Greenwich Council

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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 Steve Offord.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business for consideration at the meeting.  However, upon receiving legal advice, the Chair, Councillor Walker, confirmed that the application relating to Item 4 “Sutcliffe Park, Eltham Road, Eltham SE9” would be considered at the meeting because the press notice on the Council’s website in relation to the consultation period was accurate.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 48 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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Minutes:

Councillor Chris Roberts declared a personal interest in relation to Item 5, “Charlton Athletic Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, Eltham SE9”, advising his involvement in the Council’s commissioning process with the Charlton Athletic Trust.  It was noted that Councillor Roberts would leave the room during consideration of the Item, and he would not vote on the proposal.

4.

Sutcliffe Park, Eltham Road, Eltham SE9 pdf icon PDF 290 KB

Outline planning permission is sought for the construction of a new indoor Multi-Sports Centre including associated public realm and highway improvements.

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Decision:

Resolved –

 

That Outline Planning Permission (all matters reserved except layout and scale) be granted for the construction of a new indoor Multi-Sports Centre in association with the existing sports/recreational facilities including associated public realm and highway improvements, subject to:

 

(a)         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;

(b)        Conditions set out in section 4.2 of the report dated 6 May 2014; and

(c)       Additional conditions as set out in section 4.3 of the Addendum Report that was tabled at the meeting.

 

Minutes:

The Area Planning Manager (West) gave an illustrative presentation to the report, recommending to the Board to grant an Outline Planning Permission (all matters reserved except layout and scale) for the construction of a new indoor Multi-Sports Centre.  It was stated that the application was a resubmission, following a deferral for a site visit at the last meeting of the Planning Board held on 9th April 2014, in order for Members to gain a better understanding of the context within which the development sits, and to provide sufficient time for the public consultation to run its course. 

 

The Board noted the report, and that during a recent site visit, Members assessed the implications and impact of the proposed development.  It was recognised that the proposal was to construct a new indoor multi-sport facility in association with existing facilities on the application.  It was also noted that various correspondence received after the agenda was published was circulated at the meeting.

 

The meeting was addressed by a representative from Greenwich Parks Forum.  It was stated that the Forum was opposed to the proposal because it constituted an encroachment on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), and a threat to the Council’s aspirations to protect open spaces, tackle climate change, and to promote the wellbeing and diversity of the Royal Borough.  Therefore, the Forum was suggesting to the Board to encourage the applicant to seek an alternative location for the proposed sporting facility.  Notwithstanding that, the Board should refuse the proposal in order to preserve the application site as a community open space.

 

Two representatives from Friends of Sutcliffe Park Group also addressed the meeting with an objection to the proposal.  It was stated that the Group welcomed plans to provide an additional sporting facility in the Royal Borough as part of the Olympic legacy.  However, the Officer’s recommendation that the proposal would enhance facilities in Sutcliffe Park was contrary because the proposal would distort the ecological environment, and infringe on the enjoyment of users.  In addition to that, the proposed new building would impact adversely on residential dwellings in the vicinity.  It was further advised that only a Member or two attended the site visit following the deferral of the application at the last meeting of the Planning Board.   Thus, Members could not possibly present a broader perspective of the impact of the proposed development in the environment, and that represented a lack of interest in matters that affect the lives of local people.   Thus, the Group was suggesting to the Board to reject the proposal and encourage the applicant to find an alternative site to construct the proposed facility.

 

The Board also noted objections by two residents who spoke individually at the meeting.  The residents echoed the statement made by the representatives from Friends of Sutcliffe Park, suggesting that an alternative site would be appropriate for the proposed development.  In particular, the bulk and height of the new building was excessive when set against existing residential dwellings in the locality.  The proposed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Charlton Athletic Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, Eltham SE9 pdf icon PDF 218 KB

Planning permission is sought for the construction of a new integrated training and community trust facility to replace the range of existing buildings on site

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Decision:

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That Planning Permission be granted for the construction of a new integrated training and community trust facility to replace the range of existing buildings on site (registered no 14/0276/F), subject to:

 

·                   The conditions and reasons as set out section 3.3 of the report.

 

And additional requirements as follows:

 

(a)         to address the feasibility of installing a green roof on the proposed building; and

(b)        to review the Traffic Management Plan, with a view to ensuring adequate pedestrian access and traffic safety at Footscray Road and Sparrows Lane.

Minutes:

Councillor Chris Roberts declared a personal interest in relation to this Item, advising his involvement in the Council’s commissioning process with the Charlton Athletic Trust.  Councillor Roberts left the room during consideration of the application, and he did not vote on the proposal.

 

The Board noted an illustrative presentation by the Area Planning Manager (West) who recommended that it should grant planning permission for the construction of a new integrated training community facility.

 

Councillor Eileen Glover addressed the meeting and on behalf of her constituents.  It was stated that residents had expressed disappointment that the Board was meeting to consider the application before the close of the consultation period on 7th May 2014.  Also, there had been no information on how traffic would be managed in relation to access into Footscray Road and Sparrows Road.  Thus, the Board should request pollution monitoring in the local area once the proposed facility becomes operational.

 

The agent for the applicant also addressed the meeting and highlighted the benefits of the proposal.  It was stated that the proposed development would increase participation in sport, and provide opportunities for the local community to take part in training and gain qualifications. 

 

In response to questions raised, the agent for the applicant stated that the proposed building would be a replacement.  The height had been assessed as adequate.  There would be access in Footcray Road.  The intention of the proposed development was to improve the facility.  A green roof could be erected, and the possible would be investigated. 

 

In considering submissions made, Members stated that they were satisfied that the proposed development would bring benefits.  However, it would be relevant for the applicant to consider the possibility of installing a green roof on the proposed building.  The applicant was requested to review Traffic Management Plan with a view to ensuring adequate pedestrian access and traffic safety at Footscray Road and Sparrows Lane.

 

 

 

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That Planning Permission be granted for the construction of a new integrated training and community trust facility to replace the range of existing buildings on site (registered no 14/0276/F), subject to:

 

·                   The conditions and reasons as set out section 3.3 of the report.

 

And additional requirements as follows:

 

(a)         to address the feasibility of installing a green roof on the proposed building; and

(b)        to review the Traffic Management Plan, with a view to ensuring adequate pedestrian access and traffic safety at Footscray Road and Sparrows Lane.