Agenda item

Application 22/00169/VARCO - Lowesmoor Trading Estate

The Corporate Director - Planning and Governance recommends that the Planning Committee grants planning permission subject to the conditions set out in Section 9 of the report. 




The Committee considered an application to vary conditions 2, 3, 7, 14 and 23 and delete condition 24 attached to planning permission P19D0005 at Lowesmoor Trading Estate.


Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee


The application had been referred to 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 site itself, relevant policies, planning history and representations 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.


The Interim Head of Development Management informed Committee Members that the application was submitted under Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act which allows an application to be made to vary conditions associated with a planning permission.


The application sought to vary the design and layout of the proposals and as a result of the proposed amendments this would also amend conditions 2, 3, 7, 14 and 23.  The application  also sought to delete condition 24.


As part of the powerpoint presentation, Committee Members were shown the original and proposed design and layouts of the scheme, which were also highlighted in paragraphs 7.4-7.8 of the report.  The Interim Head of Development Management considered that the proposed design and layouts were acceptable and would improve the external appearance of the development


The Interim Head of Development Management informed Committee Members that condition 1 was also to be deleted as the original application has been implemented.


Public Representations


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


Key Points of Debate


·         In response to a query on parking provision the Interim Head of Development Management stated that the level of parking was considered acceptable by the County Council Highway Authority and had been approved.  It’s location makes it accessible to alternative modes of transport.  It was commented however that removal of some bus routes may have an effect generally on public transport provision comments going forward.


·         As a point of clarification the Interim Head of Development confirmed that there was no affordable housing provision in the original application and Section 106 agreement for the proposal.   Committee Members did question whether this could be reviewed in view of the increased number of 1 bed and not 2 bed units.  It was confirmed that the Section 106 agreement was signed in July 2021 and the viability assessment was accepted.  It was confirmed that the proposed changes of this application would not change the status of the assessment.


A proposal to approve 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 Member of the Committee who were eligible to vote.  Following the recording of the votes the proposal was agreed as follows:


For - 11

Against - 0

Abstentions - 0


RESOLVED: That the Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report and to the deletion of condition 1.


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