ADRODDIAD PENNAETH
 CYNLLUNIO, 
 CYFARWYDDIAETH YR AMGYLCHEDD 
 
 
 REPORT OF THE 
 HEAD OF PLANNING,
 DIRECTORATE OF ENVIRONMENT 
 
 
 AR GYFER PWYLLGOR CYNLLUNIO
 CYNGOR SIR CAERFYRDDIN
 
 
 TO CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY
 COUNCIL’S PLANNING COMMITTEE
 
 AR 26 MAWRTH 2020
 ON 26 MARCH 2020
 
 I’W BENDERFYNU/
 FOR DECISION


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mewn perthynas â cheisiadau y mae gan y Cyngor ddiddordeb ynddynt un ai fel ymgeisydd/asiant neu fel perchennog tir neu eiddo, atgoffir yr Aelodau fod yna rhaid iddynt anwybyddu’r agwedd hon, gan ystyried ceisiadau o’r fath a phenderfynu yn eu cylch ar sail rhinweddau’r ceisiadau cynllunio yn unig. Ni ddylid ystyried swyddogaeth y Cyngor fel perchennog tir, na materion cysylltiedig, wrth benderfynu ynghylch ceisiadau cynllunio o’r fath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In relation to those applications which are identified as one in which the Council has an interest either as applicant/agent or in terms of land or property ownership, Members are reminded that they must set aside this aspect, and confine their consideration and determination of such applications exclusively to the merits of the planning issues arising.  The Council’s land owning function, or other interests in the matter, must not be taken into account when determining such planning applications.

 

 

 


 



 

COMMITTEE:

 

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

DATE:

 

 

26.03.2020

 

REPORT OF:

 

 

HEAD OF PLANNING

 

I N D E X  -  A R E A  S O U T H

 

 

REF.

 

APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL

 

 

PAGE NOS.  

 

S/38282

 

PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF NEW 174 PLACE WELSH MEDIUM SCHOOL AND 30 PLACE NURSERY WITH ASSOCIATED ACCESS, CAR PARKING, SPORTS PITCH, MUGA AND ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPING & INFRASTRUCTURE WORKS. AT LAND EAST OF PARC PENDRE, KIDWELLY, SA17 4AJ

 

 

23 - 30

 

S/39961

 

PROPOSED DOUBLE STOREY EXTENSION AND PARTIAL CONVERSION OF GARAGE AT 14 LLYS CILSAIG, DAFEN, LLANELLI, SA14 8QT

 

 

31 - 37

 

 

 

REF.

 

APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED FOR REFUSAL

 

 

PAGE NOS.

 

S/39358

 

 

 

CHANGE OF USE OF THE PROPERTY FROM A CLASS C3 RESIDENTIAL DWELLING TO A CLASS C2 CHILDRENS RESIDENTIAL HOME AT 2 ERW LAS, LLWYNHENDY, LLANELLI, SA14 9SF

 

 

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APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application No

 

 

S/38282

 

 

Application Type

 

 

Full Planning

 

Proposal &

Location

 

 

PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF NEW 174 PLACE WELSH MEDIUM SCHOOL AND 30 PLACE NURSERY WITH ASSOCIATED ACCESS, CAR PARKING, SPORTS PITCH, MUGA AND ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPING & INFRASTRUCTURE WORKS. AT LAND EAST OF PARC PENDRE, KIDWELLY, SA17 4AJ

 

 

Applicant(s)

 

PROPERTY DESIGN & PROJECTS MANAGER - HYWEL HARRIES,  CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL, BLOCK 3, PARC MYRDDIN, RICHMOND TERRACE, CARMARTHEN, SA31 1HQ

 

Agent

 

ASBRI PLANNING LTD MR RICHARD BOWEN,  SUITE D, 1ST FLOOR, 220 HIGH ST, SWANSEA, SA1 1NW

 

Case Officer

 

Gary Glenister

 

Ward

 

Kidwelly

 

Date of validation

 

 

11/01/2019

 

Reason for Committee

 

This application is being reported to the Planning Committee following the receipt of more than one objection from third parties.

 

Site

 

The 1.8ha site is part of a housing allocation in the Carmarthenshire LDP.  Part of the site had outline planning permission in 2017 under the former Unitary Development Plan and part of it had outline permission for residential in 2006 and an application to renew it is pending the signing of the Section 106 Legal Agreement.  The site is within the settlement development limits of Kidwelly and the principle of development has been established. 

 

The site slopes gently towards the centre, however rises to meet the railway embankment to the South East.  The site North Western part of the site has a coverage of trees and scrub with a watercourse running through it.  The South Eastern part of the site is a rough grazing pasture.  There are mature hedgerows along the Northern and South Eastern boundaries.   

 

The site has a 78m road frontage onto Parc Pendre to the west and extends back a variable distance given the irregular shape of the site.

 

The site has the cooperative store and a small residential estate known as Stockwell Forge to the north and an estate known as Clos Helyg to the South West, beyond which is a site which has the benefit of outline permission under the former Unitary Development Plan and has a pending Reserved Matters application for 14 houses.  There is an improved pasture land and part of an allocated housing site with extant outline permission beyond the railway embankment to the South East.

 

Proposal

 

The application seeks full permission for a 174 place Welsh Medium School and 30 place Nursery with associated access, car parking, sports pitch, MUGA and associated landscaping & infrastructure works.  The school is designed as a replacement for the current Ysgol Gwenllian on Station Road which is on a restricted site and is no longer meeting modern standards.

 

The school building is proposed to be sited to the rear of the site backing onto the south east boundary. 

 

A playing field is proposed along Parc Pendre which would result in a good separation distance between the school and residential properties.  In order to provide a safeguard for residential amenity, a 2.5m acoustic fence is proposed behind a landscaped corridor.  A MUGA and out door education zone is proposed to the East of the school building, with significant ground level changes proposed to accommodate it given the ground level changes up to the former railway embankment.

 

The watercourse which currently passes through the site is proposed to be diverted to a new landscaped corridor which includes a pond to ensure attenuation and minimise the risk of flooding.  A boardwalk is proposed along with an out door learning zone so the school can use the feature for educational purposes.

 

Access is proposed from Parc Pendre with a staff / visitor car park and drop off area proposed on the northern part of the site which backs onto the Coop.  There is also a roundabout and bus stop on site to allow buses for school excursions to access and park safely within the grounds.

 

The application has been accompanied by a suite of documents to address ecology and drainage given the watercourse, to ensure safety and adequate protection. 

 

Planning Design & Access Statement

Transport Assessment

Flood Consequences Assessment

Drainage Report

Planning Noise Impact Report

Dormouse Method Statement

Reptile Mitigation Strategy

Bat Activity Survey

Out door lighting report

Detailed Arboricultural Report

Preliminary  Geo Environmental and Geotechnical Assessment

Mining Report

Materials Palette.

 

These have been scrutinised by the relevant departments and further work was identified which has led to further flood modelling and ecological work.  Further information has been received as requested and the result of re-consultation and any further representations will be reported in the addendum.

 

Planning Site History

 

The following previous applications have been received on the application site:

 

S/30577         OUTLINE PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF 12 NO TWO STOREY DWELLINGS TOGETHER NEW CUL DE SAC AND ACCESS TO EXISTING ACCESS TO HIGHWAY

Outline Granted 06/03/2017

 

S/13109         PROPOSED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT - 4 NO. FLATS AND 12 NO. HOUSES

Full Granted - Committee 30/11/2006 

 

S/11850         PROPOSED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT - 4 NO. FLATS AND 12 NO. HOUSES

Full Refused - Delegated 28/02/2006

 

D5/12237       TWO AND THREE PERSON FLATS (24 DWELLINGS)

Deemed Planning Permission - Regulation 4 - 13/11/1989

 

D5/10185       RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

Deemed Planning Permission - Regulation 5 - 26/10/1987 

 

Planning Policy

 

Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan (Adopted December 2014) (‘the LDP’)

SP1    Sustainable Places and Spaces                                                  

SP2    Climate Change                                                                              

SP14 Protection and Enhancement of the Natural Environment

GP1    Sustainability and High Quality Design

SP14  Protection and Enhancement of the Natural Environment

SP16 Community Facilities

SP18  The Welsh Language

TR3     Highways in Developments- Design Considerations

EQ4    Biodiversity

EQ5    Corridors, Networks and Features of Distinctiveness

 

Carmarthenshire Supplementary Planning Guidance 

 

National Planning Policy and Guidance is provided in Planning Policy Wales (PPW) Edition 10,  December 2018 and associated Technical Advice Notes (TANs) published by Welsh Government.

 

Summary of Consultation Responses

 

Head of Transportation & Highways -No observations received to date.

 

Head of Public Protection

 

(Noise) Requested a Noise Survey which has been submitted as requested.

 

(Air Quality) A Travel Plan needs to be conditioned in order to minimise car journeys and air pollution.

 

(Dust) A dust mitigation scheme needs to be conditioned.

 

Kidwelly Town Council - No observations received to date.

 

Local Member(s) - Councillor J Gilasbey is a Member of Planning Committee and has made no prior comment.

 

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water – states that the site is crossed by a number of water mains and an easement needs to be retained in accordance with the size of the pipes as specified.

 

Natural Resources Wales – sought additional modelling of the watercourse.  This has been incorporated into the addendum to the Flood Consequence Assessment and final comments will be reported in the addendum.

 

All representations can be viewed in full on our website.

 

Summary of Public Representations

 

The application was the subject of notification by way of 7No site notices on the original submission and on receipt of amended plans and information.

 

1 No. representation was received (and reiterated) objecting and the matters raised are summarised as follows:

 

·                     The conditions on ecology and protection of trees / hedgerow that was previously imposed on the housing approval should be imposed on this proposal also and thereafter adhered to.

 

All representations can be viewed in full on our website.

 

Appraisal

 

Boundary hedgerow

 

A third party has highlighted the fact that there is a mature hedge running along the Northern boundary outside the application site and seeks assurance that the proposal is not going to affect the hedgerow.  It is noted from the plans that the application site has vegetation beyond the boundary where stated, and further planting is proposed within the application site which would reinforce the hedgerow planting.  A tree survey has been submitted which identifies the hedgerow concerned and shows it being protected during construction.  It is recommended that a condition be imposed on protection of hedgerows to ensure the contents of the tree survey are implemented.

 

Ecology

 

The site is an area of diverse biodiversity with a watercourse, overgrown scrub and mature hedgerows.  A suite of studies and assessments have been submitted as requested, to ensure that there is no loss of important habitat.  Further, the site is proposed to have features which enhance the biodiversity through landscaping and the sustainable drainage schemes proposed.  It is noted that the site is hydrologically linked to the Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries SAC so an appropriate assessment needs to be carried out under the Habitat Regulations.

 

Drainage

 

A comprehensive drainage plan has been submitted which indicates the presence of the water course and addresses surface water drainage arising from the scheme.  It should be noted that the water course is currently culverted from the north, and opens out with in the site with the inclusion of a surface water attenuation pond so that it is released into the ditch outside the site in a controlled manner.  The scheme includes attenuation tanks, swales and the pond.  The scheme integrates the pond into the learning experience with a learning zone and board walk.  The drainage scheme has been scrutinised by NRW and the Council’s drainage engineers to ensure it is fit for purpose.

 

Highway Safety

 

The site is accessed via Parc Pendre, a residential area within settlement development limits.  A Transport Assessment has been submitted which shows that the road network can accommodate the traffic from the school.  The proposal includes staff and  visitor parking and drop off, a drop off zone along Parc Pendre and a Bus Stop within the site to allow excursion buses to park safely off the public highway. 

 

It should be noted that the site is allocated for housing in the LDP and has extant/pending planning permission for residential development so a degree of traffic generation from the site has already been accepted.  The Head of Transport has queried some matters of detail, however has not objected to the scheme.  Final comments and conditions will be reported in the addendum.

 

Residential Amenity

 

The school is proposed to be set back from Parc Pendre with the playing field and watercourse forming a buffer between the school and residential properties.  It is noted that an acoustic fence is proposed along the edge of the playing field to minimise noise, and landscaping is proposed along the highway to minimise the visual impact of the fence.  The proposal is not therefore considered likely to have an adverse impact on residential amenity.

 

Planning Obligations

 

Not Applicable.

 

 

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

 

The decision considers the duty to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, in accordance with the sustainable development principle, under section 3 of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (the WBFG Act). The decision takes into account the ways of working set out at section 5 of the WBFG Act and it is considered that this decision is in accordance with the sustainable development principle through its contribution towards one or more of the Welsh Ministers’ well-being objectives set out in section 8 of the WBFG Act.

 

Conclusion

 

After careful consideration of the scheme as submitted it is concluded on balance that the proposal would be a modern Welsh medium school to serve Kidwelly.  The site is within the settlement limits of Kidwelly and allocated for housing, so the principle of development is established.  The school is of a modern design and appearance which is of similar design character as other recently developed schools, and is not likely to have an impact on the residential amenity of the locality.  The site has been assessed in terms of ecology, flooding and highways and it is considered that there would be no unacceptable adverse impacts.  The application is recommended for approval subject to the necessary appropriate assessment.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION – APPROVAL

 

Conditions

 

1          The development hereby permitted shall be commenced before the expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

 

2          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out strictly in accordance with the following schedule of plans dated 20 December 2018.

 

1:1250 scale Site Location Plan. Drawing No. 001

NTS Kerbs, Footways & Paved Areas Kerbs & Edge Details – Sheet 1. Drawing No. 91100

NTS Kerbs, Footways & Paved Areas Kerbs & Edge Details – Sheet 2. Drawing No. 91101

NTS Kerbs, Footways & Paved Areas Kerbs & Edge Details – Sheet 3. Drawing No. 91102

NTS Kerbs, Footways & Paved Areas Kerb Reinstatement Detail. Drawing No. 91104.

NTS Road Pavements Trench Reinstatement. Drawing No. 90705 Rev 00

NTS Road Pavements Tie In Details. Drawing No. 90701 Rev 00

1:250 scale Drainage Layout. Drawing No. 90101

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts Attenuation Tank – General Construction Details. Drawing No. 90599 Rev 00

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts Linear Drainage Channel System. Drawing No. 90578 Rev 00

NTS Typical Step Foundation Detail. Drawing No. 91150

NTS 6m Lighting Column Foundation Detail. Drawing No. 91150

NTS Bus Bay Detail. Drawing No. 91145

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – Type 1 Concrete Manhole

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – Type 1 Pipe Bedding Details

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – Type 2 Concrete Manhole

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts -  Type 3 Plastic Catch Pit

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – Type 4 Polypropelene Inspection Chamber

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – Type 5 Shallow Concrete Manhole

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – Permitted Location of Sewers Between Buildings

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – Connection to Existing Manhole

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – Road Gulley Details

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts - Combined Drainage & Kerb Standard Unit

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts - Pipe Beneath Slab

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – External rainwater connections trapped, untrapped and yard gully

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – Gulley Connections

NTS Drainage and Service Ducts – Pipe Details

1:100 scale Figure 2 – Ground Investigation Point Plan

1:25 scale Proposed Culvert Details. Drawing No. 90102

NTS Earthworks Treatment of Soft Spots. Drawing No. 90605 Rev00

            1:250 scale Lighting Layout for School Access Areas. Drawing No. P01.1

1:250 scale Lighting Layout for Planning Information – Existing Highways. Drawing No. P01.1

 

the following plans dated 24 February 2020

 

            1:250 scale Landscape Plan. Drawing No. 001 RevP03

            1:250 scale General Arrangement. Drawing No. 90100 Rev02

           

            the following plans dated 27 February 2020

 

            1:100 scale Proposed Ground Floor Plan. Drawing No. 010 Rev P03

            1:100 scale Proposed First Floor Plan. Drawing No. 011 Rev P03

 

            and the following plans dated 6 March 2020.

 

            1:100 scale Proposed North and East Elevations. Drawing No. 600 – P02

            Materials Palette

            1:100 scale Proposed South and West Elevations. Drawing No. 601 - P02

            1:100 scale Proposed Sections. Drawing No. 800 – P02

            1:100 scale Proposed Roof Plan. Drawing No. 012 – P02

            1:10 scale Proposed Palette. Drawing No. 901 – P02

 

3          No development shall take place until full details of means of enclosure have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

 

4          The surface water scheme shall be implemented strictly in accordance with the approved Drainage strategy prior to the beneficial use of the school.

 

Reasons

 

1          Required to be imposed pursuant to Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

2-3      In the interests of visual amenity in accordance with Policy GP1 of the LDP.

 

4          To ensure sustainable surface water drainage in accordance with Policy SP2 and EP3 of the LDP.

 

Notes

 

1          Please note that this permission is specific to the plans and particulars approved as part of the application.  Any departure from the approved plans will constitute unauthorised development and may be liable to enforcement action.  You (or any subsequent developer) should advise the Council of any actual or proposed variations from the approved plans immediately so that you can be advised how to best resolve the matter.

 

In addition, any conditions which the Council has imposed on this permission will be listed above and should be read carefully. It is your (or any subsequent developers’) responsibility to ensure that the terms of all conditions are met in full at the appropriate time (as outlined in the specific condition).

 

The commencement of development without firstly meeting in full the terms of any conditions which require the submission of details prior to commencement if development will constitute unauthorised development.  This will necessitate the submission of a further application to retain the unauthorised development and may render you liable to formal enforcement action.

 

Failure on the part of the developer to observe the requirements of any conditions could result in the Council pursuing formal enforcement action in the form of a Breach of Condition Notice.

 

2          Comments and guidance received from consultees relating to this application, including any other permissions or consents required, is available on the Authority’s website (www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Application No

 

 

S/39961

 

 

Application Type

 

 

Full Planning

 

Proposal &

Location

 

 

PROPOSED DOUBLE STOREY EXTENSION AND PARTIAL CONVERSION OF GARAGE AT 14 LLYS CILSAIG, DAFEN, LLANELLI, SA14 8QT

 

 

Applicant(s)

 

MR JAMES BENNETT,  14 LLYS CILSAIG, DAFEN, LLANELLI, SA14 8QT

 

Agent

 

DIMENSION DRAWING SERVICES - IAN JONES,  15 STEBONHEATH TERRACE, LLANELLI, SA15 1NE

 

Case Officer

 

Zoe James

 

Ward

 

Dafen

 

Date of validation

 

 

13/12/2019

 

Reason for Committee

 

This application is being reported to the Planning Committee following the receipt of more than one objection from third parties.

 

Site

 

The application site consists of the curtilage of detached property located in Llys Cilsaig within Dafen. The two storey dwelling is sited fairly centrally within the site with a driveway and car parking space to the front and a patio and landscaped garden area to the rear. The existing garden area is bordered by wooden close boarded fence to both sides and the rear.

 

The dwelling fronts onto Llys Cilsaig with main front door and two windows alongside a garage door. The house has a yellow face brick finish with brown UPVC windows and brown concrete roof tiles.

 

The site is not situated within any environmental or ecological designations, and is entirely within the Coal Authority’s Development Low Risk Area.

 

Proposal

 

The application seeks full planning permission for a two-storey rear extension to the property and conversion of the existing garage.  The extension is proposed to provide a sun room at ground floor and internal re-organisation of the first floor to provide a larger bedroom to the front of the property alongside a dedicated ensuite and dressing room and larger third bedroom to the rear. The garage is proposed to be converted to a utility room and additional living space at ground floor level. 

 

The extension will project around 4 metres from the existing dwellinghouse to the rear, in line with the existing east elevation of the property and will have a width of 4.6 metres. No new windows are proposed on the east side elevation at ground floor, with the creation of one new window on at first floor. Following the submission of revised plans, the window will serve the ensuite for bedroom 3 and will be obscure glazing.  A large horizontal emphasis window is proposed on the rear elevation at ground floor and two smaller windows at first floor. To the west side elevation large patio doors are proposed at ground floor with no additional windows at first floor.

 

The proposed extension seeks to match the materials utilised in the existing dwelling and comprise yellow face brick with UPVC brown windows and doors. The roof is proposed to be flat consisting of EPDM rubber flat roof.

 

Following the initial submission revised plans have been received with a revised layout for bedroom 3, the ensuite and dressing room and changing the partial conversion of the garage to a full conversion to living accommodation.

 

Planning Site History

 

The following planning applications have been submitted at the site:

 

D5/12792       REMOVAL OF PLANNING CONDITION 6 ON D5/10717 -

   Refused 04/06/1990

 

D5/12357       RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

Reserved Matters Granted 09/05/1990

 

D5/10717       RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

Outline Granted 12/09/1988

 

Planning Policy

 

In the context of the Authority’s current Local Development Plan (LDP) the site is located within the Development Limits of Llanelli. Reference is drawn to the following policies of the Plan:-

 

Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan (Adopted December 2014) (‘the LDP’)

 

GP1 Sustainability and High Quality Design

GP6 Extensions      

 

Carmarthenshire Supplementary Planning Guidance 

 

National Planning Policy and Guidance is provided in Planning Policy Wales (PPW) Edition 10,  December 2018 and associated Technical Advice Notes (TANs) published by Welsh Government.

 

 

Summary of Consultation Responses

 

Head of Transportation & Highways -No objections.

 

Sustainable Drainage Approval Body (SAB)– no comments on the scheme.

 

Planning Ecology – no objection, issued bat advisory.

 

Llanelli Rural Council - No objection.

 

Local Member(s) - Councillor Rob Evans has not commented to date.

 

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water – no objection subject to imposition of conditions.

 

All representations can be viewed in full on our website.

 

Summary of Public Representations

 

The application was the subject of notification by way of neighbouring letters and a site notice. 

 

Three representations were received (two from one household), all raising concerns, the matters raised are summarised as follows:

 

·      Development is out of character as it is a two storey extension, no other nearby two storey extensions have been permitted.

·      Proposed extension is directly overlooking property so will lose any right to privacy.

·      New extension will have a detrimental effect on right to light with overshadowing.

·      Consider that the proposed glazing which will overlook the property does not comply with building regulations.

·      No details have been submitted demonstrating how the development will impact neighbouring properties.

·      Existing property commands an elevated position to neighbouring property and will occupy ‘greater elevation than if it were on the flat’.

·      Proposed extension will partially obscure light received at rear of property.

·      Concerns regarding the effect the development will have on value of property.

·      No objection to the proposed partial garage conversion (comments received before revised plans submitted).

·      Fully support applicant for wanting to improve property.

 

All representations can be viewed in full on our website.

 

Appraisal

 

The proposed development comprises a two storey extension to the rear of the property to allow for the provision of a sunroom at ground floor and internal reorganisation of the first floor to increase the size of two bedrooms and provide a dedicated dressing room and ensuite for bedroom three. At ground floor the existing garage is proposed to be converted into residential living accommodation and the existing garage door is proposed to be removed and replaced with a three pane window. 

 

Local Development Plan Policy GP6 relates to extensions and requires them to be subordinate and compatible to the size, type and character of the existing development and not result in over development of the site.  The extension protrudes just over 4 metres from the rear of the existing dwellinghouse and has a width of 4.6 metres. As such, it is considered to be subordinate to the existing dwellinghouse which has a depth of over 9.6 metres and width of over 8 metres. The proposed extension is to be located on part of the existing patio area within the garden, patio area will remain to the side of the proposed extension and adequately sized garden area remains beyond this. The proposal is therefore not considered to be overdevelopment of the site and complies with criteria a) of LDP Policy GP6.

 

Comments are made that the extension is out of character and no other two storey extensions have been permitted. Within the wider residential area other two storey extensions have previously been permitted. However, in this case it is noteworthy that the proposed extension is not visible from the front of the property and therefore does not impact on the streetscene.

 

Concerns are also raised by neighbours in relation to loss of privacy. The proposed extension involves new windows on the rear elevation at ground and first floor and new glazed patio doors to the side elevation at ground floor oriented towards the boundary with no. 12 Llys Cilsaig.  There is an existing fence along the boundary with no. 12 albeit it is noted that the present height of this allows some views over and condition is proposed requiring a 1.8 metre high boundary fence to ensure there is no loss of privacy. One new window is proposed to the side elevation of the existing dwelling at first floor level to serve the ensuite bathroom for bedroom three. Given the position of this it will look directly out to the adjacent wall of no. 16 with the opportunity for minimal views into the rear garden of the property. However, as this is proposed to serve the ensuite obscure glazing is proposed for the window and this will be conditioned to ensure there is no loss of privacy to the neighbouring occupier.

 

In terms of overbearance on the neighbouring property, the proposed extension is set to the east of the existing dwellinghouse and is situated approximately 14.7 metres from the adjacent property to the west (no. 12). To the east, the neighbouring property of no. 16 is situated at a slightly higher level than the application site which seeks to reduce the impact. A flat roof is proposed for the extension to minimise the height and ensure that this does not extend significantly higher than the existing eaves line of the dwelling. As such, in line with Policy GP6, there is not considered to be an adverse effect on the amenity of adjacent occupiers by loss of privacy or overbearance. 

 

No concerns are raised regarding the change of use of the existing garage to additional living space and consent has previously been granted for similar conversions on the estate.  The Authority’s Head of Highways and Transport has no objection to the proposal.

 

The comments made in relation to loss of property value are not a material planning consideration.

 

There are no ecological/environmental considerations, a bat advisory has been issued to the applicant.

 

Following the above assessment and the relevant material considerations in this case, the proposal is considered to be acceptable.

 

Planning Obligations

 

None

 

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

 

The decision considers the duty to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, in accordance with the sustainable development principle, under section 3 of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (the WBFG Act). The decision takes into account the ways of working set out at section 5 of the WBFG Act and it is considered that this decision is in accordance with the sustainable development principle through its contribution towards one or more of the Welsh Ministers’ well-being objectives set out in section 8 of the WBFG Act.

 

Conclusion

 

After careful consideration of the scheme as submitted, along with third party comments and the relevant material considerations it is concluded on balance that the proposed extension and alterations are acceptable. The scale and design of the proposed extension is considered to be compatible to the existing dwelling and there will be no significant adverse impact on the amenities of adjacent neighbouring occupiers through the conditions proposed.

 

The proposal is in accordance with the policies of the adopted Local Development Plan and is therefore put forward with a favourable recommendation subject to the below conditions.

 

 

Recommendation – Approval

 

Conditions

 

1          The development hereby permitted shall be commenced before the expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

 

2          The development hereby permitted shall be carried out strictly in accordance with the details shown on the following plans:-

 

·         Site Location Plan, Existing Floor Plans and Elevations drawing no. JB-01 rev A received 6 December 2019;

·         Proposed Site Plan, Proposed Floor Plans and Elevations drawing no. JB-02 rev D received 28 February 2020.

 

3          The materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of the extensions and porch shall be as specified on Proposed Floor Plans and Elevations drawing no. JB-02 rev D and match those used in the existing building.

 

4          Before the development hereby permitted is first brought into use the en-suite bathroom window (as shown on Proposed Floor Plan drawing no. JB-02 rev D) shall be fitted with obscure glazing and shall be permanently retained in that condition thereafter.

 

5          Before the development hereby permitted is first brought into use a 1.8 metre high close boarded fence shall be erected along the western boundary of the rear garden with no. 12 Llys Cilsaig.

 

6          No surface water and/or land drainage shall be allowed to connect directly or indirectly with the public sewerage network.

 

Reasons

 

1          Required to be imposed pursuant to Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

2          In the interests of visual amenity and to confirm the extent of the permission.

 

3          In the interests of visual amenity.

 

4-5      In the interest of privacy.

 

6          To prevent hydraulic overloading of the public sewerage system, to protect the health and safety of existing residents and ensure no pollution of or detriment to the environment.

 

Notes

 

1          Please note that this consent is specific to the plans and particulars approved as part of the application.  Any departure from the approved plans will constitute unauthorised development and may be liable to enforcement action.  You (or any subsequent developer) should advise the Council of any actual or proposed variations from the approved plans immediately so that you can be advised how to best resolve the matter.

 

            In addition, any Conditions which the Council has imposed on this consent will be listed above and should be read carefully.  It is your (or any subsequent developers') responsibility to ensure that the terms of all Conditions are met in full at the appropriate time (as outlined in the specific condition).

 

            The commencement of development without firstly meeting in full the terms of any Conditions which require the submission of details prior to the commencement of development will constitute unauthorised development.  This will necessitate the submission of a further application to retain the unauthorised development and may render you liable to formal enforcement action.

 

            Failure on the part of the developer to observe the requirements of any other Conditions could result in the Council pursuing formal enforcement action in the form of a Breach of Condition Notice.

 

2          Comments and responses received from consultees and third parties can be found on the Authority’s website (www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk). They may also relate to other permissions or consents required or include further advice and guidance.

 

·                     Please see the relevant responses from Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water and the Council’s Planning Ecologist and refer to the recommendations and advice contained therein.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Application No

 

 

S/39358

 

 

Application Type

 

 

Full Planning

 

Proposal &

Location

 

 

CHANGE OF USE OF THE PROPERTY FROM A CLASS C3 RESIDENTIAL DWELLING TO A CLASS C2 CHILDRENS RESIDENTIAL HOME AT 2 ERW LAS, LLWYNHENDY, LLANELLI, SA14 9SF

 

 

Applicant(s)

 

FRESHSTART CARE LTD,  C/O AGENT,

 

Agent

 

ASBRI PLANNING - MR TOMAS HOPKINS,  SUITE D, 1ST FLOOR, 220 HIGH STREET, SWANSEA, SA1 1NW

 

Case Officer

 

Zoe James

 

Ward

 

Llwynhendy

 

Date of validation

 

 

29/08/2019

 

Reason for Committee

 

This application is being reported back to the Planning Committee following the initial report to Planning Committee on 14 January 2020 and a site visit undertaken on 11 February 2020 and the subsequent discussion where Members resolved to refuse the application contrary to Officer’s recommendation. 

 

The application is now being reported back with draft refusal reasons based on the reasons provided by the Planning Committee. The original Committee Report is included for reference purposes.

 

Draft Refusal Reasons

 

1          The proposal is contrary to Policy GP1 “Sustainability and High Quality Design” of the Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan:-

 

            Policy GP1 Sustainability and High Quality Design

 

            Development proposals will be permitted where they accord with the following:

 

a)         It conforms with and enhances the character and appearance of the site, building or area in terms of siting, appearance, scale, height, massing, elevation treatment, and detailing;

b)        It incorporates existing landscape or other features, takes account of site contours and changes in levels and prominent skylines or ridges;

c)         Utilises materials appropriate to the area within which it is located;

d)        It would not have a significant impact on the amenity of adjacent land uses, properties, residents or the community;

e)         Includes an integrated mixture of uses appropriate to the scale of the development;

f)          It retains, and where appropriate incorporates important local features (including buildings, amenity areas, spaces, trees, woodlands and hedgerows) and ensures the use of good quality hard and soft landscaping and embraces opportunities to enhance biodiversity and ecological connectivity;

g)        It achieves and creates attractive, safe places and public spaces, which ensures security through the ‘designing-out-crime’ principles of Secured by Design (including providing natural surveillance, visibility, well-lit environments and areas of public movement);

h)        An appropriate access exists or can be provided which does not give rise to any parking or highway safety concerns on the site or within the locality;

i)          It protects and enhances the landscape, townscape, historic and cultural heritage of the County and there are no adverse effects on the setting or integrity of the historic environment;

j)          It ensures or provides for, the satisfactory generation, treatment and disposal of both surface and foul water;

k)         It has regard to the generation, treatment and disposal of waste.

l)          It has regard for the safe, effective and efficient use of the transportation network;

m)       It provides an integrated network which promotes the interests of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport which ensures ease of access for all;

n)        It includes, where applicable, provision for the appropriate management and eradication of invasive species.

 

            Proposals will also be considered in light of the policies and provisions of this Plan and National Policy (PPW: Edition 7 and TAN12: Design (2014).

 

In that:-

 

·                     The building is not considered to be in a safe location in regard to highway matters and flooding concerns at the site.

·                     The car parking is situated within the rear garden adjacent to the patio doors.

·                     The property has a history of flooding.

·                     It is considered that the amenity of nearby residents and the wider community would be significantly adversely affected.

 

2          The proposal is contrary to Policy GP3 “Sustainable Drainage” of the Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan:-

 

 

 

 

 

Policy EP3 Sustainable Drainage

 

Proposals for development will be required to demonstrate that the impact of surface water drainage, including the effectiveness of incorporating Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS), has been fully investigated.

The details and options resulting from the investigation must show that there are justifiable reasons for not incorporating SUDS into the scheme in accordance with section 8 of TAN 15.

 

In that:-

 

·           The property has a history of flooding caused by surface water run-off.

 

 

3          The proposal is contrary to Policy H6 “Residential Care Facilities” of the Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan:-

 

 

Policy H6 Residential Care Facilities

 

Proposals for the development of residential care facilities and extensions to existing facilities within the Development Limits of a defined settlement (Policy SP3) will be permitted where it has safe and convenient access to community facilities and services.

 

Proposals for new purpose built accommodation outside defined Development Limits will be permitted where it is ancillary to an existing institution, and is integrated with the existing complex is not disproportionate in scale and subject to their being no adverse effects on the landscape/townscape or the setting and integrity of the historic environment.

 

In that:-

 

·           The building is not considered to be in a safe location and does not benefit from safe and convenient access to community facilities and services. 


The remainder of the report contains the Committee Report as previously reported to Planning Committee on 14 January 2020 and 11 February 2020.

 

Site

 

The application site comprises no. 2 Erw Las a semi-detached dwellinghouse and associated parking and garden area to the rear. The property consists of a two storey renovated cottage fronting Erw Las in Llwynhendy. The property was extensively enlarged following granting of planning permission for a two storey extension to the rear in 2000. As a result, the dwellinghouse now has seven bedrooms, four of which benefit from individual ensuite bathroom facilities. At ground floor the accommodation comprises one of the bedrooms, alongside a large lounge, breakfast room, utility room, kitchen, dining room and two small toilets.

 

The property also benefits from a long extensive private garden area to the rear, this is accessed via a side driveway which allows access to car parking to the rear.

 

The property is situated within the defined development limits of Llanelli. To the east of the site is the C2206 classified road Erw Las beyond this and to the west of the site is open fields. Immediately to the south is adjoining property 4 Erw Las and a further detached property Ty To Maen beyond this. Directly to the north is grassland beyond which land is allocated for residential development under reference GA2/H35 in the adopted Local Development Plan. 

 

Proposal

 

The current planning application seeks change of use of the existing dwelling house for use Class C2 as a children’s residential home. No physical external alterations are proposed to the dwelling or curtilage with the exception of the creation of a dedicated parking area to the rear to provide spaces for 3 cars. A new bike store is also proposed within the rear patio/garden area to allow secure storage for bicycles.

 

The proposed use will provide residential care for three young people between the ages of 11 and 18 years and will result in the employment of 4 staff members at the property (original submission proposed four young persons). It is understood that there will be two staff members at the property at all times and a staff change once every 12 hours.  The team leader will be present to transfer information to the incoming team and shift changeover.

 

The applicants Freshstart Care Ltd have confirmed that the home will be used for vulnerable, neglected and disadvantaged children who are currently in the care of a Local Authority and need a safe home. The proposal is not to accommodate children who are in the justice system. There has been a lot of miscommunication surrounding the application and the children who may be accommodated at the site.

 

Planning Site History

 

The following previous applications have been received on the application site:

 

S/05641         PERMISSION TO USE 2 BEDROOMS AS OVERSPILL GUEST HOUSE ACCOMMODATION ‑ MAXIMUM OF 4 GUESTS

Retrospective Change of Use

Full Granted - 29/01/2004 

 

S/02789         RENOVATION OF EXISTING DWELLING AND CONSTRUCTION OF 2 STOREY EXTENSION

Full Granted - 21/12/2000 

          

Planning Policy

 

In the context of the Authority’s current Local Development Plan (LDP) the site is located within the Development Limits of Llanelli. Reference is drawn to the following policies of the Plan:-

 

Carmarthenshire Local Development Plan (Adopted December 2014) (‘the LDP’)

SP1 Sustainable Places and Spaces                                                     

SP3 Sustainable Distribution- Settlement Framework

SP9 Transportation

H6 Residential Care Facilities

                       

Carmarthenshire Supplementary Planning Guidance 

 

National Planning Policy and Guidance is provided in Planning Policy Wales (PPW) Edition 10,  December 2018 and associated Technical Advice Notes (TANs) published by Welsh Government.

 

Summary of Consultation Responses

 

Head of Transportation & Highways –raised initial queries regarding staff arrangements and parking requirements at the property. Following discussion with the agent and submission of a revised parking layout, the Highways Officer has confirmed no objection subject to imposition of conditions.

 

Head of Public Protection - No observations.

 

Llanelli Rural Council – object to the application and consider that the use is inappropriate in this location given the number of vehicles accessing the site being detrimental to highway safety, parking provision is insufficient, the proposed use does not complement the use of the adjoining semi-detached residential dwelling and will have a detrimental impact on the residential amenity of this property and other neighbours.

 

Local Member - Councillor Sharen Davies has objected to the application on grounds of increased noise, highway safety, parking arrangements, flooding concerns, safety of existing residents, property value and insufficient consultation with members of the community. Cllr Davies also requested that the application is considered at Planning Committee, that a site visit be undertaken and she would like to speak against the application. 

 

Local Member - Councillor Fozia Akhtar has not commented to date.

 

Local Member - Councillor Deryk Cundy from the adjacent ward has also objected on the basis that there is no correlation with the housing of children on the Council Register given the Local Authority are not involved with the project, the property is inappropriate, insufficient parking, the proposed use of the property is unknown and there is a lack of information or details regarding the regulation of the property, qualifications and safety of staff. Reference is also made to the concerns of local residents regarding their security and safety given the lack of information regarding the future occupants and no consultation with the community.

 

Community Councillor – Councillor Jason Hart has also objected given the numerous objections received from local residents and considers that the proposal will result in a hostile environment for the children.  Also concerns regarding increased traffic flow, increased noise, lack of car parking and no option to extend further given flooding concerns. Requests a site visit is undertaken.

 

Carmarthenshire Children’s Services – advise that they do not use private residential homes for looked after children so will be utilised by outside local authorities.

 

Police Liaison - No observations received to date.

 

All representations can be viewed in full on our website.

 

Summary of Public Representations

 

The application was the subject of notification by way of neighbouring letters and site notices posted in the vicinity of the site and along Erw Las.

 

Over 30 representations were received, all objecting, with the exception of 2 in support, and the matters raised are summarised as follows:

 

·      Fresh Start Care Serviced Ltd will be caring for young vulnerable people between ages of 16-21 years of age who may have a history of offending and this is not suitable in a semi-detached private property within a rural residential area.

·      There are existing problems in the area concerning anti-social behaviour, fly tipping, traffic incidents and drug usage.

·      Social problems presently experienced in Erw Law could cause aggravation and trouble for vulnerable youngsters.

·      A petition has been started which is already on 133 signatures from people in the community. 

·      The safety of existing children is paramount, the proposal will jeopardise this.

·      There are a lot of elderly residents within the street who will be very vulnerable.

·      The community is very family oriented with 4 primary schools and a number of nurseries.

·      Concerns raised regarding next door neighbour who has recently been burgled and will be negatively impacted by the proposal, particularly through additional noise from the development.

·      If the company proposing the development did not know that they need planning permission then there is extreme doubt of their professionalism.

·      Appears that the company are not disclosing information, if the property is used to house young offenders then this is Use Class C2A rather than C2 which is what the application refers to. Also the ratio of staff to children confirms suspicions that trouble will be expected.

·      Inconsistency between application submission and Fresh Start Care website.

·      Proposal fails to comply with Policy GP1, H3, SP1, SP2, EP1 and EP3 of the Council’s Local Development Plan.

·      Many more suitable buildings elsewhere in Llanelli, children in care face huge challenges and need to be in an appropriate location.

·      Limited information has been provided to neighbours regarding the future occupants.

·      The applicant should expand on what measures will be put in place to supervise the young people living there and their safety.

·      Existing services and facilities are already overwhelmed and do not have capacity for additional residents.

·      Erw Las is being used as a short cut to the link road to Llanelli and Burry Port so is a dangerous road, the 30mph speed limit is ignored and there is no pavement along the side of the road on which the property is situated.

·      Staff arriving at the property will add traffic on a quiet rural byway.

·      Cycling on the roads is dangerous.

·      Property is on a flood plain and has previously been flooded despite application form not making reference to this.

·      The previous use of the property as overflow accommodation for Llwyn Hall Hotel caused nuisance to neighbours at times.

·      No amenities of suitable interest for youngsters nearby.

·      Reference is made to no work being undertaken yet all of the rooms are already set up for occupation

·      Brand new company set up with no experience, with the primary motive being financial gain.

·      Proposal will be used to house children from outside the local area, the company are set up outside of Wales. 

·      Where would the resources come from for the children when they leave the care system?

·      Detrimental impact on house prices.

·      Limited consultation taken place with residents.

·      Everything for this proposed development has been done covertly until it was reported to the planning and enforcement officer.

·      Support the proposal and consider more homes should be built/set up if required.

·      Children should not be defined by the crimes they have committed, they are misguided and unloved.

·      People need to learn to be more compassionate, open minded and not live in fear of what is posted on social media.

·      More should be done to educate people.

·      Scaremongering to local community causing numerous objections. Instead community should be supporting the youngsters.

 

All representations can be viewed in full on our website.

 

Appraisal

 

Clarity regarding the proposal

 

There has been a significant number of objections raised regarding the application and concerns regarding the nature of the proposed occupants. A number of the objections make reference to the proposed residents being criminals or young offenders and the care home being a secure establishment.  This is incorrect. The application seeks change of use for a children’s residential care home to provide a suitable home for disadvantaged children within the case system. Care is to be provided in a family type environment for a maximum of three children and four staff members working on a shift pattern to cater for the resident’s needs. The proposed use falls within the definition of Use Class C2 which is specified as: “residential accommodation and care to people in need of care – residential schools, colleges or training centres, hospital or nursing home.” The proposal does not fall within the separate Use Class C2a which refers to a secure residential institution and includes prisons, young offenders’ institution and detention centre etc.

 

The applicant, Freshstart Care Ltd do not presently have a website. The company trading under the same name is entirely separate to the applicants for the proposed development as confirmed in writing in the letter from Asbri Planning dated 21 October 2019. On this basis, a number of the concerns raised by members of the local community in their objections to the proposal are misplaced and irrelevant.

 

Principle of development

 

The planning application proposes a change of use from the existing residential dwelling to a children’s care home under use class C2.  Policy H6 of the Adopted Local Development Plan (LDP) is the most pertinent in the consideration of the application. The policy permits proposals for residential care facilities within development limits of a defined settlement where it has safe and convenient access to community facilities and services.  The site is located within the defined development limits of Llanelli and is within walking distance of local facilities in Llwynhendy and bus stops providing services to Swansea, Llanelli and the local area. Whilst it is noted reference is made to there not being a footway along the road from the site to the bus stops, there is a pedestrian footway on the opposite site of the road which runs up Erw Las with only a section on Parc Gitto to the north not benefiting from a separate pedestrian pavement. The Authority’s Head of Highways has not raised any concerns in this regard.

 

In addition, the supporting text to the policy acknowledges that “the inclusion of such facilities within the development limits ensures that residents remain integrated into the community.” As such, the location of the site within the existing community is considered to comply with policy requirements.

 

Comments have been received from the Authority’s Children’s Services Team who advise that they do not support the proposal on the basis that the service does not use private residential homes for looked after children and as a result the proposal will be utilised by other local authorities.  However, the applicant is not a consideration in the determination of planning applications, the process is unable to differentiate between whether the service would be operated by the Authority or a private service provider.

 

Impact upon character and appearance of the area

 

In terms of the impact of the use on the existing character and appearance of the locality, the proposal involves no external changes to the building fabric of the host property and limited external changes to the curtilage. The property would retain its appearance as a large, semi-detached domestic property with large garden alongside patio and parking area to the rear. The change of use would have limited impact on the general character of the surrounding area.

 

The proposal is to provide residential care for up to three children/young people occupying the property who are intending to live as a family. Notwithstanding the provision of care to the residents, the use of the property will remain residential within an area largely dominated by residential development and within defined development limits and would not impact on the character of the locality.

 

Residential Amenity Considerations

 

In terms of the impact on the amenity of the adjoining residential property and neighbouring properties, the main issues to consider include noise and loss of privacy. Firstly, turning to noise, the proposed change of use remains within a residential use and given the proposal seeks consent for a maximum of three children at the property there will not be an excessive number of children residing at the property.  The application site is a large property benefiting from a number of large double bedrooms and as such could be occupied by a large family now with excess of three children without any planning permission required.  As such, it is not considered that the proposal will exceed normal noise levels generated by a large residential property. Notwithstanding this, conditions are suggested to be imposed on any planning permission granted restricting noise levels and ensuring any necessary noise insulation is installed to protect any potential impact on the neighbouring occupier.

 

Turning to loss of privacy, the application site consists of a semi-detached dwelling with rear garden of the neighbouring property also running in parallel. There are three windows on the rear elevation of the site which directly adjoin the neighbouring property and one side window on the vast extension to the property which looks towards the garden of the neighbouring property.  This window and one on the rear elevation are shown to be bathroom windows on the submitted floor plans and therefore would be obscure glazed. The other two windows on this element of the rear elevation do allow views into the rear area of the garden of no. 4 Erw Las yet are not oriented towards the property.

 

A number of objections raised make reference to current anti-social behaviour problems relating to the locality and raise concern that this proposal will exacerbate the situation. Existing issues are matters for the police and the proposal, which is a residential use for a maximum of three children, is unlikely to result in such high levels of anti-social behaviour to warrant the refusal of the planning application. Furthermore, concerns are raised regarding community safety in relation to the nature of the residents of the property.  The development is not considered to be of a scale or nature to raise adverse concerns in this regard. The submitted details highlight that staffing arrangements ensure care will be provided to the residents on a 24 hour basis and the occupants are no more likely to disturb or adversely impact on neighbours than the occupants of a large family home.

 

In land-use terms this proposal appears very much like a large family home but arguably what makes it different is the perceived personalities of the young people that would occupy the property and the potential level of disruption that might arise from their behaviour. This is somewhat of an unknown, variable factor and one that it is difficult to predict in the consideration of this planning application.  The intensity of the use of the site would differ to some degree from that of a normal household as the level of care and support may result in a more frequently accessed site by staff and is likely to lead to some additional activity compared to its use as a single dwelling. However, the applicants have advised that the shift operation would be 12 hourly with only two changeover points per day. Otherwise the submission highlights that the peak traffic generation from the property would be broadly similar to that of a normal dwelling with regard to the school run etc. The movements caused by staff members would be relatively minor and would not be significant in relation to impact on local amenity.

 

In line with the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care Act (Wales) 2016, the applicant is required to register with the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) prior to providing a care service. As part of the application process a premises assessment is undertaken to evaluate and assess the suitability of the proposed premises in line with the needs of the intended occupiers. The applicant have advised that they are in the process of obtaining the relevant licence and without which it will not be possible for the care home to operate. The management of the site would then be regulated by the Care Inspectorate Wales independent of the planning process.  

 

As a result, it is considered that the proposed development complies with policy GP1 and in particular part d) in so far as any potential impact on amenity of adjacent residents. 

 

Highway Impacts

 

A number of objections received refer to the inadequacy of the existing road network, existing problems concerning dangerous driving and traffic incidents and consider that the proposal and the parking arrangements for the property will heighten the problems.

 

In considering the traffic and transport implications of the proposed change of use it is noted that the site benefits from three parking spaces permitted to the rear of the site as part of the previous permission granting use of two bedrooms of the property for overflow guest house accommodation. The Authority’s Highways Planning Liaison Officer has queried the staff arrangements at the property and the previous potential intensification proposed on an existing sub-standard access. Following additional information submitted from the agent and a reduction in the number of children proposed to reside at the property and therefore reduction in staff, the proposal will now not require an additional level of parking than the existing use. The Highways Officer has confirmed no objection subject to imposition of conditions.

 

In terms of the additional traffic associated with the proposal, as acknowledged above the traffic movements will largely be as expected for a family dwelling with the additional movements caused by staff members being limited.

 

Flood Risk Implications

 

Many of the objections refer to flooding concerns at the application site and make reference to historic flood events at the property and adjoining property. However, the site is located within Zone A on the Development Advice Maps. Technical Advice Note (TAN) 15: Development and Flood Risk. TAN15 defines Zone A as being land considered to be at little or no risk of fluvial or tidal/coastal flooding and no further flood risk consideration is required.

 

Nevertheless, the change of use proposed remains a residential use and therefore is considered ‘highly vulnerable’ development, as per the existing use at the property.  On this basis, there is no change in the vulnerability of the site as a result of the proposal.

 

Lack of transparency/consultation

 

A number of the objectors make reference to there being limited consultation undertaken with members of the local community. For an application of this scale (not major development) there is no requirement under planning legislation to carry out pre-application consultation with local residents.

 

In line with Article 12 (5) of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management

Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012 (as amended), the Local Planning Authority must publicise an application by giving requisite notice-

 

(a)       by site notice displayed in at least one place on or near the land to which the application relates for not less than 21 days; or

(b)       by serving notice on any adjoining owner or occupier.

 

Consultation letters were sent to neighbouring properties and two site notices were erected within the vicinity of the site along Erw Las. As such, the requirement for the Local Planning Authority to undertake relevant publicity has been undertaken in compliance with the regulations.

 

Other Matters

 

In terms of the other matters raised and not addressed above, the number of staff proposed is not the ratio of staff to children and all four staff members will not be working at the property at the same time. There will be two members of staff per 3 children at the property. Comments have been received stating that the use should be located elsewhere, the planning application must be considered on the basis of what has been submitted and other locations are not reviewed as part of this application.

 

Objections are raised regarding pressure on existing services, given the scale and nature of the application proposal for a care home for three children and given that the existing property could presently be occupied by a family with three or more children, additional pressure on resources is not considered to be significant or warrant refusal of the application. Comments make reference to the Police being consulted and fire safety.  The Police Liaison team were consulted as part of the planning application and no response has been received to date. A copy of a support letter for the proposed use has been received from SMS Fire Safety Consultants who visited the property to carry out a fire risk assessment. 

 

No objections have been raised from local service providers in response to the application. The issues raised by the respondents in respect of depreciation of property value are not material in the consideration of the application.

 

Planning Obligations

 

None

 

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

 

The decision considers the duty to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales, in accordance with the sustainable development principle, under section 3 of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 (the WBFG Act). The decision takes into account the ways of working set out at section 5 of the WBFG Act and it is considered that this decision is in accordance with the sustainable development principle through its contribution towards one or more of the Welsh Ministers’ well-being objectives set out in section 8 of the WBFG Act.

 

 

Conclusion

 

After careful consideration of the scheme as submitted, alongside the responses from statutory consultees and numerous comments received from third parties, it is concluded on balance that the proposed development complies with the relevant LDP policies and would not adversely affect the character of the area, prejudice highway safety or significantly harm neighbours’ amenities. The concern regarding the adverse impact on residential amenity and the fear for an increase in anti-social behaviour, arising from the perceived behaviour of the proposed residents is not sufficient to warrant refusal. In balancing the planning matters of the proposal the scheme is considered acceptable and is recommended for approval subject to the following conditions.

 

Conditions

 

1          The development shall begin no later than five years from the date of this decision.

 

2          The development shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans and documents:-

 

·         Site Location Plan scale 1:1250 received 20 July 2019;

·         Block Plan scale 1:500 received 20 July 2019;

·         Existing and Proposed Floor Plans received 13 November 2019;

·         Asbri Planning Covering Letter reference. S19.173 dated 18 July 2019 received 20 July 2019;

·         Freshstart Care Ltd – Supporting Statement received 1 November 2019;

·         Asbri Planning response to third party comments reference. S19.173 dated 21 October 2019;

·         Parking Layout – Inbound Movements drawing 1 received 23 December 2019;

·         Parking Layout – Outbound Movements drawing 2 received 23 December 2019;

 

3          The premises shall be used for a children’s residential care home for a maximum of three children and for no other purpose including any other purpose in Class C2 of the Schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order, 1987 or in any provision equivalent to that Class in any statutory instrument revoking and re-enacting that Order.

 

4                      Noise associated with the proposed development shall not exceed a cumulative rating level of 35dB at the facade of the nearest noise sensitive receptor between the hours of 07:00 and 23:00.  Measurements shall be made in accordance with BS 4142: 2014 Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound.

 

5          Noise associated with the proposed development shall not exceed a cumulative rating level of 30dB at the facade of the nearest noise sensitive receptor between the hours of 23:00 and 07:00.  Measurements shall be made in accordance with BS 4142: 2014 Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound.

 

6          At the written request of the Local Planning Authority, the operator within a period of 1 month shall undertake and submit to the authority a noise assessment conforming to a methodology agreed by the Local Planning Authority to determine whether noise arising from development exceeds the levels specified in condition 5 and/or 6 above.  The assessment shall be undertaken under the supervision of the Local Authority. In the event that Conditions 5 and/or 6 are exceeded then the submitted survey shall also include mitigation measures to ensure compliance with the noise level specified in conditions 5 and/or 6. The development shall then be undertaken in accordance with the approved details.

 

7          The access and turning area required, shall be wholly provided prior to any part of the development being brought into use, and thereafter shall be retained unobstructed in perpetuity.  In particular, no part of the access, visibility splays, or turning area, is to be obstructed by non-motorised vehicles.

 

8                      The parking spaces and layout shown on the plans herewith approved shall be provided prior to any use of the development herewith approved.  Thereafter, they shall be retained, unobstructed, for the purpose of parking only. In particular, no part of the parking or turning facilities is to be obstructed by non-motorised vehicles.

 

9          All surface water from the development herewith approved shall be trapped and disposed of so as to ensure that it does not flow on to any part of the public highway.

 

10       No surface water from the development herewith approved shall be disposed of, or connected into, existing highway surface water drains.

 

Reasons

 

1          Required to be imposed pursuant to Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

2          To confirm the extent of the permission and in the interest of visual amenity.

 

3          To enable the Local Planning Authority to retain effective control over the use of the premises in the interests of highway safety and residential amenity.

 

4-6      To protect the amenity of neighbouring residents.

 

7-10    In the interest of Highway Safety.

 

Notes

 

1          Please note that this permission is specific to the plans and particulars approved as part of the application.  Any departure from the approved plans will constitute unauthorised development and may be liable to enforcement action.  You (or any subsequent developer) should advise the Council of any actual or proposed variations from the approved plans immediately so that you can be advised how to best resolve the matter.

 

In addition, any conditions which the Council has imposed on this permission will be listed above and should be read carefully. It is your (or any subsequent developers’) responsibility to ensure that the terms of all conditions are met in full at the appropriate time (as outlined in the specific condition).

 

The commencement of development without firstly meeting in full the terms of any conditions which require the submission of details prior to commencement of development will constitute unauthorised development.  This will necessitate the submission of a further application to retain the unauthorised development and may render you liable to formal enforcement action.

 

Failure on the part of the developer to observe the requirements of any conditions could result in the Council pursuing formal enforcement action in the form of a Breach of Condition Notice.

 

2          Comments and guidance received from consultees relating to this application, including any other permissions or consents required, is available on the Authority’s website (www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk).