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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.
Regarding application 17/02093/RG3 (Clapham Common), Councillor Haselden stated that while it did not amount to a pecuniary interest, he was the Neighbourhood Lead for Clapham and was a member of CCMAC.
With regard to application 17/02093/RG3 (Clapham Common), Councillor Diana Morris explained that she was a Board Member of the Clapham Park Project, which had received money from the Events Strategy. This did not amount to a pecuniary interest and would not impact her decision.
Grant Conditional Planning Permission
Case No. 17/02093/RG3 (agenda item two, page one 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 30 June 2017 and the day of the meeting. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration which included the principle of the temporary use of Clapham Common for events for 2017, the use of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), the temporary nature of any structures, the impact on listed buildings, the number of event days over the year, the ability for the Council to make a decision on its own application, the role of Licensing particularly in controlling noise, the impact on nature and biodiversity and the impact on parking and public transport. Members were informed that the Winterville event would be subject to a separate application and was not for consideration. Images were displayed showing the site, site boundaries, the location of listed buildings and the remediation works done following the SW4 event in 2015.
Following the officer’s presentation, objectors raised the following concerns:
· There was a potential conflict of interest with one part of the Council granting permission to another part of the Council.
· While the individual events were temporary, the number of event days would create the sense of permanence.
· There would be significant impact on residents of Windmill Drive.
· The Friends of Clapham Common were opposed to the application due to the threat to the Common posed by the proposed number of events. Granting the application would set a dangerous precedent, restricting the use of the Common by the local community.
· The Council may have acted unlawfully by granting events without seeking permission from the Secretary of State.
· The application was against the clear wishes of local residents and LB Wandsworth.
· The remediation following the SW4 event in 2015 had taken ten weeks to complete, during which time some areas had been fenced off to the public.
The applicant, agent and supporter then provided the following information in support of the application:
· There was a clear process that all events had to follow, such as in identifying risk, consulting both internally and externally, and securing approval from the Safety Advisory Group if appropriate.
· Events with licensable activities would require a license, which would involve scrutiny of the event.
· A percentage of revenue from events was used for parks and open spaces, with £25,000 being recently given to community groups.
· Events were well-run on the Common and were a way of providing cultural activities to residents.
· Any development associated with the application would be temporary and would have no long term effect on the Common.
· Restrictions on noise would be controlled by Licensing.
· All of the large or major events would be held on hardstanding or grassland areas to minimise the impact on biodiversity.
· The remediation work done following the 2015 SW4 event had covered approximately 5% ... view the full minutes text for item 2.