Agenda and minutes

Planning and Development Committee - Friday 21st July, 2023 1.30 pm

Venue: Mandela Room

Contact: Joanne McNally 

No. Item


Declarations of Interest


Name of Member

Type of Interest

Item/Nature of Interest

Councillor M McClintock


Agenda Item 5, Item 2 –

The Avenue Play Park – Ward Councillor.



Minutes - Planning and Development Committee - 16 June 2023 pdf icon PDF 151 KB


The minutes of the meeting of the Planning and Development Committee held on 16 June 2023 were submitted and approved as a correct record.


Schedule of Planning Applications to be Considered by Committee pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Additional documents:


The Head of Planning submitted plans deposited as applications to develop land under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

22/0570/MAJ Erection of a new discount foodstore (use class E) with access, car parking, landscaping and other associated works at Cleveland College of Art and Design, Green Lane, Middlesbrough, TS5 7RJ for Lidl Great Britain Limited.


The Head of Planning explained that following publication of the Committee report, further information had been received from the applicant which sought to amend the scheme. 


In order to ensure that due consideration could be given and a robust decision taken, it was requested that the application be deferred with the intention that further consultation be undertaken with the public; the application would be considered by the Committee in September.  Members agreed to this approach.


ORDERED that the application be Deferred for consideration at the 14 September 2023 meeting of the Planning and Development Committee.


23/0166/FUL Installation of play equipment at The Avenue Play Park, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS7 0AG for Craig Coverdale.


**In order to address Members in his role as Ward Councillor, Councillor McClintock recused himself from the Committee for consideration of this item**


Full details of the planning application and the plan status were outlined in the report. The report contained a detailed analysis of the application and analysed relevant policies from the National Planning Policy Framework and the Local Development Framework.


The Head of Planning advised that the purpose of the application was to seek planning approval for the installation of additional play equipment at The Avenue Play Park in Nunthorpe. 


Members were shown several images of the site and the existing facilities.


The site related to The Avenue Play Park, which formed part of a larger area that was defined as Primary Open Space within the Council’s Local Plan.  The application sought approval for additional play equipment within this designated play park, which consisted of a Children’s Trim Trail comprising seven individual play items, and an activity area consisting of monkey bars, a stretch/fitness station and a basketball hoop.


Following consultation, six objections had been raised from residents with regards to Anti-Social Behaviour, increased traffic, safety and intimidation, litter, and placement of certain pieces of equipment.  Matters were also raised regarding CCTV at the site and request for additional coverage and lighting.  The Head of Planning indicated that the Parish Council had also issued reservations regarding the scheme, which related to the location of the proposed equipment, potential Anti-Social Behaviour and noise disturbance.


It was explained to Members that the area was effectively a green space and was already an established play park; key issues for consideration related to the impact on the amenity, character and appearance of the area. 


Reference was made to the existing play equipment located on the site, which in effect demonstrated that this proposal was in keeping with the area, and to the concerns relating to the proposed  facilities and their close proximity to the footpath.  It was indicated that the facilities would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22/8


Applications Approved by the Head of Planning pdf icon PDF 234 KB


The Head of Planning submitted details of planning applications which had been approved to date in accordance with the delegated authority granted to him at Minute 187 (29 September 1992).


A discussion ensued in relation to the presentation of the information.  Members felt that the information was presented in too small a font, and that further clarity could be achieved by dividing the planning applications into Wards.  The Head of Planning indicated that recent changes in IT systems had posed some difficulties, but this matter would be looked into.


A Member commented that there were many applications to review and queried whether these could be condensed.  In response, the Head of Planning advised that the only way that could happen would be for him to not determine applications, which was not a possibility.  It was indicated that owing to the summer recess, the next list to be provided in September would likely be longer to take into account the extended period between meetings.


AGREED that:


1.      The Head of Planning would review the issues raised in respect of the presentation of the information; and

2.      The information, as presented, be noted.