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Application P13E0092 - Northwick Arms Public House

Meeting: 23/05/2013 - Planning Committee (Item 188)

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The Development Services Manager recommends that planning permission is granted, subject to the conditions set out in the plans list.



The Committee considered an application for the proposed erection of two, two bed detached dwellings at land to the rear of The Northwick Arms Public House.


The application was referred to Committee at the request of Councillor Carpenter in light of concerns regarding the principle of development, inappropriate use of the site and the loss of the beer garden.


The report set out the background to the proposal, relevant planning policy and details of the site, representations and consultations, where applicable.


The relevant issues with regards to this application were:-


  • Principle of the proposed development;
  • Design and layout of proposed development;
  • Impact on neighbouring and future residents’ amenities;
  • Compatibility of the proposed development with surrounding land uses;
  • Impact on the highway network;
  • Proposed landscaping and ecology; and
  • Archaeology.


The Committee’s attention was drawn to section 6 of the Development Services Manager’s report in particular 6.21 and 6.22 which referred to the impact on the viability of the Public House.


Following public representations by the objector and the applicant the Committee debated the issues raised and the following principal points were made:-


  • The objector had referred to a previous application for the site which was withdrawn last year.  He stated that the loss of the beer garden would be a loss to the community as it had in the past been used for a variety of community events.  He also felt that an applicant would struggle to manage the public house without the garden.


  • Members asked what type of community events had taken place and how long had the public house been closed.  The objector had thought it had been closed for about twelve months but when in use had been used for children’s activities, bouncy castle, barbecues and mini beer festivals.


  • The applicant confirmed that the withdrawal of the application last year related to access issues.  He had spent a lot of money on the building with partial development at the rear of the public house proposed.  It was not his intention to close the public house, which had now been put on the market and a lease was about to be drawn up.  He stated that those leasing the public house were not bothered about having a garden.


  • Members asked Officers if in their view would there be sufficient amenity space for the public house if this proposal went ahead.  The Development Services Manager said that looking at the plans there would be but this was not really for Committee to consider.


  • Members asked for clarification on the extension of the footpath in Vine Street.  The Highways representative confirmed that the footpath to the front of the site would be widened by two metres which would allow off street car parking.


  • It was confirmed that any landscaping was suitably conditioned.


  • The Local Ward Member referred to the future viability of the public house without a beer garden.  The Development Services Manager referred to policy CLT19 and the comments of the Planning Policy Officer as at 6.21 of the report.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 188