Development of 7 residential units and 16 car parking spaces, located on 2 adjacent sites in Fort Lane: SITE A - Unit 2, located on east side of Fort Lane & SITE B - located to rear of 2 - 6 Myrtle Road, west side of Fort Lane, comprising: 4x 2 bed terraced houses, 1x 3 bed house (Site B) 1 x 2 bed houses (Site A). (REVISED SCHEME WITH AMENDMENTS TO ORIGINAL PROPOSAL)– DEVONSHIRE.
Two additional representations had been received which were not reflected in the committee report.
One letter of objection drew attention to the issues associated with high levels of on street parking in the area surrounding the development.
A further representation expressed concern about a loss of amenity as a result of the proposed development, that the existing rear passageway between the site and Myrtle Road be retained, and that car parking and waste storage be provided in the proposed development.
These issues were dealt with in the committee report.
Ms Weeks addressed the committee in objection stating that the parking issues would remain despite the reduction in the scale of the development and the increase in parking spaces. Ms Weeks felt that the regeneration of the industrial units would be more appropriate.
Mr Benyahya addressed the committee in support stating that the residents in neighbouring streets were in favour of the development and that the amended scheme, with the additional parking, would be sufficient for the new development. Mr Benyahya felt that the regeneration of this area would remove the antisocial behaviour in Fort Lane.
Mr Seath, agent for the applicant advised that the industrial units were now empty. There were often problems with deliveries to units and staff parking on the site. Fly tipping and antisocial behaviour had become an issue and it was anticipated that the scheme would greatly improve the area for all the neighbouring residents.
Members discussed the application and whilst they were in favour in principle, there were some concerns about the future removal of the obscure glass. The committee was advised that this could be dealt with by the Enforcement team.
RESOLVED: (By 4 votes to 1 with 2 abstentions) That permission be granted subject to the following conditions: 1) Development within 3 years 2) Development in accordance with approved plans 3) Areas of waste storage to set out on approved plans prior to occupation 4) Parking and turning areas provided prior to occupation 5) Details of cycle parking approved and occupied prior to occupation 6) Details of a) site investigation and b) remedial works provided prior to commencement of development 7) Details of a verification report demonstrating implementation of remediation prior to occupation 8) Development to be monitored and maintained in accordance with remediation measures approved 9) Contamination to be reported to Local Planning Authority 10) Obscure glass to be retained permanently 11) Parking to be retained permanently for residents and users 12) Working hours – Monday to Friday 8-6, Saturday 8-1 13) PD rights removed: Rear extensions 14) PD rights removed: Windows.