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1026.

MINUTES

of the meeting held on 7 November 2007 (ENCLOSURE).(to follow)

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 7 November 2007 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

1027.

74-108 AND 79-113 SYDNEY ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2003/51727/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 14 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom terraced affordable houses, and one two-storey building and one four-storey building comprising eight two-bedroom and seven one-bedroom self-contained flats, and four self-contained studio units, together with car parking and refuse facilities and new accesses.

 

Officers submitted an amendment to a recommended condition that would require the prior approval of the proposed construction method/environmental statement.

 

In response to questions officers said that the site had previously comprised sheltered housing in two-storey blocks and clarified the objections from residents of Sydney Road.  They confirmed that all of the houses would now be affordable units and that only the flats would be for private sale.  They also confirmed that the number of units had not changed, that Policy HSG 9a in the Unitary Development Plan had now been replaced by the London Plan, and that the site would have its own car parking provision and so would not affect the Sutton controlled parking zone.

 

Officers explained that the proposed ‘section 106’ agreement was intended to secure the provision of the affordable housing units and a number of the proposed conditions.  The proposed development was part of the Durand Close regeneration programme and a separate and more wide-ranging ‘section 106’ agreement covered that programme.  It had been estimated that the proposed development would lead to only a nominal number of additional pupils in local schools and so a contribution towards education facilities had not been considered appropriate as part of the ‘section 106’ agreement.

 

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

 

To grant (6)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Simon Wales and Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (3)                        Councillors Richard Butt, Cliff Carter and Peter Geiringer

 

             Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2003/51727/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; (b) the inclusion in the ‘section 106’ agreement of a clause preventing the occupiers of the development from obtaining residents on-street parking permits; and (c) the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes, including the amended condition referred to above.

1028.

SITE B, KIMPTON INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, KIMPTON PARK WAY, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. A2007/57634/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 23 industrial units comprising 12,174m2 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 111 car parking spaces, bicycle storage facilities and vehicular access from Kimpton Park Way.

 

Officers recommended that, if permission were granted, there should be an additional condition requiring the submission and approval of security specifications.

 

In response to questions officers explained that, if permission were granted, there would be considerable replacement tree planting of approximately the same number of trees that would be lost as a result of the proposed development; they confirmed that the development of the Kimpton Industrial Estate had not been considered by a Council scrutiny committee; that the proposed ‘section 106’ monies would be paid upon the grant of planning consent, that although the ‘section 106’ monies would meet the cost of upgrading the intersection on Kimpton Park Way, any improvements to the A217 road would have to be funded by Transport for London; and that, if members were minded to grant permission, the recommended conditions could require the implementation of grey water and solar power schemes.

 

Members noted that the Kimpton Liaison Group had met regularly to consider all matters relating to the Kimpton Industrial Estate and that the proposal included a number of techniques to reduce noise from the industrial estate.

 

Mrs Susan Evans and Mrs Dolores Willis, objectors, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principal issues raised by Mrs Evans and Mrs Willis were:-

  • Impact on local roads and congestion at peak times
  • Increase in the number of proposed buildings
  • Additional vehicle movements
  • No bus route to the site as promised
  • The enforcement of travel plans
  • The installation of a sound barrier on Kimpton Park Way

 

In response to a question Mrs Evans thought that more cars used Hamilton Avenue following the experimental opening of Kimpton Road, but could not offer an opinion on the impact on Kimpton Park Way.

 

Members believed that the traffic problem could be alleviated by synchronising the traffic lights in the area, which Transport for London had not done.  Doubt was expressed regarding the need for the number and size of units proposed and there was concern regarding the intensification of use beyond that envisaged originally and the possible increase in local traffic.  It was noted that negotiations were ongoing regarding the introduction of a bus service and that an informative could be added to any consent regarding the funding of a bus service by Transport for London. 

 

There was a motion to defer consideration pending a presentation by officers, Transport for London and the applicant regarding the future of the site.  A poll vote was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:

 

For (3)                        Councillors Richard Butt, Cliff Carter and Peter Geiringer  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1028.

1029.

CHEGWORTH NURSING HOME, 23 DOWNS SIDE, CHEAM - APPLICATION NO. A2007/58363/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 side and rear extension, a single storey infill extension at the rear and the provision of a basement, all to provide additional accommodation to the existing Nursing Home.

 

Officers proposed an additional condition regarding the ventilation of the proposed kitchen, amendments to recommended condition Nos. 2 and 6, and the deletion of informative No. 4.

 

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

 

Mr Hugh Clark, an objector representing Belmont and South Cheam Residents’ Association, and Councillor Eleanor Pinfold, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Clark were:-

  • Environmental harm had occurred since the previous extension of the property
  • On-street parking by staff of the Nursing Home
  • Deliveries to the Nursing Home
  • The previous planning consent had limited the number of residents to prevent further extension of the Nursing Home
  • The application breached a number of planning policies
  • The proposal would be out of keeping with the area
  • There would be no rear access for deliveries or escape in the event of fire
  • The view from and light to two bedrooms would be restricted

 

In response to questions Mr Clark clarified the number of claimed lorry movements each day and the number of people on site, although it was pointed out that not all staff would be there all of the time.  He confirmed that the premises did not have a rear access at present and that, if permission were granted, there would be a maximum of an additional five persons on the site.  He said between five and eight cars parked on the street.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Pinfold were:-

  • It was one of the largest nursing homes in the area
  • It was an over-large commercial property that occupied half of the plot
  • Limiting the use of the premises would benefit the area as a whole
  • The planning inspectorate had upheld the restriction on the number of residents
  • The proposal would contravene Council planning policies
  • The proposal would not be compatible with the environment of the neighbourhood
  • The proposal would affect the amenity of adjoining residents
  • The status of the area of special local character had not been taken into account

 

In response to questions officers outlined the nature of the area of special local character and explained that, in their opinion, the proposed extensions would not detract from the existing building in terms of appearance or amenity.

 

The principal issues raised by the applicant were:-

  • The Nursing Home had been extended by the applicant to provide a lift, a lounge and a conservatory
  • The proposal would increase the number of bedrooms to meet demand in the area
  • Arrangements ensured that deliveries were made during the working day

 

In response to questions the applicant clarified the number of residents and the number of staff on duty at various times of the day, and confirmed that the maximum  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1029.

1030.

453 LONDON ROAD, NORTH CHEAM - APPLICATION NO. A2007/58048/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 two two-bedroom and two three-bedroom semi-detached houses, four three-bedroom and four four-bedroom with roof accommodation terraced houses, and two four-bedroom detached houses, and the provision of two garages in a detached block, 12 car parking spaces and new access.

 

Officers proposed an amended recommendation to grant subject to the conclusion of a ‘section 106’ agreement within six months and added provision for a timescale to recommended condition Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 13.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Roger Roberts.

 

In response to questions officers explained that the separate pedestrian access was now owned by the applicant, who would prevent access by vehicles, and that the vehicular access would be controlled by retractable bollards with a separation zone for pedestrians.  Apparent differing views by the planning inspectorate on previous applications could be attributed to a difference in proposed transport management plans and schemes. 

 

Members expressed concern about the number of car parking spaces but highways engineers believed that the proposed provision was acceptable.  Some members remained concerned about the dual use of the narrow vehicular and pedestrian access and it was suggested that there should be a failsafe device for the retractable bollards in the event of a power failure.  Whilst there were some concerns about the design it was generally regarded as acceptable.

 

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

 

To grant (7)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Cliff Carter, Peter Geiringer, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (2)                        Councillors Richard Butt and Simon Wales

 

             Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2007/58048/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 an additional condition requiring a failsafe device to be fitted to the proposed retractable bollards.

1031.

1-18 HILLSIDE AND 161-163 CARSHALTON ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. C2007/58339/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 fourth storey to provide three two-bedroom self-contained flats, together with refuse store and one additional car parking space.

 

Officers proposed minor amendments to recommended condition Nos. 3 and 7.

 

In response to questions officers explained that, whilst there was only one car parking space for the three additional flats proposed, the site was only 700 metres from the town centre and was on several bus routes.  The provision was therefore considered acceptable.

 

Some members expressed concern about the proposed flat roof but others believed the proposal represented an improvement in design.

 

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

 

To grant (6)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Simon Wales and Graham Whitham

 

To refuse (2)                        Councillors Councillors Richard Butt and Peter Geiringer

 

Abstained (1)                        Councillor Cliff Carter

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2007/58339/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

1032.

BEDDINGTON INFANTS' SCHOOL, 269 CROYDON ROAD, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/58520/3FR

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 rear extension to provide additional kitchen facilities.

 

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

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Peter Geiringer, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Simon Wales and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/58520/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

1033.

FORESTERS PRIMARY SCHOOL, REDFORD AVENUE, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/58583/3FR

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 and the provision of a canopy to provide additional nursery facilities.

 

Officers proposed the deletion of recommended condition No. 3 because it was considered that it would be an unreasonable imposition.

 

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

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Peter Geiringer, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Simon Wales and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/58583/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

1034.

DEVONSHIRE PRIMARY SCHOOL, DEVONSHIRE AVENUE, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/58576/3FR

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 first floor extension and staircase to provide additional educational facilities.

 

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

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Peter Geiringer, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Simon Wales and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/58576/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillor Peter Geiringer declared a personal interest in the above application because he was a governor of the School.

1035.

COUNCIL DEPOT, UNIT 1, THERAPIA LANE, BEDDINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2006/56727/3FR

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for refurbishment to the depot, incorporating a new window in the ground floor, relocation of a fuel storage tank, and the provision of a new bund wall for the existing and proposed fuel tank, new hardstanding and a 2.4 metre high boundary fence.

 

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

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Peter Geiringer, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Simon Wales and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2006/56727/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

1036.

MANOR PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL, GREYHOUND ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/58491/3FR

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 building for use as a children’s centre, with a covered play area and covered walkway.

 

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

 

To grant (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Peter Geiringer, Brendan Hudson, John Leach, Janet Lowne, Simon Wales and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/58491/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

Appendix