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MINUTES pdf icon PDF 33 KB

of the meeting held on 13 December 2006 (ENCLOSURE).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 13 December 2006 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

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90 ROBIN HOOD LANE, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2006/56710/FUL pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of the Executive Head of Planning, Transportation and Highways (ENCLOSURE).

Minutes:

Further to Minute 1247/06, it was reported that members had undertaken a site visit on 12 January 2007.

 

The report considered previously was re-submitted.  In addition it was reported that all of the living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms met the minimum size standards outlined in the Council’s supplementary planning guidance for conversions.  The width of the bathrooms did not meet the minimum standard but each had space for a sufficiently sized bath, a toilet and a wash-hand basin, and room to move.  It was therefore considered that refusal of permission for that shortfall alone could not be justified.

 

Mr Bryan Seager, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

In response to questions Mr Seager insisted the proposed room sizes would be below the Council’s minimum size standards.  Officers confirmed that the rooms on the submitted plans had been measured and that in each case, with the exception of the bathrooms, they exceeded the minimum size standards.  It transpired that Mr Seager had based his measurements on the room sizes in his adjoining house.  In response to comments made, members were informed that an assurance had been given that both the front and rear gardens would be for communal use and so would give access to the bicycle store; and there would be no access to the property from Robin Hood Lane.  The depth of the proposed rear extension into the garden would be slightly less than that of the verandah of the adjoining house.

 

The Chair stated that during the site visit it had been apparent that the proposed extension would not cause any loss of light to properties in Strathearn Road, which had also been of concern to members.  Whilst he understood the concerns of the objector he believed the proposed dormer windows were to be preferred to those in the adjoining property and saw no reason to refuse the application.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2006/56710/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillors Terry Faulds, John Kennedy and Paul Scully dissented, and Councillor Graham Whitham abstained.

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MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK AND CINEMA, ST NICHOLAS WAY, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2006/56476/FUL pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Report of the Executive Head of Planning, Transportation and Highways (ENCLOSURE).

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the redevelopment of the level six car deck of the multi-storey car park to provide a 100 bedroom hotel on three levels, comprising 2,294 square metres of floor space (excluding plant areas), together with plant accommodation at roof level and on levels five, seven and eight of the car park, alterations to the circulation towers at the front and to the existing building to provide a hotel entrance and service areas, a reduction of 54 existing car parking spaces, and provision of five parking bays for disabled persons in conjunction with the hotel use.

 

It was reported that recommended condition No. 3 should be amended to refer to the green roof of the hotel, rather than the green roof at level 6.

 

Members expressed concern that the hotel access at ground floor level would conflict with the existing cinema use, that there was no drop-off point in St Nicholas Way for taxis, and that the car park, which taxis were expected to use to access the hotel, was locked at 6:00 pm.  It was reported that the Council’s crime prevention adviser and highways engineer had advised that access by means of the car park would be the best option for taxis, which could be obtained by means of a control gate, as now, when the car park was closed.

 

Mr Tim Ames, one of the objectors, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33 on behalf of local residents, and Mr Nick Diamond replied on behalf of the applicant.

 

Mr Ames was asked if he had any material objections and he referred to the design of the proposed hotel, and to the noise and disruption it would cause.

 

In response to questions Mr Diamond explained that the applicant did not expect many visitors to arrive by taxi, but the applicant could neither provide a drop-off point on St Nicholas Way nor insist that taxis use the car park entrance.  He also pointed out that the applicant was not required to demonstrate a need, but believed there was sufficient demand to justify the investment.  It was not intended to use the hotel as hostel accommodation and there would not be sufficient space to provide conference facilities. Signage would be the subject of a separate application, but the applicant would be willing to provide signs informing taxi drivers that passengers should not be dropped-off in St Nicholas Way.  Ample car parking existed elsewhere in Sutton to compensate for the spaces that would be lost as a result of building the hotel.

 

In response to questions officers clarified that in the report submitted, references in one paragraph to the need for 36,000 additional hotel rooms and in another paragraph to 700 additional rooms by 2016, referred to different areas.  Any alternative use of the hotel, if approved, would require a further planning application.  Policy CL23 of the Sutton Unitary Development Plan said that new hotels in town centres would be considered favourably where they  ...  view the full minutes text for item 58.

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1-15 CENTRAL ROAD AND 9-23 BALMORAL ROAD, WORCESTER PARK - APPLICATION NO. A2006/56948/FUL pdf icon PDF 957 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Planning, Transportation and Highways (ENCLOSURE).

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the variation of condition No. 8 in respect of the grant of application No. 2002/48982/FUL.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Christopher Dunlop

 

By Minute 921/06 permission had been granted for application No. A2006/55952/FUL.  In doing so it had been noted that the condition of the earlier planning permission, to provide a parking area at the rear, had not been implemented.  The grant of permission for application No. A2006/55952/FUL meant that it could not now be implemented and the applicant therefore sought a variation of the condition.  The layout now proposed provided for the use of each allocated space to be controlled by lockable bollards.

 

Members expressed concern that the proposal provided for a reduced number of spaces than before.  Officers explained that previously there had been 12 unallocated spaces for the adjoining flats, store and offices and that it was now proposed to provide 13 spaces for the flats, seven for the offices, nine for the retail use and seven for visitors – a loss of four spaces compared with the previous proposal.

 

Councillor Christopher Dunlop, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

In response to questions Councillor Christopher Dunlop explained how an objector had calculated an alleged 500 daily traffic movements, and that concern about over-development arose from the nature of the use and the extent of the alleged traffic movements.

 

Members expressed a preference for the scheme now submitted but suggested signs could be provided asking users to restrict noise.  In response to questions it was confirmed that the adjoining flats should not have been occupied until the car parking area had been provided, and that the access way was privately owned with certain rights of access.

 

The Chair believed that the proposal took account of residents’ views and did not think children using the private access way would be much affected.  The issue of signs regarding traffic noise and speed could be dealt with by a condition.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2006/56948/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes, including the addition of a scheme for signs in condition No. 2.

 

Councillors John Kennedy and Paul Scully abstained.

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486-488 SUTTON COMMON ROAD AND HILLVIEW, WOODSTOCK AVENUE, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. A2006/56848/ARM pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of the Executive Head of Planning, Transportation and Highways (ENCLOSURE).

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the approval of reserved matters relating to design and external appearance pursuant to condition  No. 1 of application A2006/55516/OUT, allowed on appeal, for a part two-storey with roof accommodation, part three-storey with roof accommodation building to provide a 60 bedroom nursing home with ancillary and communal facilities, together with ten car parking spaces, refuse and bicycle facilities, and access onto Woodstock Avenue.

 

Members asked why the end of the roof had a gable rather than a hipped roof, and it was explained that it was acceptable because the proposed building would stand on its own and did not have to relate to any adjoining properties.

 

The Chair said that the Authority could insist on a modern design instead but he felt that would be less desirable.

 

            Resolved: That approval be given in respect of the reserved matters in application No. A2006/56848/ARM, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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SUTTON COLLEGE OF LEARNING FOR ADULTS, ST NICHOLAS WAY, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2006/56726/3FR pdf icon PDF 962 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Planning, Transportation and Highways (ENCLOSURE).

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the installation of air conditioning units and the provision of two windows at the rear in connection with a new mezzanine floor.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2006/56726/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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UNITS 2-24 SILVER WING INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, HORATIUS WAY, BEDDINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2006/56977/3FR pdf icon PDF 772 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Planning, Transportation and Highways (ENCLOSURE).

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of security fencing and access gates up to 2.4 metres in height.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2006/56977/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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LAND NORTH SIDE OF COOMBER WAY, ADJACENT TO READY-MIXED CONCRETE DEPOT, BEDDINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2006/56729/3FR pdf icon PDF 405 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Planning, Transportation and Highways (ENCLOSURE).

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the retention of the land as a Council depot with four storage units and existing accesses, the erection of a storage container, single storey mobile building, the provision of four new six metre high lighting columns (three with closed circuit television) and a new 2.4 metre high boundary fence at the rear.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2006/56729/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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133-141 CHEAM ROAD AND LAND REAR OF 1 DERBY ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2006/56689/FUL pdf icon PDF 894 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Planning, Transportation and Highways (ENCLOSURE).

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for alterations to the elevations of block ‘C’, currently under construction, and revision of the layout to provide an enlarged car parking area.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Myfanwy Wallace.

 

It was reported that the applicant sought to make alterations to the previously approved application (B2005/54630/FUL).  A condition could be added requiring the additional velux window in the roof of the side elevation to be obscurely glazed.  The applicant would also provide a replacement 1.8 metre high fence on the boundary with 2 Rosebery Road.

 

Mr Gerry Keegan, the objector, and Councillor Myfanwy Wallace, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33, and Ms Lisa Thow replied on behalf of the applicant.

 

A member suggested that the objector had made serious allegations of breaches of planning control, and it was confirmed that there was a history of some problems, but an allegation regarding siting was unfounded and the current application addressed the principal concerns.

 

In response to questions Mr Keegan referred to the difference in levels between his property and the application site but officers could not support claims that it would lead to overlooking from the bay window, the top section of which it was recommended should be obscurely glazed.  Mr Keegan was prepared to accept a condition that the velux window in the roof of the side elevation be obscurely glazed and it was reported that it could be required that it be maintained as such.

 

In response to questions Ms Thow stated that her company did not often make mistakes.  The error of the bay window had arisen because, having complied with the Council’s officers to provide a door in the bay, there was then a need to include a window to give ventilation.  So far as she was aware the laying out of the car park 1.2 metres too wide was the only other breach of planning control.

 

Officers were asked about the location of the bin stores and reported that a store for three to four bins would be near the access road, behind block ‘C’.

 

Members expressed concern about the apparent shortfall in amenity space, bearing in mind the enlarged car park.  Officers explained that, contrary to the impression given in the report, the landscaped and open areas of the site (but not the car park) also constituted part of the amenity space and the total of 780 square metres therefore exceeded the minimum of 375 square metres required.

 

One member suggested a site visit but it was not considered to be useful.

 

The Chair said that he was encouraged by the applicant’s assurance that a permeable surface had still to be installed in the car park and acknowledged the difference in levels between the application site and 2 Rosebery Road.  It was inevitable that there would be noise and disturbance during construction.  He suggested that securing the provision of obscure glazing was probably the best that could be achieve in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 64.

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374 MIDDLETON ROAD, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2006/56942/FUL pdf icon PDF 783 KB

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the use of the premises as a restaurant or café between the hours of 06:30 and 19:00 on Mondays to Fridays, 07:00 and 15:00 on Saturdays and 08:00 and 15:00 on Sundays and Bank Holidays (variation of condition No. 7 of application No. C2006/55441/FUL, allowed on appeal, which approved opening hours from 08:00 to 23:59 on Mondays to Saturdays and 10:00 to 22:00 on Sundays, Bank and public holidays).

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Paddy Kane.

 

Councillor Paddy Kane, a ward councillor, and Mr Black, the applicant, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

In response to questions officers clarified that if permission were granted only the new hours would apply and those granted on appeal would no longer be available, unless a further planning application was submitted.

 

Members believed that the earlier operating hours proposed would cause less noise at night.  They noted that the residents of some 6-8 flats above the premises would be most affected and that the premises were presently empty.

 

Councillor Paddy Kane believed most residents in the area would accept the amended hours if they could not be combined with the hours granted on appeal.

 

The Chair reminded members that if permission were granted only the new hours would apply and those granted on appeal would no longer be available.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2006/56942/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

The Chair withdrew from the meeting for part of the discussion on the above application and Councillor Janet Lowne took the Chair.

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ADDITIONAL MEETINGS

To note that, to deal with a large number of outstanding planning applications there will be two additional meetings of the Committee, on Wednesday, 31 January at 7:30 pm and on Thursday, 22 February at 7:30 pm.

Minutes:

            Resolved: To note the two additional meetings of the Committee on 31 January and 22 February 2007.

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