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 on behalf of Councillors Olu Babatola and Angela Cornforth.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business for consideration.  The Chair however advised that Item 5 “134 Timbercroft Lane, Plumstead, London, SE18 2SG” had been withdrawn from the agenda, and would subsequently be considered by the Eltham Area Planning Committee.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 39 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:

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 75 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 26 January 2016.

 

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 Woolwich and Thamesmead Area Planning Committee held on 26 January 2016, be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

134 Timbercroft Lane, Plumstead, London, SE18 2SG pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Members to consider planning permission for a change of use from B1 office space to new D1 children's nursery to include erection of new fence and landscaping of courtyard.

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Decision:

THIS ITEM WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE AGENDA.

Minutes:

THIS ITEM WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE AGENDA.

6.

Woolwich Fire Station, Sunbury Street, Woolwich, London SE18 pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Members to consider planning application and a request for listed building consent for the conversion of the former Fire Station to provide 9 residential units comprising 6 x 2-bed and 3 x 1-bed self-contained flats, and two parking spaces.

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Decision:

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That planning permission and listed building consent be granted for the conversion of the former Fire Station at Sunbury Street, Woolwich, London SE18, to provide nine residential units comprising 6 x two-bed and 3 x one-bed self-contained flats and two parking spaces

 

Subject to the amendments to Condition 3 of both the planning permission and the listed building consent as follows:

 

“No development (including any demolition works) shall take place until details of the repair, consolidation and redecoration of the interior of the watchtower has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Royal Borough of Greenwich as the local planning authority. No occupation of the residential units hereby permitted shall take place until the approved repair, consolidation and redecoration works have been inspected by a Royal Borough of Greenwich conservation officer and approved in writing by the Royal Borough of Greenwich as the local planning authority.”

Minutes:

The Area Planning Manager (East) gave an illustrative presentation to the report, recommending to the Committee to approve proposals for planning application and listed building consent for the conversion of 6 x two-bed and 3 x one-bed self-contained flats, together with two parking places.

 

The Committee noted the report, and that the application site comprised of a Grade II listed building, and formed part of a former Fire Station.

 

In response to questions raised, the Area Planning Manager advised the Committee that the rear of the court yard would be converted from a parking area into a communal outdoor amenity space.  It was confirmed that the existing bi-folding doors to the front ground floor elevation and the one located by the proposed communal amenity area would be replaced to a high standard.  The Committee was further advised that a brick recycling store would be constructed at the front of the site.

 

The agent for the applicant addressed the meeting.  He confirmed to the Committee that the watchtower on the proposed building would be retained and repaired to a high standard.  It was stated that the Yellow London brick at the front would be cleaned up to improve the appearance.  Furthermore, the existing hose reel store and sand storage areas would be converted to a cycle storage space, and the windows at the rear of the proposed property would be reinstated to match existing ones.

 

In light of a concern, the agent pointed out that because of the constraint of renovating the listed building, a lift facility would not be installed.  However, the applicant had taken steps to locate two disabled flats on the ground floor, and each would be allocated with a car park bay.

 

The Committee was of the view that the proposed two car park bays would create obstruction to pedestrians when in use.  It suggested that relocation onto the street in front of the proposed building would be appropriate. 

 

In response, the agent stated that the purpose for erecting parking bays within the boundary of the proposed building was to provide easy access to the disabled flats.  Relocation of the facility onto the public highways would provide access to other blue-badge car users.  Thus, there would be no guarantee that the parking facility would be available for use solely for ease of access by occupants to the disabled flats.

 

In considering submissions made, the Committee suggested that details of the repair, consolidation and redecoration of the interior of the watchtower should be approved in writing by the Council prior to development work.  Furthermore, inspection of the renovated building should take place prior to occupation.  Notwithstanding that, the applicant had complied with the planning requirements.

 

The Committee voted on the proposal and it

 

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That planning permission and listed building consent be granted for the conversion of the former Fire Station at Sunbury Street, Woolwich, London SE18, to provide nine residential units comprising 6 x two-bed and 3 x one-bed self-contained flats and two parking  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.