PROPOSAL: redevelopment to provide two storey building with undercroft parking (three storeys in total) comprising of office space (Use Class E); parking, bin and cycle stores.
The Committee resolved to accept officer recommendations.
The Planning Committee was asked to:
(1) agree the reason for approval as set out in the report;
(2) grant planning permission subject to the conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the report.
The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to grant the application was by a majority of votes.
Councillors Fitzpatrick, Henson, Maru and Parekh voted to grant the application.
Councillors Ashton, Baxter and Patel abstained from voting on the application.
(Note: Councillors Ashton, Baxter and Patel wished it to be recorded that they abstained because, at the Planning Committee briefing, at 5pm on Monday, 7 June, 2021, Planning Committee Members requested that better and clearer drawings were required to fully understand the design of the proposed building.
However, at the meeting these were not presented to the Committee as requested and yet the Planning officers confirmed that they did have clearer drawings in their possession during the meeting on 9 June 2021.
Councillors Ashton, Baxter and Patel took the view that this was unacceptable, because the drawings presented to the Committee were of poor quality and so, in the absence of an agreement to defer, they felt that had no choice but to abstain.)