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Items
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104.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

105.

Minutes of Previous Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 158 KB

of the meeting held on 21st January 2021 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 25th February 2021 be approved as a correct record and signed remotely by the Chair.

 

Matters arising:

 

Minute 103 – Any Other Business – Members welcomed the decision to receive a report in future on details of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106 Agreements as part of the Infrastructure Funding Statement.  It was agreed that this would be an annual report.

 

Members did raise concerns however about their lack of involvement with the allocation of Section 106 monies, which has been an established process for some time.  Some of the Members feel that they are not sufficiently involved in the identification and prioritisation of projects on which S106 funds are spent.  Currently, in setting priorities for future Section 106 Agreements, Members are asked to submit suggestions for projects in their Ward/City.  There was some discussion as to which Members were aware of this process and who had contributed and who had not, to which the Chair asked that this process be tightened up.

 

There is also a concern that any delay in the collection of S106 funds, e.g. through a delay in the implementation of a permission, or through the lapse of a planning permission, are not reported to Planning Committee.  It was agreed that this could be included as part of the annual report. 

 

The Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning informed the Committee that an all Member briefing/training date was to be arranged to inform Members of the Section 106 and CIL process and discuss how Members are able to become involved, particularly with regard to how projects are identified and how the S106 funds are allocated to the projects.   

 

106.

Minutes of Previous Conservation Advisory Panel pdf icon PDF 205 KB

That the minutes of the Conservation Advisory panel be received.

Minutes:

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

107.

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.

108.

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.

109.

Application 20/00632/FUL - Land at Darwin Avenue pdf icon PDF 962 KB

The Deputy Director - Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee is minded to grant planning permission subject to 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 subject to the Deputy Director - Governance being satisfied with the nature of such an Agreement delegate to the Deputy Director of Economic Development and Planning approval to grant the necessary planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of this report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the demolition of three existing dwellings and erection of 50 dwellings for affordable housing, access, public open space and associated development including re-routing of public footpath on land off Darwin Avenue.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to 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 representations and consultations where applicable.  The draft Heads of Terms for a Section 106 agreement were attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

 

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

 

·         further representations from a neighbour at 7 Darwin Avenue;

·         additional consultee response from Worcestershire County Council Highway Authority relating to the amendment of condition 20;

·         additional email correspondence from the Agent relating to the amendment of the draft Heads of Terms;

·         further representations from Warndon Parish Council; and

·         comments from local Ward Member, Councillor Roberts to the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning and her responses.

 

In addition verbal clarification was given in response to the further representations from Warndon Parish Council relating to sustainable development. It was confirmed that there is not a presumption in favour of sustainable development as paragraph 14 of the NPPF is not engaged as the Council has an up-to-date Development Plan together with a 7.3 year housing land supply. The statutory presumption is in favour of the Development Plan but even if there is conflict this does not mean that the application must be refused. If development is deemed to be sustainable when measured against the three dimensions of sustainable development, this is sufficient to outweigh the presumption in favour of the development plan .

 

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.

 

Public Representations

 

The following people had registered to speak on the application:

 

Ms Jan Scrine (Objector on behalf of residents) and Ms Rebecca Crann (on behalf of the Applicant)

 

A local Ward Member, Councillor Roberts also addressed the Committee.

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         The objector, speaking on behalf of local residents, informed the Committee that this area known as Darwin Field’ has been the lifeline for many during the pandemic and is well used open space.  She stated that there was no objection to having truly affordable social housing but the development should be sensitive to the landscape and this proposal is not.  Consultation with the developer on the scale and design, which only meet basic minimum standards, have been fruitless.  The Committee were asked to view the proposal holistically in light of the city’s sustainability policies and the boundaries set by the South Worcestershire Development Plan. 

 

·         The objector responded to questions from Members, in particular what was meant by basic minimum standard housing and whether the site not  ...  view the full minutes text for item 109.

110.

Application 20/00988/VARCO - 62 Blenheim Road pdf icon PDF 819 KB

The Deputy Director - Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee approves the variation of Condition 2 of planning permission 19/01018 and grants planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of this report. 

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application to vary condition 2 following grant of planning approval 19/01018/HP at 62 Blenheim Road.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to Planning Committee at the request of Councillor Udall on the grounds of loss of light; obstruction and bricks used for construction.

 

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 representations and consultations where applicable.

 

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.

 

Public Representations

 

The following people had registered to speak on the application:

 

Mrs Denise Boulton and Mr Garry Boulton (Objectors) and Mr Emanuele Giorgino and Ms Maria Derisio

 

A local Ward Member, Councillor Udall addressed the Committee.

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         The objectors in addressing the Committee stated that they had not objected to the proposal in 2019 but raised concerns about the height of the roof, which was addressed.  They stated that by removing the stepdown and raising the roof it has now resulted in the roof being higher. 

 

·         The objectors asked the Committee to consider a reduced height for the proposed archway and front elevation as originally approved in 2020.  The objectors responded to questions from Members

 

·         The applicants in response stated that the minor amendments applied for, overall resulted in the same height, but it had been slightly modified to allow for additional insulation.  The applicants responded to questions from Members.

 

·         A local Ward Member in addressing the Committee stated that the objectors did not object in principle, but it has not been constructed as approved.  He considered that these were not minor changes for the objectors and hoped that a compromise could be found and recommended a deferral to enable Officers to negotiate with all parties concerned to find a solution and would be happy to facilitate this.

 

·         The Chair asked for clarification on the height increase, the Development Management Team Leader in response referred Members to paragraphs 3.2 and 3.3 of his report which identified the approved plans and a table showing the measurement differences more clearly.

 

·         Some Members felt that if there was an opportunity to find a solution for this then would propose a deferral. The Legal Team Manager stated that she did not think a compromise could be made but a deferral is in the Planning Committee’s power if they wish to do so.

 

After some debate a proposal to approve the application was made and this was seconded. There being no further points made the Chair 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 19/01018/HP and grants planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 110.

111.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

Committee Report Format

 

Councillor Alan Amos made reference to the current committee report format, for which the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning, confirmed had been agreed at the Planning Committee meeting in February 2020.  He asked Officers if they could look at another way of laying out the reports so that Members can quite clearly see the pros and the cons of each application with the argument for and against highlighted at the end of the report.  The Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning agreed that Officers would look at how this could be achieved.