Agenda and minutes
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Declarations of Interest
At this point in the meeting, Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest or other registerable interest they might have in respect of business on this agenda, if they have not already done so in advance on the Register of Interests.
Members were asked to declare, at this point in the meeting, any personal interests, not included on the Register of Interests, or any prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests they may have in respect of business on the agenda. Cllr Looker declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 4 b [Clifton Park Treatment Centre NHS North Yorkshire and York, Bluebeck Drive, York [22/00192/FUL] as a patient at the hospital. Cllr Fisher declared a non prejudicial interest in that item as he knew the surgeon at the hospital and Cllr Ayre also declared an non prejudicial interest in that item following a consultancy at the hospital. No further interests were declared.
To approve and sign the minutes of the last meeting of the Planning Committee held on 5 May 2022.
Resolved: That the minutes of the last Planning Committee meeting held on 5 May be approved and then signed by the chair as a correct record.
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This item invites Members to determine the following planning applications:
Members considered a schedule of reports of the Head of Planning and Development Services, relating to the following planning applications, outlining the proposals and relevant policy considerations and setting out the views of consultees and officers.
Demolition of existing buildings, alterations to 'The Married Quarters Building', and erection of new buildings to provide no.85 residential dwellings (Use Class C3), 457sqm of commercial / business floorspace (Use Class E) and 152sqm of community floorspace (Use Class F1/F2) with associated ancillary development [Fishergate Ward]
Members considered a major full application from City Of York Council for the demolition of existing buildings, alterations to 'The Married Quarters Building', and erection of new buildings to provide 85 residential dwellings (Use Class C3), 457sqm of commercial/business floorspace (Use Class E) and 152sqm of community floorspace (Use Class F1/F2) with associated ancillary development at Development Site Hospital Fields Road and Ordnance Lane, York.
The Development Management Officer gave an update on the application advising Members of comments from one of the registered speakers received by email on 9 June 2022 and of updates to Condition 3 (affordable housing) and Condition 23 (landscape). Concerning the registered speaker’s concerns regarding the blocking of sunlight over Ambrose Street, Members were informed that the Applicant had undertaken an assessment based on BRE guidelines concluded that the building would have no effect on the rear of Ambrose Street. Therefore the conclusions in the report remained, that the impact on neighbour’s amenity was acceptable and not grounds for refusal. Following the committee update, the Head of Planning and Development Services gave a presentation on the application.
Christopher Ranger spoke in objection to the application on behalf of Fishergate, Fulford and Heslington Local History Society. He explained that York had a long military history and he feared that the determination may set a precedent in demolishing historical properties. He suggested that it would be more sustainable to retain the buildings. At the request of a Member, Officers demonstrated the buildings to be demolished and Mr Rainger was asked and explained the heritage value of those buildings.
Michael Wills spoke in objection to the application on behalf of Fishergate Planning Panel. He explained that the panel could not support the lack of car parking spaces on the site, noting the impact of this on neighbouring streets. He added that there were no EV charging points and asked where the cars would park.
Andrew Knights, a local resident, spoke in objection to the application noting that he was one of 23 people who had raised an objection based on the loss of light. He explained that his house extension on Ambrose Street was not shown on the plans and that the planning documents did not show how high the new building would be.
Andy Shrimpton spoke in support of the application noting that the best quality buildings on the site were being retained and retrofitted. He noted that the buildings being demolished would provide 18 passivhaus homes. In response to questions from Members he noted that regarding car parking, the residents on the site would be car free and that there would be car parking provision as part of the respark scheme.
Rob Ainsley spoke in support of the application on behalf of York Cycle Campaign noting that the campaign was excited that it was a car free development. He added the provision of cycle parking would establish York as a great place to live without a car.
Cllr D’Agorne, Fishergate Ward Councillor, spoke in ... view the full minutes text for item 4a
Installation of temporary theatre unit, storage cabin and additional car parking [Rawcliffe and Clifton Without Ward]
Members considered a full application from Ramsay Health Care UK Ltd for the installation of temporary theatre unit, storage cabin and additional car parking at Clifton Park Treatment Centre NHS North Yorkshire and York Bluebeck Drive, York.
The Development Management Officer gave an update on the application noting comments from the Flood Risk Manager, additional condition 11 and amendments to conditions 2 and 4. The Head of Planning and Development Services then gave a presentation on the application.
In response to Member questions Officers confirmed that:
· 36 car parking spaces wad been gained on the site and these were needed for throughput for the theatre unit. There had also been a lack pf car parking spaces on the site.
· The facility would be used by NHS York and would be maintained by Ramsay Healthcare.
· There was already disabled car parking spaces on the site and take up of these were low.
· The land the car park was being built on was clay and it would be built on a retention tank. There was also a hydro drain.
· The car park was to be made out of permeable tarmac and water would drain through to a retention layer. There would also be lighting controlled by a timer which would turn off when the hospital was closed.
· The lighting would be downward lighting.
· When the development was finished it would be returned to its original state.
· The protection of hedgehogs was not included as an informative as hedgehogs were not included in the countryside act.
· The area for car parking would be classed as green belt.
· The Head of Planning and Development Services clarified that it would not be reasonable to condition to restrict the use of the theatre unit to the NHS.
Steve Daniels and Andy Holt were in attendance at the meeting to answer questions on behalf of the applicant. They confirmed that the Ramsay Health were paying for the carpark and the rest by the NHS.
Following debate Cllr Looker moved the officer recommendation to approve the application, with additional condition 11 and amendments to conditions 2 and 4 as detailed in the officer update. This was seconded by Cllr Doughty. Members voted 5 in favour of the motion, with two against and two abstentions. It was therefore:
Resolved: That the application be approved subject to the conditions listed in the report and condition 11 and amendments to conditions 2 and 4:
Additional condition 11: Prior to first occupation, the suitability of the proposed surface water outfall, the means of surface water disposal shall be ascertained by way of site specific CCTV drainage survey, to its discharge point to watercourse to the satisfaction of the local planning authority. If the outfall is proven to be suitable, surface water drainage shall be carried out in accordance with the submitted drainage strategy detailed on plan – Proposed Drainage Layout - Re: 228000-BGP-01-00-DR-D-52-130 Revision FC dated 30th May 2022 by Billinghurst George & Partners. Unless otherwise approved in writing by the Local Planning ... view the full minutes text for item 4b
This report informs Members of planning appeal decisions determined by the
Planning Inspectorate between 1 January and 31 March 2022. A summary of each decision is provided in appendix B and a list of outstanding planning appeals in appendix C.
The Development Manager presented a report which provided information on the planning appeal decisions determined by the Planning Inspectorate between 1 January and 31 March 2022.
In response to questions from Members, Officers clarified that the policy for rendering buildings did not need to be reviewed.
Resolved: That the report be noted.
Reason: To keep Members informed of the current position of planning appeals against the Council’s decisions as determined by the Planning Inspectorate.