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MINUTES OF RYDE TOWN COUNCIL’S PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND
REGENERATION COMMITTEE HELD ON TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER 2020 AT 4.00PM VIA
THE ZOOM VIDEO MEETING FACILITY AND STREAMED LIVE VIA YOUTUBE
Members Present:
Cllr Diana Conyers (Chair), Cllr Adrian Axford, Cllr Charles Chapman,
Cllr Michael Lilley, Cllr Malcolm Ross and Cllr Ian Stephens
Also in Attendance: Jon Baker (Committees Coordinator), Chris Turvey (Planning Clerk)
PUBLIC QUESTIONS
Prior to the meeting, a written question was received via email from Mrs Jenny Wade of Ryde
regarding the Pennyfeathers Housing development. She wanted to know: (i) whether the
additional applications for Phasing Plans and Reserved Matters had been submitted following a
suggestion from the developer’s agent in July 2020 that they would be applied for in September
2020; and (ii) whether rumours that Hepburns Planning Consultancy was no longer the agent
were true. It was agreed that the question would be addressed during Agenda Item 9 (Meeting
Housing Needs), minute reference 145/20.
137/20 APOLOGIES
Apologies were received from Cllr Henry Adams and Cllr Phil Jordan
138/20 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None declared.
139/20 REQUESTS FOR DISPENSATIONS
None requested.
140/20 MINUTES
The minutes to the previous meeting held on 6 October 2020 were reviewed.
RESOLVED:
THAT the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 October 2020 were approved as a
true and accurate record and would be signed off by the Chair following the
meeting
The following updates were provided on issues raised at the meeting of 6 October
2020:
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i. Oakfield Primary School. It was noted that there continued to be issues around the
school with regard to children and parents walking to the school either from
Marlborough Road, East Hill Road or High Park Road. Cllr Lilley reported that there
would be a meeting between the School’s Headteacher, the Board of Governors
and the local member, arranged by the Chair of the Schools Board of Governors
to discuss a way forward. Feedback from the meeting would be provided to Ryde
Town Council and a letter from the Town Council would then be sent to the Isle of
Wight Council and Island Roads with a request to look into the matter.
ii. Bartletts Farm Planning Application. This had not been picked up by Ryde Town
Council officers as it was listed as an application for Brading and St Helens ward.
It was noted that the ward was on the boundary and that any future applications
should be checked to ensure its ward location was listed correctly.
iii. Harcourt Sands. The Town Council had yet to hear from the Health and Safety
Executive. Officers would endeavour to chase for a response by the next meeting.
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MEMBER QUESTIONS
None were received.
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PLANNING APPLICATIONS
The following Planning Applications were then considered by the
committee:
i.
Application No: 20/01374/OUT
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde North West
Location: 24 Westwood Road, Ryde, PO33 3BJ
Proposal: Outline for proposed pair of semi-detached bungalows with vehicular
accesses and parking
Island Roads had raised objections on the grounds of road safety owing to the
design of the road junction with Queens Road as being unacceptable due to safe
access. Visibility for vehicle drivers using the junction was also insufficient.
At the time of the meeting, four objections had been submitted by members of the
public who considered the lane which was intended as the main access for the two
proposed houses to be unsuitable as a main access to the highway network.
Members noted that Island Roads had lodged an objection but were becoming
increasingly concerned that the Isle of Wight Council had on various applications in
the past ignored them and proceeded to approve an application.
The committee was advised however that there needed to be clear evidence that
this was happening on a regular basis in order to raise any objection to the Isle of
Wight Council.
It was agreed that officers would investigate the matter and try to establish some
previous examples in order to raise objections to the Head of the IWC’s Planning,
the IWC’s Planning Committee Chair and the Cabinet Member for Planning and
Housing.
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The Chair also advised members that she would in her capacity as the Chair of the
Isle of Wight Association of Local Councils (IWALC), propose at the next IWALC
meeting that they could investigate if this was an issue being experienced across
the Island. Any letter of objection by Ryde Town Council could also be copied to
IWALC.
RESOLVED:
THAT Ryde Town Council objected to the application on the grounds outlined
in the Island Roads report, namely:
a)
Generation of traffic onto the public highway. This would create a
significant increase in vehicular traffic entering and leaving the public
highway through the junction of Westwood Drive with Queens Roads.
This would be contrary to Policy DM2
(Design Quality for New
Development) and DM17 (Sustainable Travel) of the Isle of Wight Core
Strategy
b)
Standing vehicles in Highway - Development would attract standing
vehicles on the highway at Queens Road which would interrupt the free
flow of traffic adding to the hazards of road users and therefore be
contrary to Policy DM2 (Design Quality for New Development) of the Isle
of Wight Core Strategy
c)
Inadequate Fire Access and Refuse Collection Access - The access
would be unable to serve the proposed development by reason of the
inadequacy of Westwood Drive to allow access and working area for
the Fire Service and Refuse Collection Service. The proposal is
therefore considered to be contrary to policy DM2 (Design Quality for
New Development) of the Isle of Wight Core Strategy.
d)
Inadequate Parking Area - Inadequate space to enable vehicles to park
in a satisfactory and safe manner and therefore the interests of road
safety are compromised. It is therefore inconsistent with the guidelines
set out by the Local Planning Authority in Policy DM2 (Design Quality
for New Development) of the Isle of Wight Core Strategy.
e)
Inadequate Access Visibility - Accesses are unsatisfactory to serve the
proposed development by reason of unacceptable visibility and would
therefore be contrary to Policy DM2
(Design Quality for New
Development) of the Isle of Wight Core Strategy
ii.
Application No: 20/01390/HOU
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde East
Location: 34 & 36 Grasmere Avenue, Ryde, PO33 1NU
Proposal: Formation of vehicle crossovers and hardstanding (revised scheme)
Members noted that this was a revised application for a scheme which had
previously been refused. The main difference between this application and the
previous was a small amount of tarmac was to be removed in order to lessen the
impact of the loss of the grass between the footpath and the adjoining properties.
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Island Roads had made some recommendations which they felt would be essential
to make the revised scheme acceptable, although at the time of the meeting, nothing
had been submitted from the applicant to address their concerns. The application
had also been objected to by several local residents.
The previous application, 20/00325/HOU , had been advertised by the Isle of Wight
Council on 5 June 2020. It had attracted a great deal of opposition and been
opposed by Ryde Town Council at its meeting on 14 July 2020.
The committee were of the opinion that the revised scheme still did not address the
reasons for the first refusal in that it would have a serious adverse effect on the
character and context of the area contrary to the aims of Policies SP1 (Spatial
Strategy) and DM2 (Design Quality for New Development) of the Island Plan Core
Strategy and the National Planning Policy Framework.
RESOLVED:
THAT Ryde Town Council objected to the application on the following
grounds:
i. The application was contrary to Policies SP1 (Spatial Strategy) and DM2
(Design Quality for New Development) of the Island Plan Core Strategy
and the National Planning Policy Framework.
ii. The concerns raised by Island Roads had not been addressed by the
applicant.
iii.
Application No: 20/01651/FUL
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Binstead And Fishbourne
Location: Quarrhurst, Quarr Road, Binstead, Ryde, PO33 4EL
Proposal: Demolition of dwelling; Proposed replacement dwelling with detached
garage and detached ancillary amenity pool house building
Members were advised that the proposed application included a HUF House which
was a prefabricated building system from Germany and that the construction time
would usually be less than one month. It was noted that the application would
replace a withdrawn application for a much bigger scheme that had been removed
by the applicant.
Members were advised that the building which was to be demolished was not listed
and was not situated in a conservation area. There had been no objections from any
local residents and none from the various consultee agencies.
RESOLVED:
THAT Ryde Town Council raised no objection to the application
iv.
Application No: 20/01564/HOU
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde East
Location: 30 Somerset Road, Ryde, PO33 1BU
Proposal: Proposed rear and side extension including alterations
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Members were advised that earlier on the day of the meeting, the Planning Clerk
had noticed that on the Isle of Wight Council’s website there was an absence of
various documents to support the application and members questioned whether the
consultation time should be extended in order to allow for any further
representations to be received.
It was noted however that there had been no objections from local residents or
relevant statutory consultees to date.
RESOLVED:
THAT Ryde Town Council raised no objection to the application
v.
Application No: 20/01704/FUL
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde East
Location: 117 Great Preston Road, Ryde, PO33 1DB
Proposal: Demolition of outbuilding; proposed building forming annexed
accommodation
It was noted that Island Roads recommended approval with no concerns raised. The
annexed accommodation was also in line with the proposals outlined in the draft
Island Planning Strategy where such applications were encouraged.
Members were happy to support the application on the understanding that the
annexed accommodation would remain as part of the main property.
RESOLVED:
THAT, subject to the annexed accommodation remaining as part of the main
property, Ryde Town Council raised no objection to the application.
vi.
Application No: 20/01435/FUL
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde North West
Location: 12 Esplanade, Ryde, PO33 2DY
Proposal: Change of use from Arcade (Sui Generis) to Pool Hall and Takeaway (Sui
Generis); Internal alterations.
Members were reminded that the premises licence application for the proposed Pool
Hall, which was applied for ahead of the planning application, was supported in full
by the Committee at its meeting on 15 September 2020.
It was noted that members were again pleased to show their support for such a
venture that would provide much needed local and tourist indoor entertainment on
a year round basis in such a high profile area in the town.
RESOLVED:
THAT Ryde Town Council raised no objection to the application
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vii. Application No: 20/01707/LBC
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde North West
Location: 12 Esplanade, Ryde, PO33 2DY
Proposal: Listed Building Consent for internal alterations to create a kitchen, extend
the gents toilets and change the office into a ladies toilet
RESOLVED:
THAT Ryde Town Council raised no objection to the application
The applications below had been considered under delegated powers by the Chair and
Planning Clerk and they proposed that no objections be raised:
i.
Application No: 20/01613/HOU
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Binstead And Fishbourne
Location: 28 Arnold Road, Binstead, Ryde, PO33 3RJ
Proposal: Proposed single storey extension; alterations and outbuilding
ii.
Application No: 20/01531/HOU
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde North East
Location: 31 West Hill Road, Ryde, PO33 1LG
Proposal: Demolition of conservatory; Proposed alterations and single storey rear
extension including Juliet balcony at first floor level on rear elevation (revised
scheme)
iii.
Application No: 20/01608/RVC
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde North West
Location: Former Ryde Conservative Club, 8 Lind Street, Ryde, PO33 2NQ
Proposal: Variation of condition 2 on P/01223/18 to allow revised internal layout and
omission of garage
iv.
Application No: 20/01609/RVC
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde North West
Location: Former Ryde Conservative Club, 8 Lind Street, Ryde, PO33 2NQ
Proposal: Variation of condition 2 on P/01224/18 to allow revised internal layout and
omission of garage
v.
Application No: 20/01650/HOU
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Binstead And Fishbourne
Location: 4 Wykeham Close, Binstead, Ryde, PO33 3ST
Proposal: Proposed extension on front elevation and cladding (revised scheme)
vi.
Application No: 20/01223/HOU
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde West
Location: Melody, 9 Trafalgar Drive, Binstead, Ryde, PO33 3QW
Proposal: Proposed alterations and single storey rear extension; loft conversion;
single storey extension to garage to form workshop (revised plans) (readvertised
application)
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vii. Application No: 20/01659/HOU
Parish(es): Ryde
Ward(s): Ryde North East
Location: 9 The Strand, Ryde, PO33 1JD
Proposal: Proposed alterations to boundary wall to provide gated vehicular access
onto the Esplanade
viii. Application No: 20/01660/LBC
Parish(es): Ryde Ward(s): Ryde North East
Location: 9 The Strand, Ryde, PO33 1JD
Proposal: Listed Building Consent for proposed alterations to boundary
wall
to
provide gated vehicular access onto the Esplanade
RESOLVED:
THAT the above eight applications were agreed with no objections.
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DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL
Members noted the following decisions.
PLANNING DECISIONS
1. APPLICATIONS APPROVED
i.
Application No: 20/01230/HOU
Location: Macquarrie Quarr Road, Binstead, Ryde, PO33 4EL
Proposal: Retention of fencing and gates (Revised Plans)
Parish: Ryde Ward: Binstead And Fishbourne
Decision Date: 28/09/2020
Ryde Town Council objected to the application due to the unsympathetic nature
of the metal galvanised type fence combined with the planting of nonindigenous
trees that were not in keeping with the AONB.
ii.
Application No: 20/01233/HOU
Location: Beachwood Quarr Road, Binstead, Ryde, PO33 4EL
Proposal: Retention of fencing and gates (Revised Plans)
Parish: Ryde Ward: Binstead And Fishbourne
Decision Date: 28/09/2020
Ryde Town Council objected to the application due to the unsympathetic nature
of the metal galvanised type fence combined with the planting of nonindigenous
trees that were not in keeping with the AONB.
iii.
Application No: 20/01072/TW
Location: Land Rear of Downs View and Redridge House Rosemary Lane Ryde
Proposal: TC and TD Cupressus Macrocarpa trees situated as detailed in the
application are to have their crowns overhanging neighbouring gardens by 2 to
3 metres. All reductions are to be to string growth points at least one third the
diameter of the adjacent pruning point.
Parish: Ryde Ward: Havenstreet, Ashey And Haylands
Decision Date: 29/09/2020
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iv.
Application No: 20/01289/HOU
Location: 10 Vernon Square Ryde Isle of Wight PO33 2JG
Proposal: Replacement bay windows on front elevation
Parish: Ryde Ward: Ryde North East
Decision Date: 05/10/2020
Ryde Town Council raised no objection to this application
v.
Application No: 20/01109/TW
Location: 61 Spencer Road, Ryde, PO33 3AF
Proposal: The oak tree situated as detailed in the application is to be felled to
near ground level.
Parish: Ryde Ward: Ryde North West
Decision Date: 07/10/2020
vi.
Application No: 19/01593/FUL
Location: 11 East Street Ryde, PO33 1JP
Proposal: Continued use of property as community arts centre and cafe; including
two artist studios; exhibition gallery and community gallery
Parish: Ryde Ward: Ryde North East
Decision Date: 13/10/2020
Ryde Town Council raised no objection to this application
vii.
Application No: 19/01594/ADV
Location: 11 East Street Ryde, PO33 1JP
Proposal: Non-illuminated projecting sign and 2 fascia signs
Parish: Ryde Ward: Ryde North East
Decision Date: 13/10/2020
Ryde Town Council raised no objection to this application
2. APPLICATIONS REFUSED
i. Application No: 20/00975/HOU
Location: 40 Great Preston Road, Ryde, PO33 1EF
Proposal: Demolition of garage; proposed two storey side extension; first floor
rear extension; loft conversion including alterations to existing roof line.
Decision Date: 06/10/2020
Parish: Ryde Ward: Ryde South
Ryde Town Council raised no objection to this application
ii. Application No: 20/01280/FUL
Location: Old Wychwood Quarr Hill Binstead Ryde, PO33 4EH
Proposal: Proposed construction of new bungalow with parking
Decision Date: 12/10/2020
Parish: Ryde Ward: Binstead And Fishbourne
Ryde Town Council support this application subject to the confirmation by way
of a tree report that no trees will be adversely affected by the proposed dwelling
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It was noted that there were two applications which Ryde Town Council had objected
to and conversely, one application which was refused that Ryde Town Council had
supported.
RESOLVED:
THAT the decisions taken by the Isle of Wight Council since the last Ryde Town
Council Planning Committee meeting be noted.
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PAVEMENT PARKING: OPTIONS FOR CHANGE
The Chair advised members that the Town Council had, along with other Town and
Parish Councils, been made aware of a government consultation initiative, inviting
comments on the proposed options for change with regard to the increasing problems
around the parking of vehicles on pavements.
In order for the government to better understand the wide range of issues and problems
being encountered, the Department for Transport had outlined three main options:
• Option 1 - Ongoing work to improve the current enforcement process, under which
local authorities can prohibit pavement parking by making Traffice Regulation
Orders (TROs) and, if they have Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) powers, issuing
PCNs.
• Option 2 - Legislative change to allow local authorities with CPE powers to enforce
against ‘unnecessary obstruction of the pavement’. At present only the Police have
this power.
• Option 3 - Legislative change to introduce a London-style pavement parking
prohibition throughout England (London had banned all pavement parking since
1974) except on streets which the local authority designates as exempt.
Any other alternative proposals would also be welcomed. Consultees are requested to
respond by completing an online questionnaire.
Members were of the opinion that as Ryde had large areas of narrow pavements, the
issue of pavement parking had become a problem in some areas, creating difficulties
for people to negotiate around parked cars, particularly those with physical disabilities.
The general opinion was that some change is needed and Option 2 and 3 were
discussed. It was agreed that the Chair would explore the options further and draft a
response for consideration at the next meeting.
145/20 MEETING HOUSING NEEDS
The Committee was reminded of the public question which was raised regarding the
Pennyfeathers Phasing Plans and Reserved Matters applications that were anticipated
to be received during September 2020. The Chair stated that, although Ryde Town
Council had been informed by the developer’s agent that they hoped to submit the
applications by the original deadline of 1 September, they had no legal responsibility
to do so because the government had, owing to the Covid 19 pandemic, extended the
deadline for such submissions to April 2021. Regarding the rumour that Hepburns was
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no longer the agent, the Chair agreed to look into the matter and advise the questioner
accordingly.
With regard to housing needs in general, the Chair suggested that, in view of current
debates on housing needs assessment and the allocation of land for housing
purposes, the Town Council should consider its stance on these issues and what
possible action it could take to facilitate the provision of appropriate housing, especially
social housing for rent. She suggested that Vectis Housing Group should be contacted
in order to gain support and advice.
It was agreed that these issues should be referred to the working group set up to review
the Position Statement and that a meeting of the Group should be organised as soon
as possible.
It was suggested that the Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and
Housing should be invited to the next meeting in order to discuss housing and related
planning issues. It was agreed that the Chair would write a letter of invitation to the
Cabinet Member with a view to him attending the next meeting on 17 November 2020.
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HIGH STREET HERITAGE ACTION ZONE (HSZAZ) UPDATE
In his absence the Chair of the HSHAZ Steering Group had circulated ahead of the
meeting an update on the project.
It was noted that there were plans for a research project, led by the University of
Southampton and funded by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, to examine the
impact of the pedestrianisation of the lower High Street on deliveries to businesses.
Members agreed that such a study could be useful because some businesses have
no rear delivery access. They also suggested that, since there are still a small number
of vehicles driving and parking in the zone, especially during the evening, there is a
need for further measures, such as a barrier and/or improved signage.
It was also noted an error in the research proposal. It referred to the pedestrianisation
being between Garfield Road and Cross Street. This should in fact be between Garfield
Road and Star Street.
147/20 DATE OF NEXT MEETING
RESOLVED:
THAT the next meeting of the Planning, Regeneration and Environment
Committee will be held on Tuesday, 17 November 2020 via the Zoom Video
meeting facility, at 4.00pm.
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