Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 30th March, 2016 7.30 pm

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

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Items
No. Item

176.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Kevin Burke and Jason Reynolds. Councillor Mary Burstow attended as a substitute.

177.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 235 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 February.

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Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 24 February 2016 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

The Minutes of the meeting held on 9 March 2016 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair

178.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

7. APPLICATION NO. D2016/73439/FUL - John Fisher Roman Catholic High School, Peaks Hill.

 

Councillor Hamish Pollock, Non Pecuniary, as the applicant was known to him, however he confirmed that he was able to approach the item with an open mind.

 

179.

Order of Items

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Richard Clifton, announced that Item 5 on the agenda (application no. D2016/73695/FUL - 23-50 Richmond Green) had been deferred to a future meeting. The Chair also brought items 11 and 9 forward to the beginning of the agenda. Therefore, the items were discussed in the order as follows in the minutes.

180.

APPLICATION NO. A2016/73670 - 76 Walton Avenue, North Cheam, SM3 9UB pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Erection of a single storey rear extension.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a single storey rear extension. The application had been brought to the Committee as the applicant was a Councillor.

 

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

 

To grant (9)     Councillors Richard Clifton, Samantha Bourne, Mary Burstow, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Patrick McManus, and Tony Shields

 

RESOLVED: That planning permission be granted for application no. A2016/73670, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

181.

APPLICATION NO. A2016/73474/3FR - Cheam Park Farm Infants School pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Extension and internal alterations to provide additional classroom accommodation, improved staffroom & toilet facilities. Minor alterations to elevations, protective railings and plant at roof level. External works to courtyard to provide improved play area. Provision of cycle shelters, storage shed and alteration to rear access gates.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for an extension and internal alterations to provide additional classroom accommodation, improved staffroom & toilet facilities. Minor alterations to elevations, protective railings and plant at roof level. External works to courtyard to provide improved play area. Provision of cycle shelters, storage shed and alteration to rear access gates.

 

The application had been brought to the Committee as the Council owned the 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 (9)     Councillors Richard Clifton, Samantha Bourne, Mary Burstow, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Patrick McManus, and Tony Shields

 

RESOLVED: That planning permission be granted for application no. A2016/73474/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

182.

APPLICATION NO. A2015/73366/FUL - 19-21 Central Road, Worcester Park, KT4 8EH pdf icon PDF 247 KB

Demolition of existing building and erection of a four storey building comprising seven 2-bedroomed self-contained flats and one retail unit at ground floor, together with amenity space, cycle parking, refuse storage and seven car parking spaces.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of the existing building and erection of a four storey building comprising seven 2-bedroomed self-contained flats and one retail unit at ground floor, together with amenity space, cycle parking, refuse storage and seven car parking spaces.

 

This application had been deferred from the previous meeting of the Committee in order for further information to be supplied on the three trees to be removed, as detailed in paragraph 5.48 of the report.

 

Richard Johnson, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant’s agent, Andrew Macdougall replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Johnson were:-

 

·         Local residents felt that the building had historical value within the area, which was evident in some of the large number of objections that the application had received.

·         There was already a large amount of flats and conversions in the area, the building to be better used returning to its original purpose of holding a GP surgery.

·         It would be impractical to demolish a building that is in such close proximity to other buildings.

·         Sutton’s Local Plan 2031 had given the building a “positive” status whereas the neighbouring Sainsburys had been considered “negative”, this application was more in-keeping with the style of the Sainsburys next door.

 

The principal issues raised by Andrew Macdougall were:-

 

·         The building was tired and past its economic usefulness as it was. There was no prospect for future occupation and its only advantage was the attractive frontage.

·         The conditions on the application dictated that the Council would have the final say on material choice and landscaping of the building.

·         The applicant and owner had no interest in developing the building to hold a GP Surgery, and it was not fit for NHS standards.

·         All of the trees that the application proposed to remove had been graded C (low quality and value) or U (should be removed) and the Sycamore tree was hollow.

·         New trees proposed in the application would complement the character of the area and would be approved by the Council’s Tree Officer.

 

Councillors noted that Historic England had considered the building on both counts of character and value and had seen no justification for listing the building. A discussion followed about the setting for new trees in the car park and the removal of the trees that stood there, as well as the aesthetic and design of the building proposed in the application. The Committee considered that conditions on the application would protect new trees planted, and debated the advantages and disadvantages of the design.

 

Councillor Tony Shields raised a motion to reject the officer’s recommendation based on the design’s density and failure to complement or enhance the area. The motion was seconded by Councillor Patrick McManus. A vote was held on the motion, when there voted:

 

For (4)                         Councillors Tony Shields, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock and Graham Whitham

 

Against (5)                   Councillors Richard Clifton, Samantha Bourne, Vincent Galligan, Margaret Court and Mary Burstow

 

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183.

APPLICATION NO. C2016/73686/FUL - Century Youth Centre, Fellowes Road pdf icon PDF 301 KB

Demolition of redundant Century Youth Centre and associated ball court. Erection of eleven 2-bedroomed and four 3-bedroomed two storey houses in three terraces (100% affordable). Provision of refuse storage, 17 car parking spaces with new vehicular access.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of redundant Century Youth Centre and associated ball court. Erection of eleven 2-bedroomed and four 3-bedroomed two storey houses in three terraces (100% affordable). Provision of refuse storage and 17 car parking spaces with new vehicular access.

 

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

 

To grant (9)     Councillors Richard Clifton, Samantha Bourne, Mary Burstow, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Patrick McManus, and Tony Shields

 

RESOLVED: That planning permission be granted for application no. C2016/73686/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

184.

APPLICATION NO. D2016/73439/FUL - John Fisher Roman Catholic High School, Peaks Hill pdf icon PDF 228 KB

Provision of air conditioning units and acoustic housing at rear and retention of alterations to windows (Variation of Condition 2 (drawings) of previously approved application D2015/72166/FUL for: Removal of temporary classroom and erection of a detached two storey building to provide additional education facilities to existing school and alterations of land bank to provide enlarged play space).

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for provision of air conditioning units and acoustic housing at rear and retention of alterations to windows (Variation of Condition 2 (drawings) of previously approved application D2015/72166/FUL for: Removal of temporary classroom and erection of a detached two storey building to provide additional education facilities to existing school and alterations of land bank to provide enlarged play space).

 

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

 

To grant (9)     Councillors Richard Clifton, Samantha Bourne, Mary Burstow, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Patrick McManus, and Tony Shields

 

RESOLVED: That planning permission be granted for application no. D2016/73439/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

185.

APPLICATION NO. C2016/73475 - Carshalton High School for Girls pdf icon PDF 203 KB

Alterations to elevations (variation to condition 2 (drawing numbers) of previously approved application number C2014/70052/3FR for a sports hall incorporating office and changing facilities at ground floor with plant room and fitness suite at first floor).

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for alterations to elevations (variation to condition 2 (drawing numbers) of previously approved application number C2014/70052/3FR for a sports hall incorporating office and changing facilities at ground floor with plant room and fitness suite at first floor).

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Jill Whitehead.

 

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

 

To grant (9)     Councillors Richard Clifton, Samantha Bourne, Mary Burstow, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Patrick McManus, and Tony Shields

 

RESOLVED: That planning permission be granted for application no. C2016/73475, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

186.

APPLICATION NO. C2015/73309 - Land between 21 and 25 York Street, Mitcham Junction pdf icon PDF 216 KB

Erection of a two storey two-bedroom end of terrace house with roof accommodation.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a two storey two-bedroom end of terrace house with roof accommodation.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Hanna Zuchowska.

 

Alison Watson, objector, supported by her neighbour, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant’s agent, Matthew Wood, replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Alison Watson and her neighbour were:-

 

·         She had purchased a semi-detached house and the application would turn her property into a mid-terrace.

·         She felt that she would lose privacy and light in her garden.

·         An extra house on the street would add to already existing parking issues.

·         The new building would be built directly on to her wall.

 

The principal issues raised by Matthew Wood were:-

 

·         The application took a lot of work following the advice of Council officers, with amendments to the design.

·         The applicant sought to boost the supply of new homes and to make effective use of the land which was being used as a builders’ garage.

·         There would be a low impact on the neighbouring amenity.

·         The officer’s report stated that the application would not overlook on neighbouring land.

·         The application provides parking and would not present any parking problems.

 

Councillors discussed the Party Wall Act and the privacy issues raised by Ms Watson. Councillor Patrick McManus raised concerns about the loss of light, however other Committee members considered that the access to light would be the same as the surrounding properties.

 

Councillor Richard Clifton raised a motion to grant permission with an extra condition that the bathroom window must be obscure-glazed.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission, subject to the additional condition that the bathroom window to the rear of the property must be obscure-glazed, was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (7)                 Councillors Richard Clifton, Samantha Bourne, Hamish Pollock, Vincent Galligan, Mary Burstow, Graham Whitham and Tony Shields.

 

Against (2)                   Councillors Margaret Court and Patrick McManus

 

RESOLVED: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2015/73309, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

187.

ANY URGENT BUSINESS,

brought forward at the direction of the Chair, who has approved the reason for the urgency.

 

 

 

Minutes:

There was no urgent business brought forward.

Appendix pdf icon PDF 309 KB