Agenda item

Application 21/00410/VARCO - Manor Farm, Worcester Early Years Centre, Malvern Road

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.




The Committee considered an application to vary condition 5 of planning approval P14C0106 to allow for the use of the facility by community groups during specified hours at Manor Farm, Worcester Early Years Centre, Malvern Road.


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.


The application sought to vary part ii of condition 5 of planning permission P14C0106.  For clarity condition 5 was highlighted in paragraph 3.2 of the report, the proposed variation highlighted in paragraph 3.3. The proposed variation to the condition was to include pre-school education and community groups. It was emphasised that the hours of operation were not changing.


Public Representations


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


Key Points of Debate


·        Questions were raised on the neighbour and third-party comments, at paragraph 6.1 of the report, whereby 10 objections had been raised.  It was commented that the site is next to a well-established area which had been the subject of numerous complaints.  Clarification was requested on community groups and who/what they would be and questioned the wider social community benefit.


·        The comments in Paragraph 7.16 of the report were questioned in relation to access and highway safety.


·        The Interim Head of Development Management referred Members to the National Planning Policy Framework and read out a statement on what they describe as the social objective.  In response to a question on the location of those who support the facility, the Interim Head of Development Management identified the postcode areas which were from the wider local area but including local residents.


·        It was questioned why a nursery would need to be open from 0630 to 2200 and it was suggested that the room would probably be used for other purposes and that doubted that any event would be finished by 2200.  It was commented however that parents dropping off young children at 0630 in readiness for work at 0700 would be acceptable.


·        The Head of Planning explained to Members the Use Classes Order and where certain aspects of use, such as a nursery, fitted in.  He suggested that more precision was needed to the Use Classes Order but would be unable to resolve this at this time.


·        The Head of Planning recommended to Members that they may wish to defer the application and discuss with the applicant further and bring back to the Committee with more precision.


·        Committee Members agreed that they needed to understand what was happening now and in the future.


It was proposed and seconded that the application be deferred for the reasons given and this was agreed.


RESOLVED:  That the Committee defer the application in order for the Use Classes Order to be clarified.


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