Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 19th December, 2018 2.30 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Committee Room - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG. View directions

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No. Item


Change in Committee Membership

To note that Councillor Linda Woodings has stood down as a member of Planning Committee.


RESOLVED to note that Councillor Linda Woodings had stood down from the Planning Committee.


Apologies for Absence


Councillor Andrew Rule – Work Commitments (Councillor Roger Steele attending as substitute)

Councillor Gul Khan - leave


Declarations of Interest




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To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2018.


The minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2018 were approved as a correct record and signed by the chair.



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Councillor Corall Jenkins, Ward Councillor for Clifton South Ward, spoke for five minutes to request deferral of the decision on the application until the Local Plan Inspector’s review of the site was available, likely to be early in 2019. She stated that she was representing the views of those residents who had submitted objections to the outline planning permission, including the importance of the site in terms of conservation and its proximity to listed buildings. Councillor Corall Jenkins then took no further part in the meeting while the Committee discussed and voted on the item.


Rob Percival, Area Planning Manager, then introduced application 18/00056/POUT by Planning and Design Group (UK) Ltd on behalf of Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Trent University for outline planning permission for residential development with all matter reserved except access. The application was brought to Planning Committee as it is a major application which departs from some policies in the Development Plan, where there are important land use considerations and significant public interest.


Rob Percival presented the application to the Committee highlighting the following points:


a)  the site sits in the west of Clifton in the Barton Green area, adjacent to the Clifton Village conservation area. Access to the site would be through Hawksley Gardens with emergency access only through Finchley Close;


b)  a Traffic Assessment has been carried out in relation to access to the site which considers the impact on existing roads and the junction with the A453 at Crusader Island to be acceptable;


c)  in relation to the reserved matters, an indicative masterplan had been submitted which showed some retentions including; the bridleway to the east of the site, a green buffer along the western edge of the site with Clifton Woods and a row of trees across the site providing a wildlife corridor;


d)  regarding concerns about the impact on the Clifton Village Conservation Area and Clifton Hall and Church, the site sits alongside the conservation area, not within it, and a Heritage Impact Assessment classified the impact as less than substantial with due regard having been given to the relevant legislation;


e)  the inclusion of the site in a new Local Plan is currently under consideration by Planning Inspectors whose report is expected in the New Year. However, the site is identified for housing in the current Local Plan, is a longstanding allocated site and has been since 1997;


f)  Overall, it is proposed that the development of the site would cause less than substantial harm and would bring benefit to the area in terms of delivering new housing.


Following questions and comment from the Committee the following additional information was provided:


(g)  Richard Bines, Solicitor, provided advice to the Committee on their obligations in relation to section 72(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 advising that there is a general overarching statutory duty to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance, with respect to any building or land in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 56.


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Councillor David Trimble, Ward Councillor for Dunkirk and Lenton Ward spoke for five minutes in opposition to the application stating the following. While he recognised that 55,000 students needed to be housed in Nottingham many of the streets in his ward were already highly populated with student properties. This brings problems such as antisocial behaviour, particularly at the weekends. By increasing the amount of student accommodation this application, if approved, would breach the Council’s Building Balanced Communities policy. He accepted the need to bring the building back into use and its use as a pub but not the intensity of the development or the proximity to neighbouring properties. He expressed concern about the lack of parking which was likely to exacerbate existing parking problems in the ward. Councillor Trimble then took no further part in the meeting while the Committee discussed and voted on the item.


Rob Percival, Area Planning Manager, then introduced application 18/01082/PFUL3 by Leonard Design Architects on behalf of Mr Sam Burt for planning permission for refurbishment and external alterations to the existing public house on the ground floor, change of use of the upper 2 floors to 2 student cluster apartments, conversion of the existing loft space to 6 student studios and erection of a 3 storey extension to the rear of the property consisting of 19 student studios (in total 38 student beds). The application was brought to the Committee because it relates to a major development on a prominent site, where there are important land use considerations. Ward Councillors had also objected to the proposal.


Rob Percival presented the application to the committee highlighting the following points:


(a)  the application concerns the long vacant Grove Hotel which stands on the corner of Abbey Street and Grove Road. Terraced properties sit to the southwest of the property on Grove Road. The application has the prime entrance point on the busier Abbey Street, includes a bike store and has an access point for waste storage and the pub’s cellar on Grove Road. The upper floor would have a central access core with accommodation surrounding;


(b)  the redevelopment will smarten up the existing building. The new build extension sits to the less pleasant rear of the existing building and has been designed in response to its surroundings. It steps down from the existing building and effort has been made to safeguard the privacy of adjoining properties;


(c)  the density of the student accommodation in the area has been addressed within the report. The application is in accordance with the Building Balanced Communities policy as there is not a rigid prohibition of any student accommodation being approved. While many student HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) applications are refused, applications can be approved in appropriate areas, such as this location on a main road, where the environment is less conducive to family housing.


Following questions and comments from the Committee, the following additional information was provided:


(a)  no parking provision had been included in the application for either residents  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.


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Councillor Malcolm Wood declared an in this item as a director of Nottingham Racecourse Company Limited which owns land in close proximity to the site, and he took no part on the discussion or voting on the item.


Rob Percival, Area Planning Manager, introduced application 18/01224/PFUL3 by GVA Grimley on behalf of Colwick Hall Hotel for planning permission for the erection of a function suite containing WCs, stores, kitchen and bar with landscaping and associated works.  The application was brought to the Committee because it is a major development on a prominent site where there are important design and heritage considerations.


Rob Percival presented the application to the Committee and highlighted the following points:


(a)  Colwick Hall sits near to the racecourse on Racecourse Road in Colwick. The site of the application has been occupied for many years by a temporary marquee which is integral to the functioning of the Hall as a business. Temporary Planning permission was granted for the marquee in 2005 and renewed in 2007 before being refused in 2009. An enforcement notice remains in place for the removal of the marquee. The marquee now overlaps the Grade II* listed building and has several outbuildings attached.


(b)  The capacity of the new function suite is the same as the current marquee at up to 500 but the line of the building has been brought back to be in line with the stable buildings, much reducing the impact on the setting. The elevations have been kept low to keep it subordinate to the Hall. The design is contemporary but the glazing and brickwork seeks to achieve an orangery or walled garden aesthetic, in keeping with the Hall.


(c)  The design has been amended to include a terrace in order to retain a walnut tree and replacement planting will mitigate the loss of other trees on the site. The scheme has also been pulled forward to enable the retention of trees.


Following questions and comments from the Committee, the following additional information was provided:


(d)  The footprint of the new building is the minimum required to replace the existing marquee and outbuildings and much consideration has been given to minimising the loss of vegetation. The woodland being lost is of modest value in ecological terms and the loss will be mitigated at a rate of at least two for one in the Country Park as part of the conditions. The loss of woodland needs to be balanced against the heritage impact of the current marquee on the Grade II* listed Hall.


(e)  The level of noise caused by events will be reduced in a permanent building compared with that in the marquee.




(1)  grant planning permission subject to the indicative conditions substantially in the form of those listed in the draft decision notice at the end of the report;


(2)  delegate authority to the Director of Planning and Regeneration to determine the final details of the conditions.