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MINUTES pdf icon PDF 25 KB

of the meeting held on 11 April 2007 (ENCLOSURE).

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Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 11 April 2007 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

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2, 2A, 4 AND 4A ROTHERFIELD ROAD, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2007/57350/FUL 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 demolition of the existing dwellings and the erection of a part one, part two-storey and part two-storey with roof accommodation building, comprising six one-bedroom and 13 two-bedroom self-contained flats, all for use as sheltered accommodation, with office and communal facilities, together with refuse and buggy stores, and provision of seven car parking spaces at the front and new access (amendment to previous application No. 2006/55541/FUL).

 

Officers reported further on (a) the subsequent decision of the planning inspector to grant the appeal in respect of a previous application No. 2006/56274/FUL, and his comments; (b) the Environment Agency’s subsequent advice that, if permission were granted, conditions should be added requiring a flood risk assessment, and that there should be no development within eight metres of the culverted watercourse at the rear of the site; and (c) proposed further conditions relating to the provision of access, a footpath and sightlines.

 

In response to questions officers endeavoured to quantify the increase in the ‘footprint’ of the proposed building, compared with the previous application, by reference to existing detached properties in Rotherfield Road, all of which were smaller.  A member likened the increase of 82 square metres to the equivalent of a modern house, but officers believed it was not unacceptable.  Officers clarified the meaning of ‘sheltered accommodation’ which, for planning purposes, would normally require a condition on any consent restricting the use to persons over 60 years of age, and possibly the inclusion of communal facilities, reduced parking provision or the presence of a warden.  The number of car parking spaces was the same as in the previous application granted on appeal and met the Council’s maximum standard.  The amenity space would be similar to the previous application and was considered to be of a good size.  The distances between the proposed building and all but the front boundary had been reduced, compared with the previous application, but there was room for some landscaping and officers had difficulty in determining the point at which the distances would be considered unacceptable.  The changes from Velux windows to dormer windows were clarified.

 

Mr Christopher Davis, an objector, and Councillor Hamish Pollock, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

In response to questions Councillor Hamish Pollock accepted that the car parking provision would meet the Council’s standards but pointed out that, if the application were granted, the increasing use of cars by active elderly residents would exacerbate the existing on-street parking problem in the area.  He believed that the building would be too large for the site and its closer proximity to adjoining properties would not enhance the conservation area.

 

Members expressed surprise that the planning inspector had considered that the previous application would enhance the conservation area and believed that the latest application represented ‘planning creep’ towards an ever-larger development.  The proposed buildings would not appear as large detached houses, and the age limit for residents was too low and would attract active  ...  view the full minutes text for item 467.

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2 LUMLEY ROAD, CHEAM - APPLICATION NO. A2007/57468/FUL pdf icon PDF 927 KB

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the use of part of the premises for cat boarding purposes, incorporating three boarding pens and a covered way.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Eleanor Pinfold.

 

In response to questions officers explained that a resident could build on up to 50% of a domestic garden if the use was incidental to the dwelling.  The existing pens were therefore considered to be permitted development.  There was some difficulty in determining what was incidental to a dwelling, and it would normally depend on whether or not the development would change the character of the residential use.  Although the proposed use constituted a business, by limiting the number of cats that could be boarded the Authority would have greater control of the development than of the present cat rescue centre at the site.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2007/57468/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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LAND REAR OF 49 WOODCOTE AVENUE, WALLINGTON - TREE PRESERVATION ORDER NO. 2006/017 pdf icon PDF 786 KB

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

Minutes:

Tree Preservation Order No. 2006/17 had been made on 24 November 2006 and included a direction under section 201 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 so that it came into immediate effect.  The Order had to be confirmed within six months.

 

The Order had been served following concerns that trees on the site had been felled and that more could be felled prior to the submission of a planning application to develop the site.  The Order had provisionally protected all trees on the site with a view to a detailed survey being carried out, and that had now been done.  The 11 individual trees and four groups of trees considered to be healthy and to have public amenity value had been identified in the confirmation Order.  Trees in poor condition or not considered suitable for preservation had not been included.

 

            Resolved: That Tree Preservation Order No. 2006/17 be confirmed without modification and include all trees identified in the first schedule thereto.

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46, 46A AND 46B ALBION ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/57268/OUT 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 outline application to determine the access, scale and layout of six one-bedroom and six two-bedroom self-contained flats, together with car and bicycle facilities at the rear and new access road following demolition of the existing buildings.

 

Subsequent to the publication of the report, officers proposed that, if permission were granted, there should be an additional condition requiring the submission and approval of existing and proposed levels of the site; and that there should be an additional clause in the ‘section 106’ agreement preventing the occupiers of any development from obtaining car parking permits.

 

In response to questions officers confirmed that the applicants had appealed against the refusal of a previous application.  The room sizes would now comply with the Council’s policy.  Whilst the amenity space would be located mainly at the front of the proposed building it was appropriate to include it in the calculation of the total amenity space.

 

Councillor Tony Shields, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

In response to questions Councillor Tony Shields expressed concern about the car parking area and possible overlooking, but officers confirmed that the car parking area was more than adequate to meet current guidance and the application was for outline consent only.  Officers explained that a similar application in respect of another site in Albion Road had been refused because of different circumstances.

 

The Chair said that the provision of flats in the area had been an increasing trend for a number of years and that those proposed did not constitute a high density development.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/57268/OUT, subject to (a) the written conclusion of a ‘section 106’ agreement within a period of six months from the date of this decision, or such longer period as may be agreed in writing by the Executive Head of Planning, Transportation and Highways, after which time the decision to grant planning permission will be rescinded; and (b) the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillors Richard Butt, Terry Faulds, Paul Scully and Graham Whitham dissented.

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307 SUTTON COMMON ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. A2006/56992/FUL 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 use of the premises as a residential care home and the use of the existing detached building at the rear for office and ancillary staff accommodation.

 

In response to questions officers explained that proposed use as a care home did not require consent because the number of residents meant that it would come within the same use class as the current residential use.  Effectively the application was therefore only in respect of the proposed office use.  The only amenity area was the rear garden, which had been concreted over.  There was very little soft landscaping.

 

Ms Jeanette Power, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

In response to questions Ms Power confirmed that the main objections of local residents were increased noise from the proposed use, the risk residents of the home might pose to the local community and the operating hours of the office use.  The property had been extended previously.

 

Members expressed concern about the car parking and access in connection with the office use, and that the application for use as a care home was a precursor to a subsequent application to develop that use.

 

The Chair said that the only issue was the determination of the application for the office use, and that as there was adequate car parking on the rear garden and space in the care home for duty staff in the evening, he doubted a refusal could be sustained.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2006/56992/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillors Richard Butt, Brendan Hudson, Paul Scully and Graham Whitham dissented.

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GREEN WRYTHE PRIMARY SCHOOL, GREEN WRYTHE LANE, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2007/57261/3FR pdf icon PDF 752 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 a single-storey store, the provision of a canopy at the front of the existing school building and the provision of a glass roof over the existing courtyard.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2007/57261/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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CAREW MANOR SCHOOL, CHURCH ROAD, WALLINGTON pdf icon PDF 442 KB

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(a)             Application No. D2007/57404/FUL

 

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition and re-building of a section of boundary wall at the rear of the car park.

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/57404/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

(b)            Application No. D2007/57405/LBC

 

The Committee considered a report on the above listed building application for the demolition and re-building of a section of boundary wall at the rear of the car park.

 

            Resolved: That listed building consent be granted in respect of application No. D2007/57405/LBC, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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BRIAR COURT, 440 LONDON ROAD, NORTH CHEAM - APPLICATION NO. A2007/57352/FUL 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 erection of a roof extension to provide an additional six two-bedroom flats, the provision of refuse and bicycle stores and six car parking spaces.

 

In response to questions officers confirmed that, if granted, the development would be the only four-storey building in the area, but that there were others of three-storeys plus roof accommodation.  The roof line of the building would not be visible against that of other buildings and so the proposed mansard roof would not appear to add significant bulk to the building.

 

Ms Jane Sutton, an objector, and Councillors Kirsty Jerome and Roger Roberts, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33, and the applicant’s representative replied.

 

In response to questions Ms Sutton said that at present residents parked on or near verges in the grounds, or in front of garages that belonged to other flats, which created access problems.  The applicant’s representative pointed out that no particular leaseholder was allowed to park their car on the site but that they had not been prevented from doing so.  Six specific spaces would be provided for the proposed flats.

 

The Chair said that the application contravened policy BE10 of the Unitary Development Plan in that there was no over-riding townscape justification for a building of more than three storeys, the proposal would materially affect the quiet enjoyment and use of the existing flats, contrary to policy HSG1, and cause significant discomfort for their residents during construction.  There were also concerns that the rooms would not stack appropriately on the existing flats and that there was no provision for car parking across the site.

 

            Resolved: That application No. A2007/57352/FUL be refused for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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ADJOURNMENT

Minutes:

The time being 10:54 pm consideration of the remaining items of business were adjourned under Standing Order 24.2 until the next meeting of the Committee. 

 

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VOTE OF THANKS

Minutes:

Councillor Terry Faulds thanked the Chair and officers for their conduct of the meeting and the advice and guidance they had given members over the past year, and the Chair replied suitably.

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