Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Wednesday, 9th December, 2020 2.00 pm

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Items
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86.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and introductions were made. In case of technical problems Councillor Donna Jones would chair the meeting.

 

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor David Fuller; he was represented by standing deputy Councillor Hugh Mason.

 

87.

Declaration of Members' Interests

Minutes:

Items 7 and 8: 44-46 Palmerston Road, Southsea, PO5 3QG - 20/00620/FUL and 20/00621/LBC

Councillor Donna Jones did not have a personal or prejudicial interest in the site of the former Debenhams. Councillor Jones declared that the applicant had directly contacted her and Councillor Steve Pitt on a number of occasions over the last couple of weeks to discuss ongoing issues surrounding the application. She had met the applicant last Friday together with Councillor Luke Stubbs, Councillor Pitt and Planning officers.

 

The Legal Adviser advised Councillor Jones if she considers that she has an open mind and that there is no bias she could participate in discussions on the agenda item.

 

Councillor Stubbs declared that he was at the meeting with the applicant and officers on Friday. He had been contacted directly by the applicant on matters of process, not the merits of the application, which would not prevent him from voting.

 

Councillor Jones did not go on to confirm if she had an open mind and that there was no bias; however, she later participated in the vote to defer the Debenhams application.

 

Councillor Hugh Mason declared he had been contacted by the applicant and objectors to the proposal. He has an open mind so does not have a declarable interest.

 

Councillor Chris Attwell and Councillor Judith Smyth declared they had been contacted by the applicant but had declined the invitation to meet.

 

88.

Minutes of previous meeting - 4 November 2020 pdf icon PDF 311 KB

RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the Planning Committee held on 4 November 2020 be approved as a correct record to be signed by the Chair.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning Committee held on 4 November 2020 be approved as a correct record.

 

89.

Update on previous applications

 

 

 

Planning applications

Minutes:

The Head of Development Management reported that six appeals against the local authority had been dismissed and one allowed. Two appeals against refusals are pending with the Planning Inspectorate; one is for an advert consent appeal and one for a householder appeal. One of the dismissed appeals had been for land at Enterprise House, Brunel Road, for a 10-storey student accommodation block. The Planning Inspector considered the 12 to 13 metre setback from an adjacent block was insufficient and would have an adverse impact on future occupiers of the proposed and existing buildings. The street scene and the block's height and siting were also taken into consideration. Officers will use the Inspector's reasoning in considering future applications.

 

The upheld appeal was for 66 Margate Road. The Planning Inspector disagreed there would be an adverse impact on living conditions with regard to internal communal space provision. There was a 5.7m2 shortfall but the overall floor area was far and above the recommendations in the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). Also, the Inspector had viewed the bedrooms as providing in excess of that required in our SPD, and thought they provide acceptable living space for future occupiers.

 

One of the dismissed appeals was for 74 Jessie Road. The Inspector considered that the space was not at all sufficient to provide a good standard of accommodation for current and future users.

 

Members thought that the fact that most appeals relating to HMOs were dismissed showed the Planning Committee was justified in its approach. Members were sometimes cautious in making decisions that might lead to an appeal but their decisions had helped to improve housing standards.

 

The Head of Development Management confirmed that the Planning Inspector would refuse to award costs against the local authority where it had reached a reasonable decision after following due process and had given specific reasons for its decision.

 

 

 

90.

Reconstitution of Definitive Map and Statement pdf icon PDF 360 KB

 

The Legal Officer will present the report with assistance from Harry Goodchild, Map Review Manager for Hampshire County Council.

 

·         Appendix A - The Portsmouth Definitive Map Modification Order 2020 - Planning Committee 09/12/20

·         Appendix B - Portsmouth Definitive Map - Planning Committee 09/12/20

·         Appendix C - Portsmouth Definitive Statement - Planning Committee 09/12/20

·         Appendix D - Integrated Impact Assessment - Planning Committee 09/12/20

·         Definitive Map and Statement Consultation Report

 

 

 

 

Planning applications

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Senior Active Travel Officer presented the report and explained the background to the reconstitution of the Definitive Map and Statement. Harry Goodchild, Map Review Manager for Hampshire County Council, was present for this item.

 

Members' Questions

·         Members queried whether the Planning Committee was entitled under the council's constitution to approve the sealing of the new Definitive Map and Statement; the Cabinet or Full Council may need to endorse the decision to prevent challenges to the document's authority.

·         Councillor Jones requested that her concerns over the matter coming before the Planning Committee be noted.

·         The Legal Adviser advised member that officers had considered the constitutional position and confirmed that the Planning Committee was the correct body to determine the matter. The Legal Adviser confirmed that Portsmouth City Council had taken advice from Hampshire County Council on the constitutional position and confirmed that it is for the Planning Committee to approve the Legal Modification Event Order (LEMO) and the map and statement.

·         Mr Goodchild said he had received an email in May from Kieran Laven, Solicitor (Planning & Highways), containing details of a discussion with the City Solicitor, who had confirmed the matter was within the Planning Committee's remit.

·         The Legal Adviser referred members to the sections of Hampshire County Council's advice relating to Portsmouth City Council's constitution. Part 2 sets out decision making, responsibilities and functions. Part 2 Section 1 sets out where responsibilities for particular functions and decision making lie. Part 2 Section 2 sets out the Planning Committee's responsibilities, which include not only all functions relating to Town and Country Planning and Development Control specified in Schedule 1 of the 2000 Regulations, but also includes a subheading of highways and functions relating to public rights of way as set in out the schedules of the 2001 Regulations.

·         The Senior Active Travel Officer explained that the map and statement had been based on previous versions and consultation with the public. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 the council has to keep the map and statement under continuous review.  The public can apply for routes to be added.

·         The decision to refuse a right of way in the Camber by the Traffic & Transportation portfolio meeting in July 2017 had led to the decision to reconstitute and republish the Definitive Map and Statement as previous versions were unverified.

 

Members' Comments

 

The Chair said the Definitive Map and Statement was a sterling piece of work and thanked all involved for the enormous amount of work they had done.


RESOLVED to approve the sealing of a new Legal Event Modification Order and the sealing of the Definitive Map and Statement.

 

91.

Queen Alexandra Hospital - 20/01256/FUL

Minutes:

The Planning Officer presented the report. Peter Hayward, Island Highway & Transport Consultants, and Trevor Mose, Head of Property and Capital Development, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, were present for this item.

 

The Planning Officer drew attention to the Supplementary Matters which reported that:

 

Comments

The consultation period for the application expired on 4th December 2020. 

No public representations received.  

The following consultee comments have been received:

 

Public Health Development Manager

'In accordance with Policy PCS14 of the Portsmouth Plan, it is necessary for the developer to consider the broader implications of development in terms of promoting healthy behaviours and avoiding negative impacts on the health of hospital staff, patients and residents. '

In discussions with the applicant, the following points have been noted:

·         Consideration has been given to minimising noise and pollution to neighbouring residents during construction phase;

·         The Hospital supports increasing a modal shift towards more sustainable means of transport to the private car for staff;

·         Measures have been included in the design to ensure disabled access to the building;

·         Proposals for hospital gardens on the site and within the wider Hospital grounds to enhance patient recovery and wellbeing;

·         There is a need to ensure safe pedestrian movements around the site during construction, including for people with disabilities and limited mobility. 

Natural England

Natural England has commented that there could be the potential for the development to impact on the Solent Special Protection Areas (SPA) due to increased waste water and nitrates. This matter is addressed in paragraphs 5.40 and 5.41 of the committee report. The Local Planning Authority has determined that the development would not have a significant effect on the Solent SPA. 

Parking matters

A Transport Assessment (TA) Addendum document has been submitted (Project Centre, November 2020). This document provides further information about the staff and patient parking demand from the development and considers the worst case scenario to ensure that parking mitigation measures will be sufficient. A further statement about staffing has also been provided. 

Key points from this additional information are as follows:

·         To expand upon paragraph 1.12 of the committee report, the applicants have confirmed that initially the new ward would be occupied by services relocated from the main hospital building, allowing upgrade works to take place within the existing building. Therefore, initially there would be no new staff and this scenario could continue for 6 months to a year. Following this period, the ward would then start to be used to accommodate new service, at which point new staff would be required. As a worst case scenario, based on full occupancy of a 72 bed ward, 87 new full time equivalent staff would be generated. 

·         For the purposes of the TA, the worst case scenario of 87 new staff has been taken into account, which would amount to a requirement for up to 46 additional staff spaces.  

·         Public parking demand - Based on a worst case scenario of full occupancy of the ward by new patients, this could increase public parking demand  ...  view the full minutes text for item 91.

92.

Debenhams, 44-46 Palmerston Road, Southsea, PO5 3QG - 20/00620/FUL

Ground floor mixed use (2,300 sqm), and 142 flats in converted and extended building and new rear block

 

Minutes:

The Head of Development Management explained that the previous day the applicant had requested a deferral of consideration of the two applications for the former Debenhams site to the next meeting of the Planning Committee on 27 January 2021. The reason is that their recent iterations received on 4 December 2020 have yet to be accepted and reviewed, and are yet to undergo public scrutiny and formal assessment by officers, including specialist colleagues.

 

RESOLVEDto defer consideration of the application to the next meeting of the Planning Committee on 27 January 2021.

 

93.

Debenhams, 44-46 Palmerston Road, Southsea, PO5 3QG - 20/00621/LBC

Listed Building Consent

 

Minutes:

RESOLVEDto defer consideration of the application to the next meeting of the Planning Committee on 27 January 2021.

 

94.

251 Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth, PO2 8NY - 20/00376/FUL

Change of Use from mixed use - retail (Class A1) and residential (Class C3) - to purposes falling within Class C3 (Dwelling House) or C4 (House in Multiple Occupancy), with associated alterations to shopfront

 

Minutes:

The Legal Adviser explained that a resident who had objected to the applications for 251 and 253 Twyford Avenue had not received written notification that they could make further deputations, which meant that the procedure specified in Standing Order No.24 had not been followed. In view of this advice, members agreed that the applications should be deferred.

 

RESOLVEDto defer consideration of the application to the next meeting of the Planning Committee on 27 January 2021.

 

 

95.

253 Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth, PO2 8NY - 20/00375/FUL

Description of Development: Change of use from mixed use - retail (Class A1) and residential (Class C3) - to purposes falling within Class C3 (Dwelling House) or C4 (House in Multiple Occupancy), with associated alterations to shopfront

 

Minutes:

The Legal Adviser explained that a resident who had objected to the applications for 251 and 253 Twyford Avenue had not received written notification that they could make further deputations, which meant that the procedure specified in Standing Order No.24 had not been followed. In view of this advice, members agreed that the applications should be deferred.

 

RESOLVEDto defer consideration of the application to the next meeting of the Planning Committee on 27 January 2021.