Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 4th December, 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

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58.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Kevin Burke, welcomed those present.

59.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Jill Whitehead with Councillor Steve Cook attending as substitute, also from Councillor Amy Haldane with Councillor Richard Clare attending as substitute, and from Councillor Tony Shields with Councillor Tim Crowley attending as substitute.

60.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 6 November 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 4 November 2019 be agreed as an accurate record and be signed by the Chair.

61.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

Councillor Tim Crowley declared a pecuniary that his company had received tender information regarding agenda item 9. He therefore advised that he would recuse himself from the meeting for agenda item 9 and not take part in that item.

62.

APPLICATION NO. DM2019/00924 - 42 Blenheim Road, Sutton, SM1 2PX pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Erection of a detached dwellinghouse with habitable room in the roof, landscaping, refuse and cycle stores and two off street parking spaces accessed from Blenheim Road.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a four bedroomed detached dwelling house with habitable room in the roof, landscaping, bin store and two off street parking spaces accessed from Blenheim Road.

 

Following officer presentation Members asked for confirmation of the grounds of refusal in June last year, when a previous application for a three bedroom house on this plot came before this committee. The Officer responded that the main issues were that the character and appearance of the proposed development was not in keeping with the existing cottages, and the living conditions of adjoining property would be impacted due to the size and scale of the proposed property. Members were concerned that this new application had the same issues. .

 

Gary Cottell , Naomi Kenny and Heather Vernon , three objectors, and Councillor Steve Penneck, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by objectors were that:

 Work is underway to seek agreement to designate Blenheim Road as an area of Special Local Interest

This 4 bedroom house is not in keeping with the character of the road and once finished could become a house of multiple occupation

This is an over development of the site there would not be sufficient space to provide car parking, refuse storage and cycle storage

If permission is granted it could cause parking issues

 

4 mins 17 seconds.

 

Members asked for more information regarding concerns on parking - The Objectors clarified that currently commuters park in this road as it is near a station. Also due to the cul-de-sac location and level existing parking emergency vehicles and refuse collectors cannot access the road. The objectors believe the parking would be worse as a result of this development.

 

Members asked for more details on why objectors feel that the property is not in keeping with other properties in the Road. Objectors confirmed that the materials and windows proposed are completely different, also that all existing properties are cottages that have a side not front entrance.

 

Councillor Penneck explained the recent planning history over the last 4 years and outlined the issues for the residents over that period. He expressed concern that the applicant keeps coming back to increase the extent of development on this site to try to get better profit, and asked the committee to consider a limit on the extent of development that should be allowed on this site.

 

He expressed concern that the increased development will further reduce the level of amenity space, and will be out of character for the area.

3 mins 32.

 

In discussion members expressed concern at the requested increased footprint and that this will cause less amenity space and also cause parking problems and be out of keeping with the character of the area. There was also discussion regarding “planning creep”, where members felt that the applicant continued to request agreement to larger and larger buildings on this site.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 62.

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
APPLICATION NO. DM2019/00924 - 42 BLENHEIM ROAD, SUTTON, SM1 2PX Motion

Members requested that the officer read again the previous reasons for refusal - this was in line with the previous reason for refusal for a 3 bedroom house given that members had raised similar concerns about this proposal for a larger 4 bedroom house:-

 

The proposal would cause material harm and would represent an overdevelopment of the site, resulting in a cramped development, reducing the level of amenity space, leading to an adverse effect on the area contrary to policies 28 and 29 of the Sutton Local Plan 2018.

 

Councillor Allen motioned that this application be refused on the same grounds and this was seconded by Councillor Geiringer.

 

A poll vote on the Motion to refuse permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

RESOLVED: That planning permission be refused for application No. DM2019/00924

 

Agreed
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  • 63.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01699 - Wilsons School Mollison Drive Wallington SM6 9JW pdf icon PDF 193 KB

    The demolition of the existing external shower and changing facilities, the refurbishment of existing indoor changing rooms, the demolition of the existing music wing including the boot room and locker area along with the erection of a two-storey Sports, Music and Performance block with associated hardstanding and landscaping with the erection of an adjoining covered walkway and the relocation of existing air handling plant equipment.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for demolition of the existing external shower and changing facilities, the refurbishment of existing indoor changing rooms, the demolition of the existing music wing including the boot room and locker area along with the erection of a two-storey Sports, Music and Performance block with associated hardstanding and landscaping with the erection of an adjoining covered walkway and the relocation of existing air handling plant equipment. The application is a departure from the Development Plan.

     

    Members sought clarity on the communication of the construction plan with London Borough of Croydon and also for consideration to be given to extend the hours of the construction traffic constrictions for a further 15 minutes to help ensure that this would not adversely impact traffic in the area. Officers confirmed there has been communication with London Borough of Croydon and that the request of the Members to extend the time by 15 minutes would be added to the logistics and construction plan. Members requested that they vote.

     

    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 Tim Foster, Eric Allen, Peter Geiringer, Tim Crowley, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Steve Cook, Drew Heffernan, Ben Andrew and Richard Clare

     

    Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. DM2019/01699, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    DM2019/01699 - Wilsons School Mollison Drive Wallington SM6 9JW 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 be granted for application No. DM2019/01699, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

     

    Agreed
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  • 64.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01672 - 22 Leechcroft Road Wallington SM6 7JF pdf icon PDF 111 KB

    Completion and retention of a single storey side infill extension and erection of a conservatory.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for completion and retention of a single storey rear extension and erection of a conservatory. The committee were advised that the Applicant is an authority employee.

     

    Following the officer presentation there were no questions and Members requested they move to vote.

     

    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 Tim Foster, Eric Allen, Peter Geiringer, Tim Crowley, Kevin Burke, Vincent Galligan, Steve Cook, Drew Heffernan, Ben Andrew and Richard Clare

     

     

    Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. DM2019/01672, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

     

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    DM2019/01672 - 22 Leechcroft Road Wallington SM6 7JF 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 be granted for application No. DM2019/01672, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

    Agreed
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  • 65.

    APPLICATION NO.DM2019/01251 - Garage Block At Radcliffe Gardens Carshalton pdf icon PDF 234 KB

    Demolition of 22 garages and erection of four two-storey semi-detached dwelling houses (4 x 2-bed), provision of 4 car parking spaces, erection of four additional garages and new hard and soft landscape works.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of 22 garages and erection of four two-storey semi-detached dwelling houses (4 x 2-bed), provision of 4 car parking spaces, erection of four additional garages and new hard and soft landscape works.

     

    The application was by the Council’s Housing Enabling and Development Team as part of the Council's Housing Revenue Account New Build Programme and more than one objection had been received.

     

    Following the officer presentation Councillor Crowely advised the committee that he had been contacted by residents who were concerned about site security and the replacement of their boundary walls. Residents had asked for reassurance in this respect. He also thanked officers for time spent with residents to address their concerns.

     

    The Officer confirmed that the boundary will be replaced with a new brick wall. Members also asked about the soft landscaping and retention of existing trees. The Officer confirmed that there is a detailed landscaping plan and that the Tree officer had confirmed that there is no requirement for pruning the existing trees.

     

    Mr Peter Randall , an objector, speaking on behalf of Carshalton Beeches Residents Association, in particular residents in Radcliffe Gardens and Woodmansterne Road highlighted that residents recognised the Councils need to provide housing. However he pointed out that residents are anxious to ensure the privacy and security of their property is protected. He sought confirmation that if the garages are demolished that the boundary walls of neighbouring properties would be replaced and that a contact number be provided for residents to use should any issues be encountered during the demolition and building. He also asked that the Council look at existing car parking issues near to Barrow Hedges school to look to improve that.

     

    The applicant and agents responded, They confirmed the application is to address housing issues in the borough. He confirmed the buildings will be constructed in brick to match surrounding properties and spoke of design features. In terms of the site this is currently hard standing and the new application will give 350 square metres of green space and gardens and SUDS to address flooding issues, It was confirmed that where garages form boundary walls these walls they will be replaced with high quality brick walls, to ensure security to residents properties.

     

    Members moved to vote.

     

    The meeting was adjourned at 21.05 and Councillor Tim Crowley left the room. The meeting was restarted 21.10.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO.DM2019/01251 - GARAGE BLOCK AT RADCLIFFE GARDENS CARSHALTON 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 be granted for application No.DM2019/01251, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

     

    Agreed
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  • 66.

    APPLICATION NO.DM2019/01411 - Garage Block Assembly Walk Carshalton SM5 1JH pdf icon PDF 222 KB

    Demolition of 25 existing garages and the erection of a part two, part three-storey building comprising of 10 self contained units ( 1x1 bed, 9 x 2 bed) with 9 standard car parking spaces & 1 wheelchair accessible car parking space, bin storage and new hard & soft landscape works

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of 25 existing garages and the erection of a part two, part three-storey building comprising of 10 self contained units (1x1 bed, 9 x 2 bed) with 9 standard car parking spaces and 1 wheelchair accessible car parking space, bin storage and new hard and soft landscape works. The application was by the Councils Housing Enabling and Development Team as part of the Council's Housing Revenue Account New Build Programme and more than one objection had been received.

     

    Following the presentation members asked for clarification on which floor the balconies were on and also if they would cause any over looking for existing residents.

     

    Officers responded that there is a requirement for a separation distance of 20 Metres to make sure that overlooking would not be an issue and this is met. Members also asked for more information regarding car parking spaces. Officers confirmed that spaces will be allocated to each unit and are located at the front of the site. Robert De Castro confirmed the existing access road is acceptable to enter and exit the site safely.

     

    Members queried access for Horizon Church, and if this would be impacted by the proposed construction. A query was also raised regarding the proposal to use light coloured brick rather than red brick to fit in with surrounding properties. Officers commented that as this is a unique site at rear of a commercial centre in terms of approach and choice of materials not sure if any flexibility.

     

    The applicant responded that the development materials proposed were similar materials used to other HRA schemes and use of white handmade brick brings a contemporary feel to the design. It was further confirmed that in respect of Horizon church there is a separate access and applicants fully expect the church to be accessible without issues during construction.

     

    2.52 mins

     

    Members asked about parking in the area and also if consideration could be given for further landscaping. The applicant responded that of the 25 existing garages 20 are occupied but only 7 used for vehicle storage. It was pointed out that there are other garages in the radius of the site. The architect advised that that there are 15 trees being planted on the site that is currently hard standing so the development is adding soft landscaping.

     

    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 Allen,Geiringer, Crowley, Burke, Galligan,Cook, Heffernan, Andrew and Clare

     

    Abstained (1)            Councillor Foster

     

    Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. DM2019/01411, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO.DM2019/01411 - Garage Block Assembly Walk Carshalton SM5 1JH 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 be granted for application No. DM2019/01411, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

    Agreed
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  • 67.

    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:

    Councillor Foster asked about when the application for Langley Avenue would be coming back to be considered at Committee. He further commented that the committee had not been advised about the Local Government Ombudsman's outcome to the complaint in relation to this application. The Head of Planning responded that there had been a complaint in respect of a site notice being placed in a private road. The Ombudsman commented that Planning officers should place notices where the public have free access to them.

     

    In respect of that application issues regarding scaling of drawings were also being investigated before it would come back to committee.

     

    The meeting ended at 21.50.