Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 6th September, 2017 7.30 pm

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

Contact: Aimee Wittams-Smith, Committee Services  Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

28.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

29.

Minutes

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 9 August 2017.

 

To follow.

Minutes:

There were no minutes to be signed and agreed.

30.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

4. APPLICATION NO. D2017/77354/FUL - Commercial Unit rear of 37 Stafford Road, Wallington, SM6 9AP.

Councillor Muhammad Sadiq, Non Pecuniary, as the application was in his ward however he had no involvement with the application.

 

5. APPLICATION NO. B2017/76784 10 Salisbury Avenue, Cheam, SM1 2DQ.

Councillor Kevin Burke, , as he was a ward councillor for the ward and the ward councillors had been heavily involved in the application, however he had not become involved and confirmed that he would approach the item with an open mind.

 

31.

Order of items

Minutes:

Councillor Bourne brought item 7 on the agenda forward to the beginning as there was nobody present registered to speak, as such items were considered in the order as follows in the minutes.

32.

APPLICATION NO. A2017/77438/FUL - 1 The Parade, Oldfields Road, Sutton, SM1 2NA pdf icon PDF 228 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability on an application for the use of premises as a barbers falling within planning use calls A1 (retail) and new shop front.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the use of premises as a barbers falling within planning use calls A1 (retail) and new shop front. 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, Jason Reynolds, Margaret Court, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, Patrick McManus and Tony Shields.

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2017/77438/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

33.

APPLICATION NO. D2017/77354/FUL - Commercial Unit rear of 37 Stafford Road, Wallington, SM6 9AP pdf icon PDF 204 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability on an application for the conversion of rear of ground floor and erection of a first floor rear extension, to increase the current house in multiple occupation to 21 bedists involving alterations to elevations together with bim, cycle store and amenity area.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the conversion of rear of ground floor and erection of a first floor rear extension, to increase the current house in multiple occupation to 21 bedsits involving alterations to elevations together with bin, cycle store and amenity area.

The application had been de-delegated by Councillors Steve Cook and Jane McCoy.

Councillor Steve Cook, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31. Steven Ettinger, the applicant, replied.

The principal issues raised by Councillor Cook were:-

  • Ward councillors were aware of concerns about overdevelopment of the site and the resulting living conditions for the potential tenants however do not object to the application.
  • The building currently houses 9 bedsits which are well-kept, and this kind of accommodation is required in the current climate of affordability in London.
  • Of the 9 residents, only one owned a car.
  • Concerns about the relationship between the building’s windows and neighbouring properties.
  • If the plans were approved, ward councillors would like to see the developers install a suitable level of sound-proofing to protect the residents from the sound of the business below.

The principal issues raised by Steven Ettinger were:-

  • There are many regulations that they are complying with as an HMO which addresses many of the concerns raised by objectors
  • The 4 extra units were proposed to ensure that they are making the best use of the space available.
  • They are tenant-friendly and have received good feedback.
  • They intended to manage the building with care and in a responsive manner.

Councillors asked questions regarding parking, the bin and cycle store arrangements, whether the room sizes had been approved by environmental health, whether there was an agreement for the accommodation to take Sutton Council tenants. In debate, members raised concerns about parking and waste management on the site, and the overdevelopment of the site.

 

The committee took a vote on the Officer’s recommendation, and the majority voted against it. Councillor Kevin Burke proposed a motion to refuse the application due to over-intensification of development on the site with insufficient parking provision. Councillor Muhammad Sadiq seconded the motion. A poll vote on the motion to refuse the application was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

For (6)                         Councillors Patrick McManus, Kevin Burke, Muhammad Sadiq, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds and Margaret Court

Against (2)                   Councillors Samantha Bourne and Graham Whitham
Abstained (2)           Councillors Tony Shields and Vincent Galligan

Resolved: That planning permission be refused for application No. D2017/77354/FUL, on the grounds that the proposed development, to increase the house in multiple occupation to 21 bedsits, would, by reason of the over-intensive use of the site and lack of off-street parking provision, give rise to a likely increase in on-street parking demand to the significant detriment of local parking provision and the proposal would therefore be contrary to Policy DM22 of the Site Development Policies DPD.

 

The committee adjourned for a short comfort break at 20.40

34.

APPLICATION NO. B2017/76784 10 Salisbury Avenue, Cheam, SM1 2DQ pdf icon PDF 204 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability on an application for the erection of a single storey rear extension, creation of a first floor terrace with balustrade and privacy screen at rear, alteration to existing roofline and provision of a dormer extension at rear and conversion to provide two  2 -bedroomed flats and a studio flat.  Provision of 3 car parking spaces and alteration to existing vehicular access.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The committee reconvened at 20.45.


The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a single storey rear extension, alteration to existing roofline and provision of a dormer extension at rear and conversion to provide two  2 -bedroomed flat and a studio flat.  Provision of 3 car parking spaces and alteration to existing vehicular access.

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Wendy Mathys and the recommendation had been opposed by 10 or more persons residing at separate addresses.

Caroline Aylard, an objector, and Wendy Mathys, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31. Angela Craggs, the applicant, replied.

The principal issues raised by Caroline Aylard were:-

 

  • The design would not fit in with the neighbouring properties and surrounding area, and would damage the outlook from these properties. In particular the hip to gable extension which would unbalance the pair of semi-detached houses.
  • Refuse collection and the impact of multiple occupancy on the levels of waste, noise and disturbance to neighbours.
  • A traffic report submitted by objectors shows that there would not be enough space for bicycles to be wheeled through refuse storage space in the alleyway, nor for parking on the driveway.
  • It would be more suitable to be converted into two flats rather than three

The principal issues raised by Councillor Mathys were:-

 

  • Objectors have raised some detailed planning and legal reasons they are opposed to the application in their representations which must be addressed.
  • Both ward councillors object to the application.
  • The hip-to-gable extension would not look appropriate in this road, which is by a conservation area.
  • Many large family homes have been lost to conversions in the area already.
  • Direct physical effect on neighbours due to the extension.

 

The principal issues raised by Angela Craggs were:-

 

  • She had lived at the address for 12 years with her son and daughter, the intended use of the units would be for her children to reside in.
  • Never had an issue moving large bins past one another in the alleyway.
  • The site is not actually in a conservation area and neighbouring properties also have unusual extensions.

 

Councillors asked questions about the future intended use of the property and Councillor Graham Whitham raised concerns about the proximity of the development to a conservation area and its effect on the character of the area.

 

Councillor Graham Whitham proposed a motion to refuse the application on the grounds that it would result in the loss of a single family dwelling house outside the Area of Potential Intensification adjacent to the Landseer Conservation Area contrary to policy 10 of the emerging draft of the council’s Local Plan Furthermore, it is against Sutton’s policy DM24 with particular regard to the lack of provision of a dedicated cycle store, bin store to service three flats and  the sub-division of the garden adjacent  to the Landseer conservation area.  The proposal fails to provide a proper assessment taking into account the impact on the Landseer conservation area including  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

35.

APPLICATION NO. A2017/76738/FUL - Old Inn House, 2 Carshalton Road, Sutton, SM1 4RA pdf icon PDF 232 KB

Report of the Executive Head of Economic Development, Planning and Sustainability on an application for an extension at roof level to form two 1-bed and three 2-bed residential units.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for an extension at roof level to form two 1-bed and three 2-bed residential units.

 

Mark Edwards, an objector, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and Donald McGregor, the agent, replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Mark Edwards were:-

 

  • Owner of flat 25 of Olden House speaking on behalf of residents of Olden House who are frustrated on the amount of issues they have faced including waste concerns, parking concerns, cycle concerns, disabled access concerns, no working passenger lift, and initially no postcode on the existing flats.
  • There is no need for 5 additional flats here, the council has identified sufficient sites to meet its housing target, with 487 homes being built within 100m of the site.
  • The noise and logistics of construction, particularly on a Saturday, would be unbearable.
  • Poor vehicular access which would only be reduced during and following construction, as well as no additional parking proposed where there is already issues with accessing and space in the car park.

 

The principal issues raised by Donald McGregor were:-

 

  • The applicant and architect had carefully considered a construction management plan.
  • There is no requirement for additional parking for this kind of application.
  • It is a quality design reflecting planning policy requirements.
  • The impact of the building work would be unavoidable, but confirmed that they did not intend to build on Saturdays.
  • They would be willing to liaise with residents regarding the obstruction to residents.
  • Refuse plans had been provided.

 

Councillors asked questions about how obstructions and noise during construction could be reduced, parking, the current management of the building, whether they would be willing to work with residents and ward councillors to improve conditions, cycle storage, disabled access.

 

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

 

To grant (9)                Councillors Samantha Bourne, Muhammad Sadiq, Jason Reynolds, Margaret Court, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Hamish Pollock, Graham Whitham, and Patrick McManus.


Against (1)                 Councillor Tony Shields

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2017/76738/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

36.

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 brought forward.

Appendix to the minutes - Conditions, reasons and informatives pdf icon PDF 101 KB