Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes.

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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 Committee.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received for Councillors Merrill, O’Mara and Lloyd.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

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

Item 5 – 95 Thames Street, Greenwich – Ref: 18/3258/F

 

Further, that public submissions had been circulated, in advance of the meeting, in relation to items 6 and 7.

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.

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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 90 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 July 2018 and 18 September 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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Minutes:

An amendment to the 18 September minutes was required in that Item 1 – apologies for absence - ‘Councillor Khan leaving early’ should be struck from the minutes as this an incorrect. 

 

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Greenwich Area Planning Committee held on 24 July 2018 and amended minutes of the 18 September 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

95 Thames Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 9BY - Ref: 18/3258/F pdf icon PDF 661 KB

The Committee is requested to grant Planning Permission,for the d emolition of existing building and construction of a seven storey building which comprises flexible commercial floorspace (classes A1, A2, A4 and B1), storage and services at ground floor and six residential units on upper floors, as set out in the report.

 

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Decision:

Resolved to grant Planning Permission for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a seven storey building which comprises flexible commercial floorspace (classes A1, A2, A4 and B1), storage and services at ground floor and six residential units on upper floors; subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and as set out in the addendum.

Minutes:

The Planning Committee received an illustrative presentation on the proposal from the Area Planning Manager (West), who drew Members attention to the addendum report, circulated in advance of the meeting.

 

The Planning Committee accepted an address from a local resident, speaking in objection to the application, who stated that he objected on the basis of unacceptable bulk, massing, loss of amenities and overdevelopment of the site.  That agreement to the application would result in loss of amenity, direct overlooking and privacy to neighbours.  The Planning Inspector acknowledged there was a fundamental loss of privacy to existing residents.  There would be increase in light pollution. The development would be taller and of a greater mass than proposed in the previous application.  There was a need for housing but it was for affordable family housing not private single aspect units.

 

The Planning Committee accepted an address form the applicant’s agent (Planner) who felt that the concerns regarding overlooking had been overcome and the only element of overlooking would be to the communal, shared amenity, area.  The building would be at the same scale as the previous application.  The existing building had not been used in 30 years and a viable use for the site was being proposed.

 

The Planning Committee accepted an address form the applicant’s agent (Surveyor) who advised that the proposal meet daylight and sunlight requirements, with little impact on existing residents.

 

In response to Members questions the applicant planner stated that the living areas of the units faced the South; the units balconies would have obscured glazing; the bedroom windows were angled to loo onto the public space.

 

The Area Planning Manager (West) confirmed to Members that the Planning Inspector had accepted that the former public house could be demolished.

 

The Vice Chair (in the Chair) put the officers recommendation to grant the application and accept the conditions as set out in the appendices and addendum report to the vote with 4 Members in favour; 1 against and 0 abstentions.

 

Resolved -

That Planning Permission be granted for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a seven storey building which comprises flexible commercial floorspace (classes A1, A2, A4 and B1), storage and services at ground floor and six residential units on upper floors; subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and as set out in the addendum.

6.

16 West Grove, Greenwich, London, SE10 8QT - Ref: 18/3123/HD pdf icon PDF 794 KB

The Committee is requested to grant Planning Permissionfor a replacement entrance gate, introduction of a side pedestrian access gate and alignment with the site boundary. May affect Grade II* listed building, in line with the report.

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Decision:

Resolved to grant Planning Permissionfor the replacement entrance gate, introduction of a side pedestrian access gate and alignment with the site boundary; subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

Minutes:

The Planning Committee received an illustrative presentation on the proposal from the Area Planning Manager (West) who advised that in 2017 permission was granted for the erecting of railings and gates.  The gates and fencing proposal before Members were of the same height, scale and design as approved.

 

In response to Members questions the Area Planning Manager (West), confirmed that the proposed change of angle of the fencing was in order to offer continuity of line with No. 15 and was up to, but not beyond, the applicant’s boundary.

 

The Chair confirmed to Members that the matter was for agreement by the Planning Committee as it may have an impact on the adjacent Grade 2 Listed building.

 

The Planning Committee accepted an address from the applicant who advised that houses 15 & 16 were conceived as a matching pair and the proposals would re-enforce this and preserve the boundary lines.  The gates follow the line established at No. 15 and the changes, with the setback pedestrian gate, respected the fence line of No. 17.   The proposal would allow use of the front area for parking and ease the parking pressure in the area.

 

In considering the application a Member felt that the continuation of the fence line with No. 15 but it was not parallel to No. 17.  The fence line would not be seamless and they felt it would not fit in with the environment.

 

The Vice Chair (in the Chair) put the officers’ recommendation to grant the application to the vote with 2 Members for; 2 against and 1 abstention.  Councillor Adam used his casting vote, as Chair, in favour of granting.

 

Resolved –

 

That Planning Permission be granted for the replacement entrance gate, introduction of a side pedestrian access gate and alignment with the site boundary; subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

7.

15A Ulundi Road, Blackheath, London, SE3 7UQ - Ref: 18/1541/F pdf icon PDF 311 KB

The Committee is requested to refuse Planning Permission as outlined in Appendix 2 of the report.

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Decision:

Resolved to defer for a site visit.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Planning Committee received an illustrative presentation on the proposal from the Area Planning Manager (West) who advised that the application fell within the Westcombe Park Conservation Area and whilst, if agreed, there would be little change to the street view the rear aspect of the building would be changed.

 

In response to Members questions the Area Planning Manager (West) confirmed that no objection to the proposal had been received from the occupant of the adjoining property, No. 17.  Whilst this was the case the determination of an application was not on the basis of whether an objection had or had not been received.  The impact of the development on a Conservation Area was not limited to effects to the street scene and consideration had to be given to the harm to the nature of the Conservation Area.

 

The Planning Committee accepted an address from the applicant who advised that he was disappointed it had taken 6 months and some considerable cost with no response from the Councils Planning Officers for two months.  That no Planning Officer had undertaken a visit, which he felt would be beneficial.  He noted that the Officers report stated that pre-planning advise had not been sought, however this was not the case as when pre-planning advise was sought he was told, by the Councils Planning Officers, that it was not available for residential unless new build.  He advised Members that this was still the advice being issued.  He stated he was aware that the draft report on the application recommended approval.  This was not a development but amendments to a private home, in order to provide space for older ‘children’ who could not afford to rent. 

 

The applicant’s agent address the Planning Committee stating that in the absence of a site visit, it would be difficult for Officers to appreciate the proposals.  He advised that a dormer window was not being fitted and there would be no adverse increase in the scale of the building.  As advised the changes would not be seen from the street scene and would only be visible to the family, visitors or neighbour, who was not objecting to the proposals.  He added that they had proposed the erecting of privacy screening, to overcome any concerns regarding overlooking however, Planning Officers advised that they felt that this was not maintainable.

 

In response to Members questions the Area Planning Manager (West) advised that the site had been visited by the Planning Officer, given that there were photographic images of the site forming part of the illustrative introduction.

 

In considering the application Members considered that a site visit may be useful but were concerned at any further delay this may cause the applicant.

 

The Chair noted that the applicant and agent had both raised concern that they felt a site visit had not been undertaken and may be useful.

 

The Chair put the proposal that the Board Members undertook a site visit to the vote with 2 Members for and 1 against.

 

Resolved  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.