Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW

Contact: Jasmine Kassim  Email: jasmine.kassim@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5146

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Board.

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received on behalf of Councillor Chris Roberts.  The meeting also received an apology for leaving early from Councillor Geoffrey Brighty.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business for consideration at the meeting.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 41 KB

Members to declare any personal and prejudicial 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:

There was no interest declared at the meeting.

 

Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ membership as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies, be noted.

4.

Gala Bingo, 186 Powis Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6NL pdf icon PDF 48 KB

To grant planning permission in respect of the application.

Link to Planning Documents

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That planning permission be granted for the change of use of the building from Class D2 uses (Assembly and Leisure) to a mixed use comprising Class D1 (Place of Worship) as well as Class D2 uses (Assembly and Leisure), subject to the conditions and a Section 106 Legal Agreement set out in Sections 11 and 15 of the report dated 31st January 2013 that was deferred and resubmitted for consideration on 28th February 2013, in light negotiations undertaken to amend the Heads of Terms for the Section 106 Agreement as follows:

 

·                    The Council’s approval of a “D2 Access Plan” to govern the promoting, managing and operating of the D2 uses at the site, and will include advertising in local press, on-site poster signage and other media as well as a schedule of charges for all D2 use events.

 

·                    An obligation to provide a minimum number of Class D2 events each year.

 

·                    Of these sessions, the building shall be made available to voluntary and community groups as nominated by the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council for uses within Class D2, for a minimum of 12 sessions per year at a concessionary rate.

 

·                    Yearly monitoring of the above in order to account for changing needs, demands and circumstances.

Minutes:

The Area Planning Manager (East) gave an illustrative presentation to the report, recommending to the Board to grant planning permission for change of use of the property located at the former Gala Bingo site and Mortgramit Square, subject to conditions outlined in the report.

 

The Officer stated that the application was a resubmission.  It was deferred at a meeting of the Board that took place on 31 January 2013 to enable negotiations to take place in respect of the Section 106 Legal Agreement.  Members subsequently visited the application site on 21st February 2013.

 

The Board noted the report, and that the development site consisted of a Grade II listed building.

 

A resident addressed the meeting, expressed support for the proposal, and suggested to the Board to agree to the change of use of the Grade II listed building into a place of worship and assembly and leisure facilities.  She highlighted the benefits of the proposed change to the congregation and the community.  It was stated that in addition to worship activities, there would be provisions for family and individual counselling, training and employment opportunities, including access to legal advice.  The resident added that young people would also benefit from youth programmes to be offered by the church, and that could help create diversions from anti-social behaviours and crimes, particularly in light of the recent riots across London, which impacted negatively in the Woolwich area.

 

The meeting was also addressed by the applicant and agent who suggested to the Board to approve the proposal.  It was stated that the Grade II listed building which formed the application site was in disrepair.  Substantial amount of money had been spent to renovate the heritage building, and that had created a positive impact in the Woolwich Town Centre. 

 

In response to questions raised, the applicant and agent advised the Board that since deferral of the proposal, they have had dialogue with the Council in respect of the Section 106 Legal Agreement.  It was stated that the discussions had clarified that the Travel Plan would be adequate, and the status of the Grade II building would be maintained. 

 

As regards to a concern, the agent and applicant gave an assurance to the Board that the church would comply with the Equality Act.  It was stated that church services would be opened to local groups and members of the public.  In addition to that, the premises would be available to all, for community, social and leisure events[1].  It was further advised that knowledge and experience acquired from operating a church facility in the New Cross area would be transferred and implemented for the benefit of the congregation and the local community in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

The Board was also asked to note that some members of the church congregation were operating businesses in the area and contributing to the local economy.  The applicant and agent confirmed that the church would work with the Greenwich Local Labour and Business agency to promote  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Variation of the Deed of Planning Obligation under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and other powers in respect of Development at Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To approve the variation of the Section 106 Agreement in respect of Development at Greenwich Peninsula dated 23rd February 2004.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That it be agreed to approve the variation of the Section 106 Agreement in respect of Development at Greenwich Peninsula dated 23rd February 2004, which is relates to the development proposed on plots MO101, MO103, MO104, MO114, MO115, MO116, MO117, NO601, NO602, NO607 and NO608 of the approved Master Plan,

 

And a requirement that:

 

·                    The Deed of Variation includes an additional clause which clarifies that the arrangements agreed under this variation will not be used as a precedent for development elsewhere within the Peninsula Masterplan area.

Minutes:

The Assistant Director (Planning) gave an illustrative presentation to the report, recommending to the Board to agree to vary aspects of the Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan that was approved under a Section 106 Legal Agreement dated 23rd February 2004.

 

The Board noted the report.  It was recognised that a grant of approximately £50 million had been allocated to develop 380 affordable homes across 11 plots on the Greenwich Peninsula development site by December 2017.

 

Two representatives of the City Peninsular Residents’ Association addressed the meeting.  They advised the Board that residents were opposed to the proposal because the arrangements would polarise their local community.  Residents were concerned that the level of affordable housing had been reduced, and that the development would be undesirable because of the large numbers and proportions of dwellings to be erected in a small area.  Therefore, the variation to the Section 106 Legal Agreement was contrary to the Council’s and the Mayor of London’s policies on mixed communities.   The Board was further asked to note that residents had welcomed prior consultations.  However, residents believed that the current application was illegal because they were not consulted on the proposed variation.

 

Another resident to address the meeting expressed her objection to the proposal.  She stated that the requirement for a strong, vibrant and healthy community had been ignored in relation to plots MO114, MO115 and MO117 specifically.  It was stated that the plots were situated near to a primary school yet no provision had been made for 4 bedroom private flats or houses, and only few 3 bedroom flats had been allocated for private sales.  Thus, the social demography would be distorted.  In particular, the arrangements could undermine the requirement for a balanced and mixed community in the area.  Furthermore, the level of affordable housing in what would be a high density development could result in estate management and environmental problems.  The resident asked the Board to defer the proposal for a re-submission, with provisions for larger family homes for private purchases to match those that would be available for affordable housing.

 

The meeting was also addressed by a representative from the Greenwich Conservation Group.  He advised the Board that the Group was opposed to the proposal because it found it deplorable that no consultation had taken place on the application.  The Group hoped that future developments on the development site would be consistent with the Council’s policy and related national planning guidelines.  Speaking from a paper which he circulated to Members at the meeting, the representative outlined alternative proposal for providing affordable housing at 35%.  It was stated that the Group hoped that a reduction in affordable housing would not become the norm in future planning applications to be considered by the Board.

 

In response to a concern, the Officer confirmed to Members that the approved level of affordable housing to be secured on the Greenwich Peninsula development site was 38%.  The proposed variation of 21% was necessary to mitigate the slow progress in the development work, which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Land between East Parkside and Chandlers Avenue (PLOT MO114), Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich SE10 pdf icon PDF 425 KB

To grant planning permission for the residential development of Plot MO114, comprising of 201 residential units, private and communal amenity space, associated car parking (67) and cycle parking (259), servicing and access, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

Link to Planning Documents

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That planning permission be granted for the residential development of Plot MO114, comprising of 201 residential units, private and communal amenity space, associated car parking (67) and cycle parking (259), servicing and access, hard and soft landscaping and associated works, subject to:

 

a.            Referral to the Mayor of London;

 

b.           The satisfactory completion of a supplementary Section 106 Legal Agreement, to tie this application to application reference 02/2903/O (dated 23.2.2004) for Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan;

 

c.            The conditions set out in section 3.2 of the report,

 

d.           Amendments outlined in the addendum report tabled at the meeting in relation to Paragraphs 3.1 of the main report in respect of approved documents and drawings, and at Paragraph 3.2 in respect of approved drawings and code for sustainable homes.

 

And

 

e.            An additional clause in the s106 requiring a review of the amount of the family units being brought forward in future phases in accordance with the approved Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan s106.

Minutes:

The Assistant Area Planning Manager (Development Team) gave an illustrated presentation to the report, recommending to the Board to grant planning permission for residential development.

 

The Board noted the report, and that the development would be erected on Plot MO114, which is located on the Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan development site.  It was recognised that the proposed development would comprise of residential units, private and communal amenity space, associated car and cycle parking facilities, serving and access, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

 

It was noted that an addendum report with amendments to aspects of the main report, was circulated at the meeting.

 

A representative from the Greenwich Conservation Group addressed the meeting.  He advised the Board that the Group welcomed the development because of high quality design and architectural appearance of the buildings.  However, the Group was disappointed that it concerns relating to the social rent element overlooking Chandlers Avenue, with long access corridors and a reliance on artificial lighting had not been adequately addressed.  It was stated that the Group’s objection to the provision of few family units had remained unchanged.  The representative added that the Group also felt that it was undesirable to organise the family units on different floor levels, and that its concerns about the arrangements on Plot MO114 would not be repeated in future developments across the site.

 

In response to a concern, the applicants and agents advised the Board that the buildings on Plot MO114 were divided into cluster of cores to service no more than 7 units.  Shared lobby areas were located in Core C to provide access to communal areas linked to social and family units, and there were associated car and cycling parking facilities across the development.

 

In considering submissions made at the meeting, Members acknowledged that the low levels of family accommodation could create an unbalanced community.  It was suggested that future applications should provide more family accommodation.

 

The Board voted with a result of 6 in favour of the proposal, with 1 abstention.  It was

Resolved –

 

That planning permission be granted for the residential development of Plot MO114, comprising of 201 residential units, private and communal amenity space, associated car parking (67) and cycle parking (259), servicing and access, hard and soft landscaping and associated works, subject to:

 

a.            Referral to the Mayor of London;

 

b.           The satisfactory completion of a supplementary Section 106 Legal Agreement, to tie this application to application reference 02/2903/O (dated 23.2.2004) for Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan;

 

c.            The conditions set out in section 3.2 of the report,

 

d.           Amendments outlined in the addendum report tabled at the meeting in relation to Paragraphs 3.1 of the main report in respect of approved documents and drawings, and at Paragraph 3.2 in respect of approved drawings and code for sustainable homes.

 

And

 

e.            An additional clause in the s106 requiring a review of the amount of the family units being brought forward in future phases in accordance with the approved Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan s106.

 

7.

Chandlers Avenue, (PLOT MO115), Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich SE10 pdf icon PDF 406 KB

To grant planning permission for the construction of a residential development comprising 144  dwellings, private and communal amenity space, associated car parking and cycle parking, servicing and access, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

Link to Planning Documents

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That planning permission be granted for the construction of a residential development comprising 144  dwellings, private and communal amenity space, associated car parking and cycle parking, servicing and access, hard and soft landscaping and associated works subject to:

 

(i)   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)  Conditions and Informatives set out in sections 3.2 and 3.3 of the report.

 

(iii)        The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 20.

 

(iv)        Amendments in the addendum report tabled at the meeting in relation to Paragraph 3.2 of the main report under Condition 1 and Condition 28, and approved plans and documents at Paragraph 3.4.

 

And

 

(v)  An additional clause in the s106 requiring a review of the amount of the family units being brought forward in future phases in accordance with the approved Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan s106.

Minutes:

The Assistant Area Planning Manager (Development Team) gave an illustrated presentation to the report, recommending to the Board to grant planning permission for residential development.

 

The Board noted the report, and that the development would be erected on Plot MO115, which is located on the Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan development site.  It was recognised that the proposed development would comprise of residential units, private and communal amenity space, associated car and cycle parking facilities, serving and access, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

 

It was noted that an addendum report with amendments to aspects of the main report was circulated at the meeting.

 

A representative from the Greenwich Conservation Group addressed the meeting.  He advised the Board that as with Plot MO114, the Group welcomed the development on Plot MO115 because of high quality design and architectural appearance of the proposed buildings.  However, the Group’s prior request to keep the number of units sharing a common lift and stair lobby to a minimum, and concerns about long access corridors with no natural light had not been adequately addressed.  The Group remained concerned that the sizes of family accommodation were inadequate, and was suggesting that conditions should be explicit on the matter.

 

In response to questions raised, the applicants and agents advised the Board that the floor plans had been reviewed with an aim to reduce the number of units off a core to a maximum of 8 units.  However, this would have a significantly impact on the efficiency of the building and the internal layouts.

 

In relation to a concern about the sizes and numbers of family units, the Officer advised the Board that the developers were complying with requirements in the Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan to provide a mix of units across the development site.

 

In considering submissions made at the meeting, Members expressed a general consensus that it was appropriate to suggest that larger sizes of units to accommodate families should be provided in the remainder phases of development, in particular that public parks were located close to the site.

 

The Board voted on the proposal and

 

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That planning permission be granted for the construction of a residential development comprising 144  dwellings, private and communal amenity space, associated car parking and cycle parking, servicing and access, hard and soft landscaping and associated works subject to:

 

(i)           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)         Conditions and Informatives set out in sections 3.2 and 3.3 of the report.

 

(iii)        The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 20.

 

(iv)        Amendments in the addendum report tabled at the meeting in relation to Paragraph 3.2 of the main report under Condition 1 and Condition 28, and approved plans and documents at Paragraph 3.4.

 

And

 

(v)         An additional clause in the s106 requiring a review of the amount of the family units being  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

John Harrison Way, (PLOT MO117), Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich SE10 pdf icon PDF 393 KB

To grant planning permission for the construction of a residential development comprising 161 dwellings, private and communal amenity space, associated car parking and servicing, access and hard and soft landscaping.

Link to Planning Documents

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That planning permission be granted for the construction of a residential development comprising 161 dwellings, private and communal amenity space, associated car parking and servicing, access and hard and soft landscaping subject to:

 

(i)           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)         Conditions and Informatives set out in sections 3.2 and 3.3 of the report,

 

(iii)        The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 20

 

 

(iv)        Amendments in the addendum report tabled at the meeting in relation to Paragraph 3.2 of the main report under Condition 1 and Condition 28, and approved plans and documents at Paragraph 3.4.

 

And

 

(v)         An additional clause in the s106 requiring a review of the amount of the family units being brought forward in future phases in accordance with the approved Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan s106.

Minutes:

The Assistant Area Planning Manager (Development Team) gave an illustrated presentation to the report, recommending to the Board to grant planning permission for residential development.

 

The Board noted the report, and that the development would be erected on Plot MO117, which is located on the Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan development site.  It was recognised that the proposed development would comprise of residential units, private and communal amenity space, associated car and cycle parking facilities, serving and access, hard and soft landscaping and associated works.

 

It was noted that an addendum report with amendments to aspects of the main report was circulated at the meeting.

 

A representative from the Greenwich Conservation Group addressed the meeting.  He advised the Board that issues relating to the market housing element of the block overlooking John Harrison Way, and the adverse effect of long access corridors with reliance on permanent artificial light remained a concern to the Group.  The Group was also disappointed that the developer had not taken steps to provide a minimum of 25% family units on the site.  The Group felt that the courtyard area located between the high rise block facing John Harrison Way and the residential units at the lower levels would be inadequate to support the level of communal living space, in particular that daylight would be limited in the area.

 

In response to a question, the Officer advised the Board that the proposed development was an improvement on the consented Masterplan parameters in terms of daylight, sunlight and overshadowing to the courtyard area. The amenity space does benefit in the afternoon from gaps introduced on the southwest block.

 

In response to a question, the Officer advised the Board that the proposed development was an improvement on the consented Masterplan parameters in terms of daylight, sunlight and overshadowing to the courtyard area.  The amenity space does benefit in the afternoon from gaps introduced on the southwest block.[1]

 

Members considered submission made at the meeting and suggested that the materials to be used on the internal and external environment should be consistent across the site for both private and affordable housing units to be developed.

 

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That planning permission be granted for the construction of a residential development comprising 161 dwellings, private and communal amenity space, associated car parking and servicing, access and hard and soft landscaping subject to:

 

(i)           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)         Conditions and Informatives set out in sections 3.2 and 3.3 of the report,

 

(iii)        The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 20

 

(iv)        Amendments in the addendum report tabled at the meeting in relation to Paragraph 3.2 of the main report under Condition 1 and Condition 28, and approved plans and documents at Paragraph 3.4.

 

And

 

(v)         An additional clause in the s106 requiring a review of the amount of the family  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.