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59.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

60.

Minutes of Previous Planning Committee pdf icon PDF 164 KB

Of the meeting held on 19th October 2023 to be approved and signed.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 19th October 2023 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

61.

Minutes of Previous Conservation Advisory Panel pdf icon PDF 130 KB

That the minutes of the Conservation Advisory Panel of 4th October and 1st November 2023 be received.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Conservation Advisory Panel meetings held on 4th October and 1st November 2023 be received.

62.

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 Service Manager – Development Management of any requests for site visits by 5.00 p.m. on Monday (11th December 2023) and reasons for the request.

 

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:

The Committee visited the following site which was the subject of an application to be determined, prior to the commencement of the meeting:

 

Application 22/01053/FUL – Former Berwick Arms, 250 Bath Road

63.

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.

64.

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.

65.

Application 22/01053/FUL - Former Berwick Arms, 250 Bath Road pdf icon PDF 440 KB

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.

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the change of use from residential dwelling (Use Class C3) to a 3-bedroom House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) (Use Class C4) at the former Berwick Arms, 250 Bath Road.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application was originally referred to Planning Committee at the request of Councillor Denham on the grounds as set out in paragraph 1.2 of the report.

 

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.

 

There were no late papers circulated

 

The application was originally reported to Planning Committee on 19th October 2023, but was deferred to allow for a site visit to take place and for a Car Park Management Plan to be submitted, which was attached as Appendix 1 to the report.  The officer report had been updated accordingly.

 

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 Senior Planning Officer informed Committee Members that an additional condition (10) had been added following the submission of the Car Park Management Plan in order to ensure compliance.

 

Public Representations

 

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

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·        Concerns were still raised that the rooms that were originally bedrooms are now storage rooms of exactly the same size.  It was noted however that a condition (3) had been applied to say no more than 3 bedrooms to be added without planning permission.  The Service Manager – Development Management reassured Members that any additional bedrooms would require planning permission.  In terms of licensing arrangements, Strategic Housing Services would need to check and issue a licence in accordance with the panning permission granted.  Officers were comfortable with this and that the condition would be enforceable.

 

·        It was felt that the property was not appropriate for conversion as an HMO and some Members preferred to see it as 2 separate flats for family use.  It was commented that Stanley Road is the only point of access from Bath Road to Cherry Orchard which had businesses in the vicinity, car show room and day centre.

 

·        Concerns were still raised that the 3 bedroom HMO could eventually become an 8 bedroom HMO which would impact on parking in the area.  The Local Highway Authority representative confirmed that their assessment has been carried out on a 3 bedroom HMO which would require 3 spaces, but is currently a 4 bedroom dwelling with 2 spaces, therefore already deficient of 1 space.  She accepted that this was a busy area but referred Committee Members  to paragraph 111 of the National Planning Policy Framework whereby refusal on highway grounds could only be given if there would be an unacceptable impact on highway safety or impact on the road network would be severe.

 

·        The Service Manager in response to a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 65.

66.

Application 23/00776/FUL - Transmec UK Ltd. Wainwright Road pdf icon PDF 467 KB

The Corporate Director - Planning and Governance recommends that the Planning Committee gives delegated authority to the corporate director of Planning and Governance to grant planning permission subject to the signing of a deed of variation relating the planning agreement for the Warndon development, in accordance with the heads of terms in Appendix 1, and subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report.

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the proposed extension of an existing industrial warehouse space to suit requirements of the existing occupier, Transmec UK Ltd; Wainwright Road.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application has been referred to Planning Committee as it is a major planning application and a call in request from Councillor Hodgson has been made (correspondence dated 30th October 2023).

 

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 the withdrawal of the objection to the proposal from Warndon Parish Council.

 

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 Service Manager – Development Management explained the Warndon Section 52 Agreement, outlined in paragraphs 7.65-7.70 of the report.  He informed Committee Members that the proposal included a Deed of Variation of this agreement, which is to be varied to make the development acceptable, appendix 1 attached to the report refers.

 

The Service Manager highlighted the benefits of the proposal, which were outlined in paragraph 7.7 of the report.

 

Public Representations

 

The following person had registered to speak on the application:

 

Roland Lee, Hale Architecture – Agent for the applicant.

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·        The agent in addressing the Committee confirmed that the space is required for the expansion of the storage facilities to meet customer demand and future expansion and cements Transmec’s future on the site.  He confirmed that consultee comments had been addressed, although a small part of the green space is to be lost it has been reduced to an acceptable minimum balanced with an enhanced landscaping scheme.  He welcomed the withdrawal of the objection from Warndon Parish Council.

 

·        The agent responded to questions from Committee Members, particularly around job creation figures from the proposal, and the number of lorry movements to and from the site the proposal would create.  The agent clarified the number of additional jobs created by the proposal, initially 15, but was unable to confirm the exact number of vehicle movements, but it was not a huge increase. 

 

·        The agent was also asked if the applicant would be amenable to helping to reduce the access just beyond the verge at Offerton Lane, which has had long standing issues with fly tipping, and/or additional CCTV in managing this perimeter and to also consider the possible increase in the provision of cycle spaces.  The agent agreed to report these matters back to the applicant.

 

·        In respect of tree planting and landscaping, the Service Manager, confirmed that conditions 5 (Tree Protection Plan) and 7 (Landscape Scheme) would apply and that condition 9 (Construction Environmental Management Plan) would cover any displaced parking.

 

·        Committee Members welcomed the proposal, with a local business investing in the city and providing job opportunities.  Anything  ...  view the full minutes text for item 66.

67.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

Annual Review of Planning Decisions

 

The Service Manager – Development Management referred Committee Members to the Annual Review of Planning Decisions visit, which had been cancelled for several reasons.  This was to be re-scheduled to take place in February 2024, date to be confirmed.  The visit was open to all Members to attend and not just those who sit on Planning Committee.