Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes.

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Committee.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received for Councillors Leo Fletcher and Maureen O’Mara.

 

Apologies for lateness was received for Councillor Chris Lloyd.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

The Planning Board noted and accepted the Planning Officers addendum reports, circulated in advance of the meeting, in relation to;

Item 6 – Ground Floor Block 2, 51 Banning Street, Greenwich SE10 0FF - 18/2963/F

 

Further, that public submissions had been circulated, in advance of the meeting, in relation to items 5 and 6.

 

The Chair advised that she wished to take Item 7 – Flat 1, Collerston House, Greenwich, as the last item.  The Committee agreed.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 46 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:

Councillors Norman Adams and Sarah Merrill declared an interest in Item 6 – Ground Floor, Block 2, 51 Banning Street, Greenwich, as Members of a Political Party affiliated to the Co-operative Group.

 

Resolved –

 

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

 

That Councillor Adams and Merrill’s deceleration be noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 23 October 2018.

 

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 Greenwich Area Planning Committee held on 23 October 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

18 Norman Road, Greenwich, London. SE10 9QX - Ref: 18/2741/F pdf icon PDF 315 KB

The Planning Committee is requested to grant planning for the change of use from Class B1to a Fitness Studio (Class D2) with ancillary Smoothie Bar, as set out in the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant Planning Permission for a change of use from Class B1to a Fitness Studio (Class D2) with ancillary Smoothie Bar; subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

 

Minutes:

The Planning Committee accepted an illustrative presentation from the Area Planning Manager West who advised that the application was policy compliant and, if agreed, appropriate noise insulation and hours of operation would be conditioned.  He advised that the unit was designated as B1office use but had remained vacant since construction.

 

A Member expressed concern that, as the original designation for the unit was B1office the level of noise insulation, as part of the construction, would not necessarily make the unit suitable for use as a fitness studio.

 

The Chair re-iterated that appropriate levels of noise insulation would form part of the Conditions. 

 

The Area Planning Manager West added that the type of noise insulation would need to be agreed with Environmental Health Officer and installed prior to the unit being used as a fitness studio.  Further, any complaints of noise nuisance could be dealt with under Environmental Health legislation.

 

A Member raised concern as to whether it was appropriate to grant permission if the use could create noise and disturbance, in breach of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) guidance.

 

The Area Planning Manager West responded that a number of Conditions would be enforced as part of any consent granted and, in addition to planning enforcement, Environmental Health would be able to address concerns on noise or ventilation issues.  Further the Environmental Health Officer was satisfied that the appropriate noise mitigation methods would be employed and Planning Officer considered the application was compliant and would not be in breach of the (NPPF).

 

A Member noted that, across the Borough, a number of units had been converted to gyms with acceptable noise level requirements.  To which the Area Planning Manager West advised that this would have been at the request of the Environmental Health Officer, and whilst no such request had been made in this case it was anticipated that noise levels would be within an acceptable range.

 

The Area Planning Committee accepted an address from the occupant of the property above the unit, who spoke in objection to the application.  He stated that some of the units on the ground floor had already been converted to flats and felt that this was not the appropriate location for a fitness studio.  Appendix 2 referenced ‘further information’ from the applicant which was not available on the Councils website shows and meant that stakeholders were unable to comment on all relevant information, contrary to natural justice and he felt that it was unlawful for a consultee not to be able to comment on all information.

 

He continued that he was concerned at the level of noise and vibration which was likely to penetrate up to his property, which, in addition to the cumulative effect of the customers entering and leaving the premises and congregating outside to chat would make the site incompatible with the proposal. He stated that the area was now predominantly residential and this commercial enterprise would be detrimental to the amenity and to the character the area, contrary to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Ground Floor, Block 2, 51 Banning Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 0FE - Ref: 18/2963/F pdf icon PDF 380 KB

The Committee is requested to grant planning permission for change of use from vacant office premises to A1 Retail (convenience store). Installation of ATM, alteration of existing shop front including new security door & louvres, in line with the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant Planning Permission for the change of use from vacant office premises to A1 Retail (convenience store). Installation of ATM, alteration of existing shop front including new security door & louvres.

 

Subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report (as amended in the addendum report), an amendment to condition 3 regarding the submission of a further Delivery and Servicing Plan and additional Informative regarding the additional information to be considered in the Delivery and Servicing Plan and that the applicant approach the property owner to discuss the possibility of re-sitting the Plant ventilation to disperse into the basement or to the side of the building.

Minutes:

Councillors Norman Adams and Sarah Merrill declared an interest in Item 6 – Ground Floor, Block 2, 51 Banning Street, Greenwich, as Members of a Political Party affiliated to the Co-operative Group.

 

The Planning Committee accepted an illustrative presentation from the Planning Officer who advised that, despite extensive marketing, the unit had been vacant since construction in 2014.  There was no evidence to support any concerns of anti-social-behaviour, relating to the installation of an ATM and a delivery service plan will be submitted.

 

In response to Members questions the Planning Officer confirmed that the smaller deliveries, such as news papers, would be outside of normal business hours in the morning, which was standard practice. The customer trolley bay would be internal to the store.

 

The Area Planning Committee accepted an address from a resident of properties opposite the unit, who in speaking raised concern that, whilst it was appropriate that the unit should be used, the proposal would result in a substantial level of construction and associated disturbance, as the unit was not constructed for retail use.  Deliveries would be made by HGVs which would have difficulty, if it was possible at all, to access the unit as the roads were narrow with a number indicated as not suitable for large vehicles.  The air conditioning and refrigeration ventilation units would create an increase in noise and, their proposed location would result in that noise being directed at his home.  He requested that more was done to find an alternative, suitable, location and, if consent were granted for this location, that the Plant ventilation unit be moved to the side of the building or vented into the basement, not directly at his home.

 

The Planning Officer advised Members that, the Plant ventilation unit was 30 metres from the properties opposite and the Environmental Health Officer had raised no objections to the application.

 

The Area Planning Manager West responded to Members that it would not be possible to add a Condition that the Plant ventilation be moved as this would change the design of the scheme and, in terms of redirecting the unit to the basement, he advised that Members may be minded to add an Informative to investigate the options available.

 

The Area Planning Committee accepted an address from the applicant’s agent who advised that the unit was vacant and had been marketed for four years.  They had worked with Council Officers to address concerns that had been raised and larger deliveries would be made only between 9am and 6.30pm; light deliveries would be infrequent and drivers and staff would be asked to keep radios off and noise to a minimum.   The access and egress road route had been mapped and would accommodate the HGV’s used for deliveries. 

 

In response to Members questions the applicants agent advised that they were leasing the building and could not make the structural changes that would be required to re-locate the Plant ventilation unit.  He confirmed that they would be happy to approach the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Flat 1, Collerston House, 2 Armitage Road, Greenwich. London. SE10 0HU - REF: 18/2118/F pdf icon PDF 284 KB

The Committee is requested to grant planning permission for retrospective conversion of an existing maisonette to two separate 1 bedroom flats, in line with the report.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant Planning Permission for the retrospective conversion of an existing maisonette to two separate 1 bedroom flats; subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2.

Minutes:

Members considered that they had enough information, within the report, to make an informed decision on this application and moved straight to the vote.

 

The Chair put the Officers recommendation to grant planning permission to the vote with 6 Members in favour. 0 against and 0 abstentions.

 

Resolved unanimously –

 

That planning permission be granted for the retrospective conversion of an existing maisonette to two separate 1 bedroom flats; subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2.

8.

161-163 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, SE10 8JA - Ref: 18/3412/A pdf icon PDF 292 KB

The Committee is requested to grant advertisement consent for the display of one externally illuminated fascia sign (front elevation), externally illuminated pin mounted lettering (side elevation); one externally illuminated projecting sign; one externally illuminated board sign; two internally illuminated menu boxes and one non-illuminated sign written text on entrance canopy.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant advertisement consent for the display of one externally illuminated fascia sign (front elevation); externally illuminated pin mounted lettering (side elevation); one externally illuminated projecting sign; one externally illuminated board sign; two internally illuminated menu boxes and one non-illuminated sign written text on entrance canopy.

 

Subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

 

Minutes:

The Planning Committee accepted an illustrative presentation from the Planning Officer.

 

Members considered that they had enough information to make an informed decision on this application and moved straight to the vote.

 

The Chair put the Officers recommendation to grant consent to the vote with 6 Members in favour. 0 against and 0 abstentions.

 

Resolved unanimously –

 

That it be agreed to grant advertisement consent for the display of one externally illuminated fascia sign (front elevation); externally illuminated pin mounted lettering (side elevation); one externally illuminated projecting sign; one externally illuminated board sign; two internally illuminated menu boxes and one non-illuminated sign written text on entrance canopy.

 

Subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the report.