Agenda item

21/00001/FUL - Proposed erection of three storey 20 bed specialist unit and 2 no. two storey 4 bed step down houses with associated parking and site improvements at former Greenoaks Farm Industrial Estate, Warrington Road, Widnes, WA8 0SY


The consultation procedure undertaken was outlined in the report together with background information in respect of the site.


The Committee was  advised that since the publication of the Committee Report, one additional representation had been received which queried the location of the development.  Further, an email had been received from a person who has not previously made a representation, stating that they wished to voice their opinion at the Committee but did not elaborate on their position with the proposal and did not respond further.


The Committee was addressed by Mr Challinor, who spoke on behalf of the applicant.  He provided some background information on the Applicant’s 30 years experience in working with local authorities and supporting people with special needs, in particular autism and learning disabilities.  He advised that the development would provide independent living opportunities in the form of self-contained flats for people with a high dependency for specialist services, who were transferring from children’s to adult services.  He described the services that would be available to residents throughout the day in a safe environment that were compliant with the National Autistic Society, who also assessed the services on a regular basis.  He also praised the location of the site as it was close to local services, which would be important for future residents.


In response to Members’ questions over parking standards for the site, it was confirmed that the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) sets out the maximum standards and in this case it was 3 below that.  On balance, this was considered to be acceptable for the development and that parking had been maximised taking into account all other provisions. 


The application was approved by the Committee subject to the conditions stated.


RESOLVED:  That the application be approved subject to the following conditions:


1.    Time limit – full permission;

2.    Approved plans;

3.    Restriction on use;

4.    Submission of proposed site levels (BE1);

5.    Submission of facing materials(BE1 and BE2);

6.    Submission of soft landscaping scheme and subsequent maintenance (BE1);

7.    Implementation of submitted boundary treatments scheme and subsequent maintenance (BE1);

8.    Submission of tree protection measures (BE1 and GE27);

9.    Breeding birds protection (GE21 and CS20);

10. Submission of bird boxes scheme (GE21 and CS20);

11. Reasonable avoidance measures – amphibians (GE21 and CS20);

12. Reasonable avoidance measures – terrestrial mammals (GE21 and CS20);

13. Lighting scheme to protect ecology (GE21 CS20);

14. Submission of method statement – invasive species (GE21 and CS20);

15. Submission of validation – invasive species (GE21 and CS20);

16. Hours of construction (BE21);

17. Electric vehicle charging point scheme (CS19);

18. Submission of an acoustic assessment (PR8);

19. Implementation of remediation strategy and submission of validation report (PR14 and CS23);

20. Submission of off-site highway works (BE1);

21. Provision and retention of parking and servicing (BE1 and TP12);

22. Submission of a cycle parking scheme (BE1 and TP6);

23. Implementation of framework travel plan (TP16);

24. Submission of a drainage strategy (PR16 and CS23);

25. Foul and surface water on a separate system (PR16 and CS23); and

26. Waste audit (WM8).




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