A scheme to build an apartment block on the grounds of a former clinic and care centre in Thorne has been approved by Doncaster planning councillors.
A proposal to erect 57 apartments on the site of Haynes House and Glebe House, off Haynes Road in Thorne, was considered by councillors sitting on Doncaster Council’s planning committee on Tuesday 25 June.
The application had received ‘significant’ public interest with a number of objections to the plans. Having been first submitted in July 2017, and following re-advertisement following amendments to the plans, a total of 42 objections were received by the council.
Those objections included concerns over the height of the building, the size of the dwellings and concerns in relation to excessive traffic. Objectors also felt that the development was out of character with the area and there were concerns about noise pollution and anti-social behaviour.
A number of non-material planning considerations were also received.
Thorne Moorends Town Council had also objected to the plans, raising concerns about the height of the building and that it was out of character with the surrounding area. The creation of traffic problems was also a concern for the town council, as was parking and ‘pressure’ that would be placed on the provision of available school places and local medical services.
The proposal provides 84 parking spaces associated with the development. The existing buildings will be demolished.
A viability assessment submitted with the application was sent to an independent consultant who concluded that the scheme is unable to provide any ‘developer contributions’. It was determined that the development would produce “very little in the way of profit margins”, and a report given to planning councillors stated: “In order to make a scheme viable, there is an expectation that the developer would achieve a profit of between 15 -20%. In this case profit margins are considerably lower meaning that the scheme would be unviable if developer contributions were required.”
The planning report had recommended that the application be granted, summarising that the application was “finely balanced”. The report concluded: “It is acknowledged that the development of the site resulting in the erection of a four storey building would inevitably alter the character and appearance of the site. That said, this alteration does not necessarily equate to harm.”
The report continued: “The applicants have sought to address issues of parking, flood risk and tree issues by altering the design of the building and these issues no longer weigh against the proposal. In addition, the building has been designed to minimise the potential impact on neighbouring properties and meets the requirements set out in Doncaster’s Supplementary Planning Document.”
In answer to the viability information showing that the site was unable to provide any financial contributions, the report added: “Balanced against this is the construction of additional dwellings on brownfield site and the supply of further housing in an area designated for growth.”
A decision notice setting out conditions applicable to the granting of the application is available to view via Doncaster Council’s planning portal: planning.doncaster.gov.uk