Agenda item

58 Princes Wharf Upper Ground (Bishops) 20/00075/FUL

Officer’s recommendations:

 

1.    Resolve to grant planning permission subject to conditions and 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 six 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. 20/00075/FUL (agenda item five, page 111 of the agenda pack, page 10 of the addendum and page four 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 Thursday 7 May 2020 and the day of the meeting. Members were advised of the key material planning issues for consideration which included the temporary change of use for a five year period as a visitor attraction (limited by a condition) and proposed minor alterations to the fabric of the building, including the removal of a dwarf wall and railings. The application site fell within the South Bank Conservation Area, the Mayor of London’s Strategic Culture Area and Waterloo Opportunity Area. The proposed North elevation would have minor alterations to the window and doorways to the building. The queueing area would be entirely accommodated in the visitor reception on the ground floor. The first floor would have a variety of exhibition areas and a visitor café.

 

Following the officer’s presentation, a Planning Officer read aloud written representations from the applicant and agent, which provided the following information in support of the application:

·         Contact was made with various stakeholders, including Ward Councillors, and no objections had been received.

·         Discussions with the Council and local neighbours would be incorporated into the Draft Visitor Management Plans and Delivery and Servicing Plans.

·         The scheme would result in the re-use of an existing building, enhance the cultural offer along the South Bank and offer a potential 30 new employment opportunities.

·         The applicant agreed to an annual visitor management contribution of £40,000 per annum during its operation, a payment of £27,500 towards highway improvements and a financial contribution of £50,000 towards co-funding TfL’s new cycle hire docking stations on the South Bank.

·         Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it would be unlikely that the venue could admit visitors in 2020. Measures were being determined to enable the venue to function safely if it could be operational. This included health questionnaires, reduction in the number of hourly admissions, safe distancing grid markings, infrared body temperature checks and mandatory visitor and staff hand sanitation prior to entry.

 

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

·         A condition had been proposed to restrict corporate events to a maximum of 15 per year and timings within 5:30 to 10pm Monday to Sundays. The access would be through Queen’s Walk only.

 

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

·         Members welcomed the use of the building, albeit temporary.

·         Members requested that Officers ensure that Lambeth’s Elevate Programme specifically be considered during drafting of the Employment and Skills Plan that would be secured via the section 106 agreement.

·         A Member indicated that the question posed in item three of the agenda regarding Covid-19 would also have been raised in relation to this item, but the point had already been covered.

 

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

 

RESOLVED, unanimously

1.    To GRANT planning permission subject to conditions and the completion of an agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) containing the planning obligations listed in the report.

 

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

 

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

b.    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 six 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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