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To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutes
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors G. N. Denaro and M. A. Sherrey.
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 15th August were received.
RESOLVED that, the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 15th August 2022, be approved as a correct record.
The Chairman announced that a Committee Update had been circulated to all Planning Committee Members and asked all Members if they had received and read the Committee Update.
All Members agreed that they had received and read the Committee Update.
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.
The Application had been brought to the Planning Committee for consideration at the request of Councillor R. J. Hunter, Ward Councillor.
Officers presented the report and in doing so drew Members’ attention to the presentation slides, as detailed on pages 14 to 21 of the main agenda report.
The application was for a single side extension 5 metres wide with an additional bay window 0.6 metres deep with the proposed ridge the same height as the existing ridge, at 5 metres high, and to the full depth of the bungalow.
Forest Close was a relatively short cul-de-sac road accessed from Alcester Road. The bungalow was at the end row of four bungalows and was set at a significantly higher level than the adjacent north-south part of Forest Close.
The applicant was requested but did not provide a section through the site, however, officers referred Members to the ‘Existing front elevation with estimated profile of proposed extension’ slide, as detailed on page 20 of the main agenda report.
Officers highlighted that assessing these dimensions, it was considered that the proposed extension rather than being subordinate in scale would appear to be more dominant and prominent and would be a competing feature to the existing dwelling.
The applicant had submitted details of levels in the side garden, as shown in the diagram detailed on page 1 of the Committee Update.
The Bromsgrove District High Quality Design SPD was anchored into BDP 19 of the adopted Local Plan and set out what the Council considered was good design. Paragraph 3.3.1 stated that subornation of side extensions could be achieved where the extension was clearly set down from the ridge and set back from the principal elevation.
The applicant had referred to the need for the extension to provide additional accommodation for her mother-in-law, who was elderly and unable to live on her own due to mobility issues.
Officers drew Members’ attention to the mitigating circumstances submitted by Tyler Parks, the planning consultant commissioned by the Applicant, as detailed on pages 9 and 10 of the main agenda report.
In conclusion, officers stated that the proposed design was contrary to the thrust of the SPD and the adopted Local Plan.
Whilst officers noted that the applicant was seeking to extend the dwelling to provide additional accommodation for her mother-in-law, the personal circumstances of the applicant did not outweigh the permanent harm identified.
At the invitation of the Chairman, Mr. A. Coleman (via Microsoft Teams), the Applicants planning consultant addressed the Committee. Councillor R. J. Hunter, Ward Councillor, also addressed the Committee in support of the application.
Members then considered the application, which officers had recommended be refused.
In response to questions from the Committee, officers clarified that they had visited the application site. Officers further commented that if ... view the full minutes text for item 17/22
22/00911/FUL - Demolition of existing garages and construction of a new building (toilet block) - Victoria Football Ground, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0DR - Mr.M. Gardner PDF 79 KB
Officers clarified that the Application had been brought to the Planning Committee for consideration as the site was located on Council owned land.
Officers presented the report and informed the Committee that the application sought the demolition of existing garages and construction of a new building (toilet block).
Members’ attention was drawn to officer’s presentation slides, as detailed on pages 28 to 30 of the main agenda report.
The proposal was to demolish the existing garages and to replace them with a new building to house additional male and disabled toilet facilities for the ground.
As detailed in the report planning permission was granted earlier this year by Members of the Planning Committee under Planning Application reference 21/01819/FUL for a structure at this site. The approved structure was however to be a portacabin formed of corrugated steel panels on a steel frame which would then be painted. The applicants had explained in their submission, that the change in design now proposed was required due to increased build costs.
The building now proposed would be constructed from block work and would have a painted finish to match the other buildings within the ground. It would be approximately 8 metres by 3 metres and would have a height of approximately 2.5 metres. It would be located in the same position as that approved under planning application 21/01819/FUL.
The proposed development was sited within the urban area of Bromsgrove and would provide additional facilities to help support the existing football ground. Given this, it was considered that in principle the proposal was acceptable.
Officers concluded that, overall, it was considered that the proposed development would accord with the policies in the Bromsgrove District Plan, High Quality Design SPD and the NPPF.
Officers clarified that there were already existing female toilets.
RESOLVED that Planning Permission be granted, subject to the Conditions as detailed on page 26 of the main agenda report.