Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 21st June 2017 5.30 pm

Venue: Committee Rooms 1-2, City Hall

Contact: Ali Hewson, Democratic Services Officer  (01522 873370)

Items
No. Item

11.

Confirmation of Minutes - 24 May 2017 pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 24 May 2017 be confirmed.

12.

Declarations of Interest

Please note that, in accordance with the Members' Code of Conduct, when declaring interests members must disclose the existence and nature of the interest, and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) or personal and/or pecuniary.

Minutes:

Councillor Biff Bean declared a Personal Interest with regard to the agenda item titled 'Land Bounded By Rope Walk, High Street, Firth Road and Beevor Street, Lincoln.'

 

Reason: He had attended a meeting with one of the applicant’s representatives on another matter in relation to a traffic conference. He was not known to this representative as a close associate and had in no way predetermined his interest on the application to be considered.

13.

Work to Trees in City Council Ownership pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Minutes:

The Arboricultural Officer:

 

  1. advised members of the reasons for proposed works to trees in City Council ownership and sought consent to progress the works identified at Appendix A

 

  1. explained that Ward Councillors had been notified of the proposed works

 

  1. stated that in some cases it was not possible to plant a tree in the exact location and in these cases a replacement would be replanted in the vicinity.

 

RESOLVED that the works set out in the schedule at Appendix A attached to the report be approved.

14.

Change to Order of Business

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the order of business be amended to allow the report on Land at Blenheim Road, Lincoln to be considered as the next agenda item, and the report on 1 Primrose Close Lincoln to be considered as the subsequent application for development.

15.

Application for Development: Land At Blenheim Road, Lincoln. pdf icon PDF 225 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Manager:

 

a.    described the proposed development plot situated within Lincoln’s West End, located on the north side of Blenheim Road some 250 metres north of Carholme Road, surrounded by domestic residential properties, St. Faith’s C of E Infant School, and Lincolnshire SureStart Children’s Centre

 

b.    sought planning permission for 2no. 1 bedroom apartments and 8no. 2 bedroom apartments with associated car parking, infrastructure and hard landscaping with a total of 7 no. car parking spaces sited to the rear of the building, accessed via a secure private automated entrance system

 

c.    provided details of the policies pertaining to the application as follows:

 

·         National Planning Policy Framework     

·         Policy LP26 - Design and Amenity

 

d.    outlined the responses made to the consultation exercise

 

e.    advised members of the main issues to be considered by the application as follows:

 

·         Design and Visual Amenity

·         Residential Amenity

·         Highways

·         Contaminated Land

·         Archaeology

 

f.     concluded that:

 

·         It was considered that the design of the proposed development had regard to the character of the surrounding area and was of a scale and height in keeping with the adjacent properties and the surrounding area.

·         With the amendments made to the scheme the development would have no adverse impact on neighbours in terms of loss of privacy by overlooking and the separation distances were of those similarly found with existing terrace properties.

·         Therefore the proposal would accord with both national and local planning policy and would be a positive addition to the area.

 

Mr James Burt, local resident, addressed Planning Committee in objection to the proposed development, covering the following main points:

 

·         He spoke on behalf of his mother living adjacent to the application site, together with other neighbours living close to the proposed development.

·         The revision to the balcony height within the development at 1.7 metres and the use of opaque glass was an improvement.

·         He assumed that the upper balcony to the left hand side of the development had also been increased in height accordingly.

·         He referred to potential overlook from the large angled windows of the proposed development which would affect the privacy of neighbouring properties/gardens.

·         Issues of scale, height and proximity of the proposed development leading to a loss of light for residents.

·         Issues of light pollution from the balconies.

·         Issues associated with the communal waste management area.

·         Noise/traffic issues.

·         He understood the need for additional housing in the area and welcomed the signing of an S106 agreement to restrict occupancy of the proposed apartments by students.

 

Mr Adam Wilson addressed Planning Committee on behalf of the applicant in support of the planning application, covering the following main points:

 

·         He spoke on behalf of the applicant, Lincolnshire Premier Homes.

·         The proposed development would deliver high quality accommodation.

·         The applicant had worked closely with planning officers to address concerns raised.

·         The applicant had commissioned a local chartered institute surveyor to carry out market research to ensure the proposals met market demand.

·         The submitted scheme supported housing demand in the area.

·         The applicant had worked with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

Application for Development: 1 Primrose Close, Lincoln pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Minutes:

The Planning Manager:

 

a.    sought planning permission for the erection of a single storey rear extension and alterations to the existing roof at 1 Primrose Close, Lincoln, including an increase to a section of the roofs ridge height by 1.1m to accommodate a loft conversion featuring 3 velux windows

 

b.    described the proposed development plot, a detached two storey dwelling, which has previously been extended in the form of a two storey side extension and front porch (planning permission 2009/0579/F) located off Brant Road, also featuring a conservatory to the rear which had been constructed under the properties permitted development allowance, although this proposal would see the demolition of the conservatory to facilitate the proposed single storey rear extension

 

c.    outlined the site history to the application as detailed within the officer’s report

 

d.    provided details of the policies pertaining to the application as follows:

 

·         National Planning Policy Framework     

·         Policy 34 - Design and Amenity Standards

·         Policy 64 - House Extensions, Domestic Garages and other Developments within the Curtilage of a Dwelling

·         Policy LP26   Design and Amenity 63

 

e.    outlined the responses made to the consultation exercise

 

f.     advised members of the main issues to be considered by the application as follows:

 

·         Visual Amenity

·         Residential Amenity

·         Highway Safety

 

g.    concluded that the proposed increase in roof height and single storey rear extension would not cause unacceptable harm to the residential amenity of neighbouring properties or the visual amenity of the wider area in accordance with Policy 34 and 64 of the City of Lincoln Local Plan, Policy LP26 of the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

Mr Myles Charles addressed Planning Committee on behalf of the applicant in support of the planning application, covering the following main points:

 

·         The proposed single storey extension covered a smaller footprint than the existing conservatory.

·         The ridge height would only be increased by 1 metre.

·         There were other houses on the street with velux windows. The proposed development was not out of character.

·         An exact tile/brick match for the extension had been sourced.

·         The plans had been submitted three times in total due to revisions having been made.

·         Various options had been explored and the final application included only three velux windows.

·         Neighbouring residents were happy with the proposals.

·         Three other properties in the area already had velux windows, two having six and one with four.

·         The Highways Authority had raised no objections.

·         No additional cars would be sited at the property, the development would create additional space required in the house for a young family.

·         Comments made by one of the neighbours were personal.

·         The property would be lived in by the present family for several years.

 

Members discussed the content of the report in further detail.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be granted subject to the following conditions:

 

Standard Conditions

 

01)      The development must be begun not later than the expiration of three years beginning with the date of this permission.

           

            Reason: As required by Section 91 of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.

17.

Application for Development: Land Bounded By Rope Walk, High Street, Firth Road and Beevor Street, Lincoln. pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Manager:

 

a.    described the proposed development site situated to the north of Firth Road/Beevor Street, to the east of Tritton Road, to the south of Rope Walk/St. Mark’s Street and to the west of the High Street, bisected by the River Witham but connected by a bridge within the site

 

b.    referred to three other bridges located adjacent to the application site, comprising a wooden footbridge and the Firth Road steel bridge to the south; the Rope Walk bridge to the north, with a row of terraced houses and a small triangular shaped plot of disused land bordering the application site’s southern corner

 

c.    advised that the application site was irregular in shape occupying the existing St Marks Retail Park and part of the Shopping Centre, which comprised a mixture of retail and food and beverage uses with associated car parking, at grade and multi-storey.

 

d.    highlighted the main vehicular access from a traffic light controlled intersection off Rope Walk, with the east-west spine road terminating at St Mark’s Square, service yard accesses provided on Rope Walk and on Firth Road with units along the eastern boundary accessed directly from the High Street, and 890 surfaced and decked car parking spaces on-site

 

e.    sought outline planning permission with details of access for consideration including proposals for:-

 

·         Comprehensive redevelopment comprising a retail-led mixed-use scheme to include demolition of existing buildings and other structures

·         Alterations to existing retail buildings

·         Engineering works (including alterations to river bank)

·         Construction of new buildings and structures to provide:

 

§Up to 32,940 sqm (GIA) of retail (Class A1)

§Up to 7,666 sqm GIA of restaurants and cafes, drinking establishments and hot food takeaways (Class A3-A5)

§Up to 150 residential units (Class C3), up to 21,006 sqm (GIA) of purpose built student accommodation (up to 1,100 units) (sui generis use)

§Up to 3,622 sqm (GIA) of leisure floorspace (Class D2)

§Up to 3,299 sqm (GIA) of hotel providing up to 130 rooms (Class C1)

§Ancillary and associated development including new and enhanced pedestrian routes and vehicle access routes

§Works to the existing bridge over the River Witham

§Open spaces

§Hard and soft landscaping

§Multi-storey car park providing up to 1,100 car parking spaces, motorcycle parking spaces, energy centres, and up to 823 cycle parking spaces

§Servicing facilities providing up to 1,100 spaces, vehicular access and servicing facilities

 

f.     provided details of the policies pertaining to the application as follows:

 

·         Policy LP1: A Presumption in Favour of Sustainable Development

·         Policy LP2: The Spatial Strategy and Settlement Hierarchy

·         Policy LP3: Level and Distribution of Growth

·         Policy LP5: Delivering Prosperity and Jobs

·         Policy LP6: Retail and Town Centres in Central Lincolnshire

·         Policy LP7: A Sustainable Visitor Economy

·         Policy LP9: Health and Wellbeing

·         Policy LP11: Affordable Housing

·         Policy LP12: Infrastructure to Support Growth

·         Policy LP13: Accessibility and Transport

·         Policy LP14: Managing Water Resources and Flood Risk

·         Policy LP16: Development on Land Affected by Contamination

·         Policy LP17   Landscape, Townscape  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.

18.

Application for Development: Queens Park Play Area, South Park, Lincoln. pdf icon PDF 200 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Manager:

 

a.    advised that this planning application was brought to Planning Committee for determination due to the applicant being the City of Lincoln Council

 

b.    described the application site at Queens Park play area, located at the western end of South Park, close to its junctions with St Catherine’s and High Street, located within a Green Wedge site abutting Conservation Area No. 4 'St Catherine’s

 

c.    advised that the play area included a variety of play equipment including a slide, swings and basketball hoop and court

 

d.    sought planning permission for the installation of a 4.7m high play equipment sited on an area of hardstanding between the existing slide and basketball court

 

e.    provided details of the policies pertaining to the application as follows:

 

·         Policy LP1: A Presumption in Favour of Sustainable Development 9

·         Policy LP22: Green Wedges 56

·         Policy LP25: The Historic Environment 60

·         National Planning Policy Framework     

 

f.     outlined the responses made to the consultation exercise

 

g.    advised members of the main issues to be considered by the application as follows:

 

·         National and Local Planning Policy 

·         Impact on Green Wedge

·         Impact on the Setting of Conservation Area No. 4

 

h.    concluded that the proposed play equipment would be a beneficial addition to the established play area within the Green Wedge, and would not adversely affect the setting of the Conservation Area, in accordance with policies Policy LP22 'Green Wedges' and LP25 'Historic Environment' of the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (2017), and guidance within the National Planning Policy Framework (2012)

 

Members discussed the content of the report in further detail.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission be granted subject to the following conditions:

 

Standard Conditions

 

01)      The development must be begun not later than the expiration of three years beginning with the date of this permission.

           

            Reason: As required by Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

02)      With the exception of the detailed matters referred to by the conditions of this consent, the development hereby approved shall be carried out in accordance with the details submitted with the application. The works shall be carried out in accordance with the details shown on the approved plans and in any other approved documents forming part of the application.

           

            Reason: To ensure the development proceeds in accordance with the approved plans.

 

Conditions to be discharged before commencement of works

 

            None.

 

Conditions to be discharged before use is implemented

 

            None.

 

Conditions to be adhered to at all times

 

            None.