Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes.

Venue: Rooms 4 & 5, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW

Contact: Robert Sutton  Email: robert.sutton@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5134

Note: Items 7 and 8 have been deferred to a subsequent meeting 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Board.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Offord and Thorpe; apologies for lateness were received from Councillor Hyland.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.  The Chair, Councillor James, drew the Board’s attention to the Addendum Reports relating to item 5 - Valley House, 445 Woolwich Road, Charlton, SE7; item 6 - Land to the rear of Our Lady of Grace Church,  Highcombe Charlton SE7; and item 10Charlton Athletic Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, Eltham, London, SE9 2JR.  The Board was reminded that the addendum reports relating to items 5, 6 and 10 had been published in advance of the meeting and that additional copies were available at the meeting.  Attention was also drawn to correspondence from members of the public in relation to the items under consideration.

 

The Chair reminded the Board that two applications namely Woolwich Police Station, 29 Market Street, Woolwich SE 18 6QR (item 7) and Wingfield Primary School, Land Bounded by Moorhead Way, Ensign Street and Handley Drive, Kidbrooke, SE3 (agenda item 8) had been deferred and would not be considered at this meeting.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 48 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:

Councillor Nuala Geary declared a personal interest in item 10 – Charlton Athletic Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, Eltham, SE9 – as she was Chair of the Friends of Avery Hill Park who had commented on the application.  Councillor Geary did not take part in the vote on item 10.

 

Councillor Christine Grice reported that she had recently been appointed as a governor of Corelli College and requested that the appendix to item 3 – Declarations of Interest – be updated accordingly.

 

Resolved –

 

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

4.

Minutes

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 June 2015, 1 July 2015, 7 July 2015 and 21 July 2015 (to follow).

 

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:

The Chair, Councillor Mark James, reported that the Minutes of recent meetings would be submitted to the Board in due course.

5.

Valley House, 445 Woolwich Road, Charlton, SE7 pdf icon PDF 42 KB

The Planning Board is requested to consider granting planning permission for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a building up to 9-storeys in height to provide 74 new residential dwellings and one ground floor flexible commercial unit (Class A1/A2/A3 or A4) with associated car and cycle parking at basement level, access, landscaping and amenity space (Ref: 14/3258/F), subject to the satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligation as set out in Section 20 of the original report dated 2nd June 2015; and the conditions set out in Section 3.2 of the original report dated 2nd June 2015.

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That planning permission be refused for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a building up to 9-storeys in height to provide 74 new residential dwellings and one ground floor flexible commercial unit (Class A1/A2/A3 or A4)with associated car and cycle parking at basement level, access, landscaping and amenity space (Ref: 14/3258/F).

 

Minutes:

An addendum report, which had been published immediately prior to the meeting, was circulated at the meeting.

 

The report was introduced by the Area Planning Manager (West) who informed the Board of the details of the proposals.  Members were reminded that consideration of the application had been deferred previously by the Board to enable the applicant to reconsider aspects of the development.  The Board was informed that the applicant had now integrated the affordable housing in with that for private tenure.

 

In response to questions from the Board the Area Planning Manager (West) stated that the site had a good PTAL rating indicating its accessibility to public transport; that as a result of the pepper potting of the affordable housing it was unlikely that there would be increased service charges for tenants but this would be for the applicant to clarify; and that, the applicant had made no other changes to the proposals including the height, scale and number of units.  The Area Planning Manager (West) confirmed that the Charlton Riverside Masterplan did not specify a minimum or maximum height for buildings and that the proposed development at nine storeys would be taller than neighbouring buildings.  However, given the positioning of the site it was felt by Officers that it would not impact on the amenity of residents.

 

The Board was addressed by a representative of the Central Charlton Residents Association who expressed concerns regarding the air quality as site was on the Woolwich Road and that the residents of the development would be subject to poor air quality.  It was stated that the likely level of pollutants on the Gallions Road side had not been presented in full.  Members were informed that buildings design, including open balconies, would expose future residents to a high level of pollution.  Concern was also expressed regarding the revised location of the affordable housing units as they tended to be on the lower floors and hence more exposed to pollutants.

 

The Board was also addressed by a representative of the Greenwich Conservation Group who reminded the Board that the applicant had also been requested by Members to reconsider the overall scale, bulk and massing of the scheme, and the impact of the proposal on residential amenity.  It was stated that these had not been addressed and in particular the issues relating to the height of the development, its scale, massing and density needed to be reviewed.  The Board’s attention was drawn to the density which was significantly higher than the recommended maximum in the London Plan.  The amended positioning of the affordable units was welcomed but concern was expressed about the percentage of affordable units and the number of family units.

 

The Board was addressed by four individuals speaking in opposition in the proposals.  The following objections were brought to the Board’s attention - that there were significant typographical and grammatical errors in the Officer’s report; that consideration of the proposals should be deferred until the revised Charlton Riverside Masterplan had been finalised  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Land to the rear of Our Lady of Grace Church, Highcombe, Charlton SE7 pdf icon PDF 210 KB

The Planning Board is requested to consider granting planning permission for the construction of a two form entry primary school with associated landscaping parking and access works subject to the conditions detailed in section 3 of the report. 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That planning permission be granted for the construction of a two form entry primary school with associated landscaping parking and access works subject to a legal agreement and the conditions set out in section 3.2 of the main report together with amended conditions 8 and 12 as detailed in the addendum report and a revised Condition 4 below:

 

Walls/fencing 

04.     That the details of all railings, fences, walls or other boundary treatment shall be submitted to the local authority for approval.

 

 

Minutes:

The Board noted that an addendum report relating to the application had been published in advance and that additional copies were available at the meeting.

 

The report was introduced by Assistant Area Planning Manager (East) who informed the Board of the detail of the application.  In response to questions the Board was informed that traffic studies had been undertaken on the impact of the proposals; and that Sport England had raised no objections to the proposed loss of open space.  The Board was also informed that the Diocese had decided not to redevelop the school on its current site but was seeking permission to build a new school on land which they owned.  It was stated that the proposed development site was currently fenced off and not accessible to the public.

 

In relation to questions about the proposed Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), the Assistant Area Planning Manager (East) clarified that the school was required to draft a management plan to allow community access to it.  It was stated that a separate planning application would be required for floodlights to the MUGA pitch.  The Officer also clarified that it was anticipated that there would be an increase in traffic movements and that the applicant, if permission was granted, would be required to submit a travel plan for the Council’s approval.

 

The meeting was addressed by a Charlton Ward Member, Councillor Gary Parker, who drew the Board’s attention to his written comments which had been circulated at the meeting.  Councillor Parker stated that he was concerned regarding the impact of the increase in traffic on local roads not just resulting from the increase to a two form entry school but also associated with the additional staff required.  Concern was also expressed that it had not been possible to identify a site for the Charlton Community Garden. 

 

Councillor Parker requested that the Board defer consideration to enable further discussions to be held between all relevant parties.

 

The Board was addressed by a representative of the Central Charlton Residents Association who stated that whilst appreciating the need for additional primary school places the Association had a number of concerns about the current proposals.  These included the extent of the consultation on the proposals and that the CCRA had been omitted; that there was a need to retain playing fields as there was a local deficiency in the vicinity and that the site should be opened up for wider community use; that there was a need for community facilities in the area and there had been no discussion about the possibility of the school buildings be used out of hours; that the increase in traffic would have a detrimental impact on the local already heavily used roads; the proposals would impact on parking and that a number of on-street bays would be lost further compounding the problems; and that there were concerns that the building methodology, in particular piling, would affect local properties.

 

The Board was also addressed by a representative of Charlton Community  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Woolwich Police Station, 29 Market Street, Woolwich SE 18 6QR pdf icon PDF 223 KB

The Planning Board is requested to consider granting planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion of the Woolwich Police Station Buildings into 19 residential flats including extensions, external and internal alterations, together with demolition of the existing out building and erection of three new mews dwellings and landscaping; with the total number of dwellings comprising 22 units made up of 5 x studios, 7 x1 bed, 9x2 bed and 1 x3 bed dwellings subject to the completion of the Legal Agreement and the planning and listed building conditions detailed in Section 3.2 of the report.

 

NOTE: This item has been deferred to a subsequent meeting

Additional documents:

Decision:

Deferred

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That it be noted that consideration of the application relating to Woolwich Police Station had been deferred prior to the meeting.

 

8.

Wingfield Primary School, Land Bounded by Moorhead Way, Ensign Street and Handley Drive, Kidbrooke, SE3 (Ref: 15/1511/R) pdf icon PDF 258 KB

The Planning Board is requested to consider granting Reserved Matters approval for Appearance, Landscaping, Layout and Scale, pursuant to Condition 2 of Outline Planning Permission, dated 27.3.2015 (Ref: 14/2554/O) for the construction of a three-storey, three form entry primary school and a nursery with associated play space, landscaping, parking and access works, subject to the Conditions set out in Section 3.2 of the report

 

NOTE: This item has been deferred to a subsequent meeting

Additional documents:

Decision:

Deferred

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That it be noted that consideration of the application relating to Wingfield Primary School had been deferred prior to the meeting.

 

9.

Poundland, 168-176 Eltham High Street, Eltham, SE9 pdf icon PDF 196 KB

        

The Planning Board is requested to consider granting Planning Permission for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a part 3/part 4-storey building for mixed-use development consisting of a 6 screen cinema and associated public foyer over basement, ground, first and second floors, 2 ground floor restaurant units and one first floor commercial unit for bar use, roof top space for plant and equipment and associated public realm works (15/2152/F), subject to the conditions set out in section 3 the report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That Planning Permission be granted for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a part 3/part 4-storey building for mixed-use development consisting of a 6 screen cinema and associated public foyer over basement, ground, first and second floors, 2 ground floor restaurant units and one first floor commercial unit for bar use, roof top space for plant and equipment and associated public realm works (15/2152/F), subject to the conditions set out in section 3 the report and the following additional condition:

 

24.     Prior to the first use of the building details shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority outlining measures to screen users of the St Marys Community Centre from the outside terrace / sky bar.  The approved details shall be implemented before the first use of terrace/sky bar.

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Area Planning Manager (West) who informed the Board of the details of the application.  In response to a question the Area Planning Manager clarified that the existing canopy belonging to the Poundland Store obstructed views of the building whilst the proposed canopy due to its higher location would improve the views of the listed St Mary’s Community Centre.

 

The Board was addressed by a representative of the St Mary’s Community Centre who expressed concern that the proposed positioning of the outside first floor café and bar would result in customers being able to look into the Centre.  It was stated that this would put customers off using the Centre and consequently threatening its financial viability.  The Board was asked to review the location of the café and bar or to identify a way to prevent overlooking. The Board was informed that the Centre was scheduled to have its windows replaced and that these works could be timed to coincide with the building of the cinema.

 

The Board was addressed by Councillor Wynn Davies, speaking under Standing Orders, who stated that he welcomed the proposed development of the cinema on the High Street and the benefits this would bring.  However, concern was expressed that the cinema would potentially obscure views of St Mary’s Community Centre.

 

The Board was addressed by the architect for the cinema who stated that the development would have significant benefits for the Town Centre.  In relation to overlooking the Board was informed that it should be possible to address the concerns of the Community Centre. 

 

The Board in unanimously agreeing to approve planning permission agreed that it should be subject to an additional condition to ensure that users of St Mary’s Community Centre were not overlooked by patrons of the outside terrace / sky bar.

 

Resolved –

 

That Planning Permission be granted for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a part 3/part 4-storey building for mixed-use development consisting of a 6 screen cinema and associated public foyer over basement, ground, first and second floors, 2 ground floor restaurant units and one first floor commercial unit for bar use, roof top space for plant and equipment and associated public realm works (15/2152/F), subject to the conditions set out in section 3 the report and the following additional condition:

 

24.     That suitable measures to be agreed by the local authority to screen users of the St Marys Community Centre from the outside terrace / sky bar.

 

10.

Charlton Athletic Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, Eltham, SE9 pdf icon PDF 262 KB

The Planning Board is requested to consider granting planning permission for the demolition of buildings and development of a new academy/training centre, indoor pitch, replacement 3G pitch, floodlighting to replacement 3G pitch, academy match pitch, pitchworks, landscaping and car parking (including a new 3G pitch and drainage/irrigation pond in the northern part of the site; to consider granting planning permission for the development of a community hub, car and cycle parking and floodlit 3G pitch (application reference 15/0948/F), subject referral to the Mayor of London (application 15/0949/F only); and, the conditions and reasons as set out section 3.3 of this report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

1.            That planning permission be granted for the demolition of buildings and development of a new academy/training centre, indoor pitch, replacement 3G pitch, floodlighting to replacement 3G pitch, academy match pitch, pitch works, landscaping and car parking (application reference 15/0949/F) subject to the conditions set out in section 3.3 of the main report, the amended Condition 16, the additional conditions detailed in the addendum report and amended Condition 30:

 

30.     Notwithstanding the highway works hereby approved the highway impact of the development, together with the speed of traffic accessing / egressing the training ground and along Sparrows Lane, shall be monitored for a period of 1 year after the facilities have been in use and the details shall be submitted to and approved to the Local Planning Authority.  If as a result of the monitoring further mitigation measures are required to off-set the impact of the development then a scheme of works along with a timetable for their implementation shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority and the approved mitigation works shall be implemented as approved.

 

2.            That it be noted that the above permission includes provision of a new 3G pitch and drainage/irrigation pond in the northern part of the site (application reference 15/0949/F – Departure to the Development Plan)

 

3.            That planning permission be granted for the development of a community hub, car and cycle parking and floodlit 3G pitch (application reference 15/0948/F) subject to the conditions set out in section 3.3 of the main report, the amended Condition 16 and the additional conditions detailed in the addendum report and amended Condition 30:

 

30.     Notwithstanding the highway works hereby approved the highway impact of the development, together with the speed of traffic accessing / egressing the training ground and along Sparrows Lane, shall be monitored for a period of 1 year after the facilities have been in use and the details shall be submitted to and approved to the Local Planning Authority.  If as a result of the monitoring further mitigation measures are required to off-set the impact of the development then a scheme of works along with a timetable for their implementation shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority and the approved mitigation works shall be implemented as approved.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Board noted that an addendum report relating to the application had been published in advance of the meeting.  Councillor Nuala Geary declared a personal interest in this item and did not take part in the vote.

 

The report was introduced by the Area Planning Manager (West) who informed the Board of the details of the application.   The Board’s attention was drawn to the amended Condition 16 and additional conditions detailed in the addendum report.

 

In response to questions the Area Planning Manager (West) stated that due to the nature of the site and its planning history there was no requirement for the applicant to provide replacement Metropolitan Open Land; that as part of the application the applicant was to demolish the majority of the existing buildings on the site; that there would be no increase in the number of vehicles accessing and egressing the site; and,  that concerns regarding the speed of traffic using Sparrows Lane had been reported to the Highways Department for their investigation.  The Board noted that condition 30 included proposed monitoring of the impact of the proposals on the local roads.

 

The Board was addressed by a representative of the Friends of Avery Hill Park who informed the Board that the proposed development would have an impact on Avery Hill Park; and the buildings would be viewable from the Park.  The Board was requested to consider further conditions requiring the planting of trees in the Park to further screen the application site and the painting of the new buildings in a sympathetic colour.  Members were also requested to consider seeking financial contribution to the refurbishment of the Children’s Play Area and the entrance to the Park in Footscray Road.

 

The Board was also addressed by the applicant and agent who reminded Members that the application site was extensively screened by existing trees both on the site itself and in the Park.  The Board was informed of the reason for the redevelopment of the site; that there were no proposals to intensify use; that the location of the buildings was discrete; and that the proposals were designed to be non-intrusive. 

 

In response to questions the applicant confirmed that the Club was willing to work with the Council and local residents to address any outstanding issues.

 

In considering the application and the submissions the Board was concerned about the speed of traffic entering and leaving the entrance to the Training Ground in Sparrows Lane.  The Board noted that one of the proposed conditions related to the monitoring of the highway impact of the development for a year after the facilities had been in use.  The Board agreed that this condition (number 30) should be amended to also include the monitoring of the speed of traffic entering and leaving the Training Ground and along Sparrows Lane.  The Board agreed that if, as a result of the monitoring, further mitigation measures were required to off-set the impact of the development or the speed of traffic using Sparrows Lane or  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.