Agenda item


Report of the Executive Head of Planning and Transportation (ENCLOSURE).


The Committee considered a report on the above application for the change of use of the ground floor and first floor of the Grove Road wing of Copthall House from Class B1 (offices) to class D1 (renal haemodialysis unit), and alterations to the elevations and car park, with associated works.


In response to questions officers explained: That they were uncertain to what extent parking behind Copthall House was controlled by Royal Mail, whose sorting office adjoined the building, but confirmed that the parking spaces alongside the rear of Copthall House were controlled by the owner and tenants of that building.  That patients who met the eligibility criteria would be able to use hospital transport to attend the unit, but others would rely on private cars or public transport.  There would not be any scope for on-street parking.  The rear entrance to Copthall House included a paved section for pedestrians.


Members noted that Copthall House was on a ‘red route’, but that there was a vehicle drop-off point and a bus stop nearby.


Mr Andy Grimes of Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust addressed the meeting under Standing Order 33 on behalf of the applicant.


The principal issues raised by Mr Grimes were:-

  • The proposal was part of a National Health Service programme for Sutton borough residents
  • The proposal, with other sites in the area, would provide a significant increase in dialysis facilities over the next few years
  • Patients would generally be able to walk or would have mobility, and be able to use public transport or patient transport
  • Additional dialysis facilities were needed quickly to relieve the need for facilities at St Helier Hospital in preparation for building works there
  • Approximately 50-60% of patients already used hospital transport
  • It was envisaged that there would not be any abnormal need for the provision of emergency care
  • Although the facility would be highly technical, the building in which it was accommodated need not be and Copthall House could revert to offices


In response to a question Mr Grimes explained that the facility would have 24 stations, each of which would deal with two or three patients daily in three hour sessions.  It was intended to be a day-time service but could be extended to the evening.


Members supported the proposal, which would make use of an empty building, but some members had reservations about the nature and colour of the material to be used to cover the ground floor windows.  They were particularly concerned that it should not be black and noted that, if permission were granted, a condition would require the proposed treatment to be approved.


A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 33.4, when there voted:


To grant (10)            Councillors Richard Bailey, Moira Butt, Cliff Carter, Ian Chapman, Peter Geiringer, Bruce Glithero, Paddy Kane, John Leach, Janet Lowne and Tony Shields.


Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2008/60707/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

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