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ITEM 1. 1

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/546                      DATE: 11/09/02

PROPOSAL:               CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE STOREY
EXTENSION

LOCATION:               7 BROOMHILL, PENYCAE, PORT
TALBOT SA132US
APPLICANT:              MR B T JOHNSON
TYPE:                   Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Port Talbot Local Plan:
    R20 Applications to extend dwelling houses or the erection of infill
    developments

b. Other Policies

    DG6 – Distances between habitable room windows
    DG9 – Pitched roofs

c. Relevant Planning History

    93/9041 – Integral garage to playroom – Planning permission not
    required.

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 2
    Number of replies received: 3 letters from two neighbouring
    residents.

    Objections can be summarised as follows:




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   1. The finished height of the extension (as originally proposed or as
      amended) facing the kitchen door of the neighbouring house will
      block daylight making the kitchen considerably darker.
   2. The neighbour’s sewerage system could be disturbed during
      building works.
   3. It is likely that the extension would be used by all residents of
      No.7, not only the applicant.
   4. There will be increased noise levels from the toilet and shower
      facility.
   5. The houses were purchased as detached houses with adjoining
      garages and the proposal could devalue the neighbouring
      property.
   6. If the application is approved, it is requested that conditions be
      imposed to restrict hours of working during construction.
   7. Any rear access to the extension would be detrimental to the
      environmental and visual amenities of the area.

   Statutory Consultees:

   The Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways):
   No highway objection.

APPRAISAL

This application seeks consent for a rear extension to 7 Broomhill,
Penycae to provide a lounge extension and shower room. The proposal
involves the rebuilding and conversion of the rear part of the garage to
provide the shower room and a small rear extension to the lounge to
provide access. This extension will project some 1.5m from the back of
the house with a width of some 3.2m. The scheme has been amended to
reduce the height of the proposed extension roof to a maximum of some
3.2m above ground level.

With regard to the concerns raised by the objectors, the amended plans
now indicate that the rebuilt garage and extension will have a flat roof at
the rear (as existing) instead of a pitched roof as originally approved. This
will reduce the maximum height by some 1.2m. The maximum height
will now be some 3.4m. It is considered that this reduction would lessen
any overbearing effect on the neighbouring property and would improve
the visual appearance. A new sloping roof is proposed over the front half
of the garage, sloping towards the front. It is considered that the proposal
will not now have a significantly adverse effect on the amenities of the
neighbouring property. It is considered that any noise generated by the


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new shower room would be of a normal domestic type and that this would
not have any significant effect.

The plans do not show an external rear access to the extension, although
if an outside door was provided this would not be near to the
neighbouring property and it is considered that an additional door would
not significantly affect any neighbouring property or the visual amenity
of the area. Concerns about disturbance to private neighbouring sewerage
system and effects on the value of property area not considered to be
material planning considerations in this case. It is not considered
appropriate to restrict hours of working as this would only relate to a
short period during the construction phase.

In visual terms the proposal is now considered to be acceptable and it
would not have a significant effect on the appearance of the house or the
area.

RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason

To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.
(2)The materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of
the extension hereby permitted shall match those used in the existing
building.

Reason

In the interests of visual amenity.

(3)No surface water shall be discharged over the public footway or public
highway.
Reason:

In the interests of highway safety.




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(4)This consent shall relate to the amended plans received on the 11th
September 2002.

Reason

In the interest of clarity.




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ITEM 1. 2

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/662                      DATE: 10/10/02

PROPOSAL:       CHANGE OF USE OF REDUNDANT
AGRICULTURAL BUILDING INTO RESIDENTIAL
ACCOMMODATION

LOCATION:               BARN AT, GWAUN-IARLL, SEVEN
SISTERS, NEATH
APPLICANT:              Mr I Bowden
TYPE:                   Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Borough of Neath Local Plan.
    E55-Development in the open Countryside.

b. Other Policies

    N.P.T.C.B.C. Guide to:
    The conversion of existing rural buildings.

c. Relevant Planning History

    86/153- 2 Static holiday caravans-13/3/87- Withdrawn.
    87/188- Dog Kennels- 1/6/87- Approved.

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 2

    Number of replies received: 0

    Statutory Consultees:

    Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Drainage)-No objection.

    Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways)-No objections.



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   Seven Sisters Community Council – No reply therefore no
   observations to make.

APPRAISAL

This is an application for a proposed barn conversion at Gwaun-Iarll,
Seven Sisters.

The barn is located within an existing farm yard, adjacent to the existing
farmhouse. It is proposed to convert this building into a residential
dwelling to be used as additional living accommodation for this family
run farm. The applicant has forwarded a letter stating that; “I would like
to confirm that the barn when completed will be occupied by my
daughter, partner and family. They will then be working the farm so that
my wife and I can retire”. They continue to state that; “The barn will
always be a part of Gwaun Iarll Farm and will never be sold separately”.

The existing barn measures 9.7m long by 6.2m wide, and is constructed
in stonework. A number of additions have been made to this original
building. It has a rear lean-to extension measuring 8.8m by 4.3m, and side
extensions 4.2m wide by 10m, projecting 3.8m in front of the main front
elevation. A garage has also been constructed onto the front elevation
measuring 11m square.

It is proposed to demolish the garage and part of the side extension, and
to rebuild the lean-to element to the rear. A first floor will also be added
internally. This will provide a living room, bathroom and 3 bedrooms at
ground floor level. With an open plan, kitchen/dining area located at first
floor level.

The front elevation of the dwelling will be provided with French doors
and two windows within existing openings. Two Velux type windows are
also to be provided within the roof. The elevation is finished in stonework
as existing, and the roof in slate.

To the rear the lean-to type extension will be rebuilt and finished in
render. Two small pitched roof dormers are to be constructed in the roof,
finished in slate.

All doors and windows will be stained hardwood, with black rainwater
gutters and pipes.




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It is considered that in design terms, the proposal is acceptable and
complies with the guidelines within the Authority’s guide “The
conversion of existing rural buildings”. It provides the required facilities
in a sympathetic design, in keeping with the existing building, and the
surrounding rural landscape.

A structural survey has also been submitted as part of the application. The
Building Regulations Section have inspected the property and consider
that the alterations and conversion can be undertaken without being
detrimental to the structural integrity of the building.

In relation to wildlife habitats being present at the site, no evidence of this
has been found and a note will be added to any consent issued that the
applicant be made aware of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and
the European Habitats Directive.

Planning Policy Wales, March 2002 states that; “The re-use and
adaptation of existing rural buildings has an important role in meeting the
needs of rural areas for commercial and industrial development, as well
as for tourism, sport and recreation.” It goes further to state that;
“Residential conversion of rural buildings which have ceased to be used
for industrial or commercial purposes, including agriculture, may have a
minimal economic impact..”, and that if an application is submitted for
residential conversion, “the applicant has made every reasonable attempt
to secure suitable business re-use and the application is supported by a
statement of the efforts which have been made”

The Borough of Neath Local Plan states within Policy E55 that;
“Proposals for development in the open countryside will be acceptable in
principle where they; Are essential for the rural economy; or provide an
acceptable use and adaptation of an existing building…”

The proposal, will enable the next generation of the family to continue to
run the farm. It is considered that the development will be beneficial to
the rural economy and is therefore considered to be acceptable in policy
terms.

RECOMMENDATION:                   Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.


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Reason

To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.

(2)Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning
(General Permitted Development) Order, 1995 (or any order revoking and
re-enacting that Order with or without modification), there shall be no
extension or external alteration to any building forming part of the
development hereby permitted (including the erection of a detached
garage or outbuildings) without the prior grant of planning permission in
that behalf.

Reason

In order to safeguard the amenities of the area by enabling the local
planning authority to consider whether planning permission should be
granted for extensions, having regard to the particular layout and design
of the estate.
(3)Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning
(General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any order revoking and
re-enacting that Order with or without modification), no windows or
dormer windows (other than those expressly authorised by this
permission) shall be constructed.

Reason
In order to safeguard the amenities of the area by enabling the local
planning authority to consider whether planning permission should be
granted for , having regard to the particular layout and design of the
estate.

(4) This consent relates to the amended plans submitted on the 4th
September 2002.

Reason

In the interests of clarity.




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ITEM 1. 3

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/920                      DATE: 02/08/02 10:22:15

PROPOSAL:         ERECTION OF FENCE ADJACENT TO
EXISTING PUBLIC OPEN SPACE

LOCATION:       LAND AT, BISHOPS MEAD, BAGLAN
MOORS, PORT TALBOT SA127DB
APPLICANT:      GEORGE WIMPEY SOUTH WEST
TYPE:           Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    None

b. Other Policies

    None

c. Relevant Planning History

    P/98/0284 – 110 dwellings – Approved 14/05/98

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 7
    The application was advertised on site
    Number of replies received: 3

    Objections can be summarised as follows:

    1. The erection of a fence would stop pedestrian access to the
       existing public footpath which gives access to the shopping area
       where Morrisons supermarket is currently under construction.
       This would be very inconvenient to residents.
    2. The proposed fence would be detrimental to the local
       environment: it will close off the end of Cloisters Walk, blocking
       a pleasant outlook, and attracting undesirable and detrimental



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      features and it would be claustrophobic, unsightly, out of keeping
      with the existing development and a target for vandals.
   3. It is suggested that railings similar to those at the front of the site
      would be preferable, with a gateway for public access.

   Statutory Consultees:

   The Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways): No
   highway objection.

APPRAISAL

This application seeks consent for fences to be sited at the end of
Cathedral Way and Cloisters Walk, Bishops Mead, Baglan Moors. It is
proposed to erect the fences at the end of each cul de sac and along the
edge of a shared drive which is at the end of Cloisters Walk. This will
serve to separate the houses within the development from a public
footpath and public open space to the north east. The fences proposed are
two metres high and of wooden close boarded type, although the
applicants (George Wimpey South West Ltd) have indicated that they
would be prepared to erect 1m high metal railings instead. (These would
be of the same design as those erected adjacent to the existing play area
on the development).

The application has been submitted as a result of requests made by local
residents, in particular residents at the end of Cathedral Way. The
objections received have come from residents living at the end of
Cloisters Walk, where a greater length of fencing will be required (some
50m rather than some 25m at the end of Cathedral Way) and where it will
be in front of three houses.

A resident has written stating that the Developers have agreed that they
will erect any fencing that the residents wish but will not re-submit the
application. The residents confirm that residents who have signed an
accompanying petition (14 names) are in agreement with a revised
scheme what involves a close boarded fence along the end of Cathedral
Way and no fence at the end of Cloister Walk. The Developer has
confirmed that they are willing to erect either close boarder fencing or 1
m high metal railings however any further or amended application will
need to be carried out by residents.

In visual terms, the end of Cathedral Way is less open in character than
the end of Cloisters Walk, since at the end of Cloisters Walk there is a


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shared drive serving three houses which look out over the open field to
the north east. A wooden fence at the end of Cathedral Way would
continue an existing wooden fence which runs along the side boundary of
the end house and it is considered that in visual terms this would be
acceptable. Although it would prevent access to the public footpath, an
alternative route is available via Chalice Court giving a pedestrian link to
Baglan Moors Shopping Centre. However, a fence of this type would be
more intrusive at the end of Cloisters Walk due to its more open aspect
with houses fronting on to the open space area. It is considered that in this
location. If an enclosure is required, low railings would be more
appropriate in visual terms, and that access to the public footpath should
be retained due to the greater distance from alternative pedestrian routes.
A condition is therefore proposed to require railings at the end of
Cloisters Walk.

RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason
To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.
(2)Notwithstanding the details shown in the application, this consent shall
not relate to a wooden fence at the end of Cloisters Walk. Prior to the
commencement of any work in Cloisters Walk, an altermative scheme
shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning
Authority detailing metal railings and/or brick walling in this location,
together with a pedestrian access to the footpath/open space area to the
north east. The development shall be completed in accordance with the
details approved under this condition.
Reason:

In the interests of visual amenity and the amenities of residents of the
area.




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ITEM 1. 4

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1038                  DATE: 02/09/02 11:07:36

PROPOSAL:               CREATION OF A JOINT USE CYCLE
WAY / FOOTPATH.

LOCATION:         PORT TALBOT / VELINDRE STEPS,
PORT TALBOT, SA131BJ
APPLICANT:        NEATH PORT TALBOT CBC
TYPE:             Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    RT9 – Improvement and extension of cyclepath network.

b. Other Policies

    None.

c. Relevant Planning History

    None.

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 0

    Six site notices were posted along the route of the proposed cycle
    way/footpath.

    Number of replies received: 1

   A letter has been received from the Neath Port Talbot Access Group
   indicating that such development should accommodate the needs of
   the disabled.




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   Statutory Consultees:

   Head of Highways and Municipal Services – No highway objection.
   British Gas PLC (Wales) have no objections.
   British Telecom – No response.
   Network Development Consultants on behalf of Welsh Water – No
   objections.

APPRAISAL

The application seeks consent for the construction of part of the proposed
Port Talbot to Pontrhydyfen Cycle Route. This proposal indicates the
development associated with Phase 1 of the scheme, a route from Port
Talbot town centre to Velindre steps.

The route under this phase constitutes a total distance of 1.75km. It starts
from Station Road in Port Talbot and follows a route along existing lanes
between Oakwood Street and Eveline Terrace and crosses Holland Street,
Oakwood Place and Dan y Bryn Road. It then follows a route under the
M4 flyover. As it emerges from under the flyover it follows a route on
the western side of the River Afon until it reaches Velindre Bridge. It
then follows a northerly route behind Afan Street and Velindre Street,
eventually joining the B4286 by Velindre Steps.

The development includes the construction of various signs indicating the
cycle route and connections to public transport and the railway station.
Engineering works would be carried out for some 120 metres to the east
of Velindre Bridge and 150 metres to the north. Similar construction
would be carried out from the end of Velindre Terrace to Velindre steps
and the B4286 for a distance of 350 metres. The new construction areas
will be a combined cycle/footpath up to 3 metres wide composed of a
granular base and wearing course. The wearing course would also be
marked with cycle signs. Part of the route behind Velindre Street would
be set out on the former railway line and a ramp will be constructed
adjacent to Velindre steps for cycle use. Some small trees and shrubs will
be affected on the route from Velindre Terrace to the B4286 and will
need to be removed to allow the full construction works to be carried out.

The proposal is in accordance with Policy RT9 of the Port Talbot Deposit
Draft Local Plan which promotes the enhancement of the cyclepath
network and identifies the route from Velindre Bridge to Velindre Steps
and beyond.



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The detailed design of the route has been amended to take regard of the
needs of the disabled.

It is considered that the proposals are acceptable in amenity and highway
terms and will form a safer link for pedestrians and cyclists between Port
Talbot Town Centre and Velindre.

RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason

To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.
(2)All signing and lining associated with the proposals within Velindre
shall be completed prior to the first use of this part of the cycle route.

Reason
In the interest of highway safety.

(3)Unless otherwise agreed with the local planning authority the
development hereby approved shall be carred out in accordance with the
following plans.

Drawing No. C16260/Ph1/P1.
Drawing No. C16260/Ph1/2.

Drawing No. C16260/Ph1/3.
Drawing No. C16260/Ph1/P4.

Drawing No. C16260/Ph1/P5.

Reason

To avoid any ambiguity as to the development hereby approved.




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ITEM 1. 5

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1068                    DATE: 15/09/02

PROPOSAL:         CHANGE OF USE APPLICATION TO USE
PART OF EXISTING GARAGE AS DOG GROOMING BUSINESS

LOCATION:                 1 TYWYN CLOSE, ABERAVON, PORT
TALBOT SA126LB
APPLICANT:                JULIE GRIFFIIITHS
TYPE:                     Change of Use

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    None

b. Other Policies

    None

c. Relevant Planning History

    None

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 6

    Number of replies received: 2 letters from one neighbouring resident.
    Objections can be summarised as follows:

    1. The proposal will lead to additional traffic in a quiet residential cul
        de sac.
    2. Animals brought to the premises will foul footways.
    3. Increased noise levels from barking dogs.

    Statutory Consultees:

    The Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways): No
    highway objection.


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   The Head of Environmental Health and Trading Standards: No
   objections.

APPRAISAL

This application seeks consent for the change of use of part of the
domestic garage at the rear of 1 Tywyn Close, Aberavon to a dog
grooming business. The proposal will involve the conversion of half of
the garage, the remainder being retained as a workshop and garden store.
The garage is in the rear garden of the dwelling, with access from the rear
lane off Sandown Road. Three car parking spaces will be retained at the
side of the bungalow, with access from Tywyn Close.

In relation to the objections, the applicants have indicated that they
anticipate very little increase in traffic to and from the premises since
they intend to offer a collection and delivery service, picking up dogs in
the morning and returning them in the afternoon. They state that there
will only be one vehicle collecting or delivering at any one time.
However, if dogs are delivered by their owners, a maximum of ten
vehicles could be anticipated in any one day.

The applicants have indicated that they will not be able to deal with more
than one or two dogs at any one time due to the limited size of the
premises (3.35m by 3m). As there will not be provision to accommodate
animals waiting for attention, it is considered that there will be little
additional noise due to the small number of the dogs involved. Since the
dogs will generally be transported by car, it is considered that the fouling
of footways should not be a significant problem and is covered by other
legislation. It should be noted that the garage is in close proximity to the
shopping area of Sandown Road and on balance it is considered that any
impact on the amenities of neighbours would not be so significant to
warrant a refusal.

With regard to traffic generation, the proposal will result in some
additional traffic in a residential area. However, no objections have been
raised by the Head of Municipal and Highway Services, and it is
considered that the effects of the additional traffic would not be so
significant as to justify refusal of the proposal.



RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions


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CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.
Reason

To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.




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ITEM 1. 6

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1072                   DATE: 17/09/02

PROPOSAL:                BEDROOM EXTENSION

LOCATION:                7 EXCHANGE ROAD, MELYN, NEATH
SA111TD
APPLICANT:               MISS ROSA HARLER LEWIS
TYPE:                    Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

b. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    The Borough of Neath Local Plan:
    H8 – Housing design and the creation of new dwellings
    E67 – The design of new development

b. Other Policies

   DG1 – Rear extensions to terraced properties
   DG9 – Pitched roofs

c. Relevant Planning History

    92/0163 – Kitchen extension – Permitted Development

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 2

    Number of replies received: 0

    Statutory Consultees:

    Neath Town Council: No objections

APPRAISAL

This application seeks consent for a first floor rear extension to 7
Exchange Road, Melyn, a terraced house. The extension will be


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constructed above the existing ground floor kitchen and bathroom
extension and will project a maximum of some 4.2m on the eastern side
(adjacent to No. 8). The extension will be cut back for a length of 1.5m to
project some 3m on the western side (adjacent to No.6). It will be the full
width of the house (some 4.6m) and will have an overall height of some
5.5m with a flat roof.

The Council’s adopted guidelines indicate that rear extensions to terraced
properties will not normally be permitted to project more than 3.6m from
the main back wall of the house on the first floor, unless the properties on
both sides already extend beyond the distance allowed. In this case, the
extension on the property on the eastern side (No. 8) projects some 4.1m
on the first floor, immediately adjacent to the proposed extension. It is
therefore considered that the proposal will not have any significant effect
on No. 8. On the western side, No. 6 has a two storey rear extension
which projects approximately 2.7m, with a longer ground floor extension
immediately adjacent to the boundary with No.7. However, because the
proposed extension will project only some 3m adjacent to this boundary,
it is considered that the proposal will not have a significantly adverse
effect on No.6.

In visual terms, the proposed extension is very similar to others on
neighbouring houses in the street, a number of which also have flat roofs.
Due to the shape of the extension, a pitched roof could not be easily
designed. The adopted guidelines indicate that flat roofs will only
normally be accepted where the extension is not readily visible or where a
pitched roof is not technically possible. In this case it is considered that
since the extension is on the rear of the property and is similar to others in
the street, it is acceptable in visual terms.

RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason

To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.




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(2)The materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of
the extension hereby permitted shall match those used in the existing
building.

Reason

In the interests of visual amenity.




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ITEM 1. 7

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1099                  DATE: 12/09/02 14:23:36

PROPOSAL:               RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR 3
HOUSES

LOCATION:               HEOL Y NANT, BAGLAN, PORT TALBOT
SA128ER
APPLICANT:              PADDLE LTD
TYPE:                   Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Port Talbot Local Plan:
    R9 – Housing Land Bank

b. Other Policies

    None

c. Relevant Planning History

    10430 – Residential Development – Approved 27/10/66
    12038 – Residential Development – Approved 22/4/69
    P.837 – Residential Development – Approved 13/6/72
    P/1389 – Residential Development – Approved 17/3/73
    84/4739 – Residential Development – Approved 4/10/84
    89/7222 – Residential Development – Approved 10/10/89
    94/9711 – Relaxation of condition 1 of 89/7222 (time limit) –
    Approved 6/10/94.
    97/0589 – 85 Houses, bungalows and garages – Approved 18/12/97
    99/0420 – 25 revised house types – Approved 1/9/99

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 2
    The application was advertised on site
    Number of replies received: 0



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   Statutory Consultees:

   The Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways): No
   highway objection.

   The Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Drainage): No
   objections subject to conditions.

   The Environment Agency: No objections

   Hyder Consulting: No objections

   The Coal Authority: No adverse comments.

APPRAISAL

This application seeks consent for three houses on plots 40, 41 and 42 of
the housing development off Heol y Nant, Baglan (Stycyllwen Farm).
The land is adjacent to Stycyllwen Farmhouse. The application relates to
amended house types on the plots. As previously approved, 1 No.
detached three bedroom bungalow and 2 No. detached three bedroom
houses were proposed on the land. It is now proposed to construct 3 No.
three bedroom bungalows of an amended design on the three plots.

The proposed bungalows are all of the same type, being some 12m long
and 6.9m wide. The maximum height of the buildings to the roof ridge
will be some 4.2m. Driveways are proposed at the sides of the bungalows
to provide parking for at least two cars on each plot.

The bungalows are of the same design as those that have been built on
adjoining plots and are considered to be acceptable in visual terms and to
be in keeping with the rest of the development. Due to the proximity of
the bungalows on plots 41and 42 to the dwelling at the rear, a condition is
recommended requiring high level windows with obscured glass on the
rear elevations of these dwellings. Subject to this point, it is considered
that the proposal will not have any detrimental effect on the amenities of
any existing residents.

Problems have arisen relating to the interruption of a watercourse in the
vacinity of this proposal and adequate measures to divert this watercourse
have not been undertaken. It is recommended therefore that a condition
be imposed so that no development on these plots is undertaken until the
submission and approval of a scheme for the drainage of the land.


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RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason

To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.

(2) The carriageway and footways shall be constructed to basecourse
level prior to the occupation of any dwelling, and made up to wearing
course prior to the occupation of the last dwelling within the phase.

Reason:
In the interests of highway safety
(3) Prior to the occupation of any dwelling a traffic calming scheme shall
be submitted for the approval of the Local Planning Authority including
all associated signing and lining along the proposed spine road up to the
Plot 42 indicated on Plan Ref. No. 200/01. The scheme shall be
implemented as approved prior to the occupation of any dwelling hereby
approved.
Reason:
In the interests of highway safety

(4)Two car parking spaces shall be provided within the curtilage of each
dwelling prior to the occupation of the associated dwelling and these
spaces shall not be used for any other purpose.
Reason:

In the interests of highway safety.

(5) 2.4 metres x 2.4 metres pedestrian visibility splays shall be
constructed either side of each drive at the back of footway, which shall
be kept free of any obstruction with a height greater than 600mm and
shall be maintained as such.




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Reason:

In the interests of highway safety.

(6)The windows in the rear elevations of the bungalows on plots 41 and
42 shall be constructed so as to have a cill level of a minimum of 1.5m
above the floor level of the room and shall be glazed with obscured glass
and any replacement window or glazing shall be of a similar glass and/or
type.

Reason:

In the interest of the amenities of the adjoining property.

(7)The development hereby permitted shall be provided with means of
enclosure to all property boundaries. Prior to the commencement of work
on site details of all means of enclosure and screen walling or fencing
shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning
authority. These means of enclosure shall be implemented as may be
approved prior to the occupation of any associated dwelling.
Reason
In the interests of the visual amenity of the area and the amenities of the
occupiers of proposed and existing dwellings.

(8)No development shall take place until there has been submitted
to and approved in writing by the local planning authority a scheme for
landscaping, which shall include indications of all existing trees and
hedgerows on the land, and details of any to be retained, taking into
account potential growth, together with measures for their protection in
the course of development. This scheme shall be carried out in the first
planting season after completion of the development or its
occupation, whichever is the sooner and any trees of plants which
within a period of five years are removed or become seriously damaged
or diseased shall be replaced in the next planting season with others of
similar size and the same species, unless the local planning authority
gives written consent to any variation.

Reason

In the interest of visual amenity and to accord with Section 197 of the
Town and Country Planning Act, 1990.




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(9)Any piling operations shall not be undertaken on the site between 1700
hrs and 0800hrs, nor at any time on Sundays, Bank Holidays or Public
Holidays.

Reason:

In the interests of residential amenity
(10)The development shall include works for the control of effluent
which shall be designed, engineered and maintained in accordance with a
scheme which shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local
planning authority to prevent any contaminated surface water drainage
from entering a watercourse. The scheme shall be implemented prior to
the occupation of each associated dwelling.

Reason
In order to ensure the provision of adequate foul drainage.

(11)Prior to any development commencing, adequate provision, in
accordance with a scheme to be first submitted to, and approved in
writing by, the local planning authority, shall be made for the drainage of
the land. Such scheme shall ensure that proper drainage of any adjoining
land is not interrupted or otherwise adversely affected. The scheme shall
be implemented prior to the occupation of each associated dwelling.

Reason

To ensure satisfactory drainage.
(12)No dwelling shall be occupied until the area shown on drawing
200/01 as public open space has been laid out, including a childrens
playground, in accordance with plans to be submitted to and approved in
writing by the Local Planning Authority, which shall include a scheme to
ensure the future maintenance of the public open space/play area. The
area shall not thereafter be used for any purpose other than public open
space/a play area.

Reason:

In the interests of the amenities of the dwellings approved.
(13)The development hereby approved shall be carried out in accordance
with the scheme approved under Condition 5 of planning consent ref.
P/97/0589, relating to land contamination.



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Reason:

In the interests of public safety.

(14)Clean soil to a depth of 600mm shall be provided within all gardens
and areas of open space:

Reason:
In the interests of public safety

(15)Upon completion of the development and prior to the occupation of
any dwelling, a certificate shall be prepared by a suitably qualified person
and submitted to the Local Planning Authority, stating that all
remediation work in respect of any soil contamination that has been found
or that may be found during construction of the site (which should be
analysed and the result sent to the Local Planning Authority), has been
carried out to an appropriate standard and is no threat to public safety.

Reason:
In the interests of public safety.




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ITEM 1. 8

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1106                  DATE: 06/09/02

PROPOSAL:         CHANGE OF USE FROM CLASSROOM
TO OFFICE (FOR THE USE OF AWEL AMAN TAWE)

LOCATION:      YSGOL GYNRAEDD GYMRAEG, HEOL
NEWYDD, GWAUN CAE GURWEN, RHYDAMAN
CARMSSA181UN
APPLICANT:     Awel Aman Tawe Ltd
TYPE:          Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    None.

b. Other Policies

    None.

c. Relevant Planning History

    P/01/865 – C.O.U. to Office (one room) – Approved 25.9.01.

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 1

    A notice was displayed on site.

    Number of replies received: 0

    Statutory Consultees:

   Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways) – No highway
   objection subject to conditions.

    Head of Forward Planning and Resources Management (Education) –
    No response to date.


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   School Governing Body – No response to date.

   Gwaun Cae Gurwen Community Council – Objection on the
   following grounds: -

   1) Safety of children attending the school due to associated traffic
      movements together with lack of security and control over persons
      entering the school premises.
   2) Breaking the terms of consent for the premises which is for
      educational purposes.

APPRAISAL

This is a retrospective application to retain a use which has already
commenced.

The application relates to the use of an existing room within the school
building as an office by Awel Aman Tawe, which is a community funded
organisation.

The room is located in the south-eastern corner of the school buildings
adjacent to the area of the “yard” allocated for staff parking and has a
floor area of some 55m². Access is gained via the existing staff vehicular
entrance and parking is available immediately outside the proposed office
and along the eastern elevation of the school buildings. The room was
formerly used as a classroom but has, in the recent past, been used by
Awel Aman Tawe as an office/conference/meeting room.

It should be noted that planning consent was granted in September, 2001,
for the change of use of another room located in the north-eastern corner
of the building to an office for Awel Aman Tawe and this additional room
will serve the existing 3 staff and new person.

In response to the objection received from the Community Council the
following observations are made:-

1) In terms of traffic movements it is noted that the office now applied
    for will be used by the same three persons who currently occupy the
    existing office plus one additional staff member only. There is a short
    and direct vehicular route from the entrance gate to the parking area
    and which is also used by school staff. There is no objection from the
    Head of Municipal and Highway Services on highway safety grounds.


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   In relation to security and safety, the proposal has been discussed with
   the applicants and the school’s Headteacher and it has been confirmed
   that there are security measures in force by way of a code entry
   system which has worked well for the past 2 years or so since Awel
   Aman Tawe staff have been in occupation. Additionally, the staff
   who use the office have been subjected to the same police security
   scrutiny system which applies to the school teaching staff and which
   is an essential requirement for persons working in an environment
   where children are involved. A consultation has been undertaken
   with the school’s Governing Body and whilst no written response has
   yet been received, it is understood from discussions with the
   Headteacher that there is no objection to the proposal.

2) The question of the original terms of consent (lease) which restricts
   the use of the premises to educational purposes is not a matter to be
   addressed under planning legislation.

In conclusion, it is noted that the change of use does not conflict with the
Development Plan and there is no objection on highway safety or amenity
grounds. It is considered however that the occupation should be
restricted to the applicant (Awel Aman Tawe) only which is a community
based organisation, and to prevent a general B1 Office Use from being
established within the school building and to control future uses.

RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The office use hereby approved shall be restricted on a personalised
basis to Awel Aman Tawe only and to no other person(s) or for any other
purpose including any other purpose in Class A2 and Class B1 of the
Schedule of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987,
(or in any provisions equivalent to that Class in any statutory instrument
revoking and re-enacting that Order with or without modification.

Reason

In order to ensure that other changes of use or occupancy can be
controlled in the interest of highway safety in terms of traffic generation
and in the interest of amenity and to consider the affect on the use of the
school as an educational establishment.



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(2)Within one month of the date of this consent two parking spaces
within the parking provision for the school shall be allocated and marked
out for use by Awel Aman Tawe.

Reason

In order to ensure parking provision to specifically serve the development
and in the interest of highway safety.




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ITEM 1. 9

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1113                 DATE: 16/09/02 10:20:23

PROPOSAL:               RETENTION OF WOODEN POST & RAIL
FENCE

LOCATION:               25 CLOS ONNEN, MARGAM, PORT
TALBOT SA132SU
APPLICANT:              M WARNE & P BARNWELL
TYPE:                   Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    None

b. Other Policies

    None

c. Relevant Planning History

    96/10238 – New Village (outline) – Approved 23/12/96
    97/1032 – 445 Dwellings – Approved 23/7/98
    99/0305 – Revised site layout for 106 dwellings – Approved 22/03/99
    99/0329 – 74 dwellings – Approved 2/6/99

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 5
    Number of replies received: 1

    Objections can be summarised as follows:

   The fence was erected over 15 months ago and prevents the
   neighbouring residents from opening their car doors without reversing
   the car out of their car parking space first.




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    Statutory Consultees:

   The Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways): No
   highway objection subject to the parking space having a minimum
   width of 3.2m.

APPRAISAL

This application seeks consent for a post and rail timber fence along the
front boundary of 25 Clos Onnen, Coed Hirwaun. The fence has been
erected, and this application therefore seeks retrospective planning
permission. The fence is along the boundary between the car parking
space in front of No. 25 and the car parking space in front of the
neighbouring property (No. 27) and has a total length of some 5.25m. It
varies in height from some 0.4m adjacent to the house up to some 0.6m at
the front of the parking space. It consists of three wooden posts with a
wooden rail along the top. Planning permission is required for the fence
since permitted development rights for means of enclosure in the front of
properties were removed by condition on the original planning permission
for this part of the development.

In support of the application, the applicants have stated that they were not
aware of the restriction on fence erection relating to their property when
they put up the fence, and that it had been in place for some time before
any complaint was made. The fence was erected to give some protective
security to the parking space and to prevent damage to their car. The
applicants state that they consider that a low timber post and rail fence is
effective but visually not imposing and in keeping with the surrounding
development.

It is considered that the main issues in this case relate to the appearance
of the fence and to whether it prevents the use of the car parking spaces.
In visual terms it is considered that the fence is not visually conspicuous
or out of keeping with the remainder of the development. When cars are
parked in front of the houses, the fence is not visible, and it is considered
that it does not compromise the open plan character of the development.

With regard to the points raised by the objectors, they state that they are
unable to open car doors properly when parked and this has been
compounded since the birth of their child some 5 months ago. It should
be noted that the fence has been erected on the boundary between the two
properties and it is the responsibility of each occupant to enter and exit


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their vehicles within their own property boundaries. The Head of
Municipal and Highway Services has indicated that provided that the car
parking space is retained at 3.2m width as constructed, it would not
compromise the use of the car parking spaces in front of No. 25.

It is considered therefore that the proposal is acceptable.

RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval




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ITEM 1. 10

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1126                 DATE: 17/10/02

PROPOSAL:      CHANGE OF USE FROMSHOP/LIVING
ACCOMMODATION INTO LIVING ACCOMMODATION ONLY

LOCATION:               1 PENTRE STREET, GLYNNEATH,
NEATH SA115EU
APPLICANT:              Mr W M R Hopkins
TYPE:                   Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Borough of Neath Local Plan.
    E65 – Conservation Areas.
    H8 – Housing Design.

b. Other Policies

    None.

c. Relevant Planning History

    None.

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 8

    Number of replies received: 0

    Statutory Consultees:

    Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways) – No
    Objection.

    Glynneath Town Council – No reply therefore no observations to
    make.


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APPRAISAL

This is an application to convert an existing commercial property, 1
Pentre Street, Glynneath, into a residential dwelling.

The property is an end of terrace property, located within a predominantly
residential area. It is sited within the designated Conservation Area of
Mill Terrace, Glynneath.

The property is currently vacant, but still retains its large shop window
openings on the front and side elevations, and also its fascia signage. The
proposal involves alterations to the front and side elevations to match the
character and design of the attached residential dwellings.

Following discussions with the applicant the proposal has been amended
so that the windows on the ground floor front elevation are to be reduced
in size and altered to line up with those on the first floor, also the window
on the side elevation is to be removed. The main doorway will be
provided with an arched opening, and recessed to match the adjoining
residential properties.

The proposed alterations to the exterior provide the property with an
appearance matching the adjoining residential properties.

It is considered that the proposed alterations, along with the change of use
are acceptable, and would not have an adverse effect on the amenity of
adjoining properties. Further to this it is considered that the external
alterations provide a development that will enhance the character of the
Designated Conservation Area and is therefore acceptable.

RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason
To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.



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(2)The materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of
the extension hereby permitted shall match those used in the existing
building.

Reason

In the interests of visual amenity.
(3)Prior to the first occupation of the residential property hereby
approved, the external alterations, shown on the approved amended plans
received on the 17th October 2002 shall be completed.

Reason

In the interests of visual amenity, and to retain the character of this
designated Conservation Area




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ITEM 1. 11

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1149                   DATE: 19/09/02

PROPOSAL:       CHANGE OF USE FROM FORMER
PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUB TO PUBLIC HOUSE PREMISES

LOCATION:      FORMER RAOB CLUB, HEOL CAE
GURWEN, GWAUN CAE GURWEN, AMMANFORD
APPLICANT:     Valley Taverns Limited
TYPE:          Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Northern Lliw Valley Local Plan
    EQ15- Appearance and Quality of built up areas.

b. Other Policies

    None.

c. Relevant Planning History

    None.

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 27

    The application was also advertised on site.

    Number of replies received: 1

    The objection to this application relates to the following points;

    1. Concern over who will run the public house and what facilities
       will be provided.
    2. Highway danger.
    3. Noise nuisance.



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    4. Detrimental effect on value and marketability of properties in the
       area.

   Statutory Consultees:

   Head of Municipal and Highways Services (Highways)- No
   Objection.

   GC.G. Community Council- No Reply, therefore no observation to
   make.

APPRAISAL

This is a change of use application submitted for the former R.A.O.B.
private members club on Heol Cae Gurwen, Gwaun Cae Gurwen.

The property is currently vacant, but was previously run as a private
members club, with all the associated facilities and functions. It is
proposed to change the use of this existing building into a public House.

The property is detached and has a two storey elevation fronting Heol
Cae Gurwen. Previously the property has benefited from extensions to the
side and rear. It has a vehicular access to the southern side of the property
and an small open area at the rear, which is currently overgrown.

To either side of the property are semi-detached residential properties,
and residential properties bound the property to the rear. Opposite the site
are further residential properties, and a commercial garage/ vehicle hire
premises.

There are no external alterations to be made to the property, and the
application relates to a straight change of use only. The applicants have
forwarded a plan of the existing internal layout of the premises. This
includes at ground floor level; 2 No. lounges, a bar, a sports bar, 2 No.
W.C. facilities an office, and a lounge and kitchen. At first floor the
facilities include; a sports bar, W.C. facilities, bathroom, and 2 bedrooms.
It shall be noted that the lounge/kitchen, 2 small bedrooms and a
bathroom are presumably for residential use.

The applicants have not submitted any further information regarding the
proposal in terms of what type of public house will be run from the
property, or any internal alterations proposed.



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Although the property has recently become vacant, subject to a new
licence being issued, the property can legally reopen as a private
members club without the need of a further planning permission. It is
therefore considered that the issue of a licenced premises at this location
cannot be considered as a material consideration in this case. The primary
concern therefore is whether the change to a public house would lead to a
significant difference in terms of the amenity of adjoining residential
properties, and also to Highway safety.

In terms of the amenity of adjoining residential properties, the proposed
use is very similar to the existing. The usual ancillary uses such as bar
meals, private functions and music are all common to both uses. Whilst
the ancillary residential element could be converted to public house uses,
this area would only represent about 12% of the total floor space the
conversion of which is not considered to have a significantly different
effect than the existing use. Opening hours and music and are covered by
a variety of licencing laws outside of planning control.

In reference to the objection received the following comments are made
to each of the points raised:

   1. As stated previously, all ancillary uses can be run from the
      existing property. In terms of who will run the business, this is
      not a matter which is controlled by planning legislation. The
      licencee will have to apply for a licence, with all associated
      checks and restrictions.

   2. The Head of Municipal and Highway Services has forwarded no
      objection to the proposed change of use.

   3. This is addressed above and if there is an issue from noise
      nuisance this aspect can be controlled at by Environmental Health
      Legislation.

   4. It is considered that this aspect is not a matter than can be
       considered as part of this application, and is therefore not a
       material consideration in this case.

In conclusion it is considered that the proposed change of use is
acceptable, and should not have an additional significant effect on the
amenity of the adjoining properties or highway safety than the existing
use.



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RECOMMENDATION:                 Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason

To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.

(2)This consent relates to a change of use only and for no external
alterations or advertisement signage.
Reason

In the interests of clarity.




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ITEM 1. 12

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1156                 DATE: 27/09/02 10:20:03

PROPOSAL:        VARIATION OF CONDITION 21 OF
PLANNING APPLICATION P/99/1281 TO ENABLE THE
TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDERS TO BE IMPLEMENTED
WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE HOSPITAL OPENING RATHER
THAN PRIOR TO OPENING.

LOCATION:               NEW HOSPITAL, AFAN WAY, PORT
TALBOT,
APPLICANT:              BAGLAN MOORS HEALTH CARE
TYPE:                   Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Port Talbot Local Plan (Draft)
    C3 – New District General Hospital at Baglan Moors.

b. Other Policies

    None.

c. Relevant Planning History

    99/1281 New Hospital. Approved

    90/8000 – District General Hospital App Cond 1/3/91

    92/8811 – District General Hospital and associated residential staff
    accommodation –(Residential in outline only) App Cond 21/9/92.

    99/1281 – bed Local General Hospital App Cond 11/1/00.

    01/1348 – Outline Application for staff         hospital residential
    accommodation App Cond 12/2/02

    02/184 – Singe story detached building for child development unit
    and child and adolescent mental health services App Cond 16/4/02.


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   02/201 – Staff residential accommodation including a mix of two and
   three storey units compromising of 16 No Flat-lets containing four en-
   suite bedrooms with communal living area plus 10 No two bedroom
   family flats and site Management Office – App Cond 16/4/02.

   02/779 Additional car parking for Neath Port Talbot Local General
   Hospital including 50 for Child development Unit App Cond 20/ 8/02

   02/955 Staff residential accommodation including a mix of two or
   three storey units compromising 16 No 4 single bedroom with en-
   suite flats and 10 No 2 bedroom family flats and site management
   offices – App Cond 4/10/02.

d. Responses to Consultations

   Number of properties consulted: 46

   In addition a number of site notices were posted in the adjoining
   streets.

   Number of replies received: 0

   Statutory Consultees:

   Head of Municipal and Highway Services

APPRAISAL

This application seeks permission to vary condition 21 of the original
approval, which requires that a Traffic Management Scheme be submitted
to and approved by the Local Planning Authority for Traffic Regulation
Order to restrict parking and to introduce residents parking areas on the
adjacent residential roads to the hospital site. This scheme shall be
implemented prior to the first use of the hospital.

The original condition requires that the Traffic Regulation Orders be
implemented prior to the first use of the hospital (which is due to open
shortly). However in so doing it cannot take into account, what potential
problems will happen once the hospital opens. A scheme would need to
be implemented for yellow lines and /or residents parking schemes, which
may not be required, if there is no problem with overspill parking on the
adjoining streets.


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It should be noted that since the time of the original planning permission,
the number of parking spaces has been increased significantly. It is
considered that overspill parking is most likely to occur by people who do
not wish to incur the small parking charge, for parking within the
confines of the hospital site.

The proposal is to vary the condition to allow the situation to be closely
monitored after the hospital is opened, and if necessary to require the
Traffic Orders, within a 12-month period.

In planning terms the proposal is considered to be appropriate, as it would
create a tailor made scheme which would be based on actual events rather
than perceived concerns. It is considered that the condition be varied as
stated in the recommendation below:

RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)If within 12 months of the first public use of the hospital, notification
is received from the Local Planning Authority that a traffic management
scheme is required to prevent parking and/or to provide residents parking
within the immediate vicinity of the hospital, a scheme for the works so
notified shall be submitted with 3 months of the date of notification for
approval by the local planning authority and the scheme shall be
implemented within 6 months of the approval of such scheme.
Reason

In the interests of highway safety.

(2) All other conditions on approval 99/1281 shall remain in force.

Reason

In the interests of clarity.




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ITEM 1. 13

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1175                   DATE: 08/10/02

PROPOSAL:                75 BED RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME FOR
THE ELDERLY

LOCATION:        CORNER OF SCARLET
AVENUE/PRINCESS MARGARET WAY, SANDFIELDS, PORT
TALBOT SA127PH
APPLICANT:       EDWARDS CONSTRUCTION
TYPE:            Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Port Talbot Local Plan
    AS5 – Land identified for tourist and leisure development.
    R11 – Infill residential development.
    T11 – New development and car parking.

b. Other Policies

    None.

c. Relevant Planning History

    None.

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 7

    The application was advertised on site and in the local press.

    Number of replies received: 0

    Statutory Consultees:

    Coal Authority – No objections.
    Environment Agency – No objections.


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   Hyder – No reply.
   Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways) – No
   objections subject to conditions.
   Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Drainage) – No reply.

APPRAISAL

This application seeks full planning permission for a 75 bed Residential
Care Home, for the elderly on land on the corner of Scarlet Avenue and
Princess Margaret Way, Aberavon.

The site is located on an existing unmade area that is used for car parking
and measures approximately 110m by 65m. The site fronts onto the
Promenade and access is proposed to be derived from the existing car
park access off Scarlet Avenue.

The building would measure approximately 75m long and 15m wide, is
an elongated ‘H’ design, two storeys high with pitched roofs and feature
pitched roof ‘wings’ to all elevations. In addition to the 75 bedrooms it is
proposed to accommodate lounges, dining rooms, shop, hairdressers, café
and other health staff and community facilities.

Thirty car parking spaces would be provided and the site would be
suitably landscaped. The proposed external finishing materials are acorn
brown roof tiles with brick/render walls, colours to be agreed.

It is proposed to erect a 1.8m hit and miss timber fence along the north
eastern boundary adjoining the car park, a 1m high brick wall fronting
onto the Promenade with the existing boundary walls being retained
adjoining Princess Margaret Way and Scarlet Avenue but provided with
new copings.

In Policy terms the land forms part of a 12ha site allocated for car parking
for up to 600 cars, a boat/trailer park of up to 350 spaces and a golf
course. It is considered that the loss of .75 of a hectare of this allocation
is acceptable and would not prejudice the development of leisure facilities
along the sea front. In visual terms the proposal is acceptable in design
and would provide a focal feature when looking along Princess Margaret
Way. There are no highway objections and the proposal would not
adversely affect the amenities of residents in Scarlet Avenue the closest
of which is located some 42m away.

It is considered therefore that the proposal is acceptable.


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RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason

To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.

(2)Notwithstanding the details shown in the application, no development
shall take place until there has been submitted to and approved by the
local planning authority details (including samples) of materials to be
used externally for both the building and hardsurfaces. The development
shall be built in the materials approved in accordance with this condition.
Reason
In the interest of visual amenity.

(3)No development shall take place until there has been submitted
to and approved in writing by the local planning authority a scheme for
landscaping, which shall include indications of all existing trees and
hedgerows on the land, and details of any to be retained, taking into
account potential growth, together with measures for their protection in
the course of development. This scheme shall be carried out in the first
planting season after completion of the development or its
occupation, whichever is the sooner and any trees of plants which
within a period of five years are removed or become seriously damaged
or diseased shall be replaced in the next planting season with others of
similar size and the same species, unless the local planning authority
gives written consent to any variation.

Reason

In the interest of visual amenity and to accord with Section 197 of the
Town and Country Planning Act, 1990.

(4)The access into the site shall have a minimum width of 6 metres and
shall be surfaced in either tarmacadam or concrete prior to the occupation
of the building.



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Reason

In the interest of highway safety.

(5)A reinforced vehicular footway crossing 6.9 metres wide (excluding
droppers) shall be provided prior to the first use of the building.

Reason
In the interest of highway safety.

(6)No surface water run off shall flow onto the public highway.

Reason

In the interest of highway safety.

(7)No construction or contruction workers' vehicles shall be parked on
either Scarlet Avenue, Princess Margaret Way or the Promenade during
the construction of the building.

Reason

In the interest of highway safety.
(8)A 4.5 metre x 90m visibility splay shall be provided to the left upon
exiting the site onto Scarlet Avenue and the area so remaining shall be
made up as footway.

Reason
In the interest of highway safety.

(9)The car parking provision as shown on drawing No. 719/01 shall be
marked out and surfaced in either tarmacadam, concrete or block paviours
prior to the occupation of the building and thereafter be retained for car
parking.

Reason

In the interests of highway safety and to ensure there is adequate parking
to serve the development.

(10)The screen walls/screen fencing indicated on the approved plan shall
be erected prior to the occupation of the building and retained as such
thereafter.



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Reason

In the interests of visual amenity.

(11)The boundary wall demolished as part of condition no. 8 above shall
be rebuilt along the back edge of the visibility splay to the same height
and specification as existing.
Reason

In the interest of visual amenity.

(12)Any retail/commercial uses within the building shall be used solely in
association with the Home for the Elderly.

Reason

In the interest of amenity.
(13)The development shall include works for the control of effluent
which shall be designed, engineered and maintained in accordance with a
scheme which shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local
planning authority to prevent any contaminated surface water drainage
from entering a watercourse. The scheme shall be implemented prior to
the occupation of the building.

Reason

In order to ensure the provision of adequate foul drainage.
(14)Adequate provision, in accordance with a scheme to be first
submitted to, and approved in writing by, the local planning authority,
shall be made for the drainage of the land. Such scheme shall ensure that
proper drainage of any adjoining land is not interrupted or otherwise
adversely affected. The scheme shall be implemented prior to the
occupation of the building.

Reason
To ensure satisfactory drainage.




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ITEM 1. 14

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1197                  DATE: 08/10/02 16:27:26

PROPOSAL:        LATTICE TOWER AND ANTENNAS
(OVERALL HEIGHT 15m) PLUS EQUIPMENT HOUSING.

LOCATION:        BAGLAN SEWERAGE PUMPING
STATION, NR BAGLAN BROOK, BAGLAN, PORT TALBOT
SA128TA
APPLICANT:       O2 (UK) LTD
TYPE:            PriorNotif.Tele(New)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Borough of Neath Local Plan:
    B33 – Business Land Bank
    T26 – New development and Highway Safety
    E67 – The design of new development
    E79 - Telecommunications

b. Other Policies

    Planning Policy Wales
    Technical Advice Note 19: Telecommunications

c. Relevant Planning History

    None

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 0
    The application was advertised on site
    Number of replies received: 0

    Statutory Consultees:

    The Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways): No
    highway objection.


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   Welsh Assembly Transport Directorate: No objections

APPRAISAL

This application seeks prior approval for the siting and design of a
telecommunications mast and associated equipment cabin and compound
under Part 24 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted
Development) Order 1995. The proposal is for a 12.9 metre high lattice
mast with nine antennas and two microwave dishes attached, having a
total height of 15m. together with an equipment cabin measuring some
3.7m x 2.5m and 3m high. The mast would be 1.35m wide at the bottom
and 0.8m wide at the top. The proposal will improve coverage of the M4
between junctions 41 and 42 and the residential districts of Baglan and
Briton Ferry. The Council has determined that prior approval of the siting
and design of the proposal is required.

The site is located within the compound of the Baglan Sewerage Pumping
Station which is close to the elevated section of the M4 next to Baglan
Brook. The nearest residential properties are in Swan Road, some 185m
away on the other side of the M4, mainline railway and A48 dual
carriageway. Due to the elevated section of motorway, the proposed mast
will not be prominent when viewed from the Baglan area.

The applicants have indicated that alternative sites have been sought for
the installation on a number of nearby National Grid pylons and on other
sites adjacent to the motorway. However, they indicate that National Grid
were unwilling or unable to treat on the pylons and that the other sites
examined did not afford sufficient radio coverage of the main targets of
the M4, inter city railway line and residential districts.

The main consideration in this application is whether the development
would be detrimental in terms of visual amenity. It is also relevant to
consider the issue of health.

In relation to health considerations Planning Policy issued from the
National Assembly of Wales, states that:

   With regard to the health implications of proposed development, it is
   the Assembly Government’s view that, if the development meets the
   International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection
   (ICNIRP) guidelines as expressed in the EU Council Recommendation
   of 12 July 1999 on the limitation of exposure of the general public to


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   electromagnetic fields (as recommended by the report of the
   Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (the Steward Group) on
   a precautionary basis), it should not be necessary for a local planning
   authority in processing an application for planning permission or prior
   approval, to consider further the health aspects and concerns about
   them. All new base stations are expected to meet the ICNIRP
   guidelines.

     The Stewart Group’s report suggested a number of specific
     precautionary actions that have been accepted by the Assembly
     Government. The report does not provide any basis for
     precautionary actions beyond those already proposed. In the
     Assembly Government’s view, local planning authorities should not
     implement their own precautionary policies, such as imposing a ban
     or moratorium on new telecommunications development or insisting
     on minimum distances between new telecommunications
     development and existing development.

The applicant has confirmed that the proposal meets the ICNIRP
compliance and whilst health and “perceived” health risks are material
planning matters it is considered that in this case any risks or perceived
risks do not warrant a refusal.

With regard to the second issue, the proposed lattice tower and compound
will be sited within a former industrial area which is designated for future
industrial development (Baglan Energy Park). However, the site is
screened by trees and the pumping station and it is considered that the
proposed mast will not be prominent when viewed from the industrial
area. As indicated above, there are no residential properties in close
proximity and it is considered that the mast will not be noticeable when
viewed from Baglan. The mast will be visible from the M4 which is
elevated, however it is considered that the mast would not be unduly
intrusive in view of existing pylons and other industrial structures.

Taking the above into consideration, it is considered that the development
complies with the provisions of the development plan and national
planning guidance and is therefore acceptable.

RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions




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CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason
To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.




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ITEM 1. 15

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1202                   DATE: 09/10/02 13:50:10

PROPOSAL:               GARAGE CONVERSION

LOCATION:               46 GWAUN AFAN, CWMAVON, PORT
TALBOT SA129EJ
APPLICANT:              MRS J E THOMAS
TYPE:                   Householder

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Port Talbot Local Plan
    R20 Residential Extensions

b. Other Policies

    None

c. Relevant Planning History

    None

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 5

    Number of replies received: 0

    Statutory Consultees:

   The Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways) – Raises
   no objection subject to the imposition of conditions in respect of the
   widening of the drive and footway crossing.

APPRAISAL

This application seeks consent for a garage conversion at No 48 Gwaun
Afan, Cwmavon a semi detached property.


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The property has an attached garage to the side of the property and a
driveway which accommodates one car.

The main issue in the determination of the application is the likely effect
on the road safety/free flow of traffic and visual amenity.

Policy R20 of the Port Talbot Local Plan requires appropriate parking
provision. Parking Guidelines drawn up by the Standard Conference on
Regional Policy in South Wales indicates that a dwellinghouse with a
gross floor area less than 120 square metres would have to have a
minimum of 2 car parking spaces. It is considered that sufficient room
exists within the front garden to extend the driveway as suggested by The
Head of Municipal and Highway Services.

In terms of visual amenity the additional car parking areas and the
elevational treatment of the garage is acceptable.

In conclusion it is considered that the conversion would not result in an
increase in on street parking to the detriment of the free flow of traffic.
No loss of residential amenity will occur as a result of the installation of a
new window in the garage, the required distance of 21 metres between
habitable windows of adjoining dwellings is provided.


RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason
To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.

(2)The materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of
the extension hereby permitted shall match those used in the existing
building.

Reason
In the interests of visual amenity.


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(3) Notwithstanding the details indicated on the submitted plan, the
existing driveway shall be widened to 5.6 metres and hardsurfaced in
tarmacadem, concrete or block paviors. The driveway shall therefafter not
be used for any purposes other than ccar parking.

Reason:
To comply with the requirements of the local planning authority with
regards to car parking.

(4) Prior to the first use of the development the existing vehicular
footway crossing

shall be widened to 6.5 metres (excluding droppers).

Reason:
In the interests of highway safety.




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ITEM 1. 16

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1288                  DATE: 25/10/02

PROPOSAL:               PRIOR NOTIFICATION FOR
DEMOLITION

LOCATION:        NOS 1-41 INCL, WERN CRESCENT,
SKEWEN, NEATH SA106NS
APPLICANT:       Neath Port Talbot C.B.C.
TYPE:            Prior Notif.Demol.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    None.

b. Other Policies

    None.

c. Relevant Planning History

    None.

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 0

    A notice was displayed on site.

    Number of replies received: 0

    Statutory Consultees:

    Coedfranc Community Council – No response to date.




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APPRAISAL

This is a prior notification application for the demolition of the existing
flats at Llys Bryn Heulog, Pontardawe. Planning permission is not
required for the demolition as the operation is permitted under Class A of
Part 31 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted
Development) Order 1995. Under the terms of the Order however, a
prior notification application allowing the Local Authority 28 days to
ascertain whether an application is required to be submitted for prior
approval relating to the method of demolition and the proposed
restoration of the site. These details have been submitted.

The site has a frontage to Wern Crescent and comprises a total of 20 units
of 5 blocks of 4 units and which are presently unoccupied and derelict. It
is proposed to demolish the flats in accordance with BS 6187:1982 Code
of Practice for Demolition by means of careful stripping out and
systematic disassembly using suitable plant with all demolition products
being removed from site. The proposed works include the breaking up
and removal of the floor slabs and regrading of the building footprint to
an even profile to landscaping with topsoil and seed to form an amenity
area.

The proposed method of demolition and reinstatement and after use of the
site is considered as satisfactory and it is therefore considered that there is
no need to submit a full application.

It should be noted that the consultation period following advertisement
does not expire until the 20th of November 2002, however due to the
statutory time period in which to determine this proposal (26 th November
2002). Committee cycles dictate that the proposal has to be considered at
this Committee, and therefore the following recommendation is made.

RECOMMENDATION: That subject to there being no objections
relating to the method of demolition or the proposed restoration of
the site, prior approval be Granted once the statutory consultation
period has expired.




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2.     LISTED BUILDING AND CONSERVATION AREA
       APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL

ITEM 2. 1

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1042                  DATE: 07/10/02

PROPOSAL:                LISTED BUILDING APPLICATION FOR
SIGNAGE

LOCATION:                NATWEST, 35 GREEN STREET, NEATH
SA111DD
APPLICANT:               The National Westminster Bank Plc
TYPE:                    Listed Building Cons

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

     Borough of Neath Local Plan

     Policy E67 New development.
     Policy E66 There will be a presumption against any demolition or any
     development which would be detrimental to the structure, fabric,
     appearance or character of a Listed Building.
     Policy E68 Proposals to display an advertisement will be favourably
     considered provided certain criteria are met.

b. Other Policies

     None

c. Relevant Planning History

     P/2002/795 Listed Building Application for handrails – Approved
     04/10/02

d. Responses to Consultations

     Number of properties consulted: 16



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   A notice was posted on site and advertised in the press.

   Number of replies received: 0

   Statutory Consultees:

   Georgian Group: No reply.

   Neath Antiquarian Society: No reply.

   The Victorian Society: No reply.

   Neath Town Council: No objections.

APPRAISAL

The application site comprises a Listed Building utilised by Natwest
Bank.

The proposal is to display internally illuminated signage incorporating
logos, the corporate name and ATM information, namely, a 0.35 metres
high, 12 metres long fascia sign above the front doorway, 5.0 metres
above the ground; one 0.6 metres flat projecting sign, 3.0 metres above
the ground; two dual language name plates (non-illuminated) either side
of the front doorway; one ATM button above the ATM on the side
elevation to Summerfield Place; one main ATM body lightbox; and an
ATM receipt bin (non-illuminated). Other minor works include the
replacement of letterplates with stainless steel.

From a policy viewpoint, the issue is whether the proposal will affect the
structure, fabric, appearance or character of the Listed Building.

The proposed main signage to the front elevation is similar to and
replaces existing signs. Other additions to the front and side elevations
are minor in nature.

The proposal is, therefore, considered as being acceptable, there being no
undue harm to the structure, fabric, appearance or character of a Listed
Building

RECOMMENDATION:             That CADW be informed that this
Authority is minded to grant planning permission for the proposal
subject to the following conditions and subject to CADW having no


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objection or not wishing to determine the application themselves,
Listed Building Consent be Granted.

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

Reason

To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.

(2)Any advertisements displayed, and any site used for the display of
advertisements, shall be maintained in a clean and tidy condition to the
reasonable satisfaction of the local planning authority.

(3)Any structure or hoarding erected or used principally for the purpose
of displaying advertisements shall be maintained in a safe condition.
(4)Where an advertisement is required under these Regulations to be
removed, the removal shall be carried out to the reasonable satisfaction of
the local planning authority.

(5)No advertisement is to be displayed without the permission of the
owner of the site or any other person with an interest in the site is entitled
to grant permission.
(6)No advertisement shall be sited or displayed so as to obscure or hinder
the interpretation of any road traffic signs, railway signal or and to
navigation by water or air, or so as to render hazardous the use of any
highway, railway, waterway or aerodrome.




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ITEM 2. 2

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1142                   DATE: 25/09/02 11:18:36

PROPOSAL:         PROPOSED DEMOLITION OF A
GARAGE WITHIN A CONSERVATION AREA
LOCATION:         NEATH MUSIC CENTRE, 37 WATER
STREET, NEATH SA113ET
APPLICANT:        MESSRS BAMFORD
TYPE:             Conservation Area

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Borough of Neath Local Plan
    Policy E65 Development which would be detrimental to the
    appearance or character of a Conservation Area will not be permitted.

b. Other Policies

    None

c. Relevant Planning History

    P/2002/1018 Replacement of shop front, refurbishment of external
    walls and ground floor extension – Approved 04/10/02

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 9
    A site notice was posted and a notice advertised in the press.
    Number of replies received: 0

    Statutory Consultees:

   Neath Town Council: No objections.
   Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways): No objections.
   South Wales Police: No objections.




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APPRAISAL

The application site is located on the junction of Water Street, Gnoll Park
Road and St. David’s Street, opposite one of the entrances to Victoria
Gardens and is located within a Conservation area. The application site
comprises an existing shop unit with rear garage and garden area. The
front elevation incorporates a mixture of conflicting materials and
window styles with the roof in grey slates. One car parking space is
provided in the existing garage, with vehicular access directly off Gnoll
Park Road.

Conservation Area consent is required for demolition due to the site being
located within a Conservation Area. The proposal is to demolish the
existing flat-roof garage 9.0 metres by 6.5 metres and 2.8 metres in
height. The demolition is required in connection with a proposal granted
at the last Planning Committee to replace the shop front, including the
refurbishment of external walls and the construction of a rear ground
floor, flat-roof extension. The extension is to be used as a garage and
service area. The new shop front includes a 0.5 metres high ceramic tile
plinth and new windows and doors.

From a policy viewpoint, the main issue is whether the proposal would be
detrimental to the appearance and character of the Conservation Area.
The scale and relationship to the townscape is an important criterion to be
considered in this case.
The proposal is in association with the previously approved proposal, the
whole scheme being an improvement to that existing, which has a
dilapidated incongruous appearance. It is considered therefore, that the
proposal will enhance the character of the Conservation Area and that
there will be no demonstrable harm to the appearance and character of
such.
RECOMMENDATION:                 Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of five years from the date of this permission.
Reason
To comply with the requirements of Section 91 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990.


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3.      TPO APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL

ITEM 3. 1

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1012                    DATE: 23/08/02 10:04:03

PROPOSAL:        REMOVAL OF IVY ON ELM TREE,
RAISE THE CROWN UP TO A HEIGHT OF APPROXIMATELY
4-5m ABOVE GROUND LEVEL AND CLEAR AWAY DEBRIS.

LOCATION:        19 THE AVENUE, EAGLESBUSH
VALLEY, NEATH SA112FD
APPLICANT:       D J COLE & S COLE
TYPE:            App under TPO

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

     Borough of Neath Local Plan:
     E63 – The conservation of woodlands and trees.

b. Other Policies

     None

c. Relevant Planning History

     None

d. Responses to Consultations

     Number of properties consulted: 7
     The application was advertised on site
     Number of replies received: 1

     Objections can be summarised as follows:

     1. The tree the subject of the application is believed to be an Elm, not
        a Lime tree as stated in the application.
     2. While there are no objections to the removal of ivy, raising the
        crown to a height of 8m would be ill advised, would render the tree
        susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease and would be unattractive.


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    Statutory Consultees:

    Head of Streetcare Services (Arboricultural Officer) – No objection to
    amended proposal.

    Neath Town Council – No reply therefore no observations to make.

APPRAISAL

This application seeks consent for works to an Elm tree in the garden of
19, The Avenue, Eaglesbush. The tree is protected by a Tree Preservation
Order (T89). As originally submitted, the proposal was for the following
works:

1. Removal of ivy
2. Raise the crown to a height of approximately 8m above ground level.
3. Clear away debris.

The applicant has confirmed that the tree is an Elm tree, not a Lime tree
as originally stated.

With regard to the points raised by the objector, concerns about the
effects of the raising of the crown to a height of 8m on the tree’s
appearance were shared by the Arboricultural Officer, and the applicant
has amended the application to relate to the raising of the crown to a
height of 4 to 5m above ground level. This proposal is now considered to
be acceptable in terms of its effects on the health of the tree and its
appearance.

RECOMMENDATION:                 Approval with Conditions

CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of 1 year from the date of this permission.

Reason

In the interest of amenity.
(2)All tree felling and pruning operations shall be undertaken in
accordance with the guidelines in BS3998:1989 Recommendations for
Tree Work.

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Reason

In the interests of amenity.




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ITEM 3. 2

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/1144                  DATE: 26/09/02 10:08:48

PROPOSAL:               WORKS TO TREES COVERED BY TPO

LOCATION:       PLOT 101 BARRONS COURT, OFF
STRATTON WAY, NEATH ABBEY, NEATH SA107AS
APPLICANT:      D.G. JAMES & SONS (BUILDERS) LTD.
TYPE:           App under TPO

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    Neath local Plan
    E63 – Protection of trees

b. Other Policies

    None

c. Relevant Planning History

    P/00/0333 – Amended house types – Approved 28.4.00
    P/99/497 – Amended house types – Approved 15.7.99
    91/0210 – Residential development – Approved 20.6.91

d. Responses to Consultations

    A notice was placed near the site

    Number of replies received: 1

    The objections can be summarised as

1. Trees form an aesthetically pleasing border between the playing field
   and the residential development
2. The trees are an important sanctuary for urban wildlife

    Statutory Consultees:



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   Head of Streetcare Services (Aboricultural Officer) – No objections.
   Dyffryn Community Council – Objections on the grounds that the
   trees should have been taken into consideration in the layout of the
   site.

APPRAISAL

This is an application for the felling of 4 trees within the rear garden of
plot 101 and adjacent to the turning facility of the residential development
currently under construction at Barrons Court, Neath Abbey.

Consent for the development of this phase of the residential development
was granted in 1989 and a further application was approved in 1991 for a
residential development on this site, the house types were altered in 1999.
It was originally proposed to retain the 4 trees it is now considered that
due to the siting of plot 101 and the revised specification of the turning
facilities it is now required to fell 4 no. trees.

The trees are not covered by a Tree Preservation Order however there is a
condition attached to the original consent in 1991 and the amended house
type application which states that written consent is required from the
local planning authority prior to the felling of any retained tree.

Trees 1, 2 and 3 shown on the submitted plan consist of a line of semi
mature white Poplar located in the rear curtilage of plot 101. Tree 4 is a
black Hybrid Poplar located at the turning head of the road.

In relation to the Community Council’s objections, the amended house
and turning head layout does not differ to any significant degree to that
originally approved in 1991, however the condition imposed relating to
the protection of trees ensured that any felling proposals could be
considered through the planning process.

Whilst these trees are in reasonable health at present the Aboriculturist
confirms that once the house and turning circle are constructed it would
seriously damage their health and they would need to be felled. Whilst
these trees form an important feature in the local landscape it is
considered better that they are felled now with the provision that 8 further
trees are planted in more suitable locations.

RECOMMENDATION:                  Approval with Conditions




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CONDITIONS;

(1)The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the
expiration of 1 year from the date of this permission.

Reason
In the interest of safety.

(2) Within 1 month of the date of this consent details of a scheme for the
replanting of 8 trees within the residential development are to be
submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.
During the first planting scheme after one occupation/completion of plot
101, the replacement trees shall be planted in accordance with the
approved scheme.
Reason

In the intersets of visual amenity




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 4.  PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED FOR
 REFUSAL


ITEM 4. 1

APPLICATION NO: P/2001/1163                    DATE: 12/08/02

PROPOSAL:        REDEVELOPMENT OF EXISTING
SERVICE STATION TO INCLUDE SALES BUILDING,
FORECOURT AND CANOPY AND PARKING

LOCATION:            Glynneath Service Station, Neath Road,
Glynneath, Neath SA115EW
APPLICANT:           Esso Petroleum Co. Ltd
TYPE:                Full Plans

 BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 This application was considered at the meeting of the Planning
 Committee held on the 4th October, 2002, when it was claimed that since
 the petrol station has closed, residents have to travel to Hirwaun or Neath
 for petrol and are therefore carrying out their shopping at the same time
 and which has already had a significant affect on the Glynneath Shopping
 Centre.

 The Committee, in the light of the foregoing resolved to Defer
 consideration of the application in order to attempt to ascertain what level
 of shopping leakage has occurred from Glynneath since the petrol station
 has closed.

 The applicants have been contacted with a request to provide the relevant
 information and in response have submitted the following: -

 1) The closure of the existing operation results in a further leakage of
    about £3 million per annum from fuel and store sales away from
    Glynneath.
 2) In addition, it is estimated that due to the inevitable change in pattern
    that arises from such a closure a further £0.25 million could be lost to
    the local retail environment giving an overall potential leakage of
    £3.25 million.


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3) It is claimed that the local retail environment would benefit from the
   potential clawback of pre-site closure leakage of £29.4 million as a
   result of enhanced facilities at the site itself.
4) The proposal would result in the provision of about 22 full-time and
   part-time jobs at the site.
5) The proposal includes the provision of new double skimmed fuel
   storage tanks and associated vapour recovery technology which would
   benefit amenity and the environment.

In response to the foregoing, the following comments are made:-

1) It would seem that the loss of trade referred to relates to that trade at
   the petrol station site itself and does not refer to the additional leakage
   from the Glynneath Shopping Centre as a result of the closure.
2) It is noted that there is an estimated additional leakage of £0.25
   million but this is not substantiated by the result of any survey which
   has been undertaken.
3) Potential clawback has been referred to in the previous application
   which was refused and in the appraisal when the re-submitted
   application was originally submitted to Committee on the 4 th October
   and no further comments are offered. It is considered that Tesco Store
   would target “topping up” shopping which would not result in any
   major clawback. The applicants have previously stated that the
   proposal is likely to attract a further £1.45 million net increase of trade
   which equates to nearly 50% of the predicted turnover for the area. It
   should be noted that the surplus of expenditure in Glynneath is
   estimated to be only £0.2 million. Therefore the net reduction in the
   level of available expenditure in Glynneath would be significant and
   likely to be significantly in excess of the £0.25 million estimated by
   the applicants referred to above, whereby the viability existing retail
   establishments would be in jeopardy.
4) The questions of employment opportunities has not been the subject of
   dispute.
5) Similarly, it is acknowledged that the improvements to the petrol
   station would have benefits in amenity terms, but it is the affect of the
   proposed retail store on the Shopping Centre which is the point at
   issue.

It is acknowledged that the closure of the petrol station has had some
impact on the shopping pattern and shopping habits, and therefore has
had some affect on the Glynneath Shopping Centre and has certainly
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however that the level of that affect would not nearly as significant as the
effect on the shopping centre should the proposal be allowed.

In any event, the petrol station element has never been a matter of dispute
as it is considered that a facility of that nature serves a local need and in
this respect it is noted that outline planning consent has previously been
granted for a petrol filling station off the roundabout on the A465
adjacent to McDonalds. In conclusion it is considered that the long term
harmful effect on the vitality, viability and attractiveness of Glynneath
Town Centre outweighs the possible short term loss of a petrol filling
station.

In addition it is considered that nothing has changed in that respect and
since the Inspector’s decision, other than the closure of the petrol station,
and the Appraisal and Recommendation to the meeting of the Committee
held on the 4th October is reproduced below with relevant amendments.

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

   S3 – Shopping Criteria.
   S18 – Criteria for small shops in residential areas.

b. Other Policies

   None

c. Relevant Planning History

   78/640 – Showroom/Maintenance Bay – Approved 27.2.79.
   88/681 – Tank & Sales Shop – Approved 11.10.88.
   88/682 – Shop Signs – Approved 8.3.95.
   95/60 – Fuel Tanks – Approved 8.3.95.
   P/2001/672 – Redevelopment to include Sales Building – Refused
   12.2.02 (Appeal dismissed 15.7.02).

d. Responses to Consultations

   Number of properties consulted: 28

   A notice was displayed on site.

   Number of objection replies received: 8



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  The objections can be summarised as follows:-

  (a) Adverse affect on amenity of nearby residential properties by
      reason of overbearing impact, noise and disturbance especially
      due to 24 hour opening, and smell from bakery outlet.

  (b) Further adverse affect on amenity if an ‘off licence’ is to be
      incorporated.

  (c) Adverse affect on the vitality and viability of Glynneath Town
      Centre and possible closure of existing businesses.

  (d) Proposal is located on an ‘out of town’ site and contrary to Policy
      and Governmental advice.

  In addition, 135 letters of support to the proposal have been received
  from residents of the Glynneath area on the grounds that the recent
  closure of the petrol station has left the area without such a facility and
  which will adversely affect business locally.

  A petition opposing the closure of the Petrol Station and containing
  2467 signatures has also been received and which was submitted on
  the 17th October, 2002, following the meeting of the Planning
  Committee held on the 4th October, 2002. Additionally a letter has
  been received from the Glynneath Labour Party in support of the
  proposal on the grounds that the closure of the petrol station has had a
  detrimental affect on the vitality and viability of Glynneath businesses
  for the following reasons.

  1) Since the loss of the petrol station, the generally populace have to
     travel outside the area to obtain petrol and therefore shop
     elsewhere. There has been a drop in takings by the shops in
     Glynneath with the Co-op alone losing over £3,000 per week.
  2) The loss of people who used to travel into Glynneath from Rhigos,
     Resolven, Seven Sisters, Banwen, Abercrave and Coelbren has also
     affected trade.
  3) Local people and businesses including emergency services have all
     been detrimentally affected by the closure of the petrol station.

  Statutory Consultees:

   Head of Municipal and Highway Services (Highways) – No Highway
   objection subject to conditions.


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    Environment Agency – No objection subject to conditions.

    Head of Municipal & Highway Services (Drainage) – No objection.

    Glynneath Town Council – Retention of the petrol station is of prime
    consideration therefore no objection raised as the petrol sales at the
    site is vital to the economic well being of the Upper Vale of Neath.

APPRAISAL

Members will note that a detailed application for this development (Ref.
No. P/01/0672) was refused on the 12th February 2002, for the reason that
the proposed store, due to its location divorced from the main shopping
centre and to the floor area proposed would not only serve a local need,
but would attract shoppers from the Glynneath Shopping Centre and
would have a detrimental effect on the vitality, viability and attractiveness
of the recognised Glynneath Shopping Centre.

The applicants appealed against that decision and the appeal was
dismissed on the 15th July 2002.

The present application is a ‘Twin Track’ application which was
submitted to run concurrently with the previous application and is
identical in terms of the development proposed. The applicants now wish
this to be determined.

The site has an area of some 0.28 hectares, having a frontage to Neath
Road (B4242) of approximately 35 metres and a depth of 42 metres and is
located between the Fire Station and the residential properties fronting
Addoldy Road. An area of land comprising some 0.19 hectares located at
the rear of the site and at the rear of Nos. 1-11 Whitefield Close and
shown as being within the same ownership is not affected by this
proposal and will, at this stage, remain undeveloped. The area within the
immediate vicinity is of mixed land use in character comprising
residential, fire station, ambulance station, school, telephone exchange
and retail shopping at Chain Walk.

At present, the site is used as a petrol filling station and car repair garage
together with a retail sales outlet and the existing buildings comprise two
workshops, one measuring 21m x 10m (210m²) and the other 10m x 8.5m
(85m²), and a sales building measuring 9.7m x 8m (77m²). There are also
three storage containers located within the site comprising a dilapidated


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railway carriage and two steel containers. A pump island is located at the
front of the site. All buildings and containers are to be demolished and
the site cleared, with the exception of the perimeter trees, in order to
accommodate the development proposed.

The deposited plans indicate the site to be developed by the erection of a
single building comprising a sales area, storage, cash office, staffroom
and toilet facilities. The building measures 23.7m x 12.5m (296m²) with
the shop element having a floor area of 200m² (185m² net). The building
which has a maximum height of 3.6m is to be finished in white smooth
cladding with powder blue pilasters and window frames. A canopy is to
be erected over the pump island and which will have a maximum height
of 5.3m. All existing trees along the side (eastern and western) and near
boundaries are to be retained within the scheme and augmented where
required. A total of 16 parking spaces (including 1 disabled space) are to
be provided within the site and located along the rear boundary. The
proposed opening hours are indicated as being 0600 to 2400 (6am to
12am midnight) daily with deliveries to the shop commencing at 0600
and thereafter a milk, bread, one chilled and one non chilled delivery per
day.

Products sold include newspapers, confectionery, tobacco, bread, milk,
tinned groceries, ready meals, a limited range of fresh fruit, vegetables
and meat together with car care products and household goods.

In policy terms, it is noted that Policies S3 of the Structure Plan and S18
of the Neath Local Plan support the provision of small shop premises or
local shopping facilities outside existing centres and in residential areas
and where they would serve the locality in which they are situated. The
explanation to both policies relates to “small premises” being up tp
1000m² total floor area. In view of the fact that the development will
provide a total of 200m² (185m² net) of retail floorspace and which is
below the threshold identified in the policies, the proposal is not
considered to be a departure from the Development Plan.

With regard to the foregoing however, it is considered that a store of this
nature will not serve the locality in which it is situated only but will also
attract shoppers who currently use the existing facilities in the Glynneath
Town Centre and at Chain Walk.

In this respect therefore, the impact and affect on those existing facilities
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The Authority has recently commissioned Nathanial Litchfield and
Partners to undertake a retail study of the County Borough generally and
their findings in respect of Glynneath noted that there was at present a
small Co-op Supermarket (474m² net) and a limited selection of other
convenience shops. The survey found that convenience expenditure
outflow from the Glynneath area is high (79%) with over half of the
expenditure leakage going to Swansea.

The study indicates that the surplus expenditure in Glynneath is estimated
to be only £0.2 million in 2001 and is not sufficient to support a new food
store. A new foodstore in Glynneath would need to clawback a
significant level of expenditure leakage if it is to be viable and the impact
on the existing Co-op and other foodstores could be significant. It is
noted that the estimated turnover of the foodstore proposed at the filling
station is £1.7 million and with surplus expenditure in Glynneath of £0.2
million, the potential clawback from the proposed store is limited and the
proposal could therefore impact on the existing Co-op and other stores in
the locality.

In view of the foregoing, the applicants were requested at the initial stage
to provide information which would indicate a need for the additional
facility and demonstrate that the additional foodstore would not be
detrimental to the existing Glynneath Shopping Centre and the local
shopping centre at Chain Walk.

A response was received from consultants acting on behalf of Tesco’s and
which is summarised as follows:-

      “The new store would have an estimated turnover of £1.7 million,
      although some of this turnover could be derived from the existing
      shop on the site, resulting in an actual turnover increase of £1.45
      million. This is a very modest uplift convenience shopping facility.

      The Tesco Express format is designed to offer the convenience of a
      local store, whilst also stocking a good range of Tesco’s more
      common products and this store will hold around 3000 lines.
      Whilst it is unusual for such a store to be used for main food or
      weekly shopping, they are popular for top up or basket shopping,
      which is reflected by the turnover much lower than a typical Tesco
      store.

      It is clear from the Nathanial Lichfield retail study that existing
      retail provision in this part of the Borough is limited, offering


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      residents very limited choice as to where they can undertake
      convenience shopping. Indeed this is reflected by the extremely
      high level (79%) of convenience shopping. Customers are
      dissatisfied with the existing shopping facilities and as a
      consequence are shopping elsewhere. The opportunity to provide
      local residents with a modern, up to date, well stocked and good
      value Tesco Express store would be of significant benefit, of
      reducing the need to travel as far and as often to meet basic
      shopping needs. The Tesco Express store would need to clawback
      only 4.5% of this lost expenditure to support its predicted turnover,
      which is considered to be entirely possible. In this way, we believe
      that this new store in the area”.

      The submission goes on to disagree with the findings of the
      Nathanial Litchfield study in terms of available expenditure within
      the area in the future and suggests that there would be a greater
      level of capacity than the retail study suggests.
      In conclusion, the submission from the Consultants states:-

      “In summary, it is considered that there is both a qualitative and
      quantitative need for new shopping facilities in Glynneath,
      particularly given the extremely high levels of outflow from the
      zone. If only 4.5% of the lost expenditure is clawed back into the
      zone, then this would be sufficient to support the turnover of the
      new store. The Tesco Express format has been successful
      elsewhere, and we see no reason why this level of clawback could
      not be achieved. As a consequence there would be no discernable
      retail impact on the existing stores within the zone”.

In response to the foregoing, it is noted that the location of the store is
divorced from the existing centre at Glynneath and to a lesser extent
Chain Walk and concern is expressed that the proposed store appears to
be targeted at the type of ‘topping-up’ shopping which would most
damage Glynneath and Chain Walk and not claw back the loss of bulk
shopping out of the area. There would be a shift in shopping patterns
within the Glynneath zone particularly from the existing foodstores in the
centre together with the affect on linked trips where other retailers within
the centre benefit from those visiting the foodstores.

The existing Co-op store at Glynneath has a floor area of 474m² and
taking the company’s national trading figures would have a turnover of
some £2.3 million. The other convenience stores would have a global
turnover of some £1.76 million. There is no evidence to suggest that


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these stores are trading above the Company averages it is noted that the
estimated turnover of the proposed Tesco Express is £1.7 million (and a
£1.45 million net increase). The applicants have not put forward any
evidence to support a case that this increased expedition would come
from clawback. Having regard to the nature of the proposal (aimed at top
up shopping) and the present shopping pattern, it is considered that the
proposal would draw most of its expenditure from existing stores within
Glynneath. The total predicted turnover of the proposed store equates to
almost 50% of the total predicted goods turnover for the area and it is
considered that this would have a major existing stores to the detriment of
the attractiveness, vitality and viability of the existing shopping centre.

The proposed sales area at the application site would increase
dramatically from 77m² to 200m² (185m²). Whilst noting the trend
towards increasing retail floorspace at petrol stations there does not seem
in this instance to be any evidence of a community need for additional
space. The area is well served by convenience shops and the potential
trading effects of the proposal could harm the shopping centre at
Glynneath and to a lesser extent Chain Walk.

The applicants have, following the Appeal Decision, submitted additional
information in an attempt to overcome the previous objection to the
proposal. This relates to the sequential test by assessment of other sites
and the need for the shop to be attached to the filling station. They also
refer to other similar Tesco proposals elsewhere which have been
approved.

From the applicants additional statement accompanying the application it
is clear that the only additional points made are “that there is a need for
sustaining a local fuel facility and the need can only be met and is best
met by developing the existing service station facility at Glynneath
Service Station ……… the development of the site including the
provision of a top up convenience store is necessary as a whole to ensure
the sites development”.

The need expressed by the applicant is only for a local fuel facility. At no
point is a case made for the store proposed, other than to help finance the
redevelopment and future viability of the service station.

Much of the applicant’s case for this application is on the basis that there
is no suitable available land for such development in the shopping centre
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availability of such alternatives was commented on by the Inspector at the
appeal as a deficiency in the case for the applicant.

The applicant stresses that no site is available to accommodate a filling
station and a shop. This is rather confusing as the application is not for a
filling station and shop but rather for a shop, which is proposed to be
located within the curtilage of a refurbished service station. In fact the
appeal inspector commented that the appellants had not “demonstrated
that the proposed supermarket needs to be attached to their redeveloped
petrol filling station”. This application relates to a retail use, with the
proposed relationship to the filling station is not relevant to the
determination of the application, other than the isolated position relative
to the shopping centre.

In addressing therefore the sequential test the view of the applicant is that
only one site is available but is unsuitable and it is on a site fronting on to
Park Avenue. However, an examination of suitable land available and
more centrally located to the existing shopping centre shows that the site
of the former swimming baths at Lancaster Close appears need the
criteria. Further the site is located adjacent to a large car park which
serves the Shopping Centre.

The site the applicant identifies as unsuitable is allocated in the Borough
of Neath Local Plan as part of a larger site for housing development.
There is no reason why such a store could not be incorporated into a
housing development scheme for that site at a suitable location.

The inspector on the previous appeal stated in his reasons and
conclusions:

“I find therefore, on the main issue in this case (i.e. need) that, even if it
did have an obviously harmful effect on the vitality and viability of the
existing shopping provision in Glynneath, the proposed additional
shopping space would not contribute positively to the creation of a more
concentrated and prosperous shopping street in this small town”.

This is considered to still be the case as the applicants have not
established the need for the additional shopping facility proposed nor
demonstrated that the creation of an additional foodstore would not be
detrimental to the existing Glynneath Shopping Centre.

In conclusion, it is considered that the proposal would have a detrimental
effect on the vitality, viability and attractiveness of the recognised


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shopping centre due to its out of centre location divorced from the main
shopping centre and which would encourage shoppers to look outside the
recognised centre for the ‘top up basket’ shopping needs. Additionally, it
is considered that the need for the additional shopping facility has not
been established nor has it been demonstrated that the creation of an
additional foodstore would not be detrimental to the existing Glynneath
Shopping Centre.


RECOMMENDATION:                 Refusal

REASONS FOR REFUSAL;

(1)The proposal, due to its location divorced from the main shopping
centre at Glynneath, and to the floor area proposed, would not serve a
local need only but would attract shoppers from the Glynneath Shopping
Centre and would have a detrimental effect on the vitality, viability and
attractiveness of the recognised Glynneath Shopping Centre.




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ITEM 4. 2

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/299                   DATE: 25/07/02

PROPOSAL:        INSTALLATION OF TWO MEDIUM
SIZED WIND TURBINES (additional information-
PHOTOMONTAGE)

LOCATION:        COED-DU FARM, COED DU ROAD,
CRYNANT, NEATH SA108SU
APPLICANT:       ROBERT SPEHT
TYPE:            Full Plans

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    West Glamorgan Structure Plan
    EQ2 – Renewable sources energy.

    Neath Local Plan
    E61 – Enhancement/conservation – special landscape area.

b. Other Policies

    None.

c. Relevant Planning History

    None.

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 0

   A total of 4 notices were displayed in the village of Crynant and the
   proposal was advertised in the press.

    Number of replies received: 4

   The objections are primarily based on the adverse visual impact and
   noise implications.


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   Statutory Consultees:

   Head of Municipal & Highway Services (Highways) – No Highway
   objection.

   Head of Environmental Health & Trading Standards (Environment) –
   No objection on noise grounds.

   Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust – Recommended that an
   archaeological desk based assessment be submitted.

   Countryside Council for Wales – Consider that an Environmental
   Impact Study is submitted.

   Environment Agency – No objection subject to condition.

   The Coal Authority – Recommend that appropriate technical advice is
   sought.

   Western Power Distribution – No adverse comments.

   Transco – No adverse comments.

   Crynant Community Council – No objection in principle to wind
   turbine Energy but concerns in relation to noise and visual
   implications.

APPRAISAL

This is a detailed application for the erection of two wind turbines on land
forming part of Coed Du Farm, Crynant.

The site is located to the north-east of Coed Du Farmhouse and north of
Gelli-Benuchel and lies to the east and north –east of the village of
Crynant. The turbines are to be located on a mound overlooking the farm
and are approximately 530 metres from the main dwellings at Coed Ddu
Farm and Gelli-Benuchel and some 1100 metres to the north-east of the
main built up area of the village of Crynant.

The turbines proposed stand on a 40 metre tower to hub height and with a
blade length of 16.5 metres giving a total height of 56.5 metres when
extended. The proposal for this site is a medium sized machine with an


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output of up to 300kw per turbine per year and whilst these turbines are
some 25%-33% smaller than other proposals erected elsewhere it is
considered by the developer, to be large enough for a modest investment
and to sell electricity to the National Grid and represents diversification
for people who are struggling to make a living in the rural economy. The
developer states that over the lifetime of the turbines (some 25 years)
about 50,000,000 kwh will be generated. This is equivalent to 285 typical
homes being supplied for 25 years at 7,000 kwh per year at £500 worth of
electricity per house per year and which will also result in substantial
emissions savings.

In assessing the proposal, consideration is required to be given to Policy
Considerations, affect on visual amenity, noise implication and
contribution to the economy.

It should be noted that the site is located within a Special Landscape Area
as identified in Policy E61 of the Neath Local Plan wherein it states:-
“Special Landscape areas identified on the proposals map will be
conserved and enhanced. Proposals for development will not be permitted
unless they are acceptable in terms of a Policy in the Development Plan”.

In the explanation to the Policy it clearly states that “ apart from green
wedges there are areas of countryside which are particularly important as
a result of their ecological character or their contribution to the landscape
and ecological quality.

Structure Plan Policy EQ2 states –

      Proposals for the development of renewable sources of energy will
      be encouraged, particularly where there are benefits to the local
      economy, and will be permitted provided that the proposed
      development:

i)    Would not adversely affect the special character of the Gower
      AONB, the Brecon Beacons National Park or any other statutorily
      designated area or site of nature conservation or heritage
      conservation interest or heritage coasts; and
ii)   Would not cause demonstrable harm to:-
           a)    Other areas of special landscape value or sites of special
                 nature conservation or heritage interest to be defined in
                 local plans; or
           b)    Areas or facilities of special importance for tourism and
                 recreation; or


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              c)      The amenity of nearby dwellings or residential areas;
                      and
iii)     Would not dominate any particular prominent skyline or maritime
         vista to be defined in local plans; and
iv)      If intervisible with existing renewable energy developments, would
         not result in an unacceptable, in terms of national energy policies
         or local and regional energy requirements; and
v)       Is justified, where necessary, in terms of national energy policies or
         local and regional energy requirements; and
vi)      Is accompanied by adequate information to indicate the extent of
         possible environmental effects and how they can be satisfactorily
         contained”.

In relation to sustainable energy, Planning Policy Wales states:-

12.8.3   The objective of the UK Government’s energy policy is to
         ensure a secure, diverse and sustainable supply of energy at
         competitive prices consistent with wider economic policies, the
         promotion of energy efficiency and health and safety and the
         full and proper protection of the local and global environment.
         This includes increasing the UK contribution of electricity
         supplied from Renewable energy sources to 5% by the end of
         2003, rising to 10% by 2010.
12.8.4   The Assembly Government’s aim is to secure the strongest
         economic development policies to underpin growth and
         prosperity in Wales and recognise in this the importance of
         clean energy, both as an economic driver and to take forward
         the Assembly’s commitment to sustainable development. As
         part of this the Assembly Government intends to encourage the
         development of the renewable sector and promote energy
         efficiency and conversation in an economic, environmentally
         sound and socially acceptable way.
12.8.6.1 Renewable energy currently accounts for some 3% of Wales’s
         electricity generation. The Assembly Government wishes to see
         the planning system play its part in contributing to the UK
         Climate Change Programme and the objectives outlines in
         12.8.3, enabling Wales to work towards an agreed target of its
         electricity and heat requirements from renewable sources by
         2010.
12.8.9.1 Local Planning Authorities should therefore facilitate the
         development of all forms of renewable energy and energy
         efficiency and conservation measures where they are
         environmentally and socially acceptable…..


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12.10.1     Local Planning Authorities should consider the effects of any
            scheme and its associated infrastructure on the local
            environment. Where a development is likely to cause
            demonstrable harm to a designated area by virtue of having a
            significant adverse impact on the qualities for which the site
            was designated, consideration should be given to refusing the
            development if such effects cannot be overcome by planning
            conditions or agreements.

In relation to the siting of wind turbines and their effect on the landscape
Technical Advice Note (Wales) 8 states:

   A47. The visual impact of wind turbine generators is influenced by
   five principal factors:-

   a.     land form and characters;
   b.     Number and size of machines;
   c.     Design and colour;
   d.     Layout of machines; and
   e.     The existing skyline of the area.

   A48. In comparison with other well – established forms of
   development in the countryside wind turbine generators are
   individually of low mass and require no extensive supporting
   infrastructure or services, but they do present a distinctive vertical
   feature and have the characteristic of movement not normally present
   in man-made structures. In terms of visual impact wind turbines
   generators must be assessed with their particular and unusual
   characteristics clearly in mind. The acceptability of wind turbine
   generators will be determined to a considerable extent by the form and
   pattern of the landscape within and adjoining a particular site.

The visual impact of the proposal on the landscape is one of the key
matters to be assessed and considered in relation to the proposal. In
addition, the visual impact needs to be assessed against the designation of
the land and surrounding area as a special landscape area under Policy
E61 of the Neath Local Plan.

As part of the application the applicants have submitted photomontages
which indicate some of the main areas from which the turbines will be
visible and the likely magnitude of the visual impact. These are taken
from 3 locations in Crynant as follows:-



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1. Crynant Business Park – no wind turbines visible.
2. Ynyswen Terrace – 10 metres of tower and 16.5 metres of blade
   visible.
3. Crynant Primary School – top 3 metres of blades visible.

The surrounding area has also been divided into four zones as follows:-

1. Zone A – Land south-east of the site where no turbines are visible
   except at Gelli-benuchel.
2. Zone B – Northern Crynant including the Business Park and Heol Las
   Fawr etc. Where 0-5 metres of the blades are visible.
3. Zone C – Central and Southern Crynant where 5-10 metres of the
   blade are visible.
4. Zone D – Land north of Crynant including Ynyswen Terrace and
   Treforgen where 10 metres of the tower and 16.5 metres of the blades
   are visible.

In relation to the visual aspects, it is noted that the site lies within an area
designated as a special landscape area in the Local Plan and where the
relevant Policy seeks to conserve and enhance the landscape quality and
where there is a general presumption against development.

It is considered that the turbines would be visible from parts of Crynant,
some surrounding residential properties, public highways and some
footpaths and they would result in a discordent feature within the Special
Landscape Area to the detriment of visual amenity.

With respect of the representations, the visual aspect has been considered
above, the Head of Environmental Health and Trading Standards has no
objection on noise nuisance grounds and in relation to the comments from
the Countryside Council for Wales, consideration has been given to the
proposal under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations and an
Initial Screening Assessment has been undertaken. In the relevant
Circular (11/99) it states that the likelihood of significant effects will
generally depend upon the scale of the development and an
Environmental Impact Assessment is more likely to be required for 5
turbines or more, or for more than 5mw capacity. The proposal is for 2
turbines producing 300kw of energy and well below the threshold and
although the site is located within a Special Landscape Area, it is not
within an Environmentally Sensitive Area as described in the Circular.
An Environmental Impact Assessment was therefore considered not to be
required.



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It is considered that on balance, the visual impact of the development
outweighs any benefits that may accrue in relation to the provision of
renewable energy and its contribution to a) ensuring a secure, diverse and
sustainable supply of energy at competitive prices, b) promotion of
energy efficiency, c) protection of the local and global environment, and
d) the contribution towards sustainable development.

RECOMMENDATION:                 Refusal

REASONS FOR REFUSAL;

(1)The proposed wind turbines will adversely affect the general landscape
of the area which is designed as a Special Landscape Area and will be
detrimental to visual amenity and is therefore contrary to Policy EQ2 of
the West Glamorgan Structure Plan (Review No 2) and Policy E61 of the
Borough of Neath Local Plan.




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ITEM 4. 3

APPLICATION NO: P/2002/901                   DATE: 16/09/02

PROPOSAL:               PRIVATE DWELLING AND GARAGE

LOCATION:        PLOT OF LAND AT REAR OF, MAIN
ROAD, CILFREW, NEATH
APPLICANT:       Carl Philip John Mullens
TYPE:            Outline

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

a. Structure/Local Plan Policies

    West Glamorgan Structure Plan (Review No. 2)

    Policy H5 – New housing within existing settlements.

    Borough of Neath Local Plan

    Policy E67 – Criteria for new development.

    Policy H8 – Criteria for new development.

    H3 – Infilling and rounding off of settlements.

    Policy T26 New development and highway safety.

b. Other Policies

    None

c. Relevant Planning History

    None

d. Responses to Consultations

    Number of properties consulted: 27

    A site notice was posted.


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   Number of replies received: 5

   Summary of objections

   (1)   The proposed siting of the dwelling will affect the privacy of
         the occupants of residential premises adjacent to the site.

   (2)   The drains and sewers cannot take anymore.

   (3)   New Road cannot take any more traffic which has no
         pavements.

   (4)   The track is unsuitable, stones and debris will convey down to
         New Road.

   (5)   The application site is a greenfield site and rural in character
         lying beyond the existing built-up edge of the village. The area
         is distinctly rural in character consisting of open, attractive
         undeveloped land with spectacular long views over both the
         Neath and Dulais Valleys.

   (6)   The proposal does not reflect the scale and character of existing
         development and would have a cramped appearance.

   (7)   The access via Main Road and New Road is sub-standard and
         harmful to highway safety. Visibility is poor onto Main Road.

   (8)   The hill up to Main Road is utilised as a public footpath and
         intensively used, particularly by young children. The proposal
         will have a detrimental impact upon their safety.

   (9)   The development of the site would set a precedent which it
         would make it difficult to resist similar applications.

   (10) There is insufficient information to justify granting planning
        permission. A full application should be required.

   (11) There is a private right of way across the land.

   (12) The application is incomplete, as it does not include land up to
        the public highway.



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   Statutory Consultees:

   Blaenhonddan Community Council: No objections.

   The Coal Authority: No objections.

   Environment Agency: No objections.

   Head of Highways and Municipal Services (Highways): Objections.
   Recommendation of refusal.

   Head of Highways and Municipal Services (Structures): No
   objections.

   British Gas Plc (Wales): No objections.

   Hyder Consulting (Welsh Water): No objections.

   Western Power Distribution: No objections.

APPRAISAL

The application site is located along the rear eastern boundary of the
residential premises of Nos. 18 to 22 Main Road and is 57 metres in
length and has a depth of between 7.0 metres and 28 metres. Vehicular
access is via a single tarmacadam drive next to No. 22 Main Road, which
is utilised by a Public House and is a registered right of way and along a
further unmade access track to the east, which links onto New Road. The
application site is unkempt and overgrown with a line of mature tree
along the boundary to the rear gardens of the residential premises.

The proposal is in outline with the matters of design, external appearance
and landscaping reserved for subsequent detailed approval. The siting and
means of access are to be considered.

From a policy viewpoint, the issues are whether the application site is
within the existing settlement and whether there will be demonstrable
harm to residential amenity, visual amenity and highway safety.

The application site is considered as an infill site within the existing
settlement, utilising vacant land at the rear of residential premises.
Furthermore, the site is considered capable of being developed with the



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siting indicated, bearing in mind distances between possible habitable
room windows and the overlooking of private space.

However, the Head of Highways and Municipal Services (Highways) has
recommended that the application be refused on the grounds of
inadequate and unsatisfactory street access, in that the only means of
access to the property is via the narrow, steep access to the adjacent
Public House with poor visibility to the left onto Main Road and also a
narrow, unmade and unlit track which links onto New Road.

Concerning the objections raised, the following comments are made:

(1)   This has been addressed.

(2)   Hyder has no objections.

(3)   This has been addressed.

(4)   This has been addressed.

(5)   The application site is considered as being located within the
      existing settlement.

(6)   This has been addressed.

(7)   This has been addressed.

(8)   This has been addressed.

(9)   Each case is considered on its own individual merits.

(10) This is not accepted.

(11) This is a private matter.

(12) Sufficient information has been submitted to indicate the means of
     access.

It is considered therefore that, whilst the proposal is acceptable in
principle, the access is substandard and the additional vehicular traffic
generated by this development would be detrimental to highway safety
and would be contrary to Policy T26 of the Neath Local Plan.



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RECOMMENDATION:                  Refusal

REASONS FOR REFUSAL;

(1)Access to the site is via a steep and narrow driveway with poor
visibility to the left at its junction with Main Road and also via a narrow
unmade and unlit track and the additional vehicular traffic generated by
this development would be detrimental to highway safety and would be
contrary to Policy T26 of the Neath Local Plan.




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5.      ENPT 2722
        UNAUTHORISED CHANGE OF USE OF PREMISES TO
        TWO SELF CONTAINED FLATS
        97 VICTORIA ROAD, PORT TALBOT

It has been brought to the Department’s attention that the above property
has been converted into two self contained flats without the benefit of
planning permission.

In accordance with government advice the Department has attempted to
discuss the matter with the owner of the property without success.

The Enforcement provision available to the Council are broad enabling
council to cease activities or if considered appropriate impose constraints
to make the development appropriate.

In this instant the Directorate considers the use of the premises for flats in
this area is in principle acceptable, subject to the provision of adequate
parking and bin storage facilities.

The highway section have been consulted and they have offered no
objection subject to the provision of his off street car parking facilities.
There is also considered to be adequate room for bin storage.

RECOMMENDATION

Authorisation is therefore sought for the issue of an enforcement notice
requiring the following:

1. 2 car parking spaces shall be provided in the rear garden of the
   premises measuring 2.4 x 4.8m. These spaces shall be side by side
   and surface with tarmacadam, concrete or paviors.

     Reason

     In the interest of highway safety.

2. A bin storage area shall be provided in the rear garden measuring 2m
   x 1 metre. This area shall be enclosed on three sides with a close
   boarded timber fence 1.8 metres high.

     Reason



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   In order to provide a satisfactory standard of development.

Time period for Compliance.

28 days from the date which the Notice takes effect.

                                                   FOR DECISION


Contact Officer: David Watkins Extn 4225




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 6.     DELEGATED APPLICATIONS DETERMINED between 12-
        10-2002 to 01-11-2002


1     App No. P/2002/710                    Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal    AGREE CONDITION 3 OF PLANNING CONSENT
P/01/1262 WITH REGARD TO LANDSCAPING DETAILS
Location     Land off Briton Ferry Road, Between Lidl Store and D C
Griffiths Way, Briton Ferry, Neath SA111AS
Decision Approval with Conditions


2     App No. P/2002/856                    Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal   AGREE TO CONDITION 12 OF PLANNING APPROVAL
NO P/02/184 REGARDING A SCHEME TO DEAL WITH
CONTAMINATION ON THE SITE
Location   BAGLAN HOSPITAL SITE, BAGLAN MOORS, PORT
TALBOT SA127BY
Decision Approval with Conditions


3     App No. P/2002/858                    Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal   AGREE TO CONDITION 13 OF PLANNING APPROVAL
NO P/02/184 REGARDING A SCHEME FOR THE ASSESSMENT
AND MONITORING OF RESIDUAL LANDFILL GAS GENERATED
ON THE SITE
Location   BAGLAN HOSPITAL SITE, BAGLAN MOORS, PORT
TALBOT SA127BY
Decision Approval


4     App No. P/2002/936                    Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal   AGREE TO CONDITION 4 OF PLANNING APPROVAL
NO P/02/184 REGARDING A LANDSCAPING SCHEME
Location   CHILDRENS UNIT, DEVELOPMENT SITE BAGLAN
HOSPITAL SITE, BAGLAN, PORT TALBOT SA127BY
Decision Approval with Conditions




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5 App No. P/2002/954              Type Full Plans
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING
Location 19 LLYGAD YR HAUL, CAEWERN, NEATH SA107SR
Decision Approval with Conditions


6 App No. P/2002/989              Type Full Plans
Proposal  EXTENSION OF EXISTING APPROVED CAR PARKING
AREA (REVISED LAYOUT 2 NO EXTRA SPACE), RE-LOCATION
OF BIN STORE
Location  PROPOSED PRIVATE MEMBERS BINGO FACILITY,
LAND BETWEEN LIDL BRITON FERRY ROAD & D C GRIFFITHS
WAY, MELYN, NEATH SA111AS
Decision Approval with Conditions


7 App No. P/2002/993              Type Full Plans
Proposal RETAINING WALL
Location THE CREST, NEW ROAD, JERSEY MARINE, NEATH
SA106JT
Decision Approval with Conditions


8 App No. P/2002/1013             Type Change of Use
Proposal CHANGE OF USE FROM EXISTING OFFICE AND
STORAGE AREA TO RESIDENTIAL FLAT.
Location YNYSYBONT HOUSE, COMMERCIAL ROAD,
RHYDYFRO, PONTARDAWE SWANSEASA8 4SL
Decision Approval with Conditions


9   App No. P/2002/1026                Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal   AGREE TO CONDITION 3 OF PLANNING APPROVAL
NO P/2001/1399 REGARDING A STOPPING UP ORDER IN
RELATION TO THE HIGHWAY AREA LINKING SANDOWN
ROAD TO THE REAR LANE
Location   9 to 31 Sandown Road, Sandfields, PORT TALBOT
SA126PR
Decision Approval with Conditions




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10 App No. P/2002/1030            Type Advertisement
Proposal ADVERTISEMENT APPLICATION TO ERECT 1 X
350mm INTERNALLY ILLUMINATED CURVED FASCIA SIGN 1 X
600mm DIAMETER STANDARD INTERNALLY ILLUMINATED
PROJECTING SIGN PLUS DUEL LANGUAGE COMBINED
NAMEPLATE, DUEL LANGUAGE INFORMATION PANEL, ATM
BODY LIGHTBOX WITH SECONDARY ATM SIGNAGE.
Location  NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK, 35 STATION
ROAD, PORT TALBOT, SA131BT
Decision Approval with Conditions


11 App No. P/2002/1048            Type Householder
Proposal PORCH
Location 25 BRYN LLEWELYN, PONTARDAWE, SWANSEA
SA8 3BR
Decision Approval with Conditions


12 App No. P/2002/1055            Type Householder
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING
Location 40 GER YR AFON, GWAUN CAE GURWEN,
AMMANFORD SA181HN
Decision Approval with Conditions


13 App No. P/2002/1060           Type Full Plans
Proposal SINGLE STOREY EXTENSION
Location  32 CITRINE AVENUE, SANDFIELDS, PORT TALBOT
SA127SE
Decision Permitted Development


14 App No. P/2002/1061            Type Full Plans
Proposal CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE STOREY REAR
EXTENSION
Location 31 JERSEY STREET, VELINDRE, PORT TALBOT
SA131YR
Decision Approval with Conditions




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15   App No. P/2002/1074                Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal   AGREE CONDITION 7 OF PLANNING APPLICATION
P/01/1456 WITH REGARD TO THE SCOPE AND ARRANGEMENT
OF FOUNDATION DESIGN AND ALL NEW GROUNDWORKS
WHICH MAY HAVE AN IMPACT ON ARCHAEOLOGICAL
REMAINS.
Location   PLOT D, EGLWYS NUNYDD WATER STREET,
MARGAM, PORT TALBOT SA132PA
Decision Approval with Conditions


16 App No. P/2002/1075           Type Householder
Proposal CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE STOREY SIDE
EXTENSION
Location  29 WILDBROOK ESTATE, TAIBACH, PORT TALBOT
SA132UL
Decision Permitted Development


17 App No. P/2002/1078            Type Householder
Proposal NEW ENTRANCE PORCH
Location 15 LLEWELLYN AVENUE, NEATH SA107AL
Decision Approval with Conditions


18 App No. P/2002/1080          Type Householder
Proposal CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE STOREY SIDE
EXTENSION
Location  6 SCARLET AVENUE, SANDFIELDS, PORT TALBOT
SA127PH
Decision Permitted Development


19 App No. P/2002/1083            Type Full Plans
Proposal  PROPOSED SINGLE STOREY GARAGE AND UTILITY
ROOM EXTENSION TO THE SIDE, AND CONSERVATORY TO
THE REAR.
Location  77 WINDSOR VILLAGE, BAGLAN MOORS, PORT
TALBOT SA127EY
Decision Approval with Conditions



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20 App No. P/2002/1085            Type Full Plans
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING - CONSERVATORY
Location 10 DERWEN DEG, BRYNCOCH, NEATH SA107FP
Decision Approval with Conditions


21   App No. P/2002/1089                Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal   AGREE CONDITION 2 OF PLANNING APPLICATION
P/01/1262 WITH REGARD TO EXTERNAL MATERIALS
Location   CASTLE BINGO, LAND OFF BRITON FERRY ROAD,
MELYN, NEATH SA111BT
Decision Approval with Conditions


22 App No. P/2002/1090            Type Full Plans
Proposal BUILDING TO BE USED AS CONTROL ROOM AND
WELFARE BLOCK FOR PLANT OPERATIVES.
Location BLAST FURNACE NO.5 CORUS, STEEL WORKS,
MARGAM, PORT TALBOT SA132NG
Decision Approval with Conditions


23 App No. P/2002/1091            Type Full Plans
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING
Location BRODAWEL, BRONANTFER, OFF LEYSHON ROAD,
GWAUN CAE GURWEN, AMMANFORD SA181EN
Decision Approval with Conditions

24 App No. P/2002/1093            Type Change of Use
Proposal CHANGE OF USE OF FIRST FLOOR FROM SELF
CONTAINED BEDSIT INTO OFFICE (FOR USE IN CONJUNCTION
WITH ADJOINING BAKERY)
Location 52 REGENT STREET EAST, BRITON FERRY, NEATH
SA112RU
Decision Approval with Conditions

25 App No. P/2002/1094            Type Householder
Proposal CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE STOREY REAR
EXTENSION
Location 58 PENLLYN, CWMAVON, PORT TALBOT SA129NL
Decision Approval with Conditions


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26 App No. P/2002/1096            Type Householder
Proposal CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE STOREY EXTENSION
Location 14 FARM DRIVE, SANDFIELDS, PORT TALBOT
SA126TE
Decision Approval with Conditions


27 App No. P/2002/1104          Type Full Plans
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING
Location 33 SMITHFIELD ROAD, PONTARDAWE, SWANSEA
SA8 4LA
Decision Approval


28 App No. P/2002/1109            Type Full Plans
Proposal GARAGE
Location 2 HILLCREST, PEN Y BRYN, CYMMER, PORT
TALBOT SA133SD
Decision Approval with Conditions


29   App No. P/2002/1110                Type Section 37 Elec Act

Proposal RE-ROUTING OF HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRICITY
CIRCUIT
Location LAND OFF CHURCH ROAD, CILYBEBYLL,
PONTARDAWE SWANSEA
Decision No Objections


30 App No. P/2002/1111            Type Householder
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING
Location 18 PARK STREET, NEATH SA113DF
Decision Approval with Conditions


31 App No. P/2002/1111            Type Householder
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING
Location 18 PARK STREET, NEATH SA113DF
Decision Approval with Conditions




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32 App No. P/2002/1116            Type Householder
Proposal CONSERVATORY
Location 2 PENRHIW STREET, BRYN, PORT TALBOT SA132SA
Decision Approval with Conditions


33 App No. P/2002/1117            Type Householder
Proposal GARAGE AND CONSERVATORY
Location 9 BRYNDULAIS ROW, SEVEN SISTERS, NEATH
SA109EB
Decision Approval with Conditions


34 App No. P/2002/1120            Type Full Plans
Proposal STORE ROOM EXTENSION TO EXISTING SHOP
Location 17 WINDSOR ROAD, NEATH SA111NA
Decision Approval with Conditions


35 App No. P/2002/1121            Type Householder
Proposal GARAGE
Location 12 BROMBIL STREET, TAIBACH, PORT TALBOT
SA131ND
Decision Approval with Conditions


36   App No. P/2002/1123                Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal    DISCHARGE OF CONDITIONS 3 AND 4 RELATINGTO
DRAINAGE (IMPOSED UPON PLANNING PERMISSION
P/2002/738) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A VEHICULAR
ACCESS ONTO THE A4109
Location    COMMUNITIES OF BANWEN AND ONLLWYN,
Decision Approval


37 App No. P/2002/1124            Type Householder
Proposal PORCH
Location 6 HEOL GLYNDERWEN, NEATH SA107RS
Decision Approval with Conditions




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38   App No. P/2002/1127                Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal APPROVAL OF DETAILS UNDER CONDITION 4
(RESTORATION OF FOOTPATHS) OF PREVIOUS PLANNIN
CONSENT P/2000/0735
Location Brynteg Opencast Mine, Seven Sisters, Neath
Decision Approval with Conditions


39 App No. P/2002/1128            Type Full Plans
Proposal CONVERSION OF GARAGE TO LIVING
ACCOMMODATION
Location 7 CLODA AVENUE, BRYNCOCH, NEATH SA107FH
Decision Approval with Conditions


40 App No. P/2002/1131            Type Full Plans
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING
Location 19 MAIN ROAD, CRYNANT, NEATH SA108NP
Decision Approval with Conditions


41 App No. P/2002/1133            Type Full Plans
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING
Location 38 POPLARS AVENUE, NEATH SA113NS
Decision Approval with Conditions


42 App No. P/2002/1134           Type Householder
Proposal CONSTRUCTION OF A SINGLE STOREY REAR
EXTENSION
Location  68 GLANYMOR STREET, BRITON FERRY, NEATH
SA112LG
Decision Permitted Development


43 App No. P/2002/1143            Type Householder
Proposal FIRST FLOOR DORMER WINDOWS AND SIDE
ENTRANCE PORCH
Location BRONWEN, 1 DYFFRYN CLOSE, DYFFRYN, NEATH
SA107BQ
Decision Approval with Conditions


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44 App No. P/2002/1145            Type Full Plans
Proposal DORMER EXTENSION (TO REAR)
Location 9 THE HIGHLANDS, SKEWEN, NEATH SA106PF
Decision Approval with Conditions


45 App No. P/2002/1152            Type Householder
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING
Location 21 MAIN ROAD, CRYNANT, NEATH SA108NP
Decision Approval with Conditions


46 App No. P/2002/1158            Type Full Plans
Proposal DETACHED GARAGE
Location 81 HEOL HEDDWCH, BRYN BEDD, SEVEN SISTERS,
NEATH SA109AW
Decision Approval with Conditions


47 App No. P/2002/1160         Type Householder
Proposal CONVERSION OF GARAGE INTO STUDY
Location 5 DERWEN DEG, BRYNCOCH, NEATH SA107FP
Decision


48   App No. P/2002/1170                 Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal DETAILS IN RELATION TO CONDITION 13
(JAPANESE KNOT-WEED) OF CONSENT P/02/0632
Location  LAND BETWEEN 125 AND 133, HEOL-Y GORS,
CWMGORS, AMMANFORD
Decision Approval


49   App No. P/2002/1171                 Type Neigh.Auth/Nat.Park

Proposal  ERECTION OF WORKSHOP AND ASSOCIATED
FACILITIES - NEIGHBOURING AUTHORITY CONSULTATION
Location  Nant Helen Extension O.C.C.S., Nr. Onllwyn, Neath
Decision No Objections with Conditions



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50   App No. P/2002/1174                Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal  AGREE CONDITION 2 OF PLANNING APPLICATION
02/526 WITH REGARD TO EXTERNAL MATERIALS (BRICK -
PENNARD BRACKEN)
Location   22 & 24 ST CATHERINES ROAD, BAGLAN, PORT
TALBOT SA128AP
Decision Approval


51 App No. P/2002/1182            Type Householder
Proposal CONSERVATORY
Location 13 PRINCE STREET, MARGAM, PORT TALBOT
SA131NB
Decision Approval with Conditions


52 App No. P/2002/1186          Type Householder
Proposal CONSERVATORY
Location 17 LON BRYNTEG, DWR Y FELIN, NEATH SA107RU
Decision Approval


53 App No. P/2002/1187          Type Full Plans
Proposal GARAGE & UTILITY ROOM (GROUND FLOOR) AND
BEDROOM-ENSUITE (FIRST FLOOR)
Location 35 DYFFRYN VIEW, BRYNCOCH, NEATH SA107TU
Decision


54 App No. P/2002/1189            Type Householder
Proposal EXTENSION TO DWELLING
Location 145 HEOL CAE GURWEN, GWAUN CAE GURWEN,
AMMANFORD CARMSSA181PD
Decision Approval with Conditions

55   App No. P/2002/1203         Type LawfulDev.Cert-
                                 Prop.
Proposal  CERTIFICATE OF LAWFULNESS FOR A PROPOSED
USE - PRIVATE GARAGE
Location   3 BRYNAWELON, TONNA, NEATH SA113NQ
Decision Issue Lawful Dev.Cert.


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56 App No. P/2002/1211            Type Householder
Proposal CONSERVATORY
Location 32 HILL STREET, MELINCOURT, NEATH SA114AT
Decision Approval with Conditions


57   App No. P/2002/1216                Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal   SCHEME FOR TEMPORARY LANDSCAPING WORKS
UNDER CONDITION 19 OF PLANNING PERMISSION NO:
P2002/0419
Location   BWLCH FFOS MINING, MYNYDD RESOLVEN,
RESOLVEN, NEATH
Decision Approval with Conditions


58 App No. P/2002/1220         Type Householder
Proposal PRIVATE GARAGE
Location 32 ROMAN WAY, NEATH SA107BG
Decision


59   App No. P/2002/1227                Type Discharge of Cond.

Proposal DETAILS UNDER CONDITION 3 (MATERIALS) OF
CONSENT P/02/881
Location LAND FRONTING, WELLFIELD, MELINCOURT,
NEATH SA114AU
Decision Approval


60   App No. P/2002/1244        Type LawfulDev.Cert-
                                Prop.
Proposal FRONT BOUNDARY WALL AND GATES
Location  TYR GORLLEWIN, WESTERN TERRACE,
BLAENGWYNFI, PORT TALBOT SA133YE
Decision Issue Lawful Dev.Cert.




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