Agenda and minutes

Planning, Regulatory & General Licensing Committee
Thursday, 2nd September, 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: virtually via Microsoft Teams

Contact: Democratic Services  6139

Items
No. Item

1.

Simultaneous Translation

You are welcome to use Welsh at the meeting a minimum notice period of 3 working days is required should you wish to do so.  A simultaneous translation will be provided if requested.

Minutes:

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

 

2.

Apologies

To receive.

Minutes:

The following apologies for absence were received:-

 

Councillor D. Bevan

Councillor K. Rowson

Councillor J. Hill

Councillor B. Thomas

 

3.

Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To consider any declarations of interest and dispensations made.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest and dispensations were received.

 

4.

Planning Applications Report pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider the report of the Team Manager Development Management.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the following:-

 

C/2021/0168

18 & 19 Market Street, Abertillery

Change of use to Wine Bar and

associated external alterations

 

The Team Manager – Development Management provided an overview of the application with the assistance of visual aids. It was outlined that the property was a split level building which occupied a corner plot between Market Street and Commercial Street, Abertillery. The building had been vacant for a number of years with the last known use at ground floor as A3. The building also incorporated a small unit fronting Commercial Street, which was formerly used as a butcher shop. It was noted that the plans indicated that there would be no access from the property onto Commercial Street, the entrance/exit would be via Market Street.

 

The Team Manager referred to concerns that the change of use of this property to a wine bar would result in a clustering of A3 uses contrary to the Food and Drink SPG. However, the Team Manager highlighted the considerations which could be taken into account when determining the application and advised that these two A3 uses could be deemed as not being adjacent to the proposal and therefore not representing a cluster of A3 uses.  There were also historical planning uses granted on the units.

 

In conclusion, the Team Manager advised that despite such concerns there were also several reasons that would justify supporting this application.  This derelict building was an eyesore that currently had a negative visual impact upon the street scene. The re-use of the building would potentially bring the building back into use and would positively contribute to the vitality and viability of the town centre in accordance with LDP Policy SP3.

 

 

 

 

In this instance it was felt that there are specific locational factors for accepting that the positive impacts of this development would outweigh concerns regarding potential clustering of A3 uses. The development does not raise issues in terms of the number of units within the town centre in accordance with the SPG and was not considered to have an adverse detrimental impact upon the neighbouring area in this town centre location. Therefore, the Team Manager stated that the application was recommended for approval subject to conditions.

 

The Vice-Chair supported the application as it would enhance the Town Centre and it was unanimously

 

RESOLVED that Planning permission be GRANTED.

 

C/2021/0196

Endsleigh, Alma Terrace, Brynmawr,

Ebbw Vale NP23 4DR

Complete removal of sycamore tree (T1)

covered by TPO No. BG120

 

The Team Leader – Development Management outlined the application with the assistance of visual aids and advised that the application sought consent to fell a sycamore tree, which was covered by Tree Preservation Order.

 

The Team Leader informed that the reason for the proposed felling of the sycamore tree related to the tree’s root system which had caused structural damage to the western side boundary wall of the property and adjacent steps, path and gate pillar. This damage had resulted in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Appeals, Consultations and DNS Update September 2021 pdf icon PDF 152 KB

To consider the report of the Service Manager Development & Estates.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Service Manager Development & Estates.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted.

 

6.

Enforcement Appeal Update: 1 Hawthorne Glade, Tanglewood, Blaina pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To consider the report of the Planning Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Planning Officer.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the appeal decision be noted.

 

7.

Planning Appeal Update: Land Rear of Newall Street, Abertillery pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To consider the report of the Planning Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Planning Officer.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the appeal decision for planning application C/2021/0033 be noted

8.

List of applications decided under delegated powers between 12th July 2021 and 20th August 2021 pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To consider the report of the Senior Business Support Officer.

Minutes:

 

Consideration was given to the report of the Senior Business Support Officer.

 

A Member noted the amount of applications decided under delegated powers between 25th May, 2021 and 7th July, 2021 and wished to extend thanks to the officers responsible. It had been reported that there were capacity issues within the Planning Team which placed limitations on staff, however the Member felt that the completion of 47 applications during this period was a credit to the Council.

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted.