Variation of condition 2 of CC/15/04201/FUL. Alterations to design and fenestration.
The committee considers this application to be invalid. We note that the drawings show a number of material changes from the previous approved application, including reinstatement of attic windows and an increase both in floor area and height and thus cannot constitute a variation of condition but should be subject of a new application. They seem to be a reversion to the original superseded plans withdrawn at the request of the planning officer. The additional bedrooms will result in more people and cars in a development we already consider to be over-dense.
The Chichester Society has submitted its response via the questionnaire to the District Council’s draft Southern Gateway Masterplan. It can be viewed here.
While supporting the general thrust of the proposals the Society feels that the Master Plan is fundamentally flawed by not providing a solution for the level crossings misery. The provision of a bus gate and the existing crossing on Stockbridge Road and a shallow underpass for cars on or parallel to Basin Road is a workable solution.
As regards the Strategic Environmental Assessment the Society stated that the feasibility of the Master Plan aspirations and timetable require forward planning and investment now to enable the essential infrastructure items such as drainage, moving the bus depot, moving the Royal Mail Sorting Office, and land purchase for the underpass / level crossing solution.
17/00747/FUL Costa 69 – 70 East Street PO19 1JX External seating.
Objection. A licence is required from the Highways Authority (WSCC) to block the thoroughfare. Such outside areas are inevitably subject to ‘creep’ and studs are needed to clearly mark the agreed area in agreement with WSCC. The screens surrounding the area will require separate planning permission if they include advertising. We are concerned with the effects of blocking the pavement and forcing pedestrians over the curb onto the cambered road surface, particularly for the disabled and elderly. Extra congestion on Market Days is also a concern.
17/00974/FUL 3 The Boardwalk Northgate Change of use of the existing building comprising shops and hair salon (class A1) and cafe (class A3), to form 1 no. restaurant on ground floor (class A3), 4 no. 1 bed maisonettes and 1 no. 2 bed flat (class C3) including associated access.
Objection. We deplore the loss of retail and office premises in central Chichester and consider that the existing use should be maintained. The proliferation of roof-lights damages the ‘look’ of this building in a prominent position, and the internal alterations will hide the historic Victorian timber roof trusses. There is serious concern that the flats and restaurant proposed would overload the waste-water treatment works, as per the correspondence from Southern Water.
17/00946/FUL and 17/00947/LBC 150 St Pancras PO19 7SH Change of use from A1 and C3 to A3 (restaurant).
Strong objection. While we would welcome the return of this important seventeenth
century building to use, we have a number of major concerns. A kitchen could not be installed without altering or removing existing historic fabric and would require an unsightly air extraction unit. There are no details of fire-escape provision from the upper floor nor of the waste disposal facilities intended. We note the apparent inconsistency in refusing an earlier planning application for a micro-brewery on this site which would have had shorter opening hours and not required airextraction equipment or alterations to the historic fabric.
17/01332/FUL. The Foundry, 1 Southgate, Chichester. To extend outdoor seating and create outside bar.
The Executive Committee comment that there should be no external speakers for music and that the hours of use be limited to 11 at night. We also point out that the situation on the external signage to the premises has not been regularised.
Therefore the Committee objects to this application and asks that the Council refuses permission.
17/01436/ADV & 17/01581/LBC. 71-72 East Street, Chichester. For Monsoon. 1 non-illuminated fascia sign and redecoration of shopfront.
The Executive Committee comment that the proposal includes a drawing referring to internally illuminated lettering which must be withdrawn from the application and that the fascia must include the street number, both as required for compliance with the Council’s Guidance Note for Shopfronts in the City Conservation Area.
Therefore the Committee asks that conditions be imposed on the permission enforcing these 2 aspects.
17/01287/FUL, 49 – 51 Fishbourne Road East, Chichester. Redevelopment of Downland House HQ Offices as 38 affordable homes with associated parking, access and landscaping.
The Executive Committee while supporting the provision of affordable housing consider that this proposal is unacceptable because its 3 storey height represents overdevelopment in this location causing loss of privacy and outlook for Nos 45 and 47 and loss of visual amenity along Fishbourne Road.