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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Room A, Town Hall, Blackpool FY1 1GB

Contact: Jenni Cook  Democratic Governance Senior Adviser

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:

Councillor G Coleman declared a prejudicial interest in Item 7 of the agenda. The nature of the interest being that he was a season ticket holder at Blackpool Football Club. Councillor G Coleman left the meeting during this item and took no part in consideration of this application.

 

Councillor Burdess declared a personal interest in Item 6 of the agenda. The nature of the interest being that she was a Non-Executive Director of Blackpool Transport Limited, which operated the tramway within relative proximity to the application site. Councillor Burdess highlighted that the applicant was the leaseholder, the land in question was not in the Control of Blackpool Transport Limited and the impact on Blackpool Transport Limited was not significant.

2.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 11 OCTOBER 2022 pdf icon PDF 575 KB

To agree the minutes of the last meeting held on 11 October 2022 as a true and correct record.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the minutes of the last meeting held on 11 October 2022.

 

Resolved:

That the minutes of the last meeting held on 11 October 2022 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

3.

PLANNING/ENFORCEMENT APPEALS LODGED AND DETERMINED pdf icon PDF 451 KB

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on Planning/Enforcement appeals lodged and determined since the last meeting. One appeal had been considered by the Planning Inspector in relation to 266 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool and this appeal had been allowed.

 

Resolved:

To note the update.

4.

PLANNING ENFORCEMENT UPDATE REPORT SEPTEMBER 2022 pdf icon PDF 472 KB

The Committee will be asked to note the outcomes of the cases and support the actions of the Service Manager, Public Protection.

Minutes:

The Committee considered an update on planning enforcement activity in Blackpool between 1 September 2022 and 30 September 2022.

 

In total, 41 new cases had been registered for investigation in September 2022, as at 30 September 2022 there were 463 “live” complaints outstanding and in total, 18 cases were resolved by negotiation without recourse to formal action.

 

Resolved:

To note the update.

5.

PLANNING ENFORCEMENT UPDATE REPORT OCTOBER 2022 pdf icon PDF 474 KB

The Committee will be asked to note the outcomes of the cases and support the actions of the Service Manager, Public Protection.

Minutes:

The Committee considered an update on planning enforcement activity in Blackpool between 1 October 2022 and 31 October 2022.

 

In total 31 new cases were registered for investigation in October 2022, at 31 October 2022 there were 424 “live” complaints outstanding and in total, 19 cases were resolved by negotiation without recourse to formal action.

 

Resolved:

To note the update.

6.

APPLICATION NUMBER: 21/1013 BISPHAM TRAM SHELTER, QUEENS PROMENADE, BLACKPOOL, FY2 9JJ pdf icon PDF 765 KB

To consider planning application 21/1013 for the erection of external staircase to rear between tram shelter and sub-station buildings (to access previously approved cafe roof terrace) and installation of new windows to west elevation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered application number 21/1013 for the erection of an external staircase to rear between tram shelter and sub-station buildings (to access previously approved cafe roof terrace) and installation of new windows to the west elevation.

 

Ms C Johnson, Principal Planning Officer, presented the report to the Committee and advised that the application site was locally listed as Bispham Tram Station and was before Committee at the request of Chairman, as as there was an objection to the proposal.

 

Amendments had been made to the application since first submitted and was now for a rear external staircase between the Tram Station and the adjacent substation with new windows in the west elevation. An existing roof terrace had been installed in line with previously approved planning permission for use of the property as a café and the proposed staircase would provide access to the terrace.

 

The Committee was advised that the external staircase would be accessed from inside the café, with an external gate which would open outwards onto the rear promenade. This gate would only be used for deliveries and as an emergency exit, not for general access and egress. As the staircase would be at the rear of the building and positioned in an existing recess, it was considered that it would not harm the character or significance of the building.

 

Ms Johnson advised that an objection had been received regarding the gate and safety issues as the gate opened outwards into the path of pedestrians and cyclists. Work had been undertaken with the applicant, case officer, Highways, Engineering Services and Building Control and this concern would be addressed by inclusion of a fixed guard rail at the rear.

 

The applicant had worked with Planning Officers to address these issues in consultation with highways, engineering services and Building Control and the plans now include a fixed guard rail at the rear which pedestrians and cyclists would navigate around to ensure that the gate did not open out into their path. The Committee was reminded that although the objection also raised the issue of the land not being within the applicant’s lease and the staircase being on Council land, these were not planning considerations.

 

The Committee was advised that the proposal would contribute to the sustainable future of this locally listed building, that any safety issues had been resolved, subject to conditions and the Committee was recommended to grant planning permission subject to the conditions listed.

 

The Committee discussed the application and noted the improvements that had already been made to the building. In relation to the proposed guard rail which would address safety concerns raised by the objector, the Committee agreed that there could be some danger to pedestrians and cyclists on the Promenade and suggested that the guard rail could be painted in a brighter colour to improve visibility. In addition, consideration could be given to putting markings on the ground for a short period of time, to alter pedestrians and cyclists to the guard rail’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

APPLICATION NUMBER: 22/0496 BLACKPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB, BLOOMFIELD ROAD, BLACKPOOL pdf icon PDF 619 KB

To consider application number 22/0496 for the provision of three new exits to south-east corner of stadium.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

[Councillor G Coleman, having declared a prejudicial interest, left the meeting prior to consideration of this item].

 

The Committee considered application number 22/0496 for the provision of three new exits to south-east corner of stadium at Blackpool Football Club.

 

Ms C Johnson, Principal Planning Officer, presented the report and advised that it was before the Committee at the request of the Ward Councillors and outlined the application details. The proposal was for three new egress doors in two locations in the eastern elevation of the stadium and two of the three doors would be side-by-side. Both egress points would give access to the alleyway running west to east between the stadium and Henry Street

 

The Committee was advised that the application had been prompted by a request from the Police to separate home and away fans when leaving the ground and the application was fully supported by Blackpool Football Club’s Safety Advisory Group. 

 

In relation to the egress points, Ms Johnson stated that away fans would leave the stadium to the east onto Henry Street and then north towards the main coach and car parking areas. Existing alley gates would prevent fans from gaining access to Back Henry Street, an existing bin store to the south would prevent spillage onto Bloomfield Road and existing boundary treatments would prevent fans from accessing private properties.

 

A Management Plan had been submitted in relation to operation of the egress points and the Committee was reminded that the area had adequate lighting and was covered by CCTV. There would be limited impact regarding visibility of the new egress points as these were considered to be in keeping with the stadium elevations. The Committee was advised that no issues related to environmental quality, ecology, drainage parking or traffic were anticipated and that although fans exiting the stadium were a source of noise and disturbance, the stadium was in itself a source of noise on match days. A representation had been received which raised concerns regarding to anti-social behaviour and intimidation, however Planning Officers were of the opinion that the submitted Management Plan would mitigate this and ensure that fan behaviour was controlled. 

 

Ms Johnson informed the Committee that the proposal was recommended for approval subject to the conditions listed.

 

Mr Lewis Baldwin spoke on the item as the applicant’s agent and advised that the application represented a wider vision of evolution for the club and to improve safety for fans. The proposal did not alter the capacity of the stadium and work had been undertaken with the Police and Planning officers to address any concerns raised. Mr Baldwin informed the Committee that provision of the new egresses would allow the Police and Stewards to improve the match day experience for fans and to better control antisocial behaviour and asked the Committee to approve the application.

 

The Committee discussed the application and noted that the new egress points would improve how fans exited from the stadium, reducing the risk of bottlenecks.

 

Resolved:

To grant planning permission  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To note the date of the next meeting as 13 December 2022.

Minutes:

Resolved:

To note the date of the next meeting as 13 December 2022.