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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Remote meeting via Zoom

Contact: Bernadette Jarvis  Senior Democratic Governance Adviser

Link: Here is the video

Items
No. Item

1.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are asked to declare any interests in the items under consideration and in doing so state:

 

(1) the type of interest concerned either

 

(a)   personal interest

(b)   prejudicial interest

(c)    disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI)

 

and

 

(2) the nature of the interest concerned

 

If any member requires advice on declarations of interests, they are advised to contact the Head of Democratic Governance in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest on this occasion.

2.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 16 JUNE 2020 pdf icon PDF 251 KB

To agree the minutes of the last meeting held on 16 June 2020 as a true and correct record.

Minutes:

The Planning Committee considered the minutes of the last meeting held on 16 June  2020.

 

Resolved:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 16 June 2020 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

 

3.

PLANNING/ENFORCEMENT APPEALS LODGED AND DETERMINED pdf icon PDF 212 KB

The Committee will be requested to note the planning/enforcement appeals lodged and determined.

Minutes:

The Planning Committee received a report on the planning appeals lodged and determined since the last meeting.

 

The report stated that three appeals had been lodged since the last meeting against the decision of the Council to refuse permission in respect of the following planning applications:

 

·         Application 19/0688, Unit 2, Woodman Centre, Vicarage Lane, Blackpool

·       Application 19/0787, 19-21 Boscombe Road, Blackpool

·       Application 20/0061, 49 Webster Avenue, Blackpool

 

The report also confirmed that an appeal against the Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the upgrade of an existing 48 sheet advert to support a digital poster at 150 Bond Street, Blackpool had been allowed by the Planning Inspectorate. 

 

The Planning Inspectorate had also allowed an appeal against the Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the replacement of an existing 1 x 48 sheet advertisement hoarding with 1 x 48 sheet digital advertising display unit at Palladium Buildings, Apollo Bingo Ltd, Waterloo Road, Blackpool.

 

Resolved:  To note the report.

 

4.

PLANNING APPLICATION 20/0187 - 40 ABINGDON STREET, BLACKPOOL pdf icon PDF 294 KB

The Committee will be requested to consider an application for planning permission, details of which are set out in the accompanying report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Committee considered planning application 20/0187 that sought permission for alterations to the front elevation and use of ground floor premises as altered as an adult gaming centre.  Ms Parker, Head of Development Management, provided the Committee with an overview of the application and presented the proposed site layout, location and elevation plans and aerial views of the site.  She reminded Members that the Committee had considered the application at its last meeting and had been minded to refuse the application and defer the decision to this meeting to allow the drafting of reasons for refusal that reflected the Committee’s concerns.  Ms Parker referred to a further letter of objection from Quilligans Café Bar that had been included in the Update Note, advising that it had not raised any issues which had not already been dealt with in the report.

 

Ms Parker referred to the officer’s recommendation for approval but also highlighted the suggested reasons for refusal at paragraph 1.3 of the report that encapsulated the concerns raised by Members at the last meeting.  She also highlighted the alternative suggested reason for refusal at paragraph 1.16 of the report that in her view was a more appropriate and more robust reason for refusal.  Ms Parker also referred to the Planning Inspectorate’s decision regarding the neighbouring property that had made no reference to Policies CS15 or CS17 of the Core Strategy.  Members were also reminded of the limited weight that could be attached to emerging Policy DM13 due to its early stage of development.  Furthermore, as the uses defined in Policy DM13 were comparable, the proposed conversion to an adult gaming centre was not considered to conflict with this Policy.

 

Mr Deegan, Agent acting on behalf of the Applicant, spoke in support of the application.  He referred to the conclusions in the Inspector’s appeal decision in relation to the adjacent property and presented his view of the material weight that could be placed on the appeal decision.  He also presented his view that the application, if approved, would not have a detrimental impact on the character of the area.  He asked the Committee to support the officer’s recommendation for approval to enable the social, economic and environmental benefits of the proposal to be realised.

 

Mr Etchells spoke in objection to the proposal.  He referred to the Committee’s decision at the previous meeting to be minded to refuse the application and referred to a number of additional objections that had been received from businesses in the area following the lifting of lockdown restrictions, which in his view further justified refusal of the application. 

 

The Committee considered the application and noted that there had been no changes to the application since the Committee had been minded to refuse the application at its last meeting, with the exception of an additional objection having been received from Quilligans Café Bar. It acknowledged the aims of emerging Policy DM13 but also had regard to the limited weight that could be attached to the Policy due  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The Committee to note the date of the next meeting as Tuesday 4 August 2020.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the date of the next meeting as Tuesday 4 August 2020.