Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Note: Moved from 4th August 2015 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Board.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Steve Offord, Mehboob Khan and Ray Walker.

 

Apologies for lateness were received from Councillor Radha Rabadia.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Mark James, informed the Board an addendum report had been tabled by Officers for item 5. ‘Land at Enderby Wharf, Christchurch Way, Greenwich, SE10 0AG.  He also advised Members that time would be allowed for them to read the report.

 

The Chair also informed the meeting that item 6 ‘Former Matalan Site, 30 Bugsby’s Way, Charlton SE7 would be considered as the first substantive report followed by item 5.

 

(N.B. The Minutes follow the published agenda order)

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.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Peter Brooks declared a personal interest in item 5 ‘Land at Enderby Wharf, Christchurch Way, Greenwich SE10 0AG as a trustee of the ‘Old Royal Naval College’.

 

Resolved –

 

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

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 March 2015.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Planning Board held on 4 March 2015 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Land at Enderby Wharf, Christchurch Way, Greenwich, SE10 0AG (15/0973/F) pdf icon PDF 910 KB

The Board is requested to consider granting full planning permission for a revised application for the northern element of the Enderby Wharf Development comprising the erection of a cruise liner terminal building, skills academy (Use Class D1), 477 residential units (increasing from 93) (Use Class C3), retail, restaurants and cafes and drinking establishments (Use Classes A1, A3 and A4), vehicular access with associated servicing facilities, car parking, landscaping, public realm (including improvements to the Thames Path), play spaces, infrastructure and associated parking  subject to (i) Referral of the application to the Mayor of London; (ii) Conditions and Informatives (sections 3.2 and 3.3); (iii) Completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 42; (iv) Confirmation that account has been taken of environmental information; and, (v) A statement being placed on the Statutory Register.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

That planning permission be granted for a revised application for the northern element of the Enderby Wharf Development comprising the erection of a cruise liner terminal building, skills academy (Use Class D1), 477 residential units (increasing from 93) (Use Class C3), retail, restaurants and cafes and drinking establishments (Use Classes A1, A3 and A4), vehicular access with associated servicing facilities, car parking, landscaping, public realm (including improvements to the Thames Path), play spaces, infrastructure and associated parking  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 original report, the additional conditions detailed in the addendum report and the amended conditions 64, 65 and 67 as detailed on the addendum,

(iii)    The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 42 of the report, together with the additional Heads of Terms detailed on the addendum.

(iv)    Members confirming in their decision that account has been taken of environmental information, as required by Regulation 3(2) of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulation 2011.

(v)     A statement being placed on the Statutory Register confirming the main reasons and considerations on which the Planning Board decision was based were those set out in the report of the Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills as required by regulation 21 (1) (c.) of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 and the conditions as outlined in the report.

 

Minutes:

An addendum report was circulated at the meeting which included, inter alia, comments received after the Planning Board report had been published.  The meeting was adjourned for five minutes to enable those present to consider the addendum report.  One Member expressed their concern that significant information was only made available at the meeting and stressed the importance of such material being published in advance.

 

The Assistant Area Planning Manager introduced and summarised the report.

 

In response to Member questions the Assistant Area Planning Manager stated that it was proposed for there to be six parking spaces for coaches.  The aim was to ensure that the offloading of passengers was efficient and minimised disruption. Members were also informed that the density level for the revised application has been calculated as 807 hrha. The density for the site as a whole increasing to 961 hrha as a result of the uplift in the number of residential units provided on site and the loss of the hotel floorspace

 

In response to a Member question the Team Manager, Pollution Control informed the Board that worse air quality in the Borough was aligned with the main roads.  In relation to the proposed Cruise Terminal Members were informed, that an extensive modelling exercise had been undertaken, and that in the worst case scenario there was only a very slim chance of exceeding EU Air Quality Directive levels. He also confirmed that the only observations of excess from modelled impact were for Nitrogen dioxidexide.

 

In response to a Member question Charlotte Goodman of the Council’s consultants Royal Haskoning DHV stated that there were exceedences of EU Air Quality Directive levels along some major roads in Tower Hamlets and that any contribution from the proposed terminal would be minimal.  

 

In response to a Member question the Assistant Area Planning Manager confirmed that a total of 203 units (18%) would be provided on-site as affordable housing for the site as a whole, with additional affordable housing provided off–site through a financial contribution secured in the s106 agreement and the use of an affordable housing review mechanism.  In relation to air quality the Board was informed that a significant sum towards environmental monitoring had been secured under the original s106 legal agreement for the site. 

 

Referring to an objection to the effect that the Council could not lawfully approve the application because this would breach EU directives on air quality the Planning Solicitor explained that the UK’s compliance with the EU directives on air quality falls on DEFRA; whereas the local authority’s role is to assess applications according to policy, and any other material considerations, which includes air quality and the weight of this is a matter for the Council as decision maker. The Board noted that those policies are informed by the UK’s legal obligations on air quality which transpose the air quality Directives into the national legislation; the application had been correctly assessed against the legislation and policy framework and therefore it would be lawful for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Former Matalan Site, 30 Bugsby's Way, Charlton, SE7 pdf icon PDF 160 KB

The Board is requested to consider granting planning permission, subject to a deed of variation (to link the section 106 legal agreement with the latest approval), and subject to conditions detailed in Section 3 for the alterations to the layout and elevation changes to Units D and C as Minor Material Amendment and Variation of condition 1 (Approved Drawings) of planning permission dated 22/09/2014 (Planning Ref: 13/2016/F).

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

That planning permission be granted, subject to a deed of variation (to link the section 106 legal agreement with the latest approval), and subject to conditions detailed in Section 3 for the alterations to the layout and elevation changes to Units D and C as Minor Material Amendment and Variation of condition 1 (Approved Drawings) of planning permission dated 22/09/2014 (Planning Ref: 13/2016/F), subject to the conditions within the report.

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Area Planning Manager introduced and summarised the report.

 

In response to a question from the Chair, Councillor Mark James, the Assistant Area Planning Manager confirmed that there was an increase in car parking spaces from 252 to 282 (an increase of 30 spaces). He added that there was an environmental report which included an air quality assessment and in the view of Officers the proposals were considered to be balanced and acceptable.

 

The Chair invited a representative of the Charlton Central Residents Association to address the Board and she stated that although they did not oppose the proposals there were concerns regarding the additional parking spaces. Members were informed that the additional parking provision was contrary to the Council’s Planning Policies and that, in the wider context, the increased traffic and vehicle movement would have a negative effect on air quality.

 

Members of the public objecting to the application addressed the Board and stated that they could not see any practical reason for the additional parking spaces.  Concerns were also expressed regarding the lack of data and detail in the report; the assumed increase in online shopping and the impact that this would have; that there was no way to enforce the travel plan; and, that there were no details regarding the soft landscaping and references to species which were known to reduce air pollution.

 

The Board was addressed by the agents for the applicant who stated that 18 months previously the Board had granted approval for two applications which were both linked and the reason they were linked was because they shared common access and a car park. The Board was advised that was a revised layout now and that the new retail units would create 300 jobs for the community. Members noted that the applicant’s requirements had changed and as a result additional car parking was now proposed and this was to be shared space and could be used by other customers, which reflected one of the objectives in the Council’s Masterplan. The Board’s attention was drawn to the provision of electric charging points, the planting of additional trees and the financial contribution of just under £200k to the Council.

 

In response to a Member question the agent stated that there was no hard data on how many parking spaces were necessary and rather it was a case of an experienced operator with good commercial knowledge of what they needed.

 

The matter was put to the vote and Members agreed;

 

Resolved

 

That planning permission be granted, subject to a deed of variation (to link the section 106 legal agreement with the latest approval), and the conditions detailed in Section 3 of the report for the alterations to the layout and elevation changes to Units D and C as Minor Material Amendment and Variation of condition 1 (Approved Drawings) of planning permission dated 22/09/2014 (Planning Ref: 13/2016/F).

 

7.

Valley House, 445 Woolwich Road, Charlton, SE7 pdf icon PDF 50 KB

The Planning Board is requested to grant planning permission for the demolition of existing building and construction of buildings up to 9-storeys in height to provide 74 new residential dwellings and one ground floor flexible Use Class A1/A2/A3 or A4 unit with associated car and cycle parking at basement level, access, landscaping and amenity space, subject to the satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligation set out in Section 20; and the Conditions set out in Section 3.2 of the report to the Board dated 2 June 2015.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

That the item be deferred to a future meeting of Planning Board.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the item be deferred to a future meeting of Planning Board.