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Items
No. Item

112.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

The following declaration of interest was made:

 

Application 20/00864/FUL – Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form, Bromwich Road

(Minute No. 119)

 

Councillor Barnes – as a School Governor 5 years ago.  Councillor Barnes elected to speak and vote on the item.

 

The following declaration of other disclosable interest was made:

 

Application 20/00864/FUL – Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form, Bromwich Road

(Minute No. 119)

 

Councillor Cawthorne – the agent for the applicant is a personal friend.  Councillor Cawthorne left the meeting during the consideration of the item.

113.

Minutes of Previous Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 220 KB

of the meeting held on 25th February 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.

114.

Minutes of Previous Conservation Advisory Panel pdf icon PDF 163 KB

That the minutes of the Conservation Advisory Panel be received.

Minutes:

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

115.

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.

116.

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.  However, Councillor Denham, as a local Ward Member, addressed the Committee with regard to Agenda Item 8.

117.

Application 20/00134/FUL - 4 The Moors, Moor street pdf icon PDF 577 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.

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the erection of one dwelling at 4 The Moors, Moor Street.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to Planning Committee at the request of Councillor Denham on the following grounds:

 

·         Principle of development;

·         Impact on neighbouring residents’ amenities;

·         Car parking; and

·         Scale and size of development.

 

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.

 

Public Representations

 

There had been no one registered to speak on the application.  However,  local Ward Member, Councillor Denham addressed the Committee objecting to the proposals for the reasons set out in paragraph 1.2 of the report.

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         The local Ward Member, in addressing the Committee stated that the applicant was squeezing a building into a car parking area.  There were concerns over the relationship of the entrance to the road and poor visibility in an area of awkward road layout. There is limited amenity space and does not add to the street scene.  There is no parking space, although there is a residents parking scheme in the area.

 

·         There was some confusion as to whether the County Council Highway Authority had been consulted, but the representative in attendance confirmed that they had been consulted and made no objections, although aware of local concerns.  The proposal is close to the City Centre and to facilities.  There is a residents parking scheme and residents will be able to apply, although this does not guarantee a space. On balance it is considered acceptable.

 

·         Reference was made to paragraph 6.1 of the report whereby neighbours continued their objection to the proposal and request a restriction on the change of use to an HMO or subdivision into flats.   It was asked whether it was possible to put on such a restriction.  The Senior Planning Officer stated that because of the Article 4 Direction a planning application would need to be submitted which would then come before the Committee.

A proposal to approve the application had been made and this was seconded.  There being no further points made the Chair asked the Legal Team Manager to request the voting of each Members of the Committee, who were eligible to vote.  Following the recording of the votes the proposal was agreed.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report.

 

 

118.

Applications 20/00167/FUL and 20/00168/LB - International House, 13 Pierpoint Street pdf icon PDF 640 KB

The Deputy Director - Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee:

 

1.    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 the report, and;

 

2.   grants listed building consent, subject to the conditions set out in section 10 of the report.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered applications for the conversion into 14no. x 1 bedroom flats at International House, 13 Pierpoint Street.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application has been referred to the Planning Committee in accordance with the adopted Scheme of Delegation because it is a major development.

 

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. The draft Heads of Terms for a Section 106 agreement was attached as appendix 1 to the report.

 

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.

 

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 parties.

 

Members were also informed that if the building had not been listed then the proposal would have been carried out under permitted development.

 

Public Representations

 

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

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         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 accommodation.

 

·         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 unacceptable.

 

·         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  ...  view the full minutes text for item 118.

119.

Application 20/00864/FUL - Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form, Bromwich Road pdf icon PDF 687 KB

The Deputy Director - Economic Development and Planning recommends that the Planning Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report. 

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for a 3-storey extension to an existing school building at Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form, Bromwich Road.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application has been referred to the Planning Committee in accordance with the adopted Scheme of Delegation due to the size of the proposed development.

 

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.

 

Public Representations

 

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

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         Reference was made to the objections raised by neighbours in relation to overlooking, it was felt by some Members that their concerns had not been addressed.  The Senior Planning Officer stated that in terms of overlooking there was sufficient distance not to be excessively harmful.

 

·         Concerns were raised by some Members over parking and roads becoming more congested and would like reassurance that parking would be adequate.  The County Council Highways representative stated that the proposal is to provide additional facilities and teaching space for the school and is not associated with an increase in staff and pupil numbers.  It was noted that as part of the conditions a car park management plan was required.

 

·         Members supported the proposal and commented that the new facilities would be an excellent addition to the school and that the new teaching block would integrate well and is needed and necessary for the school to fulfil its role.

 

A proposal to approve the application had been made and this was seconded.  There being no further points made the Chair asked the Legal Team Manager to request the voting of each Members of the Committee, who were eligible to vote.  Following the recording of the votes the proposal was agreed.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report.

 

 

 

120.

Application 20/00683/FUL - 23 Coney Green Close pdf icon PDF 734 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.

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for a 1 no. single storey detached dwelling at 23 Coney Green Close.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application has been referred to the Planning Committee at the request of Councillor Stephen Hodgson on the following grounds:

          

           This is the first time an individual new home is proposed that is not part of a larger development in Warndon Villages. There are number of concerns about it.

 

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.

 

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

 

·         comments received from Warndon Parish Council on the revised scheme; and

·         agreed extension of time until 26th March 2021 as agreed with the agent.

 

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 Senior Planning Officer drew the Committee’s attention to the late paper whereby Wardnon Parish Council, following receipt of amended plans from a three bedroom to a two bedroom dwelling, now found the proposals acceptable.

 

Public Representations

 

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

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         Concerns were raised over the infill development and the loss of amenity/green space. 

 

·         Clarification was requested on the parking situation.  The County Council Highways representative in response confirmed that the existing dwelling and new dwelling would have full standard parking.

 

·         It was noted that Warndon Parish Council had withdrawn their objection and that there were no objections from neighbouring properties.

 

·         It was asked if the proposal is in the garden of the host property.  The Senior Planning Officer confirmed that this was the case and that they had applied to sub-divide their plot.

 

·         In response to a question over adequate amenity space, the Senior Planning Officer confirmed that the amount of amenity space left was reasonable space for both dwellings.

 

A proposal to approve the application had been made and this was seconded.  There being no further points made the Chair asked the Legal Team Manager to request the voting of each Members of the Committee, who were eligible to vote.  Following the recording of the votes the proposal was agreed.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report.

 

 

 

 

121.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

Local Government Ombudsman - Complaint

 

Councillor Alan Amos queried why the findings of maladministration and injustice by the Local Government Ombudsman in respect of the removal of hedges at Middle Battenhall Farm had not been reported to the Planning Committee. 

 

The Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning in response, agreed to bring a report to the Planning Committee of what has happened since the decision has been received.