Agenda item

17/01920/F - Land South of Morris Road

Minutes:

Following her previous declaration of Interest (see Minute Number 36), Councillor Carla Denyer withdrew from the meeting during this item and took no part in the discussion or voting.

 

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

 

(1)   The site and the application was described to the Committee

(2)   Access had been raised by objectors as the main area of concern – the proposed entrance had been widened and arranged to improve visibility. However, it was noted that it was a comparatively narrow road and that there was an issue with off street parking

(3)   It was noted that there had been concerns as to whether or not traffic flow can be accommodated. A scheme of parking bays was proposed to mitigate this and to help alleviate the issues of increased traffic. It was proposed that there would be 64 parking spaces and 5 spaces for electric vehicles

(4)   Sound insulation was to be provided to proposed housing in line with recommendation in the noise assessment

(5)   Proposed drainage arrangements were satisfactory

(6)   The scheme had been assessed as being environmentally sustainable.

(7)   The impact on ecology and trees had been assessed and found to be acceptable on the basis of proposed mitigation to include new planting and bird and bat boxes

 

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

 

(8)   Details of the arrangements for the parking bays and the traffic restrictions were indicated. It was intended to take on street parking “off street” to improve the traffic flow, with work to be undertaken by the developer

(9)   In relation to a question concerning access for emergency vehicles, this could not be guaranteed but the situation would be improved

(10)                       Officers confirmed that this application was too small to trigger the need for a Health Impact Assessment and there was no policy basis to require one on one cumulative grounds

(11)                       Whilst concerns about appropriate protection for general biodiversity (including insects and invertebrates) was noted, bats and reptiles had been particularly identified as these were protected species

(12)                       Drainage engineers had considered the proposed sustainable drainage scheme and were satisfied with the arrangements.

(13)                       There were existing bus routes for this site by Muller Road (Bus Number 24 to the Centre) and Bus Number 17 (East Bristol and Southmead). Wider transport proposals were being considered as part of a wider set of proposals for Lockleaze

(14)                       Pollution control were happy with the proposals from a noise perspective

(15)                       Officers confirmed that the narrow road estates fund had been used in the past for parts of the city but, if not previously used for a particular area, was now no longer available

(16)                       The footprint of the scheme would not be so much greater than the 35 in the site allocation as nine of the additional units were flats.

 

Members of the Committee noted arrangements for community housing and the proposed affordable housing with this scheme.

 

It was further noted that issues relating to urban design, impact on neighbours and traffic concerns had been addressed and, in addition, that a construction management scheme had been incorporated into the scheme.

 

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

 

Resolved (10 for ie unanimously of those present) – that the application be approved as set out in the report.

 

 

 

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