Erection of Three storey extension to Sports and Music Hall building with associated landscaping.
The Senior Planning Officer, Leigh Dalby, 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 the erection of three storey extension to Sports and Music Hall building with associated landscaping and was recommended for approval, subject to conditions. The Senior Planning Officer noted an additional condition, should Members be minded to approve the application, relating to damp proof course and drainage.
The Chair thanked the Senior Planning Officer and asked Caitlin Newby, Agent for the Applicant, to speak in support of the application.
C Newby thanked the Chair and Committee and explained the application was for a new T-Level extension to New College Durham (NCD) and that it was in line with the policies and strategic objectives of the CDP.
She noted that NCD had worked very carefully in respect of policy requirements prior to submitting the application. She reminded Members that NCD was looking to better cater for future learners, working with local employers and Government in respect of skills gap. She added that T-Levels were new two-year technical qualifications for those aged 16-19 in areas such as Health, Education and Science, identified skills with a national shortage. She explained that the proposals would also accommodate new subjects as T-Levels expanded, therefore the application was such to meet that need.
C Newby noted that the proposals would allow for greater options for post-16 education locally, crucial in addressing social inequalities, impacting on future career options and earning potential. She referred Members to the report and presentation, noting that the application was seen as acceptable in principle and that Officers noting the application was acceptable, subject to conditions. She added that there had been no objections from any members of the public and respectfully requested that Members approved the application.
The Chair thanked C Newby and asked Members of the Committee for their comments and questions.
Councillor J Elmer noted he honestly could not find anything negative to say as regards the application and therefore moved that the application be approved subject to the conditions set out in the report and the additional condition as set out by the Senior Planning Officer. Councillor J Cosslett seconded the motion for approval.
Upon a vote being taken it was:
That the application be APPROVED subject to the conditions as set out within the report and an additional condition relating to drainage.