Venue: Committee Rooms 1-2, City Hall
Contact: Ali Hewson, Democratic Services Officer (01522 873370)
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 15 July 2020 be confirmed.
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.
No declarations of interest were received.
Lee George, Open Spaces Officer on behalf of the Arboricultural Officer:
a. advised members of the reasons for proposed works to trees in the City Council’s ownership and sought consent to progress the works identified, as detailed at Appendix A of his report
b. highlighted that the list did not represent all the work undertaken to Council trees, it represented all the instances where a tree was either identified for removal, or where a tree enjoyed some element of protection under planning legislation, and thus formal consent was required
c. explained that Ward Councillors had been notified of the proposed works.
Members discussed the content of the report in further detail.
Members commended the Arboricultural Officer on his careful choice of replacement trees within the schedule of intended works to trees, in particular that of Spindle trees and Medlar trees which were excellent for wildlife.
Lee George advised that the Arboricultural Officer had done a great deal of homework to enable him to introduce different species of trees. He would pass the members’ thanks on when he next saw him.
RESOLVED that tree works set out in the schedules appended to the report be approved.
Applications for Development
The Assistant Director for Planning:
a. reported that planning permission was sought for the erection of a three storey rear extension to facilitate the conversion of 96 High Street to three Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), one to accommodate 3 bedrooms (Use Class C4), 1 to accommodate 7 bedrooms and 1 to accommodate 12 bedrooms (Sui Generis)
b. confirmed that the application would retain the existing retail unit fronting the High Street
c. described the location of the site on the west side of the High Street, on the corner with Princess Street which continued along the south boundary of the site
d. reported that the ground floor retail unit was currently vacant with the upper floors and a single storey rear off-shoot occupied as a six bedroom HMO, the rear off-shoot would be removed to accommodate the proposal
e. described further particulars in respect of the site of the proposed development as follows:
· It was adjoined to 97-98 High Street to the north, to the rear of which was a part two storey, part single storey off-shoot with a first floor balcony accommodating 3A, B, C and D Princess Street.
· Vehicular access to the site was available to the west adjacent to Princess Street Garage, serving an area of site curtilage to the north.
· This open portion of the site separated the proposal from 3A-D Princess Street and also other properties to the north, 99 High Street, the rear elevations and yards of 2 and 4 Foster Street as well as flats 1 and 2 St George’s Court.
· The site was located within St Peter at Gowts Conservation Area.
f. highlighted that the application had been brought to Planning Committee at the request of Councillor Gary Hewson
g. provided a full site history in relation to the application property as detailed within the officer’s report
h. highlighted that the scheme had been revised during the process of the application to alter the design of the roof at the request of officers and included an additional door to the south elevation and a window to the west
i. reported that the current re consultation period for the latest revisions was due to expire after this report was finalised, any further representations received in the intervening period would be included in full on the update sheet
j. provided details of the policies pertaining to the application, as follows:
· Policy LP25: The Historic Environment
· Policy LP26: Design and Amenity
· Policy LP33: Lincoln’s City Centre Primary Shopping Area and Central Mixed Use Area
· National Planning Policy Framework
k. advised members of the main issues to be considered as part of the application to assess the proposal with regard to:
· Principle and Policy Context
· Visual Amenity and Character and Appearance of the Conservation Area
· Residential and Local Amenity
l. outlined the responses made to the consultation exercise
m. referred to the update sheet which contained detailed plan elevations in respect of the proposed development
n. concluded that :
· The principle of the use was ... view the full minutes text for item 89.
The Planning Team Leader:
a. described the location of the application site at the bottom of Saville Street adjacent to 22 Saville Street, a derelict and overgrown piece of land informally used for storage, bounded by a mixture of timber, herras and palisade fencing, accommodating a dilapidated 1½ storey warehouse and some garages, to be removed as part of the proposals
b. confirmed the current access to the site, via Saville Street, located at the south east corner, which served as an informal turning area for residents of the street
c. added that beyond the access the remainder of the south boundary of the site stepped out, which narrowed the end of Saville Street where it joined St. Catherines Court, having two bollards, one in the road and one in the footpath, to stop through vehicles
d. reported that the Highways Authority had now agreed to take on free gift of the land the subject of the informal turning point from the applicant, which would be maintained by the Highways Authority as a turning point also funding the costs of the transfer and imposition of a Traffic Regulation Order at the end of the street
e. reported further on the location of the site as follows:
· The side gable of 22 Savile Street was situated on the side, east boundary of the site, the property had a single off-shoot to the rear with the adjacent yard enclosed by an approximately 1.8m high fence.
· To the rear of this, along and adjacent to the remainder of the east boundary, were outbuildings within the ownership of neighbouring 20 Saville Street.
· The rear boundary to the north formed the side boundary with 33 St. Catherines Court and the rear boundaries with 23 and 25 Stanley Street.
· To the west of the site was an area of landscaping on St. Catherines Court.
f. stated that the wider area was characterised by traditional two storey red brick terraces on Saville Street with two storey semi-detached and terraced properties on St. Catherines Court
g. advised that planning permission was sought for the erection of a terrace of five, two storey dwellings facing south, the two bedroom properties would have the benefit of six off-street parking spaces to the front and gardens to the rear, and the proposed development would see the existing access from Saville Street closed off and access to the proposed car park taken from St. Catherines Court
h. reported that the original proposal for five dwellings in sets of two and three units had been revised during the process of application in response to concerns from officers regarding design and impact on neighbouring properties and had also attempted to address objections from neighbours to the loss of the informal turning space at the bottom of Saville Street which current access to the site provided
i. reported that the expiry of the re consultation process fell the day after this report was finalised and, at the time of writing, no additional objections or comments ... view the full minutes text for item 90.