Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: David Hicks 1 - Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1BN. View directions

Contact: Callum Wernham  Democratic & Electoral Services Specialist

Link: Watch the video of this meeting

No. Item



To receive any apologies for absence.


There were no apologies for absence.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 14 February 2018.



The Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 14 February 2018 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

Members' Update pdf icon PDF 103 KB

There are a number of references to the Members' Update within these minutes.The Members' Update was circulated to all present prior to the meeting. It also contains details of properties to be visited prior to the next Planning Meeting. A copy is attached.



Declaration of Interest

To receive any declaration of interest



Councillor Smith declared a personal interest in item 89 on the grounds that he had listed the application on the basis that he felt that the application may not be unacceptable in terms of countryside impact or harm. He indicated that he would listen to all evidence presented before forming an opinion.


Applications to be Deferred and Withdrawn items

To consider any recommendations to defer applications from the schedule and to note any applications that may have been withdrawn.


No applications were recommended for deferral, or withdrawn.


Application no 173584 - Waingels College, Waingels Road, Woodley pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Reccomendation: Conditional approval.

Additional documents:


Proposal:Full planning application for the demolition of existing store building attached to sports hall and erection of all-weather multi-use games area with floodlighting columns.


Applicant: Director of Waingels Academies Trust


The Committee received and reviewed a report about this application, set out in agenda pages 15 to 37.


The Committee were advised that the Members’ Update included:


·         Following a consultation with Sports England, conditions 5 and 9-12 regarding Construction of Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), Certification of Artificial grass Pitch, Community Use Agreement, Management and Maintenance Scheme and the Cricket square were revised;

·         A revision to condition 6 clarifying the operations of the sports pitch when not in use.


Tom Barker, Woodley Town Council, spoke in objection to the application. He raised concerns over the disposal of construction waste and the hours of operation. He was of the opinion that a 9pm limit on hours of use would be more acceptable for weekday usage and that due to the semi-rural location that Sunday use would disrupt tranquillity. He stated that he had concerns about the noise from the usage of the MUGA and asked for the acoustic barrier to be extended.


Bill Bell, Resident, spoke in objection to the application. He raised concerns regarding light spillage and potentially excessive noise from use of the MUGA. He stated that his property (located in Copse Mead) would be in direct view of the floodlighting. He raised concerns over how nocturnal wildlife in the area would be affected by the floodlighting. He asked that should the application be approved that mature trees be planted on the application boundary to reduce the impact of light spillage. Mr Bell proceeded to read a statement from another resident Stephen Mortimer. He stated that Mr Mortimer was concerned over the times of use whereby in the late evening excess noise would be heard resulting from use of the MUGA. He asked for an acoustic fence to be built on the boundary of the application and his property (located in Denmark Avenue) should the application be approved.


Andy Carter, Agent, spoke in support of the application. He stated that the current build of Waingels College had remained the same since 2012 with some of the sports facilities predating this. He added that Sports England had noted a need for additional sports facilities in the area, which the construction of the new MUGA could provide. He stated that the MUGA would be 100m away from the nearest property in Denmark Avenue. It was noted that a lighting consultant had assessed the floodlighting plans and had concluded that there would be minimal light spillage to the surrounding area. He stated that evening parking would be available within Waingels College to alleviate concerns over parking in residential areas for evening use.


Keith Baker, Ward Member, spoke in objection of the application. He stated that the new MUGA would be 250m closer to residential properties in Denmark Avenue than the previous sports pitch. He raised concerns about the height of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 88.


Application NO180243 - 1 Nelsons Lane, Hurst pdf icon PDF 652 KB

Reccomendation: Refusal


Proposal: Householder application for the proposed raising of existing roof to create a first floor and additional accommodation in roof space, insertion of two side dormers windows, erection of a single storey rear extension, first floor side extension, removal of existing chimney stacks and changes to existing fenestration.


Applicant: Ms A Jenkins


The Committee received and reviewed a report about this application, set out in Agenda pages 39-52. 


The Committee were advised that the Members’ Update included:


·         A letter from the neighbouring dwelling confirming they no longer have any objection to the revised scheme.


A site visit had been undertaken in December 2017.


Amy Jenkins, Applicant, spoke in favour of the application. She stated that other notable developments in the nearby area had recently taken place and she was of the opinion that this proposed development would not damage the street scene. She was of the opinion that the property would fit in with the local surroundings. She stated that the neighbour now supported the proposed application and that a frosted glass window would be used to maintain the privacy of the neighbouring property.


Simon Taylor, Case Officer, clarified a question from Members regarding the size of the proposed build compared to the original dwelling. He stated that the new build would result in a 272% increase of the size of the original dwelling.


Several Members were of the opinion that based on their site visit the proposed extension to the property would not be unreasonable compared to its surroundings. Justin Turvey, Operational Development Management Lead Officer, stated that the proposed extension would result in an increase in the size of the property.


Councillor Ross stated that the Borough Design Guide recommended an 11m separation distance between dwellings, whereas the proposed application would have only included an 8.5m separation. It was noted that some Members felt that the Borough Design Guide should be followed in this instance.


Justin Turvey stated that the Officer’s reported noted that the proposed extension would have a damaging effect on the surrounding countryside.


Councillor Smith proposed that the application be approved as it would not be of detriment to the local scene and it would not harm the countryside. This was seconded by Councillor Shepard-Dubey.


Upon being put to the vote it was:


RESOLVED: That application 180243 be approved subject to the conditions regarding the application of the standard time limit, the removal of existing permitted development rights, the following of the approved plans and that the window facing the neighbouring dwelling be made of obscured glass and only have a high level opening.