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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.
In relation to application 16/00868/FUL, although not a declaration of a pecuniary interest, Councillor Seedat wished it to be noted that he was acquainted with three of the businesses currently occupying railway arch units in Brixton. He had not pre-determined his view of the application.
To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 05 July 2016.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 05 July 2016 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.
The Chair announced a provisional timetable for the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 9.9.1.
Grant planning permission subject to conditions and a Section 106 agreement.
Case No. 15/04488/FUL (agenda item three, page five of the agenda pack).
The Planning Officer informed the committee that a site visit had been conducted on Friday 29th July 2016 and that it had become clear that some of the drawings included in the submitted plans were inaccurate. Officers therefore recommended that the application be deferred to enable public consultation on the amended plans.
The Chair endorsed the recommendation from officers and noted that the committee could only make a fair and balanced judgement on the application when accurate plans were available. Officers were asked to ensure the accuracy of the land levels depicted in the revised drawings. Members requested an investigation into the reasons for the plans not being available at the time of publication, and therefore for the item being deferred.
It was MOVED by Councillor Wilcox, SECONDED by Councillor Morris, and
To defer the application to enable public consultation on the amended plans.
Grant conditional planning permission
Case No. 16/00868/FUL (agenda item four, page 95 of the agenda pack, page one of the addendum and page one of the second addendum).
The Planning Officer gave a presentation which included a summary of the report and subsequent addenda that had been published on Friday 29 July 2016 and the day of the meeting. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration which included the proposed land use, the affordability of the units, conservation and design factors and the impact on the conservation area, improvements to public realm and impact on neighbouring amenity including during construction, and transport and servicing arrangements. The Planning Officer noted that objections had been received relating to equalities impact assessment. The officer explained that the proposal had been assessed against policies in the Local Plan which had been subject to equality impact assessment as part of the Examination process. This included site specific Policy PN3 and site 16 designation which related to a large part of the application site. The issue of equalities impact had also been raised with the applicant at pre-application stage and as a result the application was accompanied by the Tenant Management Strategy to enable existing tenants to return.
The Planning Officer noted that many objections related to non-material considerations, as reflected in the responses provided in the officer report.
The scheme needed to be assessed in land use terms against policy PN3 and site 16. The Officer outlined the proposed locations of food and drink units and advised that the proposals were considered acceptable in this respect. As regards the loss of sui generis uses, this was considered acceptable in the absence of formal policy protection for such uses and the availability of such uses elsewhere in the locality.
The Tenant Management Strategy offered a stepped rent programme for returning tenants. The Planning Officer advised that the proposal had been considered in the context of Local Plan policy ED6 and that the opportunity for existing tenants to return was a material planning consideration.
In terms of design and conservation, existing shop fronts and additions had been identified as detrimental to the appearance of the Brixton conservation area. The scheme included the retention of existing features worthy of preservation. The proposed new shop front strategy relied on the use of the same materials and an overall design approach to tie the units together but also allowed for variation which was reflective of the existing character of the railway arches.
The proposal included improvements to public realm including the creation of a new pedestrian link and improvements to lighting and cycle parking.
The Planning Officer advised that overall the proposal was considered to be compliant with all relevant Local Plan policies and with all material planning considerations.
Following the Planning Officer’s presentation the council’s Legal Officer outlined for Members the scope of the public sector equality duty (PSED) as contained in s149 of the Equality Act 2010. The Legal Officer explained that the PSED applies to public sector ... view the full minutes text for item 4.