Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 7.30 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

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16.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Drew Heffernan welcomed those present.

He advised members that agenda item 7 - Allotment Garden Land to the rear of Greenhill and Woodend Sutton had been withdrawn from the agenda and also that he would reorder the agenda to take item 9 ahead of item 6. 

 

The Chair advised the Committee that Councillor Kevin Burke Vice Chair had sent apologies for this meeting and he motioned that Councillor Richard Clifton act as Vice Chair for this meeting to take over should he lose connection.  This was seconded by Councillor Amy Haldane and the Committee agreed. 

 

RESOLVED: That Councillor Richard Clifton be Vice Chair for this meeting. 

17.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Kevin Burke  with Councillor Richard Clifton attending as substitute.

18.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 9 June 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 9 June 2020 be agreed as an accurate record.

19.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

6. APPLICATION NO.DM2019/02148 -71-75 Westmead Road Sutton SM1 4JF.

Councillor Jill Whitehead, Pecuniary, She declared she is the Ward Councillor Carshalton Central Ward and has a predetermined view on the Westmead Road application and will therefore not take part in this application..

 

20.

APPLICATION NO.TPO 2020/02 - The Vine, 183 Banstead Road, Carshalton. pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Tree Preservation Order (TPO) The Vine, 183 Banstead Road Carshalton. Members are asked to decide whether to confirm a provisional Tree Preservation Order where one or more objections have been received.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for Members to decide whether to confirm a provisional Tree Preservation Order where one or more objection had been received.The report was presented by Edward Buckton, Tree Officer



In debate Members asked how the value of these trees were assessed and the weight to be given to the objections.  Mr Buckton advised the legislation is based on public amenity so trees need to be visible and good examples of the species and their health and likely survival term.

 

Members moved to vote

 

 

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
APPLICATION NO.TPO 2020/02 - The Vine, 183 Banstead Road, Carshalton. Committee Report

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to confirm the Tree preservation order  was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

 

Resolved: That the Tree preservation order be confirmed for application No. TPO 2020/02

 

Agreed
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  • 21.

    APPLICATION NO.DM2020/00014 - 42 Blenheim Road Sutton SM1 2PX pdf icon PDF 165 KB

    Erection of a detached two storey building with roof accommodation comprising 2 self-contained flats and provision of new parking bays with access from Blenheim Road, refuse and cycle storage and associated landscaping.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Jody Williams Planning Manager presented the report to the committee. The Committee considered a report on the above application for Erection of a detached two storey building with roof accommodation comprising 2 self-contained flats and provision of new parking bays with access from Blenheim Road, refuse and cycle storage and associated landscaping.

     

    Members sought clarity on the previous planning history on the application site and the difference in this design compared to previous applications. The Officer confirmed that the changes in this application had overcome the concerns previously raised regarding the size of the units.

     

    Members' attention was drawn to the written statements. There were no questions from Members on the statements

     

    Councillor Steve Penneck, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31.

     

    The principal issues raised by the Ward Councillor were:-

     

    • Over development of the site 
    • Reduced amenity space
    • Design and style of the application compared to existing properties, and the work ongoing for this to become an area of special local character (ASLC).
    • The number of previous applications received and that this application is in the same footprint of a previously declined scheme. 

     

    In response to Member questions the Head of Planning Mr Andy Webber confirmed that flats do not have any permitted development rights. He also spoke through the condition for a construction logistics plan. Members sought clarity on how the work to make this area an ASLC would be impacted if they were minded to grant this application. It was confirmed that the Officer view was that this would not be detrimental. 

     

    Nick Greenwood Highways Officer also provided further clarification on the cross over.

     

    In debate some Members commented  that the issues raised by the Planning  inspector had now been dealt with. Other Members felt that as this application site had come forward so frequently that the applicant would continue to come back to committee to request additional changes. Members also highlighted issues in respect of over development and parking and wished to stick with the previously agreed consent.  

     

    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.DM2020/00014 - 42 Blenheim Road Sutton SM1 2PX Committee Report

    Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No.DM2020/00014, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

     

     

    Agreed
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  • 22.

    APPLICATION NO.DM2019/02148 -71-75 Westmead Road Sutton SM1 4JF pdf icon PDF 330 KB

    Demolition of existing buildings and erection of a part three, part four storey detached building to provide 35 self contained residential units with car parking, refuse and cycle stores. Provision of substation, play area, external hard and soft landscaped amenity space, new vehicular access from Carshalton Grove and associated works.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor Whitehead left the meeting before the item started.

     

    Iain Williams Senior Planning Officer presented the report on the above application for demolition of existing buildings and erection of a part three, part four storey detached building to provide 35 self contained residential units with car parking, refuse and cycle stores. Provision of substation, play area, external hard and soft landscaped amenity space, new vehicular access from Carshalton Grove and associated works. 

     

    Members sought clarity on how this new building would fit into the street scene and if the design of the site next door had been taken into consideration. They asked if the building that is approved next to the application site  is right up to the edge of the pavement, and if this would create a terrace effect. The officer responded accordingly.

     

    Members were concerned that the building was designed with a 4th floor.  Officers advised that this application was put forward to the Design Review Panel 

     

    Members also queried the car parking available on site and were advised that this had been reviewed and considered. Most discussion focused around the requirement for a 4th floor and also if the proposed roller shutter would cause noise and disturbance to residents. Officers advised that there is a condition proposed to ensure the shutters do not result in excessive noise. 

     

    Members' attention was drawn to the written statements.  These had been published and were taken as read.

     

    Mrs Terry James, an objector, and  Ben Slater - Representative from Asra Paragon Housing a supporter and Councillor Jake Short, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant replied.

     

    The principal issues raised by the Objector were that:

     

    • She understood the need for local affordable housing but that she felt this is an over development of the site. 
    • She is concerned about the level of parking being provided and that developers had not taken on board objections from residents.
    • She raised concerns regarding reduced amenity space.
    • Additional cars relating to this development will cause safety issues and grid lock on already crowded roads. 

     

    Councillor Shields asked Mrs James if her main concerns were regarding over development, lack of amenity space and shortage of car parking and that the design of the application was not sensitive to requirements of the local area, she confirmed this reflects her views completely. 

     

    Members queried public transport in the area and the resident responded. 

     

    The principal issues raised by the Supporter Ben Slater - Senior Land Manager for PA Housing Association - registered provider of homes

     

    • Design of the scheme is excellent.
    • This development will bring much needed affordable accommodation to the area.
    • He believes this is a financially viable scheme.

     

    Allison Letts the Legal Officer advised Members that the application before them must be considered based on the details within the Officers report and not rely on the contractual arrangements outlined by the Supporter. 

     

    The principal issues raised by the Councillor Jake Short were:-

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO.DM2019/02148 -71-75 Westmead Road Sutton SM1 4JF Committee Report

    Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. DM2019/02148 , subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal, and the written completion of a ‘section 106’ agreement by 2 July or a later date as authorised in writing by the Interim Strategic Director of Housing, Environment and Housing Section 106 Obligations being secured:

    Affordable housing provision of 31% buy unit (35% by habitable room) in a split of 63% social/ affordable rent and 37% intermediate, with review clauses.

    Works to the highway including the moving of the bus stop outside the site

    Carbon off setting contribution

    Employment and Skills obligation. 

     

    There was a brief adjournment at 21.43. The meeting resumed at 21.48 Councillor Whitehead rejoined the meeting 

     

    Agreed
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  • 23.

    APPLICATION NO.DM2019/00322 Allotment Garden Land Rear Greenhill And Woodend Sutton SM1 3LJ pdf icon PDF 285 KB

    Erection of nine two storey dwellings with accommodation at roof level together with parking, new vehicular access from Woodend and associated landscaping. Provision of open space, pavilion and allotment plots.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    This item was withdrawn from the agenda.

    24.

    APPLICATION NO.DM2019/01584 Garage Block Rear Of 52 To 62B St Albans Road Cheam pdf icon PDF 244 KB

    Demolition of existing garages and erection of 5 two storey terraced dwellings with associated parking, cycle and refuse storage and landscaping.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Polly Davidson, Planning Officer, presented the report. The Committee considered a report on the above application for demolition of existing garages and erection of 5 two storey terraced dwellings with associated parking, cycle and refuse storage and landscaping.

     

    Members asked how many of the garages were used for cars to park in, and if that would cause parking issues on the surrounding roads. It was confirmed only one garage was used to store a vehicle and that is being reprovided on this development. 

     

    Members asked about the arrangements for waste to be collected from the site and also regarding how the site could be safely entered and exited. The officer responded accordingly.

     

    Nick Greenwood Highways officer, spoke of the traffic signal system that was proposed and also arrangements for collection of waste. He also highlighted the proposed construction logistics plan.  

     

    The Chair highlighted to members that written statements had been received and published, so that they could be considered in advance by Members and these were taken as read. 

     

    The applicant’s Planning consultant, Mark Pender, Duncan Roberts - Caneparo Associates (transport consultant) and Thomas Dine - Chassay Studio architects (Senior Architect) responded to the points raised by Members. 

     

    • only 6 garages on this site were used by Sutton residents and only 1 used to park a car. 
    • The proposal will deliver 5 homes contributing to new homes in the borough
    • The design of the site is lower than the existing development will appear non dominant

     

    Members commented that in their view access to the site was difficult and asked if alternative access routes had been considered. 

     

    It was confirmed that other access was explored but there was no alternative right of access.

     

    Members commented that they were concerned about cars exiting the site via the narrow access way. The applicant pointed out that traffic for 5 homes could be considerably less than on the existing site where cars drive to the 26 garages. 

     

    In debate - Members commented they were in favour of losing garages used for storage in exchange for new housing. The design was good and that the traffic light system for entering the site would be workable. 

     

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

     

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO.DM2019/01584 Garage Block Rear Of 52 To 62B St Albans Road Cheam Committee Report

    Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. DM2019/01584, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

     

    The meeting ended at 10.32

     

    Agreed
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  • 25.

    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.