Recommendation: Conditional approval, subject to a Legal Agreement.
Proposal: Full application for the proposed erection of 10no dwellings with associated access, drainage, landscaping, car parking following the demolition of all the existing buildings.
Applicant: Abava Developments Ltd
The Committee received and reviewed a report about this application, set out in Agenda pages 9 to 44.
The Committee was advised that the Members’ Update included
· an amendment to condition 17;
· a correction in the report to the proposed number of parking spaces;
· additional information on the density of dwellings in the area;
· various clarifications.
It was noted that Members visited the site on Friday 26 February 2016.
Ellen Kendrick, Agent, spoke in favour of the application.
In response to requests for information on the ridge heights of the new buildings, the Planning Officer stated that most were around 9m.
Members asked for clarification regarding which developments in the area were allowed on appeal and if the date of the appeal decisions preceded the changes to PPS3 on backland development. The Planning Officer indicated on aerial photographs which developments were allowed on appeal and confirmed that the decisions preceded the changes to PPS3.
Asked if the proposed Construction Method Statement condition was the best way to deal with construction-related parking, Clare Lawrence, Head of Development Management and Regulatory Services, stated that through this approach, there can be more effective enforcement of any non-compliance relative to a condition simply requiring parking on site to be provided.
Members raised questions regarding drainage and asked if the proposed pumping station would be registered as an asset on the Borough’s Flood Risk Asset Register. The Planning Officers stated that they would clarify this with the flood risk/drainage team.
Tim Holton referred to a section of the Borough Design Guide which he said indicated that backland development on a site of this size was unlikely to provide satisfactory privacy and amenity.
RESOLVED: That application No. 153433 be approved, subject to the completion of a Legal Agreement and conditions set out on Agenda pages 9 to 16 with condition 17 amended as set out in the Members’ Update.