Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Tuesday, 6th July 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Civic Suite, North Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EP. View directions

Contact: Democratic and Electoral Services 

Items
No. Item

10.

Declarations of Interest

To receive from Members, declarations of the existence of any disclosable pecuniary, or non-pecuniary, interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any agenda item. Please see Agenda Notes.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 423 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on the 8th June 2021.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on the 8th June 2021 were confirmed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

12.

Late Material pdf icon PDF 259 KB

Please note that any late material in respect of the applications detailed below will be published as a supplement on the Council’s website in the late afternoon of the day of the meeting.

Minutes:

Late material had been circulated in respect of agenda item 5 – Land North of Rudloe Drive (21/00490/OUT), item 6 – Land North of Rudloe Drive (20/00368/OUT) and item 7, Kingsway Local Centre (18/00852/FUL).

13.

Land North of Rudloe Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester - 21/00490/OUT pdf icon PDF 475 KB

Application for determination: -

 

Residential development (up to 150 dwellings), associated infrastructure,  ancillary facilities, open space and landscaping. Outline application with all matters reserved.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Development Manager presented the report detailing an outline application for Residential development (up to 150 dwellings), associated infrastructure, ancillary facilities, open space, and landscaping.

 

The Highway Development Management Team Leader responded to members’ questions regarding access points, the potential increase to traffic in the area, and the traffic survey conducted as follows: 

 

-        Gloucestershire Highways had assessed the application in depth. The modelling work showed that there would be some impact on traffic in the area but that there would not a ‘significant’ impact. Therefore, the impact would not warrant refusal.

-        There was not a requirement to introduce traffic lights as part of the scheme. 

-        The evidence showing that there would not be a significant impact on traffic in the area was robust.

-        The original base modelling for the traffic survey was based on 2017 figures. The model used applied growth rates to the traffic to assess future year scenarios.

-        Highways authorities could only judge an application on the local context.

 

The Planning Development Manager responded to members’ questions, regarding why Gloucestershire County Council no longer required educational contributions, comments made in the report by the Urban Design Adviser, access points, the proposed contribution for formal sports facilities, the potential felling of trees, the potential effect on the local centre and the use of the land as follows:

 

-        A similar scheme in Tewkesbury, where Gloucestershire County Council requested education contributions, went to the Planning inspectorate, and the Planning Inspector found that Gloucestershire County Council’s requirement for educational contributions was unsound.

-        The application before the Committee was at the outline stage. They could not introduce a condition for an additional access point at this stage.

-        There were currently three access points off Rudloe Drive.

-        The applicant would have to submit a reserved matters application, should outline planning permission be granted.

-        If the contribution of £75,000 for formal sports facilities was viewed as being insufficient, Quedgeley Parish Council could seek a higher contribution.

-        The local centre would be protected. 

-        The scheme provided enough evidence that up to 150 dwellings could be delivered in the amount of space provided.

-        The Urban Design Officer had only received an illustrative masterplan at this stage.

-        The Open Space would be funded by the residents of the future dwellings.

-        The application was for up to 150 dwellings. If at the reserved matters stage the number of dwellings was considered too dense for the location, then this would be reviewed.

-        The reserved matters application would need to include a detailed layout.

-        Concerns around the potential felling of trees and the tree officer’s comments could be revisited at the reserved matters stage.

-        A condition to require that the land be used for employment purposes could not be put on the application.

-        The landscaping would be taken care of by a Management Company.

-        There would be 4-5 bedroomed houses included in the scheme.

 

Members’ Debate 

 

Councillor J.Brown stated that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.

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Land North of Rudloe Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester - 20/00368/OUT pdf icon PDF 437 KB

Application for determination: -

 

Residential development (up to 150 dwellings), associated infrastructure,

ancillary facilities, open space and landscaping. Outline application with all matters reserved. (Non determination appeal)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Development Manager noted that this application was identical to the previous application considered by the Committee (Land North of Rudloe Drive – 21/00490/OUT). He noted that this application had been deferred at the previous Planning Committee. He stated that the application was the subject of a non-determination appeal to be determined by the Planning Inspectorate by way of public inquiry. He stated that the original application as outlined in the report would have recommended refusal, but as outlined in the late material, a S106 had been agreed in draft so the updated recommendation was to grant permission, subject to conditions.

 

The Chair moved, and the Vice-Chair seconded the officer’s recommendation as amended in the late material.

 

RESOLVED that: - subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement to provide the following:

 

·       Affordable housing (20%)

·       A youth pitch, LEAP and associated open space

 

 

That planning permission is granted subject to the conditions outlined in the late material.

 

15.

Kingsway Local Centre, Thatcham Avenue, Quedgeley, Gloucester - 18/00852/FUL pdf icon PDF 329 KB

Application for determination: -

 

Erection of a new building to provide 22 self contained units of supported living accommodation and associated works, including car and cycle parking and landscaping.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The application was deferred as outlined in the late material.

16.

5 Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2AH - 21/00481/FUL pdf icon PDF 338 KB

Application for determination: -

 

Change of use from vacant bank (Use Class E) to an Adult Gaming Centre (Sui Generis).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Senior Planner presented the report detailing an application for a change of use from vacant bank (Use Class E) to an Adult Gaming Centre (Sui Generis).

 

A Senior Planner for Pegasus Group, addressed the Committee in opposition to the application, on behalf of an objector.

 

He objected to the application on the following grounds:

 

-        Principle of the change of use.

-        Loss of Class E unit. 

-        A marketing assessment had not been conducted.

-        There were already six adult gaming centres in the area. A further one would not increase the viability of the City Centre as stated in the report.

-        The Noise Impact assessment had been too narrow.

-        There would be a negative noise impact on the surrounding streets.

 

An Associate Director at Planning Potential Ltd addressed the Committee in favour of the application, on behalf of the applicant.

 

The Associate Director stated that the application should be granted on the following grounds: 

 

-        There had only been one objector.

-        The concerns regarding litter were presided on the belief that there would be paper betting slips when there would not be.

-        The Adult Gaming Centre would be highly regulated.

-        The signage was considered to be acceptable.

-        The Adult Gaming Centre would provide low stakes gambling and would never have betting terminals.

-        No alcohol would be served on site.

-        The applicant had significantly reduced the opening times, following consultation.

-        There was no policy which stated that the applicant needed to undertake a marketing assessment.

-        The unit had a long-established history of non-retail use.

 

 

The Senior Planner responded to members’ questions concerning the opening hours of the proposed Adult Gaming Centre, congregation, noise, the nature of the gambling that would take place at the Adult Gaming Centre, and the location of the proposed site as follows:

 

-        There would be complimentary teas and Coffees served on site.

-        The Adult Gaming Centre would have staff on site and would provide 6-7 new jobs.

-        The initial application proposed being open for 24 hours a day. However, after a complaint was raised by an anonymous objector, this was reduced.

-        The proposed opening hours were now 8am until midnight on Sunday to Thursdays and 8am to 1am Friday and Saturday.

-        The machines on site would be low-stakes gambling machines.

-        There was a gym in close proximity that was open for 24 hours, so the opening hours were typical for the area.

 

 

The Planning Development Manager responded to members’ questions regarding the change of use of the property as follows:

 

-        Policy SD2 was only concerned with the loss of A1 retail properties. The site had not previously been used for retail purposes. Therefore, the granting of the application would not contradict Policy SD2.

-        Gloucester City Council did not currently have a policy that would restrict the loss of a Class E unit.

-        The Class E classification was introduced in September 2020. It amalgamated several different  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.

17.

Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 177 KB

To consider a schedule of applications determined under delegated powers during the month of May 2021.

Minutes:

The schedule of applications determined under delegated powers during the month of May 2021 was noted.

 

RESOLVED that:- the schedule be noted.

18.

Date of next meeting

Tuesday 3rd August, 2021 at 6pm in Civic Suite, North Warehouse.

Minutes:

Tuesday, 3rd August, 2021.