As part of his introduction, the Planning Officer reported a correction to the officer report, in reference to No.6 St Johns Road in paragraph 18 had been amended to read no.7 St Johns Road.
The Sub-Committee was asked to note that the proposal was an outline permission, with all matters reserved and the main planning consideration in the determination of this application was the principle of the development.
The Sub-Committee was addressed by C. Murphy, an objector and T. Paul, an agent on behalf of the applicant.
A number of Members raised concerns in respect of the impact of the development to the conservation area. The Sub-Committee determined that it would be feasible for a dwelling to be constructed on the site whereby it would have an impact on the amenity of the neighbouring properties in regards to an overbearing impact and loss of privacy.
It was noted that the landowner was reluctant to enter into a Unilateral Undertaking as the proposed application did not directly benefit him. Therefore, the applicants could not secure the necessary Unilateral Undertaking and were not compliant with Council policy. Accordingly, the Sub-Committee resolved to
Refuse permission, for the reason set out below:
The proposal, would, by reason of the lack of a Unilateral Undertaking in relation to a financial contribution for affordable housing, be contrary to the requirements of Policy CS21 of the Core Strategy 2011 and the Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document 2012.