Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Tuesday 25 May 2021 7.00 pm

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

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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:

Although not a pecuniary interest, Councillor Joanne Simpson declared that she was a Ward Councillor in Prince’s ward which was where Item 4, 350 Kennington Lane was based. She indicated that she was able to approach the application with an open mind, and that this would not affect her ability to make an unbiased decision.

 

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To agree minutes of the meetings held on 23 February 2021, 30 March 2021 and 20 April 2021.

 

 

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RESOLVED: The minutes of the 23 February, the 30 March and the 20 April 2021 meetings were agreed as correct records of proceedings.

 

The Chair announced a provisional timetable for the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 9.9.1.

 

 

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Pre Application - 72 Upper Ground (Bishop's) pdf icon PDF 825 KB

    No recommendation is made to the committee as this item is for a pre-application development presentation. Matters arising from discussions during the item will be recorded in the meeting minutes but will not be binding on the eventual decision-maker.

     

    Minutes:

    Case No. 21/01902/PPA, (agenda item three, page 21 of the agenda pack).

     

    The case officer introduced the proposed redevelopment of the London Television Studios in the South Bank area. He highlighted that the reasoning for the pre-application process was to provide Members with an overview of the current proposals and to allow issues to be brought to the applicant’s attention.

     

    The developer’s project team delivered their presentation of the scheme, which is an office-led regeneration of the site including cultural space and supporting retail uses. The proposal consisted of a 14-storey block fronting The Queen’s Walk and a 26-storey block fronting Upper Ground, which would be joined together by a 6-storey podium.

     

    The presentation described how the proposed development aims to achieve London and Lambeth policy objectives. The proposal would provide space for 4,500 jobs including an element of affordable workspace, with new public spaces and routes through and around the site. The development would attract global businesses and talent across a broad range of sectors, where small and large businesses would be able to use the facility. The London Studios would create three floors of affordable workspace, which would be tailored to the needs of Lambeth’s creative industries.

     

    There had been extensive discussions on design with Lambeth officers, and meetings have been held with Lambeth’s Design Review Panel, statutory stakeholders including the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Historic England, and public engagement events to consult on the design of the proposed development. The feedback received from the consultation events suggested that aspects of the building were well received; however, there was concern with the overall bulk and scale of the building. Therefore, the developer had made substantial changes to the scale of their original proposals including a reduced bulk and rationalisation of the massing strategy.

     

    The developer’s architect advised that the proposal was designed to integrate with the nearby heritage assets to preserve and enhance the surrounding conservation area and the setting of nearby listed buildings. The façade design and materials provided a layered effect that made specific reference to the modernist South Bank character and would create an appealing visual landscape. Furthermore, the design would maximise natural ventilation and the inclusion of balconies on every floor would allow the occupants access to outside space during the work-day. The garden spaces and landscaped roof terraces would improve biodiversity and the work environment by providing access to nature for occupants and visitors. The ground floor would boast an array of riverfront bars and restaurants for visitors and supports the public realm strategy.

     

    There are two new public spaces and two new public routes included in the proposal. The public square onto Upper Ground would work alongside Lambeth’s proposals for the Spine Route and would open up views that lead to the riverfront, whilst the public square adjoining The Queen’s Walk would engage visitors passing by and provide opportunities for performance events. The development would plant 31 trees, biodiverse green roofs, and extensive green walls.

     

    The design of the proposal also  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

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350 Kennington Lane (Princes) 20/04147/FUL pdf icon PDF 4 MB

    Officer 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.

     

    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 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. 20/04147/FUL, (agenda item 4, page 33 of the agenda pack, page one of the first addendum and page one of the second addendum).

     

    One of the Planning Officers introduced the application and highlighted that the second addendum provided further updates and clarification on the application.

     

    The Planning Officer advised that the first recommendation should be amended to state the following ‘Resolve to grant conditional planning permission including a grampian condition requiring the completion of an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) containing the planning obligations listed in the report’. This was because the s106 agreement is now to be secured through a new condition 12 which was reported within the second addendum.  The Officer advised that Condition 12 (a grampian condition) would require the applicant to enter into a s106 agreement prior to occupying the building as opposed to requiring the s106 to be completed prior to issuing a decision notice.  The Officer provided the information that a grampian condition should only be used in exceptional circumstances and is appropriate in this circumstance only because the delivery of the scheme would be at serious risk should a completed s106 agreement be required prior to the issuing of the decision notice.  This is due to the University’s need to ready the building for occupation for the start of the academic year in September.  The pre-occupation timing of the condition is considered acceptable in these specific circumstances as the obligations sought mitigate impacts that would arise only once occupation has commenced and this time frame assists in the delivery of this time critical scheme.

     

    The Officer advised that the second and third recommendations are amended to indicate that the delegated authority is to the Director - Planning, Transport and Sustainability and that recommendation 4 of the report is removed because the s106 is now to be secured through a condition. The Officer update on written representations received from Prince’s Ward Councillors Amos and Davies who supported the application and were keen that local students were recruited, and the University became a Real Living Wage Employer.

     

    The presentation included a summary of the report and Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration. The application was submitted by Coventry University for their new teaching facility. It would occupy an existing four-storey building with a basement level. The site was located on a busy road in the Central Activities Zone (CAZ), in the Vauxhall Conservation Area. There would be no issues with students accessing the building or servicing deliveries and the main entrance would be on Kennington Lane. A total of 40 cycle parking spaces was proposed. The cycle stores would be signposted, and the travel plan would include the monitoring of cycle parking. Officers highlighted that the proposal was a departure from development plan policy as there would be a loss of office use. Officers advised that the planning benefits of the scheme outweighed the departure from the development  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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Kennington Park Business Centre (Vassall) 19/04478/FUL pdf icon PDF 1 MB

    Officer 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 ofLondon.

     

    2.                        Agree to delegate authority to the Director of Planning, Transport and Sustainability 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 (asamended).

     

    3.                        In the event that the committee resolves to refuse planning permission and there isa subsequent appeal, delegated authority is given to the Director of Planning, Transport and Sustainability, 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 PlanningInspector.

     

    4.                        In the event that the Section 106 Agreement is not completed within 6 months of committee, delegated authority is given to the Director of Planning, Transport and Sustainability 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 PACminutes.

     

    Minutes:

    Case No. 19/04478/FUL, (agenda item 5, page 85 of the agenda pack, and page two of the first addendum).

     

    Members were shown a presentation that included a summary of the report and were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration. Officers verbally confirmed the Employment and Training Contribution to be secured by s106 was £439,013.16 and requested that two additional conditions, relating to archaeology and the approval of a phasing strategy for the development, be included within the recommendation. Officers highlighted that the current site comprised two to four storey Edwardian style buildings, built in the 1900s with some later additions added in the 1950’s and façade changes made in the early 1990’s. The proposal involved the demolition of 6 of the 11 existing buildings and their replacement with 3 new buildings. In addition, an existing two-storey extension on the northern facade of Chester House facing Brixton Road would also be demolished. The proposed development would be of a high quality providing efficient business workspace buildings, which would include an increase of 192% in commercial floorspace on the site. This could result in 344 to 1351 new jobs for the borough which was calculated using the HCA Employment Density Guide. It was confirmed that the design and appearance of the proposed development would bring no harm to strategic or local views or to heritage assets.

     

    There would be a significant uplift in existing cycle parking provision and just over 1,600 square metres of additional floor space provided on site. The development would include proposed basement areas, and flexible space providing for a variety of businesses and up to 219 business units. There would be improvements to pedestrian and vehicle access and the developers would retain the existing site access points. Seven servicing bays were proposed and six disabled car parking spaces. There would be a significant increase in tree planting and improvements to the appearance of the site with a focus on pedestrian and cycling. This would include courtyard and landscaped areas within the development including bird boxes and bug habitats, which were part of the ecology strategy.

     

    Officers confirmed that there would be a 46% site wide reduction in CO2 emissions. There would also be a carbon offset contribution payment, estimated to be £418,000, which was set out in the first addendum. The GLA had confirmed the need for a final life cycle carbon assessment within their comments reported and the applicant agreed that this would be secured. The proposed BREEAM rating was highlighted as excellent, and it was confirmed that there would be no loss of privacy and the impact on daylight and sunlight to existing neighbouring buildings was considered acceptable. Officers highlighted there was likely to be three phases to the development, and there would be an employment and training contribution of £439,000 to provide employment benefits secured by s106. There would also be a travel plan and monitoring fee of £5,000, a healthy route network contribution of £15,000 towards developing road safety; a Bus  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

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Appeals and Enforcement Decisions August 2020 pdf icon PDF 376 KB

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    Members thanked officers for their work in upholding Council policies.

     

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Appeals and Enforcement Decisions September 2020 pdf icon PDF 346 KB

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    Members thanked officers for their work in upholding Council policies.