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Updates from Herefordshire Council's planning committee
Updated 12:45pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
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- Meeting due to commence shortly.
- Controversial plans for a supermarket on Southern Avenue in Leominster have been recommended for refusal - and will be debated shortly.
- A £30 million redevelopment of a Hereford estate long ranked among the most deprived is also being decided this morning.
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Application for two fully glazed draught lobbies and associated alterations to landscaping, installation of bicycle stands and replacement of glazed doors to ground with first and second floors to north east division discussed.
Application is approved.
The application has been approved.
Although the building of three premises on this site would not normally be allowed, this is the only way forward says Councillor Bob Matthews.
Councillor John Jarvis, local member, says the application should be approved but with "very stringent" conditions.
Application for three dwellings and associated landscaping and access works, including a scheme of landscape enhancement and the reinstatement of a public footpath at land at Thorny Orchard, Coughton, Ross-on-Wye now being discussed.
Nine votes in favour of the amendment.
Eight against. The application will be deferred for two months.
Votes to be taken for an amendment for this application to be deferred for further information.
Local member Councillor Peter McCaull summing up.
Access to this site would be much easier than to the Mill Street site.
People in the surrounding area would be encouraged to visit Leominster. Two months needed to sort out these problems.
Councillor Mark Hubbard says there is no connection with this site and the town centre.
Legal advisor says there are no issues with the reasons for refusal.
Councillor Bob Matthews has "grave concerns" about refusing this application.
He says an appeal would cost "an awful lot of money" and requests legal advice.
Councillor Adrian Bridges says he would support the opportunity to defer the application.
She highlights concerns about contamination of land by petrol station, loss of employment land and traffic issues.
Councillor Felicity Norman now speaking.
Officer's recommendation for refusal lists reasons that are very similar to many other objections.
Out of town supermarket would not contribute to town centre.
The impact of Morrisons on the town was "absolutely devastating" and caused many food shops to close.
Town is "vulnerable".
He says modern living dictates that people who work all day have to use supermarkets because other smaller businesses are closed during the day.
Says the application should be deferred for two months so that the applicant has a chance to look at the issues raised in the recommendation.
Local member Peter McCaull says it is "unacceptable" that this application has been held back to wait for the Mill Street application to come together.
Also "unacceptable" that officer's recommendation for refusal was only announced last week, so Morbaine could not attempt to rectify any of the issues.
Mill Street store application is double the size of Morbain's, and has issues regarding flooding, concerns about the railway crossing.
"Simply too big" for Leominster, she says.
Tricia Thomas, of Thomas Panels Ltd, now speaking.
Says a new food store of this type would be beneficial for Leominster.
Mr Verity, of Leominster Civic Society, highlighting objections.
Says the idea of linked journeys is not sustainable, it's close to the A49 and unlikely to pull people into the town centre.
This application involves change from business enterprise to retail, if this is allowed then future applications could not be refused.
Morrisons has also objected to the application, as has Dales.
Environment Agency maintain technical objection to the petrol station.
Could represent a future potential source of contamination for water.
Application recommended for refusal by officers.
This is due to the impact on the town centre, distance from town centre and concerns about sustainability.
Developer Morbaine is looking for permission to build a superstore on Southern Avenue on the current site of Thomas Panels Ltd.
The plans would see a food store, petrol station and parking, along with the resizing and refurbishment of two class B units and associated highway works at the land on Southern Avenue in Leominster.
Council will now hear about the proposal for a new supermarket on a Southern Avenue in Leominster.
Councillor Bridges added that it had been "hard work" but had "finally paid off".
Councillor Edwards says he is "chuffed" with the news.
He says it was a photo in the Hereford Times taken many years ago of a child in the deprived area that has kept him pushing on with this for nine years.
Both applications are carried and will be dealt with by officers through delegated powers.
Votes will now be taken.
Local members now asked to sum up.
Councillor Felicity Norman says there is a "great opportunity" here but need to be more "imaginative and ambitious" with designs.
Says he wants to give Herefordshire Housing "a bit of a public telling off" and they should be "doing better at inception".
Councillor Mark Hubbard says there is no doubt that the application is doing a very good thing but got "increasingly angry" reading the report.
Says there are issues with the transport and the energy efficiency.
Councillor Bob Matthews said we must welcome this "exciting" regeneration scheme which is "well overdue".
Would like to see one-way traffic proposed around the Oval area to give more certainty to pedestrians and cyclists.
The whole of this regeneration area will provide a welcome approach to Hereford city and satisfaction to residents.
Councillor Phil Edwards, also a local member, says he is proud to know of just one letter of representation being made in regard to this application.
Site is at heart of one of the most deprived areas in the UK.
Residents "crying out for this to be kick-started".
Jobs will be created for local people with this development, and bring people into the county.
Councillor Adrian Bridges now speaking.
Everyone who knows the area knows the urgency of this plan needing to go ahead, he says.
Glenda Vaughan-Powell, local member, now speaking.
Affordable homes are also needed.
Supporter says area is in need of regeneration. It would provide a gateway to the city.
Council now hearing from speakers.
One objector says there are concerns about damage to the roots of a 40-year-old tree.
Residents in current flats would have to put up with new building site and a lack of sleep for shift workers, he says.
The development would enable regeneration of the area, something driven forward by community involvement.
Application is recommended for approval by officers.
Half of the houses would be owned by Herefordshire housing, the others would be sold on the open market by Keepmoat Homes.
Item seven of the agenda to be discussed now.
Full proposal is regarding the proposed demolition and regeneration to include 259 new build flats/houses, external refurbishment works to the existing flats above the Oval shops,landscaping and associated works at the Oval, Hereford.
Applicant also proposes a new community hub at the Oval.
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