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Agenda and minutes

Planning and Environmental Protection Committee
Tuesday 6th January, 2015 1.30 pm

Venue: Bourges/Viersen Rooms - Town Hall

Contact: Philippa Turvey Senior Governance Officer 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Sylvester.

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

At this point Members must declare whether they have a disclosable pecuniary interest, or other interest, in any of the items on the agenda, unless it is already entered in the register of members’ interests or is a “pending notification “ that has been disclosed to the Solicitor to the Council.

Members must also declare if they are subject to their party group whip in relation to any items under consideration.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

3.

Members' Declaration of intention to make representations as Ward Councillor

Minutes:

There were no declarations of intention to make representations as Ward Councillor.

 

4.

Minutes of the Meeting Held on:

5.

18 November 2014 pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Minutes:

            The minutes of the meeting held on 18 November 2014 were approved as a correct record.

6.

2 December 2014 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 2 December 2014 were approved as a correct record.

7.

Development Control and Enforcement Matters

8.

14/01759/HHFUL - 8 Engaine, Orton Longueville, Peterborough, PE2 7QA pdf icon PDF 26 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The planning application was for a garage extension at 8 Engaine, Orton Longueville.

 

The main considerations were:

·         The impact of the proposal on the character of the area

·         The impact of the proposal on the amenity of the occupiers of neighbouring dwellings

·         Other matters

 

It was officer’s recommendation that planning permission be refused, for the reasons set out in the report.

 

The Principal Development Management Officer provided an overview of the application and raised the following key points:

·         The proposal was for a double garage, 6.6 metres by 6.1 metres and constituted a reduction from initial proposals.

·         The garage would sit 3 metres in from the site boundary.

·         Objections had been received on the grounds of height, impact on the street scene, character of the area, positioning and flooding. Additional concerns had been raised about the lack of permeable hardstanding within the proposal.

·         It was considered that the roof of the garage would be prominent and very visible.

·         The garage would be remote, unlike the surrounding developments.

·         It was considered that the proposals were unacceptably dominant and were visually detrimental.

 

Paul Sharman, Agent, addressed the Committee in support of the application and responded to questions from Members. In summary the key points highlighted included:

·         It was suggested that officers had been over zealous in their consideration of the application.

·         The proposal would not have any impact of neighbour amenity.

·         The location of the garage was not too noticeable and it was not considered to be situated on a prominent corner.

·         The size of the garage was normal. It was stated that two garages in the nearby vicinity were of greater height than that proposed, two where the same height and five was smaller.

·         It was believed that the garage related well to the dwelling in its proposed position. It was suggested that moving the garage further into the site by six metres would create an area of unusable land.

·         The height of the garage was required for storage use.

·         Measures would be put in place to ensure that the site drained properly and any flood issues were avoided.

 

The Committee discussed the application, suggesting that the proposal would not look out of place with the surrounding area. The size of the garage would have an impact on the street scene, but not so much as to be considered unacceptable. Several Committee members stated that moving the garage further into the site would look incongruous and create space not easily usable. It was noted that concerns from residents in relation to flooding should be regarded and appropriate conditions should be imposed if approved.

 

The Principal Development Management Officer advised that officers had considered the proposal to be too high and isolated from the dwelling, resulting in an appearance very prominent in the street. It was advised that the site had an extant consent for a double garage, measuring 4.8 metres in height, positioned in the top left hand corner of the site. If the Committee were minded to approve the application  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

14/02039/HHFUL - 40 Farleigh Fields, Orton Wistow, Peterborough, PE2 6YB pdf icon PDF 26 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The planning application was a retrospective application for a single storey extension to the rear of 40 Farleigh Fields, Orton Wistow.

 

The main consideration was:

·         The impact of the proposal on the amenity of the occupiers of the neighbouring dwellings

 

It was officer’s recommendation that planning permission be refused, for the reasons set out in the report.

 

The Development Management Manager provided an overview of the application and raised the following key points:

·         An extension had previously existed on the site, which had been 3.5 metres deep. The current retrospective application was for a development of 7.3 metres deep, with a 4.15 metre pitched roof.

·         No objections had been received from neighbours or the Parish Council.

·         The applicant had prior approval for a development in the same location of 6.2 metres by 3.8 metres. The proposal was 1.1 metres deeper and 0.3 metres higher.

·         It was considered that this increase resulted in significant additional impact on neighbour amenity, as this was the only aspect to receive direct sunlight. The outlook from and the overshadowing of the neighbouring property was unacceptable.

·         Additional information from the agent and applicant, and photos from the neighbouring property had been received within the update report. The recommendation of officers had not, however, changed.

 

Councillor Elsey, Ward Councillor, addressed the Committee and responded to questions from Members. In summary the key points highlighted included:

·         Highlighted the importance of the planning system weighting applications against neighbour amenity.

·         The applicants disregard for these rules had caused the resident of the neighbouring property significant stress.

·         The development extended the full depth of the garden and had a harmful impact on residential amenity.

·         The development compounded issues of overshadowing and dominated the area.

·         The loss of light to the neighbouring property was made significantly worse by the proposal. 

·         It was confirmed that, although no written objection had been received, the resident of the neighbouring property did object. Members of the Parish Council were minded of the impact the proposal had, but had made no further comment.

 

Stuart Cleworth, Applicant, addressed the Committee in support of the application and responded to questions from Members. In summary the key points highlighted included:

·         Mr Cleworth apologised for his misunderstanding of the prior approval process. He had believed a single storey extension would be supported and not considered harmful.

·         The previous extension’s flat roof had not been in keeping with the character of the area, and the reduction in eve height was considered to be an improvement.

·         It was suggested that the gardens of the neighbouring properties would only receive direct sunlight for one hour a day, so this loss was not significant.

·         The density of the tree belt already blocked out a substantial amount of sunlight, more so than the proposal.

·         It was noted that the applicant could increase the height of his fence to two metres without the need for planning permission.

·         Attempts had been made to engage neighbours, however had been unsuccessful. Before today Mr Cleworth had believed there to be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that agenda item 5.3 - Enforcement Action in West Ward, which contained exempt information likely to identify an individual or company where prosecution was being considered, as defined by Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Schedule 12A of Part 1 of the Local Government Act 1972, should be exempt and the press and public excluded from the meeting when this item was discussed and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing this information.

 

11.

Enforcement Action in West Ward pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

As agreed the meeting moved into exempt session.

 

The Committee was asked to consider enforcement action in relation to development that had not taken place in accordance with approved plans, under Part 3 Section 2.5.4.3 of the Constitution.

 

It was officer’s recommendation that no enforcement action be taken. The Compliance Officer provided an overview of the report.

 

A motion was proposed and seconded to agree that no enforcement action be taken, as per officer recommendation. The motion was carried unanimously.

 

RESOLVED: (unanimous) that no enforcement action be taken.

 

 

 

 
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