Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Tuesday, 9th June, 2020 7.30 pm, MOVED

Venue: Virtual Meeting

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7.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Drew Heffernan, welcomed those present.

8.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

 

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Jill Whitehead with Councillor Chris Williams attending as substitute.

9.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

10.

APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01126 - Land At Rear Of 33 Langley Avenue Worcester Park KT4 8PB pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Erection of a detached two-storey dwelling with associated landscaping, refuse and cycle storage provision and car parking to front Covey Road.

 

To follow

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

Councillors Drew Heffernan and Richard Clare left the meeting, and Councillor Kevin Burke took the Chair for this item.

 

The Committee members who had been present when the application was presented to committee on 4 March 2020 considered a report on the above application for erection of a detached two-storey dwelling with associated landscaping, refuse and cycle storage provision and car parking to front Covey Road.

 

The application had been deferred from the meeting 4 March, in order that previous planning history could be reviewed and flooding and drainage concerns could be assessed by the Council’s Flood Risk Drainage team and Thames Water.

 

Following the presentation by Gavin Chinniah, Senior Planning Officer members requested confirmation that:

 

Confirmation had been received from Thames Water that both surface runoff water and sewage from the development on the site would be permitted to enter their system.

It would be required that approval was in place from Thames Water that a compliant Sustainable Drainage Systems was in place  for surface water and sewage before the next stage of the development could be progressed.

Consent would have to be obtained from Thames Water at the design stage.

 

The Senior Planning Officer explained that conditions 9 and 10 formed part of the application to protect the area which is on London clay from future flooding.

 

Darragh Creegan, Lead Local Flood Risk Officer explained the site would be required to comply with policy for development on a green field,  and excess water would be required to remain on the site and then enter the Thames water system at a controlled rate.

 

Members reviewed photographs of gardens in the area surrounding the development, both gardens adjacent to new developments and those which do not have new development behind them. All of these gardens showed flooding. The London clay in the area lacks permeability which causes issues of surface water.

 

In debate:

 

Members noted the flooding issues in the area resulting from the application had been considered and addressed. They noted the inspection requirement by Thames Water and the methodology in place. Further noting that the London clay in the area resulted in flood issues in the area.

 

Members and officers noted a request by a neighbour to the site of this application to delay the start of the works due to the impact on the enjoyment of their garden, particularly with a view to the COVID -19 situation, which would be caused. The Head of Development Management & Strategic Planning advised that the Council could not legally require the applicant to delay but agreed to see if a compromise could be agreed between the applicant and the neighbour.

 

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

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01126 - Land At Rear Of 33 Langley Avenue Worcester Park KT4 8PB Committee Report

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

RESOLVED:that planning permission for application number  DM2019/01126 - LAND AT REAR OF 33 LANGLEY AVENUE WORCESTER PARK KT4 8PB  be granted subject to the conditions reasons and informatives found in the planning portal.

Agreed
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  • 11.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/02116 - Wallington Public Hall Stafford Road Wallington SM6 9AQ pdf icon PDF 188 KB

    Application to vary condition 1 (approved drawings), 8 (GLA overheating) and 28 (window opening restriction) of planning permission Ref: D2018/78694 for the 'Demolition of Wallington Hall and the removal of 39 public parking spaces to allow for the erection of two buildings with both being part three, part four storeys in height. The proposal comprises a total of 31 self contained flats (eight 1-bedroom, twenty one 2-bedroom and two 3-bedroom) and 132sqm of A1/A2 use commercial space together with 12 car parking spaces accessed from Woodcote Road and 54 cycle parking spaces, communal and private amenity space and refuse store' to allow for provision of additional third floor window to south elevation of Block B, provision of brise soleil shading to third floor of Block B, removal of the window opening restriction requirement of 1.7m, removal of obscure glazing to some windows and other minor alterations.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillors Richard Clare and Drew Heffernan re joined the meeting, Councillor Drew Heffernan took the Chair, and explained the remainder of the agenda would be reordered and item 8 taken as item 6.

     

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for  an application to vary condition 1 (approved drawings), 8 (GLA overheating) and 28 (window opening restriction) of planning permission Ref: D2018/78694 for the 'Demolition of Wallington Hall and the removal of 39 public parking spaces to allow for the erection of two buildings with both being part three, part four storeys in height. The proposal comprises a total of 31 self-contained flats (eight 1-bedroom, twenty one 2-bedroom and two 3-bedroom) and 132sqm of A1/A2 use commercial space together with 12 car parking spaces accessed from Woodcote Road and 54 cycle parking spaces, communal and private amenity space and refuse store' to allow for provision of additional third floor window to south elevation of Block B, provision of brise soleil shading to third floor of Block B, removal of the window opening restriction requirement of 1.7m, removal of obscure glazing to some windows and other minor alterations.

     

    The application relates to publicly owned land and there is more than one objection.

     

    Following the presentation by Katy Johnson, Deputy Planning Manager members requested no further clarification.

     

    Councillor Kevin Burke proposed an amendment to the recommendation that the ‘Completion of a s.106A Deed of Variation legal agreement to be completed by midday on 30 June 2020’, this was seconded by Councillor Eric Allen. A  poll vote on the officers’ recommendation, with amendment to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/02116 - WALLINGTON PUBLIC HALL STAFFORD ROAD WALLINGTON SM6 9AQ Committee Report

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

    RESOLVED:that planning permission for application number APPLICATION NO. DM2019/02116 - WALLINGTON PUBLIC HALL STAFFORD ROAD WALLINGTON SM6 9AQ be granted subject to the conditions reasons and informatives found in the planning portal.

    Agreed
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  • 12.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01979 - Overton Park, Overton Road, Sutton SM2 6QT pdf icon PDF 104 KB

    Installation of two artificial cricket wickets on existing pitches and erection of ball stop fencing at specific locations within park.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for installation of two artificial cricket wickets on existing pitches and erection of ball stop fencing at specific locations within park.

     

    The application has received more than one letter of representation contrary to the officer’s recommendation and the application has been made by the London Borough of Sutton.

     

     

     Following the presentation by Jody Williams, Deputy Planning Manager members requested clarification that:

     

    The locations and sites of the fences had been chosen following a safety audit, and were related to the expected directions of the strongest hits. The park is used for a variety of formal and informal uses, the COVID 19 situation has resulted in additional usage of the park and this should be able to continue if the application were to proceed.

     

    The Chair drew the Committee’s attention to the written statements.

     

    The Planning Officer confirmed the fence would be constructed from galvanised steel.

     

    Councillor David Hicks, ward councillor and Bill Wyatt, applicant addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31.

     

    The principal issues raised by the ward Councillor were:-

     

    Concerns of impacts of the development on the current users of the park.

    Although the park had historically been used for cricket, users had become used to this facility not being in the park.

    Concerns that hard cricket balls would be hit into the  gardens of neighbouring residents.

    The variation in the heights of the proposed fences may not sufficiently protect park users.

     

    Members were aware there is competition for use of space in all parks in the borough. 

     

    The principal issues raised by the applicant were:-

     

    The facilities would encourage the take up of cricket , there are teams based in Sutton who play outside of the borough due to a lack of facilities.

    There would be two and half hectares of space for outside of the cricket area within the park.

    The area would be largely used for cricket during the summer months, and would be a true pitch surface rather than an all weather pitch.

    The facilities would be externally funded in line with Council policy and would encourage use of the parks by both male and female users.

    The application has been designed so people would be protected when using other facilities in the park.

     

    In debate, members discussed:

     

    Cricket is a male dominated sport, but were aware women’s cricket is being encouraged and promoted. This application would create an additional sporting facility which would be welcomed in this park.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01979 - OVERTON PARK, OVERTON ROAD, SUTTON SM2 6QT Committee Report

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

    RESOLVED:that planning permission for application number APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01979 - OVERTON PARK, OVERTON ROAD, SUTTON SM2 6QT be granted subject to the conditions reasons and informatives found in the planning portal.

    Agreed
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  • 13.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01956 - 56 St James Road, Carshalton SM5 2DU pdf icon PDF 98 KB

    Erection of new boundary treatment.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for erection of new boundary treatment.

     

    The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Colin Stears and was for consideration by the Committee at the discretion of the Head of Service.

     

    Katy Johnson Deputy Planning Manager drew attention to an error in the proposal which should be amended to read St John’s Road rather than St Andrews Road.

     

     Following the presentation by the Deputy Planning Manager members requested clarification on:

     

    The building is an anomaly in the area the majority of the area being of  residential rather than industrial character. It was confirmed the surrounding the application was an Area of Special Local Character, and that this building was not listed as an anomaly. There was a need for security at the site in the application.

     

    A previous fence at the site had been removed due to it being of an unacceptable design, and not having had planning permission. There is a similar fence around the doctors’ surgery which is near to the location of the application, this was however sited on a main road and not within the area of special character.

     

    The Chair drew the Committee’s attention to the written statements.

     

    The meeting was adjourned at 21.01

     

    The meeting re convened at 21.25

     

    Albina Zhakan a supporter and Rizwan Shabir, applicant addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31.

     

    The principal issues raised by the supporter were:-

     

    There had been a change in the location of the boundary of the fence, which now is to the boundary.

    Noting she was aware the applicant  needed to protect his property.

     

    The principal issues raised by the applicant were:-

     

    The position of the fence was raised in 2018 as a complaint, and that he has been dealing with the Council over a long period relating to a fence at the site.

    There are industrial units behind the property and a palisade fence located at the site of the former gas holder.

    There was a need for security at the site which was used for warehousing, and had been used as such for many years. The type of fence in the application is needed to secure the site adequately.

     

    In debate members suggested the site is an industrial site within a residential area, and that a fence was needed at the site but any fence should be in keeping with the surroundings. A fence of the type in the application painted green would not be appropriate at the site.

     

    Councillor Tony Shields expressed he wished to record dissent with his vote to abstain.

     

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01956 - 56 ST JAMES ROAD, CARSHALTON SM5 2DU Committee Report

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

     

    RESOLVED:that planning permission for application number APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01956 - 56 ST JAMES ROAD, CARSHALTON SM5 2DU be refused.

    Agreed
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  • 14.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00086 - 109 Gander Green Lane, Sutton SM1 2EU pdf icon PDF 95 KB

    Formation of a vehicle crossover onto a Classified Road.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for formation of a vehicle crossover onto a Classified Road.

     

    The applicant is a council employee.

     

     There were no questions for Officers regarding the application.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00086 - 109 GANDER GREEN LANE, SUTTON SM1 2EU Committee Report

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

    RESOLVED:that planning permission for application number APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00086 - 109 GANDER GREEN LANE, SUTTON SM1 2EU be granted subject to the conditions reasons and informatives found in the planning portal.

    Agreed
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  • 15.

    Any urgent business pdf icon PDF 83 KB

    To consider any items which, in the view of the Chair, should be dealt with as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances (in accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972).

    Minutes:

    The minutes of the previous meeting 28 May 2020 were approved.