Committee Report NSC

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North Somerset Council

 

REPORT TO THE Planning AND Regulatory Committee

 

Date of Meeting: 30 JANUARY 2013

 

Subject of Report: Planning application ref 12/P/2068/F Creation of new car parking to provide 173 spaces related to the existing GE operation with associated bunding and landscaping. GE Oil & Gas, High Street, Nailsea

 

TOWN OR PARISH: WRAXALL AND LONG ASHTON

 

 

Officer/Member presenting: head of development management

 

Key Decision: No

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

The application is APPROVED in accordance with the officer’s recommendation to the North Area Committee.

 

1.                Summary of Report

 

This application seeks planning permission for car parking on a Green Belt site for use by an adjoining company.  Very special circumstances have been advanced by the applicant to warrant approval of the application.  An adjoining landowner objects to the proposals on the basis that alternative previously developed land is available for car parking.  The North Area Committee resolved to grant planning permission for a temporary 5 year period in accordance with the officer’s recommendation. The application was also reported to Central Area Committee who endorsed the North Area Committee’s recommendation.

 

2.                Policy

 

The relevant policies are set out in the reports to the North and Central Area Committees.

 

3.                Details

 

The full details of the application are set out in the report to the North Area Committee (See Appendix 1attached).

 

This application would provide car parking for the applicant who is seeking to expand employment at the site and requires additional car parking to meet existing and future parking requirements. The site lies within the Green Belt and the arguments presented by the applicant in support of the proposal are summarised in the report to the Area Committee (See Appendix 1).

 

The application was considered by the North Area Committee at its meeting on 17 January which resolved to recommend that the application be approved subject to the conditions recommended by the officers.  Condition 1 would limit the permission to a temporary period of 5 years to allow the applicant to consider alternative means of meeting its longer term requirements.

 

The Vice Chairman of the Planning and Regulatory Committee exercised his power to refer the application to the Planning Regulatory Committee for consideration in the light of the policy issues raised by the proposal. 

 

In debate the Committee considered the issue of available alternative parking on adjoining land outside the Green Belt and noted that objectors to the application suggested that alternative parking was available.  Officers were requested to seek a meeting with the applicant and objector to determine whether alternative provision could be made and, if not, to consider whether any amendments could be made to the proposals to secure a more temporary form of construction. Members will be updated on this at the Committee meeting.

 

The site abuts the boundary with Nailsea and therefore the application was also reported to the Central Area Committee for information.  The Committee endorsed the recommendation of the North Area Committee and resolved that the Planning and Regulatory Committee be advised that had it had the opportunity to consider the application it would have approved it in accordance with the officer’s recommendation.  The Committee endorsed North Area Committee’s request that officers seek a meeting with the applicant and objector to determine whether alternative provision could be made and, if not, to consider whether any amendments could be made to the proposals to secure a more temporary form of construction.

 

4.                Consultation

 

Details of consultation responses are set out in the report to the Area Committees.

 

5.                Financial Implications

 

As set out in the Area Committee reports.

 

 

6.                Equality Implications

 

Equality issues are taken into account in all planning decisions.

 

7.                Corporate Implications

 

As set out in the Area Committee reports.

 

8.                Options considered

 

Planning applications can either be approved or refused.

 

Author

Richard Kent Head of Development Management – Development and Environment

 

Background Papers

Relevant application files and documents listed in the reports to the Area Committees