Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 28th June, 2017 7.30 pm

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Items
No. Item

22.

ELECTION OF CHAIR

Minutes:

In the absence of the Chair and the Vice Chair, the clerk asked Members to motion the election of a Chair. Councillor Hamish Pollock nominated Councillor Kevin Burke as Chair, this was seconded by Councillor Vincent Galligan. The Committee agreed, as such Councillor Kevin Burke sat as Chair for the meeting.

 

Councillor Kevin Burke invited Members to motion the election of a Vice Chair. Councillor Hanna Zuchowska nominated Councillor Mary Burstow as Vice Chair. This was seconded by Councillor Reynolds and the committee agreed. As such, Councillor Mary Burstow sat as Vice Chair for the remainder of the meeting.

 

23.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Samantha Bourne, Muhammad Sadiq, Patrick McManus and Graham Whitham. Councillors Mary Burstow, Hanna Zuchowska and Tim Crowley attended as substitutes.

24.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

3. APPLICATION NO. B2016/76164/3FR - Former Sutton Hospital Site, Chiltern Road, Sutton.

Councillor Mary Burstow, Non Pecuniary, as she was a member of Children, Family and Education Committee.

 

3. APPLICATION NO. B2016/76164/3FR - Former Sutton Hospital Site, Chiltern Road, Sutton.

Councillor Tim Crowley, Non Pecuniary, as he was a member of Strategy and Resources Committee when the acquisition of the land went through an emergency procedure.

 

25.

APPLICATION NO. B2016/76164/3FR - Former Sutton Hospital Site, Chiltern Road, Sutton pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Erection of a new six form entry secondary school, (Class D1), creation of a new access off Chiltern Road, modification of existing egress to Chiltern Road, construction of a hard surfaced games court above an undercroft car park, provision of other areas of hard playing space, car parking, cycle parking hard and soft landscaping works, and other associated works.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a new six form entry secondary school, the creation of a new access off Chiltern Road, the modification of existing egress to Chiltern Road, the construction of a hard surfaced games court above an undercroft car park, the provision of other areas of hard playing space, car parking, cycle parking, hard and soft landscaping works, and other associated works.

 

Following the presentation, Nick Lloyd-Davies clarified that the report had been amended since a report published for the application in March 2017, to incorporate the previous Committee addendum, an additional written representation against the scheme and the officer answers to a number of queries raised at that meeting, such as regarding the classification of trees. Councillors Crowley and Shields asked questions about the traffic feasibility report, and Ian Price (Team Leader for Strategy and Commissioning, Highways & Transport) responded that an initial paper had been received from consultants towards the end of May, however it did not cover the full range of options that we wanted to be considered. Andy Webber, Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning, confirmed that the application was not dependent on junction improvements coming forward, which would follow as part of a second wave of proposals as part of the London Cancer Hub development and added that the transport assessment came with a Road Safety Audit following which the application included a number of mitigation measures.

 

Peter Mattey (Chair - Belmont, South Sutton and South Cheam Neighbourhood Forum), Colin Iddles (Chair - South Sutton Neighbourhood Association), David Rangeley, and Mark Randall, objectors, and Councillors McManus and Hicks, Ward Councillors, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, then Emma Lasserson, a supporter, addressed the meeting, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by the objectors were:-

 

  • The site would be too small for a school accommodating that many pupils, causing fire safety concerns and concerns for the wellbeing of pupils.
  • It sits on a dangerous junction that has experienced 36 personal injury accidents in past 5 years.
  • No permanent funding committed to whatever the material requirements were to make it less dangerous.
  • Traffic congestion - the report gives an unrealistic view of traffic at peak times.
  • An additional 500 bus trips in peak hours would need 6 extra double deckers further adding to traffic, and the area is underserved by transport infrastructure with significant risks
  • The school would be close to Overton Grange which had recently expanded and not fully occupied new spaces, and the borough would have enough secondary school places for its own children if it did not account for out-of-borough children to attend.
  • Too many unanswered questions surrounding the application, which if not answered now may be swept under the carpet.
  • Impact on South Sutton Residents: The number of roads likely to be affected by traffic and parking extends beyond those discussed in the report and the junction is not designed for increases in road traffic and pedestrians, particularly as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.

26.

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 80 KB