Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Tuesday 29 March 2022 7.00 pm, NEW

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

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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:

There were no pecuniary interests; however, Councillor Joanne Simpson highlighted that she was a candidate for Stockwell West and Larkhall Ward in the Local Government election on 5 May 2022, which the development for Item 3 was situated in. Councillor Simpson advised of a leaflet which she had signed which referenced the application, but that she could consider the application with an open mind.

 

2.

72 Upper Ground (Bishops) 21/02668/EIAFUL pdf icon PDF 7 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 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 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 PAC minutes.

    Minutes:

    Case No. 21/02668/EIAFUL, (agenda item 2, page 15 of the agenda pack, page 9 of the first addendum and page 9 of the second addendum).

     

    The Presiding Officer provided an update on the site visit that took place on Saturday 26 March and a written record was taken by officers including locations visited, questions asked by Members in attendance and the responses provided by officers.

     

    Before the case officer gave his presentation a verbal update was provided on the public representations received from the National Theatre and additional wording proposed to Condition 4 (Demolition and Environmental Management Plan) and Condition 12 (Construction and Environmental Management Plan) to set out additional requirements to minimise impact to the National Theatre during demolition and construction works.

     

    The case officer started the presentation on the proposed development, which included the following points:

     

    -       The site comprised of a 25-storey building with a four-storey podium and was located in the Waterloo Opportunity Area and London’s Central Activities Zone (CAZ).

    -       The pre-application phase began in April 2020 and a total of 21 meetings had taken place with Council officers covering design, layout, massing, public realm and landscape, employment and cultural uses, daylight/sunlight impacts, sustainability, and transport. In addition, the proposal was presented to the Council’s Growth and Investment Panel twice and the Design Review Panel (DRP) twice.

    -       The applicant carried out a public engagement program during the pre-application stage.

    -       The development would provide high-quality office floorspace that prioritises wellbeing, sustainability and productivity for its future occupants. The form of the buildings provides adaptable floorplates that would allow for flexibility and appeal to a variety of sectors and occupants.

    -       The proposed development would provide flexible commercial units at the ground level of the building along the northern and eastern sides of the site for use as retail, restaurants, cafes, and bars to activate these frontages and support the primary employment floorspace.

    -       There would be a discount of up to 90 per cent for charities and not-for-profit organisations committed to supporting disadvantaged young people in the creative and tech industries.

    -       There would be a £1.1 million employment and skills payment towards specialist jobs to support local people. The development was predicted to create in the region of 4,319 jobs, once it was ready for use.

    -       The position of the towers and height of the podium mass was informed by the strategic protected view that passes through the site from Westminster Pier to St Paul’s. The overall height was limited to protect the setting of Somerset House. The height stepped down to the eastern boundary and a lower height towards the river to respond to the site’s context.

    -       The proposal was considered with regards to tall building policies, being policy D9 of the London Plan and policy Q26 of the Lambeth Local Plan. These policies apply a design led approach and identify locations where tall buildings are appropriate, contained in the Lambeth Local Plan. The officer clarified that the proposal had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

118-120 Larkhall Lane, 56A and 56B and Land Adjoining Baptist Church (Larkhall) 21/04093/RG3 pdf icon PDF 7 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 Development to:

              a. Finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes; and

     

    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 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.

     

    Minutes:

    Case No. 21/04093/RG3, (agenda item 3, page 163 of the agenda pack, page 21 of the first addendum and page 14 of the second addendum).

     

    The Planning Officer introduced the report and highlighted the following information:

    -       Brought Members’ attention to and provided a summary of the matters contained within the published addenda. 

    -       The proposed Section 106 agreement heads of terms are updated to reference the £70,000 financial contribution towards the delivery of healthy routes network improvements, which was agreed by the applicant. Officers considered the buildings to be well designed and would contribute positively to the townscape and integrate well with the established urban structure and public realm.

    -       The proposal would create 127 new dwellings, of which 57 would be affordable homes (equating to 50.1% by habitable rooms), deliver an increase in biodiversity, make sufficient commitment to sustainability, and included improvements to public realm street frontages on Larkhall Lane and Courland Grove.

     

    The following points were raised in support of the application:

    -       The Homes for Lambeth programme sought to maximise delivery of low-cost rent homes, providing better homes for current secure tenants and those on the Council’s waiting list.

    -       Lambeth has 30,000 people on the council’s housing waiting list, including 5,000 children. Those families need new homes urgently and Homes for Lambeth is delighted to bring these much-needed proposals forward.

    -       The applicant had consulted at pre-application stage with officers, the Design Review Panel and the local community, in particular the Friends of Larkhall Park who they met on 8 separate occasions to update them on scheme progress and engage with them on design process.

    -       Development would provide replacement employment and community floorspace designed by architects to be flexible and accommodate a wide range of end users.

     

    Officers provided the following information in response to Members’ questions:

    -       The method of construction would utilise a hybrid solution of timber and other materials.

    -       Whole Life Cycle Assessment (WLC) submitted and considered acceptable.

    -       Applicant’s architect explained that using mass timber within construction had some constraints. One of the outcomes of a review of high-rise residential buildings was that buildings above 18m were no longer permitted to have combustible material in the external wall.

    -       Architect explained that small houses could not be constructed from timber as Mayor’s recent guidance on grant funding prohibits combustible materials at any height.

    -       The community floor space had been designed to be flexible and appeal to a wide range of end user groups. The floor space would be of a much higher quality than the existing floor space which was within portacabins.

    -       Applicant has engaged Locality who have undertaken consultation with neighbours, various community groups including Friends of Larkhall Park to help inform what the community space can be used for.

    -       The proposed space was reviewed by the Council, who considered that the themes indicated by the applicant around children and young people, climate change, enterprise and employment, health and wellbeing, community uses within cultural sector  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Hungerford Coach Park At South Bank (Bishops) 22/00117/FUL, 22/00118/ADV pdf icon PDF 2 MB

    Officer Recommendations:

     

    1. Resolve to grant conditional planning permission.

     

    2. Agree to delegate authority to the Director of Planning, Transport and Sustainability to finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes.

     

    Minutes:

    Case Nos. 22/00117/FUL, 22/00118/ADV (agenda item 4, page 321 of the agenda pack, and page 26 of the second addendum).

     

    The Chair decided that there would be no officer presentation for this application.

     

    Officers provided the following information in response to Members’ questions:

    -       The changes to the application since the last time it came to a committee meeting were that there were fewer trader outlets.

    -       There were no changes to the opening hours and there were similar numbers of cafes proposed.

     

    The Committee considered the information provided by officers in conjunction with the report before making the following observations:

     

     

    22/00117/FUL:

    It was MOVED by Councillor J Simpson, SECONDED by Councillor Kind

     

    And

     

    RESOLVED, unanimously

     

    1. To GRANT conditional planning permission.

     

    2. Agree to delegate authority to the Director of Planning, Transport and Sustainability to finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes

     

     

    22/00118/ADV:

    Moved Councillor J Simpson, seconded Councillor O’Hara

     

    And

     

    Resolved unanimously

     

    1. To GRANT conditional express advertisement consent

     

    2. Agree to delegate authority to the Director of Planning, Transport and Sustainability to finalise the recommended conditions as set out in this report, addendums and/or PAC minutes.