Agenda item

Application 23/00014/FUL - 8 Bromwich Lane, Worcester, WR2 4BH

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 for the reconfiguration of a dwelling to provide a total of 3no. apartments consisting of 3no. 1-bedroom residential apartments and external changes, inclusive of the removal of the existing side conservatory at 8 Bromwich Lane.


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 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.


The Service Manager – Development Management informed Committee Members that condition 5 was to be amended to refer to secure, covered and accessible cycle storage.


Public Representations


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


Key Points of Debate


·        Concerns were raised over the lack of parking for this development and asked on what basis did officers assume that people who will live there, will walk to work, walk go the shops etc. and do not need a vehicle, and if they do have vehicles where will they park.  There were already concerns about displaced parking in this area.


·        The Local Highway Authority representative in response confirmed that this is a sustainable location with day-to-day facilities on the doorstep.  She stated that it was important to note that as currently laid out the site is already deficient in car parking spaces and couldn’t refuse for this reason.  From a highways point of view the site location is acceptable as a parking free development in line with the Streetscape Design Guide.


·        Reference was made to paragraph 2.2 of the report and in response to a question on the current lawful use of the single dwelling house, the Service Manager provided clarification for Members.


·        When asked if a parking plan could be provided and conditioned, the Service Manager stated that a parking plan condition would not be a legitimate condition as at the moment there is no parking, and the proposal does not include parking either.  It was noted that there are parking restrictions in the vicinity of the site to prevent displacement parking.


·        Reference was made to paragraph 7.44 of the report which stated that traffic from the proposed development should have safe access and there should be capacity in the road network to accommodate this, it was asked where the capacity was.  The Service Manager stated that advise was provided by the Local Highway Authority on the current site around traffic generation and compared with the proposal it is considered there is capacity within the existing network.  The whole area is assessed and not just particular roads.


·        The Local Highway Authority representative reminded Committee Members that the authority has to have regard to paragraph 111 of the National Planning Policy Framework, the relevant wording outlined in paragraph 7.45 of the report.


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, subject to the amendment of condition 5, as follows.


For – 6

Against – 2

Abstentions – 1


Councillors Amos and Smith asked for their vote against the proposal to be recorded in the minutes.


RESOLVED:  That the Committee


1.       grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report and to the amendment of condition 5 to refer to secure, covered and accessible cycle storage; 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 condition and issue the Decision Notice.


For voting purposes Councillor Udall had left the meeting before the consideration of this item.





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