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19/00709/FULM Centre Point Community Centre, Raphael Drive
Proposal is for a multi functional community space, retail unit and 17 high quality residential units to be built on the site with associated amenity space, parking, refuse and cycle storage.
The committee received the report of the Interim Head of Development Management, including the relevant planning history of the site.
The Principal Planning Officer (AC) explained that the proposal was for a multi-functional community space, retail unit and 17 high quality residential units to be built on the site with associated amenity space, parking, refuse and cycle storage.
The Chair invited Nick Wright, Head of Delivery at Watford Community Housing, to speak to the committee. Mr Wright explained that the proposed scheme was part of a larger programme between Watford Community Housing and Watford Borough Council to deliver 55 new homes for social rent across the borough. The current application would provide accommodation to meet the needs of local families and included plans for a community hub building and small shop.
Mr Wright advised that further consultation was being undertaken with residents to agree the internal configuration of the new hub building in order to optimise its usefulness to the local community. It was not anticipated that any changes would require additional consideration by the Development Management Committee.
Members of the committee welcomed the application, particularly its 100% social rented units including two suitable for wheelchair use. The development would provide a much needed resource for households on the council’s housing register and firmly met one of the council’s key priorities.
Although some committee members expressed concerns about reduced community space in the hub building and limited play areas for children, it was acknowledged that the proposed layout of the replacement community centre would be a more efficient use of space.
The Chair moved the officer’s recommendation.
Section 106 Heads of Terms
i) To secure all 17 residential units as Affordable Social Rented accommodation.
ii) To secure the provision of fire hydrants as required by the County Council to serve the development.
1. The development to which this permission relates shall be begun within a period of three years commencing on the date of this permission.
2. The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved drawings:
Transport Statement Report No. 133336-R01(0)
Private Car Tracking Layout Plan No. 133336 02 01 01 Rev: P03
Refuse Vehicle Tracking Plan No. 133336 02 01 02 Rev: P01
Dimensions and Visibility Plan No. 133336 02 01 04 Rev: P01
Surface Water Drainage and SuDS Strategy Ref: 219058 – August 2019
Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Ref: 4004AO/18
3. No dwelling shall be occupied until such time as the applicant has secured the written authorisation for the stopping up order of the public highway under section 247 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the car parking is provided in accordance with the plans.
4. No construction works above damp proof course level shall commence until details of the materials to be used for all the external ... view the full minutes text for item 28