The Committee considered an application for
the demolition of existing buildings and structures and the
construction of 3no. detached bungalows at Birchwood Mill, 51
Reason Why Being
Considered by Planning Committee
The application had been referred to Planning
Committee in accordance with the adopted Scheme of Delegation.
The report set out the background to the
proposal, the site and surrounding area, the proposal itself,
relevant policies, planning history and the representations and
consultations where applicable.
The Committee’s attention was drawn to
the late papers which related to the following:
Response to document from the planning agenda on 21st
June 2021 for Committee as a late paper;
Comments on Committee report; and
Late paper from the applicant in support of his application.
The information was presented as set out by
the Deputy Director – Governance, in conjunction with a
There had been no one registered to speak on
Key Points of
Members noted that there was nothing in the report on sustainable
energy, it was confirmed by the Senior Planning Officer that it met
policy requirements and above.
In referring to issues relating to footpaths in the Claines area it was commented that committee needed
to be mindful of building properties close to them, particularly
along the river.
The Senior Planning Officer, in response to a question, stated that
if the application were approved it would be contrary to policy and
the balance is so fine that it was considered that the Committee
should determine the application. She
commented that the applicant and agent had improved the scheme and
put in good measures, but her concerns were that some of the area
of green space is being encroached upon and being lost.
Some Members welcomed the proposal and commented that the bungalows
were well designed and met biodiversity policy requirements, it was
also noted that neighbours were pleased to see the removal of
It was felt that the exceptional circumstances have not been
demonstrated and would therefore be contrary to policy.
A proposal to refuse the
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 refused as
per the officer’s recommendation as set out below:
For – 6
Against - 3
Abstentions - 2
RESOLVED: That the Committee refuse planning permission for the
Worcestershire Development Plan Policy 38 states that development
of Green Space will not be permitted other than in exceptional
circumstances. This is consistent with the requirement to plan
positively for the creation, protection, enhancement and management
of networks of biodiversity and green infrastructure set out in the
National Planning Policy Framework.
site along with neighbouring gardens in the Green Space contribute
to the spatial characteristics and distinctiveness of the local
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