Decision Maker: Planning Committee
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Refused against Officer recommendation for reasons of amenity and impact to the heritage assets:-
(i) The proposed development, by virtue of the site access, its use and siting of the bin storage area, would cause a level of noise, disturbance and activity through the comings and goings of additional vehicle movements and residents of the development to the detriment of the amenity of residents living at 17, 24 and 22 Lightwood Close. The bin collection store is situated in excess of normal distances required for refuse lorries to access and, therefore, on bin collection day all bins for the development would be presented at Lightwood Close itself. This number of bins, combined with the existing bins of residents, will cause nuisance to the amenity of the area and public highway. The proposal will therefore cause harm to the amenity of existing and new occupiers contrary to Policy P14 of the Solihull Local Plan 2013; and
(ii) The application site lies adjacent to the heritage assets of Elm Tree Farmhouse, 1405 Warwick Road and Yew Tree Cottage, 1405A Warwick Road which are both Grade II Listed. The introduction of the proposed three dwellings would introduce a form of development that causes less than substantial harm to the setting of these designated heritage assets. In accordance with government policy, great weight is to be given to the conservation of heritage assets and their setting. The public benefits that the additional three dwellings would deliver, in terms of the Council’s current five year Housing Land shortfall, does not outweigh the harm created to the setting of these designated heritage assets. The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to Policy P16 of the Solihull Local Plan 2013 and guidance in the National Planning Policy Framework.
Mrs Jane Webber and Councillor Alan Rebeiro spoke against the application whilst Mr Kristian Lawrence spoke in support.
Councillors David Cole and Glenis Slater abstained from voting as they were not in attendance for the whole presentation and debate.
Report author: Nikki Moore
Publication date: 25/01/2021
Date of decision: 09/12/2020
Decided at meeting: 09/12/2020 - Planning Committee