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Attendance and Apologies/ Presenoldeb ac Ymddiheuriadau
1.1 Apologies were received from Councillor Huw Bevan and Len Constance.
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 items 5 and 6 as a Member of Cwmbran Community Council who had been consulted on the applications.
· Councillor Veronica Crick declared a personal and prejudicial interest in agenda item 5 as a Board Member of Bron Afon Community Housing who would be delivering the proposed scheme if approved.
· Councillor Steven Evans declared a personal interest in agenda item 4 as a Member of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority who had commented on the application.
· Councillor Gaynor James declared a personal interest in agenda items 4 and 7 as a Member of Pontypool Community Council who had been consulted on the applications.
· Councillor Fay Jones declared a personal interest in agenda items 5 and 6 as a Member of Cwmbran Community Council who had been consulted on the applications.
· Councillor Jason O’Connell declared a personal interest in agenda item 4 as his child attends Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw.
· Councillor Norma Parrish declared a personal interest in agenda items 4 and 7 as a Member of Pontypool Community Council who had been consulted on the applications.
3.1 Members agreed that the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 12th November 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.
The construction of a new welsh medium primary school, car parking, landscaping and associated works at Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, Folly Road, Trevethin.
Adeiladu ysgol gynradd Gymraeg newydd, maes parcio, tirweddu a gwaith cysylltiol yn Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw, Folly Road, Trefddyn.
4.1 The Senior Planner informed Members of additional comments received since the report had been published from Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Natural Resources Wales.
The National Park Authority commented that the revised plans and additional information submitted enabled a full assessment of the development to be undertaken and it was considered that the development would not detrimentally impact the special qualities of the park, however felt that it was necessary to impose a condition to ensure that the external materials had to be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval.
Natural Resources Wales stated that they were happy with the proposed colour but had concerns that it may appear different than how it appeared in the visualisations. Natural Resources Wales Landscape Officer would prefer a condition to ensure that the specification of the colours and materials to be submitted and approved by the Local Planning Authority.
The wording of the proposed conditions attached to the application would need to be revised to reflect the above comments, if the application was approved.
4.2 The Senior Planner displayed photos and plans and highlighted the following points:
· The application site was within the grounds of the existing Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw Comprehensive School, Life Station and Active Living Centre.
· The three existing demountable buildings would be demolished.
· The Public Right of Way running through the existing site would be diverted and would be relocated to the east of the site accessed off Folly Lane.
· The site was on a gradient and the proposed school would be split level with a maximum of two storeys.
· The proposal was for a 210 place Welsh medium primary school, a MUGA with segregated reception and nursery outdoor play areas.
· As part of the proposal the access road serving the existing school would be widened, allowing for a new turning area and drop off area.
· A new car park with eight parking spaces would be constructed off Folly Lane for the adjacent allotment. Part of the hedgerow would need to be removed to allow for a visibility splay.
4.3 The Chair welcomed the first of the Third Party Speakers to address the committee.
4.4 Mr Nicholas Lang (objector) displayed photos of Folly Lane and raised the following concerns:
· His first concern was in relation to the proposed new car park located off Folly Lane which was used by both domestic and agricultural traffic. Some of the cars using the lane come around the bend quite quickly. The cars exiting the proposed new car park would not be able to see any other cars coming up or down the lane.
· There had been a number of accidents of the lane already. The lane got greasy, muddy and slippery with the agricultural traffic using it. It was a narrow lane and not a very sensible place to have an entrance to a car park.
· The existing public right of way was being diverted and would come out on to Folly Lane, he was afraid that cars will come ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Demolition of former public house and construction of a 19 bed supported housing scheme with ancillary accommodation including communal support functions and community space at Former Rubys Bar & Grill, Leadon Court, Thornhill, Cwmbran.
Dymchwel hen dafarn ac adeiladu cynllun tai cynorthwyedig 19 gwely gyda llety cysylltiol gan gynnwys gweithgarwch cefnogaeth cymunedol a gofod cymunedol yn yr hen Ruby’s Bar & Grill, Leadon Court, Bryn Eithin, Cwmbrân
5.1 The Principal Planner displayed photos and plans and made the following comments:
· The proposal was to demolish the former public house and restaurant which had been vacant for 18 months and erect a 19 bed supporting housing scheme, which would be delivered in partnership with Bron Afon Community Housing and Torfaen Social Care, to provide housing and support for a variety of needs.
· The scheme would provide short stay units for older people who were unable to return home and required a period of re-ablement and also for young adults
with learning disabilities to help with the transition into living independently.
· There would be a range of community spaces within the accommodation to hold groups activities and social activities, including therapy clinics and community engagement events.
· The proposal would generate five full time equivalent jobs providing 24/7 on site support. One of the units would be used for staff accommodation.
· It was a split level site which was at a lower level than the highway.
· There was a small shopping precinct to the rear of the site.
· The proposed building was four storeys in height, however due to the difference in levels on the site it would have the appearance of a three and a half storeys when viewed from the front. The existing flats in Leadon Court were also three and half storeys.
· The application site area also included the existing car park on the opposite side of Leadon Court which would be used by staff and visitors, as it was felt that given the nature of the residents who would occupy the facility it would be unlikely that they would own a car.
· There was a single storey nursing home to the rear of the site which was at a much lower level than the proposed building, however the part of the nursing home adjacent to the boundary was used as a laundry room and storage and the proposal would not impact the residents of the nursing home.
· The central flat roof area of the proposed building would have a grass roof.
· A Sustainable Urban Drainage Scheme had been secured for the development.
· There were a small number of bats found of the site, however Natural Resources Wales were satisfied with the proposed mitigation.
5.2 In response to Members comments and questions, Officers gave the following replies:
· The scheme was being delivered jointly with Torfaen Social Care and Bron Afon and it was been specifically designed for the residents in question. It would be the responsibility of both Bron Afon and Torfaen County Borough Council to maintain the facility.
· There would be five Members of Staff working at the scheme, Planning Officers were not sure who the staff would be employed by.
· The Applicant undertook a public consultation prior to submitting the planning application and the Planning Department consulted nearby residents.
· A Construction and Environmental Management Plan had been secured to mitigate the effect on the surrounding area. The public highway would not be completely blocked ... view the full minutes text for item 5.
Demolition of existing garages and construction of new two storey dwelling at Glanmyre, St Dials Road, Cwmbran.
Dymchwel garejys presennol ac adeiladu cartref dau lawr newydd yn Glanmyre, St. Dials Road, Cwmbrân
6.1 The Team Leader (Applications) displayed photos and plans and outlined the following:
· The proposal was to erect a four bed detached dwelling to replace the two existing garages, which were used as a commercial car repair garage.
· The existing parking area was being retained.
· Amended plans had been received which secured improvements to the visibility from the access.
6.2 Members unanimously agreed to approve the application subject to the conditions laid out in the report.
Erection of large wooden shed/ outbuilding, located a minimum of 1 metre distance from all property boundaries at 23 Rowan Crescent, Griffithstown.
Codi cwt/adeilad allanol pren, wedi ei leoli lleiafswm o 1 metr o bellter o ffiniau eiddo yn 23 Rowan Crescent, Tref Gruffydd
7.1 The Planner displayed photos and plans and highlighted the following points:
· The application was being presented to committee as the Applicant worked for Torfaen County Borough Council.
· The scale of the building did not benefit from permitted development rights and planning permission was required.
· The impact of the building was not unacceptable.
· The location of the building had been moved to comply with building regulations.
· The building would not be detrimental to the character of the area.
7.2 The Planner gave the following responses to questions asked by Members:
· Work had currently ceased on the shed as the Applicant did not realise that Planning Permission was required.
· The shed was constructed out of timber and had a corrugated sheet roof.
· The building was of a domestic appearance.
· The maximum height of the shed varied with the max eaves height measuring 2.5M and the max ridge height measuring 3.8M.
7.3 Members unanimously agreed to approve the application subject to the conditions laid out in the report.