The application made by Milman Road Health Centre to build a two storey extension over the car park (170648) has been refused by Reading Borough Council.
There was considerable local opposition to the development proposal which followed two ground floor extensions that were only recently completed.
The reasons for refusal given in the decision notice relate to the design of the building and parking provision.
Design of the building
The council thought the proposal represented a “… poor design which fails to maintain and enhance the character and appearance of the street scene and area within which it is located.”
They considered the size of the extension, the materials to be used and its relationship to neighbouring properties as well as the existing health centre.
The council found that planning policies CS7 (‘design and public realm’) and CS31 (‘additional and existing community facilities’) of its core strategy had not been complied with.
The council’s decision notice states that the extension [our emphasis in bold] “… would result in the vehicle parking provision for the site falling further below the requirements in the council’s adopted parking standards.”
It goes on to list potential traffic issues such as:
- additional on-street parking,
- traffic movements and vehicle manoeuvring which would be detrimental to road safety, the flow of traffic, and the amenity of neighbours.
This breached planning policies:
- CS20 – Core strategy ‘implementation of the Reading transport strategy’,
- CS24 – Core strategy ‘car/cycle parking’,
- CS31 – Core strategy ‘additional and existing community facilities’,
- DM4 – Sites and detailed policies ‘safeguarding amenity’,
- DM12 – Sites and detailed policies ‘access, traffic and highway matters.’
- Planning application 170648
- Milman Road Health Centre plans two storey extension
- Reading Borough Council planning policies