Agenda item

Application 21/00551/FUL - Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace

The Corporate Director – Planning and Governance recommends that the Planning Committee grants planning permission subject to:-

i)the conditions as set out in Section 9 of the report; and

ii)the grant of a satisfactory Listed Building consent.




The Committee considered an application for the demolition of a side extension, erection of 2 semi-detached dwellings together with parking and landscaping at Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace.


Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee


The application had been referred to Committee at the request of Councillor Lewing.


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 representation 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


The following people had registered to speak on the application:


John Stagg (Objector) and Graham Coyle and Nick Carroll (Applicant/Agent)


Key Points of Debate


·        The objector, in addressing the Committee, stated that he objected in principle to the development of 2 new dwellings.  He provided the Committee with a background to the significance of the house and its history.  The proposal he stated would cause significant harm to the listed building.  The objector responded to questions from Committee Members


·        The Chair acknowledged the interesting information provided by the objector in his address to Committee, but reminded Members that the application before us is for 2 houses to the side of Lindisfarne House, the listed building, and not whether Lindisfarne House can be turned back into a house.


·        The applicant and agent in addressing the Committee stated that the heritage of the past at Lindisfarne House could not be restored.  City Church who currently occupied the side extension had now outgrown the site and as a charity needed to maximise the assets of the trust.  The applicant/agent responded to questions from Committee Members.

·        The Chair stated that a number of questions raised by Members are covered in the conditions  in length, such as the bat survey and boxes, which is covered by conditions  8 and 9.


·        The County Council Highways representative confirmed that parking requirements for the proposal conformed to the design guide.


·        Some Members felt that the design for the new homes was ugly and felt that it could be better and that more needed to be done to protect the city’s historical assets.  Other Members felt that it was too late to be commenting about preserving the city’s heritage and did not  consider the proposals to be ugly or pastiche.


·        It was noted that there were no comments from residents in Barbourne Terrace, although they were consulted and no comments from Historic England.


·        Reference was made to the comments of Conservation Advisory Panel who were very positive about the proposals which would bring about considerable improvements to the original building and grounds.


·        Some Members felt that this was a good solution for the site with decent sized gardens


A proposal to approve the application had been made and this was seconded.  There being no further points made the Chair requested the voting of each Member of the Committee who were eligible to vote.  Following the recording of the votes the proposal to approve was agreed as follows:


For – 9

Against – 2

Abstentions – 0


RESOLVED: That the Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report and the grant of a satisfactory Listed Building Consent.



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