Decision status: Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Recommend that the appeal is refused on the following basis:
1. The proposal is contrary to the requirements of Policy ISA3 of the Gwynedd and Anglesey Joint Local Development Plan (2017) which states that the sequential test should be adopted when determining the location of proposals for further and higher education with priority given firstly to existing further or higher education sites or, secondly, on sites which have a close association with an existing campus. On this basis, it is considered that the proposal does not comply with criteria 1 and 2 of Policy ISA3 of the LDP or with national policies based on the requirements of 'Future Wales: The National Plan 2040 (2021)' and 'Building Better Places: The Planning System Delivering Resilient and Brighter Futures' (July 2020).
2. The proposal is contrary to the requirements of Policy PS13 and CYF1 of the Anglesey and Gwynedd Joint Local Development Plan (2017) which states that land and units on existing employment sites (Parc Menai is listed in the Policy) are safeguarded for employment/business enterprises.
3. The proposal is contrary to the requirements of Policy PCYF 5 of the Gwynedd and Anglesey Joint Local Development Plan 2017 and Supplementary Planning Guidance: Change of Use of Community Facilities and Services, Employment Sites and Retail Units (2021), which states that proposals to release land on existing employment sites that are protected for Use Class B1, B2 or B8 in accordance with Policy PCYF1 for alternative use will only be approved in exceptional circumstances. Based on the information submitted with the application (and the separate reason for refusal, based on Policy ISA 3), the Local Planning Authority does not consider that exceptional circumstances have been proven. Furthermore, and without robust marketing activity and robust evidence regarding why buildings cannot be adapted to overcome the matters identified, there is no evidence that the site is unlikely to be used in the short or long term for the original use or safeguarding use, and that there is no viable business or industrial use for the site. In addition, there is no over-provision of employment sites within the vicinity; educational use would have a detrimental impact on employment use in nearby sites and the Local Planning Authority is not convinced that other suitable alternative sites exist for the proposed purpose.
4. The proposal is contrary to the requirements of Policy PCYFF2 of the LDP, which states that proposals will be refused if: (i) they have a significant detrimental impact on health, safety or amenities of the owners of local property, land uses or other property or the features of the local area due to an increase in activities, noise disturbance, litter or other forms of pollution or disturbance and (ii) land that has been designated for other developments. It is anticipated that the nature of the use of the further and higher education facility would increase the noise/disturbance and movements of pedestrians/students within and around the site, e.g. during lunch hours or free lectures.
Publication date: 06/09/2021
Date of decision: 06/09/2021
Decided at meeting: 06/09/2021 - Planning Committee