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Apologies were received from Councillor Payne.


Declarations of Interest


Councillor Baker declared an interest in Agenda Item 5d, 23/00382/LBC Sandford Park Lido.  As a trustee of the Lido, he will leave the Chamber during this item.


Declarations of independent site visits


Councillor Andrews independently visited the Lido and the Pump Rooms.


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 450 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on the 18th May 2023.


The minutes of the meeting held on 18 May 2023 were approved as a true record and signed accordingly.


Planning Applications


23/00414/FUL 61 Moorend Park Road, Cheltenham GL53 0LG pdf icon PDF 264 KB

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The case officer introduced the report, highlighting the main objections as loss of light and privacy, and the proximity of the proposed extension to the boundary.  The Parish Council has objected, and the application was at Planning Committee at the request of Councillor Horwood.


Public Speaking

Neighbour, in objection

The neighbour thanked members for considering his concerns, saying that the proposed extension would significantly alter key aspects of his home life and impact his most-used social spaces.  It would be visually overbearing, obstructing both sunlight and view, thus diminishing the quality of his family life. The previously-approved application began by requesting a 4m extension which was amended to 3m, with the report highlighting the concerns about scale and impact on neighbouring amenity.  It was surprising, therefore, that this scheme has now been resubmitted, with no alterations.   It feels that the neighbour’s concerns have been overlooked by this reversal and the recommendation to permit, and an unfair way of the architect and applicant to get what they want.  While appreciating the applicant’s right to expand, he had hoped for a compromise solution that would not have such an impact on his home and garden.


Councillor Horwood, in objection 

Councillor Horwood began by saying that although this may seem like a small issue on the face of it, by incremental changes this proposed extension was being allowed to grow, thus undermining the credibility of the decision-making process and contradicting the idea of applicants sticking with the decisions taken.  Concerns were originally raised over loss of light, overshadowing, and the overbearing nature of the extension on the neighbouring property, and the Parish Council also objected; the plans were revised accordingly, reduced in depth and width, resulting in an extension which was considered to fit comfortably in the plot.  It was therefore difficult to understand how, whilst acknowledging the proper concerns of the neighbours, the recommendation on this revised scheme appeared to reverse the previous comments with a recommendation to permit.  This method of applicants submitting repeated applications, chipping away at the planning system to get what they originally wanted is increasing across Cheltenham.  Once a decision has been made for a suitably-sized extension, there is a strong case for sticking with that decision and not allowing incremental changes.


Member questions

The Chair reminded Members that they must consider the scheme before them.


In response to Member questions, the case officer confirmed that:

-       the revisions to the previous proposal for a 4m extension were made following objections from the neighbour and the Parish Council; the officer did not say anywhere in his report that he considered it unacceptable and that the original application would not have been supported.  The applicant and agent chose to revise their previous application, but were within their rights to submit a follow-up application;

-       a 45-degree light test was carried out to measure the impact of the extension on the neighbour’s kitchen-diner French doors and window; both passed, with the French doors alone passing without taking into account  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


23/00430/FUL 82 East End Road, Cheltenham, GL53 8QL pdf icon PDF 398 KB

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The case officer introduced the application, a revised scheme following a previous Committee refusal on the grounds of loss of light and outlook for the neighbouring property.  The current application, supported by a light assessment, reduced the width, eaves height and ridge height, and while accepting it would have an impact on neighbouring amenity, this was not considered unacceptable.  The recommendation was to permit, including a condition requiring obscure glazing


Public speaking

Neighbour, in objection

The neighbour began by saying there was nothing in the revised application to alter the refusal reasons on the previous one, with the small reductions making no difference and still resulting in the loss of six hours of daylight to his property.  The report acknowledges that the proposal fails the 25 degree light test to the kitchen window, but was factually inaccurate, stating that the doors to his kitchen are the main source of light – this is not the case. As this harm has been identified and will have a serious impact, the application should be refused.  He considered the house to be big enough for a family of four, and that there was no reason other than profiteering to extend it further.   If approved, the extension would be oppressive and overbearing, and he was depending on the Committee to restore his faith in the planning process.


Applicant, in support

Although disappointed by the original planning refusal, the applicant said he had chosen to submit a modified scheme which met guidance for daylight and sunlight rather than appeal.  Overwhelming expert evidence showed it met all guidance, yet the neighbour has chosen to reduce the light to his own kitchen by introducing solid panels to the French doors; these were easily reversible, but were an attempt to thwart the plans.  In so doing, the neighbour has reduced the light to his kitchen and his outlook - his two main grounds for objecting to the proposal – and his new outlook, towards the applicant’s boundary fence and garden, compromises their privacy.  In addition, the neighbour is now claiming loss of views of trees from the non-habitable landing window as a reason to refuse the proposal.  The applicant said his family is happy in Charlton Kings, but will clearly never satisfy the neighbours.  He hoped his willingness to change his plans and engage professional advice would demonstrate the acceptability of his proposals.


Member questions

In response to Members’ questions, the officer confirmed that:

-        he did not suggest that the neighbour block their French doors.  He had previously explained how light test worked, taking into consideration the impact on the main and secondary light sources, and that if the French doors weren’t there, the impact on the side window as the only source of light would be taken into account, resulting in a recommendation to refuse;

-       no light test was submitted with the previous application.  The applicant had engaged a light assessment professional for the revised scheme.



In debate, Members made the following points:

-  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


23/00372/FUL Pittville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, GL52 3JE pdf icon PDF 738 KB

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The case officer introduced the application which, following refusal of an earlier proposal, was now seeking a 20-month extension for the temporary structure from the date of submission, together with changes to the roof, and more detailed information regarding the use, public benefit, and action plan.  Concerns remain, but officers consider the public benefits outweigh the less than substantial harm caused by the structure. 


Public speaking

Neighbour, in objection

The neighbour said the structure was put up in secret, is noisy and intrusive, and gives a clear view to his house.  The excuse was that it was temporary, although it was unsuitable for use in a pandemic, being crowded and poorly ventilated, and is now infested with rats.  In a published statement in 2021, the CEO indicated that the structure was to be a permanent offering, and applied for planning permission.  The temporary permission was extended until 2022, when an application to extend the time period further was submitted and refused but not enforced.  This application talks about three options, but only Option 1 is viable. Changes to the roof from white to clear glass will make no difference to the visual damage and be an environmental disaster, too hot in current weather conditions and freezing in winter.   The first view of the Pump Room from West Approach Drive aspect is now a greenhouse, rubbish bins and catering trollies.  Planning regulations in conservation areas are strict – he was not allowed to change a window in his own GII-listed house - yet the Trust is allowed to install this giant greenhouse on a GI-listed building.


Agent, in support

The agent began by reminding Members that this is a temporary application; the intention being to develop a permanent solution whilst securing an income to help maintain the Pump Room.  Following the previous refusal, the Trust has engaged with planning and conservation officers, the Civic Society and Historic England to explore changes that will reduce or mitigate the recognised less than substantial harm to the setting of the Pump Room. Clarification of the Trust’s short- and long-term future plans have been provided, focussing on the café, and a timeline for delivery of a permanent solution provided.  Different options re. siting and configuration have been considered, but this is the most appropriate, resulting in a low level of localised harm to the conservation area, Pump Room and Park outweighed by the public benefits. Accommodating a café within the Pump Room would result in the loss of half its available floor space for events, and a significant income stream.  The café enjoys great public support, demonstrated by the letters and petitions, and was at the centre of the King’s Coronation community event, attended by 13,000 people.  The Trust is committed to helping CBC develop its heritage strategy, and the café helps promote this asset, achieving all the objectives of Key Priority 4 of the council’s Corporate Plan. 


Member questions

In response to a Member’s question, the legal officer confirmed that the structure was permitted  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.


23/00382/LBC Sandford Park Lido, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7PU pdf icon PDF 219 KB

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Having declared an interest in this item, Councillor Baker left the Chamber.  The chair was taken by Councillor Barnes.


The Senior Conservation and Heritage officer presented the report as set out in the papers.


There were no questions and no debate on this item.


Vote on officer recommendation to grant

9 in support – unanimous



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For your attention.

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An update on recent appeals lodged and decided had been circulated for information.


A Member suggested that training on how to present an appeal would be helpful.



Any other items the Chairman determines urgent and requires a decision


There was none.