Update: At the meeting on 17th September the revised application to redevelop Harecombe Manor was approved by Councillors in a 8-2 vote. The meeting can be viewed on YouTube (from 0:07:31 – 1:05:26):
A revised scheme to redevelop Harecombe Manor will be considered by Councillors next Thursday (17th).
Two previous applications submitted in 2017 and 2018 were rejected. This scheme was originally considered by Planning Committee North on 20th August. Councillors deferred making a decision to allow Planning Officers an opportunity to negotiate with the applicant and seek amendments. Their concerns included reducing the impact to neighbours on Southridge Rise, a request to increase the car parking spaces, the provision of sustainable features, such as solar panels, and to clarify the emergency escape routes from the upper storeys.
The applicant, ICON Design and Build, have removed three bedroom reducing the length of the fourth storey. A further two parking spaces have been added making 32 in total. The applicant has said the on site parking is for staff and visitors, as residents of the home will not have cars. A travel plan has been submitted which looks to encourage and manage the use of public transport and cycling.
The building will be designed and constructed to meet BREEAM “Very Good” and a number of other sustainable measures, including solar panels, air source heat pumps, will be reviewed by an engineer during the detailed design stage to determine the suitability of these technologies.
An application to demolish a property on Green Lane and build six new properties in the garden will also be considered at the same committee meeting.