Venue: Land adjoining Old SchoolClose, Georgetown
Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Councillor Brian Mansbridge, Councillor Ernie Galsworthy, Councillor Leighton Smart and Councillor Simon Williams.
Declarations of Interest
Members of the Planning and Regulatory Fact Finding Visits are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct.
No declarations of Interest were made.
The Chairman formally opened the meeting and outlined the process in which the meeting would be conducted.
The Planning Officer outlined the proposed development and summarised the consultation responses and letters of objection that had been received.
A number of questions were asked by Councillors which related to:
· The access road and highway safety
· The extent of the site boundaries
· The proposed landscaping and loss of trees
· Japanese Knotweed
· The topography of the site and site level details
· Overlooking from the windows in the proposed flats and houses.
Ward Councillor Brendan Toomey raised concerns in relation to the proposed site access and loss of amenity to neighbouring properties by virtue of overlooking.
The Committee left the site and moved to the rear garden of an adjoining property (No. 11 Old School Close) to further assess the proposal.
Given the overlooking concerns of the owners of 11 Old School Close, it was suggested that the patio doors in the rear first floor of the flats should be replaced with windows. The Planning Officer agreed to contact the applicant in an attempt to amend this aspect of the proposed development.
There was also concern
about overlooking to the rear garden of No. 11 Old School close
from the proposed houses. The Planning officer pointed out that the
location of the houses combined with their orientation would not
result in such a loss of amenity that would warrant a refusal of
The Chairman thanked all for their attendance and formally closed the meeting.
Any other business as deemed urgent by the Chair
No other business was discussed.