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To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutes
An apology for absence was received from Councillor G. N. Denaro with Councillor S. A. Webb in attendance as the substitute Member.
Declarations of Interest
To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.
Councillor J. E. King declared in relation to Agenda Item 5, (Minute No 93/20), in that she was a Parish Councillor at Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council; and Ward Councillor for Lickey Hills.
During Agenda Item No. 6 (Minute No. 94/20), Councillor S. G. Hession asked for it to be noted that she had just realised that the Applicant was the son of the Chairman of Wythall Parish Council, on which she was a Parish Councillor. Councillor Hession stated that she was not aware of the relationship until now, however, she had not discussed the application with anyone.
The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 1st February 2021, were received.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 1st February 2021, be approved as a correct record.
Updates to planning applications
It was noted that there were no Committee Updates.
The Committee considered a report which detailed proposals to confirm, without modification, Tree Preservation Order (No.14) 2020, relating to trees on land at 11 Plymouth Road, Barnt Green, B45 8JE.
Officers provided a detailed presentation.
Officers drew Members’ attention to the recommendation, as detailed on page 13 of the main agenda report.
Officers informed the Committee that the trees in question were 3 yew trees and a pine tree.
Officers drew Members’ attention to the objection received and the officer’s comments in relation to the points raised within the objection, as detailed on page 14 of the main agenda report.
Officers further informed the Committee that a Tree Evaluation Method for Preservation Orders (TEMPO) assessment of the group of trees was carried out to aid the decision-making process of evaluating the trees suitability for protection. The group of trees scored 18, as detailed at Appendix 3. Anything over a score of 14 under this method was deemed suitable for Tree Preservation Order protection.
The group of trees were highly prominent to users of Plymouth Road and therefore offered a high degree of visual amenity to passers-by, both pedestrian and road users. The trees added greatly to the character of the street and the area.
In response to Members questions, officers explained that the trees on the opposite side did not have TPO’s, however, then trees in the distance, shown on the presentation slides were protected.
Officers further highlighted that with regard to pruning / pollarding the trees, that pruning options on the Pine tree would be very limited because of the tree species as they did not handle pruning very well. There could be some sympathetic level to the pruning of the Yew trees, that would be acceptable, but not to the level of pollarding, as pollarding was a heavy form of pruning.
RESOLVED that Tree Preservation Order (No.14) 2020 relating to trees on land at 11 Plymouth Road, Barnt Green, B45 8JE, be confirmed without modification, as detailed in the Provisional Order on Appendix 1 to the report.
20/01281/FUL - First storey extension to provide self contained flat to be used with existing business as extended family accommodation - Hylton Hound Hotel, Middle Lane, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, B47 6LD - Mr. D. Taylor PDF 115 KB
Officers clarified that the Application had been brought to the Planning Committee for consideration at the request of Councillor G. Denaro, Ward Councillor.
Officers presented the report and in doing so informed the Committee that the application was for a first storey extension to provide a self-contained flat to be used with the existing business as extended family accommodation.
Officers referred to the following presentation slides:-
· Site location plan and block plan
· Existing ground floor plan
· Existing elevations
· Proposed ground floor plan
The site formed part of a dog kennel business with dog grooming facility that operated from the premises. The site had off street car parking for the business, a large grassed area that formed part of the site, was used to exercise the dogs in boarding.
Permission was being sought for an extension to provide self-contained residential accommodation above the existing business premises.
The applicant had indicated that the accommodation was needed in association with the existing business use. However, given the self-contained nature of the new accommodation, the absence of any documentation accompanying the application that would link the use of the new accommodation to the business and lastly, the retention of the existing flat for the business, officers considered that the scheme equated to the formation of a new dwelling.
The site lay within the Green Belt as designated under policy BDP4 of Bromsgrove District Plan and was outside of any settlement. Therefore, the main issues to consider in the determination of the application were:-
· Whether the proposal would be inappropriate development in the Green Belt having regard to the policies of the Bromsgrove District Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
· If the proposal was inappropriate development, would the harm by reason of inappropriateness, and any other harm, be clearly outweighed by other considerations so as to amount to the very special circumstances required to justify the proposal.
The NPPF identified that the fundamental aim of the Green Belt Policy was to prevent urban sprawl and that inappropriate development was harmful to the Green Belt and should not be approved except in very special circumstances.
Officers further informed Members that the existing building was single storey with a shallow pitch roof and an approximate floor area of 135 sqm. The proposed extension would comprise of a first floor extension providing 3 bedroomed self-contained residential accommodation, as detailed on page 32 of the main agenda report.,
Whilst the roof would be hipped, two large dormers would be provided to achieve useable floorspace within the loft area.
Officers highlighted that the total floor area of the extension would amount to approximately 181 sqm, resulting in a 134.5% increase in floorspace. Given the scale of the works proposed, the additional floorspace would be excessive in comparison to the original floorspace, and as such would result in a disproportionate addition over and above the size of the original building.
Due to the self-contained nature of the proposed extension, officers were of the view that the scheme equated to ... view the full minutes text for item 94/20