Agenda and draft minutes
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To approve and sign the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 9 June 2022.
Resolved: That the minutes of the last meeting of Planning Committee A held on 9 June 2022 be approved and then signed by the chair as a correct record.
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.
Reserved matters application for layout, scale, appearance, landscaping and access for the construction of Central Hall (F1 use class) including entrance hall, exhibition space and café with associated access, parking, landscaping and external works following the demolition of the mess room and other structures pursuant to 18/01884/OUTM [Holgate Ward]
Members considered a major Reserved matters application from theBoard of Trustees of The Science Museum for the layout, scale, appearance, landscaping and access for the construction of Central Hall (F1 use class) including entrance hall, exhibition space and café with associated access, parking, landscaping and external works following the demolition of the mess room and other structures pursuant to 18/01884/OUTM at the Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York.
The Head of Planning and Development Services gave an update noting the additional representations had been received, and the NRM response in respect of concerns raised regarding accessibility by Class 3 mobility wheelchairs. In their response the NRM confirmed that it would not differentiate between different classes of wheelchair and so Class 3 wheelchair users will be able to make use of the Walkway Route, including the passage through Central Hall. The Head of Planning and Development Services also noted that written representations were attached to the speakers list for the meeting.
The Head of Planning and Development Services gave a presentation on the application noting that the closure of Leeman Road and pedestrian route was part of the outline planning permission. She added that the walkway agreement was a separate entity to the planning application. In response to a Member question regarding the applicant stating at the stopping up enquiry that the route through the site being considered as part of the reserved matters application, the Head of Planning and Development Services clarified that it referred to the walkway agreement. She was asked and clarified that there was sufficient information in condition 45 of the outline planning permission for the walkway agreement.
Cllr K Taylor (Ward Cllr) spoke in objection to the application on behalf of residents. He referred to the number of objections to the scheme and asked the committee to defer the application.
David Finch (Chairperson of the Friends of Leeman Park) spoke in objection to the application on behalf of the Friends of Leeman Park. He detailed safety concerns regarding the riverside path and asked that a condition be included to state that construction at the NRM could not begin until the riverside route had finished. In response to a Member question he noted that it was hoped that the riverside path would be widened.
Alice Williams spoke in objection to the application, explaining how the decision to approve would have detrimental effects on the residents of York. She expressed concern regarding a lack of engagement from the applicant and accessibility for all.
Christine Johnson spoke in objection to the application as a resident of St Peter’s Quarter. She explained her concerns regarding safety, in particular to women due to the change in the route to St Peter’s Quarter.
Ian Bissell, also a resident of St Peter’s Quarter, spoke in objection to the application. He explained how those residents would be adversely affected by the plans. He noted that there was no equalities impact assessment (EIA).
Roger Pierce spoke in objection to the application on behalf of ... view the full minutes text for item 9a