Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 2nd September, 2015 7.30 pm

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

Contact: Victoria Lower, Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)  Tel: 020 8770 4640 | Email:  victoria.lower@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

50.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

51.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 August 2015.

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Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 12 August 2015 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair with the following amendment; that item 48 read “To refuse” rather than “To grant”.

52.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

53.

WALLINGTON COUNTY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, CROYDON ROAD, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2015/71844/FUL pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Erection of a part one part two storey extension to science block to provide additional classrooms and ancillary accommodation.

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The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a part one part two storey extension to science block to provide additional classrooms and ancillary accommodation.

 

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

 

To grant (10)      Councillors Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2015/71844/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

54.

WALLINGTON LIBRARY CAR PARK, SHOTFIELD, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2015/72023/FUL pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Installation of an additional electric vehicle charging point.

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The Committee considered a report on the above application for the installation of an additional electric vehicle charging point.

 

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

 

To grant (10)      Councillors Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2015/72023/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

55.

SECTION OF BOUNDARY WALL AT JUNCTION OF HONEYWOOD WALK AND NORTH STREET, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2015/71769/LBC pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Listed Building application for the demolition and rebuilding of part of a Listed Wall.

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The Committee considered a report on the above application for listed Building application for the demolition and rebuilding of part of a Listed Wall.

 

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

 

To grant (10)      Councillors Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2015/71769/LBC, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

56.

SECTION OF BOUNDARY WALL AT JUNCTION OF HONEYWOOD WALK AND NORTH STREET, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2015/71860/3FR pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Demolition and rebuilding of part of a Listed Wall.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition and rebuilding of part of a Listed Wall.

 

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

 

To grant (10)      Councillors Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2015/71860/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

57.

CIVIC CENTRE, ST NICHOLAS WAY, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2015/72333/3FR pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Installation of an air conditioning unit with cage at ground level and two external ventilation louvres.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the installation of an air conditioning unit with cage at ground level and two external ventilation louvres.

 

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

 

To grant (10)      Councillors Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2015/72333/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

58.

WESTBOURNE PRIMARY SCHOOL, ANTON CRESCENT, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2015/72235/3FR pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Provision of two basketball courts with fencing and gates up to 3 metres in height together with hard landscaping.

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The Committee considered a report on the above application for the provision of two basketball courts with fencing and gates up to 3 metres in height together with hard landscaping.

 

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

 

To grant (10)      Councillors Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2015/72235/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

59.

ST PHILOMENA'S SCHOOL, POUND STREET, CARSHALTON - APPLICATION NO. C2015/71900 pdf icon PDF 160 KB

Erection of a two storey building to provide additional educational facilities to the existing school and the installation of an external staircase to existing art building.

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The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a two storey building to provide additional educational facilities to existing school and the installation of an external staircase to existing art building.

 

Officers clarified that the 18 trees which would be removed were on the footprint of the new building and were low-level self-seeded fruit trees.

 

Councillor Jill Whitehead, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and Mr Kieran Holliday, Ms Maria Noone and Mr Jim Pierce, the applicants, replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Whitehead were:-

·         The majority of complaints received by ward councillors were regarding traffic and parking issues around St Philomena’s School.

·         Expansions had been ongoing on the site for a number of years and there had been increased issues associated with these.

·         The surrounding roads do not have capacity for increased traffic and parking.

·         The application did not include any additional parking spaces.

·         Parking issues were chronic at school start and finish times.

·         Ward councillors had met with the school and had made a number of suggestions, including staggering start and finish times and encouraging students to travel more sustainably.

·         The school needed to enforce its travel plan and possible ‘name and shame’ repeat offenders.

·         The removal of trees was a concern for residents as the site was within a conservation area and would impact residents view on Shorts Road.

·         Trees should be replaced where possible and along Shorts Road to hide the new building.

 

In response to Member questions Councillor Whitehead stated that it was important that the school enacted the school travel plan and should work towards gold status. When ward councillors spoke to the school, they requested more buses to go by the school, however the buses were provided by Transport for London and it was felt there were already a number of buses which served the school.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Holliday, Ms Noone and Mr Pierce were:-

·         The Local Authority had commissioned 20 forms of entry at Primary level and it was now necessary to start secondary expansion.

·         The school had worked constructively with the Local Authority to expand.

·         The school provided outstanding education and it was the policy of the council to support expansion of outstanding schools.

·         Preference for school spaces would be given to Sutton pupils who would be able to travel sustainably to the school.

·         The school was able to expand by two forms of entry, but would be expanding by one only after taking into consideration resident views.

·         The school coordinates entry to the school with the current four forms of entry.

·         The development would be 30 metres away from the nearest residential properties, which was further than the recommended 20 metre distance.

·         Neighbouring properties would not experience a loss of light.

·         The school had undertaken public consultation in May 2015 which had been positive and had met with ward councillors to discuss proposals.

·         The Headteacher planned to speak to Heads of other Sutton school to propose  ...  view the full minutes text for item 59.

60.

WALLINGTON SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB, 34 MOLLISON DRIVE, WALLINGTON - APPLICATION NO. D2015/71533/FUL pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Retrospective application for outbuilding with canopy for storage purposes ancillary to the sports ground.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for retrospective application for outbuilding with canopy for storage purposes ancillary to the sports ground.

 

Officers clarified that the application was retrospective permission for an outbuilding and canopy, and would not affect the enforcement action being undertaken of the other applications that had been submitted. It was felt by officers that this application would consolidate the Sports and Social Club’s requirements for storage. Officers stated that by permitting this application they felt that the Council’s position would be strengthened if the applicant appealed the other applications, as it would show that the Council had worked with the applicant.

 

Mrs Florence Nkwan, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31.

 

The principal issues raised by Mrs Nkwan were:-

·         There are a number of applications that residents were concerned about.

·         The building on the site is substantially larger than the applicant states and the previous building.

·         There is a static trailer on the site which is not mentioned in any of the applications.

·         Concerned that the site is being used for industrial and commercial use and not just storage.

·         Residents have experienced loud noises, such as sawing, from 6am on some days.

·         When enforcement officers arrive on site the applicant removes evidence of industrial and commercial activities from the site and replaces it once they leave.

·         Concerned that giving permission to this application will enable the other activities, beyond storage and maintenance, to continue.

 

In response to Member questions Mrs Nkwan confirmed that the storage unit had been on site for two years.

 

Members were informed that the size of the storage building was as set out in the application. Hours of operation were discussed, however officers informed Members it would be difficult to include a condition on this as hours of use were for the building only and activity was taking place outside the building.

 

Officers confirmed that if activities beyond storage were taking place then enforcement action would be taken. It was stated that unannounced enforcement visits would need to take place.

 

Members requested that a report was brought to the Committee in future which outlined subsequent planning activity on the site. The Committee noted that the building was large and would be of sufficient size for storage needs and stated the need to ensure conditions were adhered to.

 

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, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Against (1)         Councillor Kevin Burke

 

Abstained (1)    Councillor Patrick McManus

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2015/71533/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

61.

MEADOWS PLUMBING, GREENFORD ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2015/72062/FUL pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Demolition of existing buildings and erection of a four storey pitched roof building comprising two retail units (160m2 of floor space) with delivery yard at rear on the ground floor and six 2-bedroomed self contained flats on the first to third floors with provision of cycle and refuse stores.

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Minutes:

This item was withdrawn from the agenda ahead of the meeting following Councillor Ali Mirhashem’s re-delegation. The application was refused under delegated officer’s power for reasons stated in the officer’s committee report.  

62.

92 BURDON LANE, CHEAM - APPLICATION NO. A2015/72099/HHA pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Re-modelling of dwelling involving demolition of conservatory at rear and bays at front and rear, and erection of a part one part two storey side and front extension incorporating roof accommodation and balcony, a ground floor rear extension with balcony over and alterations to elevations; erection of a detached double garage at rear with gym and storage accommodation over with vehicular access onto Warren Avenue, new vehicular access onto Burdon Lane and decking at front and rear.

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The Committee considered a report on the above application for the re-modelling of dwelling, involving demolition of conservatory at rear and bays at front and rear. The erection of a part one part two storey side and front extension incorporating; roof accommodation and balcony, a ground floor rear extension with balcony over and alterations to elevations. The erection of a detached double garage at rear with gym and storage accommodation over with vehicular access onto Warren Avenue, new vehicular access onto Burdon Lane and decking at front and rear.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Ramsey.

 

Officers clarified that the property was outside the Burton Area of Special Local Character, but was on the boundary. The remodelling of the property would lead to the footprint of the property being similar to the current footprint.

 

The Committee queried whether the application was for a redevelopment of the property or remodel as it was felt that the changes would be significant. Officers stated that the original structure would be substantially retained which allowed it to be classified as a remodel.

 

Mr Peter Mattey, an objector, and Councillor Mary Burstow, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant, Mr Hashmi replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Mattey were:-

·         The property was on the boundary of the Area of Special Character.

·         Residents were happy to see the property being updated and renovated

·         The Residents Association had three remaining objections – design, dominating impact on the street scene and the proposed gates.

·         The property was in a line of Edwardian villas with a cottage feel which the design of this building did not fit in with.

·         There were no other properties in the area with a two storey side extension which went along the road.

·         There would be removal of foliage which would make the property more visible and overbearing.

·         The application was unclear with regards to the height of the proposed gates and they would not be transparent as other properties gates in the area were.

 

In response to Member questions Mr Mattey stated that the properties along Burdon Lane were of a consistent design despite the differences which could be found.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Mary Burstow were:-

·         There was an eclectic mix of property designs along the road but the application had been designed to ensure the property stood out.

·         That the applicant was going too far with the design of the property with the cedar panels and removing the bay windows.

·         The gates should be reduced in height and should not be solid, but transparent.

·         There is no other building within the area which goes up to the road.

 

Officers clarified that the gates would be an estimated 1.8 metres high, and that an additional condition could be included which would address boundary details.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Hashmi were:-

·         Cheam was a nice area and the aim was to enhance the road.

·         The design of the property was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 62.

Informatives pdf icon PDF 96 KB