Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Tuesday 15 March 2022 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Farah Hussain, Democratic Services,  020 7926 4201, Email: fhussain1@lambeth.gov.uk

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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:

Councillor Seedat informed the Committee that he had previously visited the South London Islamic Centre, and this did not amount to a pecuniary interest. 

2.

8 Mitcham Lane (St Leonards) 18/01093/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.

     

    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.

    Minutes:

    Case No. 18/01093/FUL, (agenda item 2, page 17 of the agenda pack, page 11 of the first addendum and page 9 of the second addendum).

     

    The Planning Officer introduced the report and indicated that late comments had been received from the Streatham Society who stated that they were not consulted on the proposed development. Officers confirmed that the Streatham Society had been consulted over the two consultation periods. The officer stated that:

     

    -       There had been 783 public representations received, 638 were in support, 138 were objecting and 7 were neither supporting nor objecting. 

    -       Mitcham Lane was part of the Transport for London Road Network, and the development site was located near St Leonard’s Church, which was a heritage asset.

    -       The proposal was for a four-storey redevelopment of 8 Mitcham Lane, known as the South London Islamic Centre (SLIC), due to the poor conditions and the insufficient capacity of the current building. The Islamic Centre had been part of the community since 1977.

    -       The applicant advised that the residential units to be lost as part of the proposal were not market units and were ancillary to the existing worshipping facility. However, officers did not have sufficient evidence that was the case and had assessed the application on the basis that the proposal would depart from the Lambeth Local Plan policy H3 which seeks to safeguard existing housing.

    -       The proposed nursery would be reserved for those who were attending the mosque.

    -       There would be a low level of less than substantial heritage harm to the conservation area and there would be heritage harm due to the loss of a non-designated heritage asset (NDHA).

    -       There would be no deliveries to SLIC during unsociable hours and it would be prohibited to play amplified music at the site.

    -       There would be two accessible parking spaces, a delivery and servicing plan, and the cycle parking provision would be in line with London Plan requirements.

    -       One of the reasons for the delay in the determination of the application was to wait for the St Leonard’s and Streatham Vale West Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) to be implemented, which was implemented on 31 January 2022; the CPZ covers the Friday peak of use at the site.

    -       The existing site provided no ecology or biodiversity benefits, and the proposal would meet the London Plan Urban Greening Factor (UGF) requirement, provide onsite carbon reduction to comply with the London Plan and include solar panels on the roof.

    -       There would be an employment and skills contribution of £86,389 and a travel plan monitoring fee of £3,800.

     

     

    The Committee then heard the following points from objectors:

    -       The proposal site was within a conservation area and the prime function was to be a dignified and peaceful worship area, however the design had none of those attributes.

    -       The design of the building would be dominant and out of character with surrounding buildings.

    -       The site was within a conservation area, and it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Denby Court 99 and 109 Lambeth Walk (Princes) 20/04425/RG3 pdf icon PDF 15 MB

    Officer Recommendations:

     

    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 report and any direction as may be received following further referral to the Mayor of London.

     

    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.

    Minutes:

    aCase No. 20/04425/RG3, (agenda item 3, page 95 of the agenda pack, page 15 of the first addendum, page 12 in the second addendum).

     

    The Presiding Officer highlighted that in response to a public representation seeking a Member site visit, there was not a requirement for Members to hold a site visit and, as detailed in the Council’s Constitution, site visits should only be requested where the benefit was clear and substantial. The Presiding Officer indicated that officers had visited the site and illustrated the site using photographs and aerial mapping in the Committee report and officer presentation.

     

    The Planning Officer introduced the item and advised the proposal was for redevelopment of two Council owned properties at 99 and 109 Lambeth Walk with new housing, to be built by Homes for Lambeth. The officer drew attention to the 1st and 2nd addendums which provide corrections, amended text to the report and conditions and addressed further submissions and advised Members that if they had any questions or needed clarification on any of the matters in the addendums that officers would provide further responses.

     

    Members were made aware there was one resident still living at the site, but that they had signed a lease for a new home from 7 March and had requested more time to move their possessions and would be moving shortly.

     

    The Officer also noted that Cllr Kevin Craig of Bishop’s ward had advised in writing that following revisiting the plans and debate around the scheme that he removed his objection.

     

    The second addendum included responses to comments on the daylight and sunlight assessment and in respect of an alternative development scheme.

     

    The Officer described the site and former uses, relevant designations and the surrounding context. The officer also gave details of the application, which proposed 141 new homes with 50% to be affordable by habitable room). Existing buildings would be replaced with five new buildings ranging from 4-11 storeys, with associated landscaping and Blue Badge parking only.

    The officer explained the main planning issues as set out in the committee report, summarising the assessment for each. Land use, affordable housing and design and townscape impacts were all satisfactory.

     

    In respect of heritage impacts, the site is not in a conservation area and has no listed buildings. Lambeth Walk and China Walk Conservation Area is opposite to the north and there are various other conservation areas in the locality. The Grade II listed former Lilian Baylis school is to the south. The Westminster World Heritage Site (WHS) is to the north-east but the development does not have any impact on any of its designated viewpoints. The new buildings would obscure a view of the Victoria Tower at Westminster from the adjacent Lambeth Walk Doorstep Green as shown images presented to the Committee. The officer noted this was a distant view, but it does allow the WHS building to be appreciated and as such officers found a very low degree of less than substantial harm and there  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.