Agenda and minutes

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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:

With regard to application 19/01481/FUL (Hero of Switzerland, 142 Loughborough Road), Councillor Becca Thackray stated that while not a pecnuiary interest, she attended meetings of Loughborough Junction Action Group, which had objected to the application, in her role as Ward Councillor for Herne Hill.  She confirmed that she did not have a pre-determined view.

 

 

 

2.

Hero of Switzerland 142 Loughborough Road (Coldharbour) 19/01481/FUL pdf icon PDF 4 MB

    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.

     

    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 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).

     

    3.      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.

     

    4.      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. 19/01481/FUL (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 20 September and the day of the meeting. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration which included the demolition of the existing public house and the erection of a 13 storey building to provide 35 homes and a replacement public house, public realm improvements to Hero Square, the provision of disabled parking spaces and waste and cycle storage.  The Greater London Authority had withdrawn its objection to the application as a result of an additional affordable unit being provided.  The replacement pub use would be slightly larger than the existing pub, and would reprovide features such as ancillary staff accommodation which would be secured by the S106 Agreement, beer garden, kitchen and cellarage.  All residential units would exceed space standards, with good levels of natural light, would have private amenity space, and all units would be accessible.  All residents, regardless of tenure type, would have access to the communal amenity space.  Playspace would be provided on site for younger children, and a financial contribution for playspace for older children would be made to a playground to the rear of the site.  The amenity impact on neighbouring buildings had been tested, with one property being materially affected to a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.  Concrete fins would be used in the south elevation of the proposal to minimise overlooking onto 1-9 Featley Road.  Members were shown images of the site, its context, proposed materials and design, and existing and proposed views.

     

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

    ·         The application was an overdevelopment of the site and would be a visual intrusion on the area.  Insufficient affordable housing would be provided and the public realm improvements would be of poor quality.

    ·         The proposal was a higher density than the London Plan suggested in an urban context.

    ·         The affordable housing offer was below the 40% policy requirement.

    ·         The playspace provision was not sufficient and the payment in lieu did not compensate for it.

    ·         There would be a conflict between the pub and residential units, and the successful operation of the pub would require residents to keep windows closed.

     

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

    ·         The application was the result of extensive consultation with the current pub landlord, residents’ groups, officers and the GLA.

    ·         Tall buildings were part of the established local character, and the height of the proposal was considered acceptable by both officers and the GLA.  The slender shape of the building would limit the amenity impact, and the building would be set back in line with existing building lines.

    ·         Public realm improvements would provide a more welcoming environment in Hero Square and greater connectivity.  The Loughborough Estate Management Board had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

6 Landsdowne Hill (Knight's Hill) 19/02840/FUL pdf icon PDF 2 MB

    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) securing the planning obligations listed in this 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 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).

     

    3.      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.

     

    4.      In the event that the section 106 agreement is not completed within three 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. 19/02840/FUL (agenda item four, page 171 of the agenda pack page 5 of the second addendum).

     

    The Planning Officer gave a presentation which included a summary of the report and subsequent addendum that had been published on the day of the meeting. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration which included the demolition of the existing buildings and the erection of three buildings of up to seven storeys, with the provision of residential and office space, including waste storage, cycle storage, car parking, landscaping and new pedestrian links.  Members were shown images of the site, its context, the areas covered by Policy PN7 and Site 18.  Members were advised that this was a new application following the refusal of a previous application on this site in March 2019.  Changes in this application compared to the previous application included the materials used for Blocks A and B which would now be red brick, and the introduction of ceramic glazed panels in place of a blank façade to Block C, which would provide visual interest while enabling future neighbouring development.

     

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

    ·         Four community groups had objected to the application on the grounds that it did not meet Local Plan Policy PN7 (West Norwood).  It was a failed opportunity for development.

    ·         The previous application had been refused by the Committee and a number of the reasons for refusal had not been addressed.

    ·         Policy PN7 should take precedence over Policy EN2.

    ·         Windows, rather than glazed ceramic, should be used throughout the office element.

    ·         The footpath access to the York Hill Estate was not accessible and was not wanted by the community.

     

    The applicant, agent and architect then provided the following information in support of the application:

    ·         This application sought to overcome the reasons for refusal of the previous application.

    ·         The introduction of red bricks for Blocks A and B made visual reference to the York Hill Estate, while Block C would remain in buff brick, referencing the commercial buildings on Norwood High Street.  The use of both red and buff bricks were common in West Norwood.

    ·         The base of all blocks would use the same materials to demonstrate continuity between them.

    ·         The ceramic glazing would give the appearance of glazing while allowing future development to abut Block C.  The glazed ceramic could be replaced with glass in the event that neighbouring development did not materialise.

    ·         The application was successful as both a standalone development and within the wider aims of Site 18.

    ·         Step-free access to the York Hill Estate had been explored, but could not be achieved at this site without mechanisation.

    ·         The application would provide in excess of 36% affordable housing (by habitable room) and office space, and would enable future development on neighbouring sites.

     

    Councillor Jane Pickard then spoke as Ward Councillor for Knight’s Hill, stating the following:

    ·         The height of the proposed buildings was too tall and inappropriate given the suburban context.  There should be a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

1-7 Aytoun Road, Aytoun Court, Crowhurst House and 41-42 Norton House (Ferndale) 18/01713/FUL pdf icon PDF 3 MB

    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) securing the planning obligations listed in this 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 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).

     

    3.      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.

     

    4.      In the event that the section 106 agreement is not completed within three 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. 18/01713/FUL (agenda item three, page 99 of the agenda pack and page 7 of the addendum).

     

    Members agreed that an officer’s presentation was not required.

     

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

    ·         None of the affected windows referenced in paragraph 12.15 of the report belonged to the same flat.

    ·         The contribution to off-site playspace had to be allocated to a site near the application.

    ·         13 new trees would be planted as part of the soft landscaping: 11 on the southern boundary; and two within planters.

    ·         Ground floor units would have cycle parking within their front gardens.  Communal secure cycle storage would be provided in the ground floor communal area.  While residents would need to go through four doors to access the cycle storage, officers were exploring the possibility of providing automatic doors to improve ease of use.

    ·         Disabled car parking would be provided and the S106 Agreement secured the provision of car club membership.

    ·         Members were shown images of the proposed materials and where they would be used.

     

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

    ·         The provision of fully affordable housing was commendable.  The quality of homes was high, with some having their own front door and gardens, and all units being dual aspect.

    ·         It was positive for a derelict site to be brought back into use.

    ·         The proposed bricks were sympathetic to the local context.

     

    It was MOVED by Councillor Clark, SECONDED by Councillor Kind, and

     

    RESOLVED, unanimously

     

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

     

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

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

    b.    Negotiate, agree and finalise the planning obligations as set out in the 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 three months of committee, to delegate authority 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 the report, addendums and/or the PAC minutes.

     

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Appeal and Enforcement Decisions April 2019 pdf icon PDF 386 KB

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

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Members requested policy guidance on demonstrating local need for houses of multiple occupancy, following the dismissed appeal regarding 1 Atkins Road and cases that had been considered at Committee previously.

     

    Members thanked officers for their work in defending Council policies.