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1145.

MINUTES

of the meeting held on 6 December 2007 (ENCLOSURE).(to follow)

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 6 December 2007 were approved as a correct record, subject to paragraph 12 of the preamble to Minute 1103(a)/07 being amended by substituting the words ‘it was generally’ with the words ‘the rear elevation in particular was’, and signed by the Chair.

1146.

GROSVENOR HOUSE, 2 GROSVENOR ROAD, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/58641/FUL

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above retrospective application for a vehicular barrier and a palisade fence up to 2.9 metres in height and the removal of spikes from the top of the fence.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Bruce Glithero.

 

In response to questions officers confirmed that additional security measures had been added to the vehicle barrier which raised its height above the 1.6 metres referred to in the report, but that it did not raise any planning issues.

 

Mr John Dodwell, an objector, and Councillor Bruce Glithero, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Dodwell were:-

  • He had been told the height of the fence would be 2.1 metres, not 3 metres
  • The barrier was higher than the 1.6 metres stated
  • The reference to acts of burglary and vandalism were not understood
  • Security could have been improved in a more sympathetic way

 

In response to questions it was pointed out that access to a garage at a corner of the boundary should not be a problem.

  

The principal issues raised by Councillor Bruce Glithero were:-

  • The owner of the garage on a corner of the boundary had used part of the applicant’s car park to drive into the garage for more than 20 years
  • Whilst the fence was at least 3.18 metres high the barrier was only 1.6 metres high with gaps above and below it
  • The fence was aggressive in appearance and too high, and the barrier could not perform its security function

 

In response to questions Councillor Glithero explained that the barrier did not present the same degree of deterrence as the fence, and suggested that the fence should be moved, to facilitate access to the garage, as well as lowered.

 

Officers confirmed that a fence not fronting a highway could be up to two metres in height without requiring planning permission.

 

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

 

To grant (7)            Councillors Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

To refuse (3)                        Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt and Paddy Kane

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/58641/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes. 

1147.

83 LANGLEY PARK ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/58426/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 three storey building comprising six two-bedroom self-contained flats, provision of a refuse store, bicycle parking, six car parking spaces at the front and alteration to the access.

 

Officers reported the receipt of two further objections.

 

In response to questions officers confirmed that trees had been removed form the site prior to the submission of the application; they explained that the contribution of the proposed building to the street scene would be through the use of design details from nearby buildings, but not the adjoining bungalow which was an anomaly; the distance of the proposed building to the adjoining boundaries, where known, was reported; suggested that the height, bulk and form of the proposed building meant that it would be of better quality than some nearby previous developments; the existing flank windows of No. 85 Langley Park Road could be regarded as ‘bad neighbour’ windows, although an inability to gain access to the property meant that some assumptions had had to be made; the proposal would have some impact on No. 81 Langley Park Road, but the building would be set back at the rear and it was felt that there would not be sufficient harm to warrant a refusal of the application.

 

The Chair asked that, if permission were granted, conditions should require the installation of solar power and grey water schemes.

 

Dr Rosemary Hill, an objector, and Councillor Tony Shields, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principal issues raised by Dr Hill were:-

  • The proposal would be over-bearing and incongruous
  • There would be a loss of residential amenity and a reduction in privacy
  • The proposal would lead to overlooking
  • The arboricultural report was inaccurate and irrelevant
  • Contrary to the officer’s report there was no overlooking of No. 85 Langley Park Road at present
  • The flank windows of No. 85 Langley Park Road included at least one primary window
  • The proposed re-contouring of the application site would affect the boundaries

 

In response to questions Dr Hill confirmed the rooms in No. 85 Langley Park Road with flank windows overlooking the site of No. 83, and officers confirmed that the proposed re-contouring would reduce the land levels by approximately 800mm.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Tony Shields were:-

  • Lack of evidence of improvement in the street scene
  • The proposal would be over-bearing and disproportionate to the adjoining bungalow
  • The proposal lacked architectural merit and was a bland design
  • Loss of privacy
  • The proposal would create a negative impact in the locality
  • The proposal would increase surface water run-off and reduce access to moisture for trees on the site

 

In response to questions Councillor Shields indicated the difficulty in parking in Langley Park Road.

 

Members expressed concern about over-looking of adjoining buildings that were not presently overlooked, the desire to preserve family housing, possible damage to the yew tree on the application site, increased surface  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1147.

1148.

MINT HOUSE, 4-6 STANLEY PARK ROAD, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/58104/FUL

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for extension, alterations and refurbishment incorporating a three storey rear extension and two additional floors to create a part-four, part-five storey building for uses within Class B1 (business) and, for a temporary period only, Class D1 (non-residential institutions), together with undercroft and surface car parking facilities and new pedestrian access.

 

Officers reported the receipt of a further seven letters and a petition in support of the application.

 

In response to questions officers confirmed that the period of the temporary use could be extended if it proved to be insufficient, that disabled access would be provided by a lift to all of the floors, that an application for change of use was not required, and that the proposed cladding material would have a neutral effect.

 

Mr Dan Billin, a supporter, Councillor Jayne McCoy, a ward councillor, Dr Ling, one of the applicants, and Mr Andrew Grimes, from the Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Billin were:-

  • The enormous benefit the proposal would bring to people in Wallington
  • There were some unspecified reservations

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Jayne McCoy (who declared a personal interest as a patient of the medical practice that was the applicant) were:-

  • The proposal would improve health facilities and the street scene
  • Despite some reservations the proposal represented an improvement
  • The inclusion of a lift for disabled people and sustainable improvements were welcomed

 

The principal issues raised by Dr Ling and Mr Grimes were:-

The existing Shotfield Clinic was no longer fit for purpose

The proposal was for a temporary use

Other options to provide a medical practice whilst Shotfeld Clinic was refurbished were not viable

The proposal would also lead to the improvement of Shotfield Gardens

 

In response to questions officers explained that refurbishment of the outside of Mint House could not be required because it was not part of the application, although it was noted that the applicant was prepared to consider such refurbishment in the future.

 

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

 

To grant (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

             Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/58104/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.

 

Councillor Richard Bailey declared a personal interest because he was a patient of the medical practice that was the applicant.

1149.

LAND ADJOINING 6 CORNWALL ROAD, CHEAM - APPLICATION NO. B2007/58311/FUL

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the construction of a single storey three-bedroom house set one metre below ground, with the provision of car parking at the front.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillors Peter Geiringer and Pamela Picknett.

 

Officers drew attention to the fact that Councillor Myfanwy Wallace lived next door to the property and that her husband was one of the objectors.

 

The applicant, Mr Edward Ridgewell, and his architect addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Ridgewell were:-

  • He wished to utilise land at the side of No. 6 Cornwall Road and maintain the house as a family dwelling
  • There were existing flat roof garages on each side of the boundary
  • The proposed dwelling would be a link between the existing Edwardian houses
  • The internal courtyard would be part of the total amenity area and could be enlarged
  • Additional ‘sun pipes’ could be provided
  • Full height glazing would provide 40% more light than conventional windows

 

In response to questions Mr Ridgewell’s architect stated that the site would be approximately 300m2, and officers stated that the total building area would be 174m2.  Mr Ridgewell’s architect explained that the proposed dwelling was not meant to ‘mirror’ the existing dwellings but provide a link, and that the proposed bronze glazing would reflect new planting at the front.  The proposed building height of 1.8 metres above ground would be a minimal intrusion.

 

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

 

To refuse (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission for application No. B2007/58311/FUL be refused for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

The Head of Development Services withdrew from the meeting whilst the above application was considered, because she knew the applicant.

1150.

18 SENGA ROAD, HACKBRIDGE - APPLICATION NO. C2007/58663/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 single storey side extension to provide annexed accommodation.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Paddy Kane.

 

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

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Jackson were:-

  • Contrary to the officer’s report he had submitted a late objection
  • The proposed extension would extend some nine feet beyond the back of No. 20 Senga Road
  • The proposed roof was too high

 

It transpired during subsequent questioning of Mr Jackson that he was referring to plans that differed from those submitted with the application.

 

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

 

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

 

Resolved: That consideration of application No. C2007/58663/HHA, be deferred.

 

Councillor Paddy Kane withdrew from the meeting, but remained in the public gallery, whilst the above application was considered, because it had been de-delegated by him.

1151.

7 FARM CLOSE, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/58783/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.

 

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

 

To grant (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/58783/HHA, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillor John Leach declared a personal and prejudicial interest in the next item of business, because the applicant was a friend, vacated the Chair and withdrew from the meeting whilst it was considered.

 

Councillor Janet Lowne in the Chair.

1152.

GARDEN LAND ADJOINING 97 SANDY LANE SOUTH, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/58677/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 three-bedroom detached house with integral garage.

 

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

 

Councillor Terry Faulds, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Terry Faulds were:-

  • The site was on a busy road, 20 yards from a mini-roundabout and the additional traffic would cause chaos
  • Vehicles using the site could only reverse out
  • The amenity of neighbours would be affected unreasonably
  • The proposal did not meet a number of policies in the Unitary Development Plan
  • The proposed plot would be narrower than its neighbours
  • The proposed house would not fit on the plot comfortably

 

Members considered that the proposal represented a poor use of space that constituted over-development, and would lead to a loss of amenity, be detrimental to the street scene and have a negative impact on highway safety.

 

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

 

To grant (1)                        Councillor Ian Chapman

 

To refuse (7)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Margaret Court, Paddy Kane and Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (1)                        Councillor Janet Lowne

 

Resolved: That planning permission for application No. D2007/58677/FUL be refused for the reasons set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Councillor John Leach resumed the Chair.

1153.

THE SCILL CENTRE, 3 ROBIN HOOD LANE, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/58724/3FR

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the partly retrospective installation of replacement windows and doors, and the provision of UPVC shiplap cladding.

 

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

 

To grant (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/58724/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes. 

1154.

GREENSHAW HIGH SCHOOL, GRENNELL ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2007/58629/3FR

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the installation of photovoltaic solar panels in four rows on the roof of the existing two-storey extension block to the east of the main building.

 

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

 

To grant (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2007/58629/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes. 

1155.

WATERCRESS PARK, SPENCER ROAD, MITCHAM JUNCTION - APPLICATION NO. C2007/58701/3FR

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the installation of six five metre high replacement lighting columns and the provision of two metre high railings and weldmesh fencing to Spencer Road and former car park entrances.

 

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

 

To grant (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2007/58701/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes. 

1156.

DORCHESTER PRIMARY SCHOOL, DORCHESTER ROAD, WORCESTER PARK - APPLICATION NO. A2007/58814/3FR

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 Portakabin for use as classrooms for a temporary period.

 

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

 

To grant (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2007/58814/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

1157.

FORESTERS PRIMARY SCHOOL, REDFORD AVENUE, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2007/58807/3FR

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 photovoltaic solar panels on the main school roof.

 

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

 

To grant (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2007/58807/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

1158.

PAVILION, WRYTHE RECREATION GROUND, WRYTHE LANE, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2007/58480/FUL

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the continued use of part of the pavilion as a fine artist studio.

 

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

 

To grant (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Richard Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Margaret Court, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2007/58480/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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