The Committee considered applications for the
conversion into 14no. x 1 bedroom flats at International House, 13
Reason Why Being
Considered by Planning Committee
application has been referred to the Planning Committee in
accordance with the adopted Scheme of Delegation because it is a
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. The draft Heads of Terms for a
Section 106 agreement was attached as appendix 1 to the report.
There were no late papers circulated.
The information was presented as set out by
the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning, in
conjunction with a powerpoint
presentation for the item.
Members were informed that the applicant had
agreed an extension of time for determination until 26th
March 2021. This was due to a lengthy
period of discussion between the applicants’ agents and
Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) which resulted in the
scheme now being considered acceptable to all parties. This has resulted in a Noise Impact Assessment
being carried out and mitigation measures recommended. The scheme is now considered acceptable to all
Members were also informed that if the
building had not been listed then the proposal would have been
carried out under permitted development.
There had been no one registered to speak on
Key Points of
Concerns were raised over the size of the rooms, which were
considered to be small and suggested the applicant should have
reduced the number of units to provide more adequate
The Conservation Officer, in response, stated that the housing
standards minimum is 37 square metres and six of the flats would be
below that figure, but he considered that the shortfall is not so
substantial that it would render the internal space arrangements
It was also noted that there was no outside space and a lack of
parking. It is assumed that those
living in the flats would work in the city centre and make
alternative arrangements for parking elsewhere within the city, or
not own a car. Concerns were also
raised about noise and disturbance.
The Conservation Officer, in his report, considered there is a
‘trade-off’ between standards of amenity and the
convenience of City Centre living and future residents will be in a
position to make an informed decision about whether to purchase or
reside in the proposed apartments. He
reminded Members of the Noise Impact Assessment carried out between
the applicant’s and WRS.
The County Council Highways representative in response to the
comment on lack of parking, confirmed that there was no parking
associated with the proposal stating that it is in a highly
sustainable city centre location, close to amenities, services,
employment sites and public transport.
Members welcomed the building being brought back into use which had
been vacant since 2015. The proposal
provides accommodation in the City Centre which ...
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