Agenda item

92-98 Vauxhall Walk (Princes) 19/02889/FUL

Officer’s 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 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. 19/02889/FUL (agenda item six, page 149 of the agenda pack, page 14 of the first addenda and page seven of the second addenda).

 

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 and noted that the scheme was located in the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area, Albert Embankment Conservation Area and the Central Activities Zone. The existing site had an office space of 695sqm, and the immediate vicinity consisted of residential buildings in Kennedy House, 79 Vauxhall Walk, a student housing development, a hotel and office buildings. The proposal would demolish the existing building and would erect a ten-storey building of 3,485 sqm, with a flexible mixed used retail, food, drink and office unit at part ground, and office uses on part ground and upper floors. It would also comprise 73sqm of affordable workspace (2.7% of net office floorspace). There would be a connection on the first and second floor with the adjacent building, 16 Tinworth Street, as the applicant was the neighbouring occupier who would like to expand their head office operations. There would be 58 cycle spaces and an electric vehicle installed as part of the scheme. The existing loading bay and the three blue badge spaces were considered sufficient for the area. The Parking Management Plan would enable an additional two on-street Blue Badge parking spaces should the need arise. The proposal was permit free and would not harm the surrounding heritage assets.

 

Following the officer’s presentation, a planning officer then read aloud 2 representations from the applicant and planning agent which provided the following information in support of the application:

·         The applicant had established a strong record of delivering high-quality development in Lambeth.

·         The applicant’s headquarters would be located adjacent to the scheme, where part of the scheme would form an extension and the remainder to be let to a wide variety of different businesses.

·         The development would make effective use of the site by replacing the existing inefficient and outdated units with high quality office space that would benefit the high-density location. It would result in a significant uplift of approximately five times the existing office floorspace, which would make an effective contribution to the supply of office floorspace in the area.

·         Units would be targeted at charitable and not for profit organisations to enable them to minimise their start-up costs and become more easily established.

 

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

·         Although the inputs of the viability were not an agreed position, the viability of the provisional 5.4% of affordable workspace was assessed by the Council’s independent consultant, who applied various scenarios and concluded that the provision of affordable workspace resulted in the scheme being in deficit. The level of affordable workspace proposed therefore represented the maximum reasonable in this instance.

·         The view from the 9th floor terrace had more than 20m distance from surrounding student accommodation and office space.

·         Officers referred to National, London Plan and Lambeth Local Plan policies, all of which did not seek to protect light condition for workspace, with regards to Walker Books’ objection to the impact of sunlight and daylight on working conditions. The Graphite Square appeal decisions also contributed to the officers analysis of this impact, as well as the section of the building in question being a northwest facing and typically not the best orientation to receive the most sunlight. Therefore it was not considered as an unacceptable impact.

·         Minimal use of the local roads would be included in the Demolition and Construction and Environmental Management Plans.

·         The ground floor flexible commercial unit would be a flexible A1/A3/B1 use and could be used either commercially or internally.

 

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

·         Members congratulated the scheme for securing affordable workspace..

 

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

 

RESOLVED, unanimously

 

1.    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 the report and any direction as may be received following further referral to the Mayor of London.

 

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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