Report of the Service Lead, Planning, Infrastructure and Development recommending that the Panel delegate approval in respect of an application for a proposed development at the above address.
The Panel considered the report of the Service Lead, Planning, Infrastructure and Development recommending delegated authority be granted in respect of an application for a proposed development at the above address.
Demolition of existing buildings and re-development of the site with a 5 - 6 storey building to accommodate 188 student bedrooms in the form of 18 cluster flats with associated communal facilities, management office and cycle store; 4 separate retail units; vehicular, pedestrian and cycle access; access for adjoining properties, and landscaping.
David Bayliss, Theresa Gover, Jeff Nibblett, John Wright, Jean Willis and Charlotte Gunn (local residents objecting), Peter Atfield (agent) were present and with the consent of the Chair, addressed the meeting.
The presenting officer requested that an additional clause within the section 106 legal agreement relating to an accredited management scheme for the development. In response to questions from the Panel, officers agreed to add a further clause to the section 106 legal agreement seeking a financial contribution towards off-site tree replacement. The Panel also requested that an amendment to conditions for the provision of laundry facilities and that an additional condition be added for cycle storage facilities, details set out below.
Upon being put to the vote the Panel confirmed the Habitats Regulation Assessment.
The Panel then considered the recommendation to delegate authority to the Service Lead: Planning, Infrastructure and Development to grant planning permission. Upon being put to the vote the recommendation was carried unanimously.
RESOLVED that the Panel:
(i) confirmed the Habitats Regulation Assessment set out in Appendix 3 of the report.
(ii) Delegated approval to the Service Lead – Planning, Infrastructure and Development Manager to grant planning permission subject to any amendments set out below and the completion of a S.106 Legal Agreement to secure:
a. Financial contributions towards site specific transport contributions for highway improvements in the vicinity of the site in line with Policy SDP4 of the City of Southampton Local Plan Review (as amended 2015), policies CS18 and CS25 of the adopted LDF Core Strategy (as amended 2015) and the adopted SPD relating to Planning Obligations (September 2013);
b. In lieu of an affordable housing contribution an undertaking by the developer that only students in full time education be permitted to occupy the development.
c. Submission of a highway condition survey to ensure any damage to the adjacent highway network attributable to the build process is repaired by the developer.
d. Submission of a Training & Employment Management Plan committing to adopting local labour and employment initiatives, in accordance with Policies CS24 & CS25 of the Local Development Framework Core Strategy Development Plan Document - Adopted Version (as amended 2015) and the adopted SPD relating to Planning Obligations (September 2013).
e. The submission, approval and implementation of a Carbon Management Plan setting out how the carbon neutrality will be achieved and/or how remaining carbon emissions from the development will be mitigated in accordance with policy CS20 of the Core Strategy and the Planning Obligations SPD (September 2013).
f. Restrictions to prevent future occupiers benefitting from parking permits in surrounding streets. No student, with the exception of registered disabled drivers, shall be entitled to obtain parking permits to the Council’s Controlled Parking Zones.
g. The submission and implementation of a Construction Management Plan which includes the routing of construction traffic and timing of deliveries to avoid peak hours.
h. Submission and implementation of a Waste Management Plan.
i. Submission and implementation of a Travel Plan.
j. Submission and implementation of a Public Route Management Plan.
k. Submission, details and implementation of a turning area.
l. Financial contributions towards Solent Disturbance Mitigation in accordance with policy CS22 (as amended 2015) of the Core Strategy and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010;
m. Submission, approval and implementation of a ‘Student Intake Management Plan’ to regulate arrangements at the beginning and end of the academic year;
n. Submission, approval and implementation of a CCTV network that can be linked into and/or accessed by the Council and its partners (if required); and
o. Submission, details and implementation of a scheme of public art.
(iii) That the Service Lead – Infrastructure, Planning & Development be given delegated powers to add, vary and /or delete relevant parts of the Section 106 agreement and/or conditions as necessary.
(iv) In the event that the legal agreement is not completed within a reasonable period following the Panel meeting, the Service Lead-Infrastructure, Planning & Development be authorised to refuse permission on the ground of failure to secure the provisions of the Section 106 Legal Agreement. In the event that the scheme’s viability is tested prior to planning permission being issued and, following an independent assessment of the figures, it is no longer viable to provide the full package of measures set out above then a report will be brought back to the Planning and Rights of Way Panel for further consideration of the planning application.
(v) that the legal agreement is not completed within a reasonable period following the Panel meeting, the Service Lead- Planning Infrastructure and Development be authorised to refuse permission on the ground of failure to secure the provisions of the Section 106 Legal Agreement.
(vi) That the Planning and Development Manager be given delegated powers to add, vary and /or delete relevant parts of the Section 106 agreement and/or conditions as necessary.
Additional clauses to the Section 106 legal agreement
p. The student housing scheme to be bound by the terms of the Southampton Accreditation Scheme (or an alternative scheme as may be approved by the Council in writing).
q. A financial contribution towards off-site tree replacement to secure 2 no. Lime Trees within the Bargate Ward.
27 PROVISION AND RETENTION OF ANCILLARY FACILITIES (PERFORMANCE CONDITION)
The ancillary facilities for the student accommodation as shown on the approved plans, to include the communal lounges, communal recreation area (basement), gym, student leisure/café, laundry, bin and cycle storage; and associated external amenity spaces, shall be provided in accordance with the approved plans before the residential accommodation is first occupied and retained thereafter for the duration of the use of the building as student accommodation. Suitable lift access shall be provided to the basement during the lifetime of the development in accordance with the approved plans.
REASON: In the interests of the amenities of future occupiers of the building.
CYCLE STORAGE FACILITIES (PRE-COMMENCEMENT CONDITION)
Before the development hereby approved first comes into occupation, secure and covered storage for bicycles shall be provided in accordance with details to be first submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The storage shall be thereafter retained as approved.
REASON: To encourage cycling as an alternative form of transport.
LAUNDRY FACILITIES (PRE-COMMENCEMENT CONDITION)
Prior to the commencement of groundworks, details of laundry facilities for the student accommodation hereby approved shall be first submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The laundry facilities shall be installed prior to first occupation and thereafter retained as approved.
REASON: To ensure adequate communal laundry facilities are provided on site to meet the day to day needs of the student accommodation hereby approved.