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

Note: Reserve meeting called to sit. 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Board.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Angela Cornforth and Linda Perks.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

Members accepted the Planning Officer Addendum report on Item 6 – Venture Greenwich, which had been circulated in advance of the meeting on a supplementary agenda.

 

Members also note the public submissions in relation to the same item.

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:

Resolved –

 

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

4.

East Greenwich Gas Holder, Millennium Way, Greenwich, London. SE10 0PT - 18/1295/H pdf icon PDF 683 KB

The Board is requested to authorise the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills to make an Order under section 14(1) and Section 14(2) of The Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990 ("the Act") to revoke the Hazardous Substances Consent deemed to have been granted by the Council 1992 under Section 11 of The Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990 and granted by express consent on the 17th May 2000 (ref 00/0465/HS) and continued by a further express consent granted on the 12th September 2002 (ref 02/1938/HS)  in respect of the East Greenwich Gas Works Site, Blackwall Lane, Greenwich SE10;  serve notice on those persons affected by the Order; and to submit the Order to the Secretary of State for confirmation.

 

Decision:

Resolved to defer a decision on this matter to the July meeting of the Planning Board.

 

Minutes:

The Development Control Manager, Major Projects, gave an illustrated presentation of the application advising that the gas holder had been disconnected from the mains gas supply in 2015. Member’s authorisation was required to seek revocation of the associated Hazardous Substance Consent, which would permit St Mary Magdalene Greenwich Peninsula School to use the outdoor areas, when it opens in September 2018; facilitate the use of the proposed Silvertown Tunnel and allow further development on the western area of the Peninsula.

 

Members raised concern that a number of hazardous materials had been stored on site, not just gas and would checks be undertaken to ensure there were pockets of gas or other hazardous materials on site. 

 

The Development Control Manager, Major Projects, responded that the report only related to the revocation of the Hazardous Substance Consent relating to the storage of natural gas on the site, not the potential for the land to be contaminated. Investigations in to the ground conditions would be expected to be undertaken if / when a scheme comes forward for redevelopment.

 

Members questioned if the revocation of the Hazardous Substance Consent was being sought by the land owner and to what benefit it would be to them.  The Development Control Manager, Major Projects, stated that Members were being asked to authorise the Director of Regeneration & Skills to seek revocation at the request of the Local Authority in order to allow St Mary Magdalene Greenwich Peninsula School to open, allow the redevelopment of the area and operation of the Silvertown Tunnel.  She continued that, whilst the site owner, SGN, could seek compensation, they had issued written confirmation that this would not be sought.  Further, the Silvertown Tunnel could be constructed but not operate until the situation was resolved.

 

The Assistant Director Planning & Building Control responded to Members that revocation of the Hazardous Substance Consent related to the removal of the licence to store and hold gas on the site.  Any land contamination would be addressed as part of the application for any further development proposals.

 

The Development Control Manager - Major Projects confirmed that there were two landholders effected by the Hazardous Substance Consent, the National Grid and SGN.  No compensation for removal of the Consent order would be payable to the National Grid, as they have removed the gas tower on their land some time ago.  SGN were the land holders with the gas holder on site and had confirmed to the Council in writing, as presented on the agenda, that they would not be seeking compensation.  She further confirmed that the letter from SGN held no legal status but they would need to submit a claim within 28 days of the order being rescinded.

 

The Council’s independent legal advisor confirmed to Members that as compensation was a statutory right SGN could submit a claim which could not be conditioned against.  However, given that the site will incur costs for remediation of the land and any compensation payable would be on the value of land as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Venture Greenwich, 161 Creek Road, Deptford, SE8 3EA - 16/3508/F pdf icon PDF 80 KB

The Board is requested to grant planning permission for demolition of the existing building and redevelopment to provide 122 sqm of flexible use floorspace at ground floor level (Classes A1 / A3 / B1 / D1) and 26 flats above (8 x 1 bedroom flats, 15 x 2 bedroom flats and 3 x 3 bedroom flats), with associated car parking, cycle storage, refuse storage, private and communal amenity space and landscaping.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant planning permission for the demolition of the existing building and redevelopment to provide 122 sqm of flexible use floorspace at ground floor level (Classes A1 / A3 / B1 / D1) and 26 flats above (8 x 1 bedroom flats, 15 x 2 bedroom flats and 3 x 3 bedroom flats), with associated car parking, cycle storage, refuse storage, private and communal amenity space and landscaping.

 

Subject to:

(i)         The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 Legal Agreement, as set out in section 26 of the main report (dated 5.9.2017) with the changes noted in section 3 of the 2nd Addendum Report (dated 20th June 2018) and the Area Planning Manager’s presentation to Members clarifying that the financial review mechanism would be a two stage review (Early and late stage review); and

 

 (ii)  The conditions set out Appendix 1 of the main report (dated 5.9.2017), Section 4 of the 1st Addendum (dated 5.9.2017) and section 4 of the 2nd Addendum (dated 20.6.2018)T

Minutes:

The Area Planning Manager (East) gave an illustrated presentation, advising that the matter was deferred from September 2017 Planning Board.

 

In response to questions from the Planning Board Members the Area Planning Manager (East) confirmed that Right to Buy (RTB) receipts funding could be given, in the form of a grant, to the developer to increase the number of affordable homes.  That this would be assessed by way of a two stage formal valuation process.

 

He confirmed that, in terms of the daylight study, 36 windows were looked at with 5 being of an acceptable level and 1 was below level.  However the 1 window below level was considered as still acceptable in this instance as it was below a balcony which impacted on the light.

 

The Assistant Director Planning & Building Control added that the property would not lose all daylight but the quality of light will diminish and this would vary depending on the time of day and the time of year.

 

With 6 parking spaces for 26 flats clarification was sought as to the impact on local parking provision.  The Area Planning Manager (East) responded that the area was PTAL 4 (public transport accessibility level) and was in walking distance of Greenwich Station.  Further, contribution to a car club was also being sought.  

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from a representative for the Greenwich Society speaking in objection to the application on the basis of the height of the development, lack of amenity open spaces and viability.  That the height of developments on the south side of Creek Road are tall but those on the south side not above 6 floors and this development should  retain the max height of the south side of creek road at 5 to 6 floors.  He noted that there were a number of 2 and 3 bed apartment, indicating that there would be a number of children living in the development.  However, there was no adequate space for children, as part of the development, with the nearest open space being at St Alfege.  Further, there was no s106 contribution towards play amenities.

 

He continued that in respect of the viability of the development the figures were inaccurate and, whilst understanding that the developer would be looking at a 20% return with the banks a further 7% the proposal appeared to be designed to the requirement of a spread sheet and not people. 

 

In response to a Member’s question the Greenwich Society representative confirmed that the Society believed that, at the height proposed, the development would unacceptably stand out and destroy the Townscape to the area it would be set in.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the Millennium Quay Residents Association representative who noted that the impending Cycle Superhighway would run along Creek Road and reduce the lanes running into Glashier Street leaving no room for delivery vans, removal vans or refuse trucks.  Further, the existing double yellow lines are often fully parked over at weekends.  He questioned the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Holt Court, 26 Horseferry Place, Greenwich. SE10 pdf icon PDF 99 KB

The Board is requested to grant approval for a non-material amendment in connection with planning permission 14/1775/F, dated 09/12/2015 for the demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment to provide a part 6/part 10-storey building comprising 197sqm of retail floorspace (A1/A2/A3/D1) and 41 self-contained residential units as detailed in the report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant approval for a non-material amendment in connection with planning permission 14/1775/F, dated 09/12/2015 for the demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment to provide a part 6/part 10-storey building comprising 197sqm of retail floorspace (A1/A2/A3/D1) and 41 self-contained residential units to allow an amendment of the residential mix to provide 2x2-bed and 1x3-bed Intermediate Units.

 

Subject to the satisfactory completion of a revised Legal Agreement (Deed of Variation).

Minutes:

Member’s moved straight to the vote.

 

Resolved unanimously –

 

That approval be granted for a non-material amendment in connection with planning permission 14/1775/F, dated 09/12/2015 for the demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment to provide a part 6/part 10-storey building comprising 197sqm of retail floorspace (A1/A2/A3/D1) and 41 self-contained residential units to allow an amendment of the residential mix to provide 2x2-bed and 1x3-bed Intermediate Units.

 

Subject to the satisfactory completion of a revised Legal Agreement (Deed of Variation).