Decision details

17 Porden Road, SW2 (Brixton Hill ward) (10/04174/FUL/JFU/41734)

Decision Maker: Planning Applications Committee A

Decision status: Approved with additions, conditions or amendments attached

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

This application was considered in conjunction with agenda items 6 & 7 below.  In introducing the report, officers drew attention to the addendum update.

 

Residents of Porden Road addressed the meeting objecting to the development on the grounds of an adverse impact on residential amenity resulting from increased noise, pollution and traffic on a residential street.  The proposed site for the car park had previously been used as a works depot during the improvements to Brixton Town Centre and Windrush Square.  This had caused much distress and disturbance to residents and was no justification for agreeing the proposed scheme. 

 

Residents had suffered enough and granting temporary permission for 3 years was too long.  There were grave concerns regarding community safety concerns and none of these had been addressed.  Poor CCTV and lighting would encourage anti-social behaviour at night and would make the car park unsafe.

 

A Brixton Market Trader addressed the meeting stating that the proposed car park was too far away from the market to be used by used by customers purchasing bulk items such as rice, oil, meat and fish who bought items.  The proposed car park was a poor substitute for the current level of parking provision around the market.

 

Local residents were surprised that the proposed scheme had been linked with Popes Road given the distance between the two sites with distinct identities.  It was felt that shoppers were morel likely to use the Tesco car park rather than paying to use the car park in Porden Road.  Policy PN3 of the Core Strategy for Brixton made reference to the use of Council owned sites but there was no provision for Council owned sites to be used as car parks.  The proposed scheme was contrary to MDO9 and MDO10 and was incompatible with area. 

 

Councillor Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning, Employment & Enterprise addressed the Committee stating that on 26 July 2010, the Council’s Cabinet had agreed the temporary relocation of the Ice Rink to Popes Road.  Although the Council had considered a range of options for locating the car park, these were not pursued as the sites were in locations that were not appropriate and/or not in Council ownership.  Porden Road was the only available site within the Brixton Town Centre area.  The Council had responded positively to the request to increase parking provision and would work closely with residents and traders to address any concerns raised.

 

In response to questions and comments officers stated that

 

·          The site of the proposed car park was included in the Brixton Masterplan which focused on how best to regenerate the area.  In the event of the application being approved, the car park would cease to operate after 3 years unless a further application was submitted to extend its use.

·          Parking provision in town centres was being considered and assuming that the temporary ice rink at Popes Road was agreed, at the expiry of the temporary permission, options for a high quality mixed use development including parking provision would be considered.

·          There was no guarantee that an application to extend the use of car park would not be submitted when the temporary 3 year permission expired.  However any further application would be considered on its merits at the appropriate time.

·           The proposed hours of use for the car park were 7am -11pm to allow flexibility and also to provide for private ice rink users attending skating sessions during early morning or late evening.

·           Vehicles could access the temporary car park in a single manoeuvre and the car park would have a bellmouth entrance.  The contra flow cycle lane was not a dedicated London Cycle Network route and there was scope to increase signage to alert drivers and cyclists and improve safety.

·           A Traffic Order would prevent vehicles over 7.5 tons using the car park and PCNs would be issued to vehicles using more than one space.  The feasibility of including a height restriction at the entrance to the car park could also be considered.

 

·           The details of lighting provision were set out in condition 3.  There was an established need for additional parking provision and it made sense to have a designated town centre car park notwithstanding the considerable on street parking. A leaflet had been produced on parking provision in the Brixton area.

 

Notwithstanding the concerns raised, on balance the Committee was generally in support of the scheme.

 

MOVED by Councillor Diana Morris and SECONDED by Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite that the application be approved subject to the conditions set out in the report and addendum, and amended conditions/informatives in respect of:

 

·          Cycle safety warning signage

·          Height restrictions (should this be deemed necessary)

·          Improved signage within and outside the site (informative)

·          The hours of use be limited to 10pm (rather than 11pm)

·          Lighting/CCTV

·          Condition 7 - revised wording to ensure parking and turning area is permanently maintained for the duration of use.

Voting for - 4

Voting against - 1

 

CARRIED

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the application be approved subject to the conditions set out in the report and addendum, and amended conditions/informatives in respect of:

 

·          Cycle safety warning signage

·          Height restriction (should this be deemed necessary)

·          Improved signage within and outside the site (informative)

·          The hours of use be limited to 10pm (rather than 11pm)

·          Lighting/CCTV

·          Condition 7 - revised wording to ensure parking and turning area is permanently maintained for the duration of use.

Publication date: 04/03/2011

Date of decision: 02/02/2011

Decided at meeting: 02/02/2011 - Planning Applications Committee A

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