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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Councillor Cat Arnold - unwell
Councillor Brian Parbutt - leave
Councillor Mohammed Saghir – other council business
Councillor Malcolm Wood - other council business (Councillor Michael Edwards attending as substitute)
Councillor Linda Woodings - work commitments
DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS
Minutes of the meeting held 20 September 2017, for confirmation
The minutes from the meeting held on 20 September 2017 were agreed as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.
Report of the Deputy Chief Executive/Corporate Director of Development and Growth
Matt Gregory, Planning Policy and Research Manager, presented a report to the Committee on the Local Plan Part 2, revised publication version, highlighting the following points:
(a) the Local Plan Part 2 (the Local Plan) is going out for re-consultation as the result of a number of changes, including a rapidly changing national planning policy agenda which needs to be reflected in the Local Plan, review and removal of several sites which are undeliverable in the period, and the confirmation of HS2 land. It is considered prudent to have a further round of consultation before submitting the Local Plan to the inspectorate;
(b) it is important to the Planning Committee specifically, as it concerns Development Management policies against which planning applications can be measured are also being updated;
(c) the Local Plan also contributes to 2 council priorities:
· Mixed and balanced communities – by promoting family housing, and covering houses in multiple occupation and purpose built student accommodation;
· Economic growth - new sites will be allocated for employment uses, and there will be targets for office development (especially the promotion of grade A offices), promotional sites and policies for industrial land, and policies to protect existing employment land within the city;
(d) the main changes are detailed in Appendix 1 of the report. This consultation focuses on the changes to the Local Plan, but comments are welcome on any part of the Local Plan. After close of consultation on 10 November 2017, the Local Plan will be submitted to the inspectorate. If it is found to be sound, Nottingham City Council will adopt the Local Plan.
Further information was provided, and a number of questions and comments were received from the Committee:
(e) all comments already made will be taken forward together with any new comments, including on the unchanged parts, though most people will want to comment on the highlighted changes. There is no need to repeat any comments already made in the previous consultation;
(f) there is a need for housing for young professionals to the south of the city, and it will be interesting to see how the city changes in the next few years;
(g) some members of the Committee felt that stepped housing, to accommodate those wishing to move out of social housing but wanting to stay in the city, is an important priority;
(h) the Committee requested a further report on extant planning permissions that have not been commenced after two or more years.
RESOLVED to note the publication of the Local Plan Part 2: Land and Planning Policies Document (Revised Publication Version), the new consultation dates (29 September 2017 to 10 November 2017), and to thank Nottingham City Council Colleagues for their hard work in preparing the Plan.
Rob Percival, Area Planning Manager, introduced application 17/01058/PFUL3 by Miss Alice Weston on behalf of Mr Dom Rice, for the demolition of existing buildings and erection of 35 apartments with commercial floor space (Use Class A2 and B1) on the ground floor. The application is brought to Planning Committee because this is a major development on a prominent site where there are important design and heritage considerations. An update sheet was circulated in a supplementary agenda. Rob highlighted the following points:
(a) the site in question is currently in a very poor state, as it has suffered fire damage twice in recent years;
(b) the site is a prime site in terms of vehicles accessing the city centre, and is in a very prominent location;
(c) the proposals are for a residential scheme with 35 studio apartments. The applicants have indicated that apartments will not be marketed to students, due to the high design specifications they are aimed more towards attracting post graduates and young professionals;
(d) the design is respectful of the heritage context, and replicates the adjoining terrace in terms of depth, scale, and height. The eastern side of the site has a smaller building in keeping with what existed there before and in keeping with the height of adjacent buildings on the eastern side of the development;
(e) there will be commercial units on the ground floor, and an open access core between the buildings. There has been ongoing discussion regarding the final design of this entrance and access core, which it is proposed will be delegated to colleagues;
(f) the recess between the two buildings contains a lift core. This is unusual for a three storey building, but reflects the type of professional tenant the developer is hoping to attract. The final design of this is proposed to be delegated to colleagues;
(g) the attention to detail on the window design is a strong feature of the development. At the rear there will be dormer windows to bring the scale in line with the neighbouring buildings.
There followed a number of questions and comments from the Committee, and further information on the development in response:
(h) the Committee felt that the site is in great need of development, as it is currently in a state of disrepair and neglect. It was felt that there is good continuity with the neighbouring terraced buildings, and that the smaller building to the east of the development fits in well with the neighbouring buildings on that side of the development. The smaller building will use white brick, rather than render;
(i) some members of the Committee felt that although the main building fit in well with the neighbouring terraces, some additional details such as chimneys, and window lintels, would add some interest to the building;
(j) there were mixed opinions regarding the external lift core, with final detail to be agreed by colleagues;
(k) the Section 106 contribution is subject to a financial viability assessment, similar to other ... view the full minutes text for item 33a