Agenda item

Application 22/00405/FUL - Pitmaston House, Malvern Road

The Corporate Director - Planning and Governance recommends that Planning Committee grants planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report and the grant of a satisfactory Listed Building Consent.





The Committee considered an application for the proposed change of use from C3 residential to C1 hotel/guest house use at Pitmaston House, Malvern Road.


Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee


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


Report/Background/Late Papers


The report set out the background to the proposal, the site and surrounding are, 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 the following:


·        The amendment of condition 2 following the submission of revised floor plans;

·        Amendment to the Officer recommendation following the associated withdrawal of application 22/00586/LB; and

·        Comments received from Councillor Amos, local ward Member, who was unable to attend the meeting.


Officer Presentation


Then 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


·        In response to a question as to why the Listed Building application had been withdrawn from the agenda, the Development Management Service Manager confirmed that the Listed Building consent is only required for alterations to the building, as this application was purely for change of use, Listed Building consent was not required at this time.


·        Members commented that the access road is shared with the school and the restriction on the hours of deliveries was questioned.  The Planning Officer identified that condition 7 identifies some restrictions namely no deliveries outside 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Saturday.  Although acknowledging this, it was pointed out that there would be lunchtime and part-time staff to consider.

·        Although the access referred to is not the main access for teachers and pupils, the Development Management Service Manager suggested that if Members agreed delegated authority could be given to the Chair and Vice Chair to double check whether the condition is accurate in terms of this access point, and if it is an issue the hours could be amended.  This was agreed by Committee Members.


·        The hours of use of the terrace and pool as raised by the local Ward Member, were of concern to residents and also referred to by Members, considering the previous history of the site.  The Development Management Service Manager in response stated that the proposal is for a hotel which will be staffed 24 hours and that conditions 10, 11 and 12 require the submission of a noise management plan for the site which will be monitored and investigated if need be.


·        In referring to conditions 11 and 12 relating to the outside terrace area hours of use and no music  to be played, it was considered by Members that the applicant may wish to change this particularly in the summer weather.  The Development Management Service Manager in response stated that the agent for the applicant has been cognisant of what the committee and neighbours have said previously and are happy with the conditions proposed.  It may be that in 12 months they change their minds, but an application would need to come back to committee for determination.


·        Members considered this to be an important building and conditions have been a concern previously, but consider these have now been  vastly improved providing they are adhered to.  The Chair stated that the noise management plan for the premises gives that reassurance.


·        Members asked if the Blue Plaque could be retained and maintained, which was noted by the Development Management Service Manager.


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 was eligible to vote.  Following the recording of the votes the proposal to approve was agreed as follows, subject to the amendment of condition 2 as set out in the late paper and the investigation of condition 7, relating to deliveries, to ensure there is no conflict with school traffic.


For - 9

Against - 0

Abstentions – 0


RESOLVED: That the Committee


1.       grant planning permission subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report, amendment of condition 2 as set out in the late paper and to the investigation of condition 7 (relating to deliveries) to ensure there is no conflict with school traffic; and


2.       delegates 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 and issue the Decision Notice.




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