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

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Board.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received for Councillor Babatola and Perks.

 

Apologies for leaving early were received from Councillor Bird.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

The Planning Board noted and accepted the Planning Officers addendum reports, circulated in advance of the meeting, in relation to;

Item 4 - Building 10, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.  Ref: 18/3114/F &

18/3115/F.

Item 5 -   St Thomas More School, Footscray Road, Eltham.  Ref: 18/3324/F

Item 6 - Land at Felixstowe Road, Abbey Wood.  Ref: 18/3873/I106

 

Further, a submission had been circulated to Members, on behalf of Councillor Cousins, in advance of the meeting, in relation to Item 6.

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.

Building 10, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, SE18 6GD - Ref: 18/3114/F & 18.3115/L pdf icon PDF 274 KB

Planning Board is requested to grant Full Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent changes to the ground floor commercial units within Building 10 to provide an increase in flexible commercial floorspaces as set out in the report.

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant Full Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for changes to the ground floor commercial units within Building 10 to provide an increase in flexible commercial floorspaces (A1/A2/A3/A4/B1/D1/D2) providing a total of 3,215sqm including the installation of a mezzanine and first floor level and alterations to external features of listed building. (As amendment to planning consent approved under 16/2807/F, dated 24/03/2017).

 

Subject to:

1.     The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 Agreement (obligations set out in the report and its addendum, both dated 5th December 2018); and

2.     Conditions set out in Appendix 2 and Appendix 3 of the report dated 8th January 2019 and its addendum.

Minutes:

The Planning Board accepted an addendum report, presented on a supplementary Agenda in advance of the meeting and an illustrative presentation from the Principal Planning Officer who advised that, further to Members previous consideration of the applicant and request that the applicant considered retention of the internal gantry crane.  The applicant proposed that a single main gantry crane would be retained, which would be conditioned.

 

Members considered that, as there were no requests from the public to speak on this item and they had enough information to move directly to the vote.

 

The Chair put the Officers recommendation to grant Full Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent, as set out in the main report and Officers addendum report to the vote, with 10 Members in favour, 0 against, 0 abstentions.

 

Resolved –

 

To grant Full Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for changes to the ground floor commercial units within Building 10 to provide an increase in flexible commercial floorspaces (A1/A2/A3/A4/B1/D1/D2) providing a total of 3,215sqm including the installation of a mezzanine and first floor level and alterations to external features of listed building. (As amendment to planning consent approved under 16/2807/F, dated 24/03/2017).

 

Subject to:

1.     The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 Agreement (obligations set out in the report and its addendum, both dated 5th December 2018); and

2.     Conditions set out in Appendix 2 and Appendix 3 of the report dated 8th January 2019 and its addendum.

5.

St. Thomas More School, Footscray Road, Eltham, London. SE9 2SU - Ref:18/3324/F pdf icon PDF 480 KB

The Board is requested to grant planning permission for the construction of a part 1/part 2-storey building providing additional classrooms and a Multi-Function Hall for use by the local community for evening and weekend events, as set out in the report.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant planning permission for the construction of a part 1/part 2-storey building providing additional classrooms and a Multi-Function Hall for use by the local community for evening and weekend events. The extension would facilitate the school growing from a 4-Form to 5-Form entry school (an increase in 150 pupils).

 

Subject to;

(1)      The Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the report and its addendum.

(2)      The Travel Plan, when submitted for approval under condition 9 of planning permission ref; 18/3324/F, be reported to Planning Board for its own determination.

Minutes:

The Planning Board accepted an addendum report, presented on a supplementary Agenda in advance of the meeting, and an illustrative presentation from the Planning Officer who advised that the school did not fall within the Conservation Area.  The trees requiring removal would be replaced with appropriate species.  The current level of parking spaces would be retained and submission of an acceptable travel plan would be secured under Condition.

 

In response to Members’ questions the Planning Officer confirmed that;

·       The amount of outdoor space provision exceeded the guidance, even with the increase pupil uptake.  

·       The use of additional facilities, such as the sports and schools hall, would be conditioned.

·       That 4 to 5 trees would be planted along the frontage to Footscray Road, as replacement for those being removed on the main body of the site.

 

The Development Control Manager - Major Projects responded to questions from Members that;

·       TfL had not been contacted as the development area was not on a TfL Road.

·       It was estimated that a third of children would be dropped off by car and a suitable transport plan would be submitted.  The transport plan would address the measures to accommodate the 7 additional staff but it was not possible to prescribe a drop off / pick up location for parents.

·       The school car park would be used in association with out of hour’s community activities.

 

Councillor Pat Greenwell addressed the Planning Board as a Ward Councillor stating that there was a need for 5th form places, but not at the cost of the local residents’ quality of life.  The entrance to the School was on Footscray Road which was a very busy road, particularly during rush hour and was used by HGVs and ambulances. The road was not wide enough to accommodate the current use as well as additional drop off and collection of pupils, which were inevitable even though there were double yellow lines along the Road.

 

She continued that a petition, signed by over 200 people, had been presented to Full Council a few years back regarding concerns as to the dangers to children, damage to residents’ cars, safety of road users and pedestrians, particularly crossing the road.  The increase by 105 pupils and 7 staff will put an impossible strain on Footscray Road and residents continue to be concerned that it is not possible to protect their access to or use of their driveways.   There were issues of public safety and loss of amenity to local residents that needed to be addressed before the multifunction hall is used and the Cinema opens.

 

In response to Members’ questions Councillor Greenwell noted that in Footscray Road, a little way down from the school was a busy roundabout where Southend Crescent and Footscray Road met, which was in continuous use from 8am to 10am and from 3pm for most of the evening.  She advised that on one occasion she was driving along Footscray Road and had to take evasive action to avoid being hit  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Land at Felixstowe Road, Felixstowe Road, Abbey Wood, SE2 9SG - Ref:18/3873/I106 pdf icon PDF 267 KB

The Board is requested to approve the modification of the S106 agreement dated 27 September 2018 (in respect of planning permission reference 16/2878/F) under S106A(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 by amending Schedule 2 in order to change the affordable housing provision to 100% affordable (with all units provided as Intermediate tenure), as set out in the report.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to  enter into an agreement under S106A(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to modify Schedule 2 of the S106 agreementdated 27 September 2018 (in respect of planning permission reference 16/2878/F) in order to change the affordable housing provision to 100% affordable (with all units provided as Intermediate tenure).

Minutes:

The Planning Board accepted an addendum report, presented on a supplementary Agenda in advance of the meeting, and an illustrative presentation from the Planning Officer.  She advised that agreement to modify the s106 agreement was being sought in order to allow for 100% of the units to be offered as intermediate housing at a mix of shared ownership and London Living Rent.  She advised that the applicant had secured planning permission for construction under the previous application, in relation to which the existing s106 agreement had been secured.

 

In response to Members’ questions the Planning Officer confirmed that the proposal before Members would see the entire building managed by one registered provider.  The units would not be let to people on the Council’s waiting list because the offer was of intermediate accommodation, with a proportion available at London Living Rent.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from Councillor Ann-Marie Cousins, as Ward Councillor, who commented that

·       She was concerned that there was no compulsion on the applicant to consult with the Ward Councillors on an important application. 

·       The development was in an area with 30% workless, yet no social housing was being offered.  Local people are seeing this as a development that has no positive benefit for the residents of the area. 

·       As there was no CIL payment there would be no financial benefit that could be used for the residents of Abbey Wood and this was being seen as a bad development for the area.

·       Although London & Quadrant (L&Q) were known as a Social rented provider this was not the situation in this case and there was a concern about this being a genuine provision and it was being seen as housing for not local people.

·       With rents of around £1,300 - £1,500 saying it is affordable accommodation did not make it so. 

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the developer for the application who stated that;

·       Permission has been granted for the development, in October 2017. 

·       They had reached an agreement with L&Q to deliver 100% affordable units, in accordance with the London Plan.

·       This scheme was being brought back because viability challenges had been identified and the new viability assessment submitted would enable the development to be delivered, in partnership with L&Q and offer 245 genuine homes.

 

In response to Member’s questions the developer advised that the London Living Rent for a 1 bed would be £166pw and shared units would be formed of a 25% share per apartment.  It was difficult to assess value of units in the area as this time as Crossrail had not come into service.  However, the average rent for a 1 bed in the area appeared to be around £250pw.   All the rented units were being offered at the London Living rent and no lower rent limit was imposed.  The proposed changes would result in more units being available at a lower marked rent than that originally proposed and open up the availability to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.