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To agree minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2021.
RESOLVED The minutes from the 14 December 2021 meeting were agreed as the correct record of 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 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.
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 (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 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.
4. In the event that the Section 106 Agreement is not completed within six 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 PAC minutes.
Case No. 21/03028/FUL, (agenda item 3, page 25 of the agenda pack, page 9 of the first addendum and page 7 of the second addendum).
The Planning officer introduced the application and verbally updated the Committee on late representations which were not noted in the published addenda. The representations argued that the £45,000 financial contribution to facilitate biodiversity improvements and public accessibility to off-site amenity spaces did not justify the loss of open space resulting from the proposed development, that Conservation Area Consent was required for the demolition of the existing building and that public consultation had not been carried out in accordance with statutory requirements. Officers confirmed that all statutory requirements had been met and all relevant submission documents had been received. Officers also reported that a late representation had been received from the Open Spaces Society.
Officers highlighted the following regarding the application:
- There would be cycle parking and waste storage provision on the ground floor.
- The proposal would provide 35 one-bedroom residential flats, which would be 100% intermediate affordable housing and would be suitable for one person. This would not meet the Council’s required tenure split of 70/30 low cost rent/intermediate housing as detailed in Local Plan policy but was considered acceptable when taking into account the increased level of affordable housing on the Site and the demonstrable need for the product.
- The units would be sold at a discount of 20% below market value and eligibility criteria would apply regarding living/working in Lambeth.
- The development would comply with Lambeth’s amenity space requirements. 10% of the dwellings would be wheelchair user units.
- The proposal required the demolition of part of a locally listed building in order to create an access route to the development and this would result in a low level of less than substantial harm to the locally listed building and the surrounding conservation area.
- There would be a loss of open space which represented a departure from the Lambeth Local Plan (LLP) Policy EN1, however, Officers were satisfied that this departure would be outweighed by the public benefits of the proposal.
- There would be minor adverse levels of harm to the daylight of eight windows in the surrounding neighbouring properties.
- 16 new trees would be planted on the site, and the submitted Ecological Appraisal confirmed that there were no protected species on site.
The Committee then heard the following points from objectors:
- The departure from Lambeth Local Plan Policy EN1 was not justified and the development would remove the open space for the residents in the neighbouring properties.
- There had been 140 objections to the proposal, and it would have a negative impact on the local community.
- The size, scale and siting of the proposal would lead to loss of daylight and privacy to neighbouring properties as the development would directly face a three-storey neighbouring residential block.
- 10 trees were proposed to be removed within the Conservation Area which was considered unacceptable. ... view the full minutes text for item 3.