Agenda item

20/00883/FUL - Annley House, Burnham Road, Latchingdon

To consider the report of the Director of Service Delivery (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.

Minutes:

Application Number

20/00883/FUL

Location

Annley House, Burnham Road, Latchingdon 

Proposal

Section 73A retrospective application for single storey extensions and outbuildings and alterations to hours / music at the site.

Applicant

Mr & Mrs Paul Likeman

Agent

Chris Cumbers - CBS Cumbers MCIAT

Target Decision Date

27.11.2020

Case Officer

Louise Staplehurst

Parish

LATCHINGDON

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Member Call In

Councillor Mark G Bassenger

Reason: this is an existing business providing local employment, providing a service and promoting tourism – policies E1 and E5 of the Local Development Plan (LDP).

 

 

Following the Officer’s presentation, the Applicant, Mrs Likeman, addressed the Committee. The Chairman then moved the recommendation that planning application 20/00883/FUL, Annley House, Burnham Road, Latchingdon be refused for the reasons as detailed in section 8 of the report.

 

Councillor Bassenger opened the discussion in support of the application. A lengthy debated ensued where the majority of Members supported the application noting it was a source of employment, provided a hub for the community and was well managed.  It was acknowledged that ambient noise in the countryside could cause harm to the amenity of neighbours, especially in the summer when outside space was in use. However, it was also noted that the applicant had undertaken various sound level testing and measures had been put in place to reduce noise nuisance by keeping doors and windows closed and using air conditioning, together with screens to reduce noise when doors were opened to access the outside. 

 

The issue of noise nuisance from public vacating the premises during the proposed opening hours was also discussed and it was suggested that, in line with advice from Environmental Health, opening times could be curtailed by conditions to mitigate these problems. Planning Officers advised that Members consider conditions that protected the amenity of adjoining residents in perpetuity. The Lead Specialist Place advised that, given there was real potential for harm to residential amenity in the district, the proposed opening times be amended to an earlier closing as time noise travels much further in the open countryside.

 

Councillor Bassenger, taking all the aforementioned into consideration, proposed that the application be approved contrary to the officer’s recommendation. This was seconded by Councillor Helm.

 

The Chairman then put the Officer’s recommendation of refusal to the Committee. Upon a vote being taken it was lost.

 

The Chairman, referring to Councillor Bassenger’s duly seconded proposal to approve the application, called for reasons for approval. Councillor Bassenger said the reason the application should be approved was that the applicants had sufficiently mitigated against any noise impact resulting from the development and therefore the proposal would not result in undue harm to the amenity of neighbouring occupiers.

 

It was noted that due to the complexity of the conditions and the need to address the advice put forward by Environmental Health in the Officer’s report the conditions be delegated to Officers in consultation with the Chairman.

 

The Chairman then put Councillor Bassenger’s proposal to approve the application for the aforementioned reason to the Committee. Upon a vote being taken it was carried.

 

RESOLVED that the application be APPROVED with conditions delegated to Officers in consultation with the Chairman.

 

Councillor A L Hull left the meeting at this point and did not return.

 

 

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