Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 20th April, 2016 8.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

188.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Margaret Court. Councillor Hanna Zuchowska attended as her substitute.

189.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 March 2016.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 30 March 2016 were reviewed and Howard Cheadle, Strategic Development Management Advisor, explained that Application No. D2016/73439 (John Fisher Roman Catholic School) was to be considered again at this meeting of the Planning Committee as the report considered at the previous meeting had not, in the summary of objections, covered all the objections later discovered to have been submitted.

 

The minutes were then approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

190.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

8. APPLICATION NO. D2016/73591 - Wallington Resource Centre, 77 Woodcote Road, Wallington, SM6 0PU.

Councillor Hamish Pollock, Non Pecuniary, as the agent was known to him as an ex-Council Officer, and a resident in his ward.

 

9. APPLICATION NO. B2016/73415 - 40 The Ridgway, Sutton, SM2 5JU.

Councillor Richard Clifton, Non Pecuniary, as he was a resident of The Ridgway. However he advised that he could not see the property from his, and knew little about the property and the applicant, and therefore was able to approach the application with an open mind.

 

191.

APPLICATION NO. D2016/73439 - John Fisher Roman Catholic High School, Peaks Hill, Purley, CR8 3YP pdf icon PDF 231 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).

Additional documents:

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, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields, Graham Whitham, Hanna Zuchowska      

 

Abstained (1)  Councillor Kevin Burke

 

 

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

 

192.

APPLICATION NO. D2016/73695 - 23-50 Richmond Green, Beddington, CR0 4SA pdf icon PDF 376 KB

Demolition of existing bungalows and erection of twelve 2-bedroomed 2 storey houses and nine 3-bedroomed 3 storey houses (100% affordable) with refuse and cycle storage, 33 car parking spaces and new vehicular accesses.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for demolition of existing bungalows and erection of twelve 2-bedroomed 2 storey houses and nine 3-bedroomed 3 storey houses (100% affordable) with refuse and cycle storage, 33 car parking spaces and new vehicular accesses.

 

Julie Murray, Tim Foster, Teresa and Charles Tipping (objectors) and Councillor Nick Mattey, and Councillor Pat Ali (Ward Councillors) addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by those objecting were:-

 

·  The design was of concern to the residents, they felt that the proposals would invade the privacy of existing properties and that focus had only been given to Chiswick Close whereas Twickenham Close did not appear to have had as much consideration.

·  There would be reduced access for the emergency services.

·  Prevously, the sale of the site has been considered by the Local Authority.

·  A supporting document detailing the flooding report was not included in the application.

·  There would be increased traffic to the area with reduced access.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Mattey were:-

 

·     Due to restricted access it would take too long for emergency services to reach the properties.

·     An individual structural report requested by Councillor Mattey found no evidence of subsidence in the properties.

·     Properties would change the character of the area, and would add to the already prevalent traffic issues in the surrounding areas.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Ali were:-

 

·  There were clearly still issues which had not been resolved with residents, and these should be investigated more fully before a decision is made. This was despite there having been a large amount of consultation with residents, and ongoing conversations through forums and the working group.

 

The principal issues raised by the applicant, Jamie Campbell of Bell Phillips Architects were:-

 

·  Development rights would be removed, preventing new residents building extensions or undertaking other building works which might cause further issues.

·  The pitched roofs, the design and materials had been designed to be sympathetic to the local area.

·  The site was subject to a detailed flood report by the Environment Agency who, according to the most recent data, took no issue with developing there.

·  The majority of trees on site would be retained.

 

After questioning the speakers, Councillors discussed concerns about traffic, particularly access for emergency services, and flooding. Councillor Graham Whitham raised a motion to defer the decision on the application until the next planning committee meeting on 18 May 2016. This was seconded by Councillor Hamish Pollock. A vote was held on the motion, when there voted:

 

To Defer (7)    Councillors Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields, Patrick McManus, Hanna Zuchowska, Graham Whitham, Vincent Galligan, Hamish Pollock

 

Against (3)    Councillors Richard Clifton, Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke

 

RESOLVED: That the decision be deferred until the next meeting of the Planning Committee on 18 May 2016.

 

193.

APPLICATION NO. D2016/73808 - Ludlow Lodge, Alcester Road, Wallington, SM6 8BB pdf icon PDF 358 KB

Demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of site to provide 57 residential units (100 % affordable) in 5 new blocks rising from three to five storeys comprising twenty two 1-bed, nineteen 2-bed and sixteen 3-bed self contained flats. Together with associated landscaping cycle and refuse storage and 57 car parking spaces accessed via Alcester Road and Maldon Road.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of site to provide 57 residential units (100 % affordable) in 5 new blocks rising from three to five storeys comprising twenty two 1-bed, nineteen 2-bed and sixteen 3-bed self-contained flats.

 

Charlotte Watson (Alcester Court Residents’ Association), Reverend Stephen Coe (Vicar of the Holy Trinity Church on Alcester Road), and Councillor Sunita Gordon, a Ward Councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant, Bell Phillips Architects replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Charlotte Watson were:-

 

·  Local residents were concerned at the loss of light that would result from the new development, and questioned if light studies had been undertaken at resident’s properties.

·  The letter of objection written by Ms Watson was recorded as one letter, however Ms Watson noted that this letter reflected the views of at least 48 dwellings.

·  The application stated that residents in Alcester Court would not be overlooked, however there were several maisonettes that she felt would be.

·  Ms Watson raised concerns about the effect that access would have on parking for Alcester Court Residents, and queried the traffic survey of additional car movements.

·  The needs and requirements of the church were given more attention than those of the residents.

 

The principal issues raised by Reverend Stephen Coe were:-

 

·  He would prefer for boundary fence at the north side to be a brick wall, rather than a fence.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Gordon were:-

 

·  Councillor Gordon welcomed the development, however felt that the height needed to be reduced by one storey.

·  There was concern over the proposed level of parking to be provided, often 1 parking space per dwelling is not enough, and does not allow for visitors. She noted that due to Brabrook Court losing their parking garages, and Ludlow Lodge previously having little visiting traffic, there was a large amount of pressure on parking in this road.

 

The principal issues raised by Tom Morgan, Bell Phillips Architects were:-

 

·  The proposed fence on the boundary wall was based on design guidance, and building a wall rather than a fence would affect the trees.

·  The light studies showed the proposals to meet the national standards.

·  The trees of highest value would all be retained, and new trees would be planted to replace those removed.

 

Councillor Graham Witham raised the issue of trees in the proposed development, and raised concern in regards to the trees which would be removed. The Council’s Tree Officer clarified that the number of trees to be removed are 12 trees in total, including B and C grade trees. The applicant confirmed that they would be retaining as many trees as possible.

 

Councillors discussed the design of the building, some felt that it was suitable whilst Councillor Patrick McManus commented that he felt it was not a flattering design for social housing.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there  ...  view the full minutes text for item 193.

194.

APPLICATION NO. C2016/73487 - Mill Green Business Park, Mill Green Road, Mitcham Junction, CR4 4HT pdf icon PDF 272 KB

Erection of a residential development incorporating an additional floor at third floor level and an extension at second floor level to provide eighteen 1 - bedroomed and eight 2 - bedroomed self contained flats with alterations to various previously agreed flats involving extensions/alterations to front and rear of existing building and additional balconies together with alterations to car parking layout. (This application is in addition to 48 flats allowed under Prior Approval app. no. 2014/70678/O2R).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for erection of a residential development incorporating an additional floor at third floor level and an extension at second floor level to provide eighteen 1 - bedroomed and eight 2 - bedroomed self-contained flats with alterations to various previously agreed flats involving extensions/alterations to front and rear of existing building and additional balconies together with alterations to car parking layout. (This application was in addition to 48 flats allowed under Prior Approval app. no. 2014/70678/O2R).

  

Concerns were raised over the parking provision. Chris Smith, Planning Officer, informed the committee that the development is close to public transport links and will therefore be popular with commuters, and that there would be provisions for two car club parking spaces as well as a high number of cycle parking spaces.

 

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 Richard Clifton, Samantha Bourne, Kevin

                                 Burke, Vincent Galligan, Hamish Pollock, Jason

                                 Reynolds, Tony Shields, Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (2)            Councillors Hanna Zuchowska, Patrick McManus

 

RESOLVED: That planning permission be granted for application No.C2016/73487 subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

195.

APPLICATION NO. D2016/73591 - Wallington Resource Centre, 77 Woodcote Road, Wallington, SM6 0PU pdf icon PDF 257 KB

Demolition of existing building and erection of a residential development of a three storey building with roof accommodation comprising six 1 bed, seven 2 bed and one 3 bed self contained flats together with 11 car parking spaces, secure cycle storage, refuse and recycling facilities and alterations to existing access road (Amendment to Application D2014/70822/FUL).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for Demolition of existing building and erection of a residential development of a three storey building with roof accommodation comprising six 1 bed, seven 2 bed and one 3 bed self-contained flats together with 11 car parking spaces, secure cycle storage, refuse and recycling facilities and alterations to existing access road (Amendment to Application D2014/70822/FUL).

  

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 Richard Clifton, Samantha Bourne, Kevin

                                Burke, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish

                                Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields, Graham

                                Whitham, Hanna Zuchowska

 

RESOLVED: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2016/73591 subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

 

196.

APPLICATION NO. B2016/73415 - 40 The Ridgway, Sutton, SM2 5JU pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Formation of a first floor incorporating roof accommodation, rooflights to front and rear; a part one part two storey rear extension, a two storey side extension, alteration to elevations involving repositioning of main entrance door to front following demolition of garage and outbuildings.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for formation of a first floor incorporating roof accommodation, rooflights to front and rear; a part one part two storey rear extension, a two storey side extension, alteration to elevations involving repositioning of main entrance door to front following demolition of garage and outbuildings.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Trish Fivey.

 

Councillors discussed concerns regarding the height of the proposed property in relation to surrounding properties.

 

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

 

To grant (7)              Councillors Jason Reynolds, Kevin Burke, Hamish

                                Pollock, Samantha Bourne, Vincent Galligan, Graham

                                Whitham, Hanna Zuchowska

 

Against (2)               Councillors Tony Shields, Patrick McManus

 

Abstained (1)           Councillor Richard Clifton

 

RESOLVED: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2016/73415 subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

197.

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.

 

Appendix to the Minutes pdf icon PDF 246 KB