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Planning Application No. CB/18/02171/VOC (Houghton Hall)
Address: Houghton Regis Central, High Street, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5QT
Variation of Condition 29 of planning permission CB/16/3378/FULL (Phased Construction of a new Independent Living Scheme for Older Persons comprising 168 apartments with support facilities, a Restaurant & Bar, Retail Units, Café, 2no Reablement Suites, the conversion and Change of Use of a Grade 2 listed building and the demolition of an existing Sheltered Housing scheme with associated parking and landscaping). All instances of Aurubis copper to flat roofs, first floor canopies and wall claddings replaced with Zinc in standing seam finish.
Applicant: Assets Directorate, Central Bedfordshire Council
The Committee had before it a report regarding Planning Application No. CB/18/02171/VOC for a variation of condition 29 of planning permission CB/16/3378/FULL – All instances of Aurubis copper to flat roofs, first floor canopies and wall claddings replaced with zinc in standing seam finish, at Houghton Regis Central, High Street, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5QT.
In advance of consideration of the application the Committee’s attention was drawn to representations from a public speaker.
The public speaker included a representation in objection from Town Councillor James Carroll.
Committee Members discussed the following points:
• Other buildings in the area had copper roofs, most notably the church spire.
• It was noted that the copper, which would turn green with time to match with the church and other buildings, was a major selling point within the public consultation and an important aspect of the design.
• The cost implication to move to zinc would amount to £120k saving.
• Members moved to refuse the application on the grounds of loss of quality with changing copper to zinc, which would be contrary to public expectation. The change in material would present an appearance incompatible with the surrounding buildings
On being put to the vote for REFUSAL, 7 voted in favour, 0 against and 4 abstention.
That the Planning Application No. CB/18/02171/VOC at Houghton Regis Central, High Street, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5QT be refused.
Please note this item was withdrawn following the meeting therefore there is no schedule attached to these minutes.