Agenda item

Application 23/00551/FUL - Land adjoining 187 Drake Avenue, Worcester, WR2 5RT

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

Minutes:

Introduction

 

The Committee considered an application for the erection of a new dwelling with new vehicular access on land adjoining 187 Drake Avenue.

 

Reason Why Being Considered by Planning Committee

 

The application had been referred to Planning Committee at the request of Councillor Lamb as outlined in paragraphs 1.4 and 1.5 of the report.

 

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.

 

The application was originally reported to Planning Committee on 24th August 2023, but was deferred to allow for a site visit to take place.  Following the deferral, a set of amended plans were submitted which had been designed to address a number of concerns raised by Committee Members. 

 

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 Senior Planning Officer drew the Committee’s attention to paragraph 3.2 of the report which highlighted the amendments made to the application which were addressed throughout the report.

 

Public Representations

 

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

 

Key Points of Debate

 

·        Committee Members acknowledged the amendments made by the applicant and commented that deferring applications can be seen as a positive rather than a negative.

 

·        There were still concerns however that the proposal over dominated the adjoining property.  Building in gardens was seen as an issue and that garden spaces were important.  Access was also considered an issue as it is very close to the corner.

 

·        Following the site visit, although some concerns raised by Committee Members had been addressed, some still felt that the proposal would still result in a loss of amenity space.

 

·        Clarification was provided by the Service Manager – Development Management, when asked, on the extant planning permission outlined in paragraph 7.44 of the report relating to Application 20/00637/FUL.

 

·        Reference was made to paragraphs 7.24 and 7.25 of the report, related to light access for existing and future residents.  The Service Manager confirmed that it was considered that there was adequate natural day light.

 

·        In referring to condition 8 Committee Members felt that it did not precisely remove permitted development rights.  The Service Manager confirmed that they would need to submit an application for any further development but was happy to take away and look at the wording of that condition.

 

·        For clarification the Service Manager stated that the existing hedge would be retained, and if as part of the construction works was damaged, it would need to be removed and replaced.

 

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 - 4

Against - 4

Abstentions – 0

 

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, as there were equal number of votes for and against, the Chair used her casting vote.  The Chair voting in favour of the proposal.

 

For – 5

Against – 4

Abstentions - 0

 

RESOLVED:  That the Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set out in section 9 of the report.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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