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Attendance and Apologies/ Presenoldeb ac Ymddiheuriadau
1.1 Apologies were received from Councillor Ron Burnett.
Declarations of interest/Datganiadau o fudd
following interests were declared by Members:
· Councillor Gaynor James declared a personal interest in agenda items 4 and 5 as a member of Pontypool Community Council who had been consulted on the applications.
· Councillor Richard Overton declared a personal interest in agenda items 4 and 5 as a member of Pontypool Community Council who had been consulted on the applications.
· Councillor Norma Parrish declared a personal interest in agenda items 4 and 5 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 26th May 2020 be confirmed as a correct record.
Demolition of existing buildings and erection of residential development (10 units), landscaped site access/parking area and associated area works at Land at Manor Way, Abersychan, Pontypool.
Senior Planner displayed photos and plans and made the following
· The application was for the demolition of the existing commercial buildings, landscaping works and the construction of 10 dwellings on Manor Way.
· The dwellings would consist of a mix on 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units.
· The front of the site would be developed, the bank to the rear of the site would be cut into in order to make useable amenity space.
· There would be an external corridor to allow bins to be brought to the collection point at the front of the site.
· An ecological assessment and wildlife/habitat protection and management plan had been submitted with the application.
· Ecological mitigation was proposed to improve the undeveloped part of the site to make it more habitable for bats, birds and reptiles, which included the installation of hibernacula’s on the open space area to encourage wildlife to hibernate through the Winter.
· The details of the bin stores and sheds had been submitted for approval.
· Glanyschan Park would be the main focus for the Section 106 monies in terms of children’s play and open space.
· Currently there were no footways on the road, however the Applicant was proposing to install a new footway to the north of Manor Way to improve pedestrian linkages.
· A member query was received prior to the meeting in relation to the Council’s Landscape Officers comments, the majority of the comments had been taken in to consideration. There have been discussions in relation to narrowing the footway to enable a larger hedge to be accommodated along the front which the Applicant has agreed to do. An additional informative note to be added to this effect.
Members asked a series of questions and the following responses
were given by Officers:
· There were bats found in the existing buildings and the Applicant would require a license from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) before demolition works could commence which would set out appropriate mitigation measures. As part of the application the Applicant has also proposed bat enhancement measures and NRW have raised no objections subject to the biodiversity mitigation measures and enhancements.
· It would have been better if the building line could be brought forward to avoid cutting in to the slope at the rear, however this was not possible due to the space needed at the front of the site for access, car parking and the requirement for a bin collection point. Creating an incursion into the bank allowed useable recreation space to be created for the occupiers. Gabion Baskets would be installed to retain the bank, however the baskets would be screened by the fencing of the enclosed rear gardens of the properties.
· Surface water management had been a concern, however trial holes had been dug and testing had been carried out and the Council’s Drainage Officer was now satisfied with the drainage proposals.
· Mitigation would be provided to offset the loss of habitat through the demolition of the buildings and there were enhancement ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Change of use from dwelling to HMO to provide temporary accommodation for individuals under The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (maximum 5 persons) at 14 Conway Road, Pontypool.
Newid defnydd o gartref i d? amlbreswyliaeth i ddarparu llety dros dro i unigolion o dan Ddeddf Tai (Cymru) 2014 (mwyafswm o 5 person) yn 14 Conway Road, Pont-y-p?l.
5.1 The Senior Planner displayed photos and plans and highlighted the following points:
· Members would recall that the application was presented to Planning Committee in 2018.
· The application site was an end of terrace property located in a residential area.
· There was a Primary School to the rear of the property and another primary school located further up the road.
· It was substantial property with a number of floors.
· It was proposed that the current use which was for accommodating up to 4 homeless individuals be extended to 5 homeless individuals to maximise the use of the space.
· After carrying out the scheme on a temporary basis, Planning Officers were recommending refusal, it was felt that the scheme should not be granted permission on a permanent basis.
5.2 The ward member stated that he had received many complaints regarding the scheme over the years and he was in full agreement with the officers’ recommendation.
5.3 Other members commented that they agreed with the recommendation, the scheme had been carried out on a trial basis and was deemed unsuccessful.
5.4 Members unanimously agreed to refuse the application.