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Tonypandy children’s home plans require planning permission, councillors decide

Kenry Street In Tonypandy (Pic: Google Maps)

A PLANNED Rhondda children’s home would involve a material change of use and therefore need planning permission, councillors have decided.

An application for a certificate of lawfulness was refused for a planned change of use of a house to a children’s residential home for up to two children at 142 Kenry Street in Tonypandy after it went before Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT)’s planning committee on Thursday, April 11.

The plan also includes two support staff 24 hours a day, operating in shifts, and a registered manager and was originally reported to the planning committee on March 7.

At that meeting committee members decided to refuse granting a certificate of lawfulness for a proposed use contrary to the recommendation from officers on the basis that the proposed use would represent a material change from use class C3(a) to use class C2.

As a result it was decided to defer determination of the application for a further report to highlight the potential strengths and weaknesses of taking a decision contrary to officer recommendation.

The planning assessment from officers in the planning report said members recognised a children’s home would fall within use class C2 and the scope of consideration could not include the planning merits of the development.

Whether or not a certificate should be issued would rest on whether the new use would be considered to be a material or non-material change of use.

The planning assessment said that if it was judged a material change then a certificate of lawfulness would not be issued and, although the applicant has the right to an appeal, an application for planning permission would be required for a change of use.

The planning assessment said it was clear that no two proposals were the same and what might be considered material or non-material for one property would not be the same as another.

Councillors considered the nature of the proposed operation would result in additional comings and goings to the property and a level of activity and disturbance over and above that which would be considered characteristic of a house of this kind so the change of use would be a material one.

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They also decided that the development would result in additional traffic to the property, from the staff and manager employed there, at shift changeover time, and by professional visitors.

Their conclusion was that this type of occupation, carers being on duty all night, the comings and goings being more numerous than usual and the patterns of life, would not reflect that of other homes in this location, which would be exacerbated by the absence of any off-street parking so the new use would therefore “evidence a different character”.

Also they raised concerns about the capacity of the property to accommodate the proposed use having two carers and a manager present during the daytime in addition to the two children.

The planning officers’ assessment concluded: “Consequently the development would not be lawful for planning purposes and the local planning authority refuses to grant a certificate of lawfulness for the proposed use and planning permission would be required.”