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20.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were made:


Application 22/00159/FUL – Perdiswell House, Droitwich Road

(Minute No. 26)

 

Councillors Amos and Bisset – Both had received email correspondence from the objector who had registered to speak on the item, neither had expressed an opinion.  Both elected to speak and vote on the item.

21.

Minutes of Previous Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 138 KB

of the meeting held on 23rd June 2022 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd June 2022 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Vice Chair.

22.

Minutes of Previous Conservation Advisory Panel pdf icon PDF 220 KB

That the minutes of the Conservation Advisory Panel be received.

Minutes:

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

23.

Site Visits

Such inspections of current application sites as may have been recommended by Officers and as may be approved by the Committee.

 

Members of the Committee should inform the Development Services Manager of any requests for site visits by 5.00 p.m. on the Tuesday immediately prior to the meeting (26th July 2022) and reasons for the request.

 

Members of the public should contact the Democratic Services Administrator either by email: committeeadministration@worcester.gov.uk or telephone: 01905 722085 on the day before Planning Committee so the Administrator can advise of the start of the meeting.

 

Site visits will be conducted in accordance with the procedure attached which forms part of the Council’s Good Practice Protocol for Members and Officers dealing with Planning Matters.

 

Minutes:

There were no site visits.

24.

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.

25.

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.

26.

Application 22/00159/FUL - Perdiswell House, Droitwich Road pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Corporate Director - Planning and Governance recommends that the Planning Committee delegates authority to the Corporate Director - Planning and Governance to grant planning permission subject to the conditions set out in Section 9 of the report and the applicant and all parties with an interest in the land entering into a  S106 legal agreement to the satisfaction of the Corporate Director – Planning and Governance in accordance with the Heads of Terms.

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the demolition of the Perdiswell Harvester Restaurant and redevelopment through 78-bedroom care home, with amenity gardens, boundary treatments, car parking, revised access from Droitwich Road and servicing at Perdiswell House, Droitwich Road.

 

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 representation 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:

 

·         Comments received from Councillor Allcott, local Ward Member and the Officer response to those comments, which resulted in no change to the recommendation by Officers; and

·         Resubmission of resident’s objections by the objector who had registered to speak on the item.  The Officer response was that these objections had been considered as part of the main report.  There was also a late paper submitted by the objector showing the proximity of Fernhill House Care Home, North Worcester Primary Academy and the site of the new Belmont Care Home with the site of the new Lidl on part of the Metal Castings Site and a further late paper relating to the proposed site plan indicating the trees to be felled.  These resulted in no change to the recommendation by Officers.

 

Officer Presentation

 

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

 

Public Representations

 

The following people had registered to speak on the application:

 

Julia Kimberley (Objector) and Sara Jones (Agent – Claremont Planning Consultancy Ltd, for the Applicant)

 

Key Points of Debate

·         The objector, in addressing the Committee, provided background to the site and the importance of the building.  She stated that she could see no reference to a bat survey being carried out or no reference to dealing with asbestos during the demolition of the building.  In response to this the Interim Head of Development Management confirmed that an Ecological Survey had been carried out which included bats and birds and that asbestos matters would be dealt with under the Health and Safety Executive and relevant building regulations.

 

·         The objector also stated that there was already an over-supply of care homes in the area, and the one opposite was not yet to full capacity.  In response to this the Chair stated that the Council has a commitment and legal obligation to provide housing through the South Worcestershire Development Plan to ensure there is an adequate supply of land for housing and meeting the need for older person accommodation.  There were no questions for the objector from Committee Members.

 

·         The agent for the applicant, representing the MACC Group, provided background to the site, the proposed development and the care home provider.  It  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Application 22/00049/FUL - Victoria House, 63-66 Foregate Street pdf icon PDF 774 KB

The Corporate Director - Planning and Governance recommends that the Planning Committee grants planning permission, subject to:-

 

1.       the applicant and all parties with an interest in the land entering into a S106 Agreement in accordance with the agreed heads of terms no later than six months from the date of this resolution;

 

2.       the recommended conditions set out in section 9 of the report; and

 

3.       the grant of a satisfactory listed building consent.

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for change of use from office (Use Class E) at first, second and third levels to residential C3 in the form of 14 self-contained residential apartments and associated works at Victoria House, 63-66 Foregate Street.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to Planning Committee as it is outside the scope of the adopted Scheme of Delegation as it constitutes 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 representation 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 paper which related to the amendment of the description of the development which reflected the changes to the use class order and confirmed by the Agent, as follows:

 

Change of use from office B2 at first, second and third floor levels to residential C3 in the form of 14 self-contained residential apartments and associated works.

 

To the following:

 

Change of use from office (Use Class E) at first, second and third floor levels to residential C3 in the form of 14 self-contained residential apartments and associated works.

 

Officer Presentation

 

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

 

The Planning Officer informed Committee Members that this item would be considered in conjunction with Agenda Item 9 related to Listed Building consent.

 

Public Representations

 

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

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         Some Members expressed concerns over the number of vacant properties being converted to residential property in the city centre and that the approval of this proposal would set a precedent.  The comments of the Economic Development and Regeneration Team of the City Council were highlighted on page 20 of the report in relation to the loss of this accommodation and the evidence to justify this.

 

·         It was also commented that the apartment sizes were small and that there was no amenity space.  It was considered by some that developments like this and any future ones are not sustainable in terms of doctors, hospitals, schools and parking.

 

·         The Interim Head of Development Management in response stated that the apartments were above national space standards and that the Government encouraged local authorities to convert vacant office space to residential.

 

·         When asked what proportion of the proposed accommodation was affordable, the Interim Head of Development Management stated that the proposals include the conversion of an existing building and due to the application of Vacant Building Credit there is no requirement for an affordable housing contribution to be provided.

 

·         Reference was made to paragraph 7.39 of the report relating to the listed building in terms of renewable energy, the Planning Officer confirmed that the Energy Statement advises that it a not possible to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Application 22/00050/LB - Victoria House, 63-66 Foregate Street pdf icon PDF 395 KB

The Corporate Director - Planning and Governance recommends that the Planning Committee grants Listed Building Consent subject to the conditions as set out in section 9 of the report to the grant of a satisfactory planning permission.

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for Listed Building consent relating to the change of use from office (Use Class E) at first, second and third levels to residential C3 in the form of 14 self-contained residential apartments and associated works at Victoria House, 63-66 Foregate Street.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to Planning Committee as the application is submitted concurrently with Application 22/00049/FUL which constitutes 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 representation and consultations where applicable. 

 

There were no late papers circulated.

 

Officer Presentation

 

The information was presented as set out by the Corporate Director – Planning and Governance, 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

 

See previous item – Application 22/00049/FUL.

 

A proposal to approve the application had been made and this was seconded.  There being no further points made the Chair requested the voting of each Member of the Committee who were eligible to vote.  Following the recording of the votes the proposal to approve was agreed as follows:

 

For – 8

Against – 1

Abstentions – 0

 

Councillor Amos asked for his vote against the proposal to be recorded in the minutes.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Committee grant Listed Building consent, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report and the grant of a satisfactory planning permission.

 

 

 

 

 

29.

Heritage at Risk in Worcester: Update and Review pdf icon PDF 198 KB

That the Committee note the contents of the 2022 Heritage at Risk Register and approve it for publication.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the Heritage at Risk in Worcester update and review report.  The Register for 2022 was attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

 

An updated Heritage at Risk Register was approved for publication by Planning Committee in June 2021 and since that time officers have monitored progress and reviewed other assets for potential inclusion in the Register.  No assets have been removed from the register and two have been added from another register.

 

The Planning and Conservation Officer presented the report, in conjunction with a powerpoint presentation and responded to questions from Members.  In particular questions/updates regarding HaR reference 14 – 3 Trotsthill Lane East, HaR reference 21 – Block J Gilding House, RWP Works and HaR reference No. 18 – 79-83 St Johns. The Planning and Conservation Officer agreed to follow these up and report back to the relevant Members.

 

Committee Members were informed that independently from the City Council, SAVE Britain’s Heritage produces its own register of Heritage at Risk in the City.  Seven of the nine buildings included in this register are already in the City Council’s version but for completeness the additional two have been added, namely 13 The Tything (HaR 16) and St Cuthbert’s Chapel (HaR 17).

 

It is proposed to continue to monitor all entries on the Heritage at Risk Register quarterly, update actions, and update the register on a yearly basis.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the contents of the 2022 Heritage at Risk Register and approve it for publication.

 

30.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

None.