traffic, particularly on the northern part of Tuesley Lane; development should be concentrated in the central parts of the site; as local schools are close to capacity, a financial contribution from potential developers should be secured through a planning obligation to assist in the provision of school places.

9. Two applications have been submitted for the redevelopment of the surplus land. Your officers have had serious reservations about both schemes and both schemes generated considerable public comment. Both have been withdrawn.

10. In view of this, and in order to give clear guidance to future applicants/developers, it is considered that the best way forward is for Supplementary Planning Guidance to be prepared in the form of a Development Brief.

Aims, Scope and Content of the SPG

11. The SPG will seek to maximise, through development, the best and most effective use of the land whilst avoiding unacceptable and traffic impacts by:-

amplifying the guidance set out in RLP Policy RD6 and the supporting text;

identifying the key environmental and traffic/transportation issues, opportunities and constraints;

providing clear development principles for the future development of the Milford Hospital Site;

clarifying those objectives that must be achieved and those that are desirable;

providing the basis for the consideration of planning applications.

12. The SPG will also:

have regard to the principles of sustainability;

have regard to the ecology of the site and its flora and fauna

integrate any proposed development with Health facilities that are to remain on the site;

have regard to community benefits, including affordable housing, recreational, educational and social needs

Context and Policy Framework

13. The SPG must conform generally with Regional Planning Guidance (RPG), Structure Plan and adopted and Replacement Local Plan. 14. The SPG will recognise that the site is visually prominent and is located in a sensitive position adjacent to an area of high visual amenity (AGLV).


15. In view of the highway and traffic implications and constraints there will be continuous liaison with the County Highways Authority during the preparation of the SPG.

Resource Implications

16. The landowners, acting through their agents, have agreed to prepare the draft SPG in conjunction with officers. The work will be carried out at no financial cost to the Council. Whilst this is the first time that this Council has entered into such a partnership, such partnerships have been undertaken elsewhere and are encouraged by Government and the Best Value process.

17. In order to ensure that the Council retains control of the content and outcome of the SPG throughout, it is proposed that the terms of reference of the Replacement Local Plan Special Interest Group be expanded to include the consideration of the draft Milford Hospital SPG. The SIG would act as a “sounding board” during the key stages of the preparation of the SPG. The final draft of the SPG would be considered by the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Executive Committee prior to public consultation. The Local Plan SIG would also consider the results of the public consultation prior to reporting back to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Executive Committee for adoption by the Council.

18. Subject to there not being any serious problems during the final stages of the Local Plan process and the Plan proceeding to adoption by Easter 2002, the work will be carried out within existing resources.

Suggested Timetable

19. November/December 2001: Project Brief Report to Executive Committee/Council
Specification, objectives and timetable to be agreed with consultants
Dec 2001- May 2002: Preparation of SPG as basis for public consultation
May/June 2002 Public consultation
June/July 2002 Consideration of response to public consultation
late Summer 2002 Council adopts SPG

Human Rights Implications

20. In view of the considerable public interest in this site, a substantial period of public consultation is proposed. It is proposed that this consultation takes place during a six-week period during May and June 2002. Comments on the draft SPG will be reported back to the Replacement Local Plan SIG, Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Executive Committee together with recommended changes to the document before it is finally adopted in August 2002. Recommendation

It is recommended that:-

1. the principle of the approach to the creation of Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) be agreed;


2. the owners of the site, through their agents, be encouraged to prepare the draft SPG in partnership with the Council; and

3. the terms of reference of the Local Plan Special Interest Group be expanded to include consideration of the draft Milford Hospital SPG, be approved.



Background Papers ( DPD)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.



CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Peter Hartley Telephone: 01483 523297
E-mail: phartley@waverley.gov.uk