Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020 7.30 pm

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26.

Welcome and introductions

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Heffernan, welcomed those present.

27.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

28.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 1 July 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 1 July 2020 be agreed as an accurate record.

 

Councillor Foster and Councillor Shields raised concerns in regards to agenda item 6, APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00286 - GARAGE BLOCK AT SOUTHWAY, WALLINGTON, as the applicant withdrew a similar previous application following the Planning Committee’s decision to refuse planning permission in November 2019. This withdrawal of the application prior to a decision notice being issued was questioned. Officers advised that, whilst this application was different to the one considered in November and could, therefore, be decided by the committee, the delay in issuing a decision notice on the November application would be investigated. The Chair advised he would write to officers requesting that further information be circulated outside of the meeting.

29.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

Councillor Galligan declared that he has spoken to some residents in Southway about the proposed development, however he can approach the application with an open mind.

30.

Order of Items

Minutes:

The Chair announced that agenda item 7 and 8, CAREW MANOR SPECIAL SCHOOL, CHURCH ROAD, WALLINGTON, SM6 7NH would now be taken first before items 5 and 6.

31.

APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00303 - Carew Manor Special School, Church Road, Wallington, SM6 7NH (Planning Permission) pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Temporary planning permission, for a period of 5 years, for the erection of a new single storey modular building to provide 2No classrooms

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for temporary planning permission, for a period of 5 years, for the erection of a new single storey modular building to provide 2No classrooms

 

Following the presentation by Denuka Gunaratne, Planning Officer, members requested

clarification on the following:

  • The school had already taken delivery of the classrooms and the Planning team have been in contact with the Project Manager to confirm that construction has not yet commenced. 
  • The school took delivery of the classrooms earlier this year before the application was brought to the Planning Committee due to the potential shipping delays caused by COVID-19. 
  • The report was scheduled to be brought to the Planning Committee earlier in the year, however due to meeting cancellations because of COVID-19, there has been a backlog of cases. 

 

Members indicated that they wished to move to a vote.

 

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00303 - CAREW MANOR SPECIAL SCHOOL, CHURCH ROAD, WALLINGTON, SM6 7NH (PLANNING PERMISSION) 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. DM2020/00303 - CAREW MANOR SPECIAL SCHOOL, CHURCH ROAD, WALLINGTON, SM6 7NH, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

 

Agreed
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  • 32.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00304 - Carew Manor Special School, Church Road, Wallington, SM6 7NH (Listed building consent) pdf icon PDF 112 KB

    Temporary planning permission, for a period of 5 years, for the erection of a new single storey modular building to provide 2No classrooms.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00304 - CAREW MANOR SPECIAL SCHOOL, CHURCH ROAD, WALLINGTON, SM6 7NH (LISTED BUILDING CONSENT) Committee Report

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

     

    RESOLVED: That listed building consent be granted for application No. DM2020/00304 - CAREW MANOR SPECIAL SCHOOL, CHURCH ROAD, WALLINGTON, SM6 7NH, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

    Agreed
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  • 33.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01953 - The Grapes, 198 High Street, Sutton pdf icon PDF 317 KB

    Extensions to the existing three storey building to create a part three, part four and part five storey building comprising 26 self contained flats including change of use of existing first and second floor and part ground floor of Public House to residential use (Class C3).

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for the extensions to the existing three storey building to create a part three, part four and part five storey building comprising 26 self-contained flats including change of use of existing first and second floor and part ground floor of Public House to residential use (Class C3).

     

    Following the presentation by Jody Williams, Deputy Planning Manager, members requestedclarification on the following:

    • Current council policy stipulates that when an applicant demonstrates that not all financial obligations can be met on a development, the council will prioritise the delivery of affordable housing over the delivery of carbon offsetting.
    • The applicant submitted an independently assessed financial viability report which demonstrated that not all financial obligations would be met, therefore officers decided that the carbon offset fee should be allocated in full towards providing affordable housing in the borough. This was clarified in the addendum report. 
    • A Construction Logistics Plan will be required prior to the commencement of construction. This will set out any disruption which the development will have on the adjacent highway. 
    • Officers cannot insist on how the properties are marketed, however the details of the development are on public record so buyers will be able to find information about the proposed parking restrictions. 

     

    Councillor Allen requested clarification on when the pub was closed as it has been empty for under 2 years, contrary to the officer’s presentation, and is not in a derelict condition.

     

    The agent, Mr Ian Coombe, addressed the committee. The principal issues raised by the applicant were:-

    • The developers have worked closely with council officers throughout the application process to resolve any issue which had arisen and to produce a high-quality scheme overall. 
    • A previous application was submitted and refused in 2018 for the 11 reasons set out in the officer’s report. The client then set out to develop a more meaningful proposal with a professional team
    • The client owns the block of flats immediately south of the proposed development so has an existing interest in the area. 
    • Following comments on the application, it was decided that the Grapes will still be retained in a smaller setting. 
    • The latest scheme is more expensive to develop, however the applicant believes that the site is worthy of good architecture. 
    • Several housing associations were approached with an offer of affordable housing, however none had interest. The applicant explained that this is not uncommon in their experience, as many organisations prefer to have larger blocks, instead of individual units across an area. 

     

    In response to members’ questions, the agent clarified the following:

    • They acknowledged that it is difficult to keep to sustainability policy requirements in central urban sites as there is less green space. However the applicant’s team have worked with the in-house sustainability officer on making the development as low carbon as possible and to offer a reasonable package of sustainability measures, including a 100m “green oasis”.
    • There has been some passive marketing around the reduced pub offering, however there is  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.
    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO. DM2019/01953 - THE GRAPES, 198 HIGH STREET, SUTTON 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. DM2019/01953 - THE GRAPES, 198 HIGH STREET, SUTTON , subject to the completion of the required legal agreement, conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the planning portal.

    Agreed
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  • 34.

    APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00286 - Garage Block At Southway, Wallington pdf icon PDF 262 KB

    Demolition of 30 garages and the erection of five two-storey dwelling houses (5 x 2 bed) with 5 car parking spaces, new hard and soft landscaping works and access from Southway.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of 30 garages and the erection of five two-storey dwelling houses (5 x 2 bed) with 5 car parking spaces, new hard and soft landscaping works and access from Southway.

     

    The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Barry Lewis.

     

    Following the presentation by Ben Rochford, Planning Officer, members requested clarification on the following:

    • The Housing Team has confirmed with Veolia that the refuse will be collected from the proposed bin store and the bins will be returned there after they are emptied at the vehicle on Southway. It was confirmed that there are a number of addresses in the borough where refuse collection operates in a similar way. 
    • A transport statement was submitted, which was deemed acceptable by the Highways Team. This factored in aspects such as congestion caused by refuse collection and the additional parking needs. 
    • An external assessment was commissioned to examine the access way and then assessed by the highways team. This was deemed acceptable by officers. 
    • The width of the drive is 3.5 metres, once the kerb is removed. The Highways Officer is confident that there is sufficient space for vehicles to access the site safely. 
    • The Highways Officer considered that the risk of congestion due to large lorries is a not significant one, as these deliveries will be infrequent due to the small number of properties on the site.
    • A package of measures to improve the road has been added to this application. This includes the installation of speed bumps and treatment to the road surface. 
    • All houses will be fitted with a sprinkler system and a fire hydrant will be installed at the end of the drive, prior to occupation. The fire service has been consulted and are happy with the proposals. 

     

    Mr Verne Phillips, an objector, and Councillor Barry Lewis, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the applicant, Mr Will Henley, replied.

     

    The principal issues raised by the objector were:-

    • The additional housing will cause stress on parking in the surrounding area and increase congestion
    • The development will have a negative impact on the local wildlife such as birds and foxes.
    • The proposed housing will have a negative impact on the privacy of the existing properties, and residents are also concerned about the noise and air pollution. 
    • The main concern is safety and removing the kerb to create a pedestrian zone will not resolve these concerns as there is not enough space. 
    • Even with the proposed speed humps, there is nowhere for a pedestrian to move to safely if a vehicle enters the access way. 
    • Emergency vehicles will not be able to navigate the access road with safety and speed.
    • A fire engine will have to park on Southways and take their hoses down the alleyway to the site. The objector believes this cannot be done safely and with speed. 
    • Refuse vehicles will block Southway for a considerable amount of time whilst bins are wheeled up  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.
    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00286 - GARAGE BLOCK AT SOUTHWAY, WALLINGTON Committee Report

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

    Rejected
    APPLICATION NO. DM2020/00286 - GARAGE BLOCK AT SOUTHWAY, WALLINGTON Motion

    Following the vote on the officer’s recommendation, Councillor Burke proposed, and Councillor Shields seconded, a motion that the application be refused planning permission on the following grounds: 

    ·         The proposed development, due to the narrow access to the site on Southway, would be inadequate for motor vehicles and refuse vehicles to access the site safely. 

    ·         Due to this, and the lack of evidence, there are concerns for pedestrian safety when using the site.

     

    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. DM2020/00286 - GARAGE BLOCK AT SOUTHWAY, WALLINGTON, for the reasons as set out above.

     

    Agreed
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  • 35.

    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.