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Agenda item

Corby (No.1) Unit Trust, Sovereign House, Unit 5, Kettlestring Lane, York, YO30 4XF [20/00146/FULM]

This application seeks permission for the erection of building for light industry or general industry or storage/distribution or storage/distribution with ancillary trade counter use (use classes B1(c), B2, B8) and associated car parking and landscaping [Rawcliffe and Clifton Without]

 

Minutes:

Members considered a full application from Mr George Cornwall-Legh for the erection of a building for light industry or general industry or storage/distribution or storage/distribution with ancillary trade counter use (use classes B1(c), B2, B8) and associated car parking and landscaping

 

Officers gave a presentation based upon the slides at pages 87 -92 of the Agenda and reported that an additional representation had been received from the Flood Risk Management Team (FRMT) who considered that the submitted geo-environmental appraisal was a phase 1 desk top survey only.  That it did not include site specific ground investigation or infiltration testing, witnessed by FRMT.  They advised that this should be carried out to discount the suitability of infiltration and for FRMT to agree in principle to the submitted drainage details.  No evidence had been submitted to prove existing connected impermeable areas.  FRMT put forward a number of conditions that would address these concerns if permission were granted.  Of the suggested conditions Planning Officers recommended that the following two be added:

 

Additional Condition 19

The site shall be developed with separate systems of drainage for foul and surface water on and off site.

 

Additional Condition 20

Unless otherwise approved in writing by the local planning authority, there shall be no piped discharge of surface water from the development prior to the completion of the approved surface water drainage works and no buildings shall be occupied or brought into use prior to completion of the approved foul drainage works.

 

Ms Joanna Gabrilatsou, from JLL, planning consultant to the Industrial Property Investment Fund which is the applicant and a fund of Legal and General, explained that the application seeks to redevelop the site to provide a new unit which could be used for B1c, B2 or B8 use, creating 1,858 sq m of new floorspace to attract new/expanding business in York. The proposal is complicit with the objectives of the emerging Local Plan and the NPPF by delivering a sustainable employment use, potentially creating around 51 jobs.

 

In response to questions from Members, officers confirmed that:

·        Meeting the BREEAM standard of ‘Excellent’ had been conditioned.  If the applicant had difficulty in meeting that standard, it would be an opportunity for officers to advise them of how they could meet this target.

·        The applicant had met the required number of car electrical charging points, it would therefore not be possible to condition more than that.

 

After debate, Cllr Webb moved, and Cllr Crawshaw seconded, that the application be approved, in accordance with the officer recommendation with an amendment to condition 5 and the addition of two conditions (referred to above).  Members voted unanimously in favour of this motion and it was therefore:

 

Resolved:            That the application be APPROVED, subject to the conditions listed in the report and the following amended / additional conditions:

 

Amended Condition 5

The development shall be carried out to a BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) standard of 'Excellent'. A post-construction stage assessment shall be carried out and a post-construction stage certificate shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority prior to occupation of the building (or in the case of the certificate as soon as practical after occupation). Where it can reasonably be demonstrated that an excellent is not feasible, full justification for the lower rating shall be submitted to and agreed by the Local Planning Authority prior to occupation. Should the development fail to achieve a BREEAM standard of 'excellent' or the agreed alternative rating, a report shall be submitted for the written approval of the Local Planning Authority demonstrating what remedial measures should be undertaken to achieve the agreed standard. The approved remedial measures shall then be undertaken within a timescale to be approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

 

Reason:               To ensure that the (BREEAM) standard of 'Excellent' is met prior to occupation.

 

Additional Condition 19

The site shall be developed with separate systems of drainage for foul and surface water on and off site.

 

Reason:               In the interest of satisfactory and sustainable

drainage.

 

Additional Condition 20

Unless otherwise approved in writing by the local planning authority, there shall be no piped discharge of surface water from the development prior to the completion of the approved surface water drainage works and no buildings shall be occupied or brought into use prior to completion of the approved foul drainage works.

 

Reason:               So that the Local Planning Authority may be

satisfied that no foul and surface water discharges take place until proper provision has been made for their disposal.

 

Reason for Approval:   The redevelopment would support the local economy by providing employment floor space in keeping with the character of the area and in a sustainable location.  The application complies with national planning policy in the NPPF and relevant policies of the emerging local plan. 

 

Supporting documents:

 

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