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903.

MINUTES

of the meeting held on 27 September 2007 (ENCLOSURE).(to follow)

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 27 September 2007 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

904.

17 SUTTON COURT ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/57263/OUT

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 for a three storey building for use as a gymnasium and wellness centre (Class D2 – assembly and leisure) and coffee shop/restaurant (A1 and A3 use), together with ancillary storage and servicing.

 

Officers submitted revised recommended conditions regarding the time limits for the approval of the reserved matters, and additional informatives relating to highways matters.  If permission were granted it would be subject to a ‘section 106’ agreement.

 

In response to questions officers explained that it was considered appropriate to have a lower building between Watermead House and the new Police Station; the need for a green travel plan was to reinforce a culture of sustainable travel by employees and users; and that traffic restrictions caused by construction works could be covered by the proposed construction method statement, in consultation with Transport for London.

 

Members felt that, in this location, the proposed 11 bicycle spaces were not necessary, although it was acknowledged that it met the standard in the Unitary Development Plan, and that instead provision should be made for parking by disabled persons or for a drop-off point.  An additional condition was suggested requiring provision to ensure that any disabled person wishing to use the premises could do so.

 

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

 

To grant (8)            Councillors Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham.

 

             Resolved: That outline planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/57263/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Head of Planning, Transportation and Highways, after which time the decision to grant planning permission will be rescinded; and (b) the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes, including the revised and additional conditions and informatives referred to above.

905.

21-25 STANLEY ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/57866/OUT

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above outline application for the demolition of the existing dwellings and to determine access and layout for the erection of 14 two-bedroom flats with 14 car parking spaces.

 

Officers submitted revised recommended conditions regarding the time limits for the approval of the reserved matters, and additional informatives relating to highways matters.  If permission were granted it would be subject to a ‘section 106’ agreement.  There had been a further letter of support.

 

In response to a question officers clarified what would be the distances of the proposed building from the neighbouring boundaries.

 

Mrs Jenny Harrison, an objector, and Councillor Tony Shields, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33, and Mr Brian Woods replied on behalf of the applicant.

 

The principal issues raised by Mrs Harrison were:-

  • The accessway shown on the southern boundary was in large part an area of her garden
  • The proposed building would be bulky and overbearing
  • The proposed building would affect the light and privacy of her property
  • The edge of the proposed building would be too close to the land she used as a garden
  • The proposed building would impinge on the safety and security of her home and children

 

In response to questions Mrs Harrison clarified the position and land uses of her property and boundaries, and their relationship to adjoining land.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Shields were:-

  • He believed the submitted drawings and report were misleading
  • Members should visit the site and Mrs Harrison’s property to understand the relationship between the two

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Woods were:-

  • The site was not in any special policy area
  • The site was surrounded by other flat developments
  • The submitted proposal was the result of consultation
  • The windows in the flank wall of Mrs Harrison’s property were secondary
  • The proposed ridge height was the same as that of Mrs Harrison’s property
  • The distance between the proposed building and the boundary was no less than elsewhere
  • It was not proposed to put windows in the flank end wall
  • The density of the development would be at the lower end of the permitted scale
  • The existing fence to Mrs Harrison’s property could be retained

 

In response to questions Mr Woods stated that the number of windows that would overlook Mrs Harrison’s land had not been determined.

 

A site inspection was proposed.

 

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

 

To defer (8)            Councillors Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham.

 

             Resolved: That consideration of outline planning application No. B2007/57866/OUT be deferred pending a site inspection by members.

906.

33-37 ALBION ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/57721/FUL

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 two, part three storey building comprising 12 two-bedroom self-contained flats, and one three-bedroom and one three/four-bedroom self-contained maisonettes, together with 20 car parking spaces at the rear, access road, bicycle facilities and refuse store, and a boundary wall/fence at the front.

 

Officers submitted revised reasons in respect of two recommended conditions and an additional informative relating to highways matters.  If permission were granted it would be subject to a ‘section 106’ agreement, which would include a clause to prevent owners and occupiers acquiring residents’ parking permits.

 

In response to questions officers clarified the position regarding previous planning applications.

 

Mr Keith Percy, an objector, and Councillor Tony Shields, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Percy were:-

  • The provision of additional trees should be required
  • The word ’any’ should be deleted from recommended condition No. 14 to require acoustic fencing

 

Officers confirmed that recommended condition No. 3 dealt with landscaping and that the word ‘any’ in recommended condition No. 14 could be deleted.  In response to a question the Chair drew attention to recommended condition No. 18, which required the closure of the existing access.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Shields were:-

  • The potential overlooking of 29 and 31 Albion Road
  • The applicant should be required to tell prospective purchasers of the restriction on parking permits
  • The distance between the planting at the rear and the rear of properties in Mayfield Road should be increased

 

Officers explained that any windows in the flank wall adjoining 29 and 31 Albion Road would be required to be obscure glazed and fixed shut, and the concern regarding the parking restriction could be met, but that increasing the depth of planting would make it difficult to manoeuvre vehicles.  The proposed depth of planting was two metres and the gardens of properties in Mayfield Road were between 30 and 35 metres in length.

 

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

 

To grant (4)            Councillors Ian Chapman, Brendan Hudson, John Leach and Janet Lowne

 

To refuse (3)                        Councillors Moira Butt, Cliff Carter and Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (1)                        Councillor Richard Butt

 

             Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/57721/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, including the revised conditions and reasons and the additional clause in the ‘section 106’ agreement referred to above.

907.

11 BANSTEAD ROAD SOUTH, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/57903/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, a single storey side and rear extension and raised rear terrace, and the conversion of the garage into a habitable room.

 

Officers submitted an additional recommended condition regarding screening of the proposed rear terrace.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor David Pickles.

 

In response to questions officers explained that they were concerned less with the proportional increase in the size of the building than whether or not the proposed extensions would respect the character of the existing building, or affect the street scene or the amenity of adjoining occupiers. 

A member expressed concern regarding the flank wall that would front Beeches Walk but officers believed that, so long as it was in matching materials, the affect would not be unreasonable.

 

A statement by Councillor David Pickles, a ward councillor, was read.  Mr Alan Dyke, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33, and the applicant, Mr Stuart Green, replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Pickles were:-

  • The intended height will be above that indicated
  • Loss of light to adjoining property
  • Intrusion of the rear extension
  • Members should visit the site

 

Members noted that earlier plans had been misleading regarding ground levels and there were no longer windows shown in the single storey flank extension.  The proposed terrace would be no higher than it was now.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Dyke were:-

  • The plans were outdated and misleading
  • A raised terrace had been added
  • A wall would restrict light to a kitchen window
  • Policies BE4 and BE5 of the Unitary Development Plan had not been observed
  • The reduced distance between the proposed single storey flank extension and the boundary
  • The summary of material responses in the report misrepresented his comments
  • The bulk of the proposed extensions was excessive

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Green were:-

  • The house was small compared with others in the road
  • The site was a broad corner plot
  • The single storey flank extension no longer abutted the boundary
  • He had offered to remove conifer trees to increase light to the adjoining property

 

In response to questions Mr Green indicated a willingness to increase the size of the window in the flank wall fronting Beeches Walk.  Officers reported that there was a six foot close-boarded fence on the boundary between 11 and 13 Banstead Road South that was not part of the application.

 

The Chair said that the application appeared to be reasonable and acceptable in principle, and that there would be very little likelihood of overlooking or loss of light.

 

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

 

To grant (8)            Councillors Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/57903/HHA, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

908.

47 STONECOT HILL, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. A2006/56960/FUL

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 a cold store in a different position, within a brick enclosure, and the retention of a single storey building, reduced in height, with the provision of external cladding.

 

Officers submitted a revised recommended condition regarding servicing of and deliveries to the premises.

 

In response to questions officers explained that the area between the cold store and the rear of the shop would be enclosed, and the revised condition regarding servicing and deliveries could be enforced.

 

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

 

The principal issues raised by Mrs Wellbeloved were:-

  • Noise from the premises
  • The accumulation of rubbish
  • Deliveries to and from the rear of the premises
  • Smells from the premises

 

In response to questions Mrs Wellbeloved explained that the rear access served more than one shop, and that an adjoining access served flats at the rear of the shops.  The area occupied by the single storey building had been a small garden

 

Members noted that the planning inspectorate had found no objection in principle to some form of storage building, but that the existence of the cold store and the storage building had allowed the scale of the business to increase, which had led to a consequent increase in noise and disturbance arising from deliveries to and from the premises, and damage to adjoining structures and ground surfaces.

 

Members contemplated whether or not deliveries to and from the premises should only take place at the front of the shop, but noted that they could not prevent the applicant using the access at the rear.

 

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

 

To grant (3)                        Councillors Ian Chapman, John Leach and Janet Lowne.

 

To refuse (4)            Councillors Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Brendan Hudson and Graham Whitham.

 

Abstained (1)                        Councillor Richard Butt.

 

Resolved: That planning permission for application No. A2006/56960/FUL be refused for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

909.

THE PASTURES, 80 CARSHALTON ROAD, BANSTEAD - APPLICATION NO. C2006/56591/3FR

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the change of use of the refuse store to an office/community space, involving alterations to the elevations, and incorporating a new roof, doors and windows.

 

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

 

To grant (8)            Councillors Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2006/56591/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

910.

PLANNING ENFORCEMENT - PROGRESS

Minutes:

            Resolved: To note the position during the period 1 March to 31 August 2007, and in particular the increase in the number of new cases, the enforcement notices issued and the decisions received from the planning inspectorate.

911.

UNDERGROUND GARAGES NOS. 88-96 AT 30-41 NETTLECOMBE CLOSE, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO.B2007/57297/3FR

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 garages for the parking of Sutton Housing Partnership maintenance vehicles.

 

Additional objections submitted by Shanklin Village Residents’ Democracy were reported and an additional condition restricting the proposed use of the garages was suggested.

 

In response to questions officers confirmed that Sutton Housing Partnership had said that the garages were surplus to residents’ needs, and that the use of the garages by Sutton Housing Partnership could be time limited by condition, so that they could revert to use by residents if necessary.  The Chair suggested a period of three years.

 

Councillor Peter Geiringer, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting briefly under Standing Order 33 to explain that residents had not been able to attend the meeting and that they felt they had not been consulted regarding the details of the proposal.

 

Members believed that the proposal was sensible, subject to a further condition requiring the Partnership’s employees, when on duty, to park their personal vehicles within the curtilage of the spaces vacated by the Partnership’s vans, so that they did not occupy visitors’ parking spaces on the estate.

 

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

 

To grant (7)            Councillors Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham.

 

Abstained (1)                        Councillor Ian Chapman.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/57297/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes, including the additional conditions proposed above.

Appendix