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Decisions published

14/02/2019 - pplication No. 18/00368/FUL - 2 Central Avenue & 14 Long Street, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 2AA ref: 156    Refused

Decision Maker: Development Control Committee

Made at meeting: 14/02/2019 - Development Control Committee

Decision published: 06/03/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019

Decision:

Mr T Kitchener spoke upon the application as an objector. A copy of the objector’s representations is filed together with this minute at Appendix 1.

 

Mrs K Rees spoke upon the application as an objector. A copy of the objector’s representations is filed together with this minute at Appendix 2.

 

The Committee gave consideration to the report (as set out at pages 11 - 22 of the agenda pack) which asked it to determine a planning application for a change of use from a snooker hall (Use Class D2) to 12 residential units (Use Class C3) with partial demolition of the existing building to create a car park and associated works.

 

A debate thereon was had whereby most Members accepted that, upon the advice of Officers, there were insubstantial material planning grounds upon which a refusal of permission could be framed. This was because the provision of 12-dwellings, being in such a central and accessible location, was deemed to significantly contribute to the Borough’s evidence-based local housing supply and that the proposal, on balance, was considered beneficial to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area by providing a viable and sustainable economic future to the existing building.  

 

In reaching its decision, the Committee was advised that any refusal of permission in order to retain the Winchester Snooker Club was not a material consideration, and would otherwise be procedurally unsound and arguably unlawful. Member were also advised that any prospective appeal on highways grounds could not be successfully defended given the Local Highways Authority’s assessment that, in its view, the residual cumulative impacts of the development could be mitigated and were not considered “severe” (in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework).

 

Notwithstanding the above, Members were unanimous in their reluctance to support the grant of planning permission due to shared concerns with local residents regarding the proposed scheme’s impact upon highway and pedestrian safety along the entire lengh of Central Avenue due to increased vehicular movements and the impact of inadequate on-site parking provision. A Member also stated the report did not provide sufficient information regarding the commercial viability of the proposed scheme which, in that Member’s opinion, amounted to a material consideration.

 

It was moved by the Chair, seconded by the Vice-Chair and

 

RESOLVED THAT:

 

The application be GRANTED planning permission in accordance with the submitted documents and plans, subject to the prescribed conditions.

 

Votes For                  8

Votes Against          2

Abstentions             0

 

Councillor D A Gamble left the Chamber.


21/02/2019 - Council Tax Setting (2019/20) ref: 155    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Full Council

Made at meeting: 21/02/2019 - Full Council

Decision published: 04/03/2019

Effective from: 21/02/2019

Decision:

The Council gave consideration to the report (as set out on pages 36-40 of the agenda) which asked it to set and approve the amount of Council Tax for the Borough for 2019/20.

 

It was moved by Councillor Mrs S B Morris, seconded by the Deputy Leader of the Council and

 

RESOLVED THAT:

 

(i)          It be noted that under powers delegated to the Chief Financial Officer, the Council has calculated the amount of 17,423.2 as its Council Tax base for the financial year 2019/20 in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

(ii)        It be noted that the Council Tax requirement for the Council’s own purposes for 2019/20 is £3,911,508.

 

(iii)      The following amounts be calculated by the Council for the year 2019/20 in accordance with sections 30 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (as amended):

 

(a)     £19,114,596 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in section 31A(2) of the Act.

 

(b)     £15,203,088 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in section 31A(3) of the Act.

 

(c)      £3,911,508 being the amount by which the aggregate at (iii)(a) above exceeds the aggregate at (iii)(b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with section 31A (4) of the Act, as its Council Tax Requirement for the year.

 

(d)     £224.50 being the amount at (iii)(c) divided by the amount at A above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with section 31B of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year.

 

(e)     Valuation Bands

 

A

B

C

D

£

£

£

£

149.67

174.61

199.56

224.50

 

E

F

G

H

£

£

£

£

274.39

324.28

374.17

449.00

 

Being the amounts given by multiplying the amount at (iii)(d) above by the number which, in the proportion set out in section 5(1) of the Act, is applicable to dwellings listed in a particular valuation band divided by the number which in that proportion is applicable to dwellings listed in valuation Band D, calculated by the Council, in accordance with section 36(1) of the Act, as the amount to be taken into account for the year in respect of categories of dwellings listed in different valuation bands.

 

(iv)      It is noted that for the year 2019/20, Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester and Leicestershire, and the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Combined Fire Authority have stated the following amounts in precepts issued to the Council, in accordance with section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, for each of the categories shown below and that Leicestershire County Council have indicated that their provisional precept will be confirmed on 20 February 2019.

 

Precepting Authorities - Valuation Bands

 

Leicestershire County Council

A

B

C

D

£

£

£

£

861.45

1,005.03

1,148.61

1,292.18

E

F

G

H

£

£

£

£

1,579.33

1,866.48

2,153.64

2,584.36

 

Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester and Leicestershire

A

B

C

D

£

£

£

£

148.82

173.62

198.43

223.23

E

F

G

H

£

£

£

£

272.84

322.44

372.05

446.46

 

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Combined Fire Authority

A

B

C

D

£

£

£

£

44.43

51.83

59.24

66.64

E

F

G

H

£

£

£

£

81.45

96.26

111.07

133.28

 

(v)        That having calculated the aggregate in each case of the amounts at (iii)(e) and (iv) above, the Council, in accordance with section 30(2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, set the following amounts as the amounts of Council Tax for the year 2019/20 for each of the categories of dwellings shown below.

 

Valuation Bands

 

A

B

C

D

£

£

£

£

1,204.37

1,405.09

1,605.84

1,806.55

 

E

F

G

H

£

£

£

£

2,208.01

2,609.46

3,010.93

3,613.10

 

In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, the names of the persons who casted a vote for the motion or against the motion or who abstained from voting were recorded as follows:

 

Votes For (17)

Votes Against (2)

Abstentions (0)

L A Bentley

E R Barr

 

G A Boulter

B Dave

 

J W Boyce

 

 

Mrs L M Broadley

 

 

F S Broadley

 

 

D M Carter

 

 

M H Charlesworth

 

 

M L Darr

 

 

R F Eaton

 

 

Mrs L Eaton

 

 

D A Gamble

 

 

J Kaufman

 

 

Mrs L Kaufman

 

 

Mrs H E Loydall

 

 

K J Loydall JP

 

 

Mrs S B Morris

 

 

R E R Morris

 

 

 

Lead officer: Stephen Hinds