Agenda and draft minutes

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58.

Apologies for absence and Substitutions

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

59.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting declarations of interest are received from Members in any of the agenda items under consideration at the meeting. Members are asked to indicate:

(a) The agenda item number and site in which they have an interest to declare.

(b) The nature of their interest.

(c) Whether their interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an other interest,  (as defined in Part 2, A and B of the Code of Conduct and Rules for Registration of Interests)

Any Member who needs to clarify any matters relating to the declaration of interests is recommended to seek advice from the Council’s Monitoring Officer before the meeting to expedite dealing with the item during the meeting.

Minutes:

The following declarations were made:

 

·  Cllr Manda Rigby declared an interest in planning application no. 20/02926/FUL – Additional Development Area, Holburne Park, Bathwick, Bath.  Cllr Rigby stated that she had attended the exhibitions relating to this development along with the Planning Case Officer.

 

·  Cllr Matt McCabe declared an interest in planning application no. 19/05534/FUL – Telecommunications Mast 54146, Woolley Lane, Charlcombe, Bath.  Cllr McCabe was co-founder of a company which was a potential competitor to the applicant and also held shares in that company.  Cllr McCabe stated that he would not speak or vote on this application and that Cllr Sally Davis, Vice-Chair, would take the chair for this item.

 

·  With regard to planning application no. 20/02932/FUL – The Coach House, College Road, Lansdown, Bath, after the officer presentation, and in response to a question from the Chair, Cllr Hodge clarified that she would speak as local ward member and would not take part in the debate.

60.

To Announce any Urgent Business Agreed by the Chairman

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

61.

Items from the Public - To receive Deputations, Statements, Petitions or Questions

(1) At the time of publication, no items had been submitted.

 

(2) To note that, regarding planning applications to be considered, members of the public who have given the requisite notice to the Committee Administrator will be able to make a statement to the Committee immediately before their respective applications are considered. There will be a time limit of 3 minutes for each proposal, ie 3 minutes for the Parish and Town Councils, 3 minutes for the objectors to the proposal and 3 minutes for the applicant, agent and supporters. This allows a maximum of 9 minutes per proposal.

Minutes:

The Democratic Services Officer informed the meeting that there were a number of people wishing to make statements on planning applications and that they would be able to do so when these items were discussed.

62.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 226 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 21 October 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 21 October 2020 were confirmed and signed as a correct record.

63.

Site Visit List - Applications for Planning Permission Etc for Determination by the Committee pdf icon PDF 220 KB

Minutes:

The Committee considered:

 

·  A report by the Head of Planning on various planning applications.

 

·  An update report by the Head of Planning attached as Appendix 1 to these minutes.

 

·  Oral statements by members of the public and representatives.  A copy of the speakers’ list is attached as Appendix 2 to these minutes.

 

RESOLVED that in accordance with the Committee’s delegated powers, the applications be determined as set out in the decisions list attached as Appendix 3 to these minutes.

 

Item No. 1

Application No. 20/01408/VAR

Site Location: Building between The House and Old Orchard, The Street, Ubley – Variation of condition 2 of application 17/00295/FUL (Erection of detached dwelling house and detached garage).

 

The Case Officer reported on the application and her recommendation to permit.  She informed members that a further objection had been received regarding the fenestration and the proposed dressing room area.  She explained that this application was a variation under S73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and was subject to the same process and scrutiny as a full planning application.  She also pointed out that the floor plans had been amended following concerns raised at the previous meeting.

 

A representative from Ubley Parish Council spoke against the application.

 

A neighbour spoke against the application.

 

The agent spoke in favour of the application.

 

Cllr Vic Pritchard, local ward member, spoke against the application.  He stated that the gap between the neighbouring property and this property was being eroded.  He also expressed concerns at the loss of light to the neighbouring property and outlined how the residents would be adversely affected by the development.

 

The Case Officer then responded to questions giving details of the proposed elevations and the key differences between this and the previous application.

 

Cllr Rigby pointed out that individual circumstances cannot be taken into consideration when making planning decisions.

 

Cllr Hughes pointed out that, if the development were permitted, the property would be closer to the neighbouring dwelling.

 

Cllr Hounsell stated that the application was policy compliant and moved the officer recommendation to permit.  This was seconded by Cllr Davis.

 

Cllr Jackson stated that she was not convinced that the application would conserve and enhance the adjacent conservation area.

 

Cllr Davis pointed out that permitted development rights would be removed.

 

The motion was put to the vote and it was RESOLVED, by 8 votes in favour, 1 vote against and 1 abstention to PERMIT the application subject to conditions as set out in the report.

64.

Main Plans List - Applications for Planning Permission Etc for Determination by the Committee pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

The Committee considered:

 

·  A report by the Head of Planning on various planning applications.

 

·  An update report by the Head of Planning on items 1, 2 and 3 attached as Appendix 1 to these minutes.

 

·  Oral statements by members of the public and representatives.  A copy of the speakers’ list is attached as Appendix 2 to these minutes.

 

RESOLVED that in accordance with the delegated powers, the applications be determined as set out in the decisions list attached as Appendix 3 to these minutes.

 

Item No. 1

Application No. 20/02787/VAR

Site Location: Bath Quays North Development Site, Avon Street, Bath – Variation of condition 42 (Approved drawings, development specification and design codes) of application 18/00058/EREG03 (Outline planning application for comprehensive mixed use redevelopment, comprising B1, C1, C3, A1, A3, A4, D1 and D2 uses, with total combined floorspace of up to 38,000sqm (GIA, above ground), infrastructure (including basement car park) and associated development, including demolition of existing multi storey car park and amenity building.  Access, landscaping, layout and scale for approval (to extent described in separate Development Specification), all other matters reserved.

 

The Case Officer reported on the application and explained that his recommendation, as set out in the update report, was to delegate to permit.  He reminded members that when balancing the identified harm to heritage assets against the public benefits, great weight should be given to the conservation of the heritage assets.

 

Officers then responded to questions as follows:

 

·  The developer is required to provide a specified minimum amount of office space.  The additional height gained could be used for residential accommodation if desired.

·  There were no changes to the sub-structure of the development. 

·  The key gain from this variation was an increase in the reduction of carbon emissions from 19% to a minimum of 30% (with the potential for 37%).

·  The principle of flat roofs in this development has been accepted and it would be the responsibility of the occupiers and owners of the site to take any necessary measures to deter gulls.  There would be no general public access to the flat roof areas.

·  There was no requirement to provide pitched roofs in this development along the riverside area.

·  There was no additional economic benefit to the proposed variation.

 

Cllr Craig stressed the importance of design and welcomed the increased carbon reduction targets.  She then moved the officer recommendation to delegate to permit.  This was seconded by Cllr Clarke.

 

Cllr Hodge spoke against the proposal, pointing out the negative impact on the heritage setting which she felt outweighed the potential benefits.  The attractiveness of the city should be preserved, and she did not wish to lose the pitched roof design.

 

The motion was then put to the vote and it was RESOLVED by 7 votes in favour and 3 votes against to DELEGATE TO PERMIT the application subject to conditions including a S106 agreement as set out in the report.

 

Item No. 2

Application No. 20/02008/FUL

Site Location: Unregistered Unit 1-4, Old Station Yard, Avon Mill  ...  view the full minutes text for item 64.

Update Report - Appendix 1 pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Additional documents:

65.

Policy Development

Minutes:

There were no policy development items.

66.

New Planning Appeals Lodged, Decisions Received and Dates of Forthcoming Hearings/Inquiries pdf icon PDF 66 KB

The Committee is asked to note the appeals report.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the appeals report.  Officers agreed to include details of the officer recommendations when applications listed in the report had been considered by the Planning Committee.

 

RESOLVED:  To notethe report.