Agenda item

Application 19/00836/FUL - Former Ice Works, 174 Bromyard Road

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 this report.

 

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for amendments and alterations to the design of a residential scheme for 54 no. apartments approved under Application P15C0371 at the former Ice Works, 174 Bromyard Road.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to Planning Committee at the request of Councillor Udall for the reasons set out in paragraph 1.2 of the report.

 

Site Visit

 

The application had not been the subject of a site visit.

 

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 Committee’s attention was drawn to the late paper which related to an additional condition as requested by the County Council Highway Authority for an additional car parking space to serve the additional bedroom proposed in the previously approved one bed unit.

 

Officer Presentation

 

The information was presented as set out by the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning.

 

The Development Management Services Team Leader drew the Committee’s attention to paragraph 3.1 of the report which identified the proposed amendments and alterations to the design.  The original design when first considered was shown to Members in the form of a powerpoint presentation.

 

Public Representations

 

There had been no one registered to speak on the application.  However a local Ward Member, Councillor Udall addressed the Committee objecting to the proposal, as outlined in paragraph 1.2 of the report.

 

Key Points of Debate

 

  • A local Ward Member in addressing the Committee acknowledged that the principle of development had already been established but had raised concerns over the loss of industrial and employment land.

 

  • Concerns were raised that the proposed staircase tower would impact on the privacy of the neighbouring properties in Broadway Grove.  The Ward Member asked the Committee to defer the application for discussions and negotiations with the applicant to consider the use of opaque/obscure glazing in the staircase tower.

 

  • Members noted that the revised design with a partial reduction from five to three storey height was an improvement to the original scheme and would lessen any potential overlooking to nearby properties. 

 

  • After some discussion it was agreed that the Committee ask Officers to hold discussions with the applicant with a view to using opaque/obscure glazing in the staircase tower.

 

  • In response to the local Ward Member’s concern over traffic safety and parking the County Council Highways representative stated that access had been improved and met the required standards.  An additional parking space to serve the proposed additional bedroom was now required as set out in the late paper.

 

On being proposed and seconded and put to the vote the proposal was agreed, subject to the additional condition as set out in the late paper and to a caveat that the Officer’s discuss the potential for the use of opaque/obscure glazing in the lift/staircase tower. 

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in paragraph 9 of the report and to the additional condition as set out in the late paper.

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