Agenda and minutes

Planning, Regulatory & General Licensing Committee
Thursday, 4th February, 2021 2.00 pm

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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 from:-

 

Councillor M. Day

Councillor B. Thomas

Councillor G. Thomas

Councillor K. Rowson

Councillor L. Winnett

 

3.

Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To consider any declarations of interest and dispensations made.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.

 

4.

Solar Farm, Land at Wauntysswg, Tredegar pdf icon PDF 527 KB

To consider report of the Service Manager Development & Estates.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

The Committee noted their disappointment in the Minister’s response as it had not addressed any of the concerns raised. The Vice-Chair stated that the impression given in the original letter was that the Planning Committee had acted irresponsibly when consideration had been given to the Planning Application. The Vice-Chair felt that Officers had drafted an excellent letter on behalf of the Planning Committee and the Minister’s response had not acknowledged any comments raised.

 

In response to a question raised about costs, the Service Manager – Development and Estates confirmed that the costs to be incurred by the Council had not yet been received.

 

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

 

5.

Appeals, Consultations and DNS Update February 2021 pdf icon PDF 548 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.

Planning Appeal Update 51 Coronation Street, Blaina pdf icon PDF 483 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 information for the appeal decisions for planning application C/2020/0024 be noted.

 

7.

Planning Appeal Update: 19 Railway View Tredegar pdf icon PDF 478 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 information for the appeal decisions for planning application C/2020/0203 be noted.

 

8.

List of applications decided under delegated powers between 14 December 2020 and 18 January 2021 pdf icon PDF 554 KB

To consider report of the Senior Business Support Officer.

Minutes:

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

 

The Vice-Chair referred to Application No. C/2020/0286 and asked if the condition removed was in respect of the Social Housing aspect linked to the Section 106 agreement approved by the Committee.

 

The Service Manager Development & Estates explained that the affordable housing still stands as it was also part of the Section 106 agreement, therefore this application removed the condition from the planning application, although it remained in the Section 106 agreement.

 

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

9.

Planning Applications Report pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider report of the Team Manager Development Management.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Team Manager Development Management.

 

C/2020/0287

Garden of the Nag’s Head Merthyr Road,

Tafarnaubach, Tredegar

New House Build

 

The Planning Officer advised that the application sought planning permission for a new house in the garden

of the Nag’s Head Public House, Merthyr Road, Tafarnaubach, Tredegar. The site was located to the east of the existing Public House and was identified on the plans as a beer garden. The Officer noted the site, design and location with the assistance of diagrams and explained that the single storey garage on the site would be removed to accommodate the development. The proposed dwelling would be set behind the building line of the existing building and would front onto Merthyr Road. The proposed dwelling would be of three storeys and feature a gabled frontage, a flat roofed projection which would be used as a first floor balcony and a Juliette balcony onto the roof space.

 

The proposed finishes are cement render and Cambrian slate. Three car parking spaces are proposed to the front and side of the house and a small garden would be provided to the rear. The application was a resubmission of an earlier application which had been withdrawn. Prior to its withdrawal discussions took place with the applicant in relation to concerns regarding the design.

 

 

The current proposal was a revision to the withdrawn scheme, the Officer confirmed that the same concerns remained, however the Applicant wished the application to be presented in its current form.

 

The Planning Officer noted the consultation and advised that no objections had been raised from statutory consultees or neighbours. The Officer further outlined the planning assessment and provided an overview of the design and layout of the proposed dwelling. The Officer outlined the concerns in relation to the design of the property and concluded that whilst there was no objection in principle to such a development the form and design of the house proposed raises concerns. Although the site could accommodate a dwelling of this proportion designed to respect the orientation and roof lines of existing properties in the locality, the shape and orientation of the dwelling proposed raises concerns from a visual and compatibility perspective. Therefore, the Planning Officer stated that it was the officer’s recommendation that planning permission be refused.

 

A Member pointed out that the car park utilised for the public house would be taken up by the proposed development and therefore felt that this would have an impact on access, the surrounding area and could cause highway implications.

 

The Team Leader – Built Environment noted that there was existing access in the area which was the principle access for the development. With regard to the public house car park this would be lost and the Applicant was aware of the risks involved, however there was parking to the rear of the property which could be used for customers.

 

Concerns were raised around the reason for refusal and the Planning Officer advised that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Areas for Member Briefings/Training

To consider.

Minutes:

No areas for members briefing of training was raised.