Agenda item

Planning Application (14/02380/RG4) - Land at Danes Dyke, Newby

To consider:

i.                 a planning application for 10 no. self contained units of accommodation and support services for women and children, for Home Group (Mr Christian Lang); and

ii.                a report by the Planning Services Manager (reference 15/86) attached.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered:-

i.                 a planning application for 10 no. self contained units of accommodation and support services for women and children, for Home Group (Mr Christian Lang); and

ii.                a report by the Planning Services Manager (reference 15/86).

Updating the report the Planning Officer reported the revisions to boundary treatments regarding the enclosure of the car park had changed from a wall to a hedge running adjacent to the footpath.  A wall had been retained on the South Western boundary of the site which fronted on to the highway at the request of officers.  The architects had designed this as a ‘walled garden’ effect.  The written comments from the Highway Authority were awaited but had been advised that there were no objections in principle to the scheme, no objections to the access along Danes Dyke, junctions with Scalby Road or car parking.  The only issue was an area of carriageway between the adopted road and the start of the site.  Clarification was being sought on who was responsible for this area.  The Highway Authority would prefer to extend the footpath across this area.  Amended plans would be submitted by the applicant.  Following the site visit members had requested plans showing the trees to be removed and areas of additional planting, which were shown at the meeting.  The planning officer advised that a condition be added that an updated landscaping scheme be submitted prior to development commencing.  Members had also been concerned about the fencing along the northern boundary, this would continue along to sit on top of the embankment. The Planning Officer’s recommendation was to approve the scheme subject to the comments of the Highway Authority.

In accordance with the Council’s Public Speaking Scheme, Mr C Lang (Applicant) spoke in favour of the scheme, Mrs Crabtree (Neighbour) spoke against the scheme and Councillors Bairstow, Jenkinson and Bastiman all spoke against the scheme.

The Solicitor to the meeting confirmed that loss of green space was a material consideration for the Committee but the other financial and legal matters raised by Councillor Bastiman were not issues the Committee needed to take into consideration for the purposes of this meeting.

Members raised concerns regarding the loss of trees and whether the recommendations in the ecology report would be carried out.  The Planning Officer advised that a condition be added that the ecological recommendations are carried out.

Members also raised concerns regarding the security lighting and whether that would be on 24 hours.  The Planning Officer recommended that a note be added to the effect that any lighting to meet the minimum requirements of Secure by Design and must not be 24 hour lighting and advice from the Police and Environmental Health Officers be sought.

Members were particularly concerned that no written comments had been received from the Highway Authority as it made it very difficult for the Committee to make decisions when there were no written report and requested that a letter be written to the Highways Authority from this Committee expressing their disappointment at the lack of written advice.

RESOLVED that, third party representations having been considered, permission be GRANTED subject to the written comments of the Highway Authority, a condition that the ecological recommendations be implemented and a note that the lighting be installed to the minimum requirements of Secure by Design in consultation with the Police and Environmental Health Officers.

 

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