Gasholder Station, Kennington Oval (Oval) 18/04063/DET
1. Resolve to grant approval of details pursuant to Conditions 15, part (f) of Condition 52 and part (v) of Condition 53 of Planning Permission ref: 17/05772/EIAFUL.
2. Agree to delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to determine Condition 52 parts (a) to (c) and Condition 53 parts (i) to (iv) and (vi) to (x) of Planning Permission ref: 17/05772/EIAFUL.
Case No. 18/04063/DET (agenda item six, page 191 of the agenda pack, page 48 of the addendum and page 8 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 30 November 2018 and the day of the meeting. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration which included the Construction Logistics Plan that Members had requested return to Committee for approval, the aim to minimise the amount of time that construction vehicles spend on Vauxhall Street, the access routes to and from the Gasholder and Tesco sites and the amendments to the cycle lane on Vauxhall Street.
The applicant then provided the following information in support of the application:
· Berkeley Homes took Health and Safety concerns seriously and had responded to comments made previously by the Committee.
· The proposed use of Vauxhall Street had been significantly reduced, and there would be improved safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists.
· Deliveries would be managed online and reviewed daily.
· Traffic marshals would be fully trained.
· The project team would be contactable 24 hours a day and would work with community groups.
Officers and the applicant then provided the following information in response to questions from Members:
· 2% of vehicles would exit via Vauxhall Street, and would then turn left onto Kennington Oval. Vehicles would use the strategic road network, rather than local streets. The precise route from Vauxhall Street to the strategic road network could be specified.
· There were proposals to temporarily suspend parking bays in order to allow large vehicles not to encroach on the footpath when exiting via Vauxhall Street and Kennington Oval. These suspensions would be for a matter of hours, so reprovision of the space was not planned. Any reprovision would require surveys of nearby roads to assess capacity.
· Any penalties if vehicles parked in suspended bays would be a matter for Highways Enforcement.
· Four parking spaces on Montford Place would have to be permanently suspended where the new Phoenix Road would join Montford Place, and three parking spaces would be temporarily suspended. It would be desirable to reprovide the permanently suspended parking bays, but a parking survey would be required.
· Any changes to the highway would be under a Section 278 Agreement, and the Council would be in control of the process.
· The staff welfare facilities would include offices, showers, toilets and a canteen. There would be no staff car parking.
· The existing contraflow cycle lane on Vauxhall Street would be converted to a two-way cycle lane, and would be widened in order to allow this. There would be a separation to the main highway, but the type of barrier had not yet been determined. The barrier would need to be relatively robust, with a minimum kerb height to prevent vehicles, particularly HGVs, overrunning into the cycle lane. This would form part of the Section 278 Agreement.
· Any changes to the highway would be consulted on.
The Committee considered points raised by the speaker and information provided by officers in conjunction with the report before making the following observations:
· Reprovision of the parking spaces would likely be on Kennington Oval, with potential negative impact on cyclists.
· Highways should take a reasonable approach to enforcement of suspended parking bays.
It was MOVED by Councillor Wilcox, SECONDED by Councillor Windle, and
1. To GRANT approval of details pursuant to Conditions 15, part (f) of Condition 52 and part (v) of Condition 53 of Planning Permission ref: 17/05772/EIAFUL, with the following:
i) The final Construction Logistics Plan to establish the defined route in which vehicles leave the site to the strategic road network.
ii) An informative requesting that the Construction Logistics Plan include details of clear communication with residents on the suspension of parking bays.
2. To delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to determine Condition 52 parts (a) to (c) and Condition 53 parts (i) to (iv) and (vi) to (x) of Planning Permission ref: 17/05772/EIAFUL.