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NEWPORT PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING AND LICENSING COMMITTEE
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF NEWPORT PARISH PLANNING AND LICENSING COMMITTEE HELD ON THURSDAY, 12th MAY 2011, AT THE RIVERSIDE CENTRE, NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT, COMMENCED AT 6.30PM Councillors Present : Shirley Smart (Chairman), Tony Coburn, Mary Craven, Debbie Dixcey, Steve Falla, Terry Goldstone and Peter Whiteman. None Chris Hougham
PUBLIC QUESTION TIME None -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------P/568 APOLOGIES Lois Prior. P/569 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST Cllrs. Peter Whiteman and Terry Goldstone declared a general personal interest on the basis that they are employed in the building industry, both making a specific reference to matters relating to the proposed Newport Ale House in Holyrood Street. P/570 MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING AND MATTERS ARISING The minutes of the last meeting held on 28th April 2011 were agreed and signed as a correct record. The Assistant Clerk updated Members on the latest position on certain related matters including a further response from IWC in respect of public access to and use of Vectis Field in Wellington Road P/571 LICENSING APPLICATIONS Reference 88674 Application by American Ices for Mobile Street Trading Consent. No objection subject to the usual controls on applications for mobile street trading consent. Reference 36440 Application by Domino for Mobile Street Trading Consent. No objection, same comment as above. Reference 9609 Piazza Italia, 1 Grays Walk Members interpreted the license application as being for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises but during daytime hours only until 1800hrs (Mon-Sat) and 1700 hrs (Sunday). Members don’t believe that they are in a position to raise any
kind of objection to the application but nevertheless were a little perplexed as to why a restaurant use would want to supply alcohol for consumption off the premises, as opposed to just on of on/off the premises. In this context Members raised an issue as to the current position in respect of the Police ‘alcohol free zone’ and whether a further retail outlet could compromise their objectives. The Assistant Clerk was asked to obtain a response from the Council on this point. Reference 890 Minor variation of Premises License, Medina Leisure Centre, Fairlee Road. No objection.
P/572 RECENTLY LODGED APPEALS AND LATEST DECISIONS
None to report.
P/573 PLANNING APPLICATIONS P/00548/11…14 Holyrood Street Members were familiar with the area and the location of the premises. The view was that this proposed ‘extended retail’ use of the premises is ideal in this location and, if approved, will have a positive impact and help to redress the recent downturn in the retail vitality and vibrancy of the area just off the main shopping street (High Street) enhancing the character and appearance of the area. On the basis of this brief assessment Members SUPPORT the application P/00547/11 & P/00546/11…The Courtyard, 10 Lugley Street For obvious reasons relating to location Members were not overly familiar with the actual premises, although they are all acquainted with the location and the position close to the main shopping area in an area of mixed use. While accepting that the application is unusual they could see NO SUSTAINABLE OBJECTION to the proposed use. There were some reservations as to the width of the access passageway to the rear of the site as a vehicular entrance/exit for vehicles as well as a (minor) obstacle to deliveries. It was considered that it maybe appropriate to ‘discourage’ customers from using this as a vehicular access. Quite clearly, in these circumstances, there is a need for a suitably designed advertisement sign and the view was that the proposal was reasonable and acceptable providing it remains unilluminated and therefore there is NO OBJECTION to the advertisement application. P/00529/11… Medina Valley Centre, Dodnor Lane Members had been alerted to the submission of this scheme having considered an application to renew a temporary permission on the site a few months ago. Members are fully aware of the importance of the location and the nature of the use on the site. Having carefully considered all aspects of the submission Members are very keen to offer their SUPPORT for the project. Members were enthusiastic about the presentation and, more importantly, the design/external appearance/materials of the proposed buildings which, in their view displayed a good deal of innovation in a contemporary design that incorporates various energy saving and ‘green’ measures including sedum roof(s). They are hopeful that the latter will be theme throughout the development. They considered the submitted scheme to be not only appropriate for the location but also the nature of the use of the site.
P/00533/11…29 Staplers Road Members had NO OBJECTION to this application. P/00539/11… Wakes Island Carpet Megastore, River Way Although seemingly a relatively straightforward application to accommodate the aspirations and requirements of new tenant of Wakes Members still had some difficulty in terms of interpreting the implications of this variation of condition on this particular premises, the overall site and the locality. Members recognised that the planning history of the overall site in terms of the restriction on retail sales is relatively complicated and fully understand that competition is not a material planning consideration but that this is not the same as retail impact, which is a vitally important aspect. Members decision is based on the need for planning officers to adopt a circumspect approach to the application; the need to be sure that this variation relates to the Wakes premises only and has no implications, directly or indirectly, for the other three stores (PC World, Pets at Home and Curry’s) in terms of relaxation of necessary controls or by way of precedent; and the need to be satisfied that this variation will not have an adverse impact on other retail outlets both in the vicinity and in the town centre. If there is no fundamental problem in relation to any of these points Members are prepared to raise NO OBJECTION to the application. P/574 P/00558/11…57 Mountbatten Drive Members have NO OBJECTION to this application. P/575 PLANNING NOTICES The Committee noted recent decisions that had been received. ANY OTHER PLANNING RELATED MATTERS Final version of the Draft Core Strategy, or Island Plan, and opportunity for Members to formulate further observations to be considered by IWC Planning Services. Members considered a reasonably detailed report from the Assistant Clerk that dealt with our representations late last year, the response of the Council to those observations, any amendments to the draft Core Strategy and the principle aspects of the latest publication in terms of our parish area. Members noted that despite the comprehensive nature of our submission, that relied heavily on well informed local views and perceptions, very little had actually been taken ‘on board’ in the latest version of the Plan. Members found this disappointing. Members duly noted the extent of the Medina Valley Regeneration Area. the arrangements for the allocation of future housing sites following the completion of the SHLAA, the fact that the Worsley Road site no longer featured in the Plan and the allocated employment sites, particularly the area to the east of Horsebridge Hill. Members decided that there was little merit in making further representations in respect of this final draft, particularly if we are only going to express concerns or make suggestions similar to those we submitted several months ago. As a consultee it is assumed that we will, if we wish, get the opportunity to appear at the Inquiry later this year and comment at a later date on the more detailed proposals that will come forward as part of the Area Action Plan(s).
QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMITTEE TC/SF asked if Members were aware of the situation in respect of a residential property, now known The Manor, situated in Furrlongs (no.47) on Pan Estate where the owner/occupier is currently constructing a concrete front boundary wall seemingly in contravention of the prevailing ‘open plan’ condition for the area. The Assistant Clerk was asked to investigate and, if confirmed, to lodge a formal complaint with the Enforcement Team for Planning Services. PW asked the Assistant Clerk if he could enquire as to the latest position in respect of the advertisement application for Pan Meadows as a number of the hoardings have now been removed and/or repositioned further away from the highway. PW raised the issue about the regional news that Vestas are about to build a large factory complex in Kent having closed a factory at St.Cross less than two years ago. The Assistant Clerk was asked to write, on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee, to IWC to enquire whether they were likely to be recording their displeasure at this news. CLOSE OF MEETING The next meeting was confirmed as Thursday 26th May 2011 at 6.30pm. The meeting closed at 7.57pm.
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