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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.
There were none.
1. 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 this
2. Agree to delegate authority to the Director of Planning, Transport and Sustainability
a. Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums
and/or PAC minutes.
3. In the event that the committee resolves to refuse planning permission and there is a
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 Planning Inspector.
Case No. 20/02406/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 5 February 2021 and the day of the meeting. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration and noted a correction to the number of existing affordable habitable rooms, which was 24 and not 44 as detailed within the officer report. This meant that there would be a greater uplift in affordable housing, with the scheme offering 20 new units, a net increase of 12 affordable homes and 46 affordable habitable rooms. The context of the neighbouring buildings was largely residential, and this proposal would make effective use of the site whilst enhancing the streetscape. Officers confirmed that no third party was currently commissioned to develop a masterplan for the wider Cressingham Gardens Estate and that this application was to be considered as a standalone planning application. Members were shown images of the site, its context, proposed materials and design, and existing and proposed views.
Officers emphasised that the existing building was in poor condition and its redevelopment would provide the opportunity to optimise the site. In relation to the site being adjacent to the Brockwell Park conservation area, it was confirmed that the site was not located in a conservation area. Officers stated that the proposal would not be largely visible from Brockwell Park due to the trees and foreground elements and the proposed development would sit comfortably within the street scene. The proposal would not have a dominant effect on the setting of the Grade II Listed Holy Trinity Church, but a neutral one and would comply with policy. Officers confirmed that the proposed development would not cause harm to the significance of any heritage assets.
The existing building would be demolished, and the proposal would be a part 3 and part 4 storey block arranged in an L-shape. The existing affordable floorspace amounted to 524sqm, whilst the proposal would deliver 1,567sqm of floorspace in the 20 affordable units. Officers were satisfied that the requirements of Policy EN1(a) in the Lambeth Local Plan concerning circumstances in which the loss of existing open space could be considered acceptable, were met.
Improvements would be made to the quality of open space, and affordable housing would be provided including two wheelchair user units. As regards to open space and play space provision, the proposed planning obligation envisaged a cascade mechanism first looking to improve open space at different locations within the estate and second, through a monetary contribution if the former were not possible. In relation to sunlight and daylight, the proposed development would not result in unacceptable harm to neighbouring properties.
The proposal would result in the loss of trees of significant amenity value, which would be a departure from Policy Q10 of the Lambeth Local Plan. However, Officers advised that ... view the full minutes text for item 2.