Agenda item

Application P18K0411 - Former Homebase Store, Tybridge Street

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

i.        grant permission to vary condition 2 of application P01A0240 to the following:

“Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, the units shall only be used for sale of carpets, furniture, furnishings, electrical goods, automotive and cycle products, DIY maintenance and improvement products for the house and garden, pets and pet products, and office equipment and accessories (including blank cassettes and compact discs relating to computers and computer products).

The sale of goods within the following categories shall be permitted from a maximum of  925 square metres of the store only:

(i) Food and drink; (ii) Clothing including children’s clothing and sports wear; (iii) Stationary items and post office services; (iv) Shoes; (v) Toys and sports goods; (vi) Fashion accessories including handbags and luggage; (vii) Watches and jewellery; (viii) Perfume and toiletries; (ix) Pharmaceutical items; (x) Books; and (xi) Music, records, CD’s, pre-recorded videos and audio tapes

 

The retail sale of goods shall not be permitted other than as detailed above and the store shall be used for no other purpose (including any other purpose in Class A of the schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, or in any provision equivalent to that Class in any statutory instrument revoking and re-enacting that order with or without modification) without prior written agreement with the local planning authority.

For the following reason:

To safeguard the vitality and viability of the City Centre and St Johns District Centre in accordance with the aims and objectives of SWDP10.”

ii.       Approve the variation of the Section 52 Agreement dated  21st April 1986 as amended by previous Deeds of Variation dated 24th July 2001 and 19th November 2015 respectively.

 

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the proposed variation of condition 2 of application P01A0240 (restriction of retail sale categories), former ‘Homebase’ Ltd, Hylton Road.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to the Planning Committee at the request of Councillor Udall on the grounds of impact on the St John’s retail area.

 

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 area, the proposal itself, relevant planning policies, planning history and representations and consultations where applicable.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the late paper which related to correspondence in support of the application.

 

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

 

  • Members supported the proposal which provided employment opportunities which was welcomed.  It also maintained the vibrancy of the area.

 

  • It was asked what effect the proposal would have on the St John’s shopping area.  The Principal Planning Officer explained that because of the small scale floor space it did not need to be supported by a retail impact assessment.  This type of business would not trade in a City Centre and it was the Officer’s  opinion that it would not have an unacceptable effect.

 

  • In referring to the sale of goods the post office services was queried.  Members were concerned that this would have an effect on the post office in St John’s.  The Principal Planning Officer said she would ask them to specify exactly what this was.

 

On being proposed and seconded and put to the vote the proposal was agreed, subject to clarification of the nature of the ‘post office services’ referred to and confirmation that this would not comprise a Royal Mail post office.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee grant permission to vary condition 2 of planning application P01A0240 to the following:

 

1.   Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, the units shall only be used for sale of carpets, furniture, furnishings, electrical goods, automotive and cycle products, DIY maintenance and improvement products for the house and garden, pets and pet products, and office equipment and accessories (including blank cassettes and compact discs relating to computers and computer products).

 

The sale of goods within the following categories shall be permitted from a maximum of  925 square metres of the store only:

(i) Food and drink;

(ii) Clothing including children’s clothing and sports wear;

(iii) Stationary items and post office services;

(iv) Shoes;

(v) Toys and sports goods;

(vi) Fashion accessories including handbags and luggage;

(vii) Watches and jewellery;

(viii) Perfume and toiletries;

(ix) Pharmaceutical items;

(x) Books; and

(xi) Music, records, CD’s, pre-recorded videos and audio tapes

 

The retail sale of goods shall not be permitted other than as detailed above and the store shall be used for no other purpose (including any other purpose in Class A of the schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, or in any provision equivalent to that Class in any statutory instrument revoking and re-enacting that order with or without modification) without prior written agreement with the local planning authority.

For the following reason:

To safeguard the vitality and viability of the City Centre and St Johns District Centre in accordance with the aims and objectives of SWDP10.

2.   Approve the variation of the Section 52 Agreement dated 21st April 1986 as amended by previous Deeds of Variation dated 24th July 2001 and 19th November 2015 respectively.

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