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18/1123/FUL - 23A Hooper Street

Decision Maker: Planning

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee received an application forfull planning permission.


The application sought approval for retrospective planning permission for the change of use of existing buildings from Class B2 micro-brewery to Class B2 micro-brewery and Class A4 drinking establishment.


The Committee received a written representation in objection to the application from a local resident who was unable to attend the meeting. This was circulated to members of the Committee.


Sam Calverley (Applicant) addressed the Committee in support of the application.


Councillor Richard Robertson (Petersfield Ward Councillor) addressed the Committee and made the following comments:


  i.  The Councillor was speaking at the request of 7 immediate neighbours to the rear of the site.

  ii.  Unacceptable noise levels from an open site.

  iii.  Neighbours had lost enjoyment of gardens.

  iv.  Children sleeping to the rear of properties were disturbed.

  v.  Food vans were attracted to the area causing further disturbance.

  vi.  Former industrial site unsuitable for this use.

 vii.  Accessible toilets were not provided.

viii.  Poor toilet facilities resulted in urination in the street.

  ix.  Application fails under the following Local Plan Policies: 56 (facilities), 58 (cycle parking) and 8 (residential amenity).

  x.  Litter was problematic.

  xi.  Location of this venue was unacceptable in a conservation area.


Members discussed the use of a condition to require the applicant to install disabled facilities.


The Delivery Manager advised the Committee that this would be difficult as it was a building regulation matter. She suggested an informative, in the event Members approved the application with wording delegated to officers, in consultation with the Chair and Spokes. This was agreed without a vote.


Councillor Blencowe proposed an amendment to the Officer’s recommended condition 1 as follows:

The A4 use hereby permitted shall cease 1 2 years from the date of this permission.


This amendment was carried by 6 votes to 1 and 3 abstentions.


The Committee:


Resolved (by 7 votes to 3) to grant the application for planning permission in accordance with the officer recommendation, for the reasons set out in the officer report, and subject to the conditions recommended by the officers and subject to amendment to condition 1 to allow two year permission and an additional condition regarding provision of inclusive access and facilities. The wording for this additional condition will be drafted and shared with the Chair, Vice Chair and Spokes prior to issue of the permission.

Report author: Mary Collins

Publication date: 02/01/2019

Date of decision: 05/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 05/12/2018 - Planning

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