Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 27 February 2020 10.00 a.m.

Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal

Contact: Committee Services 

Items
No. Item

Election of Chairman

Following the receipt of apologies from the Chairman, Councillor Pete McSweeney and Vice-Chairman, Councillor Eric Morrell, Members were asked to consider nominations for the position of Chairman for the meeting and it was

 

RESOLVED –That Councillor Vicky Hughes be elected as Chairman for the meeting of the Planning Committee.

 

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 342 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 30 January 2020 (copy attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 30 January 2020.

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Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that the following declarations of interest were made:-

 

Councillor Janette Jenkinson declared non-pecuniary interests with regard to Minutes Nos P/88 and P/89 (Planning Application Nos SL/2019/0803 and SL/2019/0804).

 

 

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Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the Agenda.

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Public Participation

Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so by no later than 0:01am (one minute past midnight) two working days before the meeting.  Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by contacting the Committee Services Team on 01539 733333.

(1)        Planning Applications

 

            Planning applications for which requests to speak have been made.

 

(2)        Agenda Items

 

            Agenda items for which requests to speak have been made.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that applications to speak under the Council’s public participation scheme have been received in respect of the following items:-

 

(1)        Minute No P/88 (Planning Application No. SL/2019/0803);

 

(2)        Minute No P/89 (Planning Application No. SL/2019/0804); and

 

(3)        Minute No P/90 (Planning Application No. SL2019/0986).

P/88

Planning Application SL/2019/0803 - Grange-over-Sands Lido, The Promenade, Grange-over-Sands pdf icon PDF 777 KB

To determine an application for essential fabric and infrastructure restoration of the Grade II Listed Lido Buildings and surrounding external landscaping, including new boundary treatments. Works to include reversible landscape interventions within the Lido Pool.

Minutes:

Essential fabric and infrastructure restoration of the Grade II Listed Lido Buildings and surrounding external landscaping, including new boundary treatments. Works to include reversible landscape intervention within the Lido Pool (South Lakeland District Council).

 

Note – Councillor Janette Jenkinson declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item by virtue of the fact the treasurer of Save Grange Lido was a neighbour and that her name had been included in social media communication. Councillor Jenkinson explained she had been lobbied (by social media) and that she was not biased or predetermined and she remained in the Chamber and took part in the discussion and voting on the item.

 

The Planning Officer advised the Committee that Planning Applications SL/2019/0803 and SL/2019/0804 were linked and he would present the applications together.

 

Planning Application No. SL/2019/0803 sought permission for a range of physical alterations to the Grange Lido to deliver an immediate restoration and refurbishment of the Grade II listed structure, in association with proposals to open up the complex as a publicly accessible landscaped recreation space. Some alterations were proposed to be reversible, so as not to prejudice future use as an outdoor pool, or other alternative solutions. 

 

Planning Application No. SL/2019/0804 sought permission for listed building consent for the physical alterations to the Grange Lido.

 

The Planning Officer displayed plans and photographs which outlined the proposals and he drew Members’ attention to the plan which outlined the Grange-over-Sands Conservation Area. The Planning Officer highlighted the proposed refurbishment to the various areas of the lido which included: the female and male changing blocks; the pavilion building; and the sun terraces. He explained that the existing sun terraces, which connected the principal buildings, would be completely reconfigured to provide new public entrances which would be compliant with the requirements of the Equality Act. The complex would be accessible from either side by a combination of steps and shallow ramps. In further presenting the report the Planning Officer displayed a computer generated image of the proposals and informed Members that the main pool would be permanently filled with concrete to the depth of 1.5 metres below the rim of the existing pool. The space would be infilled and maintained with removable hard and soft landscaping. He drew Members’ attention to the section within the report which detailed the local planning authority’s obligation under Sections 66(1) and 72(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. He stated that the proposal involved no material change of use and although it was considered that the proposals may cause limited harm to the significance of the Lido, as a grade II listed building, it was felt that they would have a positive impact on the character of the conservation area and would improve public access.

 

The Planning Officer went on to further outline the refurbishment proposals for the Pavilion building, the male and female changing blocks, the sun terraces and the promenade frontage. He informed Members that glazed screening would be installed as part of the proposals  ...  view the full minutes text for item P/88

P/89

Planning Application SL/2019/0804 - Grange-over-Sands Lido, The Promenade, Grange-over-Sands - Listed Building Consent pdf icon PDF 771 KB

To determine an application for essential fabric and infrastructure restoration of the Grade II Listed Lido Buildings and surrounding external landscaping, including new boundary treatments. Works to include reversible landscape intervention within the Lido Pool.

Minutes:

Essential fabric and infrastructure restoration of the Grade II Listed Lido Buildings and surrounding external landscaping, including new boundary treatments. Works to include reversible landscape intervention within the Lido Pool (South Lakeland District Council).

 

Note – Councillor Janette Jenkinson declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item by virtue of the fact the treasurer of Save Grange Lido was a neighbour and that her name had been included in social media communication. Councillor Jenkinson explained she had been lobbied (by social media) and that she was not biased or predetermined and she remained in the Chamber and took part in the discussion and voting on the item.

 

The Planning Officer, having presented the full report in the previous item (Minute P/88 refers), explained that Planning Application No. SL/2019/0804 sought permission for listed building consent for a range of physical alterations to the Grange Lido to deliver an immediate restoration and refurbishment of the Grade II listed structure, in association with proposals to open up the complex as a publicly accessible landscaped recreation space. Some alterations were proposed to be reversible, so as not to prejudice future use as an outdoor pool, or other alternative solutions. 

 

With the permission of the Chairman, Mr David Dawson, Company Secretary of Save Grange Lido Ltd, further addressed the Committee in response to a query raised by a Member in the previous item. He confirmed that there had been extensive conversations with Swim England and Sports England regarding the proposed depth of the pool and he confirmed that at 1.35 metres deep it would be meet the requirements for competitive swimming and shallow diving.

 

Members agreed that the proposed glazing throughout would complement the scheme and the scheme as a whole would enhance the area.

 

Further to the request during the deliberations of the previous item, the same Member reiterated the points made regarding: the timing of the infill of the pool, so as to give the best opportunity for phase 2 to progress; and for the area to be used by groups to promote their organisations. It was agreed that dialogue should continue in this regard with Save Grange Lido Ltd. 

 

A motion to approve the application was proposed and seconded and it was

 

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

 

Condition (1)   The works hereby permitted shall be commenced before the expiration of THREE YEARS from the date hereof. 

  

Reason            To comply with the requirements of Section 18 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended by Section 51 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

 

Condition (2)   The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:

 

           50982-IBI-ZZ-XX-PL-L-700-0001 Revision 05, External Works

           50982-IBI-ZP-XX-PL-A-200-0110, Demolition Pavilion Sheet 1

           50982-IBI-ZS-XX-PL-A-200-0120, Demolition South Building Sheet 1

           50982-IBI-ZS-XX-PL-A-200-0121, Demolition South Building Sheet 2

           50982-IBI-ZN-XX-PL-A-200-0130, Demolition North Building Sheet 1

           50982-IBI-ZP-XX-PL-A-200-0210 Revision 2, Proposed Pavilion Sheet 1

           50982-IBI-ZP-XX-PL-A-200-0211, Proposed Pavilion Sheet 2

           50982-IBI-ZP-XX-PL-A-200-0212, Proposed Pavilion  ...  view the full minutes text for item P/89

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Planning Application SL/2019/0986 - Land adjacent to Estuary Lodge, Askew Gate Brow, Kirkby-in-Furness pdf icon PDF 457 KB

To determine an application for the erection of a two storey detached dwelling and integral dependent relative accommodation, garage/store and wastewater treatment.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Erection of a two storey detached dwelling and integral dependent relative accommodation, garage/store and wastewater treatment (Mr Gary Grieve).

 

The Planning Officer presented Planning Application No. SL/2019/0986 which sought outline planning permission, with all matters reserved, on a site which was located on land located immediately adjacent to but outwith the settlement development boundary at the North West end of Kirkby in Furness. He displayed plans and photographs which outlined the proposals and drew Members’ attention to the late representations which had been circulated prior to the meeting. The Planning Officer highlighted that Members had not had the benefit of a site visit. He outlined details of the application site and informed Members that the site was to the rear of a property called Somerset House and he displayed further plans and photographs which outlined the topography of the land which included the elevated position of the main road and the steep drop down to the estuary. The Planning Officer drew Members’ attention to the levels of the existing properties in relation to the proposed development and highlighted the section, within the report, which referred to the statement from the applicant’s agent regarding the land having Change of Use approved in 2004. The Planning Officer informed Members that the Change of Use approval in 2004 referred to a smaller area of land directly abutting the boundary of Estuary Lodge and that the proposed house would be located on land that, in planning terms, was agricultural land.

 

In concluding his presentation, the Planning Officer advised Members that Planning Application No. SL/2019/0986 was recommended for refusal on the grounds that the development was situated in open countryside outside the settlement boundary and was contrary to Policy LA1.1 of the Land Allocations Development Plan Document, the purpose of which was to ensure new homes were delivered in sustainable locations and to protect the character of the surrounding landscape.

 

Mr Gary Grieve, the applicant, addressed the Committee in support of the application and commented on various paragraphs within the Planning Officer’s report.

 

At this point in the proceedings a motion to defer the application, with a view to providing Members with the opportunity visit the application site to better understand the levels and location of the site, was proposed and seconded and it was

 

RESOLVED – That a decision on Planning Application No. SL/2019/0986 be deferred to allow Members the opportunity to attend a site visit. 

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A Report on Monthly Enforcement Activity pdf icon PDF 281 KB

To consider an update on planning enforcement activity for January 2020.

Minutes:

The Enforcement Officer introduced the Monthly Enforcement Report which outlined the enforcement activity up to the end of January 2020. He introduced the new format of the report which outlined the enforcement process for each case.

 

The Enforcement Officer and Interim Development Management Team Leader responded to questions raised by Members.

 

RESOLVED – That the report and contents of Appendix 1 and 2 to the report be noted.

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Planning Performance and Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 315 KB

To consider an update on performance measures and recent appeals as at 19 February 2020.

Minutes:

The Planning Performance and Appeals Update was presented by the Interim Development Team Leader. He outlined the performance in the current quarter and the changes since the last meeting.

 

RESOLVED – That the report and contents of Appendices 1 and 2 to the report be noted.