Agenda and minutes

Venue: Gordon Room, Worthing Town Hall

Contact: Katy McMullan
Democratic Services Officer
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No. Item


Substitute Members

Any substitute members should declare their substitution.


There were no substitute members


Declarations of Interest

Members and Officers must declare any disclosable pecuniary interests in relation to any business on the agenda.  Declarations should also be made at any stage such as interest becomes apparent during the meeting.


If in doubt contact the Legal or Democratic Services representative for this meeting.


Members and Officers may seek advice upon any relevant interest from the Monitoring Officer prior to the meeting.


Cllr Noel Atkins declared an interest as an elected member of West Sussex County Council in relation to any issues that may affect West Sussex.


Cllr John Turley declared an interest as an elected member of West Sussex County Council in relation to any issues that may affect West Sussex.


Public Question Time

So as to provide the best opportunity for the Committee to provide the public with the fullest answer, questions from the public should be submitted by midday on Monday 17 October 2022.


Where relevant notice of a question has not been given, the person presiding may either choose to give a response at the meeting or respond by undertaking to provide a written response within three working days.


Questions should be submitted to Democratic Services –


(Note:  Public Question Time will last for a maximum of 30 minutes)




There were no questions received from the public.


Confirmation of Minutes

To approve the minutes of the Planning Committee meetings of the Committee held on  Wednesday 21 September 2022, which have been emailed to Members.


RESOLVED, that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 21 September 2022 be confirmed as a correct record and that they be signed by the Chair.


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 pdf icon PDF 264 KB

To consider the reports by the Director for the Economy, attached as Item 6.

Additional documents:


The applications were determined as set out in the attached appendix.


Improved Procedures to Ensure the Protection of Trees and Implementation of New Tree Planting on Brownfield Development Sites. pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider the report by the Director for the Economy, attached as Item 7.


The Head of Planning and Development presented the white paper report, explaining that although this report had been instigated by Adur District Council the considerations it highlighted were equally as relevant to developments within Worthing Borough.


The report sought to initiate a supplementary planning guide focusing on landscaping issues and hoping to establish the following aspects:


·         To require applications to supply more information about the positioning of services and to investigate whether those positionings would affect proposed landscaping and tree planting.

·         To ensure applications were more specific about the type of planting that was planned.

·         To impose stricter conditions regarding the artistic licence currently used within the presentation of CGI’s accompanying an application.


The Committee discussed aspects of vertical greening within the community, the possibility of Members having more control over the landscaping details of an application and the Annual Design Awards. Councillors also deliberated over the possibility of the local community being involved in the maintenance of the landscaping of some of the Boroughs larger developments.


Members were keen to see more detailed landscaping schemes at Committee particularly for major developments and to be made aware when landscaping schemes are submitted for condition discharge.  The Chairman was also keen to see a Landscaping Guide as an SPD.


The Head of Planning and Development noted that our Validation Requirements would require updating to comply with the requirements of the report and standard conditions where there were trees to be retained.


The Committee agreed to note the report.