Agenda, decisions and minutes

Regulatory and Appeals Committee
Thursday, 15th April, 2021 10.00 am

Items
No. Item

65.

CHAIRS OPENING REMARKS

Minutes:

Prior to the commencement of the meeting, the Committee observed a one minute silence in memory of HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh following his passing on 9 April 2021.

66.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from Members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the Member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

Minutes:

In the interest of clarity, Councillors Warburton and Wainwright disclosed that they had previously been on the Committee when the outline planning permission pertaining to Redwood Close, Long Lee had been discussed (Minute 70) but they stated that they would undertake to consider the application on the basis of the information presented at today’s meeting only.

 

ACTION: City Solicitor

67.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meetings held on 27 August 2020, 11 February 2021, 11 March 2021 and 11 March 2021 (sitting as trustees) be signed as a correct record.

 

(Tracey Sugden – 01274 434287)

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the minutes of the meetings held on 27 August 2020, 11 February 2021, 11 March 2021 and 11 March 2021 (sitting as trustees) be signed as a correct record.

 

 

68.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Tracey Sugden - 01274 434287)

Minutes:

No requests were made to review restrictions on reports or background documents.

 

69.

MEMBERSHIP OF SUB-COMMITTEES

The Committee will be asked to consider recommendations, if any, to appoint Members to Sub-Committees of the Committee.

 

                                                            (Tracey Sugden – 01274 434287)

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

The following Membership changes be approved:

 

(1)       That Councillor Pollard be appointed to the Housing and Non Domestic Rates Panel.

 

(2)       That Councillor Davies be appointed as an alternate member on           the Miscellaneous Licensing Panel.

 

(3)       That Chief Inspector Daniel Ware be appointed to the Corporate           Parenting Panel as a non-voting co-opted member representing      West Yorkshire Police.

 

ACTION: City Solicitor

 

 

70.

LONG LEE LANE, LONG LEE, KEIGHLEY - 20/05577/FUL pdf icon PDF 664 KB

The Assistant Director, Planning, Transportation and Highways will present a report (Document “BE”) which explains a full application made for the demolition of dwellings and farm buildings and the construction of nine dwellings with associated landscaping and access road at Long Lee Lane, Long Lee, Keighley.

 

Recommended –

 

That the application be approved subject to the conditions set out in the technical report at appendix 1 to Document “BE”.

 

(Mark Hutchinson – 01274 434741)

Minutes:

The Assistant Director, Planning, Transportation and Highways presented a report (Document “BE”) which explained a full application made for the demolition of dwellings and farm buildings and the construction of nine dwellings with associated landscaping and access road at Long Lee Lane, Long Lee, Keighley.

 

The Assistant Director gave an overview of the application which was detailed in the report, showing photographs of the site and the adjoining area, as well as the elevations and an artistic impression of the proposed development.  He also summarised the representations that had been received. He stated that although this application had a relationship with the Redwood Close application, in that the applicant was the same, this application should be considered as a stand-alone application.

 

A late representation pertaining to the safety of road users and their ability to access Long Lee and the site was alluded to.

 

In relation to the presence of bat(s) on the site appropriate mitigation in the form of a licence would have to be applied for by the applicant.  The boundary walls would be retained and it was intended that any boundary treatment would be detailed in a separate submission from the applicant at a later date.

 

In terms of drainage and water run off these were considered acceptable together with the proposal meeting highway visibility requirements.

 

There was no affordable housing element proposed as the houses would be offered on a shared ownership basis to prospective customers, and the application was therefore recommended for approval, subject to the conditions set out in the appendix to the report.

 

In relation to a comment from a Councillor that the Coney Lane bridge was very narrow and that this could have an impact on the development, he ascertained what measures had been undertaken to alleviate this.  In response the Highways Engineer stated that some traffic would turn left to go to Harden or to right to Keighley, however the peak traffic flows were not massive and given the accident record was good in this area, as long as construction traffic was mindful of the low bridge, he did not feel that this development would cause undue highway safety concerns or significant additional vehicle movements.  

 

In response to a question regarding the bat(s) on the site and drainage issues, it was stressed that the presence of bat(s) was covered by separate legislation, and the onus was on the applicant to apply for a licence in order that any bat(s) on the site were protected.  In relation to the issue of drainage, surface water drainage details, flows and discharge levels would be submitted and agreed with the Council’s drainage section and appropriately conditioned upon submission of the details by the developer.

 

A Ward Councillor was present at the meeting and stated that the development in Long Lee and the surrounding areas as a whole must be considered alongside the unsuitability of the road and rail bridges at the bottom of Park Lane where it meets Coney Lane and the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 70.

71.

REDWOOD CLOSE, LONG LEE, KEIGHLEY - 20/05576/MAR pdf icon PDF 669 KB

The Committee is asked to consider Document “BF” which details a reserved matters application requesting consideration of access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for 32 dwellings (part pursuant to outline approval 17/02809/MAO) at Redwood Close, Long Lee, Keighley.

 

Recommended –

 

That the application be approved subject to the conditions contained in the technical report attached as appendix 1 to Document “BF”.

 

(Mark Hutchinson – 01274 434741)

Minutes:

The Committee was asked to consider Document “BF” which detailed a reserved matters application requesting consideration of access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale for 32 dwellings (part pursuant to outline approval 17/02809/MAO) at Redwood Close, Long Lee, Keighley.

 

The Assistant Director gave an overview of the application which was detailed in the report, showing photographs of the site and the adjoining area, as well as the elevations and an artistic impression of the proposed development.  He also summarised the representations that had been received, stating that the application was therefore recommended for approval, subject to the conditions set out in the appendix to the report.

 

In response to a question regarding vehicle access points between the two sites, it was stated that there was no proposal for a vehicular access point.

 

A Ward Councillor was present to represent residents of Long Lee and stated that the issue that worries residents the most, is that HGVs and large vehicles would need to access Redwood Close via Cherry Tree Rise and Dale View Road, which is one of the main routes to Long Lee Primary School. We are incredibly concerned for the welfare of the children and families who are pedestrians if there are multiple large vehicles using that route. We are concerned there could be an accident.

 

Our concerns stem from the fact the parking around Long Lee Primary School at key times is already incredibly busy, with cars parked on both sides of the road. Cars are often parked inconsiderately and block the way for larger vehicles, and there is a sharp bend on the approach to the school. Councillors raised this situation only a few weeks ago with police and highways officers, who visited the site and met the head teacher.

 

This traffic and parking situation already causes stress to residents living near the school and were dubious about the practicalities of large vehicles being able to physically access the proposed site at peak times, also on Dale View Road and Redwood Close itself.

 

There is already serious traffic build-up in peak times and turning right out of Cherry Tree Rise towards Keighley is already a struggle, which will be exacerbated by any new houses.

 

There is also the question of snow and ice. Long Lee is exposed and at the top of a valley. The wind is harsh and is gets cold in winter, with drifts. It also sits on natural springs, so ice is common. The council, as per our policy, grits A roads and bus routes. However, despite this the bus regularly fails to service the estate this development would sit on due to parked cars being in the way or due to poor weather conditions. Indeed a few weeks ago an ambulance was unable to access Redwood Close to support a resident, who sadly passed away.

Moving on to the various drainage issues in Long Lee. Springs, blocked and broken culverts, water pouring out of walls, surface water run-off and flooding are already  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.

72.

THE OLD BUILDING, GREAT HORTON ROAD, BRADFORD - 20/01222/LBC pdf icon PDF 713 KB

The Committee is asked to consider Document “BH” which explains a listed building application seeking consent for works to effect the change of use and conversion of D1 education use of the former Old Building to form up to 190 C3 residential apartments including 24/7 concierge, media centre, café, games room, gymnasium and multi-purpose hall with landscaped courtyard.

 

Recommended –

 

That the application be approved subject to the conditions contained within the technical report attached as appendix 1 to Document “BH”.

 

(Mark Hutchinson – 01274 434741)

 

Minutes:

The Committee was asked to consider Document “BH” which explained a listed building application seeking consent for works to effect the change of use and conversion of D1 education use of the former Old Building to form up to 190 C3 residential apartments including 24/7 concierge, media centre, café, games room, gymnasium and multi-purpose hall with landscaped courtyard.

 

The Assistant Director stressed that no objections had been received to the this application and it was therefore:

 

Resolved –

 

That the application be approved subject to the conditions contained within the technical report attached as appendix 1 to Document “BH”.

 

ACTION: Assistant Director Transportation Design and Planning

 

 

73.

THE OLD BUILDING, GREAT HORTON ROAD, BRADFORD - 20/01221/MAF pdf icon PDF 721 KB

The Assistant Director, Transportation, Planning and Highways will present a report (Document “BG”) which explains a full planning application for a change of use and conversion of D1 education use of the former Old Building to form up to 190 C3 residential apartments including 24/7 concierge, media centre, café, games room, gymnasium and multi-purpose hall with landscaped communal courtyard.

 

Recommended –

 

That the application be approved subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement and conditions contained in the technical report attached as appendix 1 to Document “BG”.

 

(Mark Hutchinson – 01274 434741)

Minutes:

The Assistant Director, Transportation, Planning and Highways presented a report (Document “BG”) which explained a full planning application for a change of use and conversion of D1 education use of the former Old Building to form up to 190 C3 residential apartments including 24/7 concierge, media centre, café, games room, gymnasium and multi-purpose hall with landscaped communal courtyard.

 

The Assistant Director gave an overview of the application which was detailed in the report, showing photographs of the site and the adjoining area, as well as the elevations and an artistic impression of the proposed development.  He also summarised the representations that had been received.

 

In the absence of any on site provision for car parking, the Assistant Director drew Member’s attention to the car parking provision that was being proposed off site at the NCP Car Park off Thornton Road.  This would equate to 45 parking spaces.

 

There was no provision for affordable housing given the expected low yield in respect of final sales.  However the site would bring back into use a key city centre landmark building, as well as providing housing and contributing to the city centre economy.

 

During the initial comment stage a number of Members raised concerns around the lack of car parking and suggested that the provision being offered off site should be better conditioned so that its available for at least the first five years, with the provision of ebikes/scooters which are street legal.

 

In response the Assistant Director stated that given this was a city centre site, it was felt that the proposed car parking was adequate as no other suitable land for car parking had been identified, despite best endeavours.

 

The Highways Engineer stressed that in light of the Councils incoming Clean Air zone, reducing car usage was central and therefore the above measures would contribute to this.

 

The Applicant’s agent was present at the meeting and stated that a lot of work had gone into developing a viable scheme.  The Plan was to create a digital hub and encourage university postgraduates to take up residence. Additional restaurant and shops would add to the vitality of the scheme. In terms of the car parking provision, the proposed parking would cost in the region of £1,000 per annum per customer.

 

Resolved –

 

That the application be approved subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement and conditions contained in the technical report attached as appendix 1 to Document “BG”, subject to an amendment of the Section 106 regarding car parking so that 45 contract parking will be provided at the NCP car park, Southgate, Bradford for a period of 5 years.  If this provision becomes unavailable then the parking be provided with another local car parking company for the remainder of the 5 year period.  This to also include an agreement with the applicant for the provision of ebikes/scooters which are street legal.

 

ACTION : Assistant Director Transportation Design and Planning