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 Board.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received for Councillor Babatola.

 

Apologies for lateness were received for Councillor Cornforth.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent items of business.

 

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.

Saxon Wharf, Norman Road, Greenwich, SE10 - Ref: 18/1594/F pdf icon PDF 48 KB

The Planning Board is requested to grant full planning permission for the demolition of existing structures and the construction of a part 13 / part 17 storey building to provide 401sqm (GEA) of B1(a, b and c) and A3 floorspace at lower and upper ground floor level and 145 residential units with associated refuse and recycling storage, cycle parking, car parking, access, provision of public realm and landscaping, as set out in the report.

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Decision:

Resolved that full planning permission be granted for the demolition of existing structures and the construction of a part 13 / part 17 storey building to provide 401sqm (GEA) of B1(a, b and c) and A3 floorspace at lower and upper ground floor level and 145 residential units with associated refuse and recycling storage, cycle parking, car parking, access, provision of public realm and landscaping.’

 

Subject to:

i.          The referral of the application to the Mayor of London as required under the terms of The Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008;

 

ii.          The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement  (obligations set out in Section 31 of the original report); and

 

iii.          The Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report.

Minutes:

The Planning Officer - Major Developments, gave an illustrative presentation advising that the public access to the Deptford Creek would be secured via the s.106 agreement. 

 

In response to Members questions the Planning Officer advised that the GLA would be consulted once the Planning Board had made a decision on the application.  The GLA would also be further consulted once the development was near completion.  She confirmed that the GLA were aware of the percentage of affordable homes offer and would have expected comments if the GLA were not satisfied with this.

 

The Planning Officer advised that both wheelchair accessible units and 10 habitable units would be provided.  The site was large and undeveloped with neighbouring residential units, in existing buildings, having triple aspects offering 3 windows to main living areas.  One high level unit, in the neighbouring building, would experience an impact to one of its three windows and other units had windows under existing covered walkways but as these also had dual aspect windows there would be no significant impact to daylight and sunlight.

 

The Planning Officer confirmed that open public access to the Riverfront would be secured as part of the development.  35 London Affordable Rent Units were being offered which was the GLA equivalent to Social Rent Levels.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the representative of the Greenwich Environmental Forum who stated that;

·       They were concerned at how little rference there was to the Greenwich World Heritage Site, Old Royal Naval Collegue and its setting.

·       A buffer zone was established and put in place to protect these areas and should form a key plannign consideration.

·       Officers and Members should bare in mind their responsibility for the World Heritage Site and high prominence should be given to any developments appearance and impact on the area and these valuable assets.  

·       Whilst this was allocated as a development area, consideraton should be given to the overall massing, of the proposed and existing blocks, which should continue to lead away from not towards the World Heritage buffer zone.

 

In response to Members question’s, the representative confirmed that she felt that there was a growing cumulative visual impact and environmental impact as the height of these developments would be visible from the buffer zone and World Heritage historic sites. 

 

The Planning Board was addressed by the applicants’ representative who stated that;

·       The development would provide high and genuinely affordabel homes.

·       It was within a designated opportunity area and the developer was confident that it would be a positive development for the area. 

·       Currenlty inaccessable areas would be opened with public realm improvement.

·       Creek Road and the Thames Riverfront would be opened up and publicly accessible.  The applicant had offered a bond, as part of the s106 agreement, which would only be released back to the applicant when the Creekside was opened.

·       Of the affordable housing element 50% would be available at London Affordable Rent. 

·       The rents would be lower than many other rental properties in the area.

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