Conversion of existing unoccupied 12no bedroom hostel into 5no self-contained supported living units (class C3.b) with staff and communal areas.
The Senior Planning Officer, Steve France, gave a detailed presentation on the report relating to the abovementioned planning application, a copy of which had been circulated (for copy see file of minutes). Members noted that the written report was supplemented by a visual presentation which included photographs of the site. The application was for the conversion of existing unoccupied 12no bedroom hostel into 5no self-contained supported living units (class C3.b) with staff and communal areas and was recommended for approval, subject to conditions.
The Senior Planning Officer noted that the applicant was in attendance to answer any questions Members may have.
The Chair thanked the Officer and asked the Committee for their comments and questions.
Councillor S Wilson noted the concerns he had initially when calling the application to Committee related to highways and he wished to thank the applicant who had attended a meeting of the Parish Council and worked with the community in a very positive manner. He added the condition within the recommendation as referred to by the Police helped give good control and confidence as regards the concerns raised by the community. He noted that he had experience in working in a safeguarding profession and the work that was going into the property to give the space that was needed and to be able to provide bespoke specialist care was a boon for the county as well as his local Ward and therefore he was very happy to go with the Officer’s recommendation and moved that the application be approved.
Councillor C Marshall acknowledged the huge steps taken by the applicant to engage with the local community and thanked all involved, including the Senior Planning Officer, in being able to have an application that was sympathetic to the environment that it was in and added that it was an example of good planning. He added the positive partnership working between the applicant and the community would put the development in good stead and noted he was happy to second the proposal for approval.
Councillor S Wilson moved the Officer recommendation for approval, he was seconded by Councillor C Marshall.
Upon a vote being taken it was:
That the application be APPROVED subject to the conditions as set out within the report.