Agenda item

Application 19/00736/FUL - 87 Windsor Avenue

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 annexed at Appendix 1.

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the change of use from 3 bedroom house (C3) to 4 bedroom House in Multiple Occupation (C4) at 87 Windsor Avenue.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application was referred to Planning Committee on 21st November 2019.  Members deferred the application for clarification of HMO data and the accuracy of the HMO calculation, this included checking that the 100 metre radius was correct and understanding the inclusion of properties in the radius and the information provided. 

 

The previous report to Planning Committee on 21st November 2019 was attached as Appendix 1.

 

Site Visit

 

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

 

Report/Background/Late Papers

 

The report set out the comments of the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning which related to the following matters:

 

  • Accuracy of the 100 metre radius - a screenshot of the Local Planning Authority’s GIS mapping system was included.in the report (Figure 1).  This automatically provided the current percentage of HMO’s within the 100 metre radius;
  • Analysis of HMO’s in the local area – a table was provided at paragraph 2.4 of the report identifying HMO’s proximity and relationship to the site locally;
  • Figure 2 showing HMO’s in local context;
  • Figure 3 a heat map which gave a clear spatial impression of clustering locally where there are higher densities of existing HMO’s present ; and
  • Figure 4 showing Windsor Avenue and surrounding HMO’s and relative distances.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the late paper which identified the revision of condition 4 related to the management plan.

 

Officer Presentation

 

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

 

The Planning Officer informed Members that she had met with the Ward Member, Councillor Udall and the objector who had spoken at Planning Committee on 21st November 2019 and had gone through the methodology used for the calculation of the threshold percentage as set out in the HMO Supplementary Planning Document.

 

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.

 

Key Points of Debate

 

  • A local Ward Member, Councillor Udall in addressing the Committee thanked the Planning Officer for her assistance in understanding the process.

 

  • The Ward Member still maintained that the proposal should be refused as there was already a concentration of HMO’s in this area and that one property in particular should not be included.  He did agree however that this was a very marginal case and asked if permitted development rights could be removed.

 

  • Members acknowledged the methodology used in the calculation of HMO’s and the need to be consistent. 

 

On being proposed and seconded and put to the vote the proposal was agreed, subject to the revision of condition 4 as set out in the late paper and to the removal of permitted development rights.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in paragraph 9 of the report, the revision of condition 4 as set out in the late paper and to the removal of permitted development rights.

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