Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB
Contact: Rachel Beale Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)
Attendance and Apologies/ Presenoldeb ac Ymddiheuriadau
1.1 Apologies were received from Councillors Huw Bevan, Fay Jones and Jason O’Connell.
Declarations of interest/Datganiadau o fudd
2.1 The Principal Solicitor reminded Members that they needed to complete the declaration of interest form in the attendance register folder if they were declaring an interest in any application.
2.2 The following interests were declared:
· Councillor Stuart Ashley declared a personal interest in agenda item 5 as a Member of Cwmbran Community Council who had been consulted on the application.
3.1 Members agreed that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 18th June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.
18 Usk Road, New Inn Pontypool
Detached house and associated parking
18 Usk Road, Y Dafarn Newydd, Pont-y-p?l
T? ar wahân a pharcio’n gysylltiedig
4.1 The Team Leader (Applications) displayed plans of the proposed site plan and elevations and showed a photo of the access, and made the following comments:
· The application was for full planning permission for a detached dwelling within the garden of the existing property.
· There had been neighbour objections to the proposal and Officers were concerned with the impact upon highway safety on Usk Road and refused the application.
· The Applicant appealed the decision and the Inspector agreed with Officers concerns and dismissed the application.
4.2 Members agreed to note the decision made by the Planning Inspectorate.
Lakeside Court, Llantarnam, Cwmbran
The construction of a new A1 retail outlet with associated parking
Lakeside Court, Llantarnam, Cwmbrân
Adeiladu safle manwerthu A1 newydd gyda pharcio’n gysylltiedig
5.1 The Team Leader (Applications) displayed photos of the site, plans of the proposed food retail unit and made the following comments:
· The site was located within the Llantarnam Industrial Park and formed part of a larger area which had planning permission for office accommodation.
· The site was currently vacant and had access off Llantarnam Park Way.
· The proposal was to erect a Greggs food outlet.
· There would be a condition attached to the application to limit the type of goods which could be sold.
· The application included parking spaces, a cycle stand and an outdoor seating area.
· Since the report had been published, the Applicant had asked for the opening hours to be extended from 7am to 6am, Officers did not have any objections to the additional opening hours.
· The design of the food outlet was visually acceptable.
· Officers felt that the proposal would be complementary to the industrial site.
· There had been two objections received, the one objection was received from a business within the industrial estate and was in relation to the competition the new store would have on their existing business.
5.2 In response to Member questions, Officers gave the following replies:
· The site was in the centre on the Industrial Estate and would attract most of its customers by foot from people working within the estate.
· The implementation of the store would not contribute significantly to the congestion on the site, any congestion was short lived and was usually within peak hours.
· The store would provide 14 parking spaces which was adequate and satisfied parking requirements.
· It was a standalone proposal and any further applications for food outlets on the site would be judged on their own merits.
· The proposal would generate 6 full time jobs and 6 part time jobs, however not all staff would be there at the same time.
· It was important to protect Employment land, however within the LDP there was a tolerance for complementary uses and Officers felt that the retail unit would complement the industrial estate.
· The 14 parking spaces provided would be for Greggs customers only and it would be their responsibility to manage the car park.
· There was no issue with parking in this particular area of the site and many businesses within the site had their own car parking.
· In relation to the objection received regarding competition on site, Officers felt that this should be given low weight in the consideration of the application. The existing outlet was on the periphery of the site and the new store would be located in the middle of the site.
· Unfortunately Officers could not control litter dropped in the wider area, nor compel the operator to collect any litter generated from the unit.
5.3 Officers agreed to add a further condition to the application to request that Greggs provided rubbish bins around their store to alleviate Members concerns regarding litter.
5.4 Members unanimously agreed to approve the application subject to the conditions laid out in the report.