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 Linda Perks.

 

Apologies for lateness were received for Councillor Angela Cornforth.

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 report’s, circulated in advance of the meeting, in relation to;

Item 5 - Greenwich Police Station – Ref: 19/1409/F

Item 6 -   Blocks A & D Phase 3, Kidbrooke Village – Ref: 19/2329/MA

 

The Chair advised that she was changing the running order of the Agenda and would be taking Item 6 as the first item of business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 39 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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Minutes:

Resolved –

 

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

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 2 July 2019, 16 July 2019 and 30 July 2019.

 

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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Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meetings’ of the Planning Board held on 2 July 2019, 16 July 2019 and 30 July 2019 be agreed and signed as true and accurate records.

5.

Greenwich Police Station, 31 Royal Hill and Under-Croft Space within Swanne House, Gloucester Circus, SE10 - Ref: 19/1409/F pdf icon PDF 12 MB

The Board is requested to Grant Planning Permission for the construction of a part 4, part 5 and part 6 storey building as set out in the report.  

 

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Decision:

Resolved that a decision on this application be deferred.

Minutes:

The Planning Board received an illustrative presentation on the proposal from the Principal Planning Officer who drew Members attention to the addendum report, circulated in advance of the meeting.

 

A Member sought clarification as to the possibility of reconfiguring the tenure offer to increase the number of London Affordable Rent units; to which the Principal Planning Officer advised that the applicant had proposed 29% affordable rent units and there were no alternative proposal for consideration before Members at this meeting.

 

A Member questioned how the proposal compared to existing buildings, sitting in a mainly terrace area and the impact of encroachment onto the Burney Street pavement.

 

The Principal Planning Officer responded that the two adjacent blocks; Swann House and Maribor House, were five floors high and it was considered that the proposal would not be out of character, at six floors.  The change in typography occurred further along Royal Hill. 

 

With regards to any encroachment on Burney Street, he confirmed that this had also been raised as a public concern but the elevation protuberance of the proposal was considered less than substantial, of an appropriate design and any encroachment onto Burney Street was considered acceptable with little or no negative impact on the footway.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the representative for the

Greenwich Society who advised that the Society had a number of concerns and whilst they had met with the developers, submitted representations and letters, none of the concerns the Society raised appear to have been considered.   He noted that the CABE Design Council letter, appended to the report, shared many of their concerns.

 

He continued that the Greenwich Society felt that the proposal was bulky; an overdevelopment of the site and not sensitive to the surrounding building context.  That at 280 units per hectare development would exceed density guidelines, the provision of affordable housing and the number of family units were below the Councils required levels.

 

He noted that the proposed height had been reduced from seven to six floors, but it was felt this would still be a dominant building of monolithic design, overshadowing the street scene and encroaching onto the pavement.   That it would not be subordinate to the two adjoining listed buildings; the Borough Halls and old Town Hall, and would not form a ‘book end’ to a house at the far end of Burney Street along which most of the terraced houses were set back between four and seven metres, with green space front areas.  It was felt that the implication that the development would also form a gateway to the conservation area was misleading and there was no need for a gateway to create a vista and urged the Board to reject the application.

 

The Assistant Director Planning and Building Control advised the Planning Board Members’ that the scheme had been revised since the CABE DRP Panel’s pre-application report and that the issues raised had been satisfactorily addressed.  This was covered in the officer’s report

 

The Planning Board accepted an  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Blocks A and D, Phase 3, Kidbrooke Village, Kidbrooke, SE3 - Ref: 19/2329/MA pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The Board is requested to approve a minor material amendment planning permission as set out in the report.

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Decision:

Resolved that the application for a minor material amendment planning permission be approved as set out below:

 

Application submitted under section 73 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 for a minor material amendment to Planning Permission 18/0358/MA dated 13th of August 2019 for the 'Demolition of existing buildings and construction of 1,238 residential units (an increase of 255 residential units over and above the 2013 consent figure of 983 dwellings) (Use Class C3) together with 1,957m2 retail / commercial (Use Class A1), 1,305m2 of retail / commercial (Use Class A1-A5), 345m2 restaurant (Use Class A3), 5,713m2 of community (Use Class D1), a 2,696m2 supermarket (Use Class A1), a public square, publicly accessible open space and associated access, servicing, car parking, cycle parking and landscaping' for an amendment to condition 1 to amend the approved plans in order to allow for:

 

Block A

-    Increase in the area of the ground floor leisure space from 772m2 to 1,306m2 (GEA).

-    Rationalisation of commercial floorspace at ground floor comprising the reduction in the size of commercial unit 2 and the provision of a new smaller commercial unit.

-    External alterations to the building comprising the creation of a new single door entrance to the new smaller commercial unit.

 

Block D

-    Reconfiguration of community / healthcare space and resulting changes to retail space.

-    Amendments to landscaping.

-    New gas meter room and car park ventilation relocated on the west elevation at ground floor.

-    Minor elevational changes to brick facade, including corbelling locations for health and safety, change of balcony balustrade material, and podium parapet detail amended to match Block A.

-    Crèche canopy entrance changed from glazing to solid, repositioning of non-residential entrance doors, repositioning of mullions and transforms, removal of chamfered brickwork to window reveal, and glass balustrades on balconies changed to metal railings.

-    Brick work amendments including brick colour from buff to brown, addition to corbelled brickwork sections on the east elevation, and removal of corbelled brickwork in certain locations.

-    Amendments to building heights (Range from -465mm to +65mm).

-    Amendment to Condition 7

-    Amendment to Condition 8

 

Subject to:

(i)         The satisfactory completion of a Deed of Variation to the Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement dated 13 August 2019; and

(ii)       Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

Minutes:

The Planning Board received an illustrative presentation on the proposal from the Principal Planning Officer who set out the proposed Minor Material Amendments and drew Members attention to the addendum report, circulated in advance of the meeting.

 

In response to Members’ questions the Principal Planning Officer confirmed that the canopy to the main entrance to the crèche was being changed from glazing to a solid material for health & safety reasons.  Further, that a new secondary entrance to the crèche would be installed.

 

He confirmed that revised landscaping included hard landscaping and was considered to be of a better design than that or the original proposal.

 

The Chair proposed to move directly to making a determination, which was agreed, and the Chair put the Planning Officer’s recommendation to grant consent for the minor amendments, as outlined in the main report, appendices and addendum report to the vote with 10 members’ in favour; 0 Members’ against and 0 Members’ abstained.

 

Resolved unanimously –

 

That the application for a minor material amendment planning permission be approved as set out below:

 

Application submitted under section 73 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 for a minor material amendment to Planning Permission 18/0358/MA dated 13th of August 2019 for the 'Demolition of existing buildings and construction of 1,238 residential units (an increase of 255 residential units over and above the 2013 consent figure of 983 dwellings) (Use Class C3) together with 1,957m2 retail / commercial (Use Class A1), 1,305m2 of retail / commercial (Use Class A1-A5), 345m2 restaurant (Use Class A3), 5,713m2 of community (Use Class D1), a 2,696m2 supermarket (Use Class A1), a public square, publicly accessible open space and associated access, servicing, car parking, cycle parking and landscaping' for an amendment to condition 1 to amend the approved plans in order to allow for:

 

Block A

-    Increase in the area of the ground floor leisure space from 772m2 to 1,306m2 (GEA).

-    Rationalisation of commercial floorspace at ground floor comprising the reduction in the size of commercial unit 2 and the provision of a new smaller commercial unit.

-    External alterations to the building comprising the creation of a new single door entrance to the new smaller commercial unit.

 

Block D

-    Reconfiguration of community / healthcare space and resulting changes to retail space.

-    Amendments to landscaping.

-    New gas meter room and car park ventilation relocated on the west elevation at ground floor.

-    Minor elevational changes to brick facade, including corbelling locations for health and safety, change of balcony balustrade material, and podium parapet detail amended to match Block A.

-    Crèche canopy entrance changed from glazing to solid, repositioning of non-residential entrance doors, repositioning of mullions and transforms, removal of chamfered brickwork to window reveal, and glass balustrades on balconies changed to metal railings.

-    Brick work amendments including brick colour from buff to brown, addition to corbelled brickwork sections on the east elevation, and removal of corbelled brickwork in certain locations.

-    Amendments to building  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.