4 Change of use of existing disused car park to form school external recreation space and car park, land adjoining Stratford High School, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9NH. SDC/20CC006 PDF 252 KB
Matthew Williams, Senior Planner, presented the report, confirming that the proposal was for the creation of external recreation space and a car park.
The following points were highlighted –
· The recreation area would consist of two, dual use tennis courts and the southern part of the site.
· There is currently a footpath to the western side of the site and some of the path would be closed if the application was approved.
· The northern area of the site would remain as it currently is.
· The recreation area would require the erection of a 4.1m high sports fence.
· Three CCTV cameras would be installed at a height of 4m.
· A small section of hedgerow would need to be removed if the application was approved. The remaining hedge line would require some trimming.
It was confirmed to the Committee that no objections had been received and the ecological survey had concluded that there are no significant species on the site. The impact of development is considered to be minimal on the nearest residents.
It was noted that Councillor Jenny Fradgely had raised concerns in relation to the use of Willow Road North and the amount of traffic, especially at school drop off and pick up times. Matthew Williams confirmed that traffic in the area is a separate issue to the application but the issue is being looked at by Warwickshire County Council’s Road Safety Team. The proposed application would reduce the number of car parking spaces so there would be less traffic in the area.
Mattthew Williams confirmed details of proposed amendments to the ecological and landscaping scheme condition as well as additional conditions to restrict the hours of use and to ensure that no floodlights are erected or operated on the site and to ensure that the cycle route which crosses the site is maintained open for use at all times. The Committee felt the additional conditions were fair and reasonable and agreed to include them in the recommendation.
The recommendation was proposed by Councillor John Cooke and was seconded by Councillor Neil Dirveiks. A vote was held, and the Committee voted unanimously in favour of the recommendation to grant planning permission with the agreed additional conditions.