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Cllr Crawshaw advised that, as the Ward Councillor for Micklegate, he had been in a significant amount of contact with the applicant for item 4a. He had also spoken to Officers concerning the previous applications on the property. Since then, there had been some contact regarding the applicant’s request to have this item determined by the committee. Given this level of contact, he had sought advice from the council’s Legal Officers. He was satisfied that he had not a pre-determined view on the application, he had decided to withdraw from the meeting for Item 4a. This was to ensure that there was no possible suggestion that he had influenced the outcome of the application.
Cllr Craghill noted, for transparency reasons, that as a Guildhall Ward Councillor that she had attended the Minster Neighbourhood Forum but this was not a prejudicial interest.
To approve and sign the minutes of the Area Planning Sub-Committee meetings held on 30 November 2021 and 8 December 2021.
Resolved: That the minutes of the Area Planning Sub-Committee meetings held on 30 November 2021 and 8 December 2021be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record.
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To determine the following planning applications:
Members considered a schedule of reports of the Development Manager, relating to the following planning applications, outlining the proposals and relevant policy considerations and setting out the views of consultees and officers.
Conversion of office to form 11 no. apartments with associated external works and landscaping, including 2no. additional windows, new roof lights, new ramped access and refuse/bicycle store. [Guildhall Ward]
Prior to the meeting the Chair had received a request by the applicant to defer the item to a later date.
The proposal to defer the item was moved by the Chair and seconded by Cllr Galvin.
A named vote was taken and Cllrs Craghill, Crawshaw, Daubeney, Fisher, Galvin, Orrell, Perrett, Waudby, Webb and Hollyer voted for the motion. Cllr Melly abstained. It was therefore:
Resolved: That item 4b be deferred.
Reason: To allow the item to be considered at a later meeting.
Internal and external alterations including basement level extension to rear and 1no. rooflight to rear, lightwell to front with replacement front window at basement level, part lowering of basement floor and insertion of stud wall and new staircase to attic at first floor. [Micklegate Ward]
Members considered an application which sought to gain Listed Building Consent (LBC) for internal and external alterations to a grade II listed building located in York Central Historic Core Conservation Area. The Development Manager gave a presentation on the application.
Diane Baines, the agent for the applicant, spoke in support of the application. She highlighted that similar alterations had been made to neighbouring properties. She noted that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) aimed to optimise the viable use of buildings and she also highlighted the areas of public benefit that she believed would result from the plans. These benefits were replacing the extension, improving means of escape from the building and contributing to the city’s family housing stock.
In response to questions from Members, the agent explained that the public benefit was derived from a more sympathetic extension and by making the building safer in terms of fire safety.
The applicant, Linda Grenyer, also spoke in support. She described how the current use of the property and how the plans would improve the use and safety of the property.
Following an additional question from a Member, the agent confirmed that the neighbouring properties had been altered in the late 1990’s / early 2000’s.
In response to questions from members, the Development Manager stated that:
· Section 5.18 of the report referred to the 2004 planning application which proposed similar internal work and slightly different external works to the property. The 2004 planning permission for No. 14 had timed out and could not now be implemented.
· Neighbouring properties had received the following permissions:
o No. 12, LBC in 2001
o No. 13, there were no records
o No. 15, internal and external alterations in 1998
· The NPPF had changed the way of assessing applications for alterations to heritage assets, great weight should be given to avoiding harm to the asset against the public benefit.
· For LBC, the impact on the building should be considered independently of surrounding buildings. The plans should be considered against the architectural interest of the building itself.
· Officers had determined that the plans would result in some harm to the listed building and that that the benefits put forward by the applicant were private rather than public benefits. The property was considered to be at its optimal viable use and ‘public benefits’ needed to significantly benefit the wider public.
· The use of the basement room as a bedroom raised a fire safety issue. It was difficult to justify this decision by the homeowner to use the room as a bedroom, if it was considered harmful to the listed building to address this issue.
Following a debate, Cllr Galvin moved that the committee recommend to the Chief Operating Officer that Listed Building Consent be approved.
The Senior Solicitor reminded members that they needed to consider if there were any levels of harm caused. If there was harm, even minimal, Members should take into account the public benefits and significant weight should be given to the ... view the full minutes text for item 48.
Erection of a part 2-storey, part single-storey, detached, 3-bedroom house. [Copmanthorpe Ward]
[Cllr Crawshaw re-joined the meeting immediately after the adjournment, at 18:10]
Members considered an application that sought to erect a part 2-storey, part single-storey, detached, 3-bedroom house on land to the north of 21 Main Street, Copmanthorpe.
The Development Manager gave a presentation on the application in which he outlined plans for the property.
Parish Cllr, Lars Kramm, spoke in objection to the application on behalf of Copmanthorpe Parish Council and the Methodist Church trustees. He highlighted the Parish’s concerns that the property was not needed and not in keeping with the identity of the village. He noted that the church was a valued community asset and drew Member’s attention to problems regarding overshadowing and loss of light to the Methodist Church’s outside space.
Phillip Watson spoke in objection, as a local resident. He raised concerns that the application had been filed incorrectly. He also noted that the land provided an open space amenity to the village and was a biodiverse habitat for wildlife. He stated that there were concerns regarding privacy; that the building was disproportionate, it was an overdevelopment and not in keeping with the village. Finally, he raised concerns regarding pedestrian safety.
Following a Member’s query, Mr Watson explained that privacy issues revolved around the windows which over looked the neighbouring property and properties on the road behind the plot.
Andrew Piatt from Gateley Legal, agent for the applicant, spoke in support of the application. He described the plans for the property and explained the ways in which they would echo the street scene. He also explained the consideration given to neighbouring properties in terms of privacy and amenity.
In response to questions, the agent described the access to the property and explained the benefits, in terms of noise insulation, of the windowless elevation that would face the church.
The Development Manager and Case Officer then responded to a number of questions from Members as follows:
· Bins could be stored at the back of the property and prior to collection be brought to the front of the property and be stored off the highway.
· The Copmanthorpe Village Design Statement was approved in 2002 as a supplementary planning document and therefore had weight as a material consideration. The Draft Neighbourhood Plan had not been submitted for consideration by the City of York Council (CYC), it therefore had limited weight.
· Overshadowing was taken into account during the planning process, this would not override the actions an adjacent landowner could take in terms of private rights to light. The right to light to outside areaswas a material consideration although the amount of weight it carried in the planning balance was less than the right to light in habitable spaces. Also in consideration, was the impact loss of light would have on the functioning of a non-residential use.
· The windows on the side of the church building, next to the proposed house, were located over the stairwell.
· There would be some loss of sunlight to the church’s ... view the full minutes text for item 49.