Manchester City Council

Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Planning and Highways Committee
Thursday, 14th March, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Manchester City Council. View directions

Contact: Beth Morgan 

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Items
No. Item

21.

Supplementary Information on Planning Applications on this agenda. pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licencing is attached.

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Minutes:

To receive and note the late representations.

 

Decision

 

To receive and note the late representations.

22.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 162 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 14 February 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 14 February 2019 as a correct record.

 

Decision

 

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 14 February 2019 as a correct record.

23.

121941/FO/2018 - 6 Meade Grove Manchester M13 0SG pdf icon PDF 86 KB

The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is attached.

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Minutes:

The application site relates to a two storey mid-terraced residential property (Class C3) in a predominantly residential area, with all the properties on the street appearing to be in use as Class C3 dwellinghouses. The property includes a small front private area and a medium sized rear garden area and is of an appearance that is uniform with surrounding properties.

 

Officers advised the Committee that the applicant had made further representation to address the concerns rasied by residents, as summarised in the report. The applicant had stated:-

 

“They recognise and acknowledge the concerns arisen by the immediate neighbours to the property. They are more than happy to address these concerns. They are confident that offering neighbours a greater understanding of their plans and future prospects will resolve any worries that neighbours may have and make them secure and safe.”

 

The Committee asked for clarification regarding the staff to resident ratio, and were told that the intention was to have 4 residents, supported by 3 staff on a 24 hour basis.

 

The Committee were satisfied that concerns of residents were noted, but it is considered that these were largely based on perceptions of what might occur in a worst case scenario, rather than on actual experiences. The Committee considered that a use of this nature is most appropriately located in a residential area, as this provides the best setting to enable the residents of the premises, to integrate into society.  The Committee were satisfied that the conditions and reasons in the report and the late representation would be sufficient to mitigate against and loss of amenity to residents. 

 

Decision

 

To grant the application subject to the conditions and reasons in the report and the late representation. 

 

24.

121809/JO/2018 - 51 Blossom Street Manchester M4 6AJ pdf icon PDF 180 KB

The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is attached.

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Minutes:

The application site relates to a part 8 storey, part 5 storey mixed use building known as ‘Smiths Yard’ that was granted planning permission in 2016 under planning permission reference 111742/FO/2016/N1. The building consists of 99 residential units and 4 ground floor commercial units which were granted permission for use classes A1 (retail) A2 (professional/financial services) A3 (restaurant/café) B1 (business) and D1 (non-residential institutions) with association car parking, landscaping, amenity space, vehicular access from Bengal Street and other associated works. The units are not yet occupied however are expected to be occupied by a variety of businesses within the permitted use classes.

 

The submitted application seeks to vary condition 21 attached to planning permission 111742/FO/2016/N1.

 

Condition 21 states

The commercial units hereby approved, as indicated on drawing 1823-FCBS-A-2000 stamped as received by the City Council, as Local Planning Authority, on the 31 March 2016, shall not be open outside the following hours:-

 

Monday to Saturday   08.00hrs - 23.00hrs

Sundays                      09.00hrs - 23.00hrs

 

There shall be no amplified sound or any amplified music at any time within the units. 

 

Reason - In interests of residential amenity in order to reduce noise and general disturbance in accordance with saved policy DC26 of the Unitary Development Plan for the City of Manchester and policies SP1 and DM1 of the Core Strategy.

 

The application seeks to vary the operating hours of the commercial units as follows:

 

Sunday to Thursday   08.00hrs - 23.30hrs

Friday and Saturday   09.00hrs - 00.30hrs

 

The Committee concluded that a variation of condition 21 would not impact unreasonably on the residential amenity of those occupying the properties in the vicinity. 

 

Decision

 

To approve the application to vary condition 21 as follows.

 

The commercial units hereby approved, as indicated on drawing 1823-FCBS-A-2000 stamped as received by the City Council, as Local Planning Authority, on the 31 March 2016, shall not be open outside the following hours:-

 

Sunday to Thursday   08.00hrs - 23.30hrs

Friday and Saturday   09.00hrs - 00.30hrs

 

There shall be no amplified sound or any amplified music at any time within the units. 

 

Reason - In interests of residential amenity in order to reduce noise and general disturbance in accordance with saved policy DC26 of the Unitary Development Plan for the City of Manchester and policies SP1 and DM1 of the Core Strategy.

 

25.

120893/FO/2018 - Land Bounded By Bengal Street, Primrose Street, Radium Street And Silk Street Manchester M4 6AQ. pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is attached.

 

There will be a site visit for members of the Committee with the arrangements as follows:-

 

Meet at the entrance of the Town Hall, Lloyd Street at 9.30am

Arrive at the site at 9.50am

Leave site at approximately 10.10am.

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Minutes:

The Committee undertook a site visit in the morning before the meeting started.

 

The site is in the Ancoats Conservation Area and the Ancoats and New Islington Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF). The delivery of new homes is a key objective in the regeneration of Ancoats to support its vitality and support economic and population growth. The site is within the City Centre and Regional Centre for planning and regeneration purposes.

 

Councillor Taylor, a local ward member had made a late representation in support of the development.  Officers advised that she had said:-

 

“The number of small and medium sized businesses in Manchester is growing at an incredible rate and space like this is in demand and welcomes Ancoats and New Islington becoming a hub for these types of businesses.” 

 

Officers also confirmed that she was supportive of the provision of family accommodation at this location, given the area had much to offer families. 

 

The applicant was present and spoke to the Committee in support of the proposals.  He said that they have a similar development, Jactin House, which has co-working space and serviced offices which start from 14 sqm to 279 sqm. It offers affordable and all-inclusive spaces to SMEs who wish to start and grow their business in Ancoats in a modern, well designed and professionally operated setting. 

 

Occupiers would be able to choose from day passes, a monthly arrangement comprising either a floating or fixed desk, or a private office. There would be bookable meeting rooms. Space can be increased/decreased on a monthly basis. Regular networking events and workshops encourage tenants to collaborate.

 

This development would operate in a similar way and provide a mixed use scheme that would support the economic growth of Ancoats and deliver a key aspiration of the NDF.   

 

He also explained that they had held property interests in the Ancoats area since the 1990’s, and had several mixed use schemes in the area, which they had retained for management and maintenance purposes, delivered by a dedicated team based in Ancoats.  He also explained that he believed that if they produced an excellent product, customers would be retained.  He added that they take a proactive solution based approach to developments, rather than “churning out” developments that were all the same.  

 

The applicant said that he has a long history of living and working in Ancoats, and is committed to providing high quality developments that he himself would be proud to live in. He explained that they had consulted with local residents and businesses, and that as a result the scheme had been reduced in height and scale.   In addition, the scheme would provide family style accommodation, not just 3 bedroom accommodation, but specifically designed with family living in mind.

 

He also said that the strong setback at the top of the building would allow for outside family space on the roof terrace, to complement existing residential amenity.  The development of the site would also create improvements to the street scene.

 

The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.

26.

122183/VO/2018 & 122184/LO/2018 - Manchester Central Convention Complex Windmill Street Manchester M2 3GX. pdf icon PDF 692 KB

The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is attached.

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Minutes:

The applications relate to the forecourt of Manchester Central. The Complex, consists of three main buildings: the former Central Station (Grade II* Listed); the Manchester International Convention Centre (MICC); and the Seminar Centre. There are landscaped forecourts at the upper and lower level, the lower one being the former station approach which fronts onto Windmill Street. The complex is bounded by Watson Street/ the Great Northern Tower residential building, Windmill Street, Great Bridgewater Street and Lower Mosley Street. Surrounding the site are the Bridgewater Hall and the Grade II* Listed Great Northern Warehouse, Radisson Edwardian Hotel and Midland Hotel. The complex is raised above street level and is separated from Lower Mosley Street by the Metrolink viaduct. 

 

Planning permission and listed building consent is sought to erect a stone built circular memorial structure to commemorate the Peterloo Massacre on the north east part of the forecourt. Turner Prize winning architect, Jeremy Deller, has been working in collaboration with Manchester City Council and the Peterloo Memorial Campaign Group on the design which would comprise of two sets of concentric circles. One would rise in a series of steps to a central circular top and the other would be a version of this that is flush with the surrounding paving.

 

In the centre of both circles would be text in a compass-like configuration referring to analogous events that have occurred in the last 100 years. The circular form is intended to act as a compass, locating places in Manchester and the wider world.

 

Concerns have been raised about access to the memorial, especially by people with disabilities and wheelchair users.  The applicant had undertaken a revision of the scheme that  would allow for greater, but not full, access for people unable to climb to the top of the memorial.  Officers confirmed that this was a modest adjustment, but would deliver a significant material outcome.

 

A representative of the objectors spoke to the Committee and said that they supported the idea of a memorial but that it needed to be in the right form.  She pointed out that many of the people who survived with injuries after the Peterloo Massacre had been left with what would today be seen as significant disabilities, and that the memorial should take this into full account.  She said that Peterloo had been an event of international significance, and that a memorial should be fully inclusive and not discriminatory.  However, she did confirm that they had met with the applicant and that the concerns raised had been listened to and fully considered.  She added that the applicant had shown a commitment to making the memorial as accessible as possible, and the redesign would make this as participatory as possible.  She added that conditions should be in place to make this scheme a fit and proper memorial.

 

The applicant spoke to the Committee and said that the design of the memorial was intended to be as inclusive as possible, and was intended to be an assembly point and an  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

121857/FO/2018 - 84 Cambridge Street Manchester M15 6BP. pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is attached.

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Minutes:

The Committee received a request for a site visit.  The Committee considered that a site visit was appropriate, as they concluded that the report did not provide sufficient information about the scale and setting of the proposed development in relation to surrounding residential properties.

 

Decision

 

To defer the matter for a site visit.

28.

121011/FO/2018 - Garages Rear Of 88 School Lane Manchester M20 6GH pdf icon PDF 640 KB

The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is attached.

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Minutes:

88 School Lane is a commercial property located at the junction of School Lane and Ladysmith Road. The property is currently vacant and the site has been secured with hoardings. The applicant is proposing to erect a part two/part three storey terrace of four dwellings at the corner of School Lane and which extends down the Ladysmith Road frontage. The properties will be three bed dwellings, two of which will have off-street parking provision for two cars each. The remaining two dwellings will have no off-street parking facilities.

 

A local resident spoke in objection to the proposals and said that while the site does need to be developed as it was currently derelict, but that the problems related to parking in the area were of concern. 

 

Officers said that since the application had first been submitted, 4 of the proposed houses had been reduced in size from 3 to 2 storeys as a result of concerns raised by residents that the scheme would be too overbearing. 

 

The Committee asked for clarification as to whether the properties in the proposed development would be restricted to not being used as HMO’s, as this was a problem in the area, and officers confirmed that Condition 11 in the report fully addressed this issue. 

 

The Committee also expressed concern that 2 of the properties would have no provision for off street parking, and queried whether this meant that the site would represent an overdevelopment.  Members of the Committee who were familiar with the area commented that it was inconceivable that residents would not have a car, and having to park on the street would increase pressure of what was an existing significant problem.  Officers told the Committee that the current commercial nature of the site, a significant amount of car parking could be generated already.  In addition, the loss of a story meant the facility to provide parking to all the properties had been lost. 

 

The Committee concluded that the existing parking problems in the vicinity of the site combined with the proposal that 2 of the properties would not be provided with off-street parking was unacceptable, and found themselves minded to refuse the application as a result. 

 

Decision

 

Minded to refuse the application due to concerns about the impact of additional on street parking due to the lack of provision of parking for 2 properties in the development. 

 

29.

119951/FO/2018 - 10 Whitechapel Street Manchester M20 6UB pdf icon PDF 452 KB

The report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

10 Whitechapel Street is a two storey end-terraced property located on the edge of Didsbury District Centre. The property was formerly used as a sandwich shop but is now fully operational as a café (Class A3). Whitechapel Street runs from Wilmslow Road to Churchwood Road and consists predominantly of residential properties, namely two storey terraced dwellings and a larger 3 storey apartment complex. To the east of the property there is a car park that serves the commercial properties on Wilmslow Road. Immediately adjoining it there is a dwellinghouse (no. 12 Whitechapel Road). Opposite the site there is a turning head. Whitechapel Street is bollarded off approximately a quarter of the way along from the Wilmslow Road end, immediately to the east of the application property. This allows access to the rear of the commercial properties on Wilmslow Road and prevents rat-running along Whitechapel Road.

 

The applicant is using the basement and ground floor of the property as a café, with the basement being used to prepare the food and the ground floor housing the counter and seating areas. The applicant is also proposing to create a 2 bed self-contained flat on the first floor and in the roof space. Previously the first floor and roof space had been used as kitchens and ancillary accommodation (office and storage) for the previous sandwich shop use.

 

Officers drew the Committee’s attention to the amended condition 3 as set out in the late representation.

 

The Committee concluded that the property does have a history of commercial use since the original planning permission in 1986 (025690 - alterations to form a retail shop on ground floor and self-contained flat at first floor) and its continued use adds to the district centre offer. .

 

It is considered that with restrictive conditions, e.g. hours of operation and fume/odour extraction and impact upon existing residents can be managed and kept to a minimum.

 

Decision

 

To approve the application subject to the conditions and reasons in the report and the late representation, in particular the amended wording of condition 3.