Manchester City Council

Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda and draft minutes

Planning and Highways Committee - Thursday, 12th March, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension, Manchester

Contact: Andrew Woods 

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23.

Supplementary Information on Applications Being Considered

The report of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licencing will follow.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A copy of the late representations that were received in respect of applications, since the agenda was issued, was circulated.

 

Decision

 

To receive and note the late representations.

24.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 159 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 13 February 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision

 

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 13 February 2020 as a correct record.

25.

125799/FO/2019 - John Dalton West / John Dalton Tower Chester Street M1 5GD - Deansgate Ward pdf icon PDF 924 KB

The report of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is enclosed.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The application related to the demolition of the existing John Dalton West Building and associated structures, and erection of a new 7 storey education building for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, physical connections to and external refurbishment of the John Dalton Tower, hard and soft landscaping works, car and cycle parking and associated works.

 

The Planning Officer drew the Committee’s attention to a comment from a local resident which had been forwarded by Councillor Johns who supported this resident’s comments. The resident supported the scheme but requested that there should be no construction traffic on the street and requested that the developer support foot and cycle access around the Mancunian Way. The Planning Officer then confirmed that a pedestrian crossing had been included as part of the plans and would be positioned on Cambridge Street, also confirming that the developer will have a construction management plan with regard to construction vehicles.

 

The applicant then addressed the Committee and explained that the new building was for Manchester University stating that staff and students were constrained on the current site and there was an overall need for modernising the facilities. The new build would support the science faculties and, if approved, would attract staff and students on an international level whilst also strengthening local partnerships, such as with NHS Manchester. Furthermore, the facilities would promote forms of sustainable travel in reducing parking spaces for personal use.

 

Councillor Davies, representing Deansgate Ward, welcomed the application stating that MMU was an important component in Manchester’s approach to developing strategies to counter future health issues. However, Councillor Davies raised a concern about the consultation area and felt that some residents adjacent to the proposed development had already been impacted by other recent developments. Councillor Davies requested that MMU maintain a dialogue with local residents and do their utmost to have a minimal impact on those living nearby.

 

Councillor Andrews proposed to move the application and the Committee gave this their unanimous support.

 

Decision

 

To approve the application, subject to the conditions and reasons set out in the report submitted and the Late Representations submitted.

26.

123983/FO/2019 - 1 Salmon Street Manchester M4 1AA - Piccadilly Ward pdf icon PDF 332 KB

The report of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is enclosed.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The application related to the renovation of the vacant building at 1 Salmon Street, near Shudehill in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The application was requesting a mixed use Café and Drinking Establishments, serving only cold food. The ground floor and upper levels would operate as two separate business but would be operated and managed by the applicant.

 

The Planning Officer had nothing further to add since providing the Late Representations on the application.

 

The applicant stated they did not wish to comment either but would be happy to answer any questions.

 

Councillor Lyons questioned whether waste from the premises would be stored on site before being put out for collection. The Planning Officer confirmed that there was an internal waste store as part of the report.

 

Councillor Lyons then proposed to move the application and the Committee gave this their unanimous support.

 

Decision

 

To approve the application, subject to the conditions and reasons set out in the report submitted and the Late Representations submitted.

27.

124302/FO/2019 - Land Bounded By Chester Road, Hulme Hall Road & Ellesmere Street M15 4JY - Hulme Ward pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The report of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is enclosed.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration of this application was deferred at the meeting of the Planning and Highways Committee on 13 February 2020 to enable a site visit to take place.

 

The application was for the demolition of the existing building on site and the erection of a residential-led mixed use development within two build blocks ranging from eight to eighteen storeys in height. The development consists of three hundred and sixty-six residential units, two hundred and seventeen square metres of commercial floor space, associated car and cycle parking within a basement level, public realm and landscaping, access and servicing arrangements and other associated works.

 

The site is located on the north east side of the junction of Chester Road and Hulme Hall Road, and is within the St Georges area of Hulme. It is bounded by Hulme Hall Road, Chester Road and Ellesmere Street.

 

The Planning Officer had nothing further to add since providing the application report.

 

A local resident spoke at the meeting as chair of a local community forum to object to the application on the grounds that there had not been any consultation with the forum. She spoke of concerns around a “gated community” feel to the development which would exclude current residents and also explained concerns around the increased population in the area relating to the three hundred and sixty six new dwellings proposed in the application and the strain it would put on traffic and local amenities. The local resident spoke of concerns about the height of the proposed dwellings and questioned why Hulme Ward was being considered for such high rise buildings of eighteen storeys.

 

The applicant then addressed the Committee stating that the development was on a brownfield site and that the design and materials were sympathetic to the rest of the immediate area. The applicant confirmed the amount of dwellings as three hundred and sixty six apartments comprising of one, two and three bedroomed options and stated that the development would enhance the Castlefield area. There would be a communal space, tree lined areas, roof gardens and appropriate lighting. The applicant added that, overall, this development would provide high quality accommodation. The applicant stated further that the development would provide construction jobs, supply the City Council with £600,000 per annum in Council Tax and was meeting concerns around Climate Change in providing generous cycle parking and electric car charging on site.

 

Councillor Igbon and Councillor Wright, both representing Hulme Ward, spoke of concerns about the application. Councillor Igbon stated that she had worked with the applicant and local residents and felt that there were serious concerns in treating the St George’s area as though it was the City Centre and allowing developments under City Centre regulations to be considered. Councillor Igbon stated that she could not support the application, making comment that it was at odds with the City Councils own Climate Emergency Policy with regard to the increased traffic the application would bring about if approved. This development, she stated, would not help or  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

125186/FO/2019 - Riverside Lodge 208 Palatine Road M20 2WF - Didsbury West Ward pdf icon PDF 858 KB

The report of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is enclosed.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This application was reported to the Committee on 13 February 2020. As Members resolved that they were minded to refuse the proposal, the application was deferred with the Committee requesting that a report be brought back which addresses these concerns and provide further consideration of potential reasons for refusal.

 

Reasons for refusal were now included and outlined as “impact on residential amenity, due to construction work and in particular noise and disturbance and the loss of use of the lift for a period of time. Loss of part of the green area fronting Palatine Road.”

 

Riverside Lodge is residential complex on Palatine Road consisting of 34 flats split into two blocks. Block A is 4 storeys in height (flat nos. 1 to 16), while block B is a part 4/part 5 storey building housing flat nos. 17-34. The ground floor levels of both buildings are elevated as they sit on top of undercroft parking facilities for 34 cars. To the front of the blocks is a hard surfaced area used for servicing and parking, while at the rear there is a communal lawned area. To the west of the site is a wooded area and beyond that stands the Green Belt. To the east of the site, on the opposite side of Palatine Road, stands a modern residential development set behind a Site of Biological Interest. To the north of Block B is another strip of woodland, beyond which stands three detached dwellinghouses. Riverside Court, a 3 storey residential complex of 24 flats lies to the south of Block A. The row of trees along the rear boundary of the site are protected by a Tree Preservation Order and the site is located within Flood Zone 3.

 

The Planning Officer informed the Committee that issues had been addressed since the previous minded to refuse decision.

 

A local resident, objecting to the application, spoke of the flood risk, loss of grassy area to support a proposed car park but expressed her highest concern at the temporary loss of the use of the lift within the building and disabled parking bays if the development were to be agreed.

 

Councillors Kilpatrick and Leech, representing Didsbury West Ward, were present to address the Committee with their objections. Councillor Kilpatrick spoke of his concern with regard to the current residents and that those with mobility issues would be the most affected by the loss of use of the lift and parking areas.

Councillor Leech thanked the Committee for their decision of minded to refuse in February 2020 and highlighted the loss of a fire escape and loss of parking, more than likely leading people to park illegally on the main road, both leading to safety risks. Councillor Leech made further comment that a condition which allowed the building to be erected in the past would have to be broken in order to carry out this development and questioned the initial decision which allowed the development of these residential premises in 2014.

 

The Planning Officer  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.

29.

121828/FO/2018 - 351 Palatine Road Northenden M22 4FY - Northenden Ward pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The report of the Director of Planning, Building Control and Licensing is enclosed.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The site consists of a terrace of commercial properties, namely 349 to 359 Palatine Road, located with the Northenden District Centre. The properties are currently vacant but were last used as a beauty salon, a café and a bar on the ground floor, with associated commercial space above. The applicant is proposing to demolish the existing terrace and replace it with the following:

 

Erection of a 4 storey building consisting of a ground floor commercial unit

(226m²), with 16 two bed apartments above. Creation of 15 parking spaces at the rear of the site, access to which would be via the existing access road at the side of the property. Two of these spaces would be disabled parking spaces. Erection of an external bin and cycle store.

 

The Planning Officer stated that he had nothing further to add to the report.

 

The applicant stated that he had nothing to add either but was available to answer any questions. Councillor Madeline Monaghan stated that she welcomed this application for Northenden Ward.

 

Councillor Andrews proposed to move the application and the Committee gave this their unanimous support.

 

Decision

 

To approve the application, subject to the conditions and reasons set out in the report submitted and the Late Representations submitted.