Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 13th December, 2017 7.30 pm

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

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

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Items
No. Item

54.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies.

55.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 150 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2017.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 15 November 2017 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

56.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

Order of Items - The Chair confirmed that the agenda would be reordered and Items 5 and 6 would be heard as the first items on the agenda.

 

57.

APPLICATION NO.D2017/76510 - Lindbergh Play Centre, Lindbergh Road, Wallington, SM6 9HB pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Construction of a single storey modular building to provide two additional classrooms with WCs and quiet room.  The application is a departure from the adopted development plan.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the construction of a single storey modular building to provide two additional classrooms with WCs and a quiet room.

 

This report was taken as read and Members moved to vote.

 

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

 

To Grant          (10) - Councillors Bourne, Burke, Court, Galligan, McManus, Pollock,

          Reynolds, Sadiq, Shields and Whitham.

Against            (0)
Abstained        (0)
 
Resolved: That planning permission be granted for Application No.D2017/76510, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives as set out in the Planning Schedule for this application.

 

58.

APPLICATION NO.C2017/77955 - 80 Westmead Road, Sutton, SM1 4JF pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Change of use from Estate Agents (A2) to Tattoo Parlour.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application to the change of use from Estate Agents (A2) to a Tattoo Parlour (Sui Generis).

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Jill Whitehead.

 

Members enquired about reference being made to a previous application being refused and the number of treatment beds and expected customers.

 

Officers informed the Committee that the planning history had been checked and there were no references to any other tattoo parlour applications being refused with the exception of an invalid application that was never made valid. Officers also informed the Committee that the tattoo parlour would only be operating by appointment only.

 

Mr Patel, son of the land-owner and supporter addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31 and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Patel were: -

 

  • The shop is owned by his father, who previously operated a Post Office in the area, but it had since been leased on and off to various types of businesses.
  • A number of these businesses had gone bust and not paid rent over a period of time.
  • The applicant is the first person to present a viable business plan.
  • The business will not affect parking in the area and it is by appointment only.

 

Members enquired about the neighbouring shops and whether or not they were vacant.

 

Mr Patel confirmed that the shops were currently vacant.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Chris Williams were: -

 

  • Councillor Jill Whitehead de-delegated the application as local councillors and residents were concerned that this business is not appropriate for a largely residential location.
  • It is believed that the application is inappropriate as a tattoo parlour would not provide the kind of retail business that local residents would find useful and valued.
  • The strategic objectives of the local plan include matching the resident expectations, the boroughs parade have a good range of high quality shops.
  • The local area already has a range of businesses that serve local need.
  • The area also has poor public transport links and car parking particularly in residential roads off Westmead Road are problematic.
  • Residents have expressed to support retail outlets that can be reached by the local community on foot.
  • Concerns have been expressed about the tattoo parlour increasing the demand for parking as the clientele will more than likely come from a wider area.

 

Members enquired about the difficulties of letting the unit in the past and whether or not there would be parking implications or differences between areas in the borough that already had existing tattoo parlours.

 

Councillor Williams informed the Committee that he was reporting fact that the tattoo parlour would increase the demand for parking in the area and these were concerns expressed by local residents in the immediate area and there are vacant properties in the area, but the majority of shops are occupied and are thriving. He also said that he had no knowledge about the clientele of a tattoo parlour and didn’t think it was relevant, but was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 58.

59.

APPLICATION NO.B2017/77476/FUL - 24-34 Sutton Court Road, Sutton, SM1 4SY pdf icon PDF 320 KB

Erection of a residential development comprising of 165 flats in a part 10, 11, 20 and 21 storey building comprising ten studio, seventy seven 1- bedroomed, sixty eight 2- bedroomed and ten 3- bedroomed 'build to rent' residential units with 11 car parking spaces at lower ground level, new vehicle access from Sutton Court Road and internal cycle stores for 274 bicycles, refuse and recycling facilities, plant accommodation and associated hard and soft landscaping.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a residential development comprising of 165 flats in a part 10, 11, 20 and 21 storey building comprising ten studios, seventy seven 1- bedroomed, sixty eight 2- bedroomed and ten 3- bedroomed 'build to rent' residential units with 11 car parking spaces at lower ground level, new vehicle access from Sutton Court Road and internal cycle stores, refuse and recycling facilities, plant accommodation and associated hard and soft landscaping.

 

The officer presented the main points from the report.

 

Members enquired about the lack of parking spaces and the lack of affordable housing allocation within the scheme.

 

Head of Planning, Andy Webber informed the Committee that fees are nationally subscribed and the Council does not have a say in what the fees calculations are and the pre-application fees are published and available on the website. In terms of what the developer has paid the Council for advice and processing of application this is more than offset by CIL (community infrastructure levy) payments which is mandatory tax on development. The Council will receive funds of just over £2m in CIL contributions which will be used for improvements to infrastructure decided upon need and according to the impact of the development.

 

Don Ayiam, the Highways Officer informed the Committee that the deciding criteria is whether the development qualifies as a “car-free” development and within the Council’s own policies. It is an area with a PR rating of 6A, which is next to the best, and is within walking distance to Sutton station and as such qualifies as a “car-free” development. Council’s policy states that such a development is still subject to a Section 106 supplement, which then precludes the residents of the development from applying for on-street parking within the CPZ. The developer would then have to submit a travel plan to manage the needs of their future residents.

 

Members enquired about residents parking in the CPZ and enforcement in those areas for those taking properties in the development.

 

Don Ayiam, the Highways Officer informed the Committee that the Section 106 supplement is registered with Land Registry and any searches made would flag up the parking restrictions in the development relating to no on-street parking permits being issued. The Parking Strategy of the Council also extends the controlled parking zone periods till late in the day.

 

Members enquired about the threshold for the Mayor of London for affordable housing units and the benefit to the Sutton residents.

 

Head of Planning, Andy Webber informed the Committee that the draft London plan is proposing that private schemes provided 35% affordable housing, and 50% for all other schemes in the London plan, but the London plan is in draft consultation.

 

Planning Officers explained that the scheme is a build to rent scheme, different from a market scheme and is a new product to the market, first time in Sutton and if the Committee were to grant and go with officers recommendation then the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 59.

60.

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.