were for alterations, both internal and external, to facilitate the
conversion of the main house to form eight apartments, two to the
lower ground floor, three on the ground floor, two on the first
floor and one unit within the roofspace.
The main house was only part of
the historic curtilage of Woodside which was set in a site with
varying ground levels. The building was
a Grade II listed building and was within the Lark Hill
The last use of the main house
had been as offices for the Heart of England Tourist Board, but had
been vacant for some time.
Proposals for development on
other areas within the site were already in place having been
granted approval previously.
The comments of the
Conservation Areas Advisory Committee were referred to, where
concerns had been expressed at the closing in of the main
staircase. It was explained that it had
been considered preferable that the lobby areas to the apartments
be provided on the extensive landing areas rather than to
sub-divide the historic rooms to provide this space.
The works proposed would, if it
became necessary, be reversible; all remaining historic features
within the building would be retained.
Where inappropriate materials were used these would be replaced
with traditional materials, such as a wood panelled door to replace
the office style glass door currently in place, and where metal
window frames had been used, these would be replaced with timber
The only additional window
opening proposed was the insertion of a dormer window within the
roofspace to provide natural lighting for the top floor
The Architect explained that
the main house had suffered some susbsidence and needed
underpinning, which was proposed to be done as part of the
The site was currently laid
mostly to hard standing which had served the office use as car
parking, the proposal was to remove the majority of this
hardstanding and return the land to garden use. An area for car parking would be relaid with
appropriate materials to accommodate 13 vehicles.
The return of the majority of
this land to a permeable state would assist with the drainage of
There was currently a
pedestrian gated access from the site onto Perry Wood Close which
at the request of the residents of that Close had been locked to
prevent access through the site for some years. The scheme proposed that this access would be
retained but with controlled access for residents only.
The application was supported
by documentation outlining the marketing which had been undertaken
to attract a new user for the house as office
accommodation. This marketing had not
been successful. The Head of Urban
Environment commented that he could not recommend refusal of the
application on the grounds of loss of office space as other
buildings on the site had been approved for conversion to
residential units, and a scheme for new build of seven houses
within the grounds had been granted on appeal.
There was a requirement for the
payment of a commuted sum for an education contribution to be
secured by way of a Section 106 Agreement.
The Committee was concerned
that the access through onto Perry Wood Close would encourage
residents to park there as there could be competition for parking
spaces within the site; this street was already over parked and was
of concern to the residents.
It was proposed that an
additional condition be applied to ensure that this pedestrian
access was completely blocked up to avoid the potential problems
set out above.
The recommendation as on the
Order paper was proposed and seconded.
An amendment to include the additional condition regarding the
pedestrian access point was proposed and seconded, on being put to
the vote, a tied vote was recorded and the Chairman cast his second
vote in favour of the amendment.
The recommendation plus an
additional condition was then put and it was
RESOLVED: That the
1. is minded to grant
planning permission in respect of application P08D0696 for the
development subject to the applicant and other affected parties
entering into an Agreement under Section 106 of the Town and
Country Planning Act 1990 in accordance with the agreed Heads of
Terms, and subject to the Legal and Democratic Services Manager
being satisfied with the Agreement, authorise the Head of Urban
Environment to grant the planning permission, subject to the
conditions set out in the plans list, and to an additional
condition to ensure that the pedestrian access from the site to
Perry Wood Close was permanently blocked up, the wording of such
condition to be delegated to the Head of Urban Environment;
2. grant listed building
consent in respect of application L08D0144, subject to the
conditions set out in the plans list.