Venue: Land between 3A and 4 Winifred Street, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor T Chaplin and Councillor E C Galsworthy.
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.
a. Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest; and
b. Where Members withdraw from a meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave.
No Declarations of Interest were made.
To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place and Transformation).
Erection of three storey property containing one two bedroom flat and two one bedroom flats with associated retaining works and parking area.
The Committee met at the site and were joined by Elected Members from the Dowlais Ward and one local resident.
The Planning Officer then led the Committee in detail through the:
· Application Site
· Proposed Development
· Planning History
· Policy Context
· Planning Considerations
A Member then stated that there could potentially be eight people living in the property and enquired where extra cars would park.
The Group Leader Engineering and Traffic advised that the proposed 3 off street car parking spaces were sufficient to cater for the needs of the occupiers of the proposed flats. He also pointed out that Merthyr Tydfil had the lowest car ownership in Wales and as there were no parking restrictions within Winifred Street additional parking needs could be accommodated on this and surrounding roads.
Another Member then enquired in relation to the gap / footpath and was responded to by the Planning Officer.
A Member then sought clarification regarding the impact on number 3a and number 4 in terms of loss of residential amenity.
The Planning Officer then addressed this issue and advised that the impact would be acceptable and typical of any terraced street. It was also pointed out that a similar development had recently been constructed on the adjacent plot.
Another Member then enquired if works vehicles would be parking in the area.
The Planning Officer advised that this was not an issue that could be controlled by the planning system.
Another Member then enquired if the proposed flats were out of character with the area.
The Planning Officer advised that the site was located within settlement limits and as such the principle of any residential development was acceptable
Another Member then commented that he felt that there was not adequate car parking and that this was the objection that was being raised by residents.
The Chair then thanked those present for attending.
Any other business as deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.