Agenda and minutes

Development Control B Committee - Wednesday, 21st July, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Jeremy Livitt 

Link: Watch Live Webcast

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Welcome, Introduction and Safety Information pdf icon PDF 483 KB

Additional documents:


The Chair welcomed all parties to the meeting.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Tony Dyer (Councillor Fi Hance substituting), Councillor Zoe Goodman (Councillor Amirah Cole substituting) and Councillor Donald Alexander (Councillor Katja Hornchen substituting).


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.




There were no Declarations of Interest.


Minutes of the previous meeting held on 9th June 2021 pdf icon PDF 479 KB

To agree the minutes of the last meeting as a correct record.


RESOLVED – that the minutes of the above meeting be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Appeals pdf icon PDF 46 KB

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


Officers introduced this report and made the following comments:


·       Members attention was drawn to the Milsom Street Application which was live but subject to appeal

·       Clanage Road – this application had been approved by DCB Committee in October 2020 and referred to the National Casework Unit following which a public inquiry was taking place. Recommendations from this would be referred to the Secretary of State with a decision expected end of this year/beginning of next year


The Committee noted the report.


Enforcement pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To note enforcement notices.



Members attention was drawn to a petition referred from Full Council on Tuesday 6th July 2021 to Development Control Committee.


It was noted that this petition from Stephen Barrett (Filton Grove Residents Group) was listed as a Public Forum Item and was requesting enforcement action against the adverse effect of work carried out on site at the junction of Filton Grove, Muller Road and Filton Avenue in respect of Planning Application Number 20/01595/F.


Officers confirmed that the application had been approved with a Construction Management Plan. Complaints about the works had been investigated and a recent set of site visits carried out by officers to ensure work was being carried out as requested. Officers were satisfied that they were taking place as had been approved.


Public Forum pdf icon PDF 23 MB

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:



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 Thursday 15th July 2021.


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 20th July 2021


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 -


Members of the public who wish to present their public forum statement, question or petition at the zoom meeting must register their interest by giving at least two clear working days’ notice prior to the meeting by 2pm on Monday 19th July 2021.




In accordance with previous practice adopted for people wishing to speak at Development Control Committees, please note that you may only be allowed 1 minute subject to the number of requests received for the meeting.




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.


Planning and Development pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To consider the following applications for Development Control Committee B -


The Committee considered the following applications:


Planning Application Numbers 21/02372/H and 21/02373/H - 1 Milsom Street pdf icon PDF 299 KB

The Committee will vote separately on each planning application for this item.


Officers introduced this report and made the following comments as part of their presentation:


·       Details of the two separate applications were outlined

·       It was noted that the applications were retrospective

·       Planning Application Number 21/02372/H - Officers considered that the proposals  would further exacerbate the existing scale and massing through an additional 0.8m height increase to the 6.0m rear extension. In addition, the proposed fire escape structure would afford occupants increased opportunity to overlook the rear elevations and amenity space of

Stapleton Road and as well as exacerbating the residential amenity of 2 Milsom Street through additional overbearing and overshadowing. Following two separate assessments, this application remained unacceptable on design and residential amenity grounds

·       Planning Application Number 21/02373/H – Officers considered that, due to the scale and protrusion, coupled with a prior approval rear extension, the development protrudes 10.5metres from the existing rear elevation, undermining the residential amenity of adjacent occupants. As such, the development would be unacceptable on design and residential amenity

grounds. This application would also fail the 45 degree test


Therefore, officers were recommending that both applications were refused.


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


·       Officers noted concerns about the personal medical circumstances of the applicant and confirmed that these had been taken into account as part of the process. An Equalities Impact Assessment had confirmed that these did not outweigh the harm which would be caused by the developments

·       It was noted that obscured glazing and fire escape fabrication could be used to mitigate such applications

·       There has been a prior approval for a 6 metre extension in 2019 but there were no extant planning permissions on site. Officers explained that a prior approval permission granted permission to consult neighbours abutting the site concerning its total projection and height. However, as this application exceeded proposed dimensions, it still required planning approval

·       The mid section had commenced without planning permission in anticipation of approval, although the Local Authority had not granted it. The site was subject to current enforcement action

·       Officers drew members’ attention to the photographs of what was commenced on site

·       A comparison was shown between the two proposals to confirm that none of the indicated extension to the rear of the property had any Planning Permission

·       If the Committee were to grant the applications, the Local Planning Authority would withdraw from the appeal process for this site


Councillors then made the following points during discussion:


·       In view of the nature of the site and the applicants involved, Councillors needed to visit the site to form a judgement

·       A site visit would be helpful. However, it would also be helpful if this was approved and following it coming back to Committee, if officers were to provide an assessment of what work could be carried out to ensure that the site was brought into compliance with a permitted development

·       Whilst a Site Visit would help with certain elements of this application, such as the view from Stapleton Road, neither application complied with the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32a


Planning Application Number 20/02903/P - Land At Access 18 Avonmouth pdf icon PDF 12 MB


Officers introduced this report and made the following comments during the presentation:


·       Details of the application site were shown edged in red and was near to high ecological designations at the Severn Estuary and Bristol Port

·       Replacement planting was proposed as part of three ecological enhancement areas, involving native woodland tree planting. Mitigation was proposed in the form of the cycle path along the Avon Way and bus route and details of financial contributions

·       A diagram showing what the hotel would look like was shown

·       Details of the transport impact were shown. Analysis had indicated that approximately 460 trips would be generated by the development during the peak hour to the Highway Agency Network

·       As mitigation for this, there would be pedestrian crossing improvement along the Avonmouth Way Segregated Route and improvements along the junction to Crowley Road would include a new set of signals

·       There were two existing sites where accidents had occurred along Longs Cross Roundabout and Kingsway Lane. There would be increased queueing around Long Cross as a result of this development. As a result, Section 106 works would be drawn up in consultation with the local community, including a £150,000 contribution to look at the Long Cross roundabout and Kings Weston Lane


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


·       The applicant had been encouraged to retain trees in the design along Avonmouth Way which would also help ameliorate any flood risk

·       The Environment Agency had indicated that they were now happy with the proposals which included an evacuation plan. They were happy that the exceptions test had been passed

·       Members’ attention was drawn to the Avonmouth Severnside Flood Mitigation Scheme which indicated that, even though the application was not dependent on it, there was a large regional scheme taking place in this area to address long term problems of flooding in the area which would allow future development without the risk of flooding since the area was at long term risk of this

·       Whilst it was noted that the Local Planning Authority had accepted that there was no requirement for a sequential test, the mitigation package addressed this issue. Accepting a more limited approach for sequential testing was an agreed way forward.  It was noted that Policy DMC18 required that Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston remained undeveloped. This development fell under the  draft policy and as such should be given the necessary weight

·       Details of the entire transport mitigation package had been included


Councillors made the following comments:


·       The proposal should be supported. The Environment Agency’s support for this application was a very high bar given their expertise

·       There remained serious concerns about this application which would build on a  medieval flood plain. If the River Severn flood defences were already built, this would be more acceptable

·       This was an undeveloped piece of land which was not designated for this type of application. Transport Management recommended a delay which should be considered

·       The decision to limit the use of sequential testing set a bad  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.


Planning Application Number 20/02864/F - The Windmill pdf icon PDF 1 MB


Officers explained that this application had been withdrawn from the agenda following consultation with Spokespersons.


As a result of  legal representations from objectors, it would be reconsidered at the next meeting and the financial viability information from the applicant made explicitly public to be subject to appropriate public consultation and the required scrutiny.


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled to be held at 2pm on Wednesday 1st September 2021.


It was noted that the next meeting would be held at 2pm on Wednesday 1st September 2021.