Agenda and draft minutes

Development Control B Committee
Wednesday, 30th August, 2017 6.00 pm

Venue: The Council Chamber - City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR. View directions

Contact: Jeremy Livitt  (0117) 9223758

Items
No. Item

25.

Welcome, Introduction and Safety Information pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed all parties to the meeting and explained the evacuation procedure if required.

26.

Apologies for Absence

Councillor Fabian Breckels has given his apologies for this meeting, Councillor Olly Mead substituting.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Fabian Breckels (Olly Mead substituting), Councillor Kevin Quartley (Steve Jones substituting) and Councillor Afzal Shah (Sultan Khan substituting).

27.

Declarations of Interest

To note any interests relevant to the consideration of items on the agenda.

 

Any declarations of interest made at the meeting which are not on the register of interests should be notified to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion.

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Harriet Bradley declared an interest in Application Number 17/00272/F – Land Adjacent 131 Bridgwater Road since a member of her family was an employee at the site and stated that she would not, therefore, be participating in either the debate or voting on this issue.

 

Councillor Donald Alexander declared an interest in Application Number 17/02240/F – Accolade Park, Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth since he had already previously declared his support for the application and indicated that he would not, therefore, be participating in either the debate or voting on this issue.

28.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 215 KB

The Committee is requested to agree as a correct record the minutes of the last Committee held on Wednesday 12th July 2017.

Minutes:

It was noted that the formatting of the minutes for the meeting needed to be amended, In addition, whilst the voting numbers changed for the final application, there was no indication that any Councillor had left during the meeting.

 

The Committee agreed that details of these should be passed to the Committee Clerk and the appropriate amendments made.

 

Resolved – that the Minutes be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair subject to the following amendments:

 

(1)   Minutes formatted appropriately

(2)   Councillor Olly Mead recorded as being present

(3)   Councillor Afzal Shah recorded as having left the meeting immediately before the final application (Agenda Item 12 e Haverstock Road)

(4)   The Voting for the final application altered to read as follows: 6 for, 1against, 1 abstention

29.

Appeals pdf icon PDF 25 KB

To note appeals lodged, imminent public inquiries and appeals awaiting decision.

Minutes:

The following issues were reported concerning appeals:

 

(1)   Number 1 – Old Bristol Royal Infirmary Building, Marlborough Street (South Side), City Centre, Bristol BS1 3NW – A Public Inquiry was scheduled for 21st November 2017. In the meantime, a new Planning Application had been submitted with the developers. However, the developers for the original application had now appealed against non-determination of the application. There would be a report on the new application at the next meeting

(2)   Number 7 - Land Between Ladies Mile and Clifton Down Bridge Valley Road, Bristol BS8 – Proposed Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge Over Valley Road – The promoters of this proposal had chosen to appeal against the Committee’s refusal of planning permission, which was on the grounds of no Section 106 Agreement to secure the required mitigation, and had done this instead of submitting a draft Section 106 agreement to the Council

(3)   164 – 188 Bath Road Totterdown – In a rare digital advertising appeal defeat in this case, the Inspector did not agree that there would be an impact on the visual amenity of the site. Although it was noted that there was currently no policy on digital displays, officers stated that there were difficulties with creating such a policy as advertisement applications were limited to be considered on only two issues: highway safety and visual amenity. There was questionable value in working up a policy in these circumstances

30.

Enforcement pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To note enforcement notices.

 

Minutes:

There was nothing to report for this item.

31.

Public forum

Any member of the public or councillor may participate in public forum. The detailed arrangements for so doing are set out in the Public Information Sheet at the back of this agenda. Please note that the following deadlines will apply in relation to this meeting:

 

Questions:

Written questions must be received three clear working days prior to the meeting. For this meeting, this means that your question(s) must be received at the latest by 5pm on Wednesday 23rd August 2017.

 

Petitions and statements:

Petitions and statements must be received by noon on the working day prior to the meeting. For this meeting, this means that your submission must be received at the latest by 12 Noon on Tuesday 29th August 2017.

 

The statement should be addressed to the Service Director, Legal Services, c/o The Democratic Services Team, City Hall, 3rd Floor Deanery Wing, College Green,

P O Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS or email - democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk

 

Minutes:

Members of the Committee received Public Forum statements in advance of the meeting.

 

The statements were heard before the application that they related to and were taken fully into consideration by the Committee prior to reaching a decision. ( A copy of the public forum statements are held on public record in the Minute Book).

32.

Planning and Development pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To consider the following applications for Development Control Committee B

Minutes:

The following items were considered:

32a

Planning Application Number 17/00272/F - Land Adjacent 131 Bridgwater Road pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Minutes:

Following her previous declaration of an interest, Councillor Harriet Bradley withdrew from the meeting during this item and took no part in the discussion or voting.

 

The Service Director – Planning and Development and his representatives made the following points:

 

(1)   Whatever view Councillors may take of the way that the developers had acted, they had to determine the application on the basis of the information in front of them and in respect of Planning matters

(2)   Officers’ recommendation was for refusal and appropriate enforcement action

(3)   The previous history of the application  was outlined

(4)   It was not the role of the Ombudsman to re-confirm if the Council should take action. Their role was to ensure that the Council’s assessment had been carried out correctly

(5)   A new application had now been submitted for up to 9 affordable housing units;

(6)   Contamination and drainage at the site would be dealt with by way of condition. Following the submission of further information by the applicant, the Contamination Officer was satisfied that contamination issues could now be resolved through conditions;

(7)   Following consultation of neighbouring properties, 50 comments had been received;

(8)   Details of the key aspects of the design were provided relating to layout, highways, parking issues, drainage and affordable housing;

(9)   The site abutted the boundary with North Somerset;

(10)                       The wording in Key Issue A should be changed to “there is no change in Planning Policy in so far as the principle of residential development of the site is concerned;

(11)                       Differences in the site from the original 2014 application were set out;

(12)                       Different images were shown of the site, including the relationship to neighbouring houses;

(13)                       There remained issues with the turning area and parking space. There remained potential for damaged property and HGV manoeuvres which could be controlled by a condition

(14)                       Officers believed that 20% affordable housing could be provided and were, therefore, recommending refusal.

 

A revised recommendation for refusal was proposed by officers as follows:

 

“Refusal-

 

Lack of affordable housing

‘The development fails to make an appropriate contribution towards the provision of affordable housing and is therefore contrary to policy DM3 of the Site Allocations and Development management Policies 2014.’

 

Enforcement Notice-

i)                    No more than 11 of the dwellinghouses shall be occupied until the affordable housing requirements of adopted planning policy have been met.”

 

In response to Councillors’ questions, officers made the following points:

 

(1)   A diagram on the enforcement process would be re-circulated to Councillors. However, an expediency test to assess public interest and planning harm had been made by officers and it was not found that it had been met. An enforcement notice, with accompanying stop notice had not been served to date. However, as with all applications, officers always made clear that if they proceeded with a development prior to approval, this was entirely at their own risk;

(2)   It was acknowledged that this was an unusual situation in that all 14 dwellings had already been built and therefore,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32a

32b

Planning Application Number 17/01838/F - 125 Raleigh Road pdf icon PDF 343 KB

Minutes:

The Representative of the Service Director – Planning and Development made the following points:

 

(1)   Officers were proposing the addition of a condition relating to standard sustainability measures

(2)   There had been 40 objections to the application;

(3)   Officers drew Councillors’ attention to the key design, amenity and transport issues;

(4)   Details of the site, including views from it and of surrounding buildings were provided;

(5)    The proposal would bring back a vacant office space into active use;

(6)   Changes had been made at ground level to ensure the scheme was appropriate;

(7)   In order to ensure privacy, conditions were proposed to ensure that lower windows were obscure glazed;

(8)   The property was a terrace and the provision of the wall should prevent a loss of privacy;

(9)   Roof lights would be provided to be above head height.

 

In response to Councillors’ questions, officers made the following points:

 

(10)                       Officers noted concerns by Councillors concerning whether a commercial premises could operate without appropriate ventilation. It was indicated that the application had been made in good faith and a condition had been included which could be properly enforced as required;

(11)           Officers confirmed that, there were differences between the timings in the way that Traffic Regulation Orders relating to residents’ parking schemes had been introduced, it would not be until March 2018 that this matter would be rectified. Whilst it was not anticipated that there would be a significant impact, officers would nevertheless discuss this issue with transport colleagues;

(12)           Officers noted Councillors’ concerns about delivery times. However, these were standard and they believed that they were acceptable.

 

Councillors made the following comments:

 

(13)                       The application seemed reasonable and should be supported. The delivery hours would help people who were at school or work during normal office hours

(14)                       The applicant’s record with previous developments was impressive. The bookshop would provide a good asset to the community and would help to mitigate the sad decline in independent book shops in the area

(15)                       This seemed a great use of the building.

Councillor Olly Mead moved, seconded by Councillor Richard Eddy and, upon being put to the vote, it was

 

RESOLVED (11 for – unanimous) – that the application is approved with conditions set out in the report and an additional condition relating to standard sustainability.

 

 

32c

Planning Application Number 17/02240/F - Accolade Park, Kings Weston lane, Avonmouth pdf icon PDF 8 MB

Minutes:

Following his previous declaration of an interest, Councillor Donald Alexander withdrew from the meeting during this item and did not participate or vote on it.

 

The representative of the Service Director – Planning and Development made the following points:

 

(1)   Details of the existing site were shown;

(2)   Details of the written ministerial statement were provided;

(3)   There were 27 letters of support and 1 letter of objection from an occupier of a nearby office concerning potential shadow and flicker. However, following discussions between the objector and the applicant, this matter had been resolved with the addition of a condition which had satisfied the objector;

(4)   The applicant had done a views analysis, details of which were provided.

 

In response to a Councillor’s’ questions, officers drew members’ attention to a paragraph in the report explained how the appropriate policy for this development would be implemented by officers.

 

Councillors made the following comments:

 

(5)   This was a positive application which would blend in well with other local wind turbines in the area;

(6)   This application was welcomed.

 

Councillor Richard Eddy moved, seconded by Councillor Olly Mead and, upon being put to the vote, it was

 

RESOLVED (Voting – 10 for ie unanimous - Councillor Donald Alexander being absent from the meeting as indicated above) that the recommendations contained in the report be approved.

 

Councillor Sultan Khan left the meeting after this item.

32d

Planning Application Number 17/01426/F - R/O 18 - 19 Falcondale Walk, Henleaze pdf icon PDF 627 KB

Minutes:

An amendment sheet was circulated to members in advance. It was noted that an additional neighbour’s comment had been received for this application. Most of the issues they raised had already been addressed in the report. An additional condition would require the implementation of stringent measures in the event that unexpected contaminated land was identified.

 

The representative of the Service Director – Planning and Development made the following points:

 

(1)   There had been 18 objections received to the application covering issues such as amenity, parking and impact on the area;

(2)   Details of the site plan were shown;

(3)   The application site was adjacent to a detached dwelling;

(4)   The proposed dwelling would not be visible from 3 Eastover Close;;

(5)   Whilst 5 trees would be removed as part of the development, conditions would require a landscape plan to address this. In officers’ view it would not, therefore, be appropriate for the application to be refused for this reason;

(6)   The scale and massing of the application was acceptable;

(7)   Whilst concerns raised by residents concerning construction vehicles were noted. However, officers believed that this would not disrupt or harm the amenity of the area as it was not of a sufficient scale;

(8)   Officers considered there would be no detriment to highway safety.

 

In response to Councillors’ comments, officers made the following points:

 

(9)   The situation at the previous development at 23 Falcondale Walk was not a similar situation since this included a raised garden area;

(10)                       Whilst neighbours’ concerns about construction vehicles were noted, it would be inappropriate to include an Advice Note restricting access to Eastover Close since the developers would have to access it to carry out the necessary works;

(11)                       There was another window at ground floor level on the bottom left of the site (when looking at the side elevation) which served as a living room. However, whilst officers had some concerns about this window since they preferred windows which were openable and not at an angle, these were the ones which had been proposed and minimal harm would be caused by them. Officers did not believe it would be reasonable to refuse an application on these grounds;

(12)                       The development met the Council’s current policy DM21 concerning  developments in existing gardens. It was within walking distance of the Falcondale Road Bus Stop. The Committee were reminded of the Council’s Core Strategy policies which set a target for 600 new homes and a windfall assumption of 4,200 small unidentified sites;

(13)                       Whilst concerns about indirect access to local centres were noted, officers considered this application to be an appropriate high density development;

(14)                       In response to a Councillor’s disappointment that this application was exempt from CIL funding as it was a self-build project, officers confirmed that there were national regulations in place concerning CIL with which the Council was required to comply.

 

A Councillor stated that he was pleased to note the situation concerning bus routes and, whilst not a fan of infill building,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32d

33.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled to be held at 2pm on Wednesday 27th September 2017.

Minutes:

The next meeting is scheduled to be held at 2pm on Wednesday 27th September 2017.