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164.

MINUTES

of the meeting held on 31 January 2007 (ENCLOSURE).(to follow)

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 31 January 2007 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

165.

GLAISDALE SCHOOL, 14 ARUNDEL ROAD, CHEAM - APPLICATION NO. A2006/56827/FUL

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of the existing buildings and the erection of two two-storey buildings, each with roof accommodation, comprising one three-bedroom, seven two-bedroom and three one-bedroom self-contained flats, the provision of refuse and bicycle stores, 15 car parking spaces and access onto Arundel Road and Manor Road.

 

In introducing the report, Simon Thelwell, Planning Area Manager, referred to an application for the same site that had been refused permission by the Committee, in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, on 14 June 2006.  The differences between the two applications were commented upon in the report and throughout this meeting.  Mr Thelwell reported receipt of a letter of objection dated 8 February and in the name of residents of Arundel Road and Manor Road.  He responded to the points of objection in this letter, that had been copied to all members of the Committee.   He also answered questions on the use of policies relating to density of development as a possible reason for refusal of the application, and the definition of acceptable space.

 

Mr Thelwell confirmed that officers had held discussions with the applicant following the refusal of the previous scheme.  Ousman Sanyang, Highway Engineer, answered questions from members regarding traffic generation by schools and the residential units proposed, and how traffic flow was measured.  He felt that the application should not be refused on traffic or highway grounds.

 

Mr P Lincoln, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.  There were no questions from the Committee.

 

Councillor Eleanor Pinfold, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33 in opposition to the proposal.  In response to questions, Councillor Pinfold felt that the objections from residents had not been properly taken into account by officers when preparing the report and recommendation.  She also felt that some of the bathrooms in the proposed development would not be easily accessible for people in wheelchairs.  She was aware of only one unit in the South Cheam Special Policy Area which could be described as a flat, this being an annex conversion to a main house. 

 

Mr D Clark addressed the meeting as agent for the applicant, in accordance with Standing Order 33.  In response to questions he maintained that the proposed development would be comparable to houses in the neighbourhood in terms of size and surrounding amenity space.  He could not confirm the position regarding the existence of any flatted development in South Cheam Special Policy Area, as mentioned earlier.  He drew attention to the deletion of the long façade proposed in the earlier scheme, so as to make this one more acceptable.  

 

During discussion of the application a number of members gave the reasons as to why they were unhappy with the scheme and quoted planning policies under which it might be refused planning permission.  In summary these concerns related to its appearance in the street scene, adverse impact on the character of the area, density, and the precedent of introducing flatted development  ...  view the full minutes text for item 165.

166.

GARDEN LAND ADJOINING 168 STAYTON ROAD, SUTTON

Minutes:

Councillor Hamish Pollock left the meeting during the introduction to this item.

 

The Committee considered three planning applications for this site, as set out below.  The applications had been de-delegated by Councillors Cliff Carter and Ruth Dombey.

 

(a)            Application No. B2006/56860/OUT

 

An outline application to determine access, scale and layout of two terraced houses with two car parking spaces at the front and a car parking space at the front of the donor property.

 

(b)            Application No. B2006/56861/OUT

 

An outline application to determine access, scale and layout of three terraced houses with three car parking spaces at the front and a car parking space at the front of the donor property.

 

(c)            Application No. B2006/56938/OUT

 

An outline application to determine access, scale and layout of two terraced houses with two car parking spaces at the front, two car parking spaces for the donor property and a new access.

 

In introducing the reports, Simon Thelwell outlined the differences between the three applications and why officers were recommending the grant of planning permission for the first one, and refusal of the other two.   Mr Thelwell responded to questions about parking, traffic access and the size of the gap between the end house as proposed and the site boundary.  He confirmed that the applicant had lodged an appeal against non-determination within eight weeks of application B2006/56861/OUT; however as the Council had not yet received confirmation from the Planning Inspectorate the Committee could determine the application at this meeting. 

 

Arising from a point made by the Chair, officers proposed an additional condition to remove permitted development rights, should members be minded to grant the first application.   Arising from a question from Councillor Tony Shields it was confirmed that air quality was not a material consideration in determination of these applications.   Councillor Janet Lowne summarised the views of Ward Councillor Ruth Dombey who was unable to attend.  Councillor Paul Scully expressed his concerns about the placing of two houses on this site.

 

The Chair drew the discussion to a close and called for a vote on each application.

 

            Resolved:  (i) That planning permission be granted for application No. B2006/56860/OUT, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes; 

 

            (ii) That outline planning permission for application No. B2006/56861/OUT be refused for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes; 

 

            (iii) That outline planning permission for application No. B2006/56938/OUT be refused for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes. 

 

Councillors Graham Whitham and Tony Shields abstained from the vote on the application referred to in resolution (i) above and Councillor Paul Scully wished for his dissent to that decision to be recorded.

167.

THE PHOENIX CENTRE, MOLLISON DRIVE, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2006/57029/3FR

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 a refuse store at the side/front of the Phoenix Centre.  The application had been brought to Committee as the London Borough of Sutton was the applicant.

 

There were no questions from members during consideration of the application and prior to a vote being taken.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2006/57029/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes. 

168.

1-9 WINDSOR ROAD AND 81-85 CENTRAL ROAD, WORCESTER PARK - APPLICATION NO. A2006/55313/FUL

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 a single storey rear extension to provide an increased retail area and ancillary accommodation at 1-7 Windsor Road, and external alterations to the rear elevation.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Kirsty Jerome.

 

In response to questions, Simon Thelwell, Planning Area Manager, confirmed that the question of access to the rear by tenants was a private matter for them to be negotiated with their landlord, and not an issue for this Committee.  It was noted that the landlord occasionally parked one or more vehicles to the rear of the site but there was no parking for tenants.

 

Councillor Roger Roberts, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.  In response to a question he said that he had spoken to the shopkeepers affected by the proposal,  who wished to stay and continue trading.  Arising, officers advised that proposed hours of construction were standard and in accordance with the relevant code of practice, so they could not recommend a variation.   However if the Committee was minded to grant planning permission it could impose a condition regarding vehicle wheel washing during construction.  One member felt that the loss of retail units implied by this application could only be detrimental to the high street.  No other members raised concerns prior to the vote being taken.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2006/55313/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes. 

 

Councillors Tony Shields and Graham Whitham abstained from the vote.

169.

SUTTON ARENA AND ST HELIER OPEN SPACE, TWEEDDALE ROAD AND MIDDLETON ROAD, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2006/56763/3FR

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the extension of the existing railings and the provision of a car parking barrier at Sutton Arena car park, and the formation of two vehicular accesses onto Middleton Road and two car park barriers to prevent unauthorised parking.  The application had been referred to Committee as the London Borough of Sutton was the applicant.

 

In introducing the item, John Rawlinson, Planning Area Manager, referred to an additional letter of objection pointing out that the neighbour notification had not mentioned land to the north of Middleton Road where the proposed car park barriers were to be located.  Three additional conditions were suggested.

 

There were no questions from members prior to the vote being taken.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2006/56763/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillor Margaret Court declared a personal interest as she was a member of the Sutton Arena Advisory Group.

Appendix to Minutes