Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Tuesday, 20th August, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB

Contact: Rachel Beale  Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)

Items
No. Item

1.

Attendance and Apologies/ Presenoldeb ac Ymddiheuriadau

Minutes:

1.1       Apologies were received from Councillors Ron Burnett, Veronica Crick and Fay Jones.

2.

Declarations of interest/Datganiadau o fudd

Minutes:

2.1       There were no interests declared.

3.

Minutes of Planning Committee - 16/07/2019 / Cofnodion Pwyllgor Cynllunio - 16/07/2019 pdf icon PDF 325 KB

Minutes:

3.1       Members agreed that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 16th July 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.

4.

Planning Appeal -18/P/0494/FUL / Apêl Cynllunio -18/P/0494/FUL pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Change of use of outbuilding in A2 use (estate agents) to sui generis (dog groomers) at 18 Chapel Street, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran.

 

Newiddefnydd adeilad allanol i ddefnydd A2 (gwerthwyr eiddo) yn sui generis (trin c?n) yn 18 Chapel Street, Pontnewydd, Cwmbrân.

Minutes:

4.1       Councillor Stuart Ashley was pleased to see that the appeal was dismissed as the proposal would have exacerbated the parking problems in the area.

 

4.2       Members agreed to note the decision made by the Planning Inspectorate.

5.

Planning Appeal -18/P/0763/FUL / Apêl Cynllunio -18/P/0763/FUL pdf icon PDF 245 KB

Proposed new three-bedroomed dwelling and associated access and car parking at Lynwood, Station Road, Ponthir.

 

T?annedd tair llofft newydd arfaethedig a mynedfa a lle parcio ceir cysylltiedig yn Lynwood, Station Road, Ponthir.

Minutes:

5.1       Members agreed to note the decision made by the Planning Inspectorate.     

6.

Planning Appeal -18/P/0842/FUL / Apêl Cynllunio -18/P/0842/FUL pdf icon PDF 263 KB

Conversion of existing Ground Floor restaurant into 3 self-contained flats at Ashleys at The Forge Restaurant, High Street, Pontypool.

 

Trosibwyty Llawr Daear presennol yn 3 fflat oll-gynhwysol yn Ashleys yn The Forge Restaurant, Stryd Fawr, Pont-y-p?l.

Minutes:

6.1       Members agreed to note the decision made by the Planning Inspectorate.     

7.

Planning Application - 18/P/0798/FUL / Cais Cynllunio - 18/P/0798/FUL pdf icon PDF 414 KB

Construction of 143 dwellings with drainage, car parking, open space, landscaping, access and associated works at Former County Hall, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran.

 

Adeiladu 143 o dai annedd gyda gwaith draenio, parcio ceir, man agored, tirlunio, mynediad a gwaith cysylltiedig yn Hen Neuadd y Sir, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbrân.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.1       The Principal Planner drew Members attention to a number of amendments:

  • On page 43 of the report it stated that consultation letters had been sent to 90 local residents, letters had not been sent however five site notices were displayed in the area on 10 December 2018 at the entrance to the site, outside the Police Headquarters, on Llanyrafon Way, Plantation Drive and the junction of Turnpike Road and Woodland Road. The application was also advertised in the Free Press on 12 December 2018.
  • On page 49 of the report it stated that the Developers contribution towards primary school education was £351,900 however it should read £316,200.

 

7.2       The Principal Planner displayed photos of the site, plans and CGI images of the proposed properties and made the following comments:

 

  • The application site was the Former County Hall site in Croesyceiliog.
  • The site was allocated within the LDP and formed part of a wider allocation which included the Police Headquarters site.
  • The proposal was for 143 dwellings, consisting of 14 one bedroom properties, 41 two bedroom properties, 58 three bedroom properties and 30 four bedroom properties.
  • Access into the site would off the existing roundabout on Turnpike Road.
  • The majority of the trees on the site would be retained.
  • As part of the demolition of County Hall a bat house was built and would be retained as part of the development.
  • The scheme included a children’s play area.
  • The existing Public Right of Way would be encapsulated into the development and would run parallel to the new footway through the site. There would also be a footpath through the woodland area.
  • The scheme would provide an access which could be adapted in the future to provide access to the adjacent Police Headquarters site if developed was approved.
  • There would be a footpath across the front of the site and a pedestrian crossing on Turnpike Road.
  • The Section 106 Agreement secured 30% affordable housing, £162,448 towards adult recreation, £316,200 towards primary education, £7,697 towards off-site play areas, a Management Company to maintain the areas of Public Open Space and the woodland area and £15,000 towards off-site pedestrian works. However the Council’s Highways Officer would prefer the Developer to carry out the off-site pedestrian works rather than give the Council the money to do it. 

 

7.3       In response to questions asked by Members, Officers gave the following replies:

 

  • The Council’s Drainage Officer had been liaising with the Developers in relation to the drainage and sewerage on the site and a drainage strategy had been developed which was satisfactory. 
  • There was no plans for the stream which ran through the woodland area to be altered and would be supervised by the Management Company.
  • The Public Right of Way which would run adjacent to the new footpath was not ideal however on balance in relation to the overall scheme it was acceptable and met the requirements.
  • It was proposed to improve the footway on Turnpike Road and upgrade it to a cycleway, linking to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.