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13.

Inspection of Sites

Minutes:

The following sites were inspected before the meeting.

 

Site

Attended by

Reason for Visit

Land at Westview Close

 

Councillors Galvin, Gillies, Jeffries, Reid and Watson.

 

As objections had been received and the officer recommendation was to approve.

Fox and Hounds, Top Lane, Copmanthorpe

 

Councillors Galvin, Gillies, Jeffries, Reid and Watson.

 

As objections had been received and the officer recommendation was to approve.

31 Albermarle Road

 

Councillors Galvin, Gillies, Jeffries, Reid and Watson.

 

As objections had been received and the officer recommendation was to approve.

76 The Mount

 

Councillors Galvin, Gillies, Jeffries, Reid and Watson.

 

As objections had been received and the officer recommendation was to approve.

Bora Bora, 5 Swinegate Court East

 

Councillors Galvin, Gillies, Jeffries, Orrell, Reid and Watson.

 

As objections had been received and the officer recommendation was to approve.

Lucia Bar and Grill, 9-13 Swinegate Court East

 

Councillors Galvin, Gillies, Jeffries, Orrell, Reid and Watson.

 

As objections had been received and the officer recommendation was to approve.

 

 

14.

Declarations of Interest

At this point, Members are asked to declare any personal, prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interest they may have in the business on this agenda.

 

Minutes:

At this point in the meeting, Members were invited to declare any personal, prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests that they might have in the business on the agenda.

 

Councillor Reid declared a personal and prejudicial interest in plans item 4e (31 Albermarle Rd) as she knew the objector well. She left the room during discussion of this application and did not take part in the debate or vote on this application.

 

Councillor Gillies declared a personal and prejudicial interest in plans item 4j (Land between sports field and Westview Close) as he knew the owner of the land personally. He left the room after speaking as Ward Member and did not take part in the debate or vote on this application.

15.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meetings of the West & City Centre Area Planning Sub-Committee held on 14 June and 12 July 2012.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:       That the minutes of the meetings of the West and City Centre Area Planning Sub-Committee held on 14 June and 12 July 2012 be approved and signed by the Chair as correct records.

16.

Public Participation

It is at this point in the meeting that members of the public who have registered their wish to speak can do so. The deadline for registering is by 5pm the working day before the meeting, in this case 5pm on Wednesday 15 August. Members of the public can speak on specific planning applications or on other agenda items or matters within the remit of the committee.

 

To register please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting, on the details at the foot of this agenda.

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been no registrations to speak under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme on general issues within the remit of the Sub-Committee.

17.

Plans List

To determine the following planning applications related to the West and City Centre Area.

 

Minutes:

Members considered a schedule of reports of the Assistant Director (Planning and Sustainable Development), relating to the following planning applications, outlining the proposals and relevant policy considerations and setting out the views and advice of consultees and officers.

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1 Salisbury Road York YO26 4YN (12/01921/FUL) pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Change of use from residential (use class C3) to House in Multiple Occupation (use class C4). [Holgate Ward] [Site Visit]

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This application, for change of use from residential (use class C3) to House in Multiple Occupation (use class C4), was withdrawn by the applicant prior to meeting.

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76 The Mount York YO24 1AR (12/01253/FUL) pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Change of use from sandwich shop (Class A1) to hot food takeaway (Class A5) and installation of kitchen flue to rear (resubmission). [Micklegate Ward] [Site Visit]

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a full application from Mr Gee Yin Sung for a change of use from a sandwich shop (Class A1) to a hot food takeaway (Class A5) and the installation of a kitchen flue to the rear (resubmission).

 

Officer recommended a further condition to secured alterations in the public highway to prevent vehicles parking outside the premises as such practice would obstruct the bus route. It was noted that the applicant could meet the requirements of this condition by funding the installation of bollards/cycle stands to prevent this occurring.

 

Officers also advised the Committee that the opening hours of nearby takeaways controlled by planning conditions were as follows:-

·        Fish and Chip Shop, No 49, 11.30-24:00 midnight every day of the week

·        Takeaway at 51 – open till 24:00, 23:30 Sundays

 

Representations were received from a neighbour living at number 13 Holgate (to the rear of the site) in objection to the application. He advised the committee that 97 percent of the buildings around the shops were residential use. He raised concerns about the potential for bad smells and noise disturbance from hot food takeaways. He expressed concerns that the proposed use would lead to him and his partner, who was ill, being disturbed by noise created by staff cars being driven away from the staff parking at the rear of the building in the early hours of the morning as this was below his bedroom window.

 

Representations were received from the applicant in support of the application. He confirmed that, if granted, the intention was to stay open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights only, with 11 – 11.30pm closing during the week and on Sundays. He confirmed that the rear yard would only be used for staff parking, and the garages would be used for storing dry goods, not additional vehicles. In response to concerns which had been raised regarding the extraction system, he advised Members that this was a modern system which included smell and grease filters and a silencer.

 

In response to questions he provided the following additional information:

·        Deliveries would take place early in the evening (covered by condition 5)

·        Majority of customers place orders by phone then collect at a given time thus preventing a build up of customers waiting on the premises.

·        No delivery service is offered (also covered by condition 5). The proposed delivery service was a reason for refusal of a previous application due to potential for noise disturbance to neighbours.

·        Premises would close at either same time as neighbouring businesses or earlier

·        Intention is for only one car to be parked in the rear yard.

 

Members acknowledged that the applicant had agreed to everything possible to avoid disturbance to neighbours and acknowledged that they could not control movement of vehicles in and out of the yard, which was not just used by these premises.

 

RESOLVED:       That the application be approved subject to the conditions listed in the report and the additional condition below:

 

Additional Condition 7

The development shall  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17b

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Bora Bora, 5 Swinegate Court East, Grape Lane, York YO1 8AJ (12/01249/FUL) pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Change of use from cafe (use class A3) to drinking establishment (use class A4) [Guildhall Ward] [Site Visit]

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a full application from Mr Bora Akgul for a change of use from a café (use class A3) to a drinking establishment (use class A4).

 

Officers advised the Committee that further letters of objection had been received from Barrie Crux & Lund’s Court residents association which stated that these establishments were making residents lives a misery.  They expressed the view that if approved, other drinkers would come here to take advantage of the 3am closing time resulting in extra noise, disturbance, vandalism and partying in the streets after 3am.  They noted that, at a time when the council is worried about empty properties in the city, it seemed surprising that they were allowing early morning drinking to drive people away from living in the centre.

 

Representations were received from a local business owner and resident of the area. She asked the Committee to take account that the noise created by people in the courtyard and spilling onto the street keeps them awake into the early hours and adds to the noise created by Lucia’s. She confirmed that this also affects residents of Lunds Court who are even closer than her home.

 

Representations were also heard from another objector who stressed that the concerns with this application were very similar to the issues which had been raised with regard to the Lucia application. He expressed surprise that officers had recommended approval when Bar Kuga was still not trading having failed to find tenants. He stressed that while Bora Bora offered food to customers, the dominant use of the premises was the supply of drink. He stated that the noise emanating from the courtyard affected neighbours and it was sometimes hard to walk through courtyard due to number of people congregating there.

 

Councillor Galvin moved and Councillor Looked seconded a motion to refuse the application. On being put to the vote, the motion fell.

 

Members acknowledged that there was a link between Bora Bora and Lucias and agreed that it would be sensible to have some uniformity between the premises.  They accepted  that nearby residents were affected by noise from the premises and that operating hours needed to be restricted to protect residents amenity and that restrictions on the clearing up of bottles into bins was also needed, in order to prevent further disturbance. They also agreed that character and appearance of the conservation area needed protection from the effects of late night drinking.

 

RESOLVED:       That the application be approved subject to the conditions listed in the report and the amended and additional conditions below.

 

 Amended Condition 3

The use shall only be open to customers between the hours of 08.00 and 24:00 (midnight) each day of the week.

 

Reason: The premises are within an historic mixed use area with a significant residential population which contributes to the character and appearance of the conservation area. The hours of operation have been restricted in order to protect the living conditions of nearby residential property, the character and appearance of the conservation area  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17c

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47 Albermarle Road, York, YO23 1EP (12/02192/FUL) pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Single storey rear extension and dormers to front and rear. [Micklegate Ward]

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a full application from Mr N Cooper for a pitched roof single storey rear extension with dormers to front and rear.

 

RESOLVED:       That the application be approved subject to the conditions listed in the report.

 

REASON:            The proposal, subject to the conditions listed in the report and the potential fall-back position of the rear dormer being permitted development if constructed in isolation, would not cause undue harm to interests of acknowledged importance, with particular reference to the impact on the residential amenity of neighbours or the impact upon the streetscene. As such the proposal complies with Policies H7 and GP1 of the City of York Development Control Local Plan and City of York Supplementary Planning Guidance to Householders (Approved March 2001)

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31 Albemarle Road, York, YO23 1EW (12/02238/FUL) pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Detached store to rear (resubmission) [Micklegate Ward] [Site Visit]

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a full application from Mr Graham Harrison for the erection of a detached pitched roof store to the rear of the application site.

 

Officers advised that a further objection had been received from the neighbour at 29 Albemarle Road which put forward the following concerns:

·        The new wall and fence would result in the demolition of our existing wall and gate and because of the change in level between the sites the new wall/ fence will appear 3m high which is excessive and oppressive. It will also significantly narrow the passage alongside no.29

·        A drain cover will be damaged

·        The tree is incorrectly located on the plans and would be damaged by the construction

·        If the store is only to be used as a store why does the whole of the ground level need to be sloped up to it as if for a garage? A path would be all that is needed.

·        Loose pebbles from the hardstanding would migrate down the slope and on to the road

Officers reported that the applicant had sent an email stating that the tree was actually on his land as the original boundary wall has been moved.

 

Officers recommended an additional condition to require the applicant to submit details of the permeable hardstanding to the local authority. 

 

Representations were received from the applicant in support of the application. He advised Members that the application would have a minimal impact on the street scene and would not harm resident’s amenity. He expressed the view that it was unlikely that the next door neighbour would see the shed due to shrubbery.

 

RESOLVED:       That the application be approved subject to the conditions listed in the report and the additional condition below:

 

Additional Condition 3

Notwithstanding the approved drawing, details of the permeable hardstanding shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority prior to the commencement of the development. The initial 10m of the new hardstanding, measured from the back of the public highway, shall be surfaced in a permeable material that will prevent the egress of loose material on to the public highway.

 

Reason: To prevent the egress of water and loose material onto the public highway given the slope of the site.

 

REASON:            The proposal, subject to the conditions listed in the report and the additional condition above, would not cause undue harm to interests of acknowledged importance, with particular reference to the impact on the residential amenity of neighbours or the impact upon the streetscene. As such the proposal complies with Policies H7 and GP1 of the City of York Development Control Local Plan and City of York Supplementary Planning Guidance to Householders (Approved March 2001).

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Flat 1, 99 Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AH (12/01961/FUL) pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Creation of 3no. flats (retrospective) [Micklegate Ward]

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a full application from Mr Philip Armitage for the creation of three flats (retrospective).

 

RESOLVED:       That the application be approved subject to the conditions listed in the report.

 

REASON:           The proposal, subject to the conditions listed in the report, would not cause undue harm to interests of acknowledged importance, with particular reference to residential amenity. As such the proposal complies with Policies GP1 and H4a of the City of York Development Control Local Plan.

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Fox and Hounds 39 Top Lane Copmanthorpe York YO23 3UH (11/02985/FULM) pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Construction of 11no. Dwellings following demolition of existing public house. [Rural West York] [Site Visit]

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a major full application from Enterprise Inns PLC for the construction of 11 dwellings following demolition of the existing public house.

 

Officers advised that draft conditions 2 (plans), 5 (means of enclosure) and 23 (internal noise levels) should be amended. They proposed addition conditions to cover a construction environment management plan (24), demolition and construction works (25) and contamination issues (26).

 

One Member raised the issue of the wall to be constructed on Top Lane. She noted that this proposed wall would be 1.8m in height and constructed in brick. She expressed concerns about the impact on the street scene and with regard to the planting proposed to soften the effect of the wall, she asked for assurance that this area would be maintained.

 

Representations were received from the agent in support of the application. He confirmed that he was happy with the amended conditions and agreed to the Section 106 agreement. He reminded Members of the history of the pub on the site and confirmed that despite every reasonable effort by the applicants, the site was no longer viable as a public house. He confirmed that the application had full support of consultees. With regard to the wall, he acknowledged the need to soften the structure and that the question of future maintenance of the landscaped strip needed to be addressed further. Officers stated that this could form part of the legal agreement and agreed to liaise with highways maintenance officers regarding this. 

 

Members accepted the reasons for the closure of the public house and agreed that the proposed houses were a reasonable use of the site and were low in density and would fit in well in the area. They agreed that the maintenance of the landscaped strip needed to soften the effect of the wall needed to be considered further and that this could form part of the legal agreement.

 

RESOLVED:       That the application be  approved subject to a 106 agreement, the conditions listed in the report and the amended and additional conditions listed below:

 

Amended Condition 2

The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following plans:-

Drawing Refs: - E/12/02/B; E/12/05/A; E/12/06/A and E/12/02/C. Date Stamped 27TH July 2012 and E/12/07/A; E/12/08/A and E/12/03/L. Date Stamped 14th August 2012.

 

Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and to ensure that the development is carried out only as approved by the Local Planning Authority.

 

Amended Condition 5

The means of enclosure to the development hereby authorised shall be erected in strict accordance with the details contained within Drawing Ref: E/12/03/L. Date Stamped 14th August 2012 unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

 

Reason: - To safeguard the visual amenity of the wider street scene and to secure compliance with Policy GP1 of the York Development Control Local Plan.

 

Amended Condition 23

The building envelope of all residential buildings shall be constructed so as to achieve internal noise levels of 30 dBLAeq, 1 hour  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17g

17h

Lucia Bar And Grill, 9 - 13 Swinegate Court East, Grape Lane, York, YO1 8AJ (12/01910FUL) pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Change of use to mixed use ground floor restaurant and first floor bar (retrospective) [Guildhall Ward] [Site Visit]

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a full application from Mr Osman Doganozu for the change of use to mixed use ground floor restaurant and first floor bar (retrospective).

 

Officers advised that a further objection had been received which stated that the applicant had never had any intention of using the space as a restaurant as it had been fitted out as a bar which was a clear abuse of planning legislation. It raised concerns that, if this application was approved, it would open the floodgates to other abuses and could create a precedent.

 

Officers advised that Lunds Court Residents Association has also submitted an objection stating that these establishments were making residents lives a misery. They warned that, if approved, other drinkers would come here to take advantage of the 3am closing time resulting in additional noise, disturbances, vandalism and partying in the streets after 3am.

 

Officer recommended that condition 3 should be revised to require that details of the proposed electronic noise limiter be submitted and approved by the council.

 

Representations in objection to the application were received from the owner of an established menswear shop whose family home on Grape Lane was adjacent to the shop and which shared a party wall with the application site. She explained that life had been intolerable during the last six months since the opening of Bar Esperanza with music being played until 3am. She stated that from their bedroom they could hear the constant base beat of the music and noise from people from Lucia and Bora Bora gathered outside. Due to the noise they was unable to open the window so suffered in the summer heat. She advised Members  that further noise was created by emptying bottles into bins and from deliveries at unsociable hours.

 

Further representations were received from an objector. He stated that if both applications being considered today were approved, this would lead to increased noise disturbance for residents living in the city centre. He advised Members that there was evidence of a saturation of bars in this area, stating that Bar Kuga, next to Barley Hall, closed at Christmas due to not being able to find a tenant. He expressed anger that A3 consent had been given for the first floor and that the applicant had flagrantly abused the planning system by effectively using the premises as a nightclub. He raised concerns that if consent was given, this would open the floodgates for other similar applications in city centre.

 

Representations in objection were also received from a member of the public who used to have an office in Petergate and who had an  interest in the Swinegate area. He reminded Members that these premises were located within the central historic conservation area and this area had improved considerably and it was now a vibrant and interesting area to work, live and socialise. He asked Members to consider whether approving the application would improve or be detrimental to the area pointing out that the consequences of people drinking into the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17h

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2 Kings Court York YO1 7LD (12/02419/FUL) pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Use of the highway (Kings Square) for tables and chairs in connection with Chocolate, 2 Kings Court. [Guildhall Ward] [Site Visit]

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This application, for use of the highway (Kings Square) for tables and chairs in connection with Chocolate, 2 Kings Court, was withdrawn by the applicant prior to the meeting.

 

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Land Between Sports Field and Westview Close, York (12/01911/OUTM) pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Erection of 13no. dwellings and associated infrastructure. [Rural West York Ward] [Site Visit]

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a major outline application from Hogg Builders (York) Limited for the erection of 13 no. dwellings and associated infrastructure.

 

Officers drew Members attention to revised masterplan (revision F) which reduced the proposal to eight dwellings – 2x 2-bed, 2 x 3-bed, 2x 4-bed & 2 x 5-bed.  They advised that they considered that  the revised design addresses concerns about the original layout.  The layout is informed by a tree survey, and is compatible with the trees on and adjacent the site. The reduction in number of dwellings and revised layout means the development would be reasonably harmonious with its setting and would not have an adverse impact on the amenity of surrounding occupants.

 

They explained that because under 10 houses are now proposed and as the site is at the edge of the urban area, officers would no longer require on site open space or affordable housing. 

 

Officers reminded Members that refusal reason 1 was still valid as the site was in the green belt, however it was considered that refusal reasons 2-5 no longer applied.

 

Officers advised that they had received a following additional objection raising the following concerns: -

 

·        Premature before formal ratification of the York Green Belt;   

·        The proposed North West (former British Sugar) development site will possibly require an access road adjacent to this site, thus affecting residential amenity if this application is approved.  As with the York Central site, where applications for piecemeal developments in the vicinity which might impact on the potential of that development, the application should be refused on the grounds that it would be premature.  

 

Officers stated that Members should consider whether they feel that residents should have additional time to consider the amended scheme.

 

Representations were received from a local resident in objection to the application. He advised Members that he represented the views of the majority of residents of Westview Close and Villa Court which faces the site. He noted that he had only seen the revised plan at the site visit which provided little time to consider the revised proposals but raised the following concerns:

·        Established trees on edge of site are a significant feature on Boroughbridge Road . The future of these trees would be threatened by the proposals

·        Access for emergency vehicles and problems for vehicles exiting onto Boroughbridge Road due to high traffic levels.

·        Impact of proposal on existing sewage and drainage systems.

·        Site is within green belt.

·        Other proposed housing and highway developments proposed nearby including enlargement of roundabout, new Park and Ride site and possible extension of industrial park.

 

Representations were also received from the owner of the plot. He spoke in favour of the application and provided Members with information on the history of the plot. He expressed the view that this was a sustainable development on the edge of an established residential area.  He advised the Committee that Hoggs Builders had listened to residents views and amended the plans in response to their comments.

 

The Council’s Landscape Architect advised that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17j

18.

Appeals Performance and Decision Summaries pdf icon PDF 81 KB

This report (presented to both Sub Committees and Main Planning Committee) informs Members of the Council’s performance in relation to appeals determined by the Planning Inspectorate from 1st April to 30th June 2012, and provides a summary of the salient points from appeals determined in that period. A list of outstanding appeals to date of writing is also included.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report which informed them of the Council’s performance in relation to appeals determined by the Planning Inspectorate from 1st April to 30th June 2012 and provided a summary of the salient points from appeals determined in that period.

 

RESOLVED:       That the content of the report be noted.

 

REASON:           So that Members can be kept informed on appeals determined by the Planning Inspectorate.

 

 

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