Planning Committee minutes – 9th February 2021


Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee

Date: 9th February 2021 Time:                    7.30pm
Place: Online via Zoom  
Present: Cllr Chris Flooks (Chair) Cllr Malcolm Bell
  Cllr Liz Capel Cllr Alan Munday
  Cllr Chris Tomblin  
In attendance: Maxta Thomas (Clerk) 2 members of the public
Apologies: Cllr Nick Robinson (Borough)  


1 Apologies for Absence  
  As listed above.  
2 Declarations of Interest  
  Cllr Tomblin noted his position on the BDBC Development Control Committee, and took no part in votes on planning applications.  
3 Minutes of the Last Planning Committee Meeting  
3.1 The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 12th January 2021 were unanimously agreed and signed off by the Chairman.  


3.2 Matters arising  
4 Planning & Development  
4.1 New Applications  
a. 21/00095/HSE – Grays House The Street Bramley

Installation of a 2kWp solar array consisting of 7 solar panels mounted on a ballasted flat roof mounting system (see also 21/00096/LBC for the same property)

·         No objection unanimously agreed.  Cllrs happy to be guided by conservation officer for listed building consent.  Clerk to process.






b. 21/00082/LDPO – 4 Keepsake Gardens Bramley

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

·         No objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.





c. 21/00205/ROC – Bramley Village Hall The Street Bramley

Variation of conditions 1 and 5 of Planning Permission 20/01036/FUL to amend the plans numbers and drainage details

·         No objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.





d. Any other New Applications

·         21/00253/HSE – 5 Minerva Road Bramley

Erection of single storey pitched roof rear extension

o   No objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to process.



·         T/00057/21/TCA – The Old School Silchester Road Bramley

1 Oak: pollard: Leaving a finished height of 10m and a radius of 4m

o   No objection unanimously agreed – Cllrs happy to be guided by tree officer opinion.  Clerk to process.










4.2 Approvals/Refusals/Pending (see appendix A)

These were noted.  The refusal for QPS House was particularly noted.  Cllr Tomblin stated that the enforcement officer for this case has changed.  The new officer is due to contact the owners to find out the current status of work at the property.

5. Update on Solar Farm application (20/03403/FUL) and Battery Installation application (21/00078/ENSC)

No further update on either application.  The Clerk has submitted comments on both applications, objection to the Solar Farm and requesting a full EIA for the Battery Installation.  Borough Cllr representatives are planning to meet with Highways officers re the access to the site.  Cllr Munday noted that the archaeological response has noted the removal of 25cm of topsoil to lay the concrete slabs for the panels – this is contrary to what Enso stated before the application went in.

6. Water Issues  
6.1 Update on sewerage issues

i.            Thames Water contact – Further contact has been made with Thames Water following the recent issues at Centenary Fields.  Cllr Bell is in regular contact with both Thames Water and with residents at Centenary Fields.  Cllr Flooks is preparing a report with a timeline of events over the last few years.  Cllr Bell noted that areas in Sherfield also have issues, so the entire sewer system from Bramley down through Sherfield is inadequate.  Work with Thames Water is ongoing.

ii.            Bewley Contact re Centenary Fields – the MD of Bewley Homes has been in touch with the Parish Council after receiving multiple complaints about the sewerage and flooding at that site.  He is anxious to broker a meeting between Bewley, Thames Water, and residents, in an effort to get the issues resolved.  However, they are waiting on a Thames Water report at the end of February.  There has also been an item on BBC South Today highlighting the recent problems.  Bewley are also working on site to try and resolve their end of the issue.

6.2 Update on surface water issues

i.            Update on Bramley Brook issues – work has been carried out recently on clearing Bramley Brook, although it is unclear which agencies have been involved.  The Clerk has contacted BDBC for an update, and is awaiting a response.

7. Minchens Lane s.106 issues  
  The Clerk has received notice of an application to discharge condition 10 of 14/1457/FUL (Construction of 3m wide combined footpath-cycleway with associated low level lighting and landscaping, erection of 2 new bridges, resurfacing and extension of existing car park and creation of new pedestrian access) for Development Land at Minchens Lane.  This was accompanied by details of the proposed replacement lighting, and proposed plans for addressing the path flooding issue.  The Clerk and Chairman have both replied stating that the proposals for a swale to address the path issues are not acceptable, and that the developer and enforcement officers are well aware of this.  There has been no reply to date.  


8. Local Plan Update  
8.1 Local Green Space promotion – following Bramley PC’s response to the Issues & Options consultation, BDBC have requested which areas of green space in Bramley Parish the Council would like promoted.

Cllrs stated that they felt the rural agricultural aspect of the Parish needs to be protected, so any open green space around the Settlement Policy Boundary should be included.  It was noted that Bramley PC do not own such areas, which could be an issue.  Cllrs questioned whether Bramley Green and Clift Meadow should be included.  Cllr Bell to draft response on the protection of the rural aspect.








Cllr Bell

9. Date of Next Meeting  
  The date of the next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 9th March 2021.


Meeting closed at 8.30pm






Signed:                 ………………………………………………………………….      Date: ………………………………………              


Appendix A



1. 20/00740/FUL – Qps House The Street Bramley

Conversion of ground floor from tanning salon (sui generis) and retail (A1) to 2 no. one bedroom flats and retail (A1)




2. 20/02751/LBC – Mill Cottage Vyne Road Bramley

Remove ground floor internal wall. External improvements including brickwork repairs, replacement patio door and repairs to paving

NB: This property is in a neighbouring Parish



No objection

3. 20/03092/HSE – 70 Moat Close Bramley

Erection of two storey side and single storey front and rear extension


No objection


Pending Applications*

1. 20/01008/FUL – Land At Locksbridge Farm Cufaude Lane

The erection of 1 no. dwelling and associated parking and access

2. 20/01954/FUL – Cedarwood Silchester Road Bramley

Erection of 1 no. single storey dwelling to provide accommodation for parents, associated landscaping and access following demolition of stable/home office

3. T/00503/20/TPO – 16 St James Close Bramley

Single mature Lime tree: prune

Defer to tree officer
4. T/00583/20/TPO – Middle Farm The Street Bramley

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

Defer to tree officer
5. 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
6. 20/03124/HSE – 103 Coopers Lane Bramley

Two ground floor pitched roofed extensions

No objection, comments
7. 20/03299/HSE – 28 Kirby Drive Bramley

Single storey front extension.

No objection
8. T/00642/20/TPO – Rear Of 14 St James Close Bramley

1 Lime: fell

No objection
9. 20/03403/FUL – Site At Minchens Lane Bramley

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




10. 20/03485/VLA – Razors Farm Cufaude Lane Chineham

Variation of Section 106 agreement to modify the mortgagee in possession clause

No objection
11. 20/03494/HSE – 18 Oaklea Gardens Bramley

Proposed part conversion of existing garage into habitable space

No objection
12. 21/00078/ENSC – Land At OS Ref 464762 159811 Minchens Lane Bramley

Request for screening opinion for proposed battery storage development

EIA requested


*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.