Greenwich Council

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Board.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Ambreem Hisbani, Clive Mardner, and Paul Morrissey.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business. 

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 declared a personal interest as an employee of Transport for London (TfL) in relation to the items on the agenda.  In light of TfL’s response to the consultation to the application under Item 6, “16/2975/F - Heritage Centre Car Park, Phase 5, The Warren/Royal Arsenal, SE18”, Councillor James advised that he would leave the room and not take part in the discussions, or vote on the proposal.  It was noted that the Vice Chair, Councillor Ray Walker, would continue with the meeting thereafter.

 

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 85 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 7 March 2017.

 

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 7 March 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

17/0094/MA - Kidbrooke Village Centre, (Block B), (Phase 3), Kidbrooke Masterplan, Kidbrooke Park Road, Kidbrooke, SE3 pdf icon PDF 339 KB

 

The Planning Board is requested to grant Planning Permission to vary Condition 1 (Approved Drawings), and to amend Condition 7 (Quantum of Development) to alter the quantum of non-residential development and amend the maximum floor space restrictions specified in Condition 8 of planning permission given resolution to grant approval by the Royal Greenwich Planning Board on the 2nd February 2016(Ref 15/3036/MA) in order to alter the layout of the ground floor, expand the mezzanine level and alter the layouts of several storeys in order to increase the number of residential units by 8 and introduce a Café (Use Class A3/A5) on the ground floor; subject to:

(i)         The satisfactory completion of a revised, consolidated planning legal agreement and issuing of the planning permission in respect of application Ref. 15/3036/MA;

(ii)       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;

(iii)     The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement  (obligations set out in Third Schedule); and

(iv)      Conditions set out in Appendix 2.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

Unanimously

 

That Planning permission be granted as detailed below:

 

·                    To vary Condition 1 (Approved Drawings), and to amend Condition 7 (Quantum of Development) to alter the quantum of non-residential development and amend the maximum floor space restrictions specified in Condition 8 of planning permission given resolution to grant approval by the Royal Greenwich Planning Board on the 2nd February 2016(Ref 15/3036/MA) in order to alter the layout of the ground floor, expand the mezzanine level and alter the layouts of several storeys in order to increase the number of residential units by 8 and introduce a Café (Use Class A3/A5) on the ground floor.

 

Subject to:

 

(i)           The satisfactory completion of a revised, consolidated planning legal agreement and issuing of the planning permission in respect of application Ref. 15/3036/MA;

(ii)          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;

(iii)         The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Third Schedule); and

(iv)         Conditions set out in Appendix 2.

 

And a further requirement to condition that:

·                 “Class A5” uses will not be permitted for the Café on the ground floor area.

Minutes:

The Planning Officer gave an illustrative presentation to the report, recommending to the Board to approve proposal to vary conditions relating to a scheme that was granted consent to approve on 2 February 2016.

 

The Board noted the report, and that the application site was Kidbrooke Village Centre on Kidbrooke Park Road.  It was recognised that the host building was “Block B”, which was situated in the west-central part of the proposed site.

 

In response to questions raised, the Planning Officer gave an assurance to the Board that the Environment Statement submitted by the applicant under the approved scheme would remain unchanged, and that the proposed revisions to the drawings were considered appropriate.  Thus, the proposal would not detract significantly from the approved scheme, but would instead enable the applicant to alter the quantum of non-residential development and amend the layout of the ground floor space to increase the number of residential units by 8, and introduce a café area. 

 

The meeting was addressed by a representative of the Blackheath Society.  It was stated that the Society was not against the principle of the development, but was opposed to the revisions.  Thus, the Society was suggesting that the Board should encourage the applicant to reconsider the submission because the proposal would result in the loss of a key design feature, resulting in a reduction of the entrance height from three to two storeys.  The Board was advised that the Society was concerned that the size of the lobby area would also be significantly reduced.

 

The agent for the applicant responded to questions raised, advising the Board that it was not unusual for developers to review approved specifications to major developments during the construction phase.  In the circumstance, the proposal would enhance the design of Block B and maintain the greater in height at the entrance and wider lobby area relative to other building blocks across the Kidbrooke Village development.  Furthermore, the request for “Class A3/A5” uses of the Café area would provide flexibility in the use of the space by potential operators.

 

The Board also received confirmation from the agent that liaisons between the developer and officials at Transport for London were ongoing.  Thus, it was likely that the new Kidbrooke Station building would be delivered by the end of 2018, but occupation of dwellings on the proposed site would be phased in with transport provision.

 

In considering submissions made at the meeting, Members stated that they were convinced that the proposed revisions would not significantly detract from the design of approved scheme, and they welcomed information that the level of housing provision would not be compromised.  However, there was no guarantee that potential operators of the proposed Café would not provide “take-away” services the application site. 

 

Following an advice from the Principal Legal Planning Officer, the Board suggested a requirement for a condition to restrict the uses of the proposed Café on the ground floor area to an A3 use Class.

 

Resolved

 

Unanimously

 

That Planning permission be granted as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

16/2975/F - Heritage Centre Car Park, Phase 5, The Warren/Royal Arsenal, SE18 pdf icon PDF 302 KB

Planning Board is requested to grant Planning Permissionfor the provision of a public car park comprising 67 car parking spaces and associated refuse storage, subject to the conditions set out in the report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

That Planning permission be granted as outlined below:

 

·                        Provision of a public car park comprising 67 car parking spaces and associated refuse storage

 

Subject to:

 

(i)           Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

 

And a further requirement to condition that:

 

·                    The applicant provides details of soft landscaping either on, or in the immediate vicinity of the application site.

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor James left the room, as he had declared a personal interest as an employee of Transport for London.  Councillor James did not take part in the discussions, or vote on the proposal relating to this Item.  The Vice Chair, Councillor Ray Walker, chaired the meeting from this point onwards.

 

A resident who addressed the meeting with an objection to the proposal stated that views from her residence within Block C was on the western side of the proposed site, and therefore would be directly towards the proposed refuse collection area.  It was the view of the resident that solar roof structures were unattractive, and conventional methods should be considered in the circumstance.  The Board was further advised that the entrance to the car park area would be inadequate, and residents were concerned that its operation would result in traffic congestion.  Thus, the Board should reject the application, as living conditions of residents would be adversely affected by unacceptable odour and noise from the bin collection point, and increased air pollution.  The resident expressed a disappointment that plans to plant trees and shrubs in the proposed car park area had been removed from the drawing plans.

 

Councillor David Gardner also addressed the meeting in his capacity as the Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care.  It was stated that the application was contrary to the London Plan.  The applicant had failed to optimise opportunities in the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy and air quality action plan, in spite of changes for improved and additional transport systems since the Warren/Royal Arsenal masterplan was approved.  It was stated that implementation of a Crossrail Station was also pending.  Therefore, should the Board be minded to approve the proposal, it should apply a condition for temporary use of the proposed car park.  Notwithstanding that, the Board should reject the proposal because it constituted an over-development.  In his closing statement, Councillor Gardner endorsed Transport for London’s response to the consultation on the proposal that there was no justification for the increased provision of parking in the Woolwich Town Centre.

 

In response to questions raised, the agent for the applicant advised the Board that the proposed car park was not an addition, but a revision to existing provision on the Heritage Centre site.  It was stated that a car-share scheme was in operation at the Royal Arsenal, and charging point for electric vehicles.  Furthermore, there were plans to reduce car park spaces on a phase-by-phase basis at Royal Arsenal in line with the Council’s policy, and provision to reduce capacity over time.  The Board also received confirmation from the agent that a timber structure would be used to enclose the proposed bins’ area.

 

In considering submissions made at the meeting, the Board stated that although the detailed design of the scheme would be submitted for consideration, it was appropriate to suggest that the applicant provide details of soft landscaping either on, or in the immediate vicinity of the application site.

 

Resolved

 

That Planning permission  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.