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To agree minutes of the meeting held on 17 December 2019.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 17 December 2019 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.
1. Resolve to grant conditional planning permission.
2. Agree to delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes.
Case No. 19/02496/FUL (agenda item three, page 13 of the agenda pack, page one of the first 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 7 February 2020 and the day of the meeting. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration and noted that the property was a detached 1920’s Arts and Crafts style building set in spacious grounds, with an existing extension along the side and games court with fencing, and was currently a Class D1 preparatory school located in a residential area. The previous application had been dismissed by the Inspector mainly due to the length and mass of the proposed extension and the impact on residential amenity to the adjoining property at 1 Garrads Road. The application had not requested changes to land use, and therefore no land use issues were raised. Site visit images were presented, which displayed the current site with the gazebo that was proposed to be demolished, the boundary to neighbouring properties, trees proposed to be removed and the location of the proposed extension. The noise pollution officer’s assessment concluded that no unacceptable impacts from noise, vibration nor odour from the proposed plant located at ground floor level facing the boundary with 1 Garrads Road would occur. Conditions 14 through to 17 of the proposal would mitigate any noise impacts that should arise, with the wording to condition 16 being updated in the second addendum to restrict the use of the extract systems. The proposal was not considered to harm highway conditions of on-street parking or prejudice conditions for the free flow of traffic and highway safety.
Following the officer’s presentation, the objectors raised the following concerns:
· The application remained unsympathetic and bulky and neighbouring amenity did not seem to have been considered.
· Residents would be expected to deal with the mechanical plant noise and the noise report only considered neighbours’ houses and not gardens.
· There was no restriction on the school’s hours of use, and the switch to the secondary school would increase demand.
· The school had openly breached conditions in the past and concern was expressed that the proposed conditions would also be breached.
· The side extension would unbalance the symmetry of the building, which was proposed to be twice the size of the other side.
· The PAC report stated that the extensions were subordinate, despite the footprint and area exceeding the original house.
· The basement extension conflicted with emerging policy Q27D as it would be visible to all neighbours.
· The report misdirected readers in its advice on the weight to be afforded to emerging Local Plan policies in decision making.
· Members did not have adequate information to make a robust and safe decision.
· There was no cumulative assessment inclusive of the Streatham and Clapham School expansion and the report mentioned it was pending, whereas it had now been completed.
· The poor frequency of the ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
To note the Planning Appeal and Enforcement Decisions for September 2019.
Members thanked officers for their work in upholding Council policies.