Agenda item

Planning Application: 19/01631/LBC - Land North of Boden Mill, Boden Street, Chard


Erection of a leisure centre (D2 use class) and associated works, conversion and extension of a building to a library (D1 use class) and demolition of (and remedial works to) some existing curtilage listed buildings.


This application was presented and considered with the concurrent full application which was the previous report on the agenda for 19/01630/FUL - Land North of Boden Mill, Boden Street, Chard.


The Specialist (Development Management) advised that although the proposal would mean the loss of some listed buildings within the town, there was substantial public benefit in allowing the scheme which outweighed the harm.


At the conclusion of the debate, the proposal to grant permission was carried by 9 votes in favour, 0 against and 1 abstention.



That Planning Application No. 19/01631/LBC be GRANTED permission for the following reason:-


01.  The proposed development will enable the regeneration of an important town centre site, providing a new leisure centre for the town and a range of other community, commercial and residential uses along with public realm enhancements. It is concluded that the public benefit of the scheme would demonstrably outweigh the identified harm to heritage assets. Moreover, it will bring back into positive use a number of listed buildings and associated buildings within the site.  The scheme is in accord with Polices EQ3 of the South Somerset Local Plan and the NPPF.




01. The works hereby granted consent shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this consent.


Reason:  As required by Section 16(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.


02.  Before the commencement of the development hereby permitted the applicant, or their agents or successors in title, shall have secured the implementation of a programme of historic building recording and archaeological work in accordance with a Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI) which has been submitted and approved in writing by the Planning Authority. The WSI shall include details of the building recording and archaeological excavation/monitoring of groundworks and the recording of the heritage asset, the analysis of evidence recovered from the site and publication of the results.  The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the approved scheme.


Reason: To ensure that appropriate archaeological monitoring of the development and a report on any discoveries made as indicated in the National Planning Policy Framework is undertaken.


03.  The development hereby approved shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans:

      Drawing numbers: CLC-AHR-S0-ZZ-DR-A-90-003 Rev P03, D1, CLC-AHR-LC-ZZ-DR-A-20-151, 152, 153 Rev P03, P1, CLC-AHR-LC-RF-DR-A-20-051 Rev P03 P1,  90-002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 010, 011, 021,022, 023, 24, 025, 253, 254 051, 55,-P01,P1.


Reason: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.


04.   No building shall be occupied until the site archaeological investigation and the building recording work has been completed and post-excavation analysis has been initiated in accordance with Written Scheme of Investigation approved under the condition and the provision made for analysis, dissemination of results and archive deposition has been secured.


Reason: To ensure that appropriate archaeological monitoring of the development and a report on any discoveries made as indicated in the National Planning Policy Framework is undertaken.


05.   No demolition shall take place to Building 1 until a comprehensive and analytical record of the building has taken place in accordance with level 4 of Historic England's advice contained in the document Understanding Historic Buildings. A display showing the interpretation of the historic significance of the building should then be made available on site.   The records should then be published in accordance with the current Somerset Archaeological Handbook.


Reason: To ensure that a comprehensive record of the building is undertaken and have an interpretation of the building that explains how it worked in the context of the surrounding buildings to accord with the NPPF and English Heritage advice.


06.  Within 1 month of the commencement of demolition of the buildings hereby approved, details shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority in respect of the making good of any external and internal walls/roofs that shall remain following the demolition of any adjoining building/structure. The submitted details shall include a timetable for the making good of those walls/roofs.


Reason: To ensure that listed buildings are appropriately protected and/or repaired following demolition of adjoining buildings/structures.


07.  No work shall start on the conversion and extension to Building 11 until 1) full details of all external materials have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local Planning Authority and 2) details of all interior and exterior works to building 11 shall also be submitted and approved by the Local Planning Authority.     


Reason: To protect the character and appearance of the heritage asset to accord with the NPPF.


(Voting: 9 in favour, 0 against, 1 abstention)





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