Agenda item

Ashmole Housing Estate (Oval) 19/00744/FUL

Officers’ recommendations:

 

  1. Resolve to grant conditional planning permission subject to the completion of an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) containing the planning obligations listed in this report.

 

  1. Agree to delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to:

 

  1. Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes; and
  2. Negotiate, agree and finalise the planning obligations as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

 

  1. In the event that the committee resolves to refuse planning permission and there is a subsequent appeal, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development, having regard to the heads of terms set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes, to negotiate and complete a document containing obligations pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) in order to meet the requirement of the Planning Inspector.

 

  1. In the event that the Section 106 Agreement is not completed within 6 months of committee, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to refuse planning permission for failure to enter into a section 106 agreement for the mitigating contributions identified in this report, addendums and/or the PAC minutes.

 

Minutes:

Case No. 19/00744/FUL (agenda item three, page 51 of the agenda pack, page one of the addendum).

 

The Planning Officer gave a presentation which included a summary of the report and subsequent addendum that had been published on Friday 13 December 2019. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration and noted that the application consisted of two sites. The existing building on the first site on Meadow Road would be demolished and replaced on the second site at Ebbisham Drive, which was currently vacant, where it was proposed to erect six terraced houses and nine flats. The scheme would be 100% affordable housing. The scheme would be of an appropriate scale to surrounding buildings and would have a positive impact on the setting of the Vauxhall and St Mark’s Conservation Areas. The proposal would include the replacement of the existing tenants’ hall, which would be 27m2 smaller. A temporary tenants’ hall would cover the construction period of the development. There would be a number of conditions to ensure that existing and future residents would not be disturbed by the noise. There would be some loss of daylight and sunlight, but this was considered acceptable due to the urban character of the area.

 

The applicant then provided the following information in support of the application:

·         The proposal would provide new homes to assist with the council’s delivery towards its annual housing targets.

·         The applicant had engaged with the local community and received generally positive feedback and support.

·         This scheme would deliver 100% affordable housing and residential units would be provided with policy compliant levels of amenity space.

 

Officers then provided the following information in response to questions from Members:

·         The proposed entrance to the development was at the north end of Claylands Road.

·         The low flow fittings were a standard requirement which would result in the use of less water.

·         The proposed £7,821 contribution for off-site children’s play space could be used for improvement works to the nearby multi-use games area subject to the applicant’s agreement and a scheme coming forward for improvements within the Ashmole Estate. This could be secured either through a Grampian condition as the MUGA fell outside the application red line site, or a planning obligation.

·         Construction vehicles for site one were proposed to enter and exit from Meadow Road, whereas site two could only be accessed from Ebbisham Drive.

·         Details of landscaping, including the planted area between Wisden House and the proposed building at Meadow Road, would be secured by condition.

·         There were a range of design typologies in the surrounding area, which allowed the opportunity to be bold and different. The cut-out form would break up the perceived bulk and massing of the three storey buildings.

 

The Committee considered points raised by speakers and information provided by officers in conjunction with the report before making the following observations:

·         A Member was disappointed that a replacement MUGA was not proposed.

·         Concern was raised on the poor visibility lines at the junction of Meadow Road and Claylands Road.

·         Members were pleased with the provisions in respect of affordable housing and the replacement of the tenants’ hall.

·         Members noted the loss of daylight and whilst some trees would be lost, others would be planted.

·         A Member requested that an informative be added about planting externally to counter the loss of lighting.

·         A Member requested an informative for the MUGA to be improved.

 

It was MOVED by Councillor Simpson, SECONDED by Councillor Thackray, and

 

RESOLVED, unanimously

 

1.    To grant planning permission subject to a Section 106 Agreement, the conditions as outlined in the officer’s report and published addenda and the following:

              i.        Amendments to Condition 44(f) and the inclusion of an accompanying informative to ensure that the CEMP includes details of hours of construction and measures to address pedestrian safety, including particular reference to the safety of children accessing nearby schools.

             ii.        A condition or planning obligation to secure improvements to the existing MUGA within the Ashmole Estate in place of a financial contribution of £7,821 towards provision off site was to be explored and reported back to the PAC Chair for final agreement

 

2.    To delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to:

 

a.    Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in the report, addendums and/or PAC minutes; and

b.    Negotiate, agree and finalise the planning obligations as set out in the report, addendums and/or PAC minutes pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

 

 

3.    In the event that the Section 106 Agreement is not completed within 6 months of committee, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to refuse planning permission for failure to enter into a section 106 agreement for the mitigating contributions identified in the report, addendums and/or the PAC minutes.

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