Agenda and minutes

Eastern Area Planning Committee - Wednesday, 7th February, 2024 10.00 am

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

Contact: Megan Rochester  Email:


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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 154 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 10th January 2024.


The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 10th January were confirmed and signed.  


Registration for public speaking and statements

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.  Guide to Public Speaking at Planning Committee


The deadline for notifying a request to speak is 8.30am on Monday 5th February 2024.


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.


TPO/2023/0089 - 2 Brune Way, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 8QG pdf icon PDF 463 KB

To protect trees within the designated Area.

Additional documents:


With the aid of a visual presentation including plans and aerial photographs, the Case Officer identified the site and explained the proposal and relevant planning policies to members. Photographs of the site location and details of the current and proposed tree perseveration orders were shown. Members were informed that several objections had been made by residents regarding the protection order, as well as concerns of harming neighbouring properties, however, there was no evidence to support this.



Public Participation

Mr Bratchell spoke against the proposal. He felt that the TPO had been issued under false pretences and that nobody had taken the time to view or discuss the impacts on neighbouring properties. This had been an ongoing issue and after years of neglect the trees are imposing. Mr Bratchell discussed the damage that the trees were doing to his property, in particularly branches falling and damaging greenhouses, as well as being a result of constant maintenance on garage roofs. He informed members that this is something that he struggles to do now and is becoming dangerous for him to constantly clear up mess from trees on his property. He hoped members would consider the application carefully and asked that they remove the Tree Preservation Order to safely manage and maintain properties.


Mr Tyler requested that the committee remove the existing Tree Preservation Order on his property. He informed members that the trees were imposing and had been majorly neglected. This was shown through damaging the property structure and the flooding of garages. It was highlighted that pedestrians had been scared to walk in front of his property due to the damage that had been caused. Mr Tyler felt that it posed significant risks to neighbouring properties. He highlighted that there were no other TPOs on the road and felt singled out from neighbours which he didn’t feel was fair. He urged the committee to remove the TPO in its entirety to ensure trees on his property could be maintained.


The Parish Councillor hoped the committee would retain the Tree Preservation Order as a safeguarding action. Cllr Manuel noted the statements and comments made from residents, however, still felt the order was necessary. It was highlighted that the Parish Council was not aware of the TPO on the site initially, but it did receive her support and she noted the importance of preserving the trees.



Members questions and comments

·       Members thanked the officer for his report and presentation.

·       The purpose of Tree Preservation Orders was future proofing.

·       Noted that in the past the trees had been neglected which would hopefully be maintained in the future to mitigate further damage.

·       Benefits and difficulties of upholding a temporary Tree Preservation Order.

·       Members noted the importance of protecting significant trees through serving Tree Preservation Orders.

·       Clarification as to whether consultation has been made with highways regarding impacts on footways.

·       Confirmation as to whether the tree had damaged neighbouring properties and if this was the result of lack of maintenance.

·       Proximity of tree to neighbouring property.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 62.


P/MPO/2023/06436 - Land at Ringwood Road Alderholt pdf icon PDF 234 KB

Application to modify S106 dated 1 October 2017 ( variation 10 July 2023 ) to planning approval 3/16/1446/OUT AND 3/19/2077/RM - To agree tenure of affordable homes as first homes tenure.

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The Case Officer provided members with the following update:


       The emerging Local Plan had reached Regulation 18 of the (Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 stage and included policy maps and proposed allocations towards meeting housing need. Therefore, as detailed under Paragraph 226 of the NPPF (December 2023), for decision-making purposes only, the Council was only required to identify a minimum of 4 years’ worth of deliverable housing sites.


       The East Dorset area could not demonstrate a four-year supply of deliverable housing sites as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), with the current supply position standing at 3.9 years.  This meant that applications involving the provision of housing, the policies which are most important for determining the application are deemed to be out of date and the application should be considered favourably unless the proposal conflicts with specified NPPF policies or the adverse impacts would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits (NPPF paragraph 11).



With the aid of a visual presentation including plans and aerial photographs, the Case Officer identified the site and explained the proposal and relevant planning policies to members. Photographs of site location, surrounding features as well as views from North and South from Ringwood Road were shown. Members were informed of the site history and were reminded of the outline application allowed at appeal, the reserved matters application which was approved in 2023 and the previous modification to affordable housing reducing it to 15% also approved in 2023. Included in the officer’s presentation was details of the approved dwelling mix with the inclusion of visual aids of sample one- and two-bedroom flats. The Case Officer highlighted the key planning issues and noted responses from consultees and local representatives. It was recognised that no objections had been raised from the Parish Council or Housing Officers. Comments from the Parish Council regarding the loss of 3 bed homes were noted but it was advised this was considered under the previously approved reserved matters application. Members were well informed that the loss of homes had been discussed, however, it was considered under previous modifications. The definition of first homes was outlined and the number of affordable homes agreed based on a viability assessment, was discussed. Members were informed that the details of the proposal before them would be secured by a section 106 legal agreement.


The officer’s recommendation was to:


a)    Grant permission subject to the completion of a legal agreement under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) in a form to be agreed by the legal services manager to amend planning obligations as follows:


-replace affordable for rent units with first homes.


b)    Refuse permission if the legal agreement under section 106of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) is not completed by (6 months from the date of committee) or such extended time as agreed by the Head of Planning.



Public Participation

The agent spoke in support and thanked the officers for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 63.


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 are no exempt items scheduled for this meeting.  






There was no exempt business.

Decision Sheet pdf icon PDF 31 KB