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

Appointment of Chair

As apologies for lateness had been received from Councillor Mark James, Chair of the Committee, the Committee Members agreed to elect a Chair to open the meeting and conduct business until, Councillor James was in attendance.

 

Councillor Hyland proposed that Councillor Adam’s took the Chair.  Councillor Offord seconded the proposal.

 

Resolved –

 

That Councillor Adams took the Chair, until such time as Councillor M. James was in attendance.

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Board.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received for Councillors Harry Singh, Danny Thorpe and Ray Walker.

 

Apologies for lateness were received for Councillor Mark James.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

It was noted that Addendum Reports had been produced for Item 6 - Lovell's, Granite, Badcocks and Pipers Wharves and Item 7 – Aldi Stores Ltd, on the Agenda and were provided on a Supplementary Agenda.

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 declared a personal interest, as an employee of Transport for London (TfL) in relation to in item 6 - Lovell's, Granite, Badcocks and Pipers Wharves. 

 

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 143 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 September 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:

Members noted an inaccuracy in the minute’s in relation to the details of the Member elected to take the Chair, which it was requested be investigated and corrected. 

 

Resolved -

 

That agreement of the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Board held on 5 September be deferred to the next meeting for correction.

 

 

Councillor Adams stood down from the position of Chair as Councillor Mark James took the chair for the remainder of the meeting.

5.

Plumstead Library, 232 Plumstead High Street, Plumstead SE18 IJL - 17/2879/F and 17/2903/L pdf icon PDF 698 KB

The Board is asked to grant full planning permission for works to existing Grade II listed Plumstead Library to facilitate increased floor space for additional library and community services (Class A3/B1/D1/D2 uses); works to include demolition of existing building to the rear; and construction of a 2- storey extension for new library spaces, sports hall, amenities and gym; refurbishment works to the listed library building, and public realm improvement works including improved access, cycle parking, and new on street parking space.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Granted full planning permission as outlined below:

“Works to existing Grade II listed Plumstead Library to facilitate increased floor space for additional library and community services (Class A3/B1/D1/D2 uses); works to include demolition of existing building to the rear; and construction of a 2- storey extension for new library spaces, sports hall, amenities and gym; refurbishment works to the listed library building, and public realm improvement works including improved access, cycle parking, and new on street parking space.”

 

Subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the report, with amendment to Condition 16 (BREEAM) to read;

‘The development hereby permitted shall seek to achieve a minimum of BREEAM Excellent (or its successor).’…

 

And granted Listed building consent, subject to referral to the Secretary of State (subject to further confirmation) as outlined below

 

“Internal refurbishment of existing library building; demolition of existing extension to the rear; and redevelopment of part of the site comprising a 2-storey rear extension to facilitate the provision of additional floorspace (Class A3/B1/D1/D2 uses), public realm improvement works, cycle parking, and refuse/recycling facilities. Provision of one on-street parking space.”

 

Subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 3 of the report.          

Minutes:

The Planning Case Officer advised the Board of a correction required to Condition 16, should the application be agreed, that it should read - ‘The development hereby permitted shall seek to achieve a minimum of BREEAM Excellent (or its successor).’…

 

The Planning Case Officer gave an illustrated presentation and summarised the report recommending to the committee to agree the proposals therein.

 

In response to Members questions the Planning Case Officer confirmed that the use of public transport and pedestrian footfall were measured by the applicant as part of the proposal.  The centre was aimed at providing immediate service to local residents.  In respect of the machinery in plant room, it would contain air condition equipment and condensers and the room would be sound proofed.

 

 

The Planning Board accepted addresses from three local residents who raised the following issues and concerns.

 

Whilst the two designated disabled bays were welcomed, more disabled and general bays would be welcomed.  The existing general street parking and existing car park, offering 20 spaces and which often overflowed into Quilter Street, would be removed which would have a negative impact on existing residents parking areas.  It was noted that Quilter Road would be reduced to 3.7 meters wide, due to pavement changes which would only allow one car to pass and cause issues for refuse collection and other services.  It was felt that further consideration should be given to how many parking spaces form part of this development, which would be a well-used site.

 

Concern was raised as to the effectiveness of the consultation process to engage with Plumstead residents given that there was only 1day consultation held in the library and 7 days on line consultation.  There was concern that this was not in line with the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement and did not engage hard to reach residents.  It was understood that stakeholders were consulted but this did not involve residents.  It was felt that residents were losing a sports centre and want a good facility to replace this but were concerned that their views were not being heard, particularly in relation to park, sports facility provision, computer provision and the reduction of the library space by 20sqr meters.  The quiet area and separate children’s area in the Library was welcomed.  It was noted that whilst there was a loss of three badminton courts and library space, there was an increase in office space. 

 

The design was welcomed and it was felt that it was consistence to the host building and that much of the architecture was being refurbished, rather than demolished with retention of the front facia only.  It was noted that a large picture window had been removed from the original drawing’s which would have been beneficial to allowing lights into the 1st floor, particularly the library and it was put that the applicant considered re-instating windows to the 1st floor aspect, along Quilter Street.

 

Concern was raised that documents appeared to have been omitted from the Planning Portal  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Lovell's, Granite, Badcocks and Pipers Wharves, Pelton Road, Banning Street and Christchurch Way, Greenwich, SE10 - 17/0842/MA pdf icon PDF 443 KB

The Board is asked 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 5 and 6a, amendments to the residential and commercial floorspace, amendments to residential unit mix and increase in the number of residential units from 439 to 449 (uplift of 10 units), and alterations to the basement including reduction in basement depth and alterations to parking layout, and the realignment of the river path with provision of stepped access.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Granted 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 5 and 6a, amendments to the residential and commercial floorspace, amendments to residential unit mix and increase in the number of residential units from 439 to 449 (uplift of 10 units), and alterations to the basement including reduction in basement depth and alterations to parking layout, and the realignment of the river path with provision of stepped access, subject to:

 

·       Response to the application from Greater London Authority as required under the terms of The Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008;

 

·       Conditions and Informatives set out in Appendix 2 of this report and as amended in the Addendum report;

 

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

 

·       That, if within 3 months of the date of this Planning Board 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 4 of the report; 

 

·       Members confirming in their decision that account has been taken of environmental information, as required by Regulation 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017; and

 

·       A statement being placed on the statutory Register confirming the main reasons and consideration of which the Planning Board decision was based were those set out in the report of the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills as required by Regulations 26 (I) (b.) of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017.

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Mark James declared a personal interest, as an employee of Transport for London (TfL) in relation to this item.

 

The Planning Board Members noted the officers Addendum Reports, which had been provided on a Supplementary Agenda.

 

 

The Case Planning Officer gave an illustrated presentation of the application advising the Board on the history of site and the variations previously requested and granted.  She advised that S106 agreements had yet to be agreed in respect of these.  That the application before Members related only to block 5 and 6a.

 

In response to Planning Board Members questions the Case Planning Officer confirmed that the affordable housing, offered as part of the application, would be 5 shared ownership properties and the affordable housing offer, over the entire site, would remain at 33%.

 

The Development Control Manager - Major Projects added that the affordable property was being offered at a 70/30 split across the whole site.

 

The Case Planning Officer responded to Members that two previous S106 agreements had not, as yet, been signed by the applicant and a clause had been included in this application, were it granted that if the applicant failed to sign the s106 on this application within 3 months, officers were delegated authority to refuse planning permission.

 

The Development Control Manager - Major Projectsadded that the site is currently covered by the 2014 planning permission and associated s106 which would not be removed is permission for the proposal before Members was not granted. Further, if the S106 was not signed, planning permission would be deemed to have not been agreed and enforcement action could be taken.

 

The Planning board accepted an address from a representative of the East Greenwich Residents Association (EGRA), who spoke in objection to the application and noted that it was only seven months since the last application for uplift was made.  The residents were expecting that this application would not be refused but would be given rubber stamp agreement, as it appeared so did Bellway Homes who were already laying the foundations.  The EGRA were concerned at this request for yet further uplift which would see as many micro homes as possible being crammed into the area, most of which would end up being used as Air B&B accommodation.  That most of the originally promised features of the design, such as public parks, community spaces and play areas have not appeared and the variations and re-designing’s have not taken into account the environmental impact causes on a windy

 

The Planning board accepted an address from the applicant’s representative who advised that Bellway Homes had purchased the site in 2017 and at looking at the proposed designs there was a requirement for the minor amendments, before Members at this meeting.  That the changes to Block 6a were due to the approved building not being deliverable without impacting the highway

 

A Planning Board Member expressed concern at the use of shared ownership to meet the affordable housing requirement, as, unlike social  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

ALDI Stores Ltd, 7 Twin Tumps Way, Thamesmead, London, SE28 - 17/2497/F pdf icon PDF 439 KB

The Board is asked to grant planning permission for the Demolition of existing foodstore, construction of new foodstore and alterations to car park layout.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Granted planning permission for the

 

“Demolition of existing foodstore, construction of new foodstore and alterations to car park layout”

 

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 report and as amended in the Addendum report.

(iii)Condition 16, in respect of pedestrian linkages, requires that such footpaths are DDA compliant, of a suitable non slip surface and follow the natural desire lines.

Minutes:

The Planning Board Members noted the officers Addendum Reports, which had been provided on a Supplementary Agenda.

 

The Area Planning Manager (East) gave an illustrated presentation advising the Board that the matter had been brought before them due to the requirement of the satisfactory completion of a S106 Legal Agreement.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from a member of the public who advised that she, in principle, supported the application as the store was a much valued local asset.  She raised concern that as living adjacent to the store, she and her neighbours were not consulted and the planning notice, displayed gave no details as to who or how to make comments known to.

 

She continued that her concern was that a much needed pedestrian foot path, between the, well used, bus stop on the Central Way, and the shop entrance was not referenced.  That the current route was a neglected muddy walk way. She requested that this be replaced by a footpath, following natural desire lines and which was DDA compliment, being able to accommodate wheelchairs, double buggies and pedestrians and be well lit. She asked if this could be funded through the S106.

 

The applicant’s agent addressed the Planning Board and confirmed that a pedestrian access to the rear area of the shop formed part of the original application.  Further, having recently been made aware of the requirement for this footpath one had now been formally introduced into the plan and would be suitably paved and DDA compliant.

 

In response to Members the Area Planning Manager (East) clarified that the pathway ran beside Aldi and over a muddy, former flower bed and Condition 16 included the requirements of pedestrian links.

 

Members felt that it was appropriate that the applicant liaised with Planning officers to ensure the proposed footpath was acceptable, being DDA compliant and of a weather appropriate surface.  Members unanimously felt that Condition 16 should be amended to require that footpaths were DDA compliant, of a suitable non slip surface and follow the natural desire lines.

 

The chair put the proposed application, with the amended condition, to the vote with 12 Members in favour of granting permission, 0 against and 0 abstaining.

 

Resolved unanimously -

 

That planning permission be granted for the demolition of existing food store, construction of new food store and alterations to car park layout.

 

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 report and as amended in the Addendum report.

(iii)Condition 16, in respect of pedestrian linkages, requires that such footpaths are DDA compliant, of a suitable non slip surface and follow the natural desire lines.