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To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutes
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors H. J. Jones and M. Middleton.
It was noted that Councillor M. Middleton was due to attend as the substitute Member for Councillor H. J. Jones.
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.
There were no declarations of interest.
The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 7th March 2022, were received.
RESOLVED that, the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 7th March 2022, be approved as a correct record.
The Vice-Chairman announced that a Committee Update had been circulated to all Planning Committee Members and announced a short break in proceedings whilst Members read the Committee Update for Planning Application 19/00615/OUT – Foxlydiate Hotel, Birchfield Road, Redditch.
Accordingly, the meeting stood adjourned from 18:04pm to 18:06pm.
The Vice-Chairman apologised to all those present for the issues being experienced with the IT equipment, which officers were trying to rectify.
Accordingly, the meeting stood adjourned from 18:07pm to 18:11pm.
Having resumed and due to ongoing IT issues, officers referred Members to the presentation slides on pages 62 to 71, for Planning Application 19/00615/OUT – Foxlydiate Hotel, Birchfield Road, Redditch.
19/00615/OUT - Application for outline planning permission with all matters reserved, apart from details in relation to access, layout and scale for the partial demolition of the building and former walled garden on site and the conversion of the remaining pub building into 12no. apartments alongside the erection of 38no. dwellings, children’s play areas, landscaping and circulation space (amended description), Foxlydiate Hotel, Birchfield Road, Redditch - Whitbread PLC PDF 422 KB
Officers referred to the Committee Update, which Members had been given the opportunity to read and copies of which were provided to Members and published on the Council’s website prior to the commencement of the meeting.
Officers presented the report and in doing so drew Members’ attention to the presentation slides, as detailed on pages 62 to 71 of the main agenda report. Officers further drew Members’ attention to the ‘Procedural Note,’ as detailed on page 15 of the main agenda report.
The application site related to 1.9 hectares relatively level site that was occupied by a two-storey building which was last occupied by a Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre with associated parking.
The application which sought to erect 38 dwelling houses and 12 apartments, had been submitted in outline form, but also detailed means of access, layout and scale to be considered. Officers drew Members’ attention to the presentation slide ‘Proposed Site Plan,’ as detailed on page 64 of the main agenda report. Amendments following submission have secured the retention and conversion of the 1930’s portion of the hotel and the remnant walls of the 19th Century walled garden, with demolition of the later modern additions. External appearance and landscaping would be matters for future consideration which would require separate approval before development could commence.
The site fronts Birchfield Road, on the opposite side of Birchfield Road, to the north-east of the site, was a new housing development comprising 29 dwellings. To the north-west was a garage and car dealership and to the south-east a range of residential properties. To the south-west and north-west the land was currently in agricultural use; but formed part of the site which benefitted from a resolution to grant permission for a mixed use development including 2560 dwellings.
Officers drew Members’ attention to the presentation slides, as detailed on pages 64 to 69 of the main agenda report.
Officers further referred to the ‘Sustainable Communities’ information, as detailed on pages 40 and 41 of the main agenda report.
Members’ attention was again drawn to the Committee Update, as follows: -
The omitted date, on page 17 of the main agenda report, which related to the receipt of the first representation from Bentley Pauncefoot Parish Council was 08/06/2019
An appropriate contribution for off-site provision (if required) was currently being discussed with leisure colleagues, together with location. Delegated authority to the Head of Planning, Regeneration and Leisure was also being sought to resolve that issue.
Worcestershire County Council (WCC) Highways
For clarification, Tudor Grange Academy related to that located at Redditch (Woodrow Drive, Redditch, B98 7UH). The Passenger Transport at WCC had confirmed the advised contribution remained relevant and necessary, based upon the costs of the dedicated schools transport service as a result of the development proposals associated with the application.
North Worcestershire Water Management
No objection subject to conditions.
As per the report from the Head of Planning, Regeneration and Leisure but with additional provision (iv):
That the application be ... view the full minutes text for item 86/21
21/01657/FUL - Proposed Demolition of Existing Buildings and Erection of 72-Bedroom Care Home, 277 Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0EP - Leo Bromsgrove Ltd, Chloe Leo Bromsgrove Ltd PDF 266 KB
Officers reported that following the publication of the main agenda report, the applicant had made two further submissions, as follows:
· Reference to an appeal decision in Solihull Metropolitan Council from March 2022 and the Planning Inspectorate’s decision.
· A Committee Briefing note, received on Friday 8th April, which detailed information related to heritage and the site’s Green Belt location.
as detailed in the published Committee Update, copies of which were provided to Members and published on the Council’s website prior to the commencement of the meeting.
Officers presented the report and in doing so informed the Committee that the proposed development was a full application for the demolition of existing buildings and the development of a three-storey, 72-bedroom care home with communal amenity areas and an extensive resident’s garden and associated parking for 20 plus spaces.
The application site (0.72ha) consisted of the former Mount School which was a three storey Victorian building that was now in office/training use by KeyOstas who provided health and safety and environmental training.
The Mount School was surrounded by several single storey outbuildings that were disused. The buildings were in a depilated state.
The site was located in the Green Belt on the edge of the residential area of Bromsgrove. A new development had been completed to the south of the site with a run of residential dwellings located to the north. Fields bound the site to the west. The site was served by a single driveway off the Birmingham Road.
The proposed development would also include facilities such as dining rooms, lounges, hair salon, cinema, family rooms, balconies and clinics.
Burghley Care (part of Torsion Care) had entered an agreement to deliver the scheme, the nature of development proposed was that of a care home (C2 use) to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the provision of care to the elderly. The care home would therefore cater for users including the elderly, dementia patients and nursing patients. The development would employ up to 75 Full time Equivalent (FTE) employees.
Members were further informed that with regards to the Green Belt, in addition to its inappropriateness, the development would result in a sizeable degree of harm to the openness of the Green Belt and would conflict with three Green Belt purposes. In accordance with the NPPF, such harm to the Green Belt should be afforded substantial weight and that this weighting would form part of the planning balance.
Openness was capable of having both spatial and visual elements. Spatially, the development would result in more built form across the entirety of the site compared with the existing situation. The height, footprint and volume of new buildings would greatly exceed the existing building, as summarised in the table on page 77 of the main agenda report. There would be a significant loss of openness in spatial terms particularly for the undeveloped parts of the site.
With regard to planning balance, the applicant had outlined benefits of the proposed redevelopment, which were summarised ... view the full minutes text for item 87/21