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Items
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18.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

Application 20/00144/FUL – 24 Sebright Avenue

(Minute No. 22)

 

Members noted that one of the objectors to the application was a City Council officer and known to several Members.  The Legal Team Manager clarified that the objection was made in the officer’s personal capacity as a resident of Sebright Avenue and was totally unconnected to her role as an officer.

19.

Minutes of Previous Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 65 KB

of the meeting held on 11th June 2020 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

With reference to minute 14, it was clarified that the Committee had been minded to refuse this application at the last meeting and that the reference to “reasons for approval” in the final bullet point on page 2 was intended to be a reference to the ”reasons for refusal”.

 

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 11th June 2020 be approved as a correct record and signed remotely by the Chairman, subject to the word “approval” in the final bullet point on page 2 being amended to “refusal.”

20.

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.

21.

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.

22.

Application 20/00144/FUL - 24 Sebright Avenue pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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 the report.

Minutes:

Introduction

The Committee considered an application for the conversion of an existing outbuilding at 24 Sebright Avenue to 1 no. two bed dwelling.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

The application has been referred to the Committee at the request of Councillor Griffiths on the grounds of traffic generation/parking and potential adverse effect on neighbouring amenity.

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

The report set out the comments of the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning including the site and surrounding area, the proposals, relevant planning policies, planning history and consultations and representations. The late papers included a statement in support from the agent for the applicant.

 

Officer Presentation

The information in the report was presented by the Development Management Services Team Leader in conjunction with a powerpoint presentation for the item.

 

Public Representations

The following people had registered to speak on the application:

 

Mudassar Yaqub (Local resident); Councillors Griffiths and Stephen (Ward Members).

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         Mr Yaqub spoke in objection to the application as a local resident and on behalf of other residents. The main issues were insufficient car parking on the site, difficulties with access/egress, the congested nature of Sebright Avenue and the impact on highway and pedestrian safety. Mr Yaqub answered questions from Committee Members.

 

·         Councillors Griffiths and Stephen raised a number of issues that had been raised by local residents. These related to creating additional congestion on an already busy residential street, pavement parking, the lack of space on the driveway of the property, wheelchair and cycle access due to the narrowness of the side passageway, privacy of neighbours at the rear of the property, highway safety and the Highway Authority’s parking standards.

 

·         The outbuildings have been vacant for many years and have therefore not impacted on highway and residential amenity for a considerable time.

 

·         The Highway Authority had objected to the application and their comments should be give significant weight, as they had highlighted concerns about highway safety and hazards to pedestrians. The majority of Committee Members did not consider that the conversion to residential outweighed these concerns.

 

·         The fall-back position is unlikely to happen due to the constraints of the site.

 

·         Access to the outbuilding by foot or cycle will be very difficult if vehicles for the new dwelling are parked on site.

 

·         Some Committee Members expressed the view that, on balance, the provision of new residential accommodation to a reasonable standard and the renovation of the existing outbuildings represented a betterment of the existing site.

 

A proposal to refuse the application was made and this was seconded. The Legal Team Manager advised that, in a case where the Committee were minded to take a decision which was contrary to the Officers’ recommendation, the vote should be ‘minded to refuse’ and not refusal in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

 

The Development Management Services Team Leader summarised his understanding of the proposed reasons for refusal, based on the points raised in the discussion, as follows:

 

·         The application will be contrary to Development Plan Policies SWDP  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

23.

Application 20/00174/NMA - Worcestershire County Schools Library Service, Sherwood Lane pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Deputy Director - Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee  approves the  non-material amendments to planning permission P18C0468 as detailed in this report and identified in the revised plans listed in section 8 of the report.

Minutes:

Introduction

The Committee considered an application for non-material amendments to application P18C0468, which was approved by the Committee on 18th April 2019.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

The application has been referred to the Committee at the request of Councillor Alan Amos, given the level of local opposition to the host application.

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

The report set out the comments of the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning including the site and surrounding area, the proposals, relevant planning policies, planning history and consultations and representations.

 

Officer Presentation

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

 

Public Representations

None.

 

Key Points of Debate

·         The local Member expressed the view that the original application had been of considerable concern to a large number of local residents. They did not know about the proposed changes.

 

·         Officers confirmed that a consultation had taken place at the request of the local Member. Committee Members noted that there were no objections arising from that consultation.

 

·         Members expressed support for the Officer view that the changes are non-material and would have no impact on the original approval. Therefore, there was no reason why this application should not be approved.

 

A proposal to approve the application was made and this was seconded. The Chairman asked the Legal Team Manager to request the voting of each Member of the Committee, who were eligible to vote. Following the recording of the votes the proposal was agreed.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee approve the non-material amendments to planning permission P18C0468 as detailed in this report and identified in the revised plans listed in section 8 of the report.

24.

Application 20/00305/HP - 23 Bozward Street pdf icon PDF 861 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 the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This item was withdrawn from the agenda.

25.

Application 20/00112/REM - 97 Foley Road pdf icon PDF 643 KB

The Deputy Director - Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee approves the variation of Condition 2 of planning permission P18C0196 and grants planning permission subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report.

 

Minutes:

Introduction

The Committee considered an application for variation of condition 2 and removal of condition 10 of planning permission P18C0196.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

The application has been referred to the Committee at the request of Councillor Alan Amos on the following grounds:

 

(i)  There are a large number of changes so soon after the permission was granted.

(ii) The Committee process will provide people with a further opportunity to add to their previous concerns.

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

The report set out the comments of the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning including the site and surrounding area, the proposals, relevant planning policies, planning history and consultations and representations.

 

Officer Presentation

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

 

Public Representations

None.

 

Key Points of Debate

Committee Members expressed support for the Officer view that the changes to the approved scheme are generally small scale, however the opaque glazing on all side windows was considered to be appropriate and as such condition 10 should be retained.

 

The local Member commented that the local resident who had objected previously had been very concerned about the proposal and he sought assurance that all overlooking windows would be obscure glazed. Officers stated that all windows on the south elevation will be opaque glazed. Other windows will not generate overlooking.

 

A proposal to approve the application had been made and this was seconded. The Chairman asked the Legal Team Manager to request the voting of each Member of the Committee, who were eligible to vote.  Following the recording of the votes the proposal was agreed.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee approve the variation of Condition 2 of planning permission P18C0196 and grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report.

26.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

Steel Barn, Middle Battenhall Farm, Upper Battenhall

 

The Chairman asked the Committee to note a photograph provided by the applicant regarding the amended fence height and access splay as required in the recent permission for Steel Barn, Middle Battenhall Farm.  The Chairman expressed that he was pleased that the applicant had acted so quickly to incorporate the required changes.

 

Additional Committee Meeting

 

The Committee agreed to an additional meeting on Thursday 9th July 2020.