Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 15th March, 2017 7.30 pm

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

Contact: Fiona Bywaters, Committee Services Team Leader  Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

146.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

No apologies of absence were received.

147.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 February 2017.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 22 February 2017 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

148.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

4. APPLICATION NO. D2017/76395 - Beddington Sewage Treatment Works, Beddington Lane,  Beddington, CR0 4TH.

 

Councillor Graham Whitham, Non Pecuniary, sat on a policy item related to SDEN which came to the Strategy and Resources Committee.

 

Councillor Margaret Court, Pecuniary, been involved in pre-discussions of the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), and sat on the Planning Committee that approved the ERF

 

Councillor Samantha Bourne, Non Pecuniary, sat on the Housing, Economy and Business Committee two years ago to determine viability of the business case for SDEN.

 

5. APPLICATION NO. C2017/76396 - Land adjacent to the East and West of London Road, including the existing London Road Railway Bridge, London Road, Hackbridge.

 

Councillor Margaret Court, Non Pecuniary, been involved in pre-discussions of the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), and sat on the Planning Committee that approved the ERF.

 

Councillor Samantha Bourne, Non Pecuniary, sat on the Housing, Economy and Business Committee two years ago to determine viability of the business case for SDEN.

 

Councillor Vincent Galligan, Non Pecuniary, sat on a policy item related to SDEN which came to the Strategy and Resources Committee.

 

7. APPLICATION NO. A2016/75985 - The Old Stables Cheam Park, Tudor Close, Cheam, SM3 8QS.

 

Councillor Kevin Burke, Non Pecuniary, relative lives in Tudor Close.

 

Councillor Vincent Galligan, Non Pecuniary, knows Colin Shea, the agent.

 

149.

APPLICATION NO. D2017/76395 - Beddington Sewage Treatment Works, Beddington Lane, Beddington, CR0 4TH pdf icon PDF 367 KB

Erection of a pump house, metering enclosure and associated works for a temporary period of seven years.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered reports for agenda items 4 and 5 together in respect of applications for the erection of a pump house, metering enclosure and associated works for a temporary period of seven years and; the installation of a pipeline including the construction of pipe bridge to connect between an approved Energy Recovery Facility (and its associated approved pipelines) and a housing development site, the 'Felnex Site' to deliver Combined Heat and Power (CHP) provision.

 

Members asked for clarification on what the special circumstances were that application no. C2017/76396 came under, as referenced in the reports. The Planning Manager, Richard Green, confirmed this was due to the principles mentioned at Paragraph 5.84 of the report.

 

It was also asked whether any consideration had been given to the ecology of the site. The Planning Manager responded that the report had considered the biodiversity of the area and restoration of the landscaping was covered by condition.

 

Finally, Members sought clarification on the working hours would be during construction. The Planning Manager confirmed some restrictions but acknowledged some night time work across the railway line would be required.

 

Maeve Tomlinson, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, in turn beginning with the application at agenda item 4 and addressed the meeting later on the application at agenda item 5.

The principal issues raised by Maeve Tomlinson in respect of agenda item 4 were:-

  • Concerns about possible pipe connection to the incinerator;
  • Discourage the installation of better insulation in new homes;
  • Development won’t deliver low carbon energy;
  • Goes against London Plan in regards to the metropolitan open land; and
  • The site is part of a green corridor prone to flooding.

 

Members questioned the objector on the carbon emission figures and whether individual gas boilers would be more beneficial. The objector responded that she had received advice from the UK Without Incineration Network alleging that the carbon emission figures were flawed, and that it was her opinion that individual gas boilers would be better.

 

Councillor Nick Mattey, a Ward Councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, in turn beginning with the application at agenda item 4 and addressed the meeting later on the application at agenda item 5.

The principal issues raised by Councillor Nick Mattey in respect of agenda item 4 were:-

  • Within the Felnex site, a completely contained Combined Heat and Power (CHP)  on-site generation would be a better option for providing low pollution energy and generating heat and electricity;
  • Pipes taking hot water on a 2 kilometre journey does not constitute special circumstances for installation on open metropolitan land;
  • The proposal does not satisfy the aims of the London Plan;
  • There should be no pump house as its proximity is too far from the development site.

 

Members questioned Councillor Mattey on the appropriateness of the pump house. Councillor Mattey responded that the pump house would degrade the visual impact of the area and there were no special circumstances to justify it.

 

The principal issues raised by the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 149.

150.

APPLICATION NO. C2017/76396 - Land adjacent to the East and West of London Road, including the existing London Road Railway Bridge, London Road, Hackbridge pdf icon PDF 451 KB

Installation of pipeline including the construction of pipe bridge to connect between an approved Energy Recovery Facility (and its associated approved pipelines) and a housing development site, the 'Felnex Site' to deliver Combined Heat and Power (CHP) provision.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Please see minute item 149

 

151.

ORDER OF ITEMS

Minutes:

The Chair announced that agenda items 8 and 9 would be deferred to the planning meeting taking place on the 29 March 2017.

 

An adjournment was taken from 21.22 until 21:28.

 

After moving on to agenda item 6, the Chair announced further that agenda item 7 would be deferred to the planning meeting taking place on the 29 March 2017, due to time constraints.

 

152.

APPLICATION NO. A2016/75813 - 14 The Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7QB pdf icon PDF 210 KB

Erection of a 3-bedroomed detached bungalow with roof accommodation at rear of garden, and erection of a rear boundary wall up to a maximum height of 1.8m and retaining wall up to a maximum height of 550mm. Formation of a hard-standing at front and vehicle access onto Shirley Avenue, provision of two car parking spaces, and cycle and refuse storage.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a 3-bedroomed detached bungalow with roof accommodation at rear of garden, and erection of a rear boundary wall up to a maximum height of 1.8m and retaining wall up to a maximum height of 550mm. Formation of a hard-standing at front and vehicle access onto Shirley Avenue, provision of two car parking spaces, and cycle and refuse storage.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Holly Ramsey.

 

William Kemp, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by William Kemp were:-

  • The proposal was out of character with the local estate;
  • It was a back garden development which is contrary to the London Plan;
  • Over convergence of the site;
  • Ignores the building line; and
  • Loss of privacy.

 

Members questioned the objector on the separation distance between the intended and host property, and the effects to the street frontage. William Kemp confirmed that the separation distance was 11m and that 50% of the intended property would go over the existing building line.

 

Councillors Holly Ramsey and Mary Burstow, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by ward Councillors Holly Ramsey and Mary Burstow were:-

  • Out of character with the local estate;
  • Contrary to planning policy DM4;
  • Pre-application advice failed to understand character of Area of Special Local Character (ASLC);
  • Ignores established building line; and
  • The proposed house looks squashed

 

Members asked Councillor Ramsey to expand her comments regarding the ‘pre-app’ advice given by the London Borough of Sutton, which Councillor Ramsey called “questionable.” The Head of Planning responded that the advice of the Planning Service consists of a professional opinion that the Committee is not obliged to follow. It was emphasised that the service had taken into account the ASLC considerations.

 

The Principal issues raised by the applicant Peter Furst and the agent Scott Ellis were:-

  • The number of objections were small;
  • Producing a suitable development more considerate than selling the site to a developer;
  • No objections from immediate neighbours;
  • Proposal was designed with majority interest in mind; and
  • Proposal was designed to fit in with the surroundings

 

Members questioned whether the applicant chose to push the intended property as far back from the host property. The applicant responded that adjacent property number 5 was askewed making it appear as if the proposed property was cutting into the building line.

 

Members debated what the arts and crafts elements of the property were and the view that the intended property was out of character with the local area being a bungalow.

 

The Chair Councillor Samantha Bourne made a motion to refuse the application on the grounds that it was:

 

  1. Incongruous in scale
  2. Cramped on plot
  3. Detrimental to the street scene
  4. Out of character with the area

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Kevin Burke

 

A poll vote on the motion to refuse the application was held, when there voted:

 

To refuse (10)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 152.

153.

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.