Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 7.30 pm

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

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

Link: AudioRecording

Items
No. Item

59.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Burke, welcomed those present.

 

60.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Eric Allen with Councillor Param Nandha attending as substitute.

 

61.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2018, be agreed as an accurate record.

 

62.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

63.

APPLICATION NO. TPO 2018/11 land adjacent to 3 Park View Close and at Stanley Park SM5 3JZ pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To confirm the provisional Tree Provision Order (TPO) protecting a group containing seven (7) beech trees and one (1) sycamore tree. The group is located along the boundary of Stanley Park Carshalton and a parcel of land adjacent to 3 Park View Close.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Edward Buckton, Principal Tree Officer, presented the report on the above application to confirm a Provisional Tree Preservation Order (TPO) 2018/11 protecting a group containing seven beech trees and one sycamore tree.  The group is located along the boundary of Stanley Park Carshalton and a parcel of land adjacent to 3 Park View Close.

During the presentation, points of objection from the owner of the land were highlighted to the committee.

 

Members asked for clarification as to whether:

  • there could be damage to the tree roots from any future development;
  • damage would be caused if the tree was cut back to the boundary line; and
  • the protection provided by the London Borough of Sutton Local Plan or the Mayor’s London Plan would help to provide protection for this group of trees.

 

The Officer confirmed that the tree roots could be compatible with development and this would not preclude an application for building on this site. It was confirmed that if the trees were cut back to the boundary then this would cause harm as beech trees in particular can be shocked and killed from heavy pruning. It was reiterated that the owner of the land would need consent, before pruning, and that the Officer would outline what pruning could take place if the Council’s permission were granted.

 

Mr Kandasamy Nimalamurugan, the objector, and owner of the land, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by the objector were:-

  • The branches of the trees were overhanging his property.
  • Some branches had fallen off the trees due to the weight of the canopy.

 

The objector also outlined his reason behind applying for planning permission on the plot and asked whether the owner of the trees (The council) were responsible for maintenance and pruning.

 

Members enquired as to the process for seeking permission to prune the trees and where there would be an associated cost. The Officer outlined the process and confirmed that there is no charge but also that there is no maintenance obligation on the tree owner.

 

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to confirm the provisional Tree Preservation Order (TPO) 2018/11 was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

RESOLVED: That the provisional Tree Preservation Order TPO 2018/11 protecting a group containing seven beech trees and one sycamore tree, located along the boundary of Stanley Park Carshalton and a parcel of land adjacent to 3 Park View Closebe confirmed.

 

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
Application No. TPO 2018/11 land adjacent to 3 Park View Close and at Stanley Pa\rk Sm5 3JZ Committee Report

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to confirm the Provisional Tree Preservation Order (TPO) 2018/11 was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

 

Resolved: That the provisional Tree Preservation Order TPO 2018/11 protecting a group containing seven beech trees and one sycamore tree, located along the boundary

Agreed
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  • 64.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2018/01846 - 18 The Warren Carshalton SM5 4EH pdf icon PDF 124 KB

    Erection of a single storey rear extension, extend and recreate a new first floor with roof accommodation to include two rear dormers and roof lights. Alterations to the front elevation and porch.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Rory Moores, Planning Officer, presented the report on the above application, for the erection of a single storey rear extension, to extend and recreate a new first floor with roof accommodation to include two rear dormers and roof lights. Alterations to the front elevation and porch.

     

    Members asked for clarification on how the size of the new application had been reduced compared to the previously refused application. The Officer confirmed the width and depth of the proposed extension, as well as its reduction.

     

    Councillor Tony Shields expressed concern that, without visiting the site, it was difficult to understand the changes in height in the levels of the road as well as their impact on the application. The Member urged the committee to visit the site and suggested that the application might be deferred on this basis.

     

    Councillor Drew Heffernan requested clarification on paragraphs 5.1 and 5.3 of the officer’s report and asked what features had changed compared to previous application to make the application acceptable.

     

    The Officer confirmed that no objection had been raised previously in terms of design: the general design remained consistent but it had been reduced in width and depth to address neighbours’ concerns. Members were advised that the separation distance on the first floor was 4.5 metres to the boundary.

     

    Mr William Binns and Ms Catherine Wheeler, objectors, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

     

    The principal issues raised by the objectors were:-

    • There had been multiple objections.
    • Issue with scale and mass of the proposed building.
    • Position of the proposed building within the plot and the bend in the road.
    • Terracing effect due to scale of the proposed building and a dominating impact on neighbours (in particular numbers 16 and 20).
    • Issue with daylight.
    • Adding bulk to the building and adding windows.
    • Bulk of the first floor extension.
    • Change in heights as land slopes away and differences in roof and eaves height to neighbouring properties.

     

    Members sought clarification on the ridge heights of neighbouring and surrounding properties and how this would compare to the proposed development. The objectors responded accordingly.

     

    Councillor Ben Andrew sought further clarification on the main concerns of the objectors.

     

    Mr Binns responded that the proposed amended plans did not deal with the bulk and height of the extension and that this would create terracing effect. Mrs Wheeler responded that she was concerned about the side windows and also that her garden patio would be shaded. She also expressed concern regarding the dominance and increased bulk which will create an increased sense of enclosure.

     

    The principal issues raised by Councillor Tim Crowley, Ward Councillor were:-

    • He had been advised that when the houses were originally built, the builder had put a transitional step in, where house numbers 14 to 18 sit, due to the changes in land levels.
    • The impact of the development on neighbours  
    • Concern at comments regarding the photos in the addendum.
    • The issues of overlooking causing loss of privacy and sense of enclosure.
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    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    Application number DM2018/01846 - 18 The Warren Carshalton SM5 4EH Motion

    A poll vote on the motion to defer the application in order to carry out a site visit was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

     

    Rejected
    Application number DM2018/01846 - 18 The Warren Carshalton SM5 4EH Committee Report

    Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No.DM2018/01846, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

    Agreed
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  • 65.

    Any urgent business

    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:

    There was no urgent business.