Decision details

Planning Application No. SL/2019/0343 - Allotment Land north of Hare and Hounds Pub, Church Road, Levens

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

Erection of three dwellings (Mr Martin Curry (Clerk to Levens Parish Council))

 

Note – The Planning Officer’s presentation displayed at the meeting had been circulated to Members and displayed on the Council’s Website on the day before the meeting.

 

The Planning Officer presented planning application No. SL/2019/0343 which sought approval for: access; appearance; landscaping; layout; and scale, for three dwellings which were those matters reserved in the extant outline planning permission for the site, granted under planning application SL/2015/0260. He displayed plans and photographs which outlined the proposals and explained that the development of the site was one of a number of schemes considered as part of the wider Levens Community Project. It had been decided to bring the reserved matters application to the Planning Committee, for determination, because it raised some challenging issues, particularly in respect of the relationship with existing neighbours.

 

The Planning Officer drew Members’ attention to the topography of the land and the relationship of the properties to the existing properties known as Causeway End. He   highlighted that all three properties would be prominent, when viewed from lower levels, and explained that the finished floor levels had been lowered since the application was first submitted, in order to limit the impact on adjoining properties. However, consequently, the driveway gradients would not be fully compliant with policy DM11 (Accessible and Adaptable Homes), although he explained that policy DM11 did recognise that full compliance may not always be practically achievable due to physical characteristics of a site.

 

The Planning Officer concluded his presentation by drawing Members’ attention to an additional condition included within the Late Representations, which had been circulated prior to the meeting, and highlighted that it was inevitable, given the constrained size of the site and the dramatic change in levels, that the living conditions of those properties in the immediate vicinity would be impacted by the development.

 

Note – at this point in the proceedings the Chairman requested that the public participant, speaking in support of the application, be dialled into the meeting.

Martin Curry, Clerk to Levens Parish Council addressed the Planning Committee in support of the application.

 

Members thanked the Planning Officer for the well written report, photographs and illustrative plans and gave consideration to the application. Members agreed that the site was challenging and one Member raised concerns regarding the disposal of allotment land for housing.

 

A motion to approve the application was proposed and seconded and a vote was taken on the motion, during which all Planning Committee Members confirmed that they had, without interruption heard the full presentation and discussion on the item and it was

RESOLVED – That the application be approved subject to the following conditions:

1.         The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:

           Proposed Site Plan, P208 Revision A

           Floor Plans Elevations, P209 Revision A

           House 3 and Street Elevations, P210 Revision A

 

REASON: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

 

2.         The external walls of the dwellings hereby approved shall be finished in a combination of natural stone and render, in the proportions indicated on the approved plans and in accordance with a further specification that shall first have been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the local planning authority. The required specification shall detail: (1) the coursing of the natural stone and the depth and colour of mortar joints; and (2) the colour and finish of the proposed render. The roofs of the dwellings hereby approved shall be finished in natural slate from a source that shall first have been agreed in writing by the local planning authority.

 

REASON: To ensure compliance with: (1) policy CS8.10 (Design) of the South Lakeland Core Strategy; and (2) policies DM1 (General Requirements for all development) and DM2 (Achieving Sustainable High Quality Design) of the South Lakeland Development Management Policies Development Plan Document.

 

3.         The internal configuration of the dwellings hereby approved shall be constructed to meet the Building Regulations M4(2) standards for accessible and adaptable homes.

 

REASON: To comply with policy DM11 (Accessible and Adaptable Homes) of the South Lakeland Development Management Policies Development Plan Document.

 

4.         No individual dwelling shall be first occupied until it has been provided with one or more swift bricks in accordance with a scheme that first have been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the local planning authority. The scheme shall include manufacturers’ details of each bird and bat box together with a plan identifying their proposed locations. Thereafter, the approved swift bricks shall be retained for the lifetime of the development, replaced on a like-for-like basis as necessary.

 

REASON: To meet the requirements of: (1) policy DM4 (Green and Blue Infrastructure, Open Space, Trees and Landscaping) of the of the South Lakeland Development Management Policies Development Plan Document; (2) paragraph 170 of the National Planning Policy Framework.; and (3) section 40 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006

 

5.         No individual dwelling hereby approved shall first be occupied until the parking and associated access to the highway shown on the approved plans have been constructed and made available for use. The first 5m of the access drive to each dwelling measured from carriageway edge of the adjacent highway shall be surfaced in bituminous or cement bound materials, or such other finish as shall first have been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the local planning authority. Thereafter, the approved parking and access arrangements shall be maintained for the lifetime of the dwelling concerned.

 

REASON: To ensure the timely and adequate provision of parking in accordance with policy CS10.2 (Transport impact of new development) of the South Lakeland Core Strategy and policy DM9 (Parking Provision, new and loss of car parks) of the South Lakeland Development Management Policies Development Plan Document.

 

6.         Neither of the two new vehicular accesses onto Church Road shall be first brought into use until they have been provided with visibility splays giving clear visibility of 60 metres measured 2.4 metres down the centre line of the access drive and the nearside channel line of the carriageway edge. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (or any Order revoking and re-enacting that Order) no structure, vehicle or object of any kind shall be erected, parked or placed, and no trees, bushes or other plants shall be planted or permitted to be planted, within the visibility splays in a manner which obstructs the limits of clear visibility defined above.

 

REASON: To maintain highway safety in accordance with policy CS10.2 (Transport impact of new development) of the South Lakeland Core Strategy.

 

7.         No individual vehicular access shall be first brought into use until it has been provided with measures to prevent surface water discharging onto or off the highway in accordance with details that shall first have been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the local planning authority. Thereafter, the approved measures shall be maintained for the lifetime of the associated dwelling concerned.

 

REASON: To maintain highway safety in accordance with policy CS10.2 (Transport impact of new development) of the South Lakeland Core Strategy.

 

8.         No individual dwelling shall be first occupied until the means of enclosure to its

curtilage has been completed in accordance with a scheme that shall first have been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the local planning authority.

 

REASON: To ensure compliance with: (1) policy CS8.10 (Design) of the South

Lakeland Core Strategy; and (2) policies DM1 (General Requirements for all

development) and DM2 (Achieving Sustainable High Quality Design) of the South Lakeland Development Management Policies Development Plan Document.

Publication date: 16/02/2021

Date of decision: 17/12/2020

Decided at meeting: 17/12/2020 - Planning Committee

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