Application:
July 2017 – 17/02220
Title:
Land at 53 and 54 Brunel Road. Construction of 2 x 2 bedroom flats.
The boundaries of this proposed site are difficult to establish. One site plan shows the external access steps to the existing properties sitting within the proposed boundary line of the new site. The OS site plan shows the proposed new site also includes the land to the front of the existing properties. The viability of this proposal depends on the access and parking arrangements for the existing building and for the proposed new structure. Highways observe that the site is currently used for parking, and that a total of six parking spaces are needed over the existing and proposed buildings. However, the application makes no reference to access or parking provision for either dwelling structure.
Application:
July 2017 – 17/02051
Title:
55 St Marks Road. Erection of 14 dwellings, car parking, landscaping and associated works following demolition of existing buildings and structures.
In principle we have no problem with the development of this site as residential dwellings. However, it is felt that the proposed number of dwellings and the size of some of those dwellings is over ambitious. At the far end of the site it would be preferable to see only two pairs of semis - rather than attempting to squeeze in an extra house (shown as Unit 10). Many of the houses have too large a footprint for the size of plot on which they stand, with minimal amenity space. Although, the proposed level of parking provided is adequate, it appears that there is an under provision of garden amenity space. This could be improved if the footprint of some houses was reduced and the number of houses was reduced to eleven or twelve. Although the proposed density is not excessive, the configuration and topography of the site (especially the disproportionately large area taken up by the access road) will result in a lower density being realistically deliverable.
Application:
July 2017 – 17/01993
Title:
107 Blackamoor Lane. Proposed extension and conversion of the existing dwelling to provide five flats with associated parking and amenity space.
This property sits on a corner plot at the junction of Blackamoor Lane and Ray Mill Road West, and in a location (Zones 2 and 3) subject to Flood Planning Policy. Earlier planning applications in 2005 and 2010 were refused. In 2016 there was Permitted Development of the first extensions, followed by a permission for further development under 17/00261, granted early in 2017. We did not comment on this application, which made a key factor that the extensions in footprint were less that the 30 square metres permitted under Flood Policy F1. Following these cumulative extensions, this current proposal is to further extend the building to deliver 3 x 1-bed and 2 x 2-bed flats. The resultant increase in footprint is now quoted as 68.88 square metres, which is well in excess of that permitted. Furthermore with a total bedroom count of seven, the potential number of occupants at potential flood risk is significantly increased. The provision of seven parking spaces is adequate in line with retained RBWM Parking Policy. However, the parking area and turning area will generate significant run off, and it is to be hoped that a porous surface will be provided to alleviate flooding issues. Because the main building structure is to the north of the site, the parking area is located in the middle of the site, with the new access significantly closer to the junction with Ray Mill Road West. This is unavoidable, but contributes to road safety risks as a result of the increase in vehicular movements. Furthermore, the plans require an improved visibility splay than is proposed for vehicles leaving the site, again because of proximity to the road junction. On street parking should be prohibited, to improve access and egress from the site.