Agenda item

P21/S4250/FUL - 25 Glebe Road, Didcot

Change of use to 7 bedroom House in Multiple Occupation (Sui Generis) (as amended by plans received on the 20 December 2021 and 18 February 2022).


The committee considered application P21/S4250/FUL for a change of use to 7-bedroom House in Multiple Occupation (Sui Generis) (as amended by plans received on the 20th of December 2021 and the 18th of February 2022) at 25 Glebe Road Didcot.


Consultations, representations, policy and guidance, and the site’s planning history were detailed in the officer’s report, which formed part of the agenda pack for the meeting.


The planning officer reported that on 24 February 2022, Didcot Town Council had withdrawn its objection to the application after the publication of the agenda. The application followed an approval for extensions to the dwelling (P21/S2218/HH), which had been implemented, and the granting of a certificate of lawful development which confirmed that it would be lawful for the dwelling to be used as a small House in Multiple Occupation, a C4 use (shared house occupied by between three and six unrelated individuals, as their only or main residence, who share basic amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom).


The planning officer also reported that council officers considered that the principle of the development was acceptable and subject to the recommended conditions, they considered that the development would not harm visual amenity, neighbours, nor highway safety and that the application complied with the relevant policies of the adopted development plan and the national planning policy framework (NPPF).


Adam Place, the agent, spoke in support of the application.


In response to a question from the committee regarding the powers available to limit the number of occupants to 7, the agent replied that the licence would control this.


Councillor Axel Macdonald, a local ward councillor, spoke to the application.


In response to a question from the committee regarding the influence Didcot Town Council’s vision for a garden town had upon the application, the planning officer replied that the town had a mixture of house types and tenures. This application provided for a specific housing need for young people and was in keeping with the science vale economic zone principles. In response to questions regarding car parking provision, the planning officer replied that three spaces were provided, which had the agreement of the Oxfordshire County Council (OCC), the highways authority. Cycle parking was provided to the OCC standard, which accorded with the principles of site sustainability. Electric cycle parking was not a feature of the development.


The committee concluded that the proposal would be in line with the character of the area and would not have a negative impact upon the street scene and that parking arrangements replicated those of other houses in Glebe Road. It was minded to grant planning permission.


A motion moved and seconded, to grant planning permission was declared carried on being put to the vote.


RESOLVED: to grant planning permission for application P21/S4250/FUL subject to the following conditions:


1.     Commencement three years - Full Planning Permission

2.     Approved plans

3.     Refuse & Recycling Storage (Details required)

4.     Parking & Manoeuvring Areas Retained

5.     Cycle Parking Facilities

6.     Bird Box

7.     HMO Licence Informative

8.     INF17 - Works within the Highway

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