Agenda and minutes

Southern Area Planning Committee - Thursday 1 June 2023 3.00 pm

Venue: The Pump Room - The Old Fire Station Enterprise Centre, 2 Salt Lane, Salisbury, SP1 1DU. View directions

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To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.


Apologies were received from:


·       Cllr Nabil Najjar, who was substituted by Cllr Kevin Daley

·       Cllr Brian Dalton





Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 27 April 2023.

Supporting documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 27 April 2023 were presented.




To approve as a correct record and sign the minutes.


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.


There were none.


Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements through the Chair.


The Chairman explained the meeting procedure to the members of the public.


Public Participation

The Council welcomes contributions from members of the public.




Members of the public who wish to speak either in favour or against an application or any other item on this agenda are asked to register no later than 10 minutes before the start of the meeting. If it is on the day of the meeting registration should be done in person.


The rules on public participation in respect of planning applications are linked to in the Council’s Planning Code of Good Practice. The Chairman will allow up to 3 speakers in favour and up to 3 speakers against an application, and up to 3 speakers on any other item on this agenda. Each speaker will be given up to 3 minutes and invited to speak immediately prior to the item being considered.


Members of the public will have had the opportunity to make representations on the planning applications and to contact and lobby their local member and any other members of the planning committee prior to the meeting. Lobbying once the debate has started at the meeting is not permitted, including the circulation of new information, written or photographic which have not been verified by planning officers.




To receive any questions from members of the public or members of the Council received in accordance with the constitution which excludes, in particular, questions on non-determined planning applications.


Those wishing to ask questions are required to give notice of any such questions in writing to the officer named on the front of this agenda no later than 5pm on Tuesday 23 May, in order to be guaranteed of a written response. In order to receive a verbal response questions must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 26 May. Please contact the officer named on the front of this agenda for further advice. Questions may be asked without notice if the Chairman decides that the matter is urgent.


Details of any questions received will be circulated to Committee members prior to the meeting and made available at the meeting and on the Council’s website.




The committee noted the rules on public participation.


Planning Appeals and Updates

To receive details of completed and pending appeals and other updates as appropriate.

Supporting documents:


The committee received details of the appeal decisions as detailed in the agenda.




To note the Appeals update.



Application Number: PL/2023/00563 - Unit 4, 53 The Borough, Downton

Change of use of Unit 4. 53, The Borough from The Foot Unit D1 to a Takeaway food establishment

Supporting documents:


Public Participation

Mr Glyn Parry spoke in objection to the application

Mr Tim Churchill (Agent) spoke in support of the application

Cllr Chris Hall of Downton Parish Council spoke in support of the application.


Attention was drawn to the late correspondence which was circulated at the meeting and summarised by the Officer. This related to a further 17 comments received since the report was completed, 14 in support and 2 expressions of concern. The first relating to noise, to which a response from Public Protection had been provided and rewording of condition 05.  The second relating to the proximity of the site to residential dwellings, noise, opening hours, anti-social behaviour, parking, and drainage to which an officer response was provided.


The Planning Team Leader, Richard Hughes, introduced a report which recommended that the application be approved with conditions. Key details were stated to include the principle of development and impact upon neighbour amenity. 


The issues noted in the case were:

  • Principle of development
  • Design, scale and impact on the amenity of the Conservation area/listed buildings
  • Highway safety/parking provision
  • Drainage
  • Other matters


Members of the committee then had the opportunity to ask technical questions of the officer. Details were sought on the proposed location of the bin storage and that waste collection would be from the rear of the site.


The positioning of the flu had been set out in line with the requirements of the Environmental Health Officer, to minimalize impact on residential neighbours.


It was confirmed that should the Committee be minded to approve the application, then it would be possible to include an additional condition of an odour review, similar to a noise review.


Members of the public then had the opportunity to present their views to the committee as detailed above.


The Parish Council representative noted the huge response online to the application. Whilst it was keen to promote retail opportunity in Downton, it was noted that as the site was in a conservation area the Parish Council felt that strict conditions were required. In addition to those within the report, a request for two additional conditions was made. These related to a restriction to the opening hours, requiring the premises to close at 09:00hrs Monday to Saturday and to restrict the planning permission to the named applicant only.


The unitary division member, Councillor Richard Clewer who was not in attendance, had provided a written copy of his comments which were read by the Chairman.


A motion to Approve, in line with the Officer recommendation was moved by Cllr Sven Hocking and seconded by Cllr Rich Rogers.


A debate followed where the position of the flu, proximity of neighbouring windows and the impact of potential for odours was discussed. The Officer highlighted that should a statutory nuisance be caused by the premises, then Environmental Health could act to resolve or reduce issues.


On the request for additional conditions, the Officer confirmed that it was not possible to restrict the Planning Permission to a single person, as the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 166.


Urgent Items

Any other items of business which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be taken as a matter of urgency 



There were no urgent items