Agenda and decisions

Planning and Development Committee
Wednesday, 7 October 2020 6.30pm

Venue: Virtual (via Zoom)

Contact: Fungai Nyamukapa Tel: 01438 242707  Email: committees@stevenage.gov.uk

Note: You can view this meeting via the live stream from the Council’s YouTube channel by following this link - https://www.youtube.com/user/SBCComms 

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Decision:

There were no apologies for absence and no declarations of interest.

2.

MINUTES - 11 AUGUST 2020 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the previous meeting held on 11 August 2020

3.

20/00405/FPM - UNIT 11 THE FORUM pdf icon PDF 260 KB

To consider an application for a change of use from 'Retail' (Use Class A1) to Wholesale Market (Sui Generis)

Decision:

It was RESOLVED that Planning permission be granted subject to the conditions as per the recommendations in the report and an additional condition relating to waste management and disposal as follows:

 

Prior to the first use of the development hereby permitted a general waste and recycling waste management strategy shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The general waste and recycling waste management strategy shall thereafter be carried out in accordance with the approved details.

 

 

4.

19/00647/FPM - FORMER BHS STORE, 7 THE FORUM pdf icon PDF 295 KB

To consider an application for the partial demolition and redevelopment of existing former BHS store to create 11 storey building comprising of 1no ground floor commercial unit, 129no. 1 bed, 120no. 2 bed and 1no. studio apartments with associated infrastructure including amenity space, car parking, bicycle storage, refuse storage and plant rooms

Decision:

Following consideration of the application, it was RESOLVED that determination of the application be deferred for the following reasons:

 

1.    Further discussions with the applicant regarding the aesthetics of the proposed development which is a key site in the Town Centre;

2.    Further consideration regarding the use of the CIL for sport and leisure provision in the area;

3.    Clearer proposals about affordable and social housing;

4.    Clear ideas about the provision of community health services;

5.    Concerns regarding the ability for fire engines to reach the upper floors of the buildings with the recessed Juliette balconies.

5.

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To receive an update on the Local Development Scheme (LDS)

Decision:

The Committee was presented with the revised Local Development Scheme (LDS) which had been agreed by the Executive at its meeting on 16 September 2020.

 

In response to a suggestion from Members, officers agreed to consider the layout of the timetable prior to its publication.

 

It was RESOLVED that the revised Local Development Scheme (LDS) be noted.

 

6.

FINAL PARKING PROVISION SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT (SPD) pdf icon PDF 38 MB

To receive update on the Final Parking Provision Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Decision:

The Committee were presented with the draft Parking Provision and Sustainable Transport Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which had been approved at the Executive on 16 September 2020. The Executive had instructed that the Planning and Development Committee should be consulted prior to publication of the final SPD document.

 

It was RESOLVED that the Parking Provision and Sustainable Transport Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) be noted

 

 

7.

INFORMATION REPORT - DELEGATED DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To note a report on decisions taken by the Assistant Director Planning and Regulatory in accordance with his delegated authority.

Decision:

Noted.

8.

INFORMATION REPORT - APPEALS/CALLED IN APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 52 KB

To note a report on decisions taken by the Assistant Director Planning and Regulatory in accordance with his delegated authority.

Decision:

Noted.

9.

URGENT PART I BUSINESS

To consider any Part I Business accepted by the Chair as urgent.

Decision:

The Chair reminded Members that there would be a briefing on the current Government consultation - ‘Planning for the future’ reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process where there would be the opportunity for questions and answers on Monday 19th October at 7:30pm.

 

Members also requested officers to investigate the poor sound quality of the speakers and microphone used at the meeting which had caused difficulties for some members to hear the presentation by officers.

10.

EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider the following motions that:

 

1.    Under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as described in paragraphs 1-7 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act as amended by Local Government (Access to information) (Variation) Order 2006.

 

2.    That Members consider the reasons for the following reports (if any)being in Part II and determine whether or not maintaining the exemption from disclosure of the information contained therein outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

 

11.

URGENT PART II BUSINESS

To consider any Part II Business accepted by the Chair as urgent.