22 Theaklen Drive (HS/FA/18/01041)
Councillors Webb, Roberts and O’Callaghan returned to the chamber.
Change of use for existing first floor from B1/B2
to D2 (gymnasium)
Yes - 5 letters of objection received.
Stephanie Wood, Principal Planner, presented the application for the change of use to a gym. Five letters of objection had been received and the application is on council owned land. The application is only for the first floor. The building has traditionally been for Business / Industrial use, Council policy requires the applicant to submit evidence to show that it is no longer viable. If B1/B2 use isn’t viable then next they look at mixed use. The ground floor is still B1/B2 use and there is parking in the basement beneath. There are other gym competitors nearby but that is not a planning consideration. The occupants of the ground floor have expressed concerns regarding vibrations from above on their work and the effect that may have on their business. Environmental Health have been consulted.
Councillors were shown plans, photographs and elevations of the application site.
Councillors asked questions of the Principal Planner, including how the property was marketed and if there is any other entrance to the floor outside of the stairs shown in the drawing. The Principal Planner answered that it was marketed on the council website and with local agents and there is a lift for access as well as the stairs.
Councillors spoke about the loss of employment space, but mentioned that an employment space for 7 staff is better than a vacant building. They also commented that they were reassured by the consultation with the Environmental Health Team. Parking was also discussed including shared space with ASDA. The Principal Planner commented that the applicants have already discussed with ASDA. Councillors discussed adding a note about parking but were informed by the Principal Planner that on-site parking had already been agreed as acceptable including by ESCC.
Councillor Beaver proposed a motion, seconded by Councillor Davies, to grant the application as set out in the resolution below:
RESOLVED – (7 for, to 3 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:
CHE2732-01, CHE2732-02, CHE2732-03, CHE2732-04, CHE2732-05 and CHE2732-06
3. Prior to the operation of the proposed use a full noise report covering the whole site in accordance to BS 4142: 2014 shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. For the avoidance of doubt, noise shall include that arising from all mechanical or electrical equipment used in the premises. Any noise mitigation measures recommended in the submitted noise report shall be installed prior to the commencement of the proposed use and shall be retained thereafter.
4. Details, including acoustic specifications of all fixed plant machinery and equipment associated with air moving equipment, including fans, ducting and external openings, installed within the site which has the potential to cause noise disturbance to any noise sensitive receivers, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to installation.
5. No part of the development shall be occupied until the car parking has been constructed and provided in accordance with the approved plans. The areas shall thereafter be retained for that use and shall not be used other than for the parking of motor vehicles.
6. No part of the development shall be occupied until covered and secure cycle parking spaces have been provided in accordance with plans and details submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The areas shall thereafter be retained for that use and shall not be used other than for the parking of cycles.
7. No part of the development shall be occupied until the vehicle turning space has been constructed within the site in accordance with the approved plans. This space shall thereafter be retained at all times for this use.
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 prevent potential noise nuisance from the activities that are to take place in the proposed fitness centre.
4. To prevent potential noise nuisance from the activities that are to take place in the proposed fitness centre.
5. To provide car-parking space for the development.
6. To provide alternative travel options to the use of the car in accordance with current sustainable transport policies.
7. In the interests of road safety.
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 the access into the basement car park should be widened to avoid conflicting movements that may occur given the current single access width.
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