Agenda and draft minutes

Development Control B Committee
Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Allison Taylor 

Items
No. Item

15.

Welcome, Introduction and Safety Information pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Sultan Khan welcomed all parties to the meeting and explained arrangements for emergency access in the event of a fire.

 

16.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Harriet Bradley (substitute Margaret Hickman), Tom Brook and Carla Denyer (substitute Jude English).

 

17.

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:

The following declarations were received and noted:

 

Councillor Clough – Agenda Item No. 8a 18/04977/P Trust Headquarters. Member of UBHT.

 

Councillor English -  Agenda Item No. 8a 18/04977/P Trust Headquarters. Had submitted an objection to the application and did not participate in the Item.

 

Councillor Hickman – Agenda Item No. 8e 18/04108/F St Gabriel’s Court. Submitted a Public Forum Statement and did not participate in the Item.

 

18.

Minutes of the last Meeting pdf icon PDF 203 KB

To agree the Minutes of the last Meeting as a correct record for signature by the Chair.

Minutes:

Resolved – that the Minutes be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

19.

Appeals pdf icon PDF 28 KB

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

Minutes:

The Head of Development Management introduced the report and summarised it for everyone.

 

20.

Enforcement pdf icon PDF 10 KB

To note enforcement notices.

 

Minutes:

The Head of Development Management introduced the report and summarised it for everyone.

 

21.

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 ******

 

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 12.00 noon on ******

 

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 they related to and were taken fully into consideration by the Committee prior to reaching a decision.

 

22.

Planning and Development pdf icon PDF 10 KB

To consider the following applications for Development Control Committee B -

Minutes:

The Committee considered the following Planning Applications.

 

23.

18/04977/P - Trust Headquarters, Marlborough Street pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

Councillor English did not participate in this Item.

 

The Head of Development Management and his representative summarised the report and gave a presentation that included the following:

 

·         This is an Outline Application for Access and Scale for the demolition of existing structure and the erection of a hospital transport hub

·         A full description of the site and application were provided

·         The reasons for recommending refusal were described

 

Answers to questions

·           There are no figures that quantify the air pollution caused by cars being driven around to find a parking space

·           The application has been treated in the same way as every other application and there are sound planning reasons for refusing it

·           The availability of parking may encourage some people to drive who may have used another form of transport to travel to the hospital

·           An assessment of the total number of available parking spaces was made; the unsuitability of Trenchard Street Car Park for people with mobility problems was noted

·           The size of the proposed car park is not acceptable and the modelling carried out does not provide evidence that it is needed

·           Any alternative proposals would be considered on their merits, although the proposals had remained largely the same during a lengthy pre-application process

·           The Travel Plan put forward proposes similar arrangements to those that are already in place

 

Comments

 

·         There are air quality issues, traffic problems and housing issues

·         There are hills around the BRI that cause access problems and the Committee should consider the wider picture; there is a need to make patients’ lives easier

·         There are access problems relating to the BRI but these relate to the wider transport issues, not just car parking; this is not a good enough application

·         Disabled people have difficulties accessing the BRI

·         Fit and well people do not always appreciate the difficulties that people with mobility problems have

·         There should be other ways for staff and patients to reach the BRI

·         Public consultation has not been good enough

·         There are concerns about the demolition of the flats

·         Concerns that refusal of the application will result in delays in resolving patient accessibility issues

·         Patients taking taxis to the hospital result in more car journeys and pollution being created

 

It was noted that the application should have been determined by 14th January 2019 and there was a theoretical risk of an appeal against non-determination if a decision was deferred.

 

Councillor Eddy moved deferral of the application pending a site visit and further discussions with the Trust. This was seconded and on being put to the Vote it was LOST (4 for, 5 against).

 

Councillor Davies moved that the application be refused for the reasons given in the report. This was seconded and on being put to the Vote it was

 

Resolved (5 for, 4 against) – that the application be refused for the reasons given in the report.

 

24.

18/05184/P - Broadwalk Shopping Centre pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

The Head of Development Management and his representative summarised the report and gave a presentation that included the following:

·         This is an Outline application for the partial demolition, refurbishment and redevelopment to provide a mixed use scheme including residential, retail, cafes bars restaurants, offices, community and leisure

·         The details of the application site and the proposed development were described, including the proposed provision of affordable housing along with the consultation responses received.

The application was recommended for approval with delegated authority sought for Officers to finalise transport mitigation and the planning conditions to be attached to a future notice of decision.

 

Comments

 

·         This is an exciting scheme and concerns expressed by residents can be dealt with under reserved matters

 

It was noted that the reserved matters would be the subject of a further application, consultation, assessment and consideration by the Committee at a future date.

 

Councillor Eddy moved approval of the application for the reasons contained in the report. This was seconded by Councillor Mead and on being put to the Vote, it was

 

Resolved (10 for, 0 against) – that the application be granted subject to the Conditions contained in the report.

 

25.

18/06358/F - Alexandra Park Public Car Park pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Minutes:

The Head of Development Management and his representative summarised the report and gave a presentation that included the following:

 

·         This is a full application for the sui generis development of 34 residential studio units

·         The details of the site and application were fully described

·         The reasons for recommending approval of the application were detailed

 

Answers to questions

 

·         A Condition concerning design is included

·         A Condition would allow the period of 2 years for tenancies to be extended if appropriate

·         A 10 year consent could be conditioned but the permission would have to be extended or the units moved to a different site, so this was not being proposed

 

Comments

 

·         Although the units are smaller than the national space standard, it will be a useful exercise to find out how the modular units work

 

Councillor Mead moved approval of the application for the reasons contained in the report. This was seconded and on being put to the Vote, it was

 

Resolved (10 for, 0 against) – that the application be granted subject to the Conditions contained in the report.

 

26.

18/04727/F - Public Conveniences, Circular Road (The Downs) pdf icon PDF 9 MB

Minutes:

The Head of Development Management and his representative summarised the report and gave a presentation that included the following:

 

·         This is a full application for the demolition of the existing toilets and construction of a café, replacement toilets and education booth

·         A full description of the site and application was provided

·         The reasons for  recommending approval of the application were explained

 

Answers to questions

 

·           The Secretary of State (DEFRA) would be required to approve the scheme but this is separate from the Planning process

·           The Planning Approval is sought for a café, the operator is not specified – this would be a matter for The Downs Committee

·           The Downs Act is completely separate from Planning Legislation

·           The present toilets comprise male, female and disabled

·           It was confirmed that an amendment could require management arrangements that ensure that the baby changing facility doesn’t interfere with the  the disabled toilet

·           The operation and management of the café and toilets is a matter for The Downs Committee

 

Debate

 

·           The roof of the building may be vandalised at night

·           There is no known demand for a café at that location

·           The proposed development is a great improvement on the present building

·           The Downs Act preserves The Downs for everyone in Bristol and the surrounding area, and a toilet that is manned is a safe facility for everyone

·           The Downs Committee needs to generate income and this facility will be an enhancement

·           This is a modern well designed proposal with an educational facility

 

Councillor Mead moved approval of the application subject to the Conditions contained in the report, along with Officers being given delegated authority to attach a condition requiring management arrangements to ensure that  the baby changing facility does not interfere with the  disabled toilet .

 

This was seconded by Councillor Davies and on being put to the Vote, it was

 

·           Resolved (8 for, 2 against) – that the application be granted subject to the Conditions contained in the report, and Officers being given delegated authority to attach a condition requiring management arrangements to ensure that the baby changing facility does not interfere with the  disabled toilet .

 

Councillor Lesley Alexander left the Meeting at this point.

27.

18/04108/F - St Gabriels Court, St Gabriels Road pdf icon PDF 5 MB

Minutes:

Councillor Hickman did not participate in this item.

 

The Head of Development Management and his representative summarised the report and gave a presentation that included the following:

 

·         This is a full application for the demolition of existing buildings, altered access and the construction of a mixed use development

·         The details of the site and the application were described

·         The recommendation for the application is approval and the reasons for the recommendation were summarised

 

Answers to questions

 

·      The play area is already overlooked and surveillance of it is welcomed; there will be no impact on safeguarding

·      The applicants have signed an exemption certificate meaning that the Council will not be liable to formally adopt the internal roads

·      No gate to the site will be installed as it would create access problems

 

Comments

 

·         There are no Planning reasons to refuse the application

·         A condition should be added requiring permission for any gate at the site entrance

 

Councillor Hance moved approval of the application subject to the Conditions contained in the report and subject to an additional condition relating to the gating of the development. This was seconded and on being put to the Vote, it was

 

Resolved (8 for, 0 against) – that the application be granted subject to the Conditions contained in the report and an additional condition relating to the gating of the development.

 

28.

19/00253/H - 6 Alford Road pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

The Head of Development Management summarised the report and gave a presentation that included the following:

 

·         This is a full application for a domestic extension, garage and associated works

·         The details of the site and the application were described

·         The recommendation for the application is approval and the reasons for the recommendation were summarised

 

Councillor Davies moved approval of the application subject to the Conditions contained in the report.

 

Councillor Clough seconded this and on being put to the Vote it was

 

Resolved (8 for, 0 against) – that the application be granted subject to the Conditions contained within the report.

 

29.

Date of Next Meeting

24th April 2019 at 6.00 pm.

Minutes:

Wednesday 24th April 2019 at 6.00 pm.