Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 18th July, 2019 6.30 pm

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

Contact: Michelle Ossei-Gerning
020 8726 6000 x84246  Email: michelle.gerning@croydon.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

152/19

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 4 July 2019 as an accurate record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 4 July 2019 be signed as a correct record.

 

153/19

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.

 

154/19

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.

155/19

Development presentations pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To receive the following presentations on a proposed development:

 

Minutes:

There were none.

156/19

18/05248/PRE 28 Boulogne Road, Croydon, CR0 2QT pdf icon PDF 213 KB

Complete demolition of existing buildings on the site, redevelopment including erection of four blocks up to five stories in height providing 59 self-contained residential units (C3) and 3 commercial units.

 

Ward: Selhurst

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Complete demolition of existing buildings on the site, redevelopment including erection of four blocks up to five stories in height providing 59 self-contained residential units (C3) and 3 commercial units.

 

Ward: Selhurst

 

Jeremy Gray from Evolve Housing, Geoff Brocklehurst from HKR Architects and Chris Heather the applicant’s agent from Stiles Harold Williams Partnership, attended to give a presentation and respond to Members' questions and issues raised for further consideration prior to submission of a planning application.

 

The main issues raised at this meeting were as follows:

 

·         Overall, Members welcomed the delivery of 100 percent affordable housing and helping to meet thee need to reduce homelessness. The scheme would be a huge benefit to the borough.

 

·         There were concerns raised about potential overshadowing of the surrounding residential gardens. It was suggested that a tweak on the bulk and mass to the boundaries could provide better sunlighting to the neighbours. The scheme needs to protect surrounding occupier’s gardens and sunlight into them.

 

·         Justification for the level of cycle parking and how it would be managed was to be considered in the application.

 

·         The scale of the building and architectural approach with strong brickwork and high quality materials was encouraged.

 

·         Members discussed the existing employment floorspace (how much compared to currently on site), the existing occupiers of the site and where they would be relocated. The Council and Evolve Housing must continue to take a balanced approach going forward, with loss of employment but the delivery of affordable housing.

 

·         There was discussion around the sizes of the units in the scheme, which focused on 1-bed units. Though it did not comply with policy on family units, Members suggested that a balance of the benefits of the scheme in relation to what accommodation can be provided was important.

 

·         The extent of community engagement was questioned and raised as important, particularly with adjoining residents.

 

·         OFFICER NOTE: as explained by officers on the night, they had not had sight of the revised Daylight and Sunlight Report referenced by Geoff Brocklehurst. Officers will need to interrogate this revised document that has very different outputs to the original version submitted to officers. If significant impacts remain (as identified in the original version and highlighted in the officer report) the scheme will need to be amended.

At 7:22pm Councillor Niroshan Sirisena attended the meeting.

 

The Chair thanked the applicants for their presentation, and looked forward to their application returning to the Committee at a later stage.

 

157/19

Planning applications for decision pdf icon PDF 148 KB

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

 

Additional documents:

158/19

18/06140/FUL Leon House, 233 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1FW pdf icon PDF 991 KB

Demolition of existing retail and office units. Redevelopment of the site to provide a mixed use development within three buildings up to 31 storeys, providing up to 357 residential units (Use Class C3) and flexible units for retail, professional service and food and drink uses (Use Class A1-A5). Creation of a new public square, landscaped communal gardens, and associated highway works; basement car parking; cycle parking; waste storage; and associated works.

 

Ward: Fairfield

Recommendation: Grant permission

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Demolition of existing retail and office units. Redevelopment of the site to provide a mixed use development within three buildings up to 31 storeys, providing up to 357 residential units (Use Class C3) and flexible units for retail, professional service and food and drink uses (Use Class A1-A5). Creation of a new public square, landscaped communal gardens, and associated highway works; basement car parking; cycle parking; waste storage; and associated works.

 

Ward: Fairfield

 

The officers presented details of the planning application and officers responded to questions for clarification.

 

Mr Richard Katz, Applicant’s agent from Deloitte spoke in support of the application.

 

Councillor Clark proposed a motion for APPROVAL of the application based on the officer’s recommendation. Councillor Scott seconded the motion.

 

The motion to approve was put forward to the vote and was carried with all ten Members unanimously voting in favour.

 

The Committee therefore RESOLVED to GRANT the application for the development of Leon House, 233 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1FW.

 

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19/01900/FUL 91 Marlpit Lane, Coulsdon, CR5 2HH pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Demolition of single-family dwelling and erection of one 3-storey block, containing 2 x 3-bedroom, 6 x 2-bedroom and 1 x 1 bedroom apartments with associated access, 9 parking spaces, cycle storage and refuse store.

 

Ward: Old Coulsdon

Recommendation: Grant permission

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Demolition of single-family dwelling and erection of one 3-storey block, containing 2 x 3-bedroom, 6 x 2-bedroom and 1 x 1 bedroom apartments with associated access, 9 parking spaces, cycle storage and refuse store.

 

Ward: Old Coulsdon

 

The officers presented details of the planning application and officers responded to questions for clarification.

 

Councillor Bird spoke against the application.

 

Mr Michael White spoke on behalf of the applicant in support of the application.

 

Councillor Ali proposed a motion for APPROVAL of the application based on the officer’s recommendation. Councillor Scott seconded the motion. There was a request for the landscaping condition to include potential for local indigenous planting to be included.

 

Councillor Parker proposed a motion to REFUSE the application on the grounds of over-development due to the size and massing, impact on adjoining occupiers and lack of amenity space. Councillor Perry seconded the motion.

 

The motion to approve was put forward to the vote and carried with six Members voting in favour and four Members voting against. The second motion to refuse therefore fell.

 

The Committee therefore RESOLVED to GRANT the application for the development of 91 Marlpit Lane, Coulsdon, CR5 2HH.

 

At 8:37pm the Planning Committee adjourned for a short break.

At 8:43pm the Planning Committee reconvened.

 

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19/02110/FUL 40 Woodcote Grove Road, Coulsdon, CR5 2AB pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Demolition of existing dwelling house and replacement with 9 new build apartments and the provision of 6 car parking spaces.

 

Ward: Coulsdon Town

Recommendation: Grant permission

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Demolition of existing dwelling house and replacement with 9 new build apartments and the provision of 6 car parking spaces.

 

Ward: Coulsdon Town

 

The officers presented details of the planning application and officers responded to questions for clarification.

 

Mr David Farrell spoke against the application.

 

Mr Sam Carr spoke on behalf of the applicant in support of the application.

 

Councillor Parker proposed a motion to REFUSE the application on the grounds of over development and out of keeping in the surrounding area. Councillor Streeter seconded the motion.

 

Councillor Scott proposed a motion for APPROVAL of the application based on the officer’s recommendation. Councillor Ali seconded the motion.

 

The motion to refuse was put forward to the vote and fell with four Members voting in favour and six Members voting against.

 

The motion to approve was put forward to the vote and carried with six Members voting in favour and four Members voting against.

 

The Committee therefore RESOLVED to GRANT the application for the development of 40 Woodcote Grove Road, Coulsdon, CR5 2AB.

 

161/19

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.

162/19

Other planning matters pdf icon PDF 104 KB

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

 

163/19

Weekly Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 73 KB

This report provides a list of cases determined (since the last Planning Committee) providing details of the site and description of development (by Ward), whether the case was determined by officers under delegated powers or by Planning Committee/Sub Committee and the outcome (refusal/approval).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report was received for information.

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Planning Appeal Decisions (June 2019) pdf icon PDF 90 KB

This report provides details of town planning appeal outcomes and the range of planning considerations that are being taken into account by the Planning Inspectors, appointed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Minutes:

The report was received for information.