Report: see Pages 136 to 230 of the main agenda pack and pages 1 to 8 of the addendum report for item 7.2.
The planning officer presented the report to the committee, and responded to questions put by the committee.
A motion to agree the recommendations in the report was moved, seconded, put to the vote and declared carried.
1. That it be noted that the appeal for non-determination has been received in respect of planning application reference 21/AP/4297, and that this is a major application that would normally have been considered and determined by planning committee but will now be determined by the Secretary of State.
2. That it be noted that a planning inspector has been appointed to decide the appeal and that a planning inquiry has been listed with a time estimate of six days at present, on 14 - 16 December and 19 - 21 December 2022. Further days have been reserved on 22 and 23 December 2022 (the Inspector will review whether all of these days are required following the consideration of this report by the planning committee).
3. That the Statement of Case at Appendix 1 which has been submitted to the planning inspectorate and includes the likely reasons for refusal of the application had they not been appealed for non-determination be endorsed. These likely reasons for refusal relate to the following topics:
a. An unacceptable impact on townscape and local character and;
b. A lack of a S106 agreement to secure obligations to mitigate harm and secure planning benefits.
4. That it be noted that the Health and Safety Executive has expressed significant concern about this development in relation to fire safety, and that non-compliance with D12 Fire Safety be agreed as an additional reason for refusal.