Agenda and minutes

Venue: Guildhall

Contact: Committee Administration 01905 722027, 722006, 722085 

Items
No. Item

175.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

176.

Minutes of Previous Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 120 KB

of the meeting held on 21st March 2019 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

Members raised concerns regarding minute no. 167 and the recommendation, and Notice that was subsequently issued, which they felt did not reflect the Committee’s decision.

 

Following a debate it was agreed that throughout the minute reference to hedge would be changed to hedges as the Committee felt they had voted in respect of both hedges.

 

Members asked if the Notice could be rescinded and the Legal Service Manager advised the Committee that the Regulations permit the withdrawal of a Notice and identified the effect this action would have.

 

Members noted that an internal investigation was being carried out to establish the action taken in respect of the Notice and the findings would be reported back to Committee in due course.

 

The Committee agreed that the minutes would be amended accordingly and then signed by the Chairman and re-published.

177.

Minutes of Previous Conservation Advisory Panel pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 6th March 2019 to be received.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Conservation Advisory Panel held on 6th March 2019 be received.

 

Matters arising: Clarification was requested as to the appointments to the Conservation Advisory Panel.  It was confirmed that the appointments of City Council representatives to this Panel were part of the outside bodies process.

178.

Site Visits

Such inspections of current application sites as may have been recommended by Officers and as may be approved by the Committee.

 

Members of the Committee should inform the Development Services Manager of any requests for site visits by 5.00 p.m. on the Tuesday immediately prior to the meeting (16th April 2019) and reasons for the request.

 

Members of the public should contact the Democratic Services Administrator either by email: committeeadministration@worcester.gov.uk or telephone: 01905 722085 on the day before Planning Committee so the Administrator can advise of the start of the meeting.

 

Site visits will be conducted in accordance with the procedure attached which forms part of the Council’s Good Practice Protocol for Members and Officers dealing with Planning Matters.

 

Minutes:

The Committee visited the following sites which were the subject of applications to be determined:

 

Application P18C0468 - Worcestershire County Schools Library Service, Sherwood Lane

 

Application19/00037/FUL  - Land at 67 Canada Way

179.

Public Participation

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Committee in accordance with Committee Procedure Rule 10.

Minutes:

None.

180.

Public Representation

Members of the public will be allowed to address the Committee in respect of applications to be considered by the Committee in accordance with Committee Procedure Rule 11. Members of the public will address the Committee during the Committee’s consideration of the respective item.

 

Minutes:

Those representations made are recorded at the minute to which they relate.

181.

Application P18C0468 - Worcestershire County Schools Library Service, Sherwood Lane pdf icon PDF 187 KB

The Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning recommends that:

 

i. the Planning Committee is minded to grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 10 of this report and the applicant and all persons having an interest in the land, entering into an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act in accordance with the agreed Heads of Terms; and

ii. subject to the Deputy Director - Governance being satisfied with the nature of such an Agreement, to delegate to the Deputy Director of Economic Development and Planning approval to grant the planning permission.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the demolition of an existing building and erection of 9 dwellings at Worcestershire County Schools Library Service, Sherwood Lane.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application was referred to Planning Committee as it did not fall under the scheme of delegation.

 

Site Visit

 

The application had been the subject of a site visit.

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

 

The report set out the background to the proposal, the site and surrounding are, the proposal itself, relevant policies, planning history and representations and consultations where applicable.  The draft Heads of Terms were attached as appendix 1 to the report.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the late papers which related to the following:

 

  • Consultee response from the Archaeological Officer – no additional comments;
  • Further Neighbour objections;
  • Consultee response from the Lead Local Flood Authority – no additional comments.

 

Officer Presentation

 

The information in the report was presented as set out by the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning.

 

Public Representations

 

The following persons had registered to address the Committee and spoke in respect of the application:

 

Philip Clamp, Susie Scriven, Roy McLaren and John Haywood (Objectors)

 

Julian Hill (Agent on behalf of the Applicant)

 

Key Points of Debate

 

  • Each of the objectors addressed the Committee outlining their concerns.  They had no objection in principle to housing but the scale/height and massing of the proposal was an issue, particularly the principle of two storey semi detached buildings, preferring bungalows instead.  There were also concerns over an increase in traffic and site access for emergency vehicles and refuse vehicles.  Each of the objectors responded to questions from Members in relation to roof heights and overlooking and car parking. 

 

  • The agent on behalf of the applicant informed the Committee that amendments had been made to the application in response to concerns raised by neighbours and had worked with Officer’s with regard to issues of overlooking.  He confirmed that the application was policy compliant and was allocated for residential use in the South Worcestershire Development Plan.  The agent responded to questions from Members with regard to the proposed site allocation, which he confirmed was based on viability, and the types of dwellings proposed.  Site levels were referred with regard to the front and rear of the site and the possibility of a condition if this was required.

 

  • The local Ward Member, Councillor Bayliss, in addressing the Committee concurred with the objectors comments made.  He stated that the proposal was an inadequate use of the site and hoped that the Committee listened to residents and objected to it and that a proposal could come back which was more appropriate for the site.

 

  • Some concerns had been raised by Members over the limited car parking space as there were no pavements in this particular area and  that the development was dependent on cars.  There needed to be sufficient access/storage for cycles.  The County Council Highways representative stated that the proposal was fully in accordance with adopted guidance.

 

182.

Application 19/00056/FUL - Land at Nunnery Park, Nunnery Way pdf icon PDF 151 KB

The Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee be minded to grant planning permission subject to the agreement of the LLFA to the updated Flood Risk Assessment and to delegate authority to issue the decision to the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning in consultation with the chairman of the Planning Committee, subject to the conditions set out in section 10 to this report and any additional conditions as may be required.

 

 

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the erection of B1C, B2 and B8 employment units with service yards, access, parking, landscaping and associated works at land at Nunnery Park, Nunnery Way.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application was referred to Planning Committee for determination as it did not fall under the scheme of delegation.

 

Site Visit

 

The application had not been the subject of a site visit.

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

 

The report set out the background to the proposal, the site and surrounding are, the proposal itself, relevant policies, planning history and representations and consultations where applicable.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the late paper which related to a consultee response from the Lead Local Flood Authority.  Following additional information received they had removed their holding objection subject to the inclusion of 2 conditions as set out in the late paper.

 

In the light of the additional conditions the recommendation at paragraph 1.1 of the Officer’s report was amended.

 

Officer Presentation

 

The information in the report was presented as set out by the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning.

 

Public Representations

 

There had been no one registered to speak on the application.

 

Members agreed this was an excellent proposal which would bring jobs to the City.

 

On being proposed and seconded and put to the vote the proposal was unanimously agreed.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 10 of the report and to the two additional conditions, as requested by the Lead Local Flood Authority, as set out in the late paper.

183.

Application 19/00037/FUL - Land at 67 Canada Way pdf icon PDF 168 KB

The Deputy Director - Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 10 of this report.

 

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the demolition of a single storey side extension and erection of a three bed detached dwelling with new access on land at 67 Canada Way.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to Planning Committee at the request of Councillor A. Amos to consider the implications of the scale/mass of the proposed development on garden/green space.

 

Site Visit

 

The application had been the subject of a site visit.

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

 

The report set out the background to the proposal, the site and surrounding are, the proposal itself, relevant policies, planning history and representations and consultations where applicable.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the late paper which related to an update from Officer’s in relation to amended plans showing the addition of a side access in order to access a cycle shed in the rear garden following comments received from Councillor Stephen.

 

Officer Presentation

 

The information in the report was presented as set out by the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning.

 

Public Representations

 

There had been no one registered to speak on the application.

 

Key Points of Debate

 

  • For clarification it was confirmed that the facing and roofing materials would match those on the existing dwelling.

 

  • Some Members felt that the use of the site was overdevelopment and it was not intended for another dwelling to be built.  There were concerns that the gap between the two properties would not be maintained.  There were also concerns that the proposed was located on a sharp bend with double yellow lines on both sides of the road.

 

  • In general it was acknowledged that the proposal would mirror properties opposite and would not have any effect on the landscape.  It was also considered that proposal met all requirements and was making the best use of the land and was acceptable for the site.

 

On being proposed and seconded and put to the vote the proposal was agreed.

 

Councillor Alan Amos asked for his vote against the proposal to be recorded in the minutes.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 10 of the report.

184.

Applications P18D0473 and L18D0059 - 22 Friar Street pdf icon PDF 189 KB

The Deputy Director - Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee:

i         grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 10 to this report, and;

ii        grant listed building consent, subject to the conditions set out in section 11 to this report.

 

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered applications for the change of use from retail (Use Class A1) to café/restaurant (use Class A3) at 22 Friar Street.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The applications had been referred to Planning Committee in accordance with the adopted Scheme of Delegation as it is contrary to policy SWDP 10 – Protection and Promotion of Centres and Local Shops.

 

Site Visit

 

The application was not the subject of a site visit.

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

 

The report set out the background to the proposal, the site and surrounding are, the proposal itself, relevant policies, planning history and representations and consultations where applicable.

 

Officer Presentation

 

The information in the report was presented as set out by the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning.

 

Public Representations

 

There had been no one registered to speak on the application.

 

Key Points of Debate

 

  • Following concerns raised by Members that paragraph 8.4(i) of the report identified the proposed opening hours for Friday and Saturday as 1000 – 0100.  Members were informed that the opening hours should read 1000 to 1100 and condition 4 would be amended accordingly.

 

  • Members were supportive of the proposal.

 

On being proposed and seconded and put to the vote the proposal was unanimously agreed.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Committee grant planning permission and listed building consent, subject to the conditions set out in sections 10 and 11 of the report and to the amendment of condition 4 set out in section 10 of the report.

185.

Public Path Diversion Order - Bridleway No. WR938 (Part) pdf icon PDF 71 KB

The Deputy Director - Governance recommends that the Committee authorise the Confirmation of The Worcester City Council (Bridleway WR938)(Part)(No 3) Public Path Diversion Order 2019 without modification as an unopposed Order.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report to authorise the confirmation of the Worcester City Council (Bridleway WR938)(Part)(No3) Public Path Diversion Order 2019 without modification as an unopposed Order.

 

The Planning Committee had authorised the making of an Order to divert Bridleway No. WR938 under Section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 on the 24th May 2018.  The Committee were satisfied that it was necessary to divert the bridleway in order to enable development to be carried out in accordance with Planning Permission P17D0448 – construction of a vertical slot fish pass cut into the side of the river bank at Diglis Weir.

 

The Worcester City Council (Bridleway No WR938)(Part)(No 3) Public Footpath Diversion Order 2019 was made on 22nd February 2019.  A copy of the Order was attached as Appendix 1 to the Officer’s report.  The diversion would ensure that the public retained the right to enter the site at the same point as at present, and walk in the same direction to link into other public footpaths in the vicinity of the site.

 

On being proposed and seconded and put to the vote the proposal was agreed.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Committee authorise the confirmation of the Worcester City Council (Bridleway WR938)(Part)(No 3) Public Path Diversion Order 2019 without modification as an unopposed Order.

186.

Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chairman is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.

Minutes:

The Chairman informed Members that prior to the Planning Committee meeting on 23rd May 2019 a workshop would be held to specifically discuss the outcome of the recent Development Management Challenge.  This would commence at 11.00am and would take place in the Court Room.

187.

Late Papers pdf icon PDF 3 MB