AMENDED SCHEME: Pay for parking demand to developer
Planning officers recommend refusing an amended scheme for 20 apartments on a former Llandudno pub site, unless agreement is reached on how much compensation is paid for a lack of parking.
Conwy county council’s planning committee will discuss the altered planning application for the former Nevill pub on Augusta Street at Wednesday’s planning meeting.
An application for 20 apartments on the site was approved in August 2019, against officers’ advice, subject to a Section 106 financial contribution to highways because there wasn’t sufficient parking on site.
Permission was also subject to compliance with Natural Resources Wales advice about flood mitigation, as the site is in a designated C1 flood zone.
However a report on the amended scheme showed the applicant had been “unable to agree with the freehold owner of the land to enter into S106 planning obligations to make a financial highways contribution towards off-site highways works to mitigate the shortfall in parking provision on the site”.
The development would see nine apartments within the existing pub building and 11 more in a new structure on land next to it.
There would be one, one-bed, 17 two-bed and two, three-bed flats within the development.
The two buildings would be joined by a four-storey glass “link” with an internal staircase and lift.
The difference between the new proposal and the former are a more traditional appearance to the development, the omission of two balconies to the rear of the former pub building and reduction in parking spaces – from 18 to 17 – to meet minimum space requirements for each bay.
Councillors on the planning committee passed the previous incarnation of the scheme on the grounds the need for housing outweighed any flood risk potential.
It emerged NRW tried to “call-in” the decision to Welsh Government and have it re-assessed.
It said it had concerns the flood risk and the contents of a consultants’ Flood Consequence Assessment had not been addressed.
The call-in was turned down by Welsh Government because it said the committee had “taken into account the material considerations in the determination process”.
Officers have recommended the adjusted application should be refused unless “unless flood risk, highway and planning obligations matters have been addressed” to the satisfaction of the development and building control manager within four weeks or a period approved by them.
Words: Jez Hemming, Local Democracy Reporter
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