Demolition of Wallington Hall and the removal of 39 public parking spaces to allow for the erection of two buildings with both being part three, part four storeys in height. The proposal comprises a total of 31 self-contained flats (eight 1-bedroom, twenty one 2-bedroom and two 3-bedroom) and 132sqm of A1/A2 use commercial space together with 12 car parking spaces accessed from Woodcote Road and 54 cycle parking spaces, communal and private amenity space and refuse store.
The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of Wallington Hall and the removal of 39 public parking spaces to allow for the erection of two buildings with both being part three, part four storeys in height. The proposal comprises a total of 31 self contained flats (eight 1-bedroom, twenty one 2-bedroom and two 3-bedroom) and 132sqm of A1/A2 use commercial space together with 12 car parking spaces accessed from Woodcote Road and 54 cycle parking spaces, communal and private amenity space and refuse store.
At the outset of the item, Councillor Muhammad Sadiq absented himself from the room.
The Chair approved the reasons for urgency which were stated to be that the report was delayed to allow for clarification on points of existing lawful planning use and its implications for CIL. Furthermore, the statutory expiry date for the application was noted to be the 17 April 2018, prior to the date of the next scheduled committee.
Following the officer presentation, Members queried the use of the urgency procedure and the Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning referred to the reasons stated in the report and accepted by the Chair.
Members also queried the parking provision and its sustainability. The Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning referred to the site as being in a district centre and referred to the Principal Engineer - Highways and Transport who provided further detail on the highways assessment, a s.106 agreement and travel plans in place.
Members also referred to Paragraph 2.5 and the provision of green space in this application, welcoming this inclusion.
A question was raised to officers on the loss of a ‘heritage building’ and the Chair explained that the disposal of the site had already been discussed at a policy committee of the Council. The Head of Development Management and Strategic Planning confirmed that the building had no heritage designation.
Councillor Steve Cook, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and the agent / applicant Mike Kirk and Patrick Grincell replied.
The principal issues raised by Councillor Steve Cook were:-
· Access to the garages in the car park and the associated licenses.
· Discussions with the residents and a consultation event.
· Concerns about overlooking and privacy, noting the plans had been adapted.
· Level of affordable housing and the total number of flats.
Members sought the ward councillor’s opinion on the parking provision of 2 car club spaces and clarification was again sought from the Principal Engineer as to their sustainability in terms of economic viability. The Principal Engineer referred again to the s.106 agreement and the borough parking strategy. Members further asked for the ward councillor’s knowledge of parking displacement in the area, who responded that he had no concern in this regard.
Mike Kirk and Patrick Grincell made themselves available for member questions. Members queried the designated percentage of affordable housing. In response, the applicant referred to the site disposal previously discussed at a standing committee, as well as land and build costs. It was explained that such schemes had to meet independent viability assessments and that this had shown the provision to be reasonable. The applicant also referred to the business case recently discussed by members of the Sutton Shareholdings Board.
In debate, Members raised points relating to the streetscene, affordable housing provision in the local plan and London plan, and viability assessments as well as the proportion of objections received in relation to the number of notifications.
A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:
Agree (9) Councillors Samantha Bourne, Hamish Pollock, Tim Crowley, Patrick McManus, Jason Reynolds, Vincent Galligan, Margaret Court, Kevin Burke, Graham Whitham.
RESOLVED: That planning permission be granted for application No. D2018/78694, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives.