Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 19th October, 2016 7.30 pm

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

Contact: Aimee Wittams-Smith, Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic)  Tel: 020 8770 4171 | Email:  aimee.wittams-smith@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

73.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Patrick McManus, Councillor Tim Crowley attended as a substitute.

74.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 160 KB

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

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2016 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

75.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

76.

ORDER OF ITEMS

Minutes:

The Chair announced that Item 6 on the agenda was to be removed, as such the items were considered as follows in the minutes. Item number 7 was moved from Part B to Part A as following the publication of the agenda, an objection had been received.

77.

APPLICATION NO. A2016/74930/FUL - Cheam Park Farm Junior School Kingston Avenue North Cheam SM3 9UE pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Erection of a two storey infill extension to provide a new school entrance including associated external works and additional accommodation to increase the school capacity from three to four form of entry.  Modifications to the north and east elevations incorporating a new means of escape and additional windows.  Internal remodelling and refurbishment works to expand the existing school hall and provide a community room.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a two storey infill extension to provide a new school entrance including associated external works and additional accommodation to increase the school capacity from three to four form of entry. Modifications to the north and east elevations incorporating a new means of escape and additional windows. Internal remodelling and refurbishment.

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, Mohammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Tim Crowley, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Jason Reynolds and Tony Shields.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2016/74930/FUL subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

78.

APPLICATION NO. D2015/71534/FUL Wallington Sports and Social Club, 34 Mollison Drive, Wallington pdf icon PDF 252 KB

Retrospective application for fencing enclosing the parking area ancillary to the sports ground.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above retrospective application for fencing enclosing the parking area ancillary to the sports ground.

 

Councillors discussed the use of the grounds and concerns surrounding planning enforcement on the site, particularly in the light of the level of concern from surrounding residents. Specific powers of enforcement were discussed and the committee requested feedback on enforcement at a Member Development session.

 

Councillor Shields raised a motion to defer the application in order to inspect evidence on planning enforcement and to review the number of retrospective applications on the site. The motion was not seconded.

 

Councillor Hamish Pollock raised a motion to defer the application in order to review the number of complaints received about the site over time. The motion was not seconded.

 

Councillor Neil Garratt, a Ward Councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Garratt were:-

 

  • The fence fronting onto Mollison Drive appears to have been there for quite some time although it is only just before the committee for consideration.
  • The use of the site appears to be as a commercial business/a vehicle compound.
  • The last application on this site that was discussed at committee resulted in agreement that planning enforcement on the site would take place and a report would come back to committee concerning activity on the site.
  • He wanted to know what had happened following the minutes of the meeting in September 2015 mentioned in the previous point above.
  • He was concerned about the lack of evidence that planning enforcement staff had gathered in comparison to the clear evidence that the residents were able to provide.

 

Andy Webber ensured the committee that the Planning Enforcement team would be taking action should there be any evidence that the activity at the site was not ancillary to sports and recreation, as outlined in the conditions in the planning application. Councillor Garratt requested to be included in further discussions with residents.

 

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

 

To grant (6)     Councillors Samantha Bourne, Mohammad Sadiq, Jason Reynolds, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, and Graham Whitham

Against (3)       Councillors Tony Shields, Kevin Burke and Hamish Pollock

Abstained (1)   Councillor Tim Crowley

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2015/71534/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

The committee took a 3 minute recess.

79.

APPLICATION NO. B2016/75427 - Orion House 19 Cedar Road, Sutton pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Use of premises for B1(a) (Office) and D1 (Integrated Health and Wellbeing Centre for psychosocial interventions and clinical) use.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the use of premises for B1(a) (Office) and D1 (Integrated Health and Wellbeing Centre for psychosocial interventions and clinical) use.

Roland Foxcroft, an objector, and Councillor Trish Fivey, a Ward Councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant, Mr Peter Glass, replied.

The principal issues raised by Roland Foxcroft were:-

 

  • The change in use taken in conjunction with the urban design framework as a mostly residential area.
  • The build up of clients at the site could have an impact on parking in the area.
  • There did not appear to be any consultation with vulnerable communities on the levels of crime in the area.
  • Other properties in his building, only two doors away from the site, did not appear to receive consultation letters.

The principal issues raised by Councillor Trish Fivey were:-

 

  • The site is in a residential area and she had concerns that the surrounding residents were not clearly informed and consulted on the use of the premises.
  • Concerns about people with drug and alcohol problems coming to a residential area with a school nearby and sheltered housing for the elderly in very close proximity. Around 50 clients would be expected to attend per day and she was concerned about the vulnerable residents.
  • The opening hours would be from 8am-9pm which includes times after dark and when children would be travelling to and from school.
  • There is extremely limited parking along the road.
  • The intended use of the premises in the application was not made clear to residents.

 

Councillor Shields sought to propose a motion to defer the application, and the Chair stated that she would like to allow the applicant to respond to the concerns raised in the interest of fairness. Councillor Shields wished to register his dissent at the Chair’s decision.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Peter Glass were:-

 

  • The group of people that would be worked with at the premises are some of the most disenfranchised and also vulnerable people.
  • All activities at the service were supported by Public Health England and the Sutton CCG, NHS Trust, Sutton GP foundation group and several local charities.
  • The premises would be used for medical interventions by partners at the NHS - prescriptions but no dispensing on site.
  • The site would have 5 parking spaces, and many of the service users are not people who drive vehicles.
  • The service was looking to help people that are motivated to improve their situations.
  • Most of the representations were “fear of the unknown” and based on preconceptions. The franchise ran many other sites and did not have any issues with anti-social behaviour from their clientele.
  • At other sites, the franchise work with local Residents Associations and would be happy to do so at this site.

 

Councillors asked about the other services that Cranstoun delivered and the kinds of activities running into the evening hours of business, which Mr Glass informed the committee would be likely to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 79.

80.

APPLICATION NO. D2016/75026 - 85 Godalming Avenue, Wallington, SM6 8NT pdf icon PDF 146 KB

Erection of a single storey rear extension - CPU - required due to applicant working for the Council.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a single storey rear extension.

 

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, Mohammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Tim Crowley, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Jason Reynolds and Tony Shields.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2016/75026, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

81.

APPLICATION NO. A2016/75041 - The Trading Hut Worcester Park Allotments, Boscombe Road, The Trading Hut, Worcester Park pdf icon PDF 157 KB

Change of use of existing allotment users hut to charity run arts and craft resource centre

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the change of use of existing allotment users hut to charity run arts and craft resource centre.

 

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, Mohammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Tim Crowley, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Jason Reynolds and Tony Shields.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2016/75041, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

82.

APPLICATION NO. B2016/74971 - 208 High Street, Sutton, SM1 1NU pdf icon PDF 149 KB

Display of an externally illuminated fascia sign and a non-illuminated hanging sign

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the display of an externally illuminated fascia sign and a non-illuminated hanging 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 (10)   Councillors Samantha Bourne, Mohammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Tim Crowley, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Jason Reynolds and Tony Shields.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2016/74971, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

83.

APPLICATION NO. C2016/73986/ADV - North Street, Carshalton pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Display of a freestanding information sign.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the display of a freestanding information 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 (10)   Councillors Samantha Bourne, Mohammad Sadiq, Kevin Burke, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Tim Crowley, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Jason Reynolds and Tony Shields.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. C2016/73986/ADV, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

84.

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 91 KB