Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 7th September, 2016 7.30 pm

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

Contact: Fiona Bywaters, Committee Services Team Leader  Tel: 020 8770 5122 | Email:  fiona.bywaters@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

43.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan and Hamish Pollock. Councillor Mary Burstow attended as a substitute.

 

44.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 242 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meetings held on 29 June, 20 July and 17 August 2016.

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Minutes:

The Minutes of the meetings held on 29 June, 20 July and 17 August 2016 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

45.

ORDER OF ITEMS

Minutes:

The Chair announced that the following items had been withdrawn from the agenda and would not be discussed before the Committee:

 

·         Application no. A2016/74231/FUL – Broadlands Nursing Home, 51 Burdon Lane, Cheam, SM2 7PP.

·         Application no. C2016/73712/3FR – Green Wrythe Primary School

·         Application no. B2016/74654/FUL – Orion House, 19 Cedar Road

 

46.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

12. APPLICATION NO. C2016/74147/3FR - Barrow Hedges School, Harbury Road.

Councillor Margaret Court, Non Pecuniary, as her daughter lives in Radcliffe Gardens.

 

47.

ORDER OF ITEMS

Minutes:

Members agreed to rearrange the order of the agenda so that the planning applications without objections could be discussed first.  Items 15, 16 and 17 were brought forward to this effect.

 

48.

APPLICATION NO. C2016/74750/FUL - Carshalton Day Centre, Oaks Way pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Erection of a single storey side extension to provide a counselling/therapy room and erection of a single storey infill extension at rear to provide dining area.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a single storey side extension to provide a counselling/therapy room and erection of a single storey infill extension at rear to provide dining area.

 

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, Muhammad Sadiq, Margaret Court, Jason Reynolds, Mary Burstow, Patrick McManus, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham.

 

49.

APPLICATION NO. B2016/74840/FUL - 222-230 High Street pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Alterations to existing shopfronts.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for alterations to existing shopfronts.

 

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, Muhammad Sadiq, Margaret Court, Jason Reynolds, Mary Burstow, Patrick McManus, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham.

 

50.

APPLICATION NO. B2016/74839/ADV - 222-230 High Street pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Display of five externally illuminated fascia signs, four non-illuminated hanging signs and one awning sign.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the display of five externally illuminated fascia signs, four non-illuminated hanging signs and one awning sign.

 

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, Muhammad Sadiq, Margaret Court, Jason Reynolds, Mary Burstow, Patrick McManus, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham.

 

 

51.

APPLICATION NOS. C2016/73672/ARM FELNEX, 190 London Road pdf icon PDF 392 KB

Application for approval of reserved matters for Phases 1 and 2 to determine appearance, scale and landscaping pursuant to outline application number C2016/73625 for a mixed development comprising 2564 square metres of A1 (foodstore) floorspace, an additional 948 square metres of A1 (retail) floor space and 725 dwellings comprising 562 one, two and three bedroomed flats in sixteen blocks rising from four to six storeys in height and 163 two, three and four- bedroomed 3 storey houses and three storey houses with roof accommodation. Provision of assisted living accommodation containing 80 units with ancillary accommodation and a medical facility within a five storey building. Provision of garages, carports, surface and basement car parking, refuse, cycle stores, energy centre, sub stations, children's play areas, hard and soft landscaping, new access roads from London Road and Hackbridge Road and alterations to road junctions.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered together the following two reports on applications for:

 

C2016/73672/ARM - the approval of reserved matters for Phases 1 and 2 to determine appearance, scale and landscaping pursuant to outline application number C2016/73625 for a mixed development comprising 2564 square metres of A1 (foodstore) floorspace, an additional 948 square metres of A1 (retail) floor space and 725 dwellings comprising 562 one, two and three bedroomed flats in sixteen blocks rising from four to six storeys in height and 163 two, three and four- bedroomed 3 storey houses and three storey houses with roof accommodation. Provision of assisted living accommodation containing 80 units with ancillary accommodation and a medical facility within a five storey building. Provision of garages, carports, surface and basement car parking, refuse, cycle stores, energy centre, sub stations, children's play areas, hard and soft landscaping, new access roads from London Road and Hackbridge Road and alterations to road junctions.

 

C2016/73965/ARM - the approval of reserved matters for Phase 3 (Business Forest) to determine appearance, scale and landscaping pursuant to outline application number C2016/73625 for erection of a four storey building comprising 6,100 square metres of B1(Business) floorspace. Provision of cycle and refuse storage, 57 car parking spaces and associated landscaping.

 

Following the Officer presentation of the report, Members asked for clarification on the following points:

 

·         The playground equipment;

·         The number of parking spaces, their management and any overspill effect; and

·         Storage of refuse.

 

Lysanne Horrox (Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group), Nicola Watkins and Debbie Macey, objectors, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied. At her discretion, the Chair extended the speaking time permitted to the parties in light of the two applications being heard together.

 

The principal issues raised by the objectors were:-

·         Changes to the assisted living block in terms of size, height and density.

·         The increased number of dwellings.

·         Environmental impact.

·         An overbearing street scene.

·         Design concerns as to the roofs of the townhouse dwellings.

·         Parking and traffic concerns across the local area.

·         The report’s failure to reflect residents’ views.

·         A loss of sunlight and daylight.

 

Clarifications were sought by Members on which image of the Officer presentation showed the assisted living block and what designs for the roofs of the town houses had previously been considered.

 

The objector representing the residents of the Victorian Cottages opposite Block A of the development was further asked whether they had received a light report, to which it was responded that further information from Barratt Homes was under current consideration.

 

In response to parking concerns, the Chair asked for further detail to be provided by the Principal Engineer, Highways and Transport, there present. Parking availability in the wider Hackbridge area was confirmed to fall outside the planning process.

 

The principal issues addressed by the applicant Steve Mellor on behalf of Barratt Homes in response were:-

 

·         The improved urban design and impact of the development compared to the previous scheme.

·         Clarifications as to the changes of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.

52.

APPLICATION NO. C2016/73965/ARM FELNEX, 190 London Road pdf icon PDF 251 KB

Application for approval of reserved matters for Phase 3 (Business Forest) to determine appearance, scale and landscaping pursuant to outline application number C2016/73625 for erection of a four storey building comprising 6,100 square metres of B1(Business) floorspace. Provision of cycle and refuse storage, 57 car parking spaces and associated landscaping.

 

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Minutes:

The application was considered together with the previous item and there voted.

53.

ORDER OF ITEMS

Minutes:

The Chair and Members agreed that Item 13 would be discussed next, in the absence of registered speakers, followed by Item 7 as a deferred application.

 

54.

APPLICATION NO. C2016/74147/3FR - Barrow Hedges School, Harbury Road pdf icon PDF 180 KB

Variation of condition 9 of planning approval C2014/69346 (Landscaping) for: Demolition of disused bridge, two mobile classrooms and hall extension and increase of learning facilities involving a ground floor extension  with access steps, balustrade and raised platform, a first floor , part ground floor extension with support columns in courtyard, alterations to entrance, re-cladding of former changing rooms pavilion and alterations to disused pool to provide additional learning resource and alterations to existing school incorporating new windows, solar and photovoltaic panels together with temporary W.C facilities, enlargement of car park accessed from Radcliffe Gardens, new fencing fronting Harbury Road and associated hard and soft landscaping. The application proposes to defer the planting and seeding season until October 2017.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the variation of condition 9 of planning approval C2014/69346 (Landscaping) for: Demolition of disused bridge, two mobile classrooms and hall extension and increase of learning facilities involving a ground floor extension  with access steps, balustrade and raised platform, a first floor , part ground floor extension with support columns in courtyard, alterations to entrance, re-cladding of former changing rooms pavilion and alterations to disused pool to provide additional learning resource and alterations to existing school incorporating new windows, solar and photovoltaic panels together with temporary W.C facilities, enlargement of car park accessed from Radcliffe Gardens, new fencing fronting Harbury Road and associated hard and soft landscaping. The application proposes to defer the planting and seeding season until October 2017.

  

The Chair requested clarification that the only varying condition was that relating to the planting season which Officers confirmed.

 

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 Samantha Bourne, Muhammad Sadiq, Margaret Court, Jason Reynolds, Patrick McManus, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham.

 

55.

APPLICATION NO. D2016/73711/FUL - Marston Court, part of 98-106 Manor Road, Wallington pdf icon PDF 412 KB

Demolition of existing building and erection of a part four part five storey building comprising two self contained studio units and nine 1 - bedroomed, three 2 - bedroomed and six 3 - bedroomed self contained flats with communal roof garden together with eight car parking spaces served by hydraulic lift system, cycle, refuse and recycling facilities all enclosed within proposed building. - Major, four objections, extension of time, previously deferred pending additional parking survey

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of existing building and erection of a part four part five storey building comprising two self contained studio units and nine 1 - bedroomed, three 2 - bedroomed and six 3 - bedroomed self contained flats with communal roof garden together with eight car parking spaces served by hydraulic lift system, cycle, refuse and recycling facilities all enclosed within proposed building. - Major, four objections, extension of time, previously deferred pending additional parking survey.

 

Following the Officer presentation, Members expressed their ongoing concerns as to parking, particularly in relation to Paragraphs 2.4 to 2.6 of the report. The Officer referred to the parking survey of June 2016 where data had been collected at 5am for accurate reflection of residential use. Councillor Graham Whitham acknowledged that this data responded to Members’ reasons for deferral.

 

Giles Bromley, an objector representing the Springfield Court Resident Group, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by the objector were:-

?         That his sole objection related to the lack of parking spaces afforded to the development.

 

The objector had submitted printed material in advance to the Committee and Members enquired as to the precise times the photos had been taken (Saturday at 17:16, and Sunday at 11:35).

 

The principal responses of the applicant were:-

?         The application of relevant planning policies and standards to the question of parking.

?         The short distance to Wallington train station.

?         The application of Council methodology in conducting the parking survey.

?         The availability of parking in the area and highway safety as material considerations.

 

In debate, Councillor Tony Shields refuted the results of the parking survey, stating that he believed there was not enough parking in the area, that this was an over intense development without adequate parking provision and that he was minded to refuse the application on this basis.

 

Councillor Graham Whitham asked the Head of Planning whether an application could be refused on other grounds if it was deferred on the sole ground of parking concerns. It was responded that deferral on a single issue limited the justifiable reasons for any potential refusal at this stage.

 

As the Chair proceeded to the vote, the Committee Services Team Leader advised that as only the reason for deferral had been presented to and debated by the Committee, only those Members who had heard the item at the first meeting on 18 May 2016 were eligible to vote. As this was not advised to the Committee at the outset of the vote, the Chair motioned to defer the item to be either heard by the same Committee Members of the 18 May 2016 or to be reheard in its entirety, as seconded by Councillor Tony Shields, on procedural grounds.

 

The motion was voted on:

 

To defer (7)   Councillors Samantha Bourne, Muhammad Sadiq, Margaret Court, Jason Reynolds, Patrick McManus, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham.

 

Following the vote, Councillor Margaret Court left the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.

56.

ORDER OF ITEMS

Minutes:

In accordance with Standing Order 23.2, the Chair informed the meeting of the priority order of outstanding items and that Item 8 would be discussed next, being of the view that the item to be debated could be completed that evening.

 

57.

APPLICATION NO. B2016/74369/FUL - Land rear of Station Road Belmont pdf icon PDF 316 KB

Redevelopment of site comprising seven 1 bedroomed and seven 2 bedroomed self contained flats in a part three part four storey (part four part five storey at rear) building and separate building of four 4 bedroomed two storey terrace houses with roof accommodation together with twenty three car parking spaces, refuse and cycle stores, pedestrian access from Station Road and vehicular access onto The Crescent.

 

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for redevelopment of site comprising seven 1 bedroomed and seven 2 bedroomed self contained flats in a part three part four storey (part four part five storey at rear) building and separate building of four 4 bedroomed two storey terrace houses with roof accommodation together with twenty three car parking spaces, refuse and cycle stores, pedestrian access from Station Road and vehicular access onto The Crescent.

 

Following the Officer presentation, Members drew attention to Paragraph 5.6 and the provision of the National Planning Policy Framework relating to land allocated for employment use. The Head of Planning responded that this needed to be taken into account when making a decision.

 

Members asked for evidence that the site had been marked to which Officers responded that this was not required and that the site was not an obvious employment location, drawing attention to Paragraph 5.9 of the report and the existence of other material considerations of considerable weight.

 

Richard McGreevey and Brian Searle, objectors, and Councillor David Hicks, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by the objectors were:-

 

?         That the site had not been adequately marketed.

?         The balance between residential and commercial properties in the area.

?         Support for economic activity in the area and a lack of commercial property.

?         The removal of parking provision on the site in use by a local business.

?         Flawed application of site development policy DM20.

?         Site access difficulties.

 

Members enquired of the objectors as to when commercial use began to slow to which they responded that the site was still in use.

 

The principal issues raised by Ward Councillor David Hicks were:-

 

?         That the statement made in Paragraph 1.2 of the report was allegedly incorrect as to the types of business on site and the access to Station Road.

?         The estimated refurbishment costs.

?         The relevant planning history of the site.

?         Access to the site.

?         Employment of seven people.

?         Lack of affordable housing provision.

?         The current car storage use as essential to avoiding parking overspill.

 

Members asked both the Presenting Officer and Councillor David Hicks to clarify the use of the site. The officer referred to Paragraph 1.2 and described the site as containing a number of structures used for commercial purposes. Members referred to an image in the Officer presentation which showed pictures of parked cars with the Ward Councillor confirming that the site contained approximately 30 to 40 cars parked by a local car sales garage. The Head of Planning then interjected that this will need to be investigated by enforcement as a potentially unlawful use of the site.

 

The principal responses of the applicant were:-

 

?         The extensive consultation carried out.

?         An increased provision of parking.

?         Reduced access and safety concerns from current use.

?         Employment of just three people currently.

?         The lack of realistic prospect of commercial development.

?         Generation of infrastructure and regeneration of the local area.

 

Members enquired as to the height of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.

Appendix: Reasons and Informatives pdf icon PDF 149 KB