Committee Report NSC

Agenda Item 6.1

North Somerset Council

 

REPORT TO THE Planning and Regulatory committee

 

Date of Meeting: 30 MAY 2012

 

SUBJECT OF REPORT: PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 12/P/0135/F FOR reinstatement of a dwelling at whitley head house, plot 1363, whitley ROAD, banwell

 

Town or parish: banwell

 

Officer presenting: HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT

 

Key Decision: no

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

That the application be REFUSED in accordance with the officer’s recommendation to the South Area Committee.

 

1.                BACKGROUND

The application was deferred from the last meeting of the Committee for a site inspection which was held on Monday 28 May 2012.

 

Members are requested to refer to the previous report for background information.

 

2.                Summary of Report

The application seeks full permission for the conversion of the building and reinstatement of it as a dwelling with access off Whitley Road.

 

Relevant policy considerations are set out in the officer’s report to the South Area Committee dated the 19 April 2012 which was attached as Appendix 2 to the previous Planning and Regulatory report and the appeal decision which was attached as Appendix 1 to the previous Planning and Regulatory report.

 

3.      Details

The application was reported to the South Area Committee on 19 April 2012 with a recommendation of refusal for the reasons as set out in the Area Committee report. 

 

The application was in Section 1 of the Committee report because of the policy implications.

 

Members of the South Area Committee recommended to this committee that the application be approved contrary to the officer's recommendation of refusal for the following reasons:

 

Members considered that the former use of the building was residential and this was a special circumstance to allow its residential reuse.  Members also considered that the impact of the development on the character and appearance of the Mendip Hills AONB would be enhanced and it would retain a historic building.  Also that the increase in travel would not be significantly different from a business use.

 

Members agreed that approval would be subject to any reasonable conditions that officers consider are necessary.

 

The report to the South Area committee set out the relevant issues and members are asked to refer to that report which was attached to the agenda for the last meeting of the committee.

 

If Members are minded to support the recommendation of the South Area Committee and resolve to grant permission, it is recommended that it is only on the basis that Officers first negotiate the following amendments to the proposal with the applicant:-

 

  • The substantial reduction of the size of the domestic curtilage around the dwelling and removal of the orchard
  • Amendments to the layout of the car parking within the curtilage
  • An improvement in the design of the windows and reduction in the number of roof lights
  • Details of the work unit

 

and subject to the suggested conditions set out in Appendix 3 of the previous Planning and Regulatory committee report.

 

4.      Consultation

Consultation responses are set out in the Area Committee report and the Area Committee update sheet (Appendix 2 attached to the Planning and Regulatory Committee report of 25 April 2012).

 

5.      Financial Implications

In the event of an appeal, the Council is at risk of an award of costs against it if it cannot justify its decision on the basis of Development Plan policy or other material considerations.

 

6.      EQUALITY IMPLICATIONS

Equality issues are taken into account in all planning decisions.

 

7.      Corporate Implications

As set out in the Area Committee report.

 

8.      Options considered

Planning applications can either be approved or refused.

 

 

Author

Angela Norris – Planning Officer– Development and Environment

 

Background Papers

 

Planning appeal decision application 10/P/1768/F, appeal reference No. APP/D0121/A/11/2151483

South Area Committee report 19 April 2012 and update sheet

Planning and Regulatory Committee report 25 April 2012