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1102.

MINUTES

of the meeting held on 3 December 2007 (ENCLOSURE).(to follow)

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 3 December 2007 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

It was noted with respect to Minute 1078/07 that a report on the applicant’s planning obligations would be submitted to the Committee in January 2008.

1103.

127 CHEAM ROAD, SUTTON

1103a

Application No. B2007/58508/FUL pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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 dwelling and the erection of a three storey building with roof accommodation comprising six two-bedroom self-contained flats and three two-bedroom self-contained duplex units, together with refuse and bicycle stores, nine car parking spaces, vehicular access from York Road and boundary fence up to 1.8 metres in height.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Simon Wales.

 

Officers submitted amendments to recommended condition Nos. 8, 10, 15 and 20, and reported the receipt of a further letter of objection.

 

In response to questions officers explained that:-

  • The parking provision was sufficient in view of the proximity of the site to Sutton town centre and public transport
  • The existing property was an anomaly because it was not in the same style as the majority in the Landseer Road Conservation Area
  • The site was well screened by a high fence and trees
  • Roof levels of nearby properties were higher the closer they were to the application site because land levels rose
  • New buildings did not have to match to blend in with existing properties
  • The description of the height of the proposal was accurate
  • A duplex unit was one split over two floors
  • The overall size, scale and form of the proposal was consistent with adjoining properties
  • The Unitary Development Plan did not provide specifically for the retention of family dwellings
  • The proposal had been compared with properties in the Landseer Road Conservation Area rather than those nearby but outside it
  • Although the proposed building would create a frontage on York Road the establishment of other frontages there could be resisted
  • The proposed building was not a pastiche or facsimile, but recognised features from other buildings

 

Mr Tony Gollege, an objector (representing the Sutton and Cheam Society), and Councillor Simon Wales, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33, and Mr Ian Bocutt replied for the applicant.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Gollege were:-

  • The height, mass, bulk and density of the proposal would constitute an over-development that would fail to enhance the conservation area

 

In response to questions Mr Gollege confirmed support for the similar nearby development at Highgrove Court.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Simon Wales were:-

  • The existing building was less of a distraction
  • The size, mass and bulk of the proposed building
  • Lack of amenity space
  • The proposal would create a frontage on York Road
  • The proposed building would dwarf No. 125 Cheam Road
  • The number of car parking spaces was inadequate and there was no on-street parking

 

In response to questions Councillor Wales said that he believed the Landseer Road Conservation Area was characterised by design and uniformity, but that the proposed building would be substantially taller, though of a pleasant design.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Bocutt were:-

  • The heights shown in the submitted drawings were accurate
  • The low level boundary wall and hedging were the result of discussions with officers
  • The site fronted Cheam Road and so  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1103a

1103b

Application No. B2007/58509/CON pdf icon PDF 688 KB

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application to demolish a dwelling in a conservation area.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Simon Wales.

 

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

 

To refuse (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Peter Geiringer, Brendan Hudson, John Keys, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That conservation area consent for application No. B2007/58509/CON be refused for the reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

1104.

21-25 STANLEY ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/57866/OUT pdf icon PDF 839 KB

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

Minutes:

Further to Minute 905/07, when it was decided that members should visit the site, 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.

 

An amended description of the land in the ownership of the occupier of 14 Eastleigh Close was proposed, and further letters of objection and support were reported.

 

Following the decision in Minute 905/07 the applicant had submitted an appeal on the ground of non-determination of the application.

 

Members felt that the plan submitted with the application was misleading in terms of the ownership and use of the land that formed part of 14 Eastleigh Close, and the impact of the proposal on that land

 

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

 

To contest the

appeal (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Peter Geiringer, Brendan Hudson, John Keys, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

             Resolved: That the appeal against the non-determination of application No. B2007/57866/OUT be contested for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

1105.

29-31 GROVE ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/58002/FUL pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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 dwellings and the erection of a three storey building with roof accommodation, comprising seven one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom self-contained flats, together with eight car parking spaces and bicycle store at the rear, two car parking spaces and refuse store at the front and a new access road.

 

Members noted that the current application was for an increased number of units when compared with the previously approved application, but that there was no increase in the number of car parking spaces.  In response to questions officers concurred with the view that the proposed amenity space was small but confirmed that it was consistent with the previously approved application.

 

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

 

The principal issues raised by Mrs Edwards were:-

  • The proposal represented an over-development
  • There were too many developments in the area
  • Building contractors used Homefield Park for their plant
  • Insufficient car parking

 

Some members expressed concern about the level of amenity space, the lack of family dwellings and insufficient car parking.  However, there was also a view that the site was in a sustainable development area, close to public transport, where high density was permitted in part to safeguard the retention of larger dwellings outside those areas.  Whilst there was some sympathy for nearby residents it was recognised that a development of flats on the site would be reasonable.  Nevertheless the design now submitted represented an increase in density and a significant shortage of amenity space.

 

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

 

To grant (3)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Brendan Hudson and Janet Lowne

 

To refuse (6)            Councillors Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Peter Geiringer, John Leach and Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (1)                        Councillor John Keys

 

             Resolved: That planning permission for application No. B2007/58002/FUL be refused for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

1106.

46 WOODEND, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/58566/HHA pdf icon PDF 827 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 side and rear extension and a detached garage at the side.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Ruth Dombey.

 

Mrs Angela King, an objector, and Councillor Ruth Dombey, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principal issues raised by Mrs King were:-

  • The proposal was only slightly different from the previously refused application
  • The proposal would not be an appropriate development
  • The remaining garden area would be out of proportion to the total site
  • There would be an increased risk of flooding
  • The garden area was not shown correctly on the submitted plan
  • The proposed garage could be used for accommodation
  • There were errors in the design and access statements

 

In response to questions Mrs King confirmed that there had been flooding in the area recently and that the changes, when compared with the previously refused application, were minimal, and that what was being built and what was proposed would both constitute an over-development.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Ruth Dombey were:-

  • The site was in an important conservation area
  • The previous reasons for refusal had not been addressed sufficiently
  • The proposed development would not enhance the conservation area
  • The proposal would represent an over-development that would not integrate with adjoining properties
  • There would be an excessive reduction in amenity space
  • The proposal would not conform to a number of policies in the unitary Development Plan

 

In response to members’ concerns officers explained that a view could be put forward that the proposal would enhance the existing building and that the extensions would not appear significant when seen from properties in Aultone Way.  Whilst there was some support for the proposed roof it was felt that other aspects of the proposal did not overcome the reasons for refusal of the previous application.

 

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

 

To refuse (9)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Brendan Hudson, John Keys, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission for application No. B2007/58566/HHA be refused for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillor Peter Geiringer declared a personal and prejudicial interest in the above application because he knew the applicant, and withdrew from the meeting whilst it was considered.

1107.

AVENUE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND 10 DORSET ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/58407/3FR pdf icon PDF 703 KB

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for an exchange of land to create a 4.5 metre wide straight line access between Dorset Road and Avenue Primary School, which would result in part of the existing School access being assigned to the rear garden of No. 10 Dorset Road and part of the front garden of No. 10 becoming part of the new School access.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Pamela Picknett.

 

Officers drew attention to amendments to the recommended conditions.

 

The Chair explained that the property in Dorset Road had been identified for disposal, and that there was an opportunity to re-align the existing access to encourage walking and cycling as part of the School’s travel plan.

 

Mr Peter Mattey (on behalf of the Belmont and South Cheam Residents’ Association) addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Mattey were:-

  • He did not object to the application
  • The provision of a pedestrian guardrail had been addressed
  • Light pollution
  • Boundary fencing
  • The proposed gate should be brought forward to the entrance to the access

 

Officers confirmed that the issues of lighting, fencing and the gate had or could be dealt with as part of the amended recommended conditions.

 

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 (5)            Councillors Ian Chapman, Brendan Hudson, John Keys, John Leach and Janet Lowne

 

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

 

Abstained (1)                        Councillor Richard Bailey

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/58407/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

1108.

ADJOURNMENT

Minutes:

Consideration of the remaining items of business was adjourned until the next meeting of the Committee in accordance with Standing Order 24.2. 

Appendix pdf icon PDF 49 KB