Agenda and minutes

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Substitute Members

Any substitute members should declare their substitution.


Councillor Bob Smytherman substituted for Councillor Martin McCabe.


Declarations of Interest

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Councillor Noel Atkins and Councillor Bob Smytherman declared an interest in each of the items as members of West Sussex County Council.


Councillor Paul High declared an interest in each of the items as a member of West Sussex County Council and advised item 5.4 fell within his County Council Division.


Councillor Paul Baker declared an interest in item 5.2 as Ward Councillor, but had not discussed the application and came to the meeting with an open mind.


Councillor Jim Deen declared an interest in item 5.4, as he had held a number of discussions with neighbouring residents but came to the meeting with an open mind.


Confirmation of Minutes

To approve the minutes of the Planning Committee meetings of the Committees held on Wednesday 26 February and Wednesday 4 March 2020, which have been emailed to Members.


RESOLVED, that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 26 February and 4 March 2020 be confirmed as a correct record and that they be signed by the Chairman.


A vote was taken by roll call.  The Committee Members voted unanimously to agree the minutes of 26 February and 4 March 2020.


Items Raised Under Urgency Provisions

To consider any items the Chair of the meeting considers urgent.


There were no items raised under urgency provisions.


Planning Applications

To consider the reports by the Director for the Economy, attached as Item 5.



Application Number: AWDM/0427/20


The Wheatsheaf, Richmond Road, Worthing


Demolition of Wheatsheaf Public House and construction of 7no.flats set over three floors with associated bin and cycle storage (Re-submission of AWDM/1865/19).


The Chairman advised a change to the order the applications would be considered:-


The Head of Planning and Development would present Item 5.1 AWDM/0427/20, The Wheatsheaf, and Item 5.4 AWDM/1827/19 Roshni, 19 Reigate Road, and the Planning Services Manager would present Item 5.3 AWDM/0108/20 Nursery Cottage, 12 Hurston Close, and Item 5.2 AWDM/`1008/19 Former EDF Car Park.


The Head of Planning and Development presented the application to the Committee Members who were shown a number of plans and photographs to assist in their consideration.  The submission followed a refusal of the application at the Worthing Planning Committee meeting held on 26th February 2020.  


The revised proposal had essentially removed the previously proposed fourth floor in its entirety, limiting the building to three storeys.  A further minor change from the 2019 application was the removal of a strip of land along the western boundary of the site adjacent to the footpath that belongs to the Council.


The Officer’s recommendation was for approval.


Some Members raised queries on the presentation which were answered in turn by the Officer to their satisfaction.  


There were further representations from two objectors.  One member of the public joined the remote meeting, whilst the other had provided a written representation which was read out by the Head of Planning and Development. The applicant’s planning agent spoke in support of the application. 


During the debate it was apparent the majority of Members were still opposed to the development despite the changes proposed. 


A vote was taken by roll call, and there were two votes on the item.  The proposal to approve was considered first and was lost - 

For: Councillors Baker, Smytherman and Wills

Against: Councilors Atkins, Deen, Harman, High and Silman

Abstentions: None 


There followed a proposal to reject the application and the vote was as follows:

For: Councillors Atkins, Deen, Harman, High, and Silman  

Against: Councillors Baker, Smytherman and Wills

Abstentions: None 




The Committee Members overturned the Officer’s recommendation to approve, and  REFUSED the application on the grounds that the proposal dues to its size, mass, density and site coverage is considered to represent an overdevelopment of the site, which would appear cramped and would be harmful to the appearance of this prominent location and character of the area, which immediately adjoins the Chapel Road Conservation Area and setting of List Buildings.  It is, therefore, contrary to Policy 16 of the Worthing Borough Core Strategy 2011 and Paragraphs 190 and 192 of the NPPF 2019.



Application Number: AWDM/1827/19


Roshni 19 Reigate Road Worthing 


Change of use from residential care home (Use Class C2) to 6no. flats (Use Class C3) comprising 1no. 1-bedroom flat and 5no. 2-bedroom flats. Including rear single storey extension to north east elevation with associated external alterations.  (Re-submission of AWDM/1102/19).


The Head of Planning  ...  view the full minutes text for item WBC-PC/78/19-20


Public Question Time

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There were no questions raised under Public Question Time.