Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 13th October, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Civic Centre, Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies For Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Davis, H Gloster, Ibrahim, K Phythian and Toor.

2.

Urgent Business

Urgent business, if any, introduced by the Chair

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business received.

3.

Declarations of Interest

To Receive Declarations of Interest in any Contract or matter to be discussed at the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received.

4.

Public Question Time

To receive Questions from the Public, in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

Minutes:

A public question had been received from Pearl Unsworth which was as followed:

 

I would like to ask if there is a fine and if so how much the fine is that OCC would have to pay if the outcome of an application does not agree with the Planning Inspectorates’ decision?

 

The following response was provided:

 

“Planning applications are submitted to the Local Planning Authority for consideration and determination. 

 

Planning law requires that, to the extent that development plan policies are material to an application, the decision must be taken in accordance with the development plan unless there are material planning considerations that indicate otherwise.  This is set out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. 

 

If any planning application is refused by the Local Planning Authority the applicant has a right of appeal.  They can fulfil this right by submitting their appeal to the Planning Inspectorate who is independent of the Council.  As part of the appeal process an appellant may, if they consider that the Local Planning Authority has behaved unreasonably in arriving at its decision, apply for an award of costs. 

 

Unreasonable behaviour can take many forms but may include disregard to any known material planning considerations which were relevant to the planning application.  This could potentially include disregard of an appeal decision on the same site (or at another site where the planning issues are comparable).

 

Where an application is made for an award of costs the Planning Inspector must first determine whether this is allowed (either in part or in full).  If it is, the appellant would be invited to submit a claim to the Local Planning Authority for the reimbursement of any money spent or lost as a result of its unreasonable behaviour. 

 

The extent of any costs would depend upon how much unnecessary expense was incurred by the appellant in preparing for, submitting, and being involved in the appeal process.  Such costs may include examples such as consultancy fees, travel costs, and reimbursement for lost income, but would vary on a case-by-case basis.  In some cases the extent of costs can be significant, especially when an appeal is heard at a Public Inquiry where an appellant is more likely to have legal representation or be required to call upon expert witnesses to present evidence. 

 

However, it is important to clarify that an award of costs is different to a fine.  A fine is usually given as a penalty for breaking a law.”

 

A public question had been received from Pearl Unsworth which was as followed:

 

How much weight do OCC attach to the above whilst making recommendations?

 

The following response was provided:

 

“All appeal decisions must be afforded weight as material planning considerations when they are thought to be relevant in the assessment of any subsequent planning application.  This would especially be the case where the appeal decision relates to the same (or similar) development on the same site.   However, an appeal decision  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 116 KB

The Minutes of the meeting of the Planning Committee held on X XXXX 20XX are attached for Members’ approval.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 15th September 2021 be approved as a correct record.

 

6.

FUL.347100.21 - 298 Moston Lane East, Manchester, M40 3HZ pdf icon PDF 475 KB

Change of use of residential dwelling (Class C3) to residential institution (Class C2), single storey and first floor rear extensions.

Minutes:

APPLICATION NUMBER: FUL/347100/21

 

APPLICANT: Mr Naheem

 

PROPOSAL:  Change of use of residential dwelling (Class C3) to residential institution (Class C2), single storey and first floor rear extensions.

 

LOCATION:  298 Moston Lane East, Manchester, M40 3HZ

 

It was MOVED by Councillor Brownridge and SECONDED by Councillor Garry that the application be REFUSED against Officer recommendations.

 

On being put to the vote 8 VOTES were cast IN FAVOUR OF REFUSAL and 0 VOTES were cast AGAINST with 3 ABSTENTIONS.

 

DECISION: That the application be REFUSED for the following reasons:

 

1.    The proposed single storey extension adjacent to the boundary with the adjoining No. 300 Moston Lane East would, in combination with the existing single storey outrigger at No.300, create a significant 'tunnelling effect' when viewed from the rear facing patio doors of the adjoining property which will have an oppressive impact and result in a significant loss of light.  As such the proposal would fail to accord with Joint Development Plan Policy 9 of the Oldham Local Plan.

 

2.    The scale and nature of the proposed extensions to the existing rearward projection alongside the boundary with 296 Moston Lane East is disproportionate in size and would be out of character within a residential setting to the detriment of residential amenity.  This is an impact exacerbated by its proximity to the boundaries of the application site.  As such the proposal would fail to accord with Joint Development Plan Policy 9 of the Oldham Local Plan.

 

3.    The application has failed to make adequate provision for the storage and collection of waste (including recycling) that would appropriately cater for the proposed use.  As such the proposal would fail to accord with Joint Development Plan Policy 9 of the Oldham Local Plan which, amongst other matters, requires that development does not cause significant harm to the visual appearance of the area.

 

4.    The proposed C2 use would result in the loss of a large family home at a time when the Council is unable to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.  Furthermore, as a result of the scale of the proposed use, it would not make a positive contribution towards creating sustainable communities and promoting community cohesion across the borough.  As such the proposal is contrary to the requirements of Joint Development Plan Policies 2 and 11. 

 

5.    The proposed use of the property as a Residential Institution would, given the scale of the accommodation proposed and the likely increase in activity and movements associated with the use when compared with a Dwellinghouse, result in additional noise and disturbance to surrounding residents.  This would cause significant harm to the amenity of surrounding residents which would conflict with the requirements of Joint DPD Policy 9 and paragraph 185 in the National Planning Policy Framework.

 

NOTES:

 

1.         That an Objector, A Ward Councillor and the Applicant attended the meeting and addressed the Committee on this application.

 

2.         In reaching its decision, the Committee took into consideration the information as set out in the Late List  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

FUL.347329.21 - Firbank Primary School, Grasmere Road, Royton, Oldham, OL2 6SJ pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Erection of new single storey nursery classroom and ancillary spaces following demolition of attached outbuilding.

Minutes:

APPLICATION NUMBER: FUL/347329/21

 

APPLICANT: Mr Andrew Hall

 

PROPOSAL:  Erection of new single storey nursery classroom and ancillary spaces following demolition of attached outbuilding.

 

LOCATION:  Firbank Primary School, Grasmere Road, Royton, Oldham, OL2 6SJ

 

It was MOVED by Councillor Dean and SECONDED by Councillor Brownridge that the application be APPROVED subject the addition of the word “building” after the word “nursery” in condition 5.

 

On being put to the vote, the Committee was UNANIMOUSLY in FAVOUR OF APPROVAL.

 

DECISION: That the application be GRANTED subject to the conditions as outlined in the report and subject to the addition of the word “building” after the word “nursery” in condition 5.

 

8.

OUT/346784/21- Land At Broadway Green Business Park, Foxdenton Lane, Chadderton pdf icon PDF 496 KB

Hybrid planning application for mixed-use development comprising: (1) Detailed planning permission sought for the erection of a Use Class E foodstore with internal vehicular access road, car parking, servicing area, and hard and soft landscaping; and, (2) Outline planning permission (with all matters reserved) sought for a flexible-use commercial unit capable of operating within Use Classes E(a) and / or E(b).

Minutes:

APPLICATION NUMBER: OUT/346784/21

 

APPLICANT: Aldi Stores Ltd

 

PROPOSAL:  Hybrid planning application for mixed-use development comprising: (1) Detailed planning permission sought for the erection of a Use Class E foodstore with internal vehicular access road, car parking, servicing area, and hard and soft landscaping; and, (2) Outline planning permission (with all matters reserved) sought for a flexible-use commercial unit capable of operating within Use Classes E(a) and / or E(b).

 

LOCATION:  Land At Broadway Green Business Park, Foxdenton Lane, Chadderton

 

It was MOVED by Councillor Dean and SECONDED by Councillor Iqbal that the application be DEFERRED.

 

On being put to the vote, the Committee was UNANIMOUSLY in FAVOUR of DEFERRAL.

 

DECISION: That the application be DEFERRED until such a time that the late representations raising objections to the proposals have been fully considered.

 

NOTES:

 

In reaching its decision, the Committee took into consideration the information as set out in the Late List attached at Item 9.

 

9.

Late List pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the information contained in the Late List be noted.