Decision Maker: Development Panel
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The report recommended that the decision to grant permission subject to conditions be delegated to the planning and building control manager upon the securing of a section 106 agreement within 6 months of the date of the panel’s resolution that surrenders the unrestricted retail floor area (unrestricted by the extant permission on land within the wider Derwent Drive retail site).
The Planning and Building Control Manager introduced the item and then went through the main issues as detailed in the report.
Principle of Development
Subject to an agreement being in place, the application would have no conflict with development plan policies.
Town Centre Viability
Although the sequential test indicates that the Central Road Car Park site is sequentially preferable in terms of new retail development, the applicant has been able to demonstrate that there would be no increase in floor space as they propose to surrender floor space which has extant permission on the Derwent Drive retail site, therefore, there is no increase in overall floor space for convenience goods.
The impact on Workington Town Centre is not considered to be significantly adverse, having regard to relevant policies and advice contained within the NPPF.
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 debate followed relating to town centre vitality, anti-social behaviour and the impact of out of town development.
Councillor moved the motion that the decision to grant permission subject to conditions be delegated to the planning and building control manager.
The motion was seconded by Councillor Daniels
A vote was taken on the motion, 9 voted in favour, 2 against and 0 abstentions.
The vote was carried.
The decision to grant permission subject to conditions is to be delegated to the planning and building control manager upon the securing of a section 106 agreement within 6 months of the date of the panel’s resolution that surrenders the unrestricted retail floor area (unrestricted by the extant permission on land within the wider Derwent Drive retail site).
1. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out solely in accordance with the following plans:
2817 110 G – Elevations - Amended plan received 17 August 1995
2817 20 - Landscape plan – Amended plan received 26 August 1993
10313 P L05 Rev B - Proposed site layout – Amended plan received 30 April 2019
10313 P L01 - Location Plan
Reason: In order to ensure that the development is carried out in complete accordance with the approved plans and any material and non-material alterations to the scheme are properly considered.
2. The retail units A and C (formerly A and D) hereby permitted on plan 10313 PL05 Rev B - Proposed site layout – Amended plan received 30 April 2019 shall not be used for the sale of food, drink or tobacco without the prior express consent of the Local Planning Authority.
Reason: In the interests of maintaining the vitality and viability of Working Town Centre in accordance with the Policy S16 of the Allerdale Local Plan.
Report author: Susan Hanley
Publication date: 22/10/2019
Date of decision: 22/10/2019
Decided at meeting: 22/10/2019 - Development Panel