Agenda and minutes

Eastern Area Planning Committee - Wednesday, 8th March, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: The Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS

Contact: Megan Rochester  Email:


No. Item



To receive any apologies for absence



Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Mike Barron, John Worth, Bill Trite, Julie Robinson.


Declarations of Interest

To disclose any pecuniary, other registrable or personal interest as set out in the adopted Code of Conduct.  In making their decision councillors are asked to state the agenda item, the nature of the interest and any action they propose to take as part of their declaration.


If required, further advice should be sought from the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting.



No declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests were made at the meeting.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 22nd February.


The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 22 February 2023 were confirmed and signed.


Public Participation

Members of the public wishing to speak to the Committee on a planning application should notify the Democratic Services Officer listed on the front of this agenda. This must be done no later than two clear working days before the meeting. Please refer to the Guide to Public Speaking at Planning Committee.  GuidanceforspeakingatPlanningCommittee.doc.pdf (


The deadline for notifying a request to speak is 8.30am on Monday 6th March.


Representations by the public to the Committee on individual planning applications are detailed below. There were no questions, petitions or deputations received on other items on this occasion.


Planning Applications

To consider the applications listed below for planning permission


Members considered written reports submitted on planning applications as set out below.


3/21/1115/FUL- 184 RINGWOOD ROAD, ST LEONARDS AND ST IVES, BH24 2NR pdf icon PDF 324 KB

Demolish existing residential buildings and erect block of 15 apartments with parking, bin and cycle stores.

Additional documents:


An update was provided by the Case Officer as follows:


·       A detailed assessment had now been carried out regarding the previous deferral. The Case Officer confirmed that there had been an oversight that an assessment on paragraph 58 of the NPPF and associated guidance in the NPPG was not included in the previous report. A detailed assessment had now been carried out, resulting in officers updating the recommendation.

·       A letter received from the agent on 7th March 2023 in connection with this application requests in the event that Members are unable to support the application, that the item be deferred to allow Members time to consider the points raised and to allow the applicant time to provide a full response to the Officer’s report.


The Case Officer showed members aerial photographs and a map of the site. Details regarding screening and impacts on nearby dwellings were also provided. The Case Officer discussed the impact on traffic and included google street images to highlight this. Members were shown the proposed site plans, layout plan for flats as well as allocated parking spaces and site access. The Case Officer informed members of a relocation of a bus stop and post box which was outside the proposed site. Members were also provided with details of the previous site plan and were informed that the applicant had amended the site plan.  Neither Dorset Waste, nor National Highways had any objections to the proposal subject to conditions.


Details regarding the previous concerns relating to viability and assessment of NPPF paragraph 58 was also discussed. The Case Officer also informed members of the applicant’s response to this following the previous committee and how the development didn’t contribute to affordable housing, therefore, the application was contrary to policy..


Public Participation


Melissa-Griffith Jones spoke in objection of the application. She discussed how she had previously been approached by developers and rejected their requests to sell her family home. Mrs Jones discussed the negative impacts that the development would have on neighbouring properties, in particular excessive overlooking, and dangerous site access. She also informed members that there were no other properties in the area like this, therefore the site would stand out and impact the character of the area. She did not believe that the site was economically viable and hoped members would support the officer’s recommendation to refuse planning permission.


Alan Davies spoke on behalf of the applicant. He informed members that the applicant was disappointed to acknowledge the change in officers’ recommendation and believed further notice should’ve been given. Mr Davies discussed the previous deferral and believed that the applicant had solved previous concerns made, particularly concerns regarding refuse vehicles. Mr Davies was aware that the development couldn’t meet affordable housing requirements but discussed how an agreed sum had been met to compensate this. He urged members to defer the application to allow the applicant time to respond.


Members questions and comments


·       Concerns regarding viability test not being justified. Members raised that the NPPF made it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 340.


P/VOC/2022/07839- Land at Leigh Road Colehill Wimborne BH21 2BZ pdf icon PDF 533 KB

Application to Vary Condition 1 of Approved P/A 3/17/0848/FUL (Hybrid planning application comprising 1) Full application for 44 dwellings with associated roads, footways, amenity areas, parking, open space, a drainage pumping station and a sustainable urban drainage system with surface water attenuation ponds in the eastern sector of the site as well as the provision of a principal access road from Leigh road as per the scheme approved under ref 3/14/1097/FUL other than the amended surface water drainage arrangements and


2) Outline planning application for a First School of 1.2 hectares in extent with means of

access via the road and footway system incorporated in the accompanying full application and other matters reserved:- all as part of the


development provided for under Policy WWMC8 of the Christchurch and East Dorset Local Plan Part 1 - Core Strategy (2014).


To vary the extent of the site access further to detailed discussions with Dorset Highways

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It was requested that the Land at Leigh Road Colehill Wimborne application P/VOC/2022/07839 be deferred as officers needed to obtain further information. The deferral would allow time for officers to correlate all information prior to consideration by the committee.



Urgent items

To consider any items of business which the Chairman has had prior notification and considers to be urgent pursuant to section 100B (4) b) of the Local Government Act 1972

The reason for the urgency shall be recorded in the minutes.


There were no urgent items.


Exempt Business

To move the exclusion of the press and the public for the following item in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 of schedule 12 A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)

The public and the press will be asked to leave the meeting whilst the item of business is considered.


There was no exempt business. 

Decision Sheet pdf icon PDF 85 KB