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765.

MINUTES

of the meeting held on 8 August 2007 (ENCLOSURE).

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 8 August 2007 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

766.

CULVERS HOUSE PRIMARY SCHOOL, ORCHARD AVENUE, MITCHAM JUNCTION - APPLICATION NO. C2007/58189/3FR

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 detached building to provide a performing arts studio.

 

Officers reported the receipt of a letter of objection from nearby residents and proposed the deletion of condition Nos. 2 and 6 as recommended and their substitution with a new condition requiring the approval of a noise attenuation scheme.

 

Members suggested that, if permission were granted, further conditions should be added regarding the provision of solar lighting, solar power and the use of ‘grey’ water, and to limit the hours worked during construction.

 

In response to questions officers explained that the proposed building would be only single storey, it would not be unusually high, and that with appropriate landscaping it was considered acceptable.  Approval would be subject to conditions to deal with concerns regarding noise and the building would not give rise to overlooking.

 

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

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Margaret Court, Peter Geiringer, Paddy Kane,John Leach, Janet Lowne, Hamish Pollock and Graham Whitham.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2007/58189/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes, including the amended and additional conditions referred to above.

 

Councillor Margaret Court declared a personal interest in the application because her grandson attended the School.

767.

SITE 'A', KIMPTON INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, KIMPTON PARK WAY, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. A2007/57633/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 20 industrial units comprising 8,569m2 of gross floor space for purposes falling within Classes B1(c) (light industry), B2 (general industry) and B8 (storage or distribution) of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended), with ancillary office accommodation at mezzanine levels, together with 77 car parking spaces, bicycle facilities and vehicular accesses from Minden Road and Kimpton Park Way.

 

Officers proposed amendments to recommended condition Nos. 3 and 33, and an additional condition regarding fire exit doors.

 

Members referred to the additional 2,000m2 of space now proposed compared with the earlier outline application, and officers explained that the application had to be considered on its merits, taking into account issues such as amenity, the character of the area and the proposed use.

 

In response to questions officers explained that the car parking provision could, as was the case, be below the maximum in the Council’s Unitary Development Plan if a lower number of spaces could be justified, for example because of projected demand or traffic generation, bicycle provision or a travel plan.  The payment of ‘section 106’ monies on completion would take account of inflation, but expenditure of them on road improvements in the area would depend on Council priorities.  Any future application for a change of use would be contrary to the Council’s policy, which designated the site for industrial use.  Resolving any soil contamination that might be found on the site would be a matter for the applicant.  The flood risk assessment had been carried out by independent engineers based on a one in one hundred years event, and officers confirmed that the site had not flooded during the recent summer.

 

Members proposed that recommended condition No. 3 be amended to include the provision of solar power and the use of ‘grey water’.

 

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

 

The principal issues raised by Mrs Evans were:-

  • The earlier outline application had required all units to have green walls and roofs, not small sections as now
  • The visual amenity of adjoining residents needed to be safeguarded
  • Trees would only provide a screen in summer months

 

In response to members’ questions officers explained that the extent of the green walls and roofs had been reduced because of the cost implications, but that the scale of the proposed buildings and their separation from adjoining residential properties meant that they would not have a significant impact.  An earth bund was suggested but officers considered that it would not be appropriate and could cause localised flooding. The movement of heavy goods vehicles on the site had been tested and found to be adequate.  Where necessary conditions would have to be met before the proposed development was commenced.

 

Some members believed that the proposal represented a cramped over-development and over-intensive use of the site that would give rise to a lot of additional traffic, and that car sharing would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 767.

768.

GARDEN LAND REAR OF 16-18 PINE WALK, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2007/57953/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 storey four-bedroom house with roof accommodation, integral garage and provision of car parking, with access onto West Way.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Tim Crowley.

 

Officers proposed additional conditions regarding the positioning of the driveway and forbidding the erection of any shed or outbuilding on the flank boundary of the proposed dwelling.

 

In response to questions officers explained that none of the trees on the site were considered worthy of protection by a Tree preservation Order, but expected the proposed landscaping and planting scheme to show that some would be retained.  The distance from the rear boundary to the new dwelling did not include the proposed conservatory.  The Council’s policy that required two thirds of the donor garden to be retained was ambiguous but its intention was to ensure that any new property would fit comfortably on the proposed site, which it would in this case.  The greater part of the landscaping scheme would be in the application site and would ensure a reasonable gap between the existing and proposed dwellings.  The Authority’s maximum standard for car parking was two spaces, which could be accommodated within the site.

 

The differences in the size of the proposed dwelling and plot, and the position of the dwelling within it, compared with previous refused applications, were reported.  The plot size had been increased and officers felt that the width was now sufficient to enable the proposed dwelling to be positioned centrally in a similar manner to other properties in the area, and that it met the requirements of the Carshalton Beeches Special Policy Area.

 

Mr Martin Jenner, an objector, and Councillor Tim Crowley, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33, and Mr Gary Phipp replied for the applicant.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Jenner were:-

  • The proposal represented piecemeal in-filling that would not enhance the area
  • The proposal would have wide-ranging affects on the area
  • The Special Policy Area should be fully observed
  • The Authority should seek to retain residential areas of high quality
  • Building density in the area should only be increased in accordance with a master plan developed in consultation with residents
  • The proposal was not in the spirit of the special policy Area

 

In response to questions Mr Jenner said that he believed the small properties on the corner of Pine Walk and The Warren had been approved before the establishment of the Special Policy Area.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Tim Crowley were:-

  • The definition for the Special Policy Area was that it should comprise low density, detached properties in large plots
  • The proposal would create three houses in smaller plots
  • Precedent was not a material consideration yet the report emphasised the previous applications
  • The increase in plot width and distance to the boundary meant that the character of the existing houses was diminished
  • The proposal would create the narrowest frontage in West Way
  • The proposed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 768.

769.

GARDEN LAND REAR OF 74 PARK HILL ROAD, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/57683/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 three-bedroom chalet style dwelling with a garage and car port at the side.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Jayne McCoy.

 

Officers submitted the reason for recommended condition No. 6.

 

In response to questions officers explained that the site was presently occupied by a double garage and was part of the property of No. 74 Park Hill Road.  It was estimated that the existing houses in Glen Road End had been constructed in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

Ms Marina Valbuena, an objector, and Councillor Jayne McCoy, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principal issues raised by Ms Valbuena were:-

  • The design was similar to the previous design that had been considered unacceptable by the planning inspectorate
  • The proposed building lacked symmetry, it was bigger and deeper than the previous design, and the roof height had been increased
  • The applicant had not submitted a site plan, which would have shown that the proposed building would fill the plot
  • If the application was approved there would be three driveways converging at the same point on the private roadway, which would not be permitted if it were a public highway
  • The proposed building would be out of character with other properties in the area and only four metres from the front boundary

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor McCoy were:-

  • The proposal constituted ‘back garden’ development in an Area of Special Local Character
  • The ecological value of the site was as part of a larger site
  • The design of the proposed property was abysmal
  • The proposal would erode the character of the area
  • The proposed building would be bland, characterless and not in keeping with others in the area
  • The garden of the donor property would no longer be a large one
  • Any proposed building should be of the same quality as others in the area

 

In response to questions Councillor McCoy explained that the area was characterised by a number of large properties of which the donor property was typical.

 

Members felt that the front of the proposed building would be too close to the boundary, and that the design lacked detail and was of poor quality.  Whilst it was understood that design could be a subjective issue, it was suggested that in this case the proposed design was not acceptable.

 

A motion to refuse the application on the ground that it was an inappropriate design that was not in keeping with the Area of Special Local Character was proposed and seconded.

 

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

 

To refuse (7)            Councillors Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Margaret Court, Peter Geiringer, Paddy Kane, Hamish Pollock and Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (1)                        Councillor Janet Lowne

 

Resolved: That planning permission for application No. D2007/57683/FUL be refused for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillor John Leach resumed the Chair.

770.

GLENTHORNE HIGH SCHOOL, 270 SUTTON COMMON ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. A2007/57922/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 two storey extension to provide classroom and ancillary accommodation for the existing School and an independent Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) unit for the local education authority.

 

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

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Margaret Court, Peter Geiringer, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Hamish Pollock and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That the Government Office for London be recommended to grant planning permission for application No. A2007/57922/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes and to the signing of a legal agreement.

771.

OVERTON GRANGE SCHOOL, 36 STANLEY ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/57725/3FR

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 front extension to provide a fitness suite, enclosure of the courtyard to provide a sheltered waiting area, and the erection of an extension, part single storey and part three storeys high, but providing only two floors of accommodation.

 

In response to a question officers confirmed that comments by the police had been incorporated in the report submitted. 

 

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

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Margaret Court, Peter Geiringer, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Hamish Pollock and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/57725/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

772.

DORCHESTER PRIMARY SCHOOL, DORCHESTER ROAD, WORCESTER PARK - APPLICATION NO. A2007/57975/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 two enlarged classrooms and the provision of a 1.8 metre high fence to enclose a play area for the nursery.

 

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

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Margaret Court, Peter Geiringer, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Hamish Pollock and Graham Whitham           

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2007/57975/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

773.

PLANNING APPEALS SUMMARY

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

Minutes:

Resolved: To note the summary of recent planning appeal decisions.

774.

CLUB CONSTELLATION, 660 LONDON ROAD, CHEAM - APPLICATION NO. A2007/57954/FUL

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 an adult learning centre and the installation of three roof lights at the rear.

 

In response to questions officers explained that the proposed adult learning centre would be used by Sutton College of Learning for Adults, which was considered to be an appropriate use in the location.  Details of the owner of the site and the applicant were confirmed.

 

The Chair directed that complaints by some members regarding the cessation of the previous use by the Council’s youth service were not relevant to consideration of the application.

 

The time being 11:00 pm the Chair closed the discussion in accordance with Standing Order 24.2 and called for a vote.

 

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

 

To grant (4)            Councillors Margaret Court, Paddy Kane, John Leach and Janet Lowne

 

To refuse (4)            Councillors Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Peter Geiringer and Graham Whitham

 

There being an equality of votes the Chair exercised his casting vote to grant the application.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2007/57954/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

Appendix