Agenda item

Application 21/01151/FUL - 8 Bromwich Lane

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

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the change of use to a 6- bedroom House of Multiple Occupation at 8 Bromwich Lane.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to Planning Committee at the request of Councillor Alan Amos.

 

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.

 

Public Representations

 

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

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·        Committee Members questioned the size of the bedrooms, which were quite small, particularly bedroom 6, although it was noted that they met the Council’s prescribed housing standards.  Also, the Interim Head of Development Management stated that bedroom 6, measuring 7.6sqm, would be considered appropriate as far as the National Space Standards are concerned.

 

·        In response to an issue with regard to car parking, the County Council Highways representative confirmed that the applicant had submitted further details to demonstrate that in line with the Streetscape Design Guide the proposal met the exception criteria for a parking free development.  There were also parking restrictions in the vicinity of the site to prevent displacement parking.  It was pointed out that there will be a new Streetscape Design Guide out shortly which will change the advice given. 

 

·        Whilst there is no parking proposed for the site, a condition for the provision of six cycle spaces was recommended by the Highway Authority.

 

·        In response to clarification on the word ‘sustainable’, which had been used several times in the report, the Head of Planning explained the definition for the word in terms of the National Planning Policy Framework and the South Worcestershire Development Plan.

 

·        Whilst accepting that the property would require a license to operate as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), which has its own legislation and criteria which has to be met, some members felt that the number of occupants would not be enforced, and this could potentially increase the demand for parking.

 

·        Some Members felt that whilst it was considered that bedroom 6 is small, it was not a sufficient reason for refusal, potential occupants would not be forced to take the room if they did not feel it was adequate and that the HMO licence will cover his.

 

A proposal to refuse the application had been made on the grounds of the size and layout of the proposed bedrooms, particularly bedroom 6 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 refused for the reasons given as follows:

 

For - 7

Against - 3

Abstentions - 0

 

Contrary to Officers’ recommendation it was

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee

 

1.       refuse planning permission on the grounds of the proposed size and layout of the bedrooms, particularly bedroom 6; and

 

2.       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 above grounds and issue the Decision Notice.

 

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