Greenwich Council

Agenda item.

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

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).

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 the area and the amenity of neighbouring properties and the impacts from increased parking pressures.

 

That it be noted that the main differences between the applications (refs 16/1010/F and 17/3338/F) was 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. 

 

That it be 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.

 

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