Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Tuesday 8 June 2021 7.00 pm

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

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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.



Pre Application Waterloo Estate (Bishop's) pdf icon PDF 480 KB

    1.     No recommendation is made to the committee for Pre-application Development Presentations. Matters arising from discussions during the item will be minuted; any matters discussed will not be binding on the eventual decision-maker.



    Case No. 21/02062/PPA, (agenda item 2, page 13 of the agenda pack)


    The Planning Officer briefly introduced the pre application and indicted that it was a proposal to demolish the existing low-rise buildings on the site, with the retention and refurbishment of Mercury House. The developers advised they are long-term investors in the Waterloo area and have strong local ties. The proposal would include the provision of affordable workspace, improve the public realm and include corporate social responsibility credentials which would attract businesses to the development. The proposal would include the refurbishment of Emma Cons Gardens, to create a landmark gateway building and outdoor green space.

    The building would improve connectivity and greater permeability across the Waterloo Estate, with opportunities to reconnect and provide greener public spaces for health and wellbeing to support community events. The developers initiated their consultation feedback process in January 2021 and had since carried out key design amendments in response to the feedback received. It was highlighted that the fundamentals of the scheme, such as the size of the development and ambitions to deliver on sustainability, remained the same. The developers provided a summary of the consultation and informed Members of the architectural treatment of the tower base, the dark appearance of the building and lack of permeability on site. It was confirmed that the massing would be relocated, there would be more greening of the facades, which would improve the internal daylight, and there would be a wider gap between buildings. The proposed archways were simplified to soften the look of the building and Members were informed of the colouring and its overall appearance.

    In relation to sustainability aims, the building would reduce the energy demand with intelligent building systems which would generate electricity on site with solar facades and other technologies. They were moving towards a carbon net zero rating and they had committed to off-site renewable energy generation. Within the building, there would be affordable workspaces, and a social benefit programme, which would promote a policy compliant affordable offer for the building alongside a CSR programme. The development would also advertise youth employability programmes and would provide apprenticeships and training.

    The developers then provided the following information in response to questions from Members:


    -       Members queried the purpose of the proposed walkway

    -       The developer responded that it would link Waterloo Road with Cornwall Road.



    -       Members queried what groups the developer engaged as part of consultation process, and had the Young Vic, Kings College and youth groups in the area  been included.

    -       The developer indicated they had spoken with the Old Vic, Young Vic, SBEG, LERA, Ss John’s Church, held online consultation via a dedicated website and had conducted a mail shot campaign.

    -       Members noted that consultation was with more mature individuals and encouraged further engagement and outreach be undertaken with younger groups and Kings College.


    Neighbouring Development

    -       Members noted the adjacency of the Union Jack Club to the north of the site and the OCCC  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.


Appeals and Enforcement Decisions October 2020 pdf icon PDF 489 KB

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    Members thanked officers for upholding the Councils policies.



Appeals and Enforcement Decisions November 2020 pdf icon PDF 408 KB

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    Members thanked officers for upholding the Councils policies.



Appeals and Enforcement Decisions December 2020 pdf icon PDF 375 KB

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    Members thanked officers for upholding the Councils policies.