Application:
May 2017 – 17/01451
Title:
33 St Lukes Road. Change of use of building from offices to 4 flats.
We have commented previously on similar applications for this site, most recently in November 2016 on an proposal for conversion into 5 flats (16/03371). As previously stated we do not object in principle to the change of use to residential. We do maintain that there should not be rear access to Norfolk Park Cottages, with all access/egress to/from the site being onto St Lukes Road. This latest application has poor quality drawings to demonstrate the proposed interior layout and use of the four proposed apartments. The location of kitchen areas is unclear, as is the provision of bathroom/wc facilities for all flats. One flat has two basement rooms - of which one has no window. There is inadequate information to demonstrate that minimum living standards are being adhered to. The Supporting Statement refers to 5 parking spaces for 1 x 2-bed flat and 3 x 1-bed flats, but there is no drawing to show location of such parking or the provision of garden amenity space - if any.
Application:
May 2017 – 17/01442
Title:
130 and 132 Clare Road. Construction of outbuildings.
The description of this application is inadequate. It appears that the application relates to an identical proposal for two adjacent but different properties. It is our understanding that a separate application (and planning fee) is required for each address, unless the properties have been combined as one for Council Tax purposes. The proposed structures are situated directly on the rear and side boundary of each property. There will be future difficulties with exterior maintenance, because of the lack of access. The neighbouring properties to the side and rear will have two substantial structures with a ridge height that will be visually intrusive and will detract from the enjoyment of their gardens. The proposal is to construct two identical gyms with full utilities (power, water, sewage) provided. Any other use, especially ancillary residential accommodation should not be permitted, and there should be an enforceable condition to this effect in the event of any permission being granted.