The New Town & Broughton Community Council (NTBCC) note the recent application for again installing a temporary ‘ski grotto’ at 34A North Castle Street. The applicant seeks planning consent for a period of approximately 9 weeks (from 10th November 2021 to 15th January 2022).
We also note that there is an accompanying application (21/05995/FUL) which was received and validated on 11th November for which the period for comments appears to be open until 24th December, a period of 43 days, for reasons that are not immediately clear to us, followed by a target date for determining the application of 10th January 2022. .
With respect to 21/05837/LBC, although the period for comments on the Council’s Planning portal was open until 3rd December, the construction of the facilities appears to have been well underway prior to this date; in fact, it appears that the wooden building directly in front of 34A North Castle Street has already been erected prior to the 3rd December and certainly well before it could be reasonably assumed that planning permission would be considered let alone granted.
We also note that there is a history of planning enforcement notices for these premises, including a seemingly identical installation in 2019. The Enforcement Action Report (19/00870/ELBB) dated 9th December 2019 was clear that the installed building was contrary to several policies within the adopted 2016 Local Development Plan (LDP) and given that the 2016 LDP is still current and the proposed structure being considered under this application for Listed Building Consent is essentially identical to that constructed in 2019, the policy contraventions as outlined in the 19/00870/ELBB report would appear still to be both relevant and valid. The policy contraventions that were cited in 2019 included Env 4, (Listed Buildings – Alterations and Extensions), Env 6 (Conservation Areas – Development) and Des 12 (being detrimental to residential amenity). From the information provided on the 2021 application, we cannot see any mitigating circumstances to justify the approval of the current applications.
Given that this proposal can in no sense be deemed sympathetic to its listed building setting or to the wider context of the New Town Conservation Area and World Heritage Site, this application should not be approved. The New Town & Broughton Community Council would therefore wish to register its formal objection to this proposal.
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