Hastings Pier, White Rock (HS/FA/18/00896)
Councillors Webb and O’Callaghan left the chamber due to their prejudicial interest in item 6a. Councillor Roberts also left the chamber and Councillor Davies as Vice-Chair chaired the meeting during consideration of item 6(a).
(a) Hastings Pier, White Rock (HS/FA/18/00896)
(S Wood, Principal Planner)
Change of use from internal visitor centre function room into a family entertainments centre (Sui Generis) to include amusement arcade machines
Yes - Eversfield Place
Yes - Grade II
Yes - 34 letters of objection and 2 letters of support received.
Stephanie Wood, Principal Planner, presented the application. She updated that Historic England had confirmed that it is not the intention of the listing to designate the visitor centre, and that post 2016 structures are not considered to contribute to the special architectural or historic interest of the Pier. Three late objections had been received. Mrs Wood commented that the application is for a change of use and not for any external changes as this would require a separate application. Historic England and the Conservation Officer had raised no objection. The application would allow for family orientated amusements and would require additional licensing for any changes. This application is not for adult gambling use, it is not harmful to the listed structure as it is just a change of use. It should increase the footfall on the Pier and help with its viability.
Councillors were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.
Councillors discussed how the machines were confirmed to be family orientated but the number was unknown. The Principal Planner commented that the number of machines is not required information and the building regulations will cover the amount that the building can safely house. Councillors discussed the family amusements and if over 18’s attractions could be added at a later date. The Principal Planner added that this application is not for over 18’s attractions. Councillors discussed some concerns with the application such as noise and signage for the amusements. Also the loss of other forms of income such as the weddings and events held on the pier. The Principal Planner added that any signage would require separate planning permission but the noise is not something that can really be dealt with due to the small nature of the site compared to other arcades like the flamingo arcade.
Councillor Beaver proposed a motion, seconded by Councillor Marlow-Eastwood, to grant the application as set out in the resolution below:
RESOLVED – (6 for, to 1 against) that Full Planning Permission be granted subject to the following conditions:
1. The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission.
2. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:
02, 09A, 10A
3. The premises shall not be used except between the following hours:-
9am - 9pm Monday - Sunday (including Bank Holidays)
1. This condition is imposed in accordance with the provisions of Section 91 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
2. For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.
3. To safeguard the amenity of adjoining and future residents.
Notes to the Applicant
1. Failure to comply with any condition imposed on this permission may result in enforcement action without further warning.
2. Statement of positive engagement: In dealing with this application Hastings Borough Council has actively sought to work with the applicant in a positive and proactive manner, in accordance with paragraph 38 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
3. The applicant is advised that any external alterations may require full planning and/or listed building consent.
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