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Reserved Matters Application seeking consent for access, appearance, landscaping and layout, following outline planning application approval ref 18/01515/OUT: Outline approval for the demolition of redundant factory and erection of up to 75 residential units (matter of scale approved)
Officers outlined the application which was for 75 units of affordable rented accommodation to consist of 19 one bedroom apartments, 30 two bedroom apartments, 20 two bedroom terraced houses and 6 three bedroom terraced houses. The apartments would be in a block and the terraced houses in two parallel rows of 13.
On site parking would consist of two spaces for each of the terraced houses, one space for each of the two bedroom apartments and the remaining 19 one bedroom apartments would have no parking.
The scheme was acceptable as to layout and appearance and Members were referred to the highly sustainable town centre location and the close proximity of the site to public transport links (bus and rail). The applicant had submitted evidence through a parking survey that there were 50 on street parking spaces in the vicinity available after 7 pm. County Highways had assessed the scheme and not raised any objections. There had been no objections to the scheme from the other statutory consultees or from the public.
At the request of the Chair Mr George Stoyan, the Applicant, addressed the Committee under the Council’s Public Speaking Rules.
In debating the application, Members welcomed the scheme and commented in support of the sympathetic re-use of the town centre location and the provision of affordable residential units. With regard to parking provision, officers confirmed that residents of the one bedroom apartments would be aware in advance that their properties did not have parking, and all residents would be provided with a welcome pack promoting sustainable forms of access (Condition 11).
Members debated this issue further, and in particular the concern that demand for parking spaces might lead to overspill with those residents who did have allocated parking finding that other vehicles were using their spaces. In order to address this, an amendment was proposed and agreed to add some extra wording to Condition 8 to require the parking spaces to be marked out for each particular unit.
Having regard to the development plan and to all other material considerations, planning permission be granted subject to:
(a) the Conditions and informatives listed on pages 36 to 38 of the agenda;
(b) The re-wording of Condition 8 as set out below:-
The Development hereby permitted shall not be brought into use until the access, turning area and parking facilities shown on the approved plan have been properly consolidated, surfaced, drained and otherwise constructed, including an indication of allocation of space(s) for each unit, in accordance with details to be submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority and these areas shall thereafter be retained and kept available for those uses at all times.
Reason: in the interests of highway safety, to ensure the free flow of traffic using the adjoining highway and in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.