Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 12th August, 2015 7.30 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

Contact: Angela Guest, Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)  Tel: 020 8770 5122 | Email:  angela.guest@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

38.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan and Patrick McManus.  Councillor Moira Butt attended as a substitute.

 

39.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 15 July 2015.

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Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 15 July 2015 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

Further to Minute 33/15 the Chair reported that a letter had been sent to the local MP and to the Chair of Housing, Economy and Business Committee expressing this Committee’s concern at the changes in planning law.

 

40.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Hamish Pollock informed the Committee that he knew the applicant of Item 10 and had been in discussion about Honeywood but that he was considering this application with an open mind.

 

41.

Wallington County Grammar School, Croydon Road, Wallington SM6 7PH - Application No. D2015/72134/FUL pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Amendment of materials to some doors to aluminium, change of colour of window frames to sixth form block, formation of an additional entrance doors with access ramp to main building and confirmation of door colours (Variation of condition 2 (Drawing Numbers) of previously approved application number D2014/69149).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the amendment of materials to some doors to aluminium, change of colour of window frames to sixth form block, formation of an additional entrance doors with access ramp to main building and confirmation of door colours (Variation of condition 2 (Drawing Numbers) of previously approved application number D2014/69149).

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (8)    Councillors Samantha Bourne, Moira Butt, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2015/72134/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

42.

Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk and Pound Street, Carshalton SM5 3NX - Application No.C2015/72005/ADV pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Advertisement consent is sought for the display of two non illuminated free standing information signs.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the display of two non illuminated free standing information signs. 

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (8)    Councillors Samantha Bourne, Moira Butt, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2015/72005/ADV, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

43.

Crownbourne Court, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1JE - Application No. B2015/72103/3FR pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Planning permission is sought for the replacement of the existing single glazed

windows with new white PVCu double glazed windows.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the replacement of existing single glazed windows with new white PVCu double glazed windows.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (8)    Councillors Samantha Bourne, Moira Butt, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2015/72103/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

44.

Brookfield Primary School, Ridge Road, Sutton SM3 9LY - Application No. A2015/72074/3FR pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Planning permission is sought for an extension to the existing hall to create a studio hall, a group and a store room.

 

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for an extension to the existing hall to create a studio hall, a group and a store room.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (8)    Councillors Samantha Bourne, Moira Butt, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2015/72074/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

  

45.

Wallington County Grammar School, Croydon Road, Wallington SM6 7PH - Application No. D2015/71848 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Use of the sports hall for letting to the public two evenings a week on a permanent basis, in addition to use by pupils and staff of the school (Variation of condition 6 of previously approved App. No. D2008/60133 which states that 'The sports hall hereby approved shall only be used by the pupils and staff of the school and for sporting purposes only. The hall shall not be used by the public or for non-sporting/recreational purposes, unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority’.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for use of the sports hall for letting to the public two evenings a week on a permanent basis, in addition to use by pupils and staff of the school (Variation of condition 6 of previously approved App. No. D2008/60133 which stated that 'The sports hall hereby approved shall only be used by the pupils and staff of the school and for sporting purposes only. The hall shall not be used by the public or for non-sporting/recreational purposes, unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority'.

 

Officers confirmed that there was a limit of 40 people to use this premises in the evening and that there were 42 parking spaces on site.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (6)    Councillors Samantha Bourne, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds and Graham Whitham

 

Against (2)    Councillors Moira Butt and Tony Shields

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2015/71848/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

46.

92 Oldfields Road and Oldfields Trading Estate, Sutton SM1 2NU - Application No. B2015/72017/FUL pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Use of ground floor of blocks 2 and 3 for purposes falling within Class B8 (Storage and Distribution) with associated alterations to internal layout and ground floor elevations; removal of photovoltaic cells from approved blocks 2 and 3 to the roof of block 1; alterations to elevations and re-positioning approved number of car and cycle spaces (Variation of condition 1 (Drawing Numbers) of previously approved application number B2015/71405/NMA for a non- material amendment to redevelopment granted under application number B2009/61701/FUL).

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for use of ground floor of blocks 2 and 3 for purposes falling within Class B8 (Storage and Distribution) with associated alterations to internal layout and ground floor elevations; removal of photovoltaic cells from approved blocks 2 and 3 to the roof of block 1; alterations to elevations and re-positioning approved number of car and cycle spaces (Variation of condition 1 (Drawing Numbers) of previously approved application number B2015/71405/NMA for a non- material amendment to redevelopment granted under application number B2009/61701/FUL).

 

Peter Moseley, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Moseley were:-

·         That he and his neighbour would have an increased loss of privacy due to moving of windows which would overlook his property

·         He proposed that the glazing should be obscured glazing.

 

John Dingle, the Applicant’s representative, replied that:

·         There were four clear glazed windows, previously agreed, that had moved slightly.

·         The offices were to be used as a subdivision and let to local businesses as office space.

·         Whilst the applicant had sympathy with the residents they wanted to retain the clear glazing as the distance between them and the residence was over the minimum distance limit.

 

The Committee considered whether a condition could be applied and were informed that a condition of obscured glazing would not be acceptable to the Applicant.  The Applicant had anticipated resident questions and had responded.  Such a condition would constitute a refusal but this was not suitable grounds to refuse.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (6)    Councillors Samantha Bourne, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds and Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (2) Councillors Moira Butt and Tony Shields

 

            Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2015/72017/FUL, subject to the completion of a section 106 deed of variation to be completed by the 26 August 2015, or such longer period to be agreed in writing by the Executive Head of Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability, after which time the resolution to grant will be rescinded.

47.

Sutton Hospital, Cotswold Road, Sutton SM2 5NF - Application NO. B2015/71927 pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Application to determine whether prior approval of the Local Planning Authority is required to the method of demolition of various buildings at Sutton Hospital.

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Minutes:

This item was removed prior to the meeting.

 

48.

24 Beddington Lane, Beddington CR0 4TA - Application No. D2014/69631/FUL pdf icon PDF 171 KB

Conversion and alterations of light industrial workshop at rear and provision of new first floor with pitched roof to provide four 1 - bedroomed live/work units and retention and refurbishment of maisonette at front.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the conversion and alterations of a light industrial workshop at rear and provision of new first floor with pitched roof to provide four 1- bedroomed live/work units and retention and refurbishment of maisonette at front.

 

A petition of 50 signatories had been received in support of the application which read:

“Petition summary for: Support for Planning Permission for 24 Beddington Lane CR0 4SE from a warehouse to live work units.

Action petitioned for: We, the undersigned, agree with the consent for change of use to dwellings for 24 Beddington Lane.”

 

Graham Kerwood, the Applicant, addressed the Committee and raised the following points:

·         The property had been empty for six years and had become a regular dumping spot.

·         He had taken up pre-application planning.

·         He had paid £10k for a survey of the local area for extra car parking as requested by the Council’s Highways Team.

·         The survey had identified a further seven car parking spaces in the locality.

·         He claimed that on no occasion during pre-application was there any concerns raised about the roofline.

 

In response to Member questions, Mr Kerwood confirmed that:

·         The extra parking spaces had been found in Richmond and Beddington Roads.

·         There was no room for off street parking at the site.

·         The design was accepted at pre-application.

·         There was room for bin storage to the left of the building as well as parking for bikes if wanted.

 

Officers explained that it was unfair to say that the Council were ‘happy’ at pre-application but accepted that they could have been more helpful in overcoming the issue concerning the roofline and were happy to meet with Mr Kerwood regarding his pre-application advice.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to refuse permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (6)    Councillors Samantha Bourne, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds and Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (2) Councillors Moira Butt and Tony Shields

 

Resolved: That planning permission be refused for application No. D2014/69631/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

49.

2 Vernon Road Sutton SM1 4QX - Application No. B2015/72055 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Demolition of existing buildings and erection of a two storey building with roof and basement accommodation comprising one 3 - bedroomed and seven 2 - bedroomed self contained flats on ground and upper floors with car and cycle parking and refuse and recycling facilities at basement level together with new access road and associated landscaping.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of existing buildings and erection of a two storey building with roof and basement accommodation comprising one 3 - bedroomed and seven 2 - bedroomed self contained flats on ground and upper floors with car and cycle parking and refuse and recycling facilities at basement level together with new access road and associated landscaping.

 

The Application had been de-delegated by Councillor Bartolucci.

 

Colin Shea and Mark Davis, both objectors, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31.

 

The principal issues raised by Colin Shea were:-

  • The proposal was overbearing and constituted overdevelopment
  • The drawings were not correct and he had submitted drawings with the proposed building overlaid on number 4 Vernon Road.
  • The proposal would not enhance the New Town area of small Victorian terraced houses
  • The access to the basement would not work – it was too narrow and below standards, with low headroom and therefore the parking proposal was flawed.

 

The principal issues raised by Mark Davis were:

·         That his house was 150 years old and was concerned about the deep excavation needed for the basement parking and whether his house could withstand it.

·         That he would be unable to use his garden during construction.

·         A request that if it was granted that construction be limited to the times of 8am to 5pm.

·         The design was inappropriate and not in keeping with the area.

 

In response to concerns about whether the parking proposal was acceptable officers reported that highways engineers had found the ramp and distances acceptable.  Financial viability was not a matter for consideration by this committee.

 

Whilst Members agreed that the present building on the site needed to be developed they had concerns about whether the parking would work and that the building was out of keeping with the local area in its size and appearance.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

Against (7)     Councillors Samantha Bourne, Moira Butt, Margaret Court, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (1) Councillor Richard Clifton

 

Resolved: That planning permission be refused for application No. B2015/72055/FUL on the grounds that the proposed development would not provide an appropriate addition by reason for its design, bulk and massing and would not make a positive contribution to the street scene or the character and appearance of the Newtown Area of Special Local Character.

 

Informatives and Reasons pdf icon PDF 96 KB