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To approve the accuracy of the minutes of the meeting held on 10 June 2021.

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The Director of Law and Governance submitted the minutes of the meeting held on 10 June 2021 for approval.

 

Councillor S Foulkes pointed out that there was a typographical error regarding the spelling of Councillor A Gardner’s name in minute 5.

 

Resolved – That the minutes of the meeting held on 10 June 2021 be approved subject to one typographical correction.

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MEMBERS' CODE OF CONDUCT - DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members of the Committee are asked whether they have any personal or prejudicial interests in connection with any application on the agenda and, if so, to declare them and state the nature of the interest.

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Members of the Committee were asked whether they had any personal or prejudicial interests in connection with any application on the agenda and, if so, to declare them and state the nature of the interest.

 

Councillor S Foulkes declared a personal interest in Item 3 – APP/20/00998:  Irvine House, 54-56 Park Road South, Birkenhead - by virtue of having, in the past, been a member of the Friends of Birkenhead Park (minute 10 refers).

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APP/20/00998: IRVINE HOUSE, 54-56 PARK ROAD SOUTH, BIRKENHEAD - VARIATION OF CONDITION 2 (APPROVED PLANS) OF PLANNING PERMISSION APP/16/00732 (CONVERSION OF SOCIAL CLUB TO 11 APARTMENTS AND THE ERECTION OF 7 DWELLINGS AND 21 APARTMENTS) TO ALLOW THE FORMATION OF SECOND FLOOR EXTERNAL TERRACES AND ALTERATIONS TO EXTERNAL APPEARANCE OF THE NEW-BUILD APARTMENTS TO INCLUDE AN INCREASE IN EAVES AND RIDGE HEIGHT; THE UNDERBUILDING OF CANTILEVERED FIRST FLOOR AND ALTERATIONS TO THE EXTERNAL APPEARANCE OF THE NEW BUILD DWELLINGS; AND AMENDMENTS TO SITE LAYOUT pdf icon PDF 534 KB

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  Councillor S Foulkes declared a personal interest in this matter by virtue of having, in the past, been a member of the Friends of Birkenhead Park (minute 9 refers).  He remained in the meeting for the debate and consideration of the matter.

 

The Director of Regeneration and Place submitted the above application for consideration.

 

For medical reasons, the Lead Petitioner was unable to attend the meeting.  Mr M Neal, Legal Advisor to the Committee, therefore read out to the Committee the Lead Petitioner’s written representation.

 

The Applicant’s Agent addressed the Committee.

 

It was moved by Councillor K Hodson and seconded by Councillor S Frost that the application be approved subject to the following conditions and an additional condition in respect of replacement tree planting.

 

The motion was put and carried (11:0). 

 

Resolved (11:0) – That the application be approved with the additional condition below and the following conditions:

 

Notwithstanding the landscaping set out on Drawing

DW/SD/SK/JSL/BSTS r_7, prior to commencement of the new build units, a scheme for replacement tree planting for trees T25, T26, T27 and T33, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning

Authority. The approved scheme shall be in accordance with the Wirral

Tree, Hedgerow and Woodland Strategy and shall be carried out in full no later than the first planting season following first occupation of the new build units. Any trees which die or become diseased within 5 years of occupation shall be replaced with a comparable specimen.  To ensure adequate tree replacement having regards to the Wirral Unitary Development Plan.

 

The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of 3 years from the date of this permission.

 

The permission has been implemented and therefore this condition has been complied with.

 

The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the approved plans received by the local planning authority on 18/11/2020 and listed as follows:

2018 150 101 04

2018 150 103 03

2018 150 102 03

2018 150 104 03

2018 150 105 02

2018 150 201 03

2018 150 204 04

2018 150 202 04

2018 150 210 01

2018 150 208 01

2018 150 209 01

2018 150 204 05

2018 150 001 06

 

Landscape layout received on 2/6/21 and listed as ; DW/SD/SK/JSL/BSTS_r7.

 

No development shall take place until a Site Waste Management Plan, confirming how demolition and construction waste will be recovered and re-used on the site or at other sites, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved Plan shall be implemented in full unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority.

 

Details of condition approved under reference DIS/19/00467

 

Prior to the first occupation of the dwellings arrangements for the storage and disposal of refuse, and vehicle access thereto, shall be made within the curtilage of the site, in accordance with details to be submitted to and agreed in writing by the local planning authority. The approved details shall be implemented in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

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APP/20/01084: REDCOURT, 7 DEVONSHIRE PLACE, OXTON CH43 1TX - CHANGE OF USE FROM SCHOOL TO RESIDENTIAL FOR THE PROPOSAL OF THE REFURBISHMENT OF REDCOURT, A GRADE II LISTED VACANT SCHOOL BUILDING INTO 15NO. 1AND 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS. ADJACENT TO REDCOURT, IT IS PROPOSED TO BUILD A 3/4 STOREY STAND ALONE APARTMENT BLOCK, COMPRISING 30NO. 1 AND 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS. BOTH APARTMENT BLOCKS WILL HAVE SEPARATE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS FROM DEVONSHIRE PLACE, CAR PARKING, CYCLE STORAGE, BIN STORAGE AND GENEROUS PRIVATE AMENITY SPACE IS PROVIDED. pdf icon PDF 831 KB

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The Director of Regeneration and Place submitted the above application for consideration.

 

The Lead Petitioner addressed the Committee

 

Ward Councillor Allan Brame addressed the Committee.

 

A motion to refuse the application was moved by Councillor D Mitchell for the following reason but having not been seconded was not put to the vote.

 

The proposed development (New build block B), due to its width, height and scale, is considered to have a detrimental impact on the character of the surrounding area including the setting of a grade II listed building and is therefore contrary to criterion (i) and (ii) of saved policy HS4 (Criteria for New Housing Development) and criterion (i) of saved policy CH1 (Development Affecting Listed Buildings and Structures) of the Unitary Development Plan and sections 12 and 16 of the National Policy Planning Framework.

 

It was further moved by Councillor S Foulkes and seconded by Councillor K Hodson that the application be approved subject to the following conditions.

 

The motion was put and carried (9:1:1 absention). 

 

Resolved (9:1:1 abstention) – That the application be approved subject to a Section 106 Agreement to secure 20% affordable housing and with the following conditions:

 

The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of 3 years from the date of this permission.

 

The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the approved plans received by the local planning authority on 25 May 2021 and listed as follows: 20007-112-A; 20007-113-K; 20007-110-D; 20007-111-D; 20007-101-J; 20007-102-D; 20007-106-C; 20007-120; 20007-121; 01.0 A; 02.0 B; 06.0 B; 05.0 B; 03.0 B; 11.0 A; 10.0 B; and received on 2 June 2021 and listed as follows: D177.001 B & D177.002 B.

 

Before any construction commences with respect to the new build element of the scheme, samples of the facing materials to be used in the external construction of this development shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved materials shall then be used in the construction of the development.

 

Before work commences on the different window treatments types R, S1, R1, N, N1 & N2 as indicated within the Window Strategy (dated 17.03.21), additional detailed cross section drawings (scale 1:2 or 1:5 or similar) shall be cross referenced to the Window schedule in Appendix A and shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved drawings shall be implemented in full unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority.

 

Before work commences on types 1, 2, 3 and 5 ceiling treatment as indicated on Drawing No. 20007-120 (dated 17.03.21), detailed cross section drawings (scale 1:2 or 1:5 or similar) shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved drawings shall be implemented in full unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority.

 

As recommended in the Phase II Site Investigation Report accompanying the application, no development shall take place until a suitable remediation scheme has been submitted to and approved in writing  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

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LBC/20/01085: 7 DEVONSHIRE PLACE, OXTON CH43 1TX - THE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS SEEK TO OBTAIN PLANNING PERMISSION AND LISTED BUILDING CONSENT FOR THE CHANGE OF USE FROM A SCHOOL TO RESIDENTIAL FOR THE PROPOSAL OF THE REFURBISHMENT OF REDCOURT, A GRADE II LISTED VACANT SCHOOL BUILDING, INTO 15NO. 1 AND 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS. ADJACENT TO REDCOURT, IT IS PROPOSED TO BUILD A 3/4 STOREY STAND ALONE APARTMENT BLOCK, COMPRISING 30NO. 1 AND 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS. BOTH APARTMENT BLOCKS WILL HAVE SEPARATE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS FROM DEVONSHIRE PLACE, CAR PARKING, CYCLE STORAGE, BIN STORAGE AND GENEROUS PRIVATE AMENITY SPACE IS PROVIDED pdf icon PDF 819 KB

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The Director of Regeneration and Place submitted the above application for consideration.

 

It was moved by Councillor S Foulkes and seconded by Councillor K Hodson that the application be approved subject to the following conditions.

 

The motion was put and carried (11:0). 

 

Resolved (11:0) – That the application be approved with the following conditions:

 

The works for which Listed Building Consent is hereby granted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this consent.

 

Before work commences on the different window treatments types R, S1, R1, N, N1 & N2 as indicated within the Window Strategy (dated 17.03.21), additional detailed cross section drawings (scale 1:2 or 1:5 or similar) shall be cross referenced to the Window schedule in Appendix A and shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved drawings shall be implemented in full unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority.

 

Before work commences on the implementation of suspended ceilings, a schedule of windows or any significant historic fabric per apartment along with specifications on how they will be accommodated with the suspended ceiling, detailed drawings and cross section drawings shall be submitted for written approval by the local planning authority and remain thereafter. For the avoidance of doubt, the details drawings of the suspended ceilings shall include cross sectional drawings (scale 1:5 scale or similar) and incorporate the acoustics, thermal insulation and fire resistance details, along with fixture specifications. The development shall be implemented in accordance with the approved drawings and details.

 

The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the approved plans received by the local planning authority on 25 May 2021 and listed as follows;

01.0 A, 02.0 B, 03.0 B, 05.0 B, 06.0 B, 10.0 B, 11.0 B, 20007-120 & 20007- 121

 

Before work commences on types 1, 2, 3 and 5 ceiling treatment as indicated on Drawing No. 20007-120 (dated 17.03.21), detailed cross section drawings (scale 1:2 or 1:5 or similar) shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved drawings shall be implemented in full unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority.

 

Before work commences for  type 4 ceiling treatment as indicated on Drawing No. 20007-120 (dated 17.03.21), further investigation is required to confirm that no ornate ceiling exists; documentation and photographic evidence. For avoidance of doubt a detailed cross section drawings (scale 1:2 or 1:5 or similar)  shall be submitted confirming type 4 ceiling treatment. Evidence and drawings shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved drawings shall be implemented in full unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority.

 

Before the new fire doors identified on Drawing No.  20007-121(dated 17.03.21)are implemented further vertical and horizontal cross sections drawings (scale 1:2 or 1:5 or similar) of the architrave surround and door shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved drawings shall  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

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APP/21/00544: 3 HEATH CLOSE, WEST KIRBY CH48 3JL - SINGLE STOREY REAR AND FRONT EXTENSIONS WITH REAR DORMER AT ROOF LEVEL pdf icon PDF 516 KB

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The Director of Regeneration and Place submitted the above application for consideration.

 

It was moved by Councillor S Foulkes and seconded by Councillor K Hodson that the application be approved subject to the following conditions.

 

The motion was put and carried (11:0). 

 

Resolved (11:0) – That the application be approved with the following conditions:

 

The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of 3 years from the date of this permission.

 

The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the approved plans received by the local planning authority on May 13th 2021 and listed as follows: HCL ADJ XX SL DR A 03 REV A dated 18.03.21.

 

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DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE UPDATE - PLANNING APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 622 KB

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The Director for Regeneration and Place submitted a report updating Members on the performance of the Development Management Service with regard to determining planning applications. 

 

The report outlined performance against government targets in terms of the speed of processing all applications.

 

The Assistant Director, Chief Planner reported that in 2020/21, despite the extreme difficulties faced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Service had comfortably surpassed the requirements for all targets in Major, Minor and Other categories of applications and that 85% of Major applications and 85% of Minor applications had been determined within 13 weeks or within the extended period agreed between the Council and the applicant.

 

It was further reported that the percentage of Major applications which had been determined within 13 weeks or within the extended period agreed between the Council and the applicant was 100% for the first quarter of 2021/22 and in 2020/21, 85% of Minor applications had been determined within 8 weeks or within the extended period agreed between the Council and the applicant.

 

In 2020/21, 93% of other applications had been determined within 8 weeks or within the extended period agreed between the Council and 89% in the first quarter of 2021/22.  Performance on Householder applications (which are included in the other category and which form the largest single type of applications submitted to the Council for determination) was 95% in 2020/21 and 90% for the first quarter of 2021/22.

 

Resolved – That the report be noted.

 

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DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE UPDATE - PLANNING APPEALS pdf icon PDF 633 KB

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The Director for Regeneration and Place submitted a report to update Members on the performance of the Development Management Service regarding planning appeals, including the percentage of the Council’s decisions overturned (on appeal) by the Planning Inspectorate.

 

The Assistant Director, Chief Planner reported that the national average for the number of appeals allowed is around 33% per year.  Within 2020/21 11 appeals had been allowed from 35 decisions and within the first quarter no appeals had been allowed from 11 decisions, therefore all appeals determined had been dismissed.

 

Resolved – That the report be noted.

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DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE UPDATE - ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2020 pdf icon PDF 527 KB

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The Director for Regeneration and Place submitted a report to update Members on the performance of the Development Management Service with regard to its planning enforcement activity for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021 and also for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

 

Members were advised that the performance of the enforcement service would be reported to the Planning Committee on a quarterly basis in future.

 

The Assistant Director, Chief Planner reported that 68 new cases had been opened between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2021 and that during this period 62 cases had reached a key milestone 56% of these had been reached within 13 weeks.  During this period 49 cases had been closed.

 

It was further reported that 139 new cases had been opened between 1 April 2021 and 30 June 2021, 120 of these reached a key milestone and 86% had been reached within 13 weeks.  During this period 118 cases had been closed.

 

The report outlined some examples of key successes achieved during the two quarters which included Land at the corner of Alfred Road and Wheatland Lane, Seacombe, 61 Ashville Road, Birkenhead, 91 Eastham Village Road, Eastham, Arlington Court and 1 Belford Drive, Moreton.

 

Members were advised that the pandemic had placed extra pressures on the team due to restrictions put in place, staff sickness and homeworking however the Department was in the process of undertaking further recruitment.

 

Resolved – That the report be noted.