Planning Committee Minutes – 9th March 2021


Minutes of the Meeting of the Planning Committee

Date: 9th March 2021 Time:                    7.30pm
Place: Online via Zoom  
Present: Cllr Chris Flooks (Chair) Cllr Malcolm Bell
  Cllr Chris Tomblin Cllr Alan Munday
In attendance: Maxta Thomas (Clerk) 4 members of the public
Apologies: Cllr Nick Robinson (Borough) Cllr Liz Capel


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 9th February 2021 were unanimously agreed and signed off by the Chairman.  


3.2 Matters arising  
  QPS House – no update from the Borough at present.  
4 Planning & Development  
4.1 New Applications  
a. 21/00291/HSE – 3 And 4 Holman Close Bramley

Erection of front extensions to garages of 2 no. semi-detached dwellings (part retrospective)

·         No objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to take forward.





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

Installation of a battery storage facility with associated works

·         Cllr Bell proposed that this application goes to full council for a final response.  The Clerk noted that the planning committee decision can be refereed for ratification at full council.  However, it was unanimously agreed to refer to full Council.

·         Cllr Bell noted the height of the battery units, and also the height of the surrounding fence.  This will impact NDP views 7, 8, and 9.

·         The impact on a greenfield site and archaeological site was noted.

·         A biodiversity metric is required.  There is a large herd of deer in the area that will be impacted, and also bats in that specific area.

·         Transport in and out of site will be extremely difficult.

·         Members to submit thoughts to Clerk for submission to full council.

·         Cllr Bell noted that there is an ‘option area’ mentioned in the application, which could mean that there will be further batteries installed later on.

·         Steve Spillane, representing the Silchester Solar Farm group, noted that they are looking for volunteers from Bramley.  They are opposing the battery installation as they feel it is an integral application to the solar farm application.  An objection letter has been drafted for resident’s use.  He noted that Professor Mike Fulford of Reading University has opposed both applications on archaeological grounds.  Mr Spillane also noted that the plans do not highlight the size and what the batteries will look like, and they are looking at getting an artistic impression of what it will actually look like – the group is currently seeking funding for this.













c. 21/00403/HSE – 24 Wallis Drive Bramley

First floor extension above garage to create office and work space

·         Extension over garage will obstruct one of the original windows.  However, this is the en-suite window, and therefore obscured anyway.  Clerk to seek clarification on this matter.

·         Clerk to ask for clarification on garage use and whether there is permission for this.

·         Otherwise, no objection unanimously agreed.  Clerk to take forward.








d. 21/00521/FUL – Locksbridge Farm Cufaude Lane Bramley

Erection of 1no. dwelling and associated parking

·         This is related to an application last year.  Clerk to query whether this means that there might be two houses on the plot, or if this replaces last year’s application.  POST MEETING NOTE: the new application states that it replaces the old application.  Clerk to double check with BDBC.

·         However, there is major issue with sightlines from the access at Cufaude Lane.

·         Will look very overpowering in the street scene context of Cufaude Lane.

·         It was unanimously agreed to object on a similar basis to the original application.  Clerk to take forward.













e. Any other New Applications

·         T/00124/21/TCA – Grays House The Street Bramley Tadley

T1 Cherry: fell to ground level

T2 Ash: fell two heavily leaning limbs to ground level

o   Cllrs happy to defer to tree officers view.  Unanimously agreed.  Clerk to take forward, and to note that these are TPOs and the house is grade 2 listed.







4.2 Approvals/Refusals/Pending (see appendix A)

These were noted.

5. Update on Solar Farm application (20/03403/FUL)

No further update on this application.  There are now a great number of neighbour comments on the planning portal, the majority of which appear to be objecting to the application.

Cllr Tomblin has attended a meeting with Highways and BDBC officers re transport at the site.  Highways have not registered an objection.  Cllr Tomblin noted that HGVs will really struggle with access to site, and also there are a number of junctions nearby.  Highways were unaware of battery and NWR applications.  Highways have noted that if the application is turned down on the transport grounds, then it will be overturned at appeal.  Cllr Tomblin stated that it is unlikely that there will be a Highways objection due to the cumulative effect of the three applications.

Cllr Tomblin has enquired when a decision might be made on the application – officers are waiting for outstanding consultee comments.  Cllr Tomblin to check about non-determination and election purdah rules.

Steve Spillane gave an update on the activities of the Solar Farm Residents Group – so far 172 objections have been placed with BDBC.  These are from a good mix of Bramley and Silchester residents.  There are two big banners up in Silchester near the site, and two more going up this week, near Clappers Farm Road and Minchens House.  There is a big campaign coming up this weekend – a leaflet drop in Bramley about the application with a form letter of objection included.  Completed forms can be dropped off at the Village Hall.













Cllr Tomblin

6. Water Issues  
6.1 Update on sewerage issues

i.            Thames Water contact – a document has been drafted and sent to officers at BDBC outlining the issues in Bramley and all the supporting correspondence – this can be viewed online at .  A meeting between BDBC officers and Councillors and Thames Water is scheduled for 10th March – all officers concerned have received a copy of the Bramley report.  Cllr Bell has documented all the emails concerning the issue from 2015.

Cllr Tomblin noted that the officer for responsibility for water issues has responded, saying that she will make sure that the issue is raised in the water core strategy.  Discussions with Thames Water to resolve the issue are ongoing.

BDBC would be unlikely to win any appeal refused on the grounds of inadequate sewerage supply.

Cllr Tomblin has highlighted concerns that BDBC officers are not ensuring that conditions for planning permission are not being met at the build stage.  This has been noted by officers.

ii.            Bewley Contact re Centenary Fields – Bewley Homes continue to liaise with BDBC and with Thames Water to try and address some of the issues at Centenary Fields.  Bewley is trying to arrange a meeting between residents, BDBC, and Thames Water.  As well as the external issues, the plumbing systems installed in the homes are being checked.  A meeting has been arranged with TW and residents for 22nd March.  Cllr Bell requested that Bramley PC be invited to this meeting.

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.  This has been chased, but still no response.

7. Minchens Lane s.106 issues  
  Clift Meadow lighting – The Clerk has received information about the proposed lighting scheme, which has been circulated to all members.  Cllrs asked for the lampposts to be green rather the galvanized silver.  Clerk to check battery life of solar batteries and ongoing costs.

Path – the enforcement officer at BDBC will be writing to Persimmon about this as the lockdown eases.

Attenuation pond – the fencing has now been removed from the pond, and two lifebelts have been installed at either end.

Possible issue with an area of the brook having taken into a resident’s garden in Oakmead– this is being investigated.





8. Local Plan Update  
  The Local Green Space promotion forms and maps have now been submitted to BDBC, and will be going on the website in the next day or two.

Cllr Tomblin noted that the upcoming BDBC Cabinet meeting has a motion to bring two SHELAA sites forward into the Local Plan to address the housing supply issue.  However, this is a somewhat irregular process.  There has also been a minimal consultation period.



9. Date of Next Meeting  
  The date of the next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 13th April 2021.


Meeting closed at 8.56pm






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


Appendix A



1. 20/03124/HSE – 103 Coopers Lane Bramley

Two ground floor pitched roofed extensions


No objection, comments

2. 20/03494/HSE – 18 Oaklea Gardens Bramley

Proposed part conversion of existing garage into habitable space


No objection

3. 21/00078/ENSC – Land At OS Ref 464762 159811 Minchens Lane Bramley

Request for screening opinion for proposed battery storage development

EIA not required

EIA requested


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. 20/03299/HSE – 28 Kirby Drive Bramley

Single storey front extension.

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

1 Lime: fell

No objection
8. 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

9. 20/03485/VLA – Razors Farm Cufaude Lane Chineham

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

No objection
10. 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
11. 21/00082/LDPO – 4 Keepsake Gardens Bramley

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

No objection
12. 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
13. 21/00253/HSE – 5 Minerva Road Bramley

Erection of single storey pitched roof rear extension

No objection
14. T/00057/21/TCA – The Old School Silchester Road Bramley

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

No objection

*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.