Planning Committee minutes – 12th April 2022


Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee


12th April 2022

Time:    7.00pm


Bramley Room, Bramley Village Hall



Cllr Chris Flooks (Chair)

Cllr Malcolm Bell


Cllr Liz Capel


In attendance:

Maxta Thomas (Clerk)

0 members of the public


Cllr Keith Oborn

Cllr Chris Tomblin






Apologies for Absence



As listed above. 



Declarations of Interest



Cllr Capel declared an interest 22/00744/FUL – Bramley Garage, and took no part in any decision on this application.



Minutes of the Last Planning Committee Meeting



The minutes of the meeting held on 8th March 2022 were unanimously agreed to be a true record of the meeting and were signed by the Chairman.




Matters arising






Planning & Development



New Applications



22/00703/FUL – Bramley Village Hall The Street Bramley

Proposed new externally illuminated sign for Bramley Village Hall on existing verge in front of existing hedge (see also 22/00750/ADV)

·         Cllrs asked the following questions – why is the sign illuminated?   How will it be powered? Why is at the end of the path? Are illuminations going to be timed or low light?

·         Proposed positioning is such that it may well be vandalised.

·         Cllrs felt that a V-shaped sign would be more suitable on the Village Hall side of the hedge.

·         Members expressed concern on whether the proposals are correct for the job intended. 

·         No objection, but comments as above.  A V-shaped sign will allow pedestrians and vehicles to be able to see the sign.  Timing of illumination will be important too as this is a dark part of the village.  Clerk to process. 
















22/00727/LDPO – 11 Doric Avenue Chineham Basingstoke

Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed erection of a single storey rear extension

·         No objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.






22/00708/HSE – The Farthings Cufaude Lane Bramley

Erection of a detached double garage following demolition of existing

·         No objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.





22/00744/FUL – Bramley Garage Sherfield Road Bramley

Demolition of existing garage and bakery buildings, erection of two buildings comprising a Class E commercial unit and 9 residential flats, change of use of land to residential use associated with Spring Fields, change of use of parts of residential curtilage of Spring Fields to form part of new development, associated car parking, servicing and landscaping.

·         Inaccuracies regarding Bramley Lane junction changes were noted.  They state that Sherfield Road has been widened to allow cars to turn right into Bramley Lane and bypassing the queue.  The opposite is the case.

·         The application also states that cars regularly block the entrance to the site.  It was noted that there is a keep clear road marking to prevent this, which most people adhere to.

·         The 5 year land availability is mentioned as a reason for the development.

·         Drainage – if proposals are given go ahead then drainage will go under the Cinder Track.

·         Members noted that development in Bramley is unsustainable at present due to drainage, Drs surgery, school, etc.

·         Future of commercial space is uncertain.

·         Residential unit may be up to three storeys, which is completely out of keeping with the village location. 

·         May be some overlooking into Pheabans field from upper windows at the side, although these are to be frosted.

·         Sewerage will be a problem as with any other new development in Bramley.  Bramley is not in position to take more development until sewage system has been upgraded. 

·         EPH Committee has stated that Bramley does not need any further housing. 

·         Design & Access statement page 6 – outlines the outlooks from existing neighbouring properties.  This plan is inaccurate from at least one of the properties. 

·         Recommendation to full council is to object as outlined above.  The item is already on the agenda for the full council meeting on 19th April. 



T/00123/22/TPO – 34 Wallis Drive Bramley

T1 Sycamore: prune

·         There is no sketch plan.  Only two photos.  It is difficult to see which tree is being discussed.

·         The outstanding enforcement action was noted.  It is unclear if the tree in question is on land belonging to BDBC or the property owner. 

·         Members are unable to comment due to lack of a sketch plan, and the outstanding enforcement action.  Clerk to respond accordingly.











22/00861/HSE – 7 Tudor Close Bramley

Erection of single storey side and rear extensions

·         No objection, but proposed extension must have a flat roof to prevent intrusion on neighbours.  Unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.







T/00129/22/TPO – Chestnut Lodge Officers Row Bramley

London plane: remove crown in order to initiate pollard

·         Defer to tree officer unanimously agreed.  However, concern that the proposed work is extensive should be highlighted.  Clerk to process. 







22/00913/HSE – 58 Coopers Lane Bramley

Erection of single storey rear extension and front porch

·         No plans of proposed work, just current location plan and current block plan. 

·         Members unable to comment until full plans submitted.  The proposal looks acceptable from what has been submitted, but drawings and elevations are required.  Clerk to respond accordingly. 









21/03758/OUT – Land At Stocks Farm The Street – AMENDED

Outline planning permission (with all matters reserved except for access) for the demolition of one dwelling and erection of up to 140 dwellings and a community building of up to 250sqm under Use Class E, together with sports and leisure facilities.

·         New documentation does not mitigate Bramley PCs original objections.  Bramley does not have the infrastructure to cope with existing homes, let alone 140 new dwellings. 

·         Skate park comments about older riders self-policing the area does not take into account existing ASB issues in Bramley. 

·         Site is listed in applicants own documentation that it is good quality agricultural land.  55% grade 2, 29% grade 3a, and 16% grade 3b.

·         Sewerage will be a problem as with any other new development in Bramley.  Bramley is not in position to take more development until sewage system has been upgraded.  This point should be reiterated

·         Comments unanimously agreed – Clerk to respond accordingly.


















T/00142/22/TPO – 39 Wallis Drive Bramley

T1 Sycamore: prune

·         No objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.





Any other New Applications





Approvals/Refusals/Pending (see appendix A)

These were noted. 



Planning Appeals



21/00349/FUL – Land At OS Ref 464762 159811 Minchens Lane Bramley

Installation of a battery storage facility with associated works

·         No further update at present.



20/03403/FUL – Proposed solar farm for Minchens lane – Update



This application is to be considered by the BDBC Development Control Committee on 20th April.  The site panel viewing is scheduled for the morning of 14th April – Clerk to check starting point and let members know.  Cllrs Flooks and Durrant will be speaking on behalf of Bramley Parish Council.





Volunteer Tree Warden



The Clerk has circulated details of the voluntary Tree Warden role (see appendix B), and noted that a possible volunteer has come forward.  The Parish Tree Warden would keep up to date with trees in the area with TPOs on them, and would be able to assist with any tree planning application. 

It was unanimously agreed to put it to full council with a recommendation to take the idea forward. 



Water Issues



No update at present.  Cllr Bell has queried Thames Water response to the Bramley Garage application.  Cllr Bell to chase for a response. 


Cllr Bell


Minchens Lane s.106 issues



No update at present – the Clerk will chase ahead of next week’s full PC meeting. 




Local Plan Update



No update at present. 



Neighbourhood Plan Update



No update at present.  Cllr Bell noted that environmental issues will need to be looked at in more depth. 



Date of Next Meeting



Tuesday 10th May, to be held at the Bramley Room at Bramley Village Hall.


Meeting closed at 8.19pm




Appendix A – Planning Summary




T/00616/21/TPO – 4 North Row Bramley

1 Oak: prune.


Defer to tree officer


T/00032/22/TPO – 7 Ringshall Gardens Bramley

Oak T1: prune


Defer to tree officer


22/00233/FUL – Rotherwick Barn Bullsdown Farm German Road Bramley

Change of use from mixed use sui generis use to a C3 dwelling by removing the B1 use class attached to one room of my property



No objection


T/00093/22/TCA – Grays House The Street Bramley

T1 Sycamore – Remove stem leaning towards and over outbuildings.

Raise no objection

Defer to tree officer


T/00112/22/TCA –   Honey Farm  Vyne Road Bramley

T1 (apple tree): Prune/reshape apple tree in rear garden

T2 (apple tree): Fell dead apple tree to just above ground level

T3 (weeping birch): Remove upright limb from weeping birch

T4 (ash): Dismantle/fell ash tree to just above ground level due to proximity to garage

T5 (oak): Fell/dismantle oak to just above ground level due to proximity to garage

Raise no objection



Defer to tree officer


Pending Applications*


T/00583/20/TPO – Middle Farm The Street Bramley

T1, T2, T3 – Western Red Cedars: prune.

Defer to tree officer


20/03204/VLA – Land At Minchens Lane Bramley

Variation of Section 106 agreement attached to 14/01075/OUT to enable the transfer of the Equipped play area, northern kick about and southern kick about areas to the existing management company instead of the Parish Council

No comment as PC has interest in application


21/01219/HSE – Clover Cottage Silchester Road Bramley

Conversion of loft to habitable space, including extension of existing hipped roof and addition of roof lights to the front and rear elevations



21/02588/TDC – Land Adjoining Clift Surgery Minchens Lane Bramley

Technical Details Consent for the erection of 6 no. residential units with associated access, parking, and landscaping, pursuant to Permission in Principle Approval Reference 19/01470/PIP for 4-6 no. residential units



21/03224/FUL – Cedarwood Silchester Road Bramley

Erection of 2 bed dwelling following demolition of stables/home office and associated landscaping and access



20/03403/FUL – Site At Minchens Lane Bramley – AMENDED

Installation of renewable led energy generating station, comprising ground-mounted photovoltaic solar arrays, battery-based electricity storage containers together with substation, inverter/ transformer stations, site accesses, internal access tracks, security measures, access gates, other ancillary infrastructure, landscaping biodiversity enhancements including a Forest School, associated car parking and Nature Area



21/03758/OUT – Land At Stocks Farm The Street

Outline planning permission (with all matters reserved except for access) for the demolition of one dwelling and erection of up to 140 dwellings and a community building of up to 250sqm under Use Class E, together with sports and leisure facilities.



22/00444/PIP – Land North Of Cufaude Cottage Cufaude Lane Bramley

Application for Permission in Principle for the erection of 4 no. dwellings



22/00149/HSE – Bramley Corner House Bramley Corner Bramley (see also 22/00150/LBC)

Demolition of existing brick outbuilding, conversion of existing stable into residential annexe, including two storey rear extension, amendments to fenestration and new conservation rooflights. New annexe outbuilding with store at ground floor and accommodation at first floor. Conversion of existing garage into home gym.

No objection, comments


22/00403/RET – 39 Minerva Road Bramley

Erection of Gazebo and raising the height of the garden fence panel to 2.3 metres high (Retrospective)

No objection


22/00488/LDPO – 19 Flora View Chineham Basingstoke

Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed erection of a two storey rear/side extension

No objection


22/00498/FUL – Stocks Farm House The Street Bramley

Build new oak framed garages and greenhouse

No objection


22/00407/OUT – Land At Boarsbridge House Bramley Road Little London

Erection of 4 no. dwellings to include access and layout



T/00111/22/TPO – Bullsdown House Officers Row Bramley

T1 & T2 on our map (conifers): Prune.

T3 on our map (conifer): Fell.

Defer to tree officer


22/00631/LDPU – Cap D’or Ringshall Gardens Bramley

Certificate of lawfulness to establish whether children’s home falls within C3 Use Class and is not development

No objection, queries

*Objections/no objections listed are the decision of Bramley Parish Council only, and do not reflect any submissions placed by members of the public or other bodies with Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.




Appendix B – Tree Warden role


Tree Wardens are volunteers, appointed by Parish Councils or other community organisations, who gather information about their local trees, get involved in local tree matters and encourage local practical projects related to the trees and woods.  The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative to enable people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods.  The scheme was founded and is co-ordinated by The Tree Council.

The role of the Tree Warden is to keep a watching eye over important trees in the Parish, and commenting on planning applications to the PC.  They will keep a particular eye on any trees with Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and will advise the PC on seeking such orders where appropriate.

The Tree Warden will be one of thirty or so in Basingstoke and Deane Borough, which has a local Tree Warden Scheme Co-ordinator who will help organise training, from tree identification to trees and the law.

More information can be found on the BDBC website