Agenda item

FUL/MAL/19/00195 - 1 Kings Road, Southminster, Essex CM0 7EJ

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed, Members’ Update to be circulated)*.

 

Minutes:

Application Number

ful/mal/19/00195

Location

1 Kings Road, Southminster, Essex, CM0 7EJ

Proposal

Redevelopment of the site to include the conversion of the existing building to provide 4 No. one bedroom flats and the erection of a two storey side/rear extension to provide 2 No. one-bedroom flats (all social rent), with associated off-street parking, amenity space, landscaping, external refuse and cycle store and external alteration.

Applicant

Ms Lisa Shead - MOAT

Agent

Miss Maria Cannavina - Prime Building Consultants Ltd

Target Decision Date

07.05.2019 (EoT agreed: 24.05.2019)

Case Officer

Anna Tastsoglou

Parish

SOUTHMINSTER

Reason for Referral to the Committee / Council

Member Call In

The application has been called-in by Councillor A S Fluker on the grounds of public interest, size, scale, bulk, design and character and appearance of the area.

 

A Members’ Update was submitted detailing two pre-commencement conditions, further comments from the Housing Team regarding the need for unite to be affordable together with additional comments from the Environmental Health Team.

 

Following the Officer’s presentation, an Objector Mr Terry Duffy, addressed the Committee.

 

At this point Councillor Fluker declared in the interest of openness and transparency on this item of business as he knew the Objector, Mr Terry Duffy.

 

Members debated the application noting that additional affordable housing was required in the area and that improving this dilapidated building would be an advantage. 

 

Councillor Fluker, whilst acknowledging the need for affordable housing, raised a number of concerns that he felt discounted the site for that purpose.  He referred to non-compliance with planning policies around corner sites (Section C15 of the Maldon District Design Guide), building design (Policy D1) and vehicle parking standards SPD. The inadequate allocated parking provision would result in unacceptable on street parking, no disabled parking space and no charging or storage facilities for mobility scooters.

 

Following further discussion between Officers and Members and taking into consideration the aforementioned issues Councillor Fluker proposed that the application be refused contrary to the Officer’s recommendation.  This was seconded by Councillor Helm.

 

The Chairman put the proposal to refuse the application to the Committee.  Upon a vote being taken the application was refused.

 

RESOLVED that the application be REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

1.         The application site is a prominent corner site an such development should be designed to define the corner space and contribute to the character through distinctive design. The proposed development, by reason of its design, would not meet these requirements.  The development would therefore be unacceptable and contrary to the National Panning policy Framework (2019), policies S1,D1,and H4 of the Maldon District Local Development Plan (2017) and the guidance contained in Section C15 (Corner Buildings) of the Maldon District Design Guide SPD (2017).

 

2.         The proposed development, by reason of the lack of off-street visitor and disabled car parking provision, lack of mobility scooter storage area and charging points for electric vehicles would result in an unacceptable form of development that would have an impact on the free flow of traffic and highway safety contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework (2019), policies, D1, H4, and T2 of the Maldon District Local Development Plan 92017) and the guidance contained in the Vehicle Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document (2018)

 

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