Decision details

Development Panel - FUL/2019/0175 - 11 Oaktree Crescent Cockermouth - Erection of new dwelling and removal of garage

Decision Maker: Development Panel

Decision status: Refused

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

Representations

 

Richard Evans, agent and Dave Bodecott spoke in support of the application.

 

Application

 

The report recommended refusal

 

The Planning and Building Control Manager introduced the item and then went through the main issues as detailed in the report.

 

Principle of Development

 

This is considered acceptable in basic terms at a sustainable location within a Key Service Centre.

 

Layout

 

Overdevelopment of the site with a dominance of access road, parking and turning provision. Back land development not compatible with the existing suburban character and plot ratios.

 

Residential Amenity

 

The intensity of vehicle movements to serve the dwelling in close proximity to adjacent dwellings will have an adverse impact upon residential amenity.

 

Drainage

 

Achievable to sustainable guidelines.

 

Appearance

 

Small scale contemporary dwellings with no significant visual impact in this area.

 

The Planning and Building Control Manager also explained to the panel, using photographs, the location of the application site and the proposed access, including the demolition of a small garage.

 

Members noted the representations received in respect of the application, the main grounds of which were set out in the report.

 

Questions were asked of the officers and speakers and debate followed relating to the location of the development, the dwelling type, density of development and parking. Specific queries to officer focused on the impact of the development on the streetscene, the implications for parking serving the host dwelling, the ability for the host dwelling to increase its parking without needing an application for planning permission and whether conditions could control the retention and enhancement of existing soft landscaping as well as future extensions and alterations to the new dwelling (to safeguard amenity and prevent overdevelopment). The Planning and Building Control Manager confirmed that conditions could be used for these matters.

 

Councillor Wilkinson moved the motion to approve, as the site does not represent over-development.

This was seconded by Councillor Horsley

 

A vote was taken on the motion to approve, 4 voted in favour, 6 against and 1 abstention.

 

The motion was lost

 

Councillor Armstrong then moved the motion to refuse the application as per officer’s recommendations

 

This motion was seconded by Councillor Grainger.

 

A vote was taken on the motion to refuse, 7 voted in favour, 3 against, 1 abstention.

 

The motion was carried.

 

Resolution

 

Refuse as per officers recommendations.

 

 

 

 

Report author: Susan Hanley

Publication date: 28/08/2019

Date of decision: 27/08/2019

Decided at meeting: 27/08/2019 - Development Panel

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