Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Tuesday 17 December 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room (B6) - Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton, London, SW2 1RW. View directions

Contact: Maria Burton Tel: 020 7926 8703 Email:  mburton2@lambeth.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declaration of Pecuniary Interests

Under Standing Order 4.4, where any councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct (para. 4)) in any matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee, they must withdraw from the meeting room during the whole of the consideration of that matter and must not participate in any vote on that matter unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Monitoring Officer.

 

 

Minutes:

There were none.

 

2.

Lansdowne Wood Close (Knights Hill) 18/03492/FUL pdf icon PDF 3 MB

    Officers’ recommendations:

     

    1. Resolve to grant conditional planning permission subject to the completion of an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) containing the planning obligations listed in this report.

     

    1. Agree to delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to:

     

    1. Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes; and
    2. Negotiate, agree and finalise the planning obligations as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

     

    1. In the event that the committee resolves to refuse planning permission and there is a subsequent appeal, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development, having regard to the heads of terms set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes, to negotiate and complete a document containing obligations pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) in order to meet the requirement of the Planning Inspector.

     

    1. In the event that the Section 106 Agreement is not completed within six months of committee, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to refuse planning permission for failure to enter into a section 106 agreement for the mitigating contributions identified in this report, addendums and/or the PAC minutes.

     

    Minutes:

    Case No. 18/03492/FUL (agenda item two, page one of the agenda pack).

     

    The Planning Officer gave a presentation which included a summary of the report. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration. The Officer advised that the inspector’s grounds for the dismissal of the appeal for a previous application in September 2017 (17/02012/FUL) had been considered and overcome in this application. The site comprised of a car park, which had 13 spaces for existing residents. The officer noted that Lambeth Highways were unable to enforce any parking restrictions on this road as it was privately owned, therefore a private company would be the only parking enforcement option. This would be necessary to ensure no unauthorised parked vehicles would obstruct refuse and servicing vehicles from entering the location. The two-bedroom units would consist of two storeys when built and would meet Nationally Described Space Standards. The two external staircases to provide access to the lower ground floor units would be reconstructed in accordance with details secured through a condition to be attached to the permission. Two methods of access were presented during the construction period; either a temporary staircase or maintain access to one staircase while the other would be rebuilt. Members were advised that no trees would be felled, and only minor pruning would be necessary. Due to the scheme size, there would be a contribution of £93,468 for the provision of affordable housing offsite. Should a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) come forward in the future, the development would be permit free and car club memberships provided.

     

    Following the officer’s presentation, the objectors raised the following concerns:

    ·         The original leases and freeholds included rights in respect of the pavement and four parking spaces and the application should therefore be postponed to allow time for lawyers to contest on a civil level.

    ·         Despite maintenance costs being paid, the grounds were in a poor condition.

    ·         A maintenance and management plan for the whole estate was required.

    ·         The development proposal would affect public right of way.

     

    The agent and consultantthen provided the following information in support of the application:

    ·         The scheme comprised of five new homes and was carefully designed to meet Council policies.

    ·         Surveys conducted showed sufficient availability of parking spaces within walking distance of the site.

    ·         Cycle parking would be provided to encourage sustainable travel and there were no traffic or transport reasons for the application not to proceed.

    ·         Any civil matters should not affect consideration of the application.

     

    Councillor Jackie Meldrum then spoke as Ward Councillor for Knights Hill, stating the following:

    ·         She accepted the need for a new development but was concerned about the access to the lower-level housing.

    ·         One of the access staircases had collapsed and was in need of repair.

    ·         The scheme was meant to be accessible but did not include a disabled parking space and the closest parking space was up a nearby hill.

     

    Officers then provided the following information in response to questions from Members:

    ·         The location did not contain  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

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Ashmole Housing Estate (Oval) 19/00744/FUL pdf icon PDF 5 MB

    Officers’ recommendations:

     

    1. Resolve to grant conditional planning permission subject to the completion of an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) containing the planning obligations listed in this report.

     

    1. Agree to delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to:

     

    1. Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes; and
    2. Negotiate, agree and finalise the planning obligations as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

     

    1. In the event that the committee resolves to refuse planning permission and there is a subsequent appeal, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development, having regard to the heads of terms set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes, to negotiate and complete a document containing obligations pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) in order to meet the requirement of the Planning Inspector.

     

    1. In the event that the Section 106 Agreement is not completed within 6 months of committee, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to refuse planning permission for failure to enter into a section 106 agreement for the mitigating contributions identified in this report, addendums and/or the PAC minutes.

     

    Minutes:

    Case No. 19/00744/FUL (agenda item three, page 51 of the agenda pack, page one of the addendum).

     

    The Planning Officer gave a presentation which included a summary of the report and subsequent addendum that had been published on Friday 13 December 2019. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration and noted that the application consisted of two sites. The existing building on the first site on Meadow Road would be demolished and replaced on the second site at Ebbisham Drive, which was currently vacant, where it was proposed to erect six terraced houses and nine flats. The scheme would be 100% affordable housing. The scheme would be of an appropriate scale to surrounding buildings and would have a positive impact on the setting of the Vauxhall and St Mark’s Conservation Areas. The proposal would include the replacement of the existing tenants’ hall, which would be 27m2 smaller. A temporary tenants’ hall would cover the construction period of the development. There would be a number of conditions to ensure that existing and future residents would not be disturbed by the noise. There would be some loss of daylight and sunlight, but this was considered acceptable due to the urban character of the area.

     

    The applicant then provided the following information in support of the application:

    ·         The proposal would provide new homes to assist with the council’s delivery towards its annual housing targets.

    ·         The applicant had engaged with the local community and received generally positive feedback and support.

    ·         This scheme would deliver 100% affordable housing and residential units would be provided with policy compliant levels of amenity space.

     

    Officers then provided the following information in response to questions from Members:

    ·         The proposed entrance to the development was at the north end of Claylands Road.

    ·         The low flow fittings were a standard requirement which would result in the use of less water.

    ·         The proposed £7,821 contribution for off-site children’s play space could be used for improvement works to the nearby multi-use games area subject to the applicant’s agreement and a scheme coming forward for improvements within the Ashmole Estate. This could be secured either through a Grampian condition as the MUGA fell outside the application red line site, or a planning obligation.

    ·         Construction vehicles for site one were proposed to enter and exit from Meadow Road, whereas site two could only be accessed from Ebbisham Drive.

    ·         Details of landscaping, including the planted area between Wisden House and the proposed building at Meadow Road, would be secured by condition.

    ·         There were a range of design typologies in the surrounding area, which allowed the opportunity to be bold and different. The cut-out form would break up the perceived bulk and massing of the three storey buildings.

     

    The Committee considered points raised by speakers and information provided by officers in conjunction with the report before making the following observations:

    ·         A Member was disappointed that a replacement MUGA was not proposed.

    ·         Concern was raised on the poor visibility lines at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Higgs Industrial Estate, Herne Hill Road (Herne Hill) 18/05425/FUL pdf icon PDF 2 MB

    Officers’ recommendations:

     

    1. Resolve to grant conditional planning permission subject to the completion of an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) containing the planning obligations listed in this report and any direction as may be received following further referral to the Mayor of London.

     

    1. Agree to delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to:

     

    a)    Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes; and

    b)    Negotiate, agree and finalise the planning obligations as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

     

    1. In the event that the committee resolves to refuse planning permission and there is a subsequent appeal, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development, having regard to the heads of terms set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes, to negotiate and complete a document containing obligations pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) in order to meet the requirement of the Planning Inspector.

     

    1. In the event that the Section 106 Agreement is not completed within 6 months of committee, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to refuse planning permission for failure to enter into a section 106 agreement for the matters identified in this report, addendums and/or the PAC minutes.

    Minutes:

    Case No. 18/05425/FUL (agenda item five, page 169 of the agenda pack, and page three of the second addendum).

     

    The Planning Officer gave a presentation which included a summary of the report and second addendum that had been published on the day of the meeting. A verbal amendment to Conditions 15 and 24 were also proposed. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration. In 2015 a mixed use redevelopment scheme comprising 3,633m2 of Class B1/B2 floor space and 124 residential units was approved and the previous industrial buildings were demolished in 2016. The proposed scheme would consist of four blocks ranging from two to 16 storeys, which would include 4150m2 of commercial/employment floor space, 134 new homes, of which 66 would be affordable and 68 would be for market. Communal amenity space areas were proposed at second floor podium level and on the roof of Block C for the use of all residents, which would be controlled by S106 legal agreement. There would be changes made to the brick colour used in the proposal which would help to reduce the visual massing of the development. The scheme proposed four disabled car parking spaces and 313 cycle parking spaces; with 300 long-stay (248 residential and 52 commercial) and 13 short stay (4 residential and 9 commercial) spaces proposed. There would be a play space area of 488m2 proposed at second floor podium level and communal amenity space of 530m2 (292m2 at second floor podium level and 238m2 on the roof of Block C. Extensive views analysis was undertaken to inform assessment of the impact on strategic and local views and heritage assets. The closest statutorily listed building was approximately 230m away, Ruskin Park was approximately 300m away and Loughborough Park Conservation Area was 116m at its closest point. Images were shown of views of the site and proposed materials in the local context. There were no residential properties with directly facing habitable room windows that would be less than 20 metres from the proposed site. Existing residential properties would be approximately 35 to 68 metres away from the development. The completed development was forecasted to provide 380 new jobs, which would be a net increase of 330 more than the previous use on the site.

     

    Following the officer’s presentation, the objectors raised the following concerns:

    ·         The calculations on density were based on the location being considered as a central London location, whereas it should be considered as an urban location.

    ·         The proposed scheme would result in an overly dense development which would be out of scale with its surroundings.

    ·         The application did not adhere to Council policies and the London Plan, and should be rejected.

    ·         There were 108 objections to the scheme and discrepancies in dealing with these.

    ·         The concerns of the GLA and Historic England were not addressed.

    ·         The comments from September 2019 were not referred to in the report.

    ·         Officers’ statements on the quality and attractiveness of the application  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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Europark Car Park, Doon Street And Cornwall Road (Bishops) 19/03676/FUL pdf icon PDF 2 MB

    Officers’ recommendation:

     

    1. Resolve to grant conditional planning permission subject to the completion of an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) containing the planning obligations listed in this report.

     

    1. Agree to delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to:

     

    1. Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes; and
    2. Negotiate, agree and finalise the planning obligations as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

     

    1. In the event that the committee resolves to refuse planning permission and there is a subsequent appeal, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development, having regard to the heads of terms set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes, to negotiate and complete a document containing obligations pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) in order to meet the requirement of the Planning Inspector.

     

    1. In the event that the Section 106 Agreement is not completed within six months of committee, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to refuse planning permission for failure to enter into a section 106 agreement for the mitigating contributions identified in this report, addendums and/or the PAC minutes.

    Minutes:

    Case No. 19/03676/FUL (agenda item four, page 121 of the agenda pack, page five of the addendum and page one of the second addendum).

     

    Members agreed to proceed without an officer’s presentation due to time constraints.

     

    The applicant then provided the following information in support of the application:

    ·         The ‘Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience’ would only be in London for a short period of time. It had been around the world and would be an interactive and immersive experience for children and adults.

    ·         There would be no original artwork, but it would recreate his work digitally and physically.

    ·         South Bank was chosen due to its rich arts and culture heritage, as well as being next to National Theatre and BFI.

    ·         The event was supported by the Leader of the Council, the Mayor of London’s office, the Van Gogh Museum, the Dutch embassy and local residents and businesses.

    ·         The applicant proposed to give away 500 free tickets to schools and residents.

     

    Officers then provided the following information in response to questions from Members:

    ·         There would be public relations opportunities with the San Mei Gallery, who would also receive some free tickets.

     

    The Committee considered points raised by speakers and information provided by officers in conjunction with the report before making the following observations:

    ·         The scheme was excellent and Members commended the event.

    ·         A member was originally concerned about possible corporate events and potential opportunities for late night drinking, but stated that the addenda had clarified and given comfort.

     

    It was MOVED by Councillor Wilcox, SECONDED by Councillor Thackray, and

     

    RESOLVED, unanimously

     

    1.    To grant planning permission subject to a Section 106 Agreement and the conditions as outlined in the officer’s report.

     

    2.    Agree to delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to:

     

    a.    Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes; and

     

    b.    Negotiate, agree and finalise the planning obligations asset out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes pursuant to Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

     

     

    3.  In the event that the Section 106 Agreement is not completed within six months of committee, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to refuse planning permission for failure to enter into a section 106 agreement for the mitigating contribution

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Appeal and Enforcement Decisions July 2019 pdf icon PDF 263 KB

    To note the Planning Appeal and Enforcement Decisions for July 2019.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Members thanked officers for their work in upholding Council policies.