Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 7.30 pm

Venue: Europa Gallery, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

Contact: Committee Services  Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

165.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Hamish Pollock.

166.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

4. APPLICATION NO. A2016/75951 - Victoria House, 388 Malden Road, Cheam, SM3 8HY.

 

Councillor Muhammad Sadiq, Non Pecuniary, has received letters from residents in his ward in support of the application, but not engaged with the residents on the matter.

 

Councillor Samantha Bourne, Non Pecuniary, has done a lot of work and spoken at length with residents both objecting and supporting the application and on that basis, will not Chair the meeting on the item.

 

 

167.

ORDER OF ITEMS

Minutes:

The chair announced that item 5 on the agenda will be taken first, proceed by item 4.

168.

APPLICATION NO. C2016/76025 - Carshalton High School For Girls, West Street, Carshalton, SM5 2QX pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Variation of condition 2 of planning approval C2015/71157 (submission of revised arboricultural report in relation to loss of trees).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the variation of condition 2 of planning approval C2015/71157.

 

Members asked for clarification on the age, type, growth and density of the proposed new trees. Planning Officer, Andrew Thornley confirmed that the proposed new trees will include Oak, Beech and Alder trees, and will be planted at heights ranging from 1.5m to 4m. The new trees will give an increased tree growth barrier.

 

Members queried whether it was reasonable for some of the trees to be replaced with Poplars at a later date. The Planning Officer responded that the removal of some trees makes retention difficult as the trees in the middle have decay. The Head of Planning, Andy Webber, said further that any remaining trees could be subject to further wind damage, which creates a health and safety issue.

 

Members asked what level of maturity the trees would be planted at and what the subject conditions were mentioned in the report. The Planning Officer explained that young trees, not just saplings will be planted. The subject conditions relate to the replacement strategy proposal being fully implemented and any trees lost in the first 5 years being replaced.

 

Councillor Jill Whitehead, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Jill Whitehead were:-

 

  • The trees provide benefits, as a wind break, noise barrier to school and for wildlife
  • The trees enhance the local character of the area
  • Trees best defence to flooding
  • Any new trees will need to provide same function as poplars
  • Acoustic fence isn’t working and the removal of the Poplar trees will worsen noise
  • Mitigation doesn’t overcome the existing benefits of the Poplars

 

The Chair asked for clarification on the objections of the Senior Biodiversity Officer subject to conditions. The Planning Officer explained that initially the Senior Biodiversity Officer felt the scheme didn’t go far enough, but after seeking amendments and was happy with the proposal.

 

Members asked the ward Councillor what effect the trees would have on the nearby allotment area. The ward Councillor explained that the trees will have an impact on the allotment holders as it will create noise and an unnatural environment.

 

Members asked if the school had agreed to landscaping and whether the ward Councillor had spoken to the school management. The ward Councillor explained that school tried to carry out works before the planning application was heard and that residents don’t trust the school to do any landscaping. The ward Councillor said further that she had spoken to the school governing body but they weren’t very responsive.

The Chair asked officers to clarify the 2015 application and whether there had been any tree disease since then. The Planning Officer explained that decay was identified in the previous application and further investigation was needed, however investigations weren’t carried out until the submission of this application.

 

Members asked how many trees how many have been cut down so far and the ward Councillor reported that 3  ...  view the full minutes text for item 168.

169.

APPLICATION NO. A2016/75951 - Victoria House, 388 Malden Road, Cheam, SM3 8HY pdf icon PDF 714 KB

Application for full planning permission for comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment comprising: demolition of existing building and erection of a part four (4) part seven (7) part nine (9) part ten (10) storey mixed use building with 88 residential units (Use Class C3) in a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroomed flats (including affordable units) and up to 518.4 sq.m. of commercial floorspace (Flexible Use Class A1-A3/ B1/ D1 /D2), together with the provision of associated landscaping, cycle spaces, car parking spaces formation of new and amended vehicular access off Church Hill Road, public realm improvements and other ancillary works.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for a comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment comprising of demolition of the existing building and the erection of a multi storey mixed use building with 88 residential units. To include a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroomed flats (including affordable units) and up to 518.4 sq.m of commercial floor space


Members asked for clarification on the separation distance of the balconies from the central column of the building, the results of any sunlight reports and what the overshadowing would be on houses to the North of the development.

 

Principal Planning Officer, Nick Lloyd-Davies, approximated that the closest separation distance from the edge of balconies to the opposite proposed building was 7.5 metres. It was confirmed that a sunlight report did take place and the proposed units would be 91% daylight compliant and 80% compliant with sunlight which was typical for the area. The Principal Planning Officer explained that, based upon the submitted evidence from the applicant's, 51% of the Beckett House garden could be overshadowed at the Spring Equinox , just within BRE guidelines, and in the summer it would be closer to 10% shadowing when use of the garden would be expected to be greater. The Principal Planning Officer stated that this would be acceptable for a District Centre location

 

Members asked what the wind profile of the building would be. The Principal Planning Officer reported that the wind assessment showed that there would be a moderate increase in wind speeds which would not be harmful to public safety or comfort, and that landscaping would provide robust wind protection, which has been reviewed by the Principal Tree Officer.

 

Mr Alan Plant, Chair of Church Hill, Abbotts and Priory Residents Association (CHAPRA) spoke on behalf of petitioners as an objector, and Councillor Richard Broadbent, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

Councillors Tony Shields, Patrick McManus and Graham Whitham informed the committee that the objector was known to them, but they were unaware he was planning to speak.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Alan Plant were:-

 

  • North Cheam District Centre couldn’t support a high rise development as shown in the 2008 Tall Building Study
  • Sutton Draft Local Plan outlines that developments above 4-6 storeys will damage local character in the area
  • The proposal is out of local character which consists of low art deco buildings.
  • Limited capacity for on-street parking provisions in neighbouring streets
  • Commercial floor space provides no parking for customers or employees
  • Area will need a Library and Doctors Surgery to support the development

 

Members asked the objector what the general state and usage of parking was in the area. The objector explained that there was no available parking space in the immediate area and there was congestion at the top of Church Hill Road. The Objector said with the proposed development local roads would become a car park to the detriment of local businesses.

 

Principal Highways Engineer, Don Anyiam, explained  ...  view the full minutes text for item 169.