Peterborough planning decisions: Children's home application passed

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Peterborough City Council town hall. Photo: John Baker

19/01752/FUL – Land Adjacent To 15 Apsley Way Longthorpe Peterborough PE3 9NE

Proposal: Permission is sought for the construction for a one-and-a-half storey dwelling. The proposed dwelling would measure approximately 9.7 metres in width and approximately 9.2 metres in depth.

The highest point of the property, the proposed ridge line, would measure approximately 6.6 metres in height above ground level. At its nearest point, the proposed dwelling would be set approximately 5.5 metres from the back edge of the public footway to the front of the site.

The proposed dwelling would be served by a rear garden alongside on-site parking provision to the front of the dwelling. Amended plans were submitted following Officer consideration that the original proposal submitted would have adversely impacted upon the character of the site and the surrounding area as well as the impact to the amenity of adjacent neighbours. Further plans were also submitted given identified drawings errors. The revised plans were subsequently re-consulted upon.

The Executive Director of Place and Economy recommends that Planning Permission is GRANTED subject to various conditions.

More than 50 objections to this application were received by the council from local residents.

Decision: REFUSED

20/00128/FUL – 58 Warwick Road Walton Peterborough PE4 6DB

The application seeks planning permission to change the use of the site from a residential dwelling (Use Class C3) to children’s home (Use Class C2). The home is proposed to be occupied by 3 – 4 children, aged between 8 and 16 years.

It should be noted that the scheme has been amended from that which was originally submitted, to remove part of the proposal which sought the construction of a 2-metre-high fence along the western and southern boundaries, to enclose the garden area.

The Executive Director of Place and Economy recommends that Planning Permission is GRANTED subject to various conditions.

Decision: APPROVED (allowing the change of use with the provision that planning officers ensure the appropriate planning conditions that the applicant make the changes asked for)

20/00266/FUL – 20 Broadway Gardens Peterborough PE1 4DU

Proposal: Planning permission was previously granted on the site (reference 18/00091/FUL) for the change of use from residential dwelling (Use Class C3) to a children’s care home (Use Class C2). However, this was only granted on a temporary basis, with the permission having expired on 16 March 2020.

This application seeks the above change of use on a permanent basis. However, the current proposal differs from the 2018 scheme in the following ways: – It is now proposed for children from ages 10-18 to reside within the home, whereas the previous temporary permission was for children aged 16-18 years; and – The resident to staff ratio has increased from 3:1 to 2:1. However, as the number of children has been reduced, this results in the same number of staff.

The case officer recommends that Planning Permission is GRANTED subject to certain conditions:

Decision: APPROVED (allowing the change of use with the provision that planning officers ensure the appropriate planning conditions that the applicant make the changes asked for)

By Rob Alexander

Local Democracy Reporting Service