Agenda item

NK/2023/0254

Decision:

Following debate it was proposed by Councillor Brown and seconded by Councillor Carter that the application be DEFERRED to allow for further information to be accumulated in consultation with the crime safety officer and Northamptonshire Police.

 

It was RESOLVED that:

 

the application be DEFERRED

 

(Members voted on the motion to refuse the application)

 

(Voting: For 9, Against 1, Abstention1)

 

The application was therefore

DEFERRED

Minutes:

Members received a report about a proposal for which planning permission was being sought to convert only the first floor of the 2-storey building from a private members’ function room to a 6 bed, 6 person House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) at 4 Church Street, Burton Latimer for Mr G Tomkins Cycle Developments. The associated works included the partial demolition of an existing lean-to structure, and replacement with new timber clad lobby, external timber cladding to existing staircase. new first floor window on the north elevation, the installation of new pedestrian access gate and the creation of refuse collection / storage points and cycle storage. It was noted that the ground floor of the building was not part of the proposal and would continue to function as a members’ room.

 

The Development Officer presented the report which detailed the proposal, description of the site, the planning history, relevant planning policies, outcome of consultations and an assessment of the proposal, providing full and comprehensive details.

 

It was recommended that planning permission be granted, subject to the conditions set out in the committee report.

 

Requests to address the meeting had been received from Jess Brosnan, Claire Salter and Fergus McDonald, third party objectors to the proposed development. Requests to address the meeting were also received from Cllr Jenny Davies, Burton Latimer Town Councillor, Cllr Jan O’Hara, ward councillor and Greg Tomkins, the applicant and the Committee was given the opportunity to ask questions for clarification.

 

Jess Brosnan addressed the committee and raised concerns regarding the loss of privacy, noise pollution and the potential for anti-social behaviour associated with the proposed development. Objections were also raised due to the lack of associated parking and highways safety.

 

Claire Salter addressed the committee and raised objections to the proposed development due to the lack of safe access to the development. Concerns were also raised due to the loss of privacy and lack of parking amenity.

 

Fergus McDonald also addressed the committee and raised concerns regarding the lack of parking amenity and questioned the timing of the associated car parking survey. Concerns with regards to highways safety and fire safety were also raised.

 

Cllr Jenny Davies addressed the committee as a representative of Burton Latimer Town Council. Cllr Davies raised safety concerns surrounding the proposed development and objected to the detrimental impact the application would have on the surrounding community.

 

Cllr Jan O’Hara attended the meeting and addressed the committee as a ward councillor for the proposed development. Cllr O’Hara stated that the application was inappropriate and out of character in comparison to the surrounding area. Parking, highways and fire safety concerns were also raised by the councillor.

 

Greg Tomkins addressed the committee as the applicant for the proposed development and stated that the application would bring the building back from a poor state of repair where there would be no major changes to the exterior. Considerations had also been given to replacing the existing permitter fencing.

 

The Chair invited the Committee to determine the application

 

Members raised concerns regarding the lack of consultation response from Northamptonshire Police and the potential for anti-social behaviour at the proposed development. Concerns were also raised by members in relation to parking and the associated impact on neighbouring amenities. Objections were also raised by members in relation to highways safety.

 

Following debate it was initially proposed by Councillor Best and seconded by Councillor Smyth that the application be refused contrary to the officer’s recommendation however the proposal was withdrawn due to the lack of material planning consideration associated with the reasons for refusal.

 

it was then proposed by Councillor Dalziel and seconded by Councillor Armour that the application be approved in line with the officer’s recommendation. Members voted on the proposal to approve the application.

(Voting For, 4 Against 7)

 

The members proposal to approve was therefore lost.

 

it was then subsequently proposed by Councillor Brown and seconded by Councillor Carter that the application be deferred in order to seek further consultation feedback from Northamptonshire Police in relation to anti-social behaviour.

 

It was RESOLVED that:

 

That the application be DEFERRED.

 

(Members voted on the motion to defer the application)

 

(Voting: For 9, Against 1, Abstention 1)

 

The application was therefore

DEFERRED

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