Agenda item

Planning Application No. SL/2020/0364 - Cark Manor, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands

To consider an application for change of used from residential dwelling (Use Class C3) to a mixed use of residential dwelling (Use Class C3) and holiday let (Sui Generis) and the formation of hard standing for car parking (part retrospective).


Change of use from residential dwelling (Use Class C3) to a mixed use of residential dwelling (Use Class C3) and holiday let (Sui Generis) and the formation of hard standing for car parking (part retrospective).

Note – Councillor Gill Gardner declared an interest in this item by virtue of the fact that she felt predetermined on the application. Councillor Gardner was disconnected from the meeting for this item.

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.

Before presenting his report, the Planning Officer read out representations objecting to the application from Laura Stewart and Fay McClure, who had both registered to address the Planning Committee under the Council’s public participation scheme but were ultimately unavailable to speak on the day.

The Planning Officer responded to concerns raised during public participation.

The Planning Officer presented Planning Application No. SL/2020/0364, which sought permission for the change of use of Cark Manor from a residential dwelling to a mixed use residential dwelling and holiday let, including the construction of a parking area (retrospective) and access track to existing access to the south. He informed Members that the application had been called in by a Member and added that the building was Grade II listed.

The Planning Officer referred to a site plan and photographs to illustrate the location of the site and highlighted the closest dwellings as Dobbie Bank which were situated 75 metres away from the building. He informed Members that the entrance to the site was on Station Road and pointed out the proposed areas for parking, the one way access track and the exit, which was on Sunny Bank. Further photographs highlighted the beech hedge along the boundary, the wall between Cark Manor and Dobbie Bank and stated that the site was well screened with the recently planted hedges improving the screening in the future. The Planning Officer informed Members that he felt that the visibility for the entrance was poor but the exit was slightly better.

The Planning Officer informed Members that in principle, the location was highly sustainable, with good access via both public transport and road, and that as proposed tourist accommodation it would be a suitable location. He added that rubber mesh had been used on the car park to limit the impact on the site and that further planting of vegetation would reduce the formality of the hedges.

The Planning Officer raised the point of the intensification of the site, but added that this was only slight and that no objections had been made from the Highways Authority at Cumbria County Council. He informed Members that the impact on local amenity would be mitigated by the fact that the building was set in extensive grounds which would reduce noise and the substantial wall between the car park and Dobbie Bank would further reduce this.

In concluding his report, the Planning Officer referred to a number of local objections relating to Planning breaches, which would be investigated by the enforcement team, adding that the proposed tourist accommodation would make a contribution to the local economy.

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.

Rachael Leather, the Agent for the Applicant, addressed the Planning Committee in support of the application. 

Members thanked the Planning Officer for a well written report and gave consideration to the application. During lengthy discussion, Members expressed their support for the application but raised concerns over the location of the Parking and the impact of noise on local residents.

The Planning Officer and the Interim Development Management Team Leader responded to Members concerns. As a result of Members consideration of the application, it was felt that an alternative location for the car park should be further explored by the applicant and officers.

A motion to defer 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 deferred, in order for the applicant and officers to discuss the location of the car park and explore any further options.

Note – Councillor Gill Gardner re-joined the meeting following the conclusion of the discussion and voting on the item.

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