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714.

MINUTES

of the meeting held on 18 July 2007 (ENCLOSURE).

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 18 July 2007 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

715.

2 WOODCOTE GREEN, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/57984/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 dwelling and the erection of a part two storey and part two storey with roof accommodation building, comprising five two-bedroom self-contained flats, together with five car parking spaces and refuse and bicycle enclosures.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Terry Faulds.

 

Officers reported that a further 31 letters of objection had been received following publication of the report.  The objections referred to the additional windows now proposed, overlooking of adjoining properties, the increased ‘footprint’, roof space and bulk of the proposed building, and the adequacy of the bin store.  Additional ‘informatives’ relating to highways matters were also proposed.

 

Dr Patrick Radford, an objector, and Councillor Terry Faulds, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principle issues raised by Dr Radford were:-

  • The consultation process and the number of objections
  • A lack of trust for the applicant arising from his removal of trees, demolition of the existing building and the commencement of building work
  • The objections to the previous application, which he said were still valid
  • The proposed new building would not be the same in a number of respects as the application granted on appeal

 

The principle issues raised by Councillor Terry Faulds were:-

  • The disrepute of the applicant
  • A lack of trust for the applicant and his ‘cavalier’ action in demolishing the existing building
  • The different aspects of the application as compared with the application granted on appeal
  • The application should be refused on the grounds of noise, disturbance and loss of outlook
  • The proposed parking arrangements would be unsatisfactory and dangerous
  • The proposed additional windows would be out of character
  • The additional roof space would add bulk

 

Members understood the annoyance and dismay of local residents but noted that the application now submitted was not significantly different from that granted on appeal.  The principal of five units on the site had been established and, if the application were granted, the front of the building would be lower than previously.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (5)            Councillors Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

To refuse (2)             Councillors Moira Butt and Paul Newman        

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/57984/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillor Richard Bailey declared a personal and prejudicial interest in the application because he knew a number of the objectors to the proposal, and withdrew from the meeting whilst the application was considered.

 

Councillor Margaret Court declared a personal interest in the application because she knew a resident in the area of the application site.

716.

15-19 STANLEY ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO.B2007/57790/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 dwellings and the erection of 15 two-bedroom self-contained flats in a part two, part three storey building with lower ground floor to the rear, and three four-bedroom, three story houses; provision of 18 car parking spaces, bicycle and refuse stores, and the formation of a vehicular access onto Camborne Road.  An electricity sub-station was also proposed on the southern boundary of the site.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Tony Shields.

 

Officers made minor corrections to the report, in particular that the proposed building would be 32.5 cm deeper than that granted on appeal, and that a further objection had been received from residents re-affirming concerns expressed previously.  Additional conditions were proposed regarding the closure of the existing access on Stanley Road and the re-surfacing of the footways.

 

In response to questions it was reported that there had not been any formal comment by highways engineers regarding the claim that the proposal would lead to an increase in road accidents.

 

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

 

The principle issues raised by Mr Manchee were:

  • The differences in the approved application and that now submitted
  • The change from a glazed conservatory to a brick wall adjoining his property
  • The increase in the extent of the brick element of the building
  • The increased ‘footprint’ of the proposed houses
  • The lack of dimensions on submitted drawings
  • The proposal would be constructed partially in front of the accepted building line
  • The small size of the proposed gardens

 

In response to questions Mr Manchee emphasised the effect of the proposed changes on his property, but conceded that the proposed building would not abut the boundary of his property.  Officers clarified the differences in the measurements of the proposal now submitted and that granted previously on appeal.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (5)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach and Janet Lowne

 

To refuse (4)              Councillors Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

 

             Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/57790/FUL, 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.

717.

7 FARM CLOSE, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/57894/HHA

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 conservatory at the rear.

 

The application had been submitted by Councillor John Kennedy.

 

Officers reported the receipt of a further letter of support for the proposal.

 

The Chair drew attention to a letter from the conservatory suppliers and to the Council’s supplementary planning document regarding residential extensions adopted in 2006.

 

Officers confirmed that the supplementary planning document suggested a lower limit for the size of extensions than had been applied previously, and followed nationally accepted guidance.  The proposal was not comparable with conservatories added to nearby properties – in particular there were differences in size and ground levels, and the relationship with the site boundary.  Whilst adjoining neighbours had indicated their acceptance of the proposal the Authority had some responsibility to protect the standard of accommodation for future occupiers. The proposal would create a precedent that would conflict with the Council’s recently adopted policy.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (4)            Councillors Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham           

 

To refuse (5)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach and Janet Lowne

 

Resolved: That planning permission for application No. B2007/57894/HHA be refused for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham each declared a personal interest because they knew the applicant, and Councillor Richard Bailey was also acquainted with a nearby resident.

718.

LAND ADJOINING 73 UPPER ROAD, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/57616/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 detached two-bedroom chalet bungalow and provision of two car parking spaces (amendment to application No. 01/48365/FUL).

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Jenny Slark.

 

Officers proposed two additional conditions regarding the approval of materials and the boundary treatment.

 

Members noted concerns regarding access to the property, particularly for emergency vehicles, and officers explained that the access proposed was the same as in a previous application for which permission had been granted.  It would therefore be unreasonable to refuse the current application on that ground.  Upper Road was wide enough for a fire appliance and the property would be within its hose length.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (7)            Councillors Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham           

 

Abstained (2)                        Councillors Richard Bailey and John Leach   

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/57616/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

719.

LAND REAR OF 11 NORTHWAY, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/57949/3OR

Report of Executive Head of Planning, Transportation & Highways (ENCLOSURE)

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above outline application to determine access, scale and layout of a two-bedroom single storey dwelling with access onto Clifford Avenue.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Joan Hartfield.

 

In response to questions officers confirmed that the proposed amenity area would be more than double the minimum requirement of 40 square metres.

 

Mrs Myra Collins, an objector, and Councillor Margaret Ali, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principle issues raised by Mrs Collins were:-

  • The close proximity of the proposal to the existing building
  • Limited access to Clifford Avenue
  • The proposed dwelling could not be positioned further from the highway
  • The access difficulties for service vehicles because of the narrow road and footway
  • Increased traffic would exacerbate the access difficulties
  • Nuisance arising during construction

 

The principle issues raised by Councillor Margaret Ali were:-

  • The site was effectively wasteland that had been a long-running problem
  • The proposal did not adequately address the problems of access and car parking
  • The useable amenity space was reduced because of the irregular shape of the site
  • The proposal would be a ‘cramped’ form of development
  • There would be difficulty in accessing the proposed parking spaces

 

The Chair drew attention to the previous application for a three-bedroom house that would probably have accommodated a greater number of occupants than was now likely, and suggested that the car parking arrangements were better addressed in the current application.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (4)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court and Janet Lowne           

 

To refuse (2)                        Councillors Moira Butt and Paul Newman

 

Abstained (2)                        Councillors Cliff Carter and John Leach            

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/57949/3OR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

720.

LAND REAR OF 39-41 CARLTON CRESCENT, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. A2007/57681/FUL

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above retrospective application for the continuing use of the site for access purposes in association with vehicle parking and plant/machinery storage on adjoining land.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Christopher Dunlop.

 

In response to questions officers clarified that the description of the application had been amended during consideration to better reflect its nature, and confirmed that the proposal sought approval to use the site to gain access to the rear of 39-41 Carlton Crescent.  Investigation of the lawful use had indicated that a retrospective planning application was required.

 

Mrs Harris, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principle issues raised by Mrs Harris were:-

  • Over-intensification of use
  • The applicant’s disregard for enforcement action
  • The loss of garden land
  • The dust and dirt generated by vehicles was detrimental to local amenity
  • The access was inadequate
  • The proposal did not constitute good urban design
  • The use would be detrimental to visual amenity
  • The proposal did not comply with the Unitary Development Plan
  • Vehicles did not enter and leave the access in the manner required by their licence
  • The operating hours should be reduced

 

In response to questions Mrs Harris confirmed that the access was a privately owned unmade track that had been provided to enable local residents to gain access to their garages by car or light van.  The applicant’s vehicles could be a maximum of 7.5 tonnes and the applicant’s licence required them to gain access from Churchill Road, not Abbotts Road.  The application envisaged access being gained from Abbotts Road.  The access was also in close proximity to a zebra crossing.

 

Members expressed reservations regarding the application and the residential nature of the area, and a site visit by members was proposed.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

In favour (7)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, John Leach, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham           

 

Against (2)                        Councillors Margaret Court and Janet Lowne 

 

Resolved: That consideration of application No. A2007/57681/FUL be deferred pending a visit to the site by members of the Committee.

 

Note: The site visit was arranged subsequently for 6:00 pm on Wednesday, 12 September 2007.

721.

68 MORDEN WAY, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. A2007/57804/HHA

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 two storey side extension and a single storey rear extension.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Brendan Hudson.

 

Officers proposed an additional condition to prevent the accommodation created being used as a separate unit.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2007/57804/HHA, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

722.

VICTOR SEYMOUR INFANTS SCHOOL, DENMARK ROAD, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2007/57921/3FR

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for alterations and extension to the existing nursery building to provide a children’s centre, conversion and extension of the existing library to provide a nursery, erection of a single storey building to provide an IT suite and library, and new pedestrian access from North Street.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Sue Stears.

 

In response to questions officers confirmed that objections had been received from residents in North Street and Denmark Road, Carshalton, and that the proposal would not involve the creation of any additional access from Denmark Road.  The extent to which the new building would extend in front of the existing building line was not considered to be harmful to the townscape.

 

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

 

The principle issues raised by Mr Mann were:-

  • Advertising of the application only in Denmark Road
  • A wish to preclude any future access being created from North Street
  • The lack of additional car parking in connection with the proposal
  • The need to respect the existing building line

 

The views of ward councillors regarding car parking were noted but their suggested remedies could not be dealt with as planning considerations.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

                       

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2007/57921/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

723.

THOMAS WALL CHILDREN'S CENTRE, ROBIN HOOD LANE, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/57919/3FR

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 caretaker’s bungalow as a children’s centre, involving an increase in height and a single storey extension.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/57919/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

724.

BEDDINGTON PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL, DERRY ROAD - APPLICATION NO. D2007/57920/3FR

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 single storey extension to provide a children’s centre and enlargement of the nursery.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/57920/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillor John Leach declared a personal interest in the application because he was a governor of the School.

725.

GREEN WRYTHE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND LAND CORNER OF GREEN WRYTHE LANE AND REVESBY ROAD, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2007/57970/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 part-one, part-two storey rear extension to provide a special educational needs base in connection with part of the existing school, enlargement of the nursery play area at the front with new boundary fence/gate up to 1.5 metres in height and the provision of a maximum of 27 car parking spaces, involving the creation of a maximum of 21 new spaces on land at the corner of Green Wrythe Lane and Revesby Road, and alterations to the existing car parking area at the front.

 

Officers reported the receipt of a petition bearing 22 names and a further three letters of objection on the grounds that:-

  • The building and playground were too close
  • Noise and disturbance
  • The loss of sunlight, light and privacy
  • There would be an adverse impact on local residents

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2007/57970/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

726.

CAREW MANOR SCHOOL, CHURCH ROAD, WALLINGTON

726a

Application No. D2007/57900/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 extension to the inner courtyard to provide a parents’ waiting room.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/57900/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

726b

Application No. D2007/57901/LBC

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above listed building application to demolish and replace three external staircases.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That listed building consent be granted in respect of application No. D2007/57901/LBC, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

726c

Application No. D2007/57892/LBC

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above listed building application to provide a single storey extension to the inner courtyard to provide a parents’ waiting area and upgrading of the WC accommodation.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That listed building consent be granted in respect of application No. D2007/57892/LBC, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

727.

WALLINGTON PUBLIC HALL, STAFFORD ROAD, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/57626/3FR

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 temporary single storey portacabin to provide accommodation for meals on wheels drivers; provision of a covered area and the erection of an additional garage to the existing garage block within the car park.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/57626/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

728.

SUTTON ARENA LEISURE CENTRE, MIDDLETON ROAD, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2007/57599/3FR

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 21 six metre high lighting/closed circuit television columns.

 

A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Paul Newman and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2007/57599/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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