Agenda and draft minutes

Virtual. Reconvened meeting after adjournment on 27 April, Planning Committee - Monday 4th May 2020 5.30 pm

Venue: Legislation has been passed that allows Council's to conduct Committee meetings remotely

Contact: Howard Bassett, Democratic Services Officer (Committees)  01392 265107 or email  howard.bassett@exeter.gov.uk

Items
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36.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors are reminded of the need to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests that relate to business on the agenda and which have not already been included in the register of interests, before any discussion takes place on the item. Unless the interest is sensitive, you must also disclose the nature of the interest. In accordance with the Council's Code of Conduct, you must then leave the room and must not participate in any further discussion of the item. Councillors requiring clarification should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer prior to the day of the meeting.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Morse declared an interest and did not participate in the meeting during consideration of Min. No. 37 below.

 

37.

Planning Application No. 20/0194/ECC - The Night Shelter, Magdalen Street, Exeter

To reaffirm the vote on The Night Shelter Planning Application made at the adjourned meeting of this Committee held on 27 April 2020 - Report of the Director (BA).

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Morse declared an interest because of her involvement as a Portfolio Holder and did not participate in the meeting during consideration of this item.

 

The Chair reported that it had not been possible to determine the application for the amendment to reference 18/1031/ECC to include all year round Night Shelter and Community Facility (Sui Generis) for homeless people at the meeting of this Committee on 27 April 2020 due to its adjournment as a result of a nationwide outage of Virgin Media broadband which had interrupted the live streamed coverage of the meeting via Facebook. Because of this, it was necessary to re-affirm the decision taken on this application considered at that meeting.

 

The recommendation to re-affirm the decision of this Committee made on 27 April to approve the application was moved, seconded and carried unanimously.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission for the amendment to reference 18/1031/ECC to include all year round Night Shelter and Community Facility (Sui Generis) for homeless people be APPROVED, subject to the following conditions:-

 

 1)        The development to which this permission relates must be begun not later than the expiration of three years beginning with the date on which this permission is granted.

Reason:  To ensure compliance with sections 91 and 92 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

 2)        The development and use hereby permitted shall not be carried out otherwise than in strict accordance with the submitted details received by the Local Planning Authority on 12 February 2020 as modified by other conditions of this consent.

Reason: In order to ensure compliance with the approved drawings and documents.

 

 3)        Occupation shall be managed in accordance with the hereby approved Management Plan (16-04-2020_Annex_D) submitted with the application and not commence until the agreed measures have been put in place. Any future amendments of this Management Plan shall be approved in writing by Local Planning Authority and include the following: A) details of the management arrangements for the property, including procedures for dealing with (i) management problems, (ii) anti-social behaviour, (iii) noise and (iv) fires or other emergencies; and, B) the maximum number of bed spaces to be occupied at any one time.

Reason: To help protect the existing residential amenity standards currently enjoyed by neighbouring properties.

 

 

38.

Planning Application No. 19/0962/FUL - Land off Pulling Road, Pinhoe pdf icon PDF 310 KB

To consider the report of the Service Lead City Development.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Project Manager (Development) (PJ) presented the application for residential development for 40 dwellings with associated access, landscaping, open space and infrastructure.

 

The Principal Project Manager (Development) advised that the application had been deferred at the February meeting of this Committee for the applicant to consider changes sought by Members. He reported the following:-

 

·        an increase in affordable housing provision from 6 to 10 out of 40 units, that is, from 15% to 25%, including six socially rented units;

·        parking spaces reduced by four to 82 spaces in respect of two of the larger units and the number of visitor spaces increased to allow for greater flexibility;

·        Verto Homes did not wish to pursue a car free development; and

·        additional electric vehicle charging points were not considered necessary as, where there were two or more cars at a particular property, a requirement for two charging points was unlikely.

 

The Principal Project Manager (Development) also reported three additional letters of objection reiterating previously reported concerns. He further reported proposed amended conditions relating to landscaping on the southern boundary (condition 6) as requested by a neighbour and more specific use defined for the north east emergency access (condition 17). In respect of the latter, concern had been expressed about its suitability, but the Highway Authority had not objected, subject to its minimal use. Verto Homes, who had the right of access, were consulting land owners on this matter.

 

The Principal Project Manager (Development) responded to Members’ queries:-

 

·        the sole access to the site was in the south west corner and the removal of the suggested access for emergency vehicles in the northeast corner of the site could be achieved; and

·        the Pinhoe Area Access Strategy was a Devon County Council Highways document.

 

Councillor Oliver, having given notice under Standing Order No. 44, spoke on the item. She raised the following points:-

 

·        would welcome a zero carbon development if it was not in Pinhoe;

·        Pinhoe suffers from increasing traffic congestion and decreasing air quality, both will be exacerbated by developments currently being built including Pinhoe Quarry which has planning permission for 340 houses. Vehicle access for The Quarry is off Harrington Lane. All traffic for Verto Homes will also need to go along Harrington Lane, to reach the vehicle access off Bourne Rise. The need to encourage sustainable travel options is vital in this location;

·        the resubmitted plans have reduced the overall number of parking spaces by 4, which still leaves 29 of the 40 houses with two parking spaces. Pinhoe has co cars available, which reduces the need for households to own a second car. Suggest that 20 of the 40 houses need to be limited to one parking space, to reduce the negative impact of the development on Pinhoe’s environment; and

·        the Coronavirus Lockdown has emphasised the need for  additional affordable housing and, as such, the affordable housing provision should be increased to 30%.

Councillor Wood, having given notice under Standing Order No. 44, spoke on the item. He raised  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

Planning Application No. 19/1767/FUL - Quay Gardens, Monmouth Avenue, Topsham pdf icon PDF 214 KB

To consider the report of the Service Lead City Development.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Project Manager (Planning) (PJ) presented the application for the construction of a detached two bedroom house with an integral garage.

 

The Principal Project Manager (Planning) reported a late letter of objection that the access was of insufficient width to accommodate additional traffic. He reported changes made to the proposal since a previous refusal including the retention of trees adjoining Holman Way, provision of a boundary hedge and the removal of a first floor section of the build over the garage, which had reduced the massing allowing Quay Gardens to remain the dominant feature.

 

Mr Harwood spoke against the application. He raised the following points:-

 

·        welcome the retention of two mature trees but believe previous reasons for refusal still apply;

·        development still has an overbearing impact on Quay Gardens House;

·        effect of the proposed planting is cosmetic;

·        the relocation of a large summerhouse, now used as a studio, is similar in height and footprint to the proposed double garage, and will also adversely affect the setting;

·        the proposed development will tower over the junction of Holman Way and Fore Street and will impact adversely on the wider Topsham Conservation Area and have an overbearing impact on the cluster of historic buildings around the Quay and on neighbouring properties and gardens;

·        the site lies at the end of a long and narrow private drive whose junction with Monmouth Avenue has poor visibility with the drive serving at least six properties and the final 30 metre section does not meet Devon County Council’s Highways advice for private drives longer than 25 metre and serving up to three dwellings. It is less than three metres wide for its entire length and there are no inter-visible parking bays;

·        potential damage to the boundary walls and fences of other properties during construction; and

·        the only public benefit is the addition of one unit to the housing stock. The potential cost is a significant negative impact on the character and appearance of a treasured part of the Topsham Conservation Area, and the setting of some of its oldest buildings.

 

Mr Davies spoke in support of the application. He raised the following points:-

 

·        confirmation that the new building in the garden fits with the Local Plan;

·        the current design meets all relevant requirements of traffic, conservation area, listed buildings, trees, habitat, design and residential amenity;

·        the Quay Gardens site has 14 properties on its boundaries with many requests from neighbours to alter the garden which have been accommodated as far as possible including the planting scheme;

·        have worked with various professionals to address objections in respect of trees, hedges and impact on conservation area and listed buildings;

·        the trees, mentioned in most objections, will be retained as well as the hedge;

·        in respect of the impact on the conservation area and listed buildings, changes have been made which reduce the scale and massing and vertical planting provided for the redesign of the south east wall;

·        of the 14 neighbours adjoining, one is supportive, one objecting  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.

40.

Planning Application No. 20/0013/FUL - 37 Argyll Road, Exeter pdf icon PDF 157 KB

To consider the report of the Service Lead City Development.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Project Officer (KF) presented the application for the change of use from six person HMO (C4) to seven person HMO (Sui Generis) and single storey rear extension.

 

Members expressed the following views:-

 

·         evidence of an increase in anti-social behaviour with increased size of Houses in Multiple Occupation;

·         unacceptable scale and impact on the site itself and neighbouring properties;

·         increased parking and associated congestion;

·         less chance of such properties being used as a family home; and

·         the addition of one person is unlikely to lead to anti-social behaviour.

 

The recommendation was for approval, subject to the conditions as set out in the report.

 

The recommendation was moved, seconded and carried by majority.

 

RESOLVED that planning permission for the change of use from six person HMO (C4) to seven person HMO (Sui Generis) and single storey rear extension be APPROVED, subject to the following conditions:-

 

1)         The development to which this permission relates must be begun not later than the expiration of three years beginning with the date on which this permission is granted.

Reason:  To ensure compliance with sections 91 and 92 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

2)         The development hereby permitted shall not be carried out otherwise than in strict accordance with the approved details received by the Local Planning Authority on 14 April 2020 (including dwgs. REVISED Block Plan, REVISED Ground Floor Layout and REVISED First Floor Layout) and 15 April 2020 (Management Statement).
Reason: In order to ensure compliance with the approved drawings and in adherence with policies CP4, CP5, DG1, DG4 and H5.

 

3)         Prior to occupation of the House in Multiple Occupation hereby approved, the extension shall be constructed and completed in accordance with the approved details.
Reason: To ensure the future occupiers have an appropriately sized living space and a good quality of residential amenity in compliance with policies with CP4, H5 and DG4.

 

4)         No site machinery or plant shall be operated, no process shall be carried out and no demolition or construction related deliveries received or dispatched from the site except between the hours of 8 am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm Saturday and at no time on Sundays, Bank or Public Holidays.
Reason: To protect the amenity of the locality, especially for people living and/or working nearby.

 

 

41.

List of Decisions Made and Withdrawn Applications pdf icon PDF 10 KB

To consider the report of the Director (BA)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Director (BA) was submitted.

           

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

 

42.

Appeals Report pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To consider the report of the Director (BA).

Minutes:

The schedule of appeal decisions and appeals lodged was submitted.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.