Agenda and minutes

Planning Applications Committee - Tuesday 25 August 2020 7.00 pm

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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.




Councillor Ben Kind stated that while not a pecuniary interest, St Matthew’s Church was inside his ward.


Councillor Mohammed Seedat stated that while not a pecuniary interest, he was a member of Impact Brixton, which was one of the organisations in consultation with the applicant as a possible operator of the affordable workspace.


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To agree minutes of the meeting held on 26 May, 23 June and 14 July 2020.



Additional documents:


RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the previous meetings held on 26 May, 23 June and 14 July 2020 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.


Guillotine arrangements


The Chair announced a provisional timetable for the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 9.9.1.




20-24 Popes Road (Coldharbour) 20/01347/FUL pdf icon PDF 3 MB

    Officers’ 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.



    Case No. 20/01347/FUL (agenda item three, 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 21 August 2020 and further representations received on the day of the meeting. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration and noted that the proposed development would bring forward regeneration of a site currently containing a single storey building used as two retail stores. The scheme proposed to provide three buildings varying from five to 20 storeys, a mix of retail, restaurant, community and office floor space (of which 10% would be for affordable workspace) and cycle store and facilities in the basement. There would be a contribution towards lift access, cycle parking, improvements to Brixton Station and Atlantic Road and a potential link to Brixton Village through the arches in the future. The proposed new civic square in Popes Road would increase the public realm by 962 sqm, with further details to be secured through the S106 agreement. Members were shown images of the site, its context, proposed materials and design, and existing and proposed views from various angles. The separation distances between the scheme and neighbouring residential properties were between 13 and 17m to the south and would not have adverse impacts on outlook or privacy of neighbouring residents. Due to the site context, with minimal existing massing in the urban context, there would be adverse effects to the daylight of flats in 368-372 Coldharbour Lane which would be facing the proposed nine-storey building. A breakdown of these effects was given by floor and room. Both the GLA and Historic England agreed with the Council that the scheme would cause ‘less than substantial harm’ to the nearby heritage assets as set out in the officer report.


    Following the officer’s presentation, the objectors raised the following concerns:

    ·         The application had an exceptional number of objectors stating that it was not the right place for the key site.

    ·         Historic England had pointed out that the proposed tower was one third higher than the guidance for the less sensitive Pop Brixton site on Brixton Station Road. It was also twice the height of any other building in the conservation area and was mediocre, bland and would not enhance the character of the conservation area.

    ·         The dark brick and repetitive window pattern would only reinforce the impression of size and bulk.

    ·         The scheme did not meet the highest possible environmental standards in the context of the climate emergency.

    ·         Working patterns had changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and there was no evidence that there was a demand for building office space in Brixton. If no businesses took up the office floor space the building could potentially be converted into luxury flats with no social housing provided.

    ·         There were a number of serious transgressions in the daylight and sunlight report which were justified  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.