Change of use from B1 to D2 to create fitness facilities.
PERMIT (CONTRARY TO OFFICE RECOMMENDATION) SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT TO DESCRIPTION AND CONDITIONS.
Mr Barrett gave an apology prior to the introduction of the application: ‘I would like to offer my sincere apologies for the mis-informed remark that I made about the Harbour Way Country Club, that it was “just a drinking club for its members”. I understand that the Club provides a range of sports and fitness facilities, including two gyms, for its members.’
Mrs Stevens introduced the application.
The following members of the public addressed the Committee:
Mr E Knott – Parish Representative
Mr T Bennett – Objector
Mr M Green – Supporter
Mr B Price – Applicant
During the discussion members expressed support for the application and sought clarification regarding the demand for the premises for B1 use and the hours of operation. Mr Whitty reminded the Committee that they may be setting a precedent for the future by supporting the application. Mr Whitty confirmed the times proposed were 6.45am until 7.45pm on Mondays to Fridays, and 7.00am until 7.00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.
In regards to a personal permission, Mr Whitty responded that would not be reasonable. As only half the building was being used by the applicant, whether the other half could then be let for B1 use was discussed. Mr Whitty confirmed the description, if agreed by the applicant, could be amended to include use of the premises in B1 or D2. Mr Barrett proposed subject to applicant agreement to change of description to ‘change of use to B1 or D2 fitness facility’ which was seconded by Mr Potter.
Recommendation overturned. Amendment of description to include B1 or D2 use with additional conditions to be drafted and agreed permit.