Agenda item

Keybridge House, 80 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RG (Oval) 19/01531/FUL

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 Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development 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 Assistant 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.

 

4.    In the event that the Section 106 Agreement is not completed within 6 months of committee, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development 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. 19/01531/FUL (agenda item four, page 103 of the agenda report pack, page 15 of the first addendum).

 

The Planning Officer gave a presentation which included a summary of the report and subsequent addendum that had been published on Friday 28 February 2020. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration and it was noted that the site was vacant, and the proposal was to change the flexible land use of the application site to allow a wider range of potential uses. The applicant had not secured tenants to occupy the site but was seeking creative, commercial, retail, scientific and leisure occupiers. The basement was originally used by an international telephone exchange and constructed to be bomb proof. The equipment had been removed previously from the site which was currently being used as a car park on one of the two basement floors. The second basement level was envisaged to be used as ancillary storage. The sunlight/daylight and loss of outlook were not assessed as the development concerned a change of use within an existing building. The amenity impacts related to noise and vibration, and odour from extraction fans were mitigated through operating hours and conditions. Due to an increase in servicing and delivery movements, condition had been added to ensure that this would not occur during school pickup and drop off. 

 

Officers then provided the following information in response to questions from Members: 

·    Freight consolidation could form part of the servicing strategy for the site and would be dealt with in the servicing and delivery plan if considered appropriate. 

·    Condition 14 prohibited any food or drink delivery services from the site. For this to change, an application to vary the condition would need to be submitted.  Members would be alerted to this submission and could request that it be referred to Committee for approval. 

·    The scheme was a car free application and therefore no electric charging points would be required for cycles and cars. 

·    The Council had limited powers to control vehicle drop off/pick up. There was a servicing drop off point on Miles Street which could be utilised by taxis. Officers did not envisage any disruption to the highway as there were three different frontages and a Red Route which had limited dwell times. 

 

The Committee considered information provided by officers in conjunction with the contents of the report and first addendum before making the following observations: 

·    Although it was a difficult application to assess due to many uncertainties officers had presented the worst-case scenarios and drafted conditions that would sufficiently mitigate against any negative impacts that might arise. 

·    It was comforting that a retail specialist was employed to assist the Council to assess the knock-on impact on other existing retail users in the area including within the adjoining District Centre in Vauxhall. 

·    The proposed development would make a positive contribution to the vitality of Vauxhall town centre. 

 

It was MOVED by Councillor Wilcox, SECONDED by Councillor Simpson, and 

RESOLVED, unanimously 

 

1.   To GRANT planning permission subject to a Section 106 Agreement and the conditions as outlined in the officer’s report and published addendum and the following: 

 

      i.An informative relating to condition 11 to require the applicant to explore consolidation strategies as part of the Delivery and Servicing Management Plan(s). 

     ii.An informative relating to the last bullet point within condition 9 to explain that it related to customer arriving both by vehicle and on foot.  

 

2.   Agree to delegate authority to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to: 

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

 

     ii.        Negotiate, agree and finalise the planning obligations as set out in the 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 Section 106 Agreement is not completed within 6 months of committee, delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director of Planning, Transport and Development to refuse planning permission for failure to enter into a section 106 agreement for the mitigating contributions identified in the report, addendums and/or the PAC minutes.

 

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