Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee - Thursday, 12th January, 2023 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

Contact: Tariq Aniemeka-Bailey
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Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 20 October and 10 November 2022 as accurate records.

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Minutes:

These minutes were agreed at the previous Planning Committee meeting, and so this item was not required.

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Disclosure of Interest

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of a pecuniary interest not already registered.

 

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Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There was none.

4/22

Development presentations pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To receive the following presentations on a proposed development:

 

There are none.

Minutes:

There were none.

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2105373FUL 114-118 Pampisford Road pdf icon PDF 739 KB

 

Ward: Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown

Recommendation: Grant permission

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Minutes:

Ward: Purley Oaks and Riddlesdown

 

Officers explained that the development in consideration comprised two sites, one of which would provide 45 flats for market sale and the other of which would provide 22 flats of affordable housing.

 

In response to members’ questions officers explained that:

 

·       The parking provision of the development exceeded that required by the London Plan;

·       It was preferred by Registered Providers to keep the market sales and affordable housing flats separate as it was easier for management companies to operate, and it meant that service charges could be kept lower; either “pepper potting” or separate buildings to the same standard would be acceptable in terms of planning policy;

·       Keeping the market and affordable housing sites separate also meant management companies had more control over amenities such as landscaping and car parking;

·       The buildings had been planned to work with the slope of the land;

·       There would be a clause in the Section 106 agreement to ensure that the market sale homes would not be occupied until sufficient progress had been made on the construction of the affordable homes;

·       The outdoor space for some of the basement homes exceeded requirements to make up for any shortfall in outlook;

·       A flood risk assessment had been carried out and a drainage strategy had been submitted which included a tanked system, green roofs and permeable paving to mitigate flood risk;

·      The applicant had a registered provider to take on the affordable housing and their preference was for two-bedroom units and that they found three-bedroom units challenging to rent or sell; and,

·       The environmental health team had a number of initiatives to reduce air pollution, which the proposed air quality mitigation contribution would go towards.

 

The applicant’s agent made a statement in support of the development, after which the committee began the deliberation, during which they raised the following points:

 

·       The area had been saturated by developments of flats;

·       There had been a detrimental character change of the area in recent times;

·       There would be pressure on local amenities that were already over-stretched; and,

·       The building’s depth and height were much greater than those neighbouring it, meaning that it was over-prominent and dominant;

·       There was potential harm to the neighbour amenity from being overbearing and loss of privacy;

·       There were concerns about increased traffic on Pampisford Road and speeds of travelling vehicles; and,

·       The loss and replacement of trees.

 

 

After consideration of the officer's report, Councillor Kabir proposed and Councillor Srinivasan seconded the officer's recommendation, and the Committee voted four in favour, five against, and one abstention, so this motion thereby fell.

 

A second motion for REFUSAL, on the grounds of over-development and over-prominence causing harm to the character of the area; dominance over neighbouring properties, and visual intrusion causing loss of privacy and appearing overbearing to neighbouring properties; and insufficient certainty regarding impacts to biodiversity and protected species, proposed by Councillor Parker and seconded by Councillor Johnson, with five in favour, four against, and one abstention, so planning permission was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5/22

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Items referred by Planning Sub-Committee

To consider any item(s) referred by a previous meeting of the Planning Sub-Committee to this Committee for consideration and determination:

 

There are none.

Minutes:

There were none.

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Other planning matters pdf icon PDF 104 KB

To consider the accompanying report by the Director of Planning & Strategic Transport:

 

There are none.

Minutes:

There were none.

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Weekly Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 470 KB

The following is a list of planning applications determined by the Head of Development Management under delegated powers since the last meeting of the Planning Committee.

Minutes:

RESOLVED, to note the weekly Planning decisions as contained within the report.