Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 7.30 pm

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

Contact: Amy Dumitrescu, Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic)  Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

58.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

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

59.

Minutes of the last meeting

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2016.

To Follow

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2016 were not available within the time constraints for publication. The Committee was informed that these will become available online as draft, to be approved at the next meeting of the Committee.

 

60.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

5. APPLICATION NO. B2016/74654/FUL - Bawtree House.

Councillor Muhammad Sadiq, Non Pecuniary, as he knew the applicant.

 

7. APPLICATION NO. D2016/75067- 108 BEDDINGTON LANE   Beddington  CR0 4YY.

Councillor Hamish Pollock, Pecuniary, knew the agent in a professional capacity.

 

14. APPLICATION NO. A2016/74818/FUL - 21 Selwood Road.

Councillor Hamish Pollock, Non Pecuniary, as he knew the agent to the application.

 

61.

Order of Items

Minutes:

The Chair reordered the items so that:

 

·         Item 11, application no. C2016/74969/3FR – 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, and item 12, application no. C2016/74368/3FR – Carshalton High School for Girls, would be taken first.

 

·         Item 14, application no. A2016/74818/FUL – 21 Selwood Road, would follow item 5, application no. B2016/74654/FUL – Bawtree House.

 

·         Item 6, application no. D2016/74658/FUL – The Cedars, 21 Bond Gardens, Wallington, would follow item 10, application no. B2016/74923 – 27 Cavendish Road.

 

62.

APPLICATION NO. C2016/74969/3FR - 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton pdf icon PDF 148 KB

Retention of modular building for office accommodation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for retention of modular building for office 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, Muhammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields, Graham Whitham and Hanna Zuchowska.

 

RESOLVED:

That planning permission be granted for application No. C2016/74969/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

63.

APPLICATION NO.C2016/74368/3FR - Carshalton High School for Girls pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Alteration to existing detached building to provide a classroom, a specialist unit for vulnerable students and provision of an office and toilet facilities. Building to be retained permanently.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for alteration to existing detached building to provide a classroom, a specialist unit for vulnerable students and provision of an office and toilet facilities. Building to be retained permanently.

 

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, Muhammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields, Graham Whitham and Hanna Zuchowska.

 

RESOLVED:

That planning permission be granted for application No. C2016/74368/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

64.

APPLICATION NO. D2016/73711 - Marston Court, 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.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of the 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 the proposed building.

 

The item had been previously deferred on 18 May 2016 for further information on parking stress in the area and on 7 September 2016 on procedural grounds.

 

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

 

·         The size of property allowed at appeal.

·         Whether a 3D model of the new proposal existed, to which it was responded in the negative.

·         Operation of the hydraulic system.

 

Giles Bromley (Springfield Court Residents Group), objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied. The principal issues raised by the objector were:-

 

·         Opposition to the parking provision.

·         Current parking difficulties in Springfield Court.

·         Proximity of Collingwood School and hazards for parents dropping off/collecting.

·         Nearby sites of development with insufficient parking spaces.

·         Proximity to Wallington rail station and commuter parking.

·         Use of spaces by neighbouring properties.

 

The principal issues addressed by the applicant Andrew Hollins, on behalf of Hollins Planning, in response were:-

 

·         A parking survey had been undertaken in response to the first deferral.

·         The survey demonstrated the development would not materially harm on-street parking.

·         The central, transport-accessible location.

 

Clarification was sought by Members from the applicant as to the transport connections of the site.

 

Moving to debate, Members focussed on the issue of parking in the area. Councillor Shields requested that if the development came to fall in a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ), residents would not qualify for CPZ permits. The Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning, Andy Webber, explained that applications must be considered on the situation at present and suggested writing to the relevant Local Committee for any future discussion on the matter. The suggestion of a s.106 agreement to prevent CPZ qualification was also explained to be inappropriate to the case and recommendation.

 

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 Patrick McManus, Jason Reynolds, Hanna Zuchowska, Hamish Pollock, Kevin Burke, Graham Whitham and Samantha Bourne.

 

Against (2) Councillors Tony Shields and Vincent Galligan.

 

RESOLVED:

That planning permission be granted for application No. D2016/73711, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

65.

APPLICATION NO. B2016/74654/FUL - Bawtree House pdf icon PDF 174 KB

Variation of conditions 10 and 27 of planning approval B2014/69217 (amendment to include location of outbuildings).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for a variation of conditions 10 and 27 of planning approval B2014/69217 (amendment to include location of outbuildings).

 

Councillor Patrick McManus moved to the public gallery at the start of the item so that he could represent residents of the neighbouring ward.

 

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

 

·         The use of the outbuildings.

·         Residential amenity.

 

Ann Beale and Maria Hammond (local residents), objectors, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31.

 

The principal issues raised by the objectors were:-

 

·         The alleged proposal to use the outbuilding as an activity centre, the possible use at night and the resulting noise pollution.

·         The building was already in situ and considered an eyesore.

·         The balcony and windows of the main building were causing an invasion of privacy.

·         The outside lighting was already considered an issue.

·         Insufficient landscaping existed between properties.

 

Following Member request for clarification, the Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning, responded that it is not an offence in planning to build something and seek retroactive approval and confirmed that no limitations could be placed on the building’s usage and discussion ensued with regards to permitted development.

 

Councillor Patrick McManus, a neighbouring ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31 and withdrew from the room following his representations.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Patrick McManus were:-

 

·         The care home was an imposing building in itself and the outbuilding was more a pre-fabricated industrial building than a shed.

·         There were 4 material considerations: The cumulative impact on top of the already existing building, the visual impact, privacy and noise.

 

Moving to debate, the Chair requested that Officers verify enforcement of the light condition.

 

Members discussed landscaping, the location of the building and the demonstration of harm in moving the shed approximately 8 metres given that permission had previously been granted. 

 

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 Vincent Galligan, Hanna Zuchowska, Hamish Pollock, Muhammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Graham Whitham and Samantha Bourne.

 

Against (2)    Councillors Tony Shields and Jason Reynolds.

 

RESOLVED:

That planning permission be granted for application No. B2016/74654/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

66.

APPLICATION NO. A2016/74818/FUL - 21 Selwood Road pdf icon PDF 281 KB

Demolition of garage and erection of a part one part two storey side and rear extension and conversion of dwelling into one 1-bedroomed and one 2-bedroomed self contained flat. Alteration to front elevation, provision of cycle and refuse stores and retention of one car parking space.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for demolition of a garage and erection of a part one part two storey side and rear extension and conversion of dwelling into one 1 – bedroomed and one 2 – bedroomed self-contained flat, alteration to front elevation, provision of cycle and refuse stores and retention of one car parking space.

 

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

 

·         Whether work had already commenced.

·         The prevailing character of the area.

·         The nature of the neighbouring properties.   

 

Stephen Pilbeam (local resident), objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31. The principal issues raised by the objector were:-

 

·         A petition was signed by 36 people against the application, which was the fifth relating to this property.

·         A feeling of being mislead by the plans.

·         Work on the site had already commenced.

·         The rejection of previous applications. 

·         The application did not keep to the character of the road.

·         Parking difficulties in the area.

·         Reduced light for the immediate neighbours.

·         Concern that the “winter garden” could be used as a bedroom.

·         Concern that the loft could be converted under permitted development into more accommodation.

 

Members sought clarification on parking in the area and on the character of the area. The objector confirmed that parking was problematic in the evening when residents returned from work, and that there were hardly any conversions in the area, and none on Selwood Road.

 

The principal issues addressed by the applicant Alozie Nwankwo (architect) in response were:-

 

·         The property has permissions. Construction started at the back and is to move to the front.

·         The current proposal has the same size, character and side extension already approved.

·         The winter garden – an open balcony to the back would be more out of character. It is not clear how the winter garden could be converted to another room. 

 

Members sought clarification on the winter garden, the Public Transport Access Level (PTAL) and the potential for loft conversion under permitted development rights. The agent responded that the winter garden is an enclosed balcony on the upper floor, not a habitable room, and is unheated but provides more privacy than a balcony. The Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning responded that the area had a PTAL rating of 3 in July 2016. It was confirmed that if the property was converted to flats, planning permission would have to be sought for a loft conversion.   

 

Moving to debate, Members discussed whether there was an issue of setting precedent and a need to protect the nature of the area from property sub-division as a matter of over-intensive development. It was debated whether this could be considered as grounds for rejection. The Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning stressed that the Committee must assess the application in light of current policy which allows Members to consider the impact on the character of the area and refuse on grounds of demonstrable harm.

 

It was discussed that Committee members were  ...  view the full minutes text for item 66.

67.

APPLICATION NO. D2016/75067- 108 BEDDINGTON LANE Beddington CR0 4YY pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Change of Use from B2 to B8 with trade sales counter at ground floor level.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for change of Use from B2 to B8 with trade sales counter at ground floor level.

 

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, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Jason Reynolds, Graham Whitham and Hanna Zuchowska.

 

RESOLVED:

That planning permission be granted for application No. D2016/75067, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

68.

APPLICATION NO.A2016/74678/FUL - Site F Kimpton Park Way Sutton pdf icon PDF 213 KB

Variation of conditions 2 (drawings) and 19 (BREEAM) of previously approved application A2015/71816/FUL for: Erection of a building for use as a sui generis builders merchant with related open storage, access, parking and servicing.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for variation of conditions 2 (drawings) and 19 (BREEAM) of previously approved application A2015/71816/FUL for: Erection of a building for use as a sui generis builders merchant with related open storage, access, parking and servicing.

 

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, Muhammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields, Graham Whitham and Hanna Zuchowska.

The Committee considered a report on the above application for variation of conditions 2 (drawings) and 19 (BREEAM) of previously approved application A2015/71816/FUL for: Erection of a building for use as a sui generis builders merchant with related open storage, access, parking and servicing.

 

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, Muhammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields, Graham Whitham and Hanna Zuchowska.

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2016/74678/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

69.

APPLICATION NO. B2016/74796/FUL - Avenue Primary School Avenue Road Belmont SM2 6JE pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Retention of one block of pre-fabricated classrooms.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for retention of one block of pre-fabricated classrooms.

 

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, Muhammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields, Graham Whitham and Hanna Zuchowska.

 

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2016/74796/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

70.

APPLICATION NO. B2016/74923 - 27 Cavendish Road pdf icon PDF 181 KB

Variation of condition 33 (drawing numbers).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for variation of condition 33 (drawing numbers).

 

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, Muhammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields, Graham Whitham and Hanna Zuchowska.

 

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2016/74923, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

71.

APPLICATION NO. D2016/74658/FUL - The Cedars, 21 Bond Gardens, Wallington pdf icon PDF 358 KB

Demolition of existing buildings and the erection of a part one part three storey building comprising twenty three 1-bedroomed affordable flats with communal room, cycle and scooter store, refuse and recycling facilities together with amenity space and thirteen car parking spaces.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of a part one part three storey building comprising twenty three 1-bedroomed affordable flats with communal room, cycle and scooter store, refuse and recycling facilities together with amenity space and thirteen car parking spaces. 

 

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

 

?         Paragraph 5.67 and the minimum age requirements of retirement homes.

?         On-site parking provision.

?         Whether garages on the plan were part of the site.

 

Christine Strohmeier (on behalf of 79 Residents – Bond Gardens), an objector, and Councillors Nighat Piracha and Nick Mattey, ward councillors, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by the objector were:-

 

?         Concern over the density of the development.

?         The impact on neighbours.

?         The size of the development, the population increase and difference to the existing environment.

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of a part one part three storey building comprising twenty three 1-bedroomed affordable flats with communal room, cycle and scooter store, refuse and recycling facilities together with amenity space and thirteen car parking spaces.  

 

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

 

?         Paragraph 5.67 and the minimum age requirements of retirement homes.

?         On-site parking provision.

?         Whether garages on the plan were part of the site.

 

Christine Strohmeier (on behalf of 79 Residents – Bond Gardens), an objector, and Councillors Nighat Piracha and Nick Mattey, ward councillors, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by the objector were:-

 

?         Concern over the density of the development.

?         The impact on neighbours.

?         The size of the development, the population increase and difference to the existing environment.

?         Whether relevant planning policy was followed.

 

 

Clarification was sought from Members as to whether the objector was against an over-intensive development of the site, to which she responded positively.

 

Members enquired as to whether there was sufficient parking for the residents of Bond Gardens, to which the Objector responded that there was not.

 

The meeting was briefly adjourned at 10.07pm and resumed at 10.08pm.

 

Upon continuing the meeting, the Chair sought clarification from Officers on points relating to the density of the development. The Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning responded that the London Plan indicates the density matrix should be used as a guide and an application would not be refused solely for exceeding the guideline.

 

The principal issues raised by Nighat Piracha, Ward Councillor, were:-

 

?         The density of the proposed flats.

 

The principal issues raised by Nick Mattey, Ward Councillor, were:-

 

?         Harm to residential amenity.

?         The size of the development.

?         Lack of positive contribution to the area.

?         Poor design.

 

Following Member clarification, the Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning advised that cubic volume is not a material planning consideration.

 

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72.

ANY URGENT BUSINESS,

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

 

 

 

Minutes:

No urgent business was raised.

Appendix to Minutes - Reasons and Informatives pdf icon PDF 218 KB