Planning Committee

 

Thursday, 10 January 2019

 

PRESENT: Councillor A. Lenny (Chair)

 

Councillors:

I.W. Davies, J.A. Davies, P.M. Edwards, W.T. Evans, S.J.G. Gilasbey, J.K. Howell, C. Jones, D. Jones, H.I. Jones, M.J.A. Lewis, K. Lloyd, K. Madge, B.D.J. Phillips, J.G. Prosser, G.B. Thomas and J.E. Williams

 

The following Officers were in attendance:

L. Quelch, Head of Planning

J. Edwards, Development & Built Heritage Manager

J. Thomas, Senior Development Management Officer [South]

R. Davies, Development Management Officer [South]

S. Murphy, Senior Solicitor

Z. A. Evans, Highways Officer

M. S. Davies, Democratic Services Officer

J. Laimann, Assistant Democratic Services Officer

 

Also in attendance in respect of S/36948:

G. Morgan, Framework Consultant to the Council (Atkins)

 

Chamber, - County Hall, Carmarthen. SA31 1JP. - 1.00  - 3.20 pm

 

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1.            APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.

 

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors S. Allen, M. Charles and J. James.

 

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2.            DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL INTERESTS.

 

Councillor

Minute Number

Nature of Interest

J. Prosser

3 – Planning application S/37933 - Single storey rear extension with a balcony to the first floor at 105 Pentre Nicklaus Village, Llanelli, SA15 2DF

Objector is known to him. The Councillor has been offering advice to all parties concerned.

D. Phillips

3 – Planning application S/37933 - Single storey rear extension with a balcony to the first floor at 105 Pentre Nicklaus Village, Llanelli, SA15 2DF

Applicant’s agent is known to him.

 

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3.            S/37933 - SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION WITH A BALCONY TO THE FIRST FLOOR AT 105 PENTRE NICKLAUS VILLAGE, LLANELLI, SA15 2DF.

 

[NOTE: Councillors D. Phillips and J Prosser, having earlier declared an interest in this item, left the Council Chamber prior to the consideration and determination thereof.]

 

The Senior Development Management Officer referred to the private site visit undertaken by the Committee earlier that day (minute 5.2 of the Planning Committee held on the 13th December 2018 refers), the purpose of which was to enable the Committee to view the site. He referred, with the aid of PowerPoint slides, to the written report of the Head of Planning which provided an appraisal of the site together with a description of the proposed development, a summary of consultation responses received and information relating to the local and national policies relevant to the assessment of the application. He advised that the Head of Planning was recommending approval of the application for the reasons detailed within the written report.

 

A representation was received objecting to the application re-iterating the objections detailed within the Head of Planning’s report, with the main areas of concern being loss of privacy due to the potential of overlooking from the proposed balcony, loss of morning sunlight, exacerbation of drainage problems in the garden and devaluation of neighbouring properties. The proposal was therefore considered by the objector to be contrary to Policy GP1 and GP6 of the Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan.

 

The applicant’s agent responded to the issues raised by the objector.

 

RESOLVED that Planning Application S/37933 be granted subject to the conditions detailed within the report of the Head of Planning.

 

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4.            AREA SOUTH - DETERMINATION OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS.

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the Planning Committee is minded to approve the following application, subject to resolution of the queries raised by NRW regarding the Flood Consequence Assessment, further correspondence from the Welsh Government regarding the Article 18 Direction, and the conditions detailed within the report/addendum of the Head of Planning:

 

S/36948 – Wellness and Life Science Development including: Community Health Hub (Institute of Life Science, Wellness Education Centre and Clinical Delivery Centre) of up to 16,500 sqm (Use Classes; D1 Non-Residential Institution, B1 (B) Business Research and Development, and C2 Residential Institution). Life Science Business Centre (office space in the Research and Development Sector) of up to 10,000 sqm (Use Class B1 (B) Business Research and Development and B2 Light Industrial). Wellness Hub (visitor centre and corporate, community, leisure and sporting facilities) of up to 11,000 sqm (Use Class D2 Assembly and Leisure). Assisted living (nursing care, residential care, extra care housing and clinical rehabilitation facilities) of up to 370 beds/units and 7,500 sqm (Use Classes; C2 Residential Institution, C3 (A) and C3 (B) Residential). Associated outdoor recreation area, leisure and therapy spaces; landscaping and public realm; energy and utilities infrastructure; access and parking on land at Delta Lakes, Llanelli at Llanelli Wellness And Life Science Village, Land At Delta Lakes, Llanelli.

 

The Head of Planning advised that since the publication of the agenda and addendum a letter had been received from the Welsh Government. The letter noted that Welsh Ministers had been asked to call in the application and to consider determining the application themselves. The letter therefore directed the Local Planning Authority [as per Article 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012] not to grant the planning application prior to the authorisation of the Welsh Ministers. The letter stated that this Direction prevented the Council only from granting the planning application. It did not prevent the Authority and the Planning Committee from continuing to process and to consult on the application or from refusing the planning application. The Head of Planning advised that the Local Planning Authority was still awaiting the Welsh Ministers’ decision as to whether or not to call in the application for their own determination. If the Committee was minded to go along with the recommendations set out in the report and addendum, it would be making a decision today that it was minded to approve the application pending the decision regarding the call in.

 

A representation was received objecting to the proposed development which reiterated the points detailed within the Head of Planning’s written report and included the following:

 

·         Flooding assessment did not fully take into consideration the potential effects of climate change. The site was susceptible to flooding from huge tidal surges caused by Atlantic hurricanes, especially as such hurricanes had become more frequent in recent years. Rising sea levels were likely to exacerbate flooding risks in the future. NRW concerns about the longevity of the site had not been answered sufficiently.

·         Under Welsh Water’s Llanelli RainScape scheme rainwater would be pumped into the lake on the site after any incident of rain. The report had not included any hydrology assessments relating to the impact of this scheme.

·         Widening the access to Sandy Roundabout junction, which lay on one of the planned key routes for visitors from Burry Port, Pembrey and Carmarthen to the site, was considered an insufficient solution to the expected traffic increase at this major transport bottleneck. Resulting concerns about air pollution and health risks had not been adequately addressed.

 

The applicant’s agent and the Development Management Officer responded to the issues raised by the objector.

 

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CHAIR                                                                                   DATE

 

[PLEASE NOTE:  These minutes reflect the order of business itemised on the agenda for the meeting which may differ from that on any webcast recording as applications with members of the public attending to speak would have been dealt with first.]