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1077.

MINUTES

of the meeting held on 21 November 2007 (ENCLOSURE).(to follow)

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 21 November 2007 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

1078.

PHASES 4B AND 5C, THE HAMPTONS, GREEN LANE, WORCESTER PARK - APPLICATION NO. A2007/58387/FUL (AND A2007/58388/FUL)

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

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on application No. A2007/58387/FUL to provide 184 new dwellings (59 affordable housing units), roads and landscaping, comprising: 32 three-bedroom and 26 four-bedroom terraced houses, eight three-bedroom and 20 four-bedroom semi-detached houses, and eight four-bedroom and two five-bedroom detached houses in a mixture of two and three storey buildings; 29 one-bedroom, 57 two-bedroom and two two/three-bedroom flats in a mixture of three storey and three storey with roof accommodation buildings; together with garages, surface and basement car parking, bicycle and refuse facilities, and the erection of eight 14 metre high wind turbines.

 

The Chair directed that, in the interests of common sense, application No. A2007/58388/FUL, which was a duplicate application in all respects, be dealt with as an urgent item in parallel with application No. A2007/58387/FUL.

 

Officers reported the receipt of a further 24 letters of objection following the publication of their report and summarised the nature of those objections.  They also proposed that recommended condition Nos. 9 and 10 in respect of both applications be deleted, and that recommended condition No. 20 be amended to require noise measurements for the proposed wind turbines to be carried out in one third octave band and narrow band readings with calculations.

 

In response to questions from members officers stated that:-

  • A preliminary survey had confirmed the existence of a number of species of bat in the area of the site
  • Comments in the report on primary care facilities were those of the Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust
  • The provision of adequate sources of renewable energy within the proposed buildings would be dealt with by conditions
  • Phases 4B and 5C were more than 400 metres from Central Road
  • The reason for what appeared on the plan to be an access to the Buckland Way allotments site was not known
  • The proposed development would have an impact on local roads
  • The re-phasing of the traffic lights in Central Road would relieve the traffic congestion only to some extent and would take a minimum of six months to implement
  • There would be improved access and bicycle parking at Worcester Park Railway Station, but members understood that the Station was already operating at full capacity
  • The proposed wind turbines were new technology and it was believed that at present they existed only at a test site, consequently their provision would be subject to further surveys
  • The proposed proportion of affordable housing units was higher than in previous phases and would meet the current Borough-wide guideline of 40% but not the level of 50% in the London Plan
  • The allocation of the proposed ‘section 106’ funding for secondary school provision had not been determined
  • There was an element of risk that the proposed wind turbines would not satisfy the recommended planning conditions
  • The proposed car parking provision complied with the standards in the Unitary Development Plan

 

Mr Barrie McDowell (representing The Hamptons Residents’ Association), Mr Tim Green, Mr Ian Elvey (representing Worcester Park Residents’ Association), Mr Nick Webb, Mr Michael Freter and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1078.