Maintaining Lee's character
The LRA Planning Team meets regularly to consider any new proposals/ planning applications in Lee-on-the-Solent, we wish to see good design and developments which enhance a sense of place.
Policy on Reviewing Planning Applications
As a proportion of total planning applications, we object to very few, certainly under 1%. However, when we do object it is often in respect of a high-profile case generating considerable publicity. So, the impression may easily, but wrongly, be given that we approve of little and object to much. We do not generally object on grounds of design. We leave this to the neighbours and the Gosport Society whom we liaise with regarding conservation, heritage and design matters..
The Planning team receives weekly updates from GBC and consider applications using the following criteria. In reviewing applications, we first of all, determine the significance of each application by considering:
Is it in a conservation area, such as the High Street?
Is it on the seafront, which has its own planning rules?
Is it of significant size, such as a large block of flats or inappropriately large for its location?
Will it have an adverse impact on local resources, especially roads?
Are there any environmental concerns?
Are local neighbours concerned or likely to be concerned?
Will it create an undesirable precedent?
If the above does not meet our full investigation the LRA may submit a formal Planning Objection to GBC. If it does meet these criteria the LRA will not normally take any further action other than contacting neighbours when we feel that there may be concerns, we have on occasion submitted a positive comment.
There are special procedures if residents wish to represent themselves at the Regulatory Board which require a deputation. All the rules and documentation can be found on the GBC site
Planning applications for GBC can now be found on https://publicaccess.gosport.gov.uk/online-applications/ which are accessible to all. Residents may also visit GBC planning department to view any applications.
The Gosport Borough Council planning portal is a very useful site to explore and may answer many of your questions https://www.gosport.gov.uk/article/1235/Planning-Portal.
We welcome your feedback to assist us on representing you as accurately as possible, via this website, Facebook or twitter. Links?
There was an application to build a property on a Lee Back Lane or Service Road, having its frontage, only access and parking exclusively from that back lane. The application was of major significance and we believe the resulting ruling a real success in preserving the character of Lee.
We objected on the grounds these service roads are not formally adopted nor suitable for regular traffic, neither ideal to front any new residential development.
Gosport Planners supported our case with an initial planning refusal but this was taken to Appeal. We expanded our case in writing to the Planning Inspector who upheld the case for refusal. We believe this was a success in planning terms and an important principal in preserving the character of Lee.
We do give careful consideration to applications in a conservation area or any applications that do not meet the guidelines in ‘Gosport’s Local Plan. Often, we meet with GBC planners on the larger applications eg Daedalus proposals. Sometimes, (and, more usually, if the Council support our comments) the developer can be persuaded to make changes for the benefit of the community. The most common objection we raise is that the developer is not meeting the required parking allocation in size or total allocation.
We appreciate feedback on any planning issues and urge you to continue to write your own letters to Gosport Council whenever you feel strongly about any particular development. Such letters do carry weight with the Regulatory Board that has the ultimate responsibility for the final decision.
Useful Planning Website Links
Local Plan 2011-2029
Lee West SPD
Marine Parade SPD