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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Board.


Apologies for absence were received for Councillor Adams, Mardner and Perks.


Apologies for leaving were received from Councillor Cornforth.


Urgent Business

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


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

Item 5 - 3-5 Tunnel Avenue, SE10 0SL – Ref: 18/2899/F


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.

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Resolved –


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


Minutes pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 November; 21 November and 19 December 2018.


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.

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Resolved -


That the minutes of the meetings of the Planning Board held on 6 November 2018; 21 November 2018 and 19 December 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record’s.


3-5 Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich, London. SE10 0SL - Ref: 18/2899/F pdf icon PDF 162 KB

The Board is requested to grant planning permission for the demolition of the existing commercial buildings and construction of a four-storey building, accommodating 61 units for student accommodation and associated works, as set out in the report.

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Resolved to grant planning permissionfor the demolition of the existing commercial buildings and construction of a four-storey building, accommodating 61 units for student accommodation including the provision of 2 car parking spaces, bike stores, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.


Subject to:


(i)         The satisfactory completion of a section 106 (S106) legal agreement (obligations set out in section 21); and

(ii)       The conditions and informatives as;

(a)  Set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and set out in the officer’s addendum to the main report; and

(b)That a management plan controlling the use of the student accommodation, to include contact details of the management company, be submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority in consultation with the Chair of Planning Board, prior to the first occupation of the development hereby approved.


The Area Planning Committee noted the Officers Addendum report, circulated in advance of the meeting on a supplementary agenda and accepted an illustrative presentation from the Senior Planning Officer.


As part of his presentation the Senior Planning Officer advised that two wheelchair parking spaces would be provided, otherwise this would be a car free development and occupants would be prohibited from buying car parking permits for the area.  He advised that there were no set standards for student accommodation developments.  That the proposal was of a similar scale and massing as the application which had been approved in July 2017.


In response to Members questions the Senior Planning Officer advised that it would be Conditioned that the development be used as student accommodation in perpetuity.  The student accommodation was required to be soundproofed to the same standard as normal residential units, this was also covered in Conditions 14 & 15.


The Planning Board accepted an address from the applicant’s agent who stated that;

·       Planning consent existed for the development of 23 flats on site

·       The external dimensions of the proposal were the same as for the agreed development. 

·       A financial offer towards affordable housing off site was being offered.

·       The development would provide 61 units which would address the strategic requirement for student accommodation and was close to 2 universities.

·       The provision of student accommodation would help reduce pressure on private rented accommodation, releasing family units let by students.

·       10% of rooms would be wheelchair accessible.

·       A large recreation area; outside area and study areas would be provided.

·       The viability assessment had been independently reviewed and a contribution to offset affordable housing was secured by s106, which was not the case for the existing consent. 

·       The Planning Inspector considered the impact on residents as part of the decision to approve the 2017 proposal.  The application before Members was for a building of the same size and scale.


The Senior Planning Officer advised Members that adding controls on the use of alcohol within the development was beyond the remit of the Planning Board. 


In response from Members of the Planning Board the applicant’s agent advised that a specialist property management company, with experience of managing student accommodation, was to be engaged.  Given the scale of the development a warden / supervisor would be on site, as required by universities, for safeguarding.


The applicant’s agent continued that there were would be no negative impact on the Listed Library or street scene as the building would step back to the 4th floor.  He re-iterated that the proposal was of the same footprint, height and scale as that accepted and approved by the Planning Inspector in 2017.   The external of the building would be render and cladding and Condition 8 required approval of the external materials, prior to proceeding.


The Development Control Manager - Major Projects confirmed to Members that they could condition submission of the Management Strategy prior to occupation which should also cover the communal area. 


The Chair put the officer recommendation  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.