Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes.

Venue: Rooms 4 & 5, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW

Contact: Jean Riddler  Email: jean.riddler@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5857

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Board.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.  However, apologies for lateness were received for Councillors Geoffrey Brighty and Clive Mardner.  Apologies for leaving the meeting early were received from Councillor Denise Hyland, Sarah Merrill and Mehboob Khan.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

Members noted the supplementary agenda published with officer addendum reports relating to items 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

 

Members also note public submissions, circulated to them by email, in relation to items 5, 7 and 12.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 34 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Mark James made a personal declaration of interest as an employee of Transport for London (TfL) in relation to the items on the agenda. 

 

Councillor Offord made a personal declaration, in relation to item 8: 25-29 Carnbrook Road and Garages to the rear, as in his role as Council appointee on the Meridian development board he had been involved in earlier discussions on this matter and, therefore, would not take part in considering or voting on the application.

 

Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies be noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 3 October 2017.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Board held on 3 October 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

10 Orangery Lane, Eltham, London. SE9 1HN - 17/3843/F pdf icon PDF 515 KB

The Board is requested to grant full planning permission for the demolition of existing building and construction of a part 3 / part 7 storey mixed use development comprising a flexible B1 (Business) / D1(Non Residential Institution) use at ground floor level and 42 self-contained flats above.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to refuse full planning permission for the demolition of existing building and construction of a part 4 / part 8 storey mixed use development comprising a flexible B1 (Business) / D1(Non Residential Institution) use at ground floor level and 42 self-contained flats above.

Minutes:

Members noted the officer’s addendum reports, circulated on a supplementary agenda and a number of public documents submitted to them in advance of the meeting.

 

The Planning Case Officer gave an illustrative presentation and advised that the proposal included two disability parking spaces off of Orangery Lane and at an even level to entry to the block.  The affordable housing offer had been increased to 21%, which equated to 9 units.  The tallest element of the proposal had been reduced and officers felt that the changes to the application addressed the previous reasons for refusal.

 

Members sought further clarification as to how officers saw the reasons for refusal, of the previous application, had been overcome.  To which the Planning Case Officer advised that the height had been reduced; the density reduced as a result of fewer units and the provision of two disabled parking spaces on site. 

 

In response to Members questions the Planning Case Officer confirmed that the provision of two disabled parking spaces in an otherwise car free development was acceptable.  The site had a high PTAL rating of 4 to 6a, with good public transport links.  As the site was located within a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) it was also recommended that new occupants be restrict from applying for CPZ permits for the area.

 

Further, the Planning Case Officer confirmed that the questions as to whether provision of two disabled bays was sufficient had been passed to the Councils Occupational Therapist who supported this as sufficient numbers.  Also, all floors would be serviced by a lift and the units would be of ‘design for life’ standard.

 

The Planning Case Officer clarified that the podium area was set further back from existing properties.  That the tallest element had been reduced by 1 floor and the lower elements to 3 to 4, due to the slope of the site. 

 

In respect of the lack of social housing and only affordable shared provision the Planning Case officer state that the original offer was of 15% shared ownership, which was agreed independently.  However, the applicant felt that it currently viable to offer 21% and whilst not policy compliant was considered satisfactory.

 

Members questioned how, given the reduction in units, the applicant felt that it was now viably possible to increase the affordable offer and questioned the validity of the original viability assessment.

 

The Planning Case Officer confirmed that the commercial let to local business at competitive rate was being offered on the revised application.

 

The Planning Board Accepted an address from the Old Page Estate Residents Association (OPERA) representative speaking in objection to the application who commented that the application was still at direct odds with the Eltham Masterplan and Core Strategy, which sought buildings in and adjacent to the Eltham High Street be restrained to 4 stories, maximum.  That there were still issues of overlooking to existing residents and be overbearing to the Orangery, which was to be at the forefront of an orangery square on the site.

 

She continued  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

Councillor Merrill left the meeting before the Board moved to consider the next item.

6.

1-3 Hillreach, Woolwich, London. SE18 4AJ - 17/2558/F pdf icon PDF 296 KB

The Board is requested to refuse Planning Permission for the demolition of the existing buildings and construction of a part 3/part 5 storey building including basement comprising of 32 residential units (16x1 bed, 10x2 bed and 6x3 bed) with associated landscaping, cycle parking and refuse storage for the reasons set out in appendix 2 of the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The item was withdrawn, following the applicant’s withdrawal of their planning application prior to the sitting of the Board.

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That it was noted that this item was withdrawn, following the applicant’s withdrawal of their planning application prior to the sitting of the Board.

7.

J MUIR & CO (Bookbinders) Ltd, 64-68 Blackheath Road, Greenwich, London. SE10 8DA - 17/3338/F pdf icon PDF 473 KB

The Board is requested to grant planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site providing 83sqm of commercial use and 24 residential units (9x1-bed, 11x2-bed, 4x3-bed) (Resubmission).

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site providing 83sqm of commercial use and 24 residential units (9x1-bed, 11x2-bed, 4x3-bed) (Resubmission).

 

Subject to:

(i)         The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 22); and

(ii)        Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and addendum report.

 

Noted;

(1)          That the application  amends the scheme proposed by a previous application (ref: 16/1010/F) which had been appealed for non-determination and is currently held in abeyance until this application would be determined. 

(2)          That the previous application (ref: 16/1010/F), which was for 28 units, was presented to the Planning Board on 1 August 2017; however, it was resolved that had an appeal for non-determination not been submitted that previous application (ref: 16/1010/F) would have been refused on grounds of its design, bulk and massing and the impact this would have on the area and the amenity of neighbouring properties and the impacts from increased parking pressures.

 

Noted the main differences between the applications (refs 16/1010/F and 17/3338/F) is the reduction in the built form by removing the top floor from the front block and retaining the landscaped strip along the western boundary of the site that fronts onto Crosslet Vale, which results in the reduction in the number of units from 28 to 24 units. 

 

Noted that it had been demonstrated that it was not viable to provide affordable housing within the proposed development; however, the applicant had offered to provide 4 discount market sales units (16.7%) if the application was granted.  The proposed development would also meet sustainability objectives, would be car free and cycle storage facilities would be provided at the ground level.


Minutes:

Members noted the officer’s addendum reports, circulated on a supplementary agenda and a number of public documents submitted to them in advance of the meeting.

 

In providing an illustrated presentation of the application the Planning Case Officer advised that there had been a number of changes to the application before Members, including the removal of the top floor and a simplified elevation profile reflecting surrounding buildings. 

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the Director Blackheath Road (Block C) Management Company speaking in favour of the application who advised that whilst the Management Company had opposed the original application, predominantly with regards to the use of a tree lined strip of land, included in the original condition for the development of Crosslet Vale, over which the residents had rights and obligations.

 

The Management Company representative advised that agreement had now been reached with the developer that construction vehicles could access the site, via Crosslet Vale.  Agreement had also been reached for the transfer of the strip of land along Crosslet Vale back to the Management Company following the completion of the development and landscaping works carried out by the developer.  Given the conditions that residents of the development would not be permitted to park in Crosslet Vale, the changes to the building height and agreement on the contested piece of land the application was supported.

 

The Chair advised the Members the agreement reached between the developer and the Management Company was not a planning matter.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the applicant who confirmed that they had taken on board the comments of the Planning Board and residents on the previous application and redesigned the development accordingly.  He advised that a commitment had been reached with the Crosslet Vale Management Company on the piece of land. 

 

Members considered that the application and considered that the changes in design and height were positive and that residents’ concerns had been addressed.

 

The Chair put the application to the vote with 12 Members for granting permission, 0 against and 0 abstentions.

 

Resolved unanimously–

 

That planning permission be granted for the demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site providing 83sqm of commercial use and 24 residential units (9x1-bed, 11x2-bed, 4x3-bed) (Resubmission), subject to;

 

(i)         The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 22); and

(ii)        The Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and addendum report.

 

That it be noted;

(1)          The application amends the scheme proposed by a previous application (ref: 16/1010/F) which had been appealed for non-determination and is currently held in abeyance until this application would be determined. 

(2)          The previous application (ref: 16/1010/F), which was for 28 units, was presented to the Planning Board on 1 August 2017; however, it was resolved that had an appeal for non-determination not been submitted that previous application (ref: 16/1010/F) would have been refused on grounds of its design, bulk and massing and the impact this would have on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

25-29 Carnbrook Road and Garages to Rear, Kidbrooke, London, SE3 8AD - 17/2268/F pdf icon PDF 486 KB

The Board is requested to grant planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide 35 dwellings between 1 and 4 stories in height with balconies and roof terraces and associated landscaping and parking.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide 35 dwellings between 1 and 4 stories in height with balconies and roof terraces and associated landscaping and parking.

 

Subject to:

(i)         The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (Heads of terms set out in section 27 of this report); and

(ii)        The Conditions set out in Appendix 2 in the main report and addendum report, with the exception of changes to the following:

·       Condition 11 – removal of drawing number and for the condition to state that details are to be submitted prior to development;

·       Condition 18 – Removal of first paragraph.

·       Deletion of conditions 20, 26, 28, 29, 35, 36 and 37.

·       Deletion of informatives

Minutes:

Councillor Offord made a personal declaration, in relation to this item, as in his role as Council appointee on the Meridian Development Board he had been involved in earlier discussions on this matter and, therefore, would not take part in considering or voting on this matter.

 

Members noted the officers addendum reports, circulated on a supplementary agenda.

 

The Area Planning Manager (East) advised Members that, should they be minded to agree the application, in addition to amendments outlined in the addendum report Condition 11 required the removal of drawing number and for the condition to state that details are to be submitted prior to development; Condition 18 required the removal of first paragraph; Conditions 20, 26, 28, 29, 35, 36 and 37 should be deleted in full and all the informatives should also be deleted.

 

The Area Planning Manager (East) gave an illustrated presentation advising that the matter was presented to the Planning Board in respect of attaining the Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement - heads of terms set out in section 27 of the report.

 

The Board moved straight to the vote with Members with 11 in favour of agreement, 0 objection and 0 abstention.

 

Resolved –

 

That planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide 35 dwellings between 1 and 4 stories in height with balconies and roof terraces and associated landscaping and parking be agreed subject to:

(i) The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (Heads of terms set out in section 27 of this report); and

(ii) The Conditions set out in Appendix 2 in the main report and addendum report, with the exception of changes to the following:

·       Condition 11 – removal of drawing number and for the condition to state that details are to be submitted prior to development;

·       Condition 18 – Removal of first paragraph.

·       Deletion of conditions 20, 26, 28, 29, 35, 36 and 37.

·       Deletion of informatives

9.

Lovell's, Granite, Badcocks and Pipers Wharves, Pelton Road, Banning Street and Christchurch Way, Greenwich, SE10 - 16/1204/MA pdf icon PDF 135 KB

The Board is requested to grant planning permission for a minor material amendment under Section 73 to vary Condition 1 (Approved Plans) of planning permission (LPA Ref: 14/0460/F) involving alterations to the elevations of Blocks 4, 10 and 11 and alterations to the residential and commercial floorspace, amendments to residential unit mix and increase in the number of residential units from 439 to 455 (uplift of 16 units), and alterations to the basement including reduction in basement depth and alterations to parking layout, and the realignment of the river path, in line with the report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.     Resolved to grant planning permission for a minor material amendment under Section 73 to vary Condition 1 (Approved Plans) of planning permission (LPA Ref: 14/0460/F) involving alterations to the elevations of Block 3, 4 and 10, alterations to the residential and commercial floorspace, amendments to residential unit mix and increase in the number of residential units from 439 to 451 (uplift of 12 units), alterations to the basement including reduction in basement depth and alterations to parking layout, subject to:

        Referral of the application to the Mayor of London as required under the terms of The Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008;

        Conditions and Informative set out in Appendix 2 of this report;

        The completion of a satisfactory legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 22 of the officers report;

        Members confirming in their resolution that account has been taken of environmental information, as required by Regulation 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011; and

        A statement being placed on the Statutory Register confirming the main reasons and consideration of which the Planning Board resolution was based were those set out in the report of the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills as required by Regulations 24 (I) (c.) of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011

 

2.     Resolved to agree that, if within 1 month of the date of this Planning Board meeting the legal agreement has not been completed, the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills is delegated power to refuse planning consent on the grounds set out in Appendix 1 of the report.

Minutes:

With the consent of the Board the Development Control Manager (Major Projects) gave one illustrated presentation in relation to both Items 9 and 10 they both related to the same minor material amendments, in regards of seeking S106 agreement.  That agreement would give officers the authority to refuse planning permission if agreement on the S106 was not reached.  It was noted that, whilst the committee accepted one presentation they would need to vote separately on each item.

 

In response to Members Development Control Manager (Major Projects) confirmed that there was an increase of 16 units with a total of 26 social rent units. 

 

In moving to the vote on this matter the Chair advised that Councillor Hyland was unable to vote on the matter as she was not in attendance for the presentation. 

 

In considering both part 1 and 2 of the decisions sought; 11 Members voted in favour of the revised decisions; 0 against and 0 abstentions.

 

Resolved -

 

1.  That planning permission for a minor material amendment under Section 73 to vary Condition 1 (Approved Plans) of planning permission (LPA Ref: 14/0460/F) involving alterations to the elevations of Blocks 4, 10 and 11 and alterations to the residential and commercial floorspace, amendments to residential unit mix and increase in the number of residential units from 439 to 455 (uplift of 16 units), and alterations to the basement including reduction in basement depth and alterations to parking layout, and the realignment of the river path be agreed subject to:

   Referral of the application to the Mayor of London as required under the terms of The Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008;

   Conditions and Informative set out in Appendix 2 of this report;

   The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 22;

   Members confirming in their resolution that account has been taken of

environmental information, as required by Regulation 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011;

and

   A statement being placed on the Statutory Register confirming the main reasons and consideration of which the Planning Board resolution was based were those set out in the report of the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills as required by Regulations 24 (I) (c.) of the Town Item No: 11 and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011.

 

2. That it be agreed that, if within 1 month of the date of this Planning

Board meeting the legal agreement had not been completed, the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills had delegated power to refuse planning consent on the grounds set out in Appendix 1 of the report.

10.

Lovell's, Granite, Badcocks and Pipers Wharves, Pelton Road, Banning Street and Christchurch Way, Greenwich, SE10 - 16/2552/MA pdf icon PDF 147 KB

The Planning Board is requested to grant planning permission for a minor material amendment under Section 73 to vary Condition 1 (Approved Plans) of planning permission (LPA Ref: 14/0460/F) involving alterations to the elevations of Blocks 4, 10 and 11 and alterations to the residential and commercial floorspace, amendments to residential unit mix and increase in the number of residential units from 439 to 455 (uplift of 16 units), and alterations to the basement including reduction in basement depth and alterations to parking layout, and the realignment of the river path, in line with the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.  Resolved to grant planning permission for a minor material amendment under Section 73 to vary Condition 1 (Approved Plans) of planning permission (LPA Ref: 14/0460/F) involving alterations to the elevations of Blocks 4, 10 and 11 and alterations to the residential and commercial floorspace, amendments to residential unit mix and increase in the number of residential units from 439 to 455 (uplift of 16 units), and alterations to the basement including reduction in basement depth and alterations to parking layout, and the realignment of the river path, subject to:

        Referral of the application to the Mayor of London as required under the terms of The Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008;

        Conditions and Informative set out in Appendix 2 of this report;

        The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 22;

        Members confirming in their resolution that account has been taken of environmental information, as required by Regulation 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011; and

        A statement being placed on the Statutory Register confirming the main reasons and consideration of which the Planning Board resolution was based were those set out in the report of the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills as required by Regulations 24 (I) (c.) of the Town Item No: 11 and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011.

 

2.  Resolved to agree that, if within 1 month of the date of this Planning Board meeting the legal agreement had not been completed, the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills is delegated power to refuse planning consent on the grounds set out in Appendix 1 of the report.

Minutes:

Members noted an officers addendum report in relation to this item had been circulated on a supplementary agenda.

 

With the consent of the Board the Development Control Manager (Major Projects) gave one illustrated presentation in relation to both Items 9 and 10 they both related to the same minor material amendments, in regards of seeking S106 agreement.  That agreement would give officers the authority to refuse planning permission if agreement on the S106 was not reached.  It was noted that, whilst the Committee accepted one presentation they would need to vote separately on each item.

 

In response to a Member’s question the Development Control Manager (Major Projects) confirmed that there would be an uplift of 16 habitable units.  That the development included 26 social rented units but these could not be secured until the S106 agreement had been reached.

 

A Member noted that a number of promised public realm improvement, promised in relation to previous elements of the scheme, had not been delivered and appeared to be tied into the S106 agreement and felt strongly this situation needed to be sorted out.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from a resident who commented that when the development was originally agreed, in 2007, there was extensive public realm elements including public parks, playground, an ecology park and riverfront beach, none of which had been delivered.  She noted that the only public realm provision derived was a very small play area for under 5’s only which was gated and closed at 5pm.  She felt that this was not adequate given the promised public realm  and the disturbance residents had experienced during construction work.  She felt that this was the last opportunity for the residents to seek the public realm improvements Bellway Homes promised to deliver, were delivered before they were lost in the mist of time.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from a representative for the applicant, Bellway Homes, who advised that when they took over the development from London and Regional they accepted the public realm elements to be delivered and they were chasing a number of invoices relating to, in respect of delivering on the S106, which were of a substantial figure.  Further, that it was Bellway Homes aim to deliver on all the promised public realm provisions.

 

Members noted that Bellway Homes were the developer and had sought approval for the development with acceptance of the public realm delivery.  That the current play provision was not good enough and there was a need for the developer to rectify this. 

 

The Developer’s representative advised that they worked with the residents work group and that the developer would  be happy to discuss Members specific concerns further, directly.  He continued that it was embarrassing that it had taken so long for them to resolve this matter with London and Regional and hoped to release the funds in the next couple of days. 

 

The Development Control Manager (Major Projects) put the decisions, which had been revised under legal guidance, on display for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

Councillor Khan left the meeting at the conclusion of Item 10.

11.

Land adjacent to and to the south west of The 02 (Known as Plot N0201), Peninsula Square, Greenwich, London SE10 0DX - 15/3552/F pdf icon PDF 68 KB

The Board is requested to agree to amend the resolution made at the Planning Board meeting held on 24 July 2017 in respect of Item 4 of that meeting, as set out in the report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved (as an amendmentto) the resolution made at the Planning Board meeting held on 24 July 2017 in respect of Item 4 of that meeting to read as follows:

          That full planning permission be granted for the construction of a 36 storey tower (120 metres AOD) comprising of 262 residential units, 2,213 sq.m (GEA) of retail floor space (Use Classes A1 to A5) and 189 sq.m flexible floor space (Use classes A1 to A5, ancillary C3, or D2 for a commercial gym) and associated landscaping, plant, servicing and parking.

 

Subject to:

(i)     Referral of the application to the Mayor of London as required under the terms of The Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008;

(ii)    The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 25);

(iii)   Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and addendum; and

(iv)   The late stage review be conducted following the sale of 75% of the residential units.

 

Minutes:

In presenting the item the Development Control Manager (Major Projects) advised that the matter was being referred to the Board to seek agreement to amend its former resolution.  The GLA had advised that they require the second stage review mechanism to be triggered once 75% of the residential units have been sold in accordance with the Mayor’s Affordable Housing and Viability SPG, as opposed to the 65% trigger requested by the Planning Board. 

 

In response to a Members question the Development Control Manager (Major Projects) advised that the applicant had up to three years to commence construction.  However, if construction works had not begun within 18 months a review of the application would be triggered.

 

In determining the matter before them Members felt that it was regrettable that this was the manner in which the Council had to try and secure an uplift in affordable housing.

 

The officer’s recommendation was put to the Members with 11 in favour of adoption, 0 objection and 0 abstention.

 

Resolved unanimously –

 

Thatit be agreed that (as an amendment to) the resolution made at the Planning Board meeting held on 24 July 2017 in respect of Item 4 of that meeting to read as follows:

That full planning permission be granted for the construction of a 36 storey tower (120 metres AOD) comprising of 262 residential units, 2,213 sqm (GEA) of retail floor space (Use Classes A1 to A5) and 189 sqm flexible floor space (Use classes A1 to A5, ancillary C3, or D2 for a commercial gym) and associated landscaping, plant, servicing and parking.

 

Subject to:

(i) Referral of the application to the Mayor of London as required under the terms of The Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008;

(ii) The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 25);

(iii) Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and addendum;  and

(iv) The late stage review be conducted following the sale of 75% of the residential units.

12.

Land Bounded by Old Stable Row, Woolwich New Road, Thomas Street and Love Lane. SE18 - 17/3648/F pdf icon PDF 824 KB

The Planning Board is requested to refuse full planning permission for the installation of temporary hoarding to a height of 2.4 metres for a period of 9 months for the reasons given in the report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Item was withdrawn, following the applicant’s withdrawal of their planning application prior to the sitting of the Board.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That it was noted that this item was withdrawn, following the applicant’s withdrawal of their planning application prior to the sitting of the Board.