Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Rooms 4 & 5, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW

Contact: Jean Riddler  Email: jean.riddler@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5857

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 Geoffrey Brighty, Mark Elliott, Ambreen Hisbani, Denise Hyland and Harry Singh.

 

Apologies for lateness have been received from Councillor Clive Mardner.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

The Board accepted an officer addendum report, in relation to Item 5, which had been published on a supplementary agenda.

 

Members noted that they had received a number of public submissions, in relation to Item 5, which had been emailed in advance of the meeting.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 34 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:

The Chair, Councillor Mark James made a personal declaration of interest as an employee of Transport for London (TfL) in relation to all the items on the agenda.

 

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 138 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 February 2018.

 

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 5 February 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

VIP Trading Estate And The VIP Industrial Estate, Anchor And Hope Lane, Charlton, SE7 (16/4008/F) pdf icon PDF 746 KB

The Committee is requested to grant full planning permission for the demolition of Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 11 buildings ranging from 2 to 10 storeys in height for Class C3 residential use (771 units), with flexible uses comprising Class B1 (Business), Class A1- A3 Retail / Restaurant), Class D1 (Community) and Class D2 (Leisure) at ground floor and first floor level, alterations to existing vehicular access and creation of new pedestrian access from Anchor and Hope Lane and the riverside, creation of new areas of open space and landscaping together with the provision of associated car parking, cycle spaces, refuse and recycling storage, plant and all other associated works

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to defer the matter in order to conduct a site visit.

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Mark James made a personal declaration of interest as an employee of Transport for London (TfL) in relation to this item. 

 

Prior to the Planning Officers presentation Councillor Khan proposed that the Planning Board Members undertook a site visit before making a determination.   The proposal was seconded by Councillor Adams.

 

A Member noted that whilst there was a lot of public interest in this item and there was an awareness that the Council was in Purdah Period this did not prohibit the Board from undertaking regulatory functions.

 

Members discussed the proposed site visit and it was noted that a number of the public written comments had requested that a site visit be undertaken.  It was felt that this was a complex application and there was a need to understand, more clearly, the context of the development in relation to its surroundings.

 

The Chair put the proposal that a decision on this application be deferred in order that a site visit be undertaken to the vote with 7 Members for; 0 against and 2 Abstentions.

 

Resolved -

 

That a decision on the matter be deferred the matter in order to conduct a site visit due to the complexity of the application and in order to understand the interrelationship to its surroundings.

6.

Kings Arms, 1 Frances Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 5EF (17/2771) pdf icon PDF 509 KB

The Committee is requested to grant full planning permission for the demolition of existing building and construction of a Public House (Class A4) at basement and ground floor level and 19 residential units (10 x 1 bed, 5 x 2 bed and 4 x 3 bed) above with associated landscaping and parking.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant full planning permission for the demolition of existing building and construction of a Public House (Class A4) at basement and ground floor level and 19 residential units (10 x 1 bed, 5 x 2 bed and 4 x 3 bed) above with associated landscaping and parking.

 

Subject to:

·       The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement  (obligations set out in Section 22); and

·       Conditions set out in Appendix 2 with amendment to Condition 13 as follows;

a.     Details of the number and location of electric vehicle charging points (EVCPs) to be provided, including details of the rapid charging points and regular charging points, and a programme for their installation and maintenance shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority prior to construction of the above ground works.

 

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Mark James made a personal declaration of interest as an employee of Transport for London (TfL) in relation to this item. 

 

The Planning Board accepted an illustrative presentation from the Planning Officer who advised that the previous planning permission for this site had been granted in April 2015.  The proposal before Members included 1 social rented unit and 1 shared ownership unit.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from a member of the public who advised that, whist principally in favour of the proposal the previously approved application was never commenced and the land was banked.  In order to avoid a repeat of land banking would a condition be made that work on the development must commence within 6 months.  Further, there was another well used public house in the area and would the developer consider making this area a community centre instead.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from Councillor Jackie Smith, Ward Councillor, who was concerned that deliveries would be made via Frances Street, which was controlled with a single yellow line.  She noted that there was already issues of illegal parking and congestion in Frances Street.  She also felt that the development should include a higher number of social housing units.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the applicants Agent from GL Hearn who advised that the previous land owner had not delivered on the previously agreed development as it was not viable but this had established a principle of development for this site.

 

He continued that the applicant had already received an expression of interest in respect of the pub and a management company for the social housing element had been, in principle, secured.  The social housing unit was a 4 bed apartment and the level of social housing being offered had been agreed as acceptable by the Councils independent viability assessment process.

 

He conclude that this would be a high quality, policy compliant proposal which would be an improvement on that which had been previously agreed for the site.

 

In response to Members questions the applicant’s agent confirmed that both their viability assessment and the Councils independent viability assessment had shown that the offer of 1 social rented unit and 1 shared ownership was reasonable and it was not possible to offer more than this.  He confirmed that tender documents were ready to go to contractors as soon as planning consent was granted, with the view to works commencing as soon as possible.

 

In respect of the Regulated CO2 emissions through energy efficiency measures the development would achieve a 40.9% reduction with the remaining emissions offset through a cash-in-lieu contribution and the development would be constructed to building standards, including energy compliance.

 

He responded to Members that due to constraints of the size of the car park, the larger deliveries would need to be made via Frances Street and further details would be submitted through a Deliveries and Servicing Plan.

 

The Planning Officer clarified that the existing public house had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Land Adj. to 228 and 228 Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich, SE10 0PL (18/0257/F) pdf icon PDF 298 KB

The Planning Board is requested to grant planning permission for the construction of two additional part-storeys and extension of fourth and fifth floors to create a Part 4, Part 6 and Part 8-storey Hotel providing 68 Bedrooms. (Amendment to previously approved planning permission 16/2965/F).

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved to grant full planning permission for the Construction of two additional part-storeys and extension of fourth and fifth floors to create a Part 4, Part 6 and Part 8-storey Hotel providing 68 Bedrooms. (Amendment to previously approved planning permission 16/2965/F).

 

Subject to:

(i)    Conditions set out in Appendix 2.

(ii)  The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement.

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Mark James made a personal declaration of interest as an employee of Transport for London (TfL) in relation this item. 

 

The Planning Board accepted an illustrative presentation from the Planning Officer who, in response to Members questions advised that the proposal before Members would have limited impact in terms of the overall height of the previously agreed and partially constructed hotel.  That the bedrooms would face, the less polluted Tunnel Avenue and there would also be a mechanical solution to reduce the level of NO2 within the building and conditions regarding plant equipment would control the noise level of this equipment.  She confirmed that the existing construction had not impacted the roadways and it was anticipated that the proposal would, also, not create any issues as construction would take place from Tunnel Avenue rather than the Blackwall Tunnel approach.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the applicant’s agent from Russell and May Associates, who advised that the principle of development of the site had been accepted and the partially constructed hotel had been unviable to continue with.  The current developer had secured interest from Holiday Inn for the Hotel and the additional room requirement had resulted in the proposal of an additional floor, but the development would still be stepped back from existing residents and there would be no adverse impact on daylight and sunlight.

 

He continued that there would be no impact on the Blackwall Tunnel approach as a result of the construction works.

 

The Board moved straight to the vote as to whether to grant the application with 10 Members in favour; 0 against and 0 abstentions.

 

Resolved unanimously -

 

That full planning permission be granted for the Construction of two additional part-storeys and extension of fourth and fifth floors to create a Part 4, Part 6 and Part 8-storey Hotel providing 68 Bedrooms. (Amendment to previously approved planning permission 16/2965/F).

 

Subject to:

(i)    Conditions set out in Appendix 2.

(ii)   The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement.

Before formally closing the meeting the Chair noted that this was the last Planning Meeting that Councillor Ray Walker would be attending. Planning Members joined the Chair in thanking him for his over 24 years of service to the Council Planning Meetings.