Agenda item

Application 21/00916/FUL - Former Worcester Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre, Sansome Walk

That the Planning Committee grants delegated authority to the Corporate Director - Planning and Governance to grant planning permission subject to:-

 

i)             the applicant entering into an agreement to the satisfaction of the Director - Planning and Governance under Section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972 requiring the applicant to enter into an agreement under S106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in accordance with the agreed Heads of Terms; and

ii)           the conditions set out in Section 9 of this report.

 

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the erection of 40 affordable residential dwellings consisting of a mixture of 1 bed apartments and 2, 3 and 4 bed house types, split across the development with associated infrastructure (road/parking and landscaping) at the former Worcester Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre site at Sansome Walk.

 

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.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the late papers which related to points of clarification from local Ward Member, Councillor Lewing on air source heat pumps and the proposed boundary treatment.  Officers were suggesting recommended conditions if the Committee agreed.

 

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 drew the Committee’s attention to paragraph 7.8 of the report which related to the affordable housing proposed tenure breakdown.  Details of the provision to be secured through a Section 106 Agreement.  The agreed Heads of Terms of the S106 were attached as appendix 1 to the report.

 

Public Representations

 

There had been no one registered to speak on the application.  However, a local Ward Member, Councillor Lewing addressed the Committee.

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·         The local Ward Member, Councillor Lewing, in addressing the Committee asked for clarification on the location of the electric vehicle points (EVPs) and would this cover Chestnut Street.  The site was seen as an ideal location for car sharing and it was asked that this be considered.  It was requested that the boundary treatment could include blue brick coping detailing to reflect the character of the area.  Although a Construction Environmental Management Plan is in place as a condition it was asked if the contractors could be requested to register with ‘Considerate Contractors Scheme’.

 

·         The Interim Head of Development Management in response to the clarification of EVPs in Chestnut Street, highlighted condition 10, whereby the detail was covered in the Car Park Management Strategy.

 

·         The County Council Highways Authority representative informed Committee Members that contractors are encouraged to sign up to the ‘Considerate Contractors Scheme’ through their conditions but cannot force them to register.

 

·         The Head of Planning appreciated that there has been some discussion about the car share initiative but confirmed that this could not be applied on the back of planning policy.  It would be more of a discussion between the landowner and the purchaser but to date has not been part of the sale but would encourage.

 

·         With regard to the blue brick coping as part of the boundary treatment, the Head of Planning stated that this would be part of the discharge of conditions but can delegate to the Chair and Vice Chair to confirm the details of boundary treatment.

 

·         The County Council Highways Authority representative in response to a question on car parking requirements for the proposal confirmed that it was fully compliant with the Streetscape Design Guide in terms of parking numbers, visitor’s car parking and the additional 26 spaces to alleviate some of the parking issues in the area.

 

·         There were concerns by some Members as to how the 26 car parking spaces would be allocated, although not part of the immediate plan, is an important issue.  It was noted that they were currently in the Council’s ownership and the Council should not lose sight of this and do need to have the extra consultation.  Members did note that the parking arrangement was not a legal right to park and was only ever a temporary licence.

 

·         The Chair stated that if approval was given today for the proposal, it would be for the design and construction, the management of the car parking spaces would be managed separately.

 

·         The comments of the Conservation Advisory Panel were noted and agreed by some Members, but it was whether it was of sufficient weight to refuse the proposal.

 

·         In response to concerns over the loss of trees in the area, the Interim Head of Development Management confirmed that condition 4 identified new tree planting to replace those lost and that 3 large trees on site were to be retained.

 

·         It was commented that the Council and the developers could have worked together to obtain a zero-carbon development, as opposed to 35%, as an example to other developers in the city.

 

A proposal to approve application had been made and this was seconded.  There being no further points made the Chair asked the Legal Team representative 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, subject to the additional condition related to details of the boundary treatment:

 

For - 11

Against - 0

Abstentions - 0

 

RESOLVED:  That the Committee grants delegated authority to the Corporate Director – Planning and Governance to grant planning permission, subject to:-

 

1.      the applicant entering into an agreement to the satisfaction of the Corporate Director – Planning and Governance under Section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972 requiring the applicant to enter into an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in accordance with the agreed Heads of Terms;

 

2.      the conditions set out in section 9 of the report and to the additional condition related to details of the boundary treatment with blue brick coping, as set out in the late paper as amended; and

 

3.      delegate authority to the Corporate Director – Planning and Governance, subject to consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Planning Committee, to confirm the final wording of the conditions and issue the Decision Notice.

 

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