Planning Committee - Wednesday, 13th July, 2022 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Runnymede Civic Centre, Addlestone

Contact: Mr B A Fleckney 

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 353 KB

To confirm and sign, as a correct record, the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 22nd June 2022 (Appendix ‘A’).



The Minutes of the meeting held on 22 June 2022 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.



Apologies for Absence


No apologies received.



Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable and non-registrable interests in items on the agenda.


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No declarations received.


Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 142 KB


The planning applications listed below were considered by the Committee.  All representations received on the applications were reported and copies had been made available for inspection by Members before the meeting.  The Addendum had also been published on the Council’s website on the day of the meeting. An Objector and applicant’s agent addressed the Committee on the application specified.


            RESOLVED that –


the following applications be determined as indicated: -





RU 22/0278


Land North of Trumps Green Road, Virginia Water


Outline Planning Permission for demolition of existing structures and erection of up to 67 new homes (35% affordable), provision of 1 travellers pitch, and new vehicular access via Trumps Green Road together with associated car parking, open space and landscaping with access only to be considered with all other matters reserved.


Comments were made by Members regarding sustainability of the site and the likely reliance on car for accessing local facilities and services, the need for an additional bus stop within the development to assist accessibility, and safety of access arrangements and use of secondary access.


The CHDMBC commented that the site was part of an allocated site within the Local Plan and was now within the urban area. The delivery of development at local plan sites was the Council’s strategy for meeting its housing need, as such the principle of development was considered acceptable. The quantum of development proposed aligned with the plan numbers and had been well designed so that it would not preclude development of the remainder of the site allocation.


Site sustainability (as well as the likelihood of suitable access being achieved) had been assessed at Local Plan stage and was found preferable to other sites that were not included in the plan. It was not within the applicant’s power to alter bus routes or frequency or install bus stops but they would make a contribution to transport improvements and /or an improved bus service which would be utilised by SCC and bus operators. This was covered in the legal agreement. Some options may become possible as part of the Longcross Garden Village scheme which could also assist with serving this development. Longcross may also improve the sustainability of the site when its facilities come on line.


Visibility splays and access were considered acceptable by the County Highway Authority and the CHDMBC thought the access point was likely to be the only access due to the curve of the road and would avoid problems associated with multiple access points.However that would be considered fully in any subsequent applications and other solutions could not be ruled out at this time.


Provision of visibility splays to the north would not require much if any vegetation removal, but some vegetation to the south would be removed and this was in the control of the applicant.


Members wished to see an additional condition imposed restricting use of the secondary access to emergency vehicles only. Low tech bollards would be the preferred option to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 138.


Publication of Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) Scoping Report for the 2040 Local Plan (Planning, Policy & Economic Development) pdf icon PDF 222 KB

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The Committee was informed of the outcome of public consultation on a draft Sustainability Appraisal (SA) incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Report for the Runnymede 2040 Local Plan .The  approval of the Committee was sought to publish the final SA Scoping Report, with the amendments as shown tracked in Appendix A and as listed in Appendix B to the agenda, and to approve the Sustainability Framework, as the basis for undertaking the SA/ SEA Appraisal of the various stages of the forthcoming Runnymede 2040 Local Plan.     


SA/SEA was now an established mechanism for assessing the sustainability and environmental performance of plans and programmes, such as the Runnymede 2040 Local Plan, and was a legal requirement under the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and Environmental Assessment of Plans & Programmes Regulations 2004 (SEA Regulations).


The first stage of SA/SEA was the scoping stage. This stage sought to understand key messages/objectives from other legislation and guidance, establish the baseline environment and how this might change in the future in the absence of the Runnymede 2040 Local Plan. The SA/SEA Scoping Report should also identify any issues and problems arising from the key messages and baseline information and how these could be addressed in the Runnymede 2040 Local Plan. The Scoping Report included a Sustainability Framework, which would form the basis for the Sustainability Appraisal work on the forthcoming Runnymede 2040 Local Plan.


A draft version of the SA/SEA Scoping Report was open to public consultation for a period of five weeks from 22 April to 28 May 2022, including with the three consultation bodies (Environment Agency, Historic England, Natural England). In total 18 representations were received and a summary of these with officer responses was reported


Given the representations received and a number of other material circumstances since consultation, a number of amendments were proposed by officers to the Scoping Report.. The key amendments were as follows:-


·         Additional baseline information on green/blue infrastructure and green corridors in      Section 3;

·         Update to population data in Section 4 to account for first release of Census 2021 data;

·         Addition of information from the Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) on housing mix and identification of housing mix as an issue/problem in Table 4-2;

·         Additional information on air quality monitoring station on Byfleet Road;

·         Update to CO2 emissions baseline following government’s latest release of data;

·         Recognition of A318 as a major local highway in the Borough;

·         Addition of information on employment baseline and future baseline;

·         Additional decision aiding criteria in SA Framework for SA Objectives 2, 4, 5 and 7 to strengthen consideration of climate change;

·         Additional plans, policies, programmes and their key messages/objectives added to   Appendix A for Water, Climate and Transport.


The following points raised by Members would be addressed by officers:


·                    Reinforcement of the point that Virginia Water and Thorpe did not have a good public transport service.

·                     Langham Pond-amend location to refer to Egham/Englefield Green.

·                     Amend  heading of column 3 in tables to refer to ‘Plan’.

·                    Consider inclusion of separate paragraph regarding the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 139.