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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Committee.


There were no apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received for Councillor John Hills and Clive Mardner.


Urgent Business

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


There were no urgent items of business.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 54 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 60 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 November 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.


Resolved -


That the minutes of the meeting of the Woolwich and Thamesmead Area Planning Committee held on 14 November 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.


Consultation on proposed new conservation area & local heritage listings in Woolwich Town Centre pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To comment on the proposed new conservation area & local heritage listings in Woolwich Town Centre





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Resolved - to note that in line with the Royal Greenwich’s Constitution, the designation of conservation areas is reserved to Cabinet, following consultation with the Area Planning Committee.


To recommend Cabinet to adopt the Conservation Area and proposed locally listed buildings as proposed by Officers with the following proposed amendment;

·       That the conservation area be widened to include the land bounded by Spray Street, Plumstead Road and Burrage Road; Woolwich New Road upto the boundary of the Woolwich Common conservation area; Angelsea Road and the land bounded by Love Lane and Thomas Street (green outside Tesco).


The Committee further recommended that, separately to the conservation and local listing consultation process, a review of the Royal Borough’s Policy on Locally Listing buildings be undertaken to allow buildings subject to planning applications for demolition or substantial alteration, to be added to the Local Heritage List.


Further, if the reviewed procedure note enabled buildings subject to applications to be locally listed, the properties in paragraph 4.6, and set out below, shall be added to the Local Heritage List.

·       160-162 Powis Street & Furlongs Garage, Mortgramit Square

·       170-172 Powis Street

·       Employment Exchange, Spray Street

·       5, 7-9, 11, 13 Woolwich New Road

·       9, 20 Plumstead Road


The Conservation Policy Officer gave an illustrative presentation of the report.  She advised that the report sought comments from the Area Planning Committee Members, which would form part of the final recommendation to Cabinet.  She advised Members of the methodology used to identify the area being proposed for designation as a Conservation Area, as well as identification of buildings for proposed Local Heritage Listing.


She further advised Members that the full consultation process, which included residents, local groups, Members, etc. had been extended to 1 March 2019.  Comments were being sought via the Council website and through letters to local residents and business as well as press notices.


In response to Members the Conservation Policy Officer confirmed that she would provide the Area Planning Committee Members with the PowerPoint presentation she made to introduce the report.

Action: Conservation Policy Officer



Members questioned why the properties listed in paragraph 4.6 of the report were not proposed to be taken forward for local listing. The Conservation Policy Officer responded that these were subject to live applications for substantial alteration or demolition and it was the Councils agreed procedure not to Locally List a building in the case of undetermined planning applications.  She advised that where a building was not Locally Listed, consideration should still be given as to whether it was of historic value as part of the decision making for any planning consent, as required by national planning policy.


She confirmed to Members that, in respect of the properties listed at paragraph 4.6, if Members were minded to refuse permission for demolition, the applicant could seek to appeal the decision.  However, if they were no longer under application then consideration could be given to Local Listing.


The Conservation Policy Officer advised Members that all the properties proposed for Local listing and the proposed Conservation Area were based on the thorough assessment of the historic environment set out in the Woolwich Town Centre Heritage Study 2018 (the ‘evidence base’).


With regards to the status of the Local list procedure note, the Planning Policy Manager responded that this had been agreed by the Cabinet Members some years previously, and that Officers were required to abide by the agreed procedure.


She advised the Planning Members that the proposal before them was made under the same methodology as taken for the recent Charlton Riverside proposals and consultation. 


The Conservation Policy Officer confirmed to Members that the Woolwich Dockyard and the Riverfront did not form part of the proposal due to their differing character to the town centre but it would be possible to consider these areas for potential designation were such a proposal made at a future date.


The Planning Area Committee was addressed by the representative for Speak Out Woolwich.  They welcomed the proposal but felt that given it was a public consultation, the maps were not clear or easy to find online.  They asked that the entirety of Spray Street, Angelsea Road, Burrage Road up to Sandy Hill and the green area outside  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.