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Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

The following declaration of disclosable interest was made:

 

Applications 20/00081/CU and 20/00095LB – 6 St Swithin’s Street

(Minute No.     )

 

Councillor Hassan – knows the applicant’s family but is not a personal friend. Councillor Hassan elected to speak and vote on the item.

2.

Minutes of Previous Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 80 KB

of the meeting held on 7th May 2020 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 7th May 2020 be approved as a correct record and signed remotely by the Chairman, subject to the following:

 

Minute 170 – 146 Bath Road – It was noted that in the course of the debate all Members were reminded to seek advice on any personal development that may give rise to a planning application.

 

Minute 171 – Nunnery Wood High School, Spetchley Road – The minutes to note that Councillor Mitchell left the meeting at this point and the Committee agreed to appoint Councillor Johnson as Chairman for this item.

 

Before Minute 172 – Any Other Business – The minutes to note that Councillor Mitchell returned to the Chair for the rest of the meeting.

 

 

3.

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That the minutes of the Conservation Advisory Panel be received.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Conservation Advisory Panel be received.

4.

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.

5.

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:

None.

6.

Application 19/00820/FUL - Land at Hindlip Lane pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee is minded to grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of this report and referral to the National Planning Casework Unit as a departure from the Development Plan in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Consultation) (England) Direction 2009.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the installation of a synchronous gas-powered standby generation facility, ancillary infrastructure and equipment and access on land at Hindlip Lane.

         

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to the Planning Committee in accordance with the adopted Scheme of Delegation.

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

 

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

 

A Site Selection Statement was attached as appendix 1 to the report, together with appendix 2, a  statement to augment the Planning, Design and Access Statement to demonstrate that very special circumstances exist such that ‘inappropriate development’ (as defined in paragraph 143 in the NPPF) would be acceptable within the Green Belt.

 

There were no late papers circulated.

 

Officer Presentation

 

The information was presented as set out by the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning, in conjunction with a powerpoint presentation for the item.

 

The Development Management Services Team Leader stated that the proposal was a departure from the Green Belt Policy and it is seen as ‘inappropriate development’, however Officers consider that there are exceptional circumstances in this case as outlined in the report.

 

Public Representations

 

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

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         Members who were familiar with the site, welcomed the proposal to widening the access route as Hindlip Lane was very narrow.  The site was considered to be well shielded from other buildings and that the installation would benefit all.

 

·         Members asked for confirmation as to the location of the historic buildings in connection with the site.  It was commented that Members were clearly not ignoring the Green Belt lightly, it was a question of balance as outlined in the Officer’s report.  It was agreed that the site would be suitably screened and the condition with regard to landscaping was welcomed, which would overcome any objections.

 

·         In response to questions from Members the Development Management Services Team Leader confirmed that the applicants needed to obtain planning permission first, in order to submit their bid to the National Grid.  The map on page 29 of the report outlined the location of the nearest residential property, which is approximately 150m to the west and the 130m to the listed buildings.  It was confirmed that the applicants had been asked to look at other sites but this particular site was the closest to the grid for connections.

 

·         Clarification was sought on paragraph 9.1 related to the temporary 25 year planning permission.  The Development Management Services Team Leader confirmed that the 25 year period related to the length of contract the applicants will have with the National Grid.  As a result of the proposed application there will be a need to revise the Green Belt boundary to accommodate this particular scheme if implemented.  In acknowledging the Sequential Testing carried out and the approach to the site selection, Officers concluded that this  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Applications 20/00081/CU and 20/00095/LB - 6 St Swithin's Street pdf icon PDF 581 KB

The Deputy Director - Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee grants planning permission subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of this report and Listed Building Consent subject to the conditions set out in section 10 of this report.

 

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered applications for the change of use from A1 to A3/A5 and front elevation awning at 6 St Swithin’s Street.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to the Planning Committee in accordance with the adopted Scheme of Delegation.

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

 

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

 

There were no late papers circulated.

 

Officer Presentation

 

The information was presented as set out by the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning, in conjunction with a powerpoint presentation for the item.

 

The Development Management Services Team Leader stated that although the proposal was a departure from the development plan - retail shopping frontage policy - recent evidence commissioned as part of the SWDP review is recommending that this part of St Swithin’s Street be removed from the primary retail area.  The premises had been operating as a food outlet for some years prior to it closing and the applicant is an existing city centre business that is looking to expand.

 

Members were also informed that a condition has been recommended for a Management Plan to resolve any objections from neighbouring residents. The successful condition has been applied to other applications of this type.

 

Public Representations

 

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

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         Members welcomed the application and the investment in the City Centre and that the building is being brought back into use.  It was also noted that the emerging SWDP review is moving towards a less restrictive enforcement of the City Centre and the need to support small businesses.

 

·         It response to questions from Members, the Development Management Services Team Leader stated that there were no proposal for the 1st and 2nd floors but would encourage the use.  There would, however, be a need for a separate and independent access.  With regard to the area in between the proposed and the existing business behind the premises there has been no suggestion for a seating area and would remain as a storage area for bins.  It was also confirmed that the single glazed sash windows were to be retained as part of the scheme.

 

·         Members would have preferred the upper floors were brought back into beneficial use and asked that the access be preserved.  The Development Management Services Team Leader, in referring to his report, did say that the 1st floors would continue as storage space, although not ideal.

 

·         In referring to the Officers report Members were pleased to see full recognition that the proposal is in a residential area, also on page 78 of the report, a map shows the relationship between the two businesses and whether this was to continue as two.  Referring to the comments of the Crime Risk Manager it appeared that this was related to the Olive Branch, but Members welcomed the planning condition to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

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That Planning Committee agree the amendments to the procedure for receiving late papers prior to Planning Committee as set out in paragraph 3.1.

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on the proposed amendment to the current procedure for Members of Planning Committee to receive late papers.

 

The Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning in presenting the report outlined the current arrangements as highlighted in paragraph 2.1 of the report.

 

The deadline is currently the day before Committee and it was felt that Members on occasions found it difficult to read and digest the information prior to the meeting, particularly where information is long, complex or technical in nature.

 

The preferred option is to bring the deadline forward to 4pm three days prior to the date of the Planning Committee.  This will enable Officers to produce the late paper and circulate it to Members for their consideration at least 24 hours prior to the committee taking place.

 

If approved, amendment to the procedure will be published on the Planning pages of the City Council’s website.  Officers will also inform agents and applicants of the change.

 

On being proposed and seconded and put to the vote the amendments to the procedure were unanimously agreed.

 

RESOLVED: That Planning Committee agree the amendments to the procedure for receiving late papers prior to Planning Committee as set out in paragraph 3.1 of the report.

 

9.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

Date of Next Meeting

 

The Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning proposed that the next meeting of the Committee should be Thursday 11th June 2020 if Members were in agreement.  This was agreed by Members.