Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 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
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84.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Kevin Burke, welcomed those present.

85.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Heffernan with Councillor Williams attending as substitute.

86.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 160 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 5 February 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 5 February 2020 be agreed as an accurate record.

87.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

Councillor Burke declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 5 as they had attended a site visit during the consultation stage, in their role as a ward councillor, but was able to approach the application with an open mind.

88.

APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01309 - St Nicholas House, St Nicholas Road, Sutton SM1 1EH pdf icon PDF 350 KB

Demolition of existing building and the erection of two buildings (both part 11, part 18 storeys, plus basement), comprising 276 residential units and a mixed uses at ground and lower ground floor (Classes A1/A3/B1(a)/D2).  Provision of basement car parking and cycle parking, plant and refuse storage and associated hard and soft landscaping as well as improvements to the public realm.

Report to follow

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of existing building and the erection of two buildings (both part 11, part 18 storeys, plus basement), comprising 276 residential units and a mixed uses at ground and lower ground floor (Classes A1/A3/B1(a)/D2).  Provision of basement car parking and cycle parking, plant and refuse storage and associated hard and soft landscaping as well as improvements to the public realm.

 

Following the presentation by Iain Williams, Senior Planning Officer members requested clarification on:

  • The applicant was taken to the Design and Review panel twice during the application process. 
  • The application is a two year development programme and construction would expect to commence at the end of 2020. 
  • The existing building is 12 storeys and the site is allocated in the Local Plan for a building up to 10 storeys. The committee were asked to consider whether the exceptional design of the building warrants a departure from the Local Plan.
  • The allocation of affordable housing is generous and exceeds the allocation of affordable housing from many other recent developments. 
  • A children’s playspace will be available on the 11th floor. There are existing developments which also have children’s playspaces located on a high level. 
  • There will be some impact on wind speed around the communal areas, however this will be minimised by the proposed landscaping.
  • Sites have also been allocated on the Local Plan for new health centres, to serve the needs of the growing population and the flexibility of the CIL funding means the majority of funds could be spent on healthcare within the borough. This is allocated by the Director of Resources and the Budget Capital Programme and cannot be decided by the Planning Committee. 
  • The applicant does not intend to close any roads in the surrounding area and logistics, such as the delivery and construction of cranes, will be coordinated with the Council’s Highways department. The surrounding pavements, however, may be closed off during construction. 
  • Parking will be located in the lower basement in the centre element of the site. It will be accessible from St Nicholas Way and there will be 16 disabled spaces available; 14 for residential use and 4 for commercial use. 
  • Concerns around the impact on school places, particularly on students from the surrounding wards, such as Carshalton Central, who attend schools in central Sutton, has been addressed in the Local Plan. The Head of Pupil Based Commissioning would explore alternative options, should school places be not available by the end of the construction period. 

 

Rev Frances Arnold and Andrew Gordon, objectors, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by the objectors were:-

  • The objector, Reverend Arnold, is the Priest-in-Charge of St Nicholas Church, which the east end of church is located directly opposite the proposed development. 
  • The Church welcomes what is said in the Council’s Sutton Town Centre Public Realm Design Guide about the heritage value of the churches, about improving the entrances to St  ...  view the full minutes text for item 88.
Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01309 - St Nicholas House, St Nicholas Road, Sutton, SM1 1EH 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. DM2019/01309, ST NICHOLAS HOUSE, ST NICHOLAS ROAD, SUTTON SM1 1EH, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

 

Agreed
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  • 89.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01126 - Land Rear of 33 Langley Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 8PB pdf icon PDF 226 KB

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

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for the 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 de-delegated by Councillor Drummond. 

     

    Following the presentation by Emmanuel Agyei, Planning Officer, members requested clarification on:

    • The private road is managed by a private company, which 2 of the directors have registered objections to the application. This was not a material consideration.
    • The application would be difficult to defend at an appeal, due to the existing properties on Covey Road. The Local Plan does not ban back garden land from being built on. 
    • Granting planning permission did not grant any rights of access to Covey Road and legal agreement would have to be made outside of the planning process, however there did not appear to be any issues with accessing Covey Road as access is not prohibited. 
    • The objector is correct to suggest that flooding has arisen as a result of a previous development in Covey Road, which was granted on appeal. In this case, suitable provisions were not made to address the risk of flooding.
    • The Planning Department have assessed the flooding and believe conditions would not worsen, due to the conditions set out in the addendum. A new drainage system would be implemented to mitigate the flooding conditions and there is also additional planning legislation to ensure that an area is not impacted further by flooding. 

     

    Carolyn Felton, an objector, and Councillor Drummond, a ward Councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

     

    The principal issues raised by the objector were:-

    • Numbers 3 to 6 Covey Road, which are missing from the plans, will not be built as residents refuse to sell their gardens. 
    • The existing and proposed developments on Covey Road has resulted in a loss of privacy for residents in their gardens. 
    • Previous developments have caused damage to the garden, which has led to muddy and wet conditions all year round. The resident was previously self-sufficient on the food grown in their garden, however they have now lost much of their food supply due to waterlogging.
    • All trees on the site of the proposed development have been removed which has led to the further loss of natural drainage.
    • Sustainable Urban Drainage Scheme would have to be significant in order to repair the damage done by previous development. 
    • The development would cast a shadow over the garden, resulting in a loss of sunlight. This will impact the resident as they will no longer be able to use their greenhouse. 
    • There is no pedestrian footpath on Covey Road 
    • Waste collection currently have to reverse up the entire length of Covey Road before making a turn.
    • The road is too narrow for emergency service vehicles to access it. 
    • The objector acknowledges that if the application is rejected and it wins appeal, an appropriate drainage system may not be built. In this case, the objector intends to take legal  ...  view the full minutes text for item 89.
    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01126 - LAND REAR OF 33 LANGLEY AVENUE, WORCESTER PARK, KT4 8PB Committee Report

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

     

    Resolved: That planning application be deferred for Application No. DM2019/01126, LAND REAR OF 33 LANGLEY AVENUE, WORCESTER PARK, KT4 8PB, in order that previous planning history can be reviewed and flooding and drainage concerns can be assessed. 

     

    Agreed
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  • 90.

    Order of Items

    Minutes:

    The Chair announced that Item 7, APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01989 - Adj 1 Selby Road, Carshalton, SM5 1LE, will be taken before Item 8, APPLICATION NO. DM2019/02113 - Lidl, 268-270 High Street, Sutton SM1 1PG.

    91.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01989 - Adj 1 Selby Road, Carshalton, SM5 1LE pdf icon PDF 199 KB

    Demolition of existing detached side garage and erection of end of terraced dwelling on garden land to the side of 1 Selby Road, provision of one off-street parking space to new dwelling, and bin storage and bicycle store.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of existing detached side garage and erection of end of terraced dwelling on garden land to the side of 1 Selby Road, provision of one off-street parking space to new dwelling, and bin storage and bicycle store.

     

    The committee agreed that the report be taken as read and members indicated that they wished to move to a vote.  

     

    It was noted that Councillor Haldane was not present during the vote. 

     

     

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    Application No. DM2019/01989 - ADJ 1 SELBY ROAD, CARSHALTON, SM5 1LE Committee Report

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

     

    Resolved: That planning permission be refused for Application No. DM2019/01989 - ADJ 1 SELBY ROAD, CARSHALTON, SM5 1LE 

     

    Agreed
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  • 92.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/02113 - Lidl, 268-270 High Street, Sutton SM1 1PG pdf icon PDF 133 KB

    External alterations to the building, installation of external plant compound and alterations to the car park.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for the external alterations to the building, installation of external plant compound and alterations to the car park.

     

    Following the presentation by Gavin Chinnah, Development Management Planning Manager members requested clarification on:

    ·         Parking restrictions will be implemented and managed by the proposed store

    ·         The possibility for access to Lewis Road from Throwley Way being opened up to two-way traffic. Officers responded that this would be a long-term consideration, seperate from the applicant. 

    ·         The Highway Officer confirmed that current highway arrangements are satisfactory and can be reviewed should problems arise. 

     

    Members indicated that they wished to move to a vote.

     

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/02113 - LIDL, 268-270 HIGH STREET, SUTTON SM1 1PG 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. DM2019/02113 - LIDL, 268-270 HIGH STREET, SUTTON SM1 1PG, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

    Agreed
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  • 93.

    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.