Agenda and minutes

First of two new meeting dates in February, Planning - Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting - Microsoft Teams

Contact: Sarah Sellers  Democratic Services Officer

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84.

Chair's Welcome

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed the Committee members, public speakers and officers to the virtual Planning Committee meeting being held via Microsoft Teams.  The Chair explained that the meeting was being live streamed on the Council’s YouTube channel to enable members of the public to observe the committee.

 

 

 

85.

Apologies

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence

86.

Declarations of Interest

To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and / or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest

87.

Confirmation of Minutes of Planning Committee held on 27th January 2021 pdf icon PDF 399 KB

Minutes attached

Minutes:

RESOLVED that

 

The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 27th January 2021 be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

 

 

88.

Update Reports pdf icon PDF 13 KB

Please see Update Report attached.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was noted that one additional papers pack and one update reports had been issued which had been circulated to the Members of the Committee electronically.

89.

Application 20/01215/FUL - Coppice Childcare The Bungalow Clifton Close Matchborough Redditch B98 0HF- Worcestershire County Council pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Change of use to a Police ABE suite facility

 

 

Officers outlined the application which was for a change of use of a single storey building formerly operated as a children’s nursery to a police interview facility.  The interior of the building would be reconfigured, and the interview suite would be used in relation to vulnerable victims of crime and witnesses, including children to provide a neutral setting for and more homely environment.  The site was located in a quiet area and it was not felt that there would be any undue impact on residential amenity. 

 

RESOLVED that

 

Having regard to the development plan and to all other material considerations, planning permission be granted subject to the conditions and informatives set out on pages 3 to 4 of the agenda.

 

 

 

 

90.

Application 20/01450/FUL - Land adjoining former ambulance station Cedar View Batchley Redditch B97 8HW - Mr A Mukhtar pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Redevelopment of the site to provide 9 No. 2 bed apartments

 

Officers presented the application and took the Members through the plans and photographs in the Site Plans and Presentations Pack.

 

The positioning of the proposed apartments in relation to the surrounding area and other existing structures was explained.  The building would be “L” shaped and provide nine apartments with a parking area providing 18 spaces.

 

The site would be accessed from Cedar Park Road via the existing vehicular access serving Bulley Court.  County Highways had assessed the proposal and not raised any objections on highways or safety grounds.

 

The proposed plans were acceptable as regards the character of the development and its setting in relation to the local area.  Officers had also carefully considered the impact on residential amenity with regard to surrounding occupiers and were satisfied with the separation distances achieved as outlined on page 8 of the Committee report.

 

The application was recommended for approval.

 

At the invitation of the Chair, Mr Mark Adderley (objector) and Mr Dan Hemming (Agent for the applicant) addressed the Committee under the Council’s Public Speaking Rules.

 

In responding to questions from Members officers confirmed that: -

 

·       Hours of construction would be agreed as part of the Construction Environment Management Plan (Condition 10).

·       Some site clearance had taken place prior to the application coming before Committee but this was not unlawful, and it was a matter for a developer if they chose to clear a site before permission was obtained.

 

In debating the application, whilst acknowledging the concerns of local residents as raised in public speaking, Members commented on the opportunity to re-use the site which had become dilapidated and the fact that 9 dwellings would be provided.  There was further discussion regarding hours of construction, with Members indicating a preference that these be stipulated in the conditions.

 

RESOLVED that

 

Having regard to the development plan and to all other material considerations, planning permission be GRANTED subject to:-

 

1.     the conditions and informatives set out on pages 11 to 16 of the agenda and

 

2.    to the amendment agreed to Condition 10 defining the hours of operation of construction as set out in the re-worded version below which replaces the original text.

 

Condition 10

 

The Development hereby approved shall not commence until a Construction Environmental Management Plan has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. This shall include but not be limited to the following: -

 

  • Measures to ensure that vehicles leaving the site do not deposit mud or other detritus on the public highway;

 

·                Details of site operative parking areas, material storage areas and the location of site operatives' facilities (offices, toilets etc);

 

·                The hours that delivery vehicles will be permitted to arrive and depart, arrangements for unloading and manoeuvring and for construction work to take place will be;

 

8am – 5pm Monday – Friday

8am – 12pm Saturday

No working on Sundays or Bank Holidays

 

91.

Application 20/01498/FUL - Former M & S Unit 11 Milward Square Kingfisher Shopping Centre Redditch - Tom Johnson on behalf of Capital and Regional pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Application to provide A1-A3-A5 (Class E + Sui Generis) comprising retail shop /café restaurant / hot food takeaway use

 

The application related to Unit 11 at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre which had been vacant since the former occupier M & S closed the store in 2018.

 

Members were advised that the retailer Next would be moving into the unit in Spring 2021 and would occupy part of the ground floor.  The remaining ground floor, being the former M & S food hall, was the subject of this application together with part of the first floor. Members were referred to the plans at pages 26 and 27 of the Site Plans and Presentations Pack.

 

Under the proposals the former food hall area would be operated as a grocery food outlet by the company “Simply Fresh” with the entrance from Millward Square opposite the Range.  The outlet would include a café/restaurant open to the public during the centres normal trading hours.  The first floor area would be operated as a “dark kitchen” providing catering support during the day time to Simply Fresh and in addition providing a hot food take away service by delivering food to customers via companies such as Deliveroo, Uber eats and Just-eat.  Hours of operation would be 7 am to 4 am.

 

Officers explained that there would be no collection facility for the public and orders could only be placed for home delivery.  Access for delivery vehicles would be via the service area located on Silver Street as shown on the plan on page 24.

 

The application had been carefully assessed as to the potential for noise impact on the occupiers of the nearby flats at Evesham Mews and the residents had been consulted. The noise assessment concluded that there would be no adverse impact on the occupiers of the flats and no objections from those residents had been received.

 

In responding to questions from Members, officers confirmed that a further planning application would be made to cover the installation of plant for odour extraction and associated issues and that application would also be subject to assessment as to noise impact.

 

RESOLVED that

 

Having regard to the development plan and to all other material considerations, planning permission be GRANTED subject to the conditions set out on page 22 of the agenda.

 

 

 

92.

Application 20/01613/FUL - Land north of 12 Crabbs Cross Lane Redditch - Mr T Blick pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Erection of 3 two storey dwellings

 

Officers presented the application and took Members through the slides in the Site Plan and Presentations Pack.  The application was for the construction of three new dwellings on what was currently an undeveloped tree covered area of land between Evesham Road and Windmill Drive.  Access to the dwellings would be via an existing access over the council owned parking area on Evesham Road.  Officers confirmed that this was a long existing and legally recognised Right of Way which had been in place since 1985.

 

Due to a drop in levels of the land, the proposed dwellings had been designed to be part one storey and part two storey, and each property would have a level garden at the rear and 2 parking spaces.  Members were referred to the additional slide in the Update Report showing details of bin storage and to the amendment to Condition 2.

 

There was a presumption n favour of sustainable development and the design which had been adapted to reflect the change in levels was deemed to be appropriate.  With regard to residential amenity, separation distances were found to be acceptable and adjoining residents had not raised concerns by reason of overlooking, loss of light or overbearing as a result of the proposed dwellings.

 

The application was recommended for approval.

 

The following registered speakers, who were objecting to the application, had asked to participate by way of written comments and their statements were read out to Members:-

 

·       Emma and David Walker

·       Jo and Richard Moore

 

In response to questions from Members officers advised as follows: -

 

·       There was a keep clear sign by the right of way over the car park with yellow hatching marked on the road surface.  The access was currently gated and based on the submitted plans this would continue.

·       The plans showed that there would be a boundary fence along the northern boundary of the development separating it from the adjoining privately owned amenity land referred to in public speaking.

 

In debating the application, whilst acknowledging some of the points raised in public speaking, Members expressed support for the application.  There was further discussion as to the appropriateness of conditions regarding hours of operation for construction and the boundary treatment on the northern boundary of the site.

 

 

RESOLVED that

 

Having regard to the development plan and to all other material considerations, planning permission be GRANTED subject to:-

 

1.     the conditions and informatives set out on pages 28 to 32 of the agenda and including the revised wording of Condition 2 as set out in the Update Report;

 

2.    to the amendment agreed to Condition 11 defining the hours of operation of construction as set out in the re-worded version below which replaces the original text;

 

Condition 11

 

The Development hereby approved shall not commence until a Construction Environmental Management Plan has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. This shall include but not be limited to the following: -