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 for Councillors Norman Adams;

Ambreen Hisbani; Sarah Merrill and Harpinder Singh.

 

Apologies for lateness were received for Councillor Matt Clare, who was in attendance for Items 4; 5 and 6.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

It was noted that Addendum Reports had been produced for all the items on the Agenda and were provided on a Supplementary Agenda.

 

That two public submissions had been provided to Members in relation to Item 7 - J Muir & Co (Bookbinders) Ltd, 64-68 Blackheath Road, Greenwich, SE10 8DA.

 

The Planning Board agreed with the Chairs proposal to consider Item 7 as the first item of 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 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.

Block A, Kidbrooke Village (Phase 3), London, SE3. (17/0536/MA) pdf icon PDF 397 KB

The Board is requested to grant Planning Permission as outlined in the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Granted Planning Permissionfor the variations to conditions 1, 7 and 8 of planning permission granted on the 27th March 2015 (LPA ref 14/2607/F) in respect of Block A, in order to allow for the addition of two dwellings and a residents’ gym and the reconfiguration of the ground floor and basement.

 

Subject to:

(i)         The satisfactory completion of a Consolidated Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 24) and

(ii)        Conditions set out in Appendix 2 and the addendum report.

Minutes:

The Planning Board received an illustrative presentation on the proposal from the Planning Officer who also drew Members attention to the addendum report.

 

In response to Member questions the Planning Officer confirmed that the Gym, which would be available to all residents of the block, was moving location from Block E to Block A and as such would not adversely affect the services charges to any of the residents.  

 

The Planning Board was addressed by the applicant’s representative who confirmed that the concierge service would be for all residents of the block and formed part of the service charge.  The service charge was made to the Registered Provider who was pass this onto the tenants and residents accordingly.

 

The matter was put to the vote with 8 Members in favour of the application; 0 Members opposed to granting the application and 1 abstention.

 

Resolved -

 

That Planning Permission be granted for the variations to conditions 1, 7 and 8 of planning permission granted on the 27th March 2015 (LPA ref 14/2607/F) in respect of Block A, in order to allow for the addition of two dwellings and a residents’ gym and the reconfiguration of the ground floor and basement.

 

Subject to:

(i)         The satisfactory completion of a Consolidated Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 24) and

(ii)        Conditions set out in Appendix 2 and the addendum report.

5.

Village Centre (Phase 3), Kidbrooke Village, Kidbrooke, SE3. (17/1239/MA) pdf icon PDF 508 KB

The Board is requested to grant Planning Permission as outlined in the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Granted Planning Permissionfor Variations to conditions 1, 7 and 8 of planning permission granted on the 27th March 2015 (LPA ref 14/2607/F), in order to allow changes to the layout, elevation and height of Blocks C and D, reconfiguration of the combined Phase 3 basement level, alterations to the road network around Blocks C, D and E, and a revision to the Kidbrooke Village Centre Play Strategy to increase the on-site play area to meet the child-yield needs of the uplift within this application and the concurrent Block E full application (17/1240/F). The proposal includes an uplift of 61 dwellings and a reduction of 2,231m2 of community floor space, as well as a reduction of 721m2 of retail/commercial (use class A1-A5/D1) floor space.

 

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)        The satisfactory completion of a Consolidated Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 24) and

(iii)      Conditions set out in Appendix 2 and addendum report.

Minutes:

The Planning Board received an illustrative presentation on the proposal from the Planning Officer who also drew Members attention to the addendum report.

 

In response to Member questions the Planning Officer confirmed the application included a minor amendment to the roads in order to allow an easier flow for bus routes which TfL considered to be appropriate. He understood Members concern at receiving individual applications for the Kidbrooke Village development and gave assurance that the level of affordable housing was calculated over the entire phase 3 development.   The crèche service for the village centre was being moved from Block C to Block D, adjacent to the community space.

 

The Planning Board was addressed by the applicant’s representative who confirmed Block D contained affordable housing and the revision was to meet the demand for smaller units.  More units were being provided and at 35% of the overall amount the affordable element of housing would also increase.  Block E was always designated as the entirely affordable Block. He felt the right blend and mix of housing provision was being offered and the relocation of the crèche was to a location offering easier access to open space.  He confirmed that the roads would be wide enough to accommodate buses, bus stops and parking and were being built to an adoptable standard.

 

The matter was put to the vote with 8 Members in favour of the application; 0 Members opposed to granting the application and 1 abstention.

 

Resolved -

 

That Planning Permission granted for Variations to conditions 1, 7 and 8 of planning permission granted on the 27th March 2015 (LPA ref 14/2607/F), in order to allow changes to the layout, elevation and height of Blocks C and D, reconfiguration of the combined Phase 3 basement level, alterations to the road network around Blocks C, D and E, and a revision to the Kidbrooke Village Centre Play Strategy to increase the on-site play area to meet the child-yield needs of the uplift within this application and the concurrent Block E full application (17/1240/F). The proposal includes an uplift of 61 dwellings and a reduction of 2,231m2 of community floor space, as well as a reduction of 721m2 of retail/commercial (use class A1-A5/D1) floor space.

 

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)        The satisfactory completion of a Consolidated Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 24) and

(iii)       Conditions set out in Appendix 2 and addendum report.

6.

Block E, Village Centre (Phase 3), Kidbrooke Village, Kidbrooke, SE3. (17/1240/F) pdf icon PDF 446 KB

The Board is requested to grant Planning Permission as outlined in the reprot.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Granted Planning Permissionfor the erection of 252 residential units (use class C3) with associated landscaping and on-street car and cycle parking, together with 323m2 commercial floor space (use class A1-A5/D1) [excluding basement].

 

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)        The satisfactory completion of a Consolidated Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 25); and

(iii)      Conditions set out in Appendix 2 and addendum report.

Minutes:

The Planning Board received an illustrative presentation on the proposal from the Planning Officer who also drew Members attention to the addendum report.

 

In response to Member questions the Planning Officer confirmed 100% affordable housing was being offered and the dwelling, in terms of bedroom size, did not depart from the level within the consented scheme.  The Kidbrooke Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) encouraged smaller dwellings be located in the village centre.

 

The Planning Board was addressed by the applicant’s representative who confirmed that there was an agreed mix of property sizes over the entire Kidbrooke Masterplan area.  Block E would be a mix of social, affordable and intermediate and discussions with Registered Providers had not yet been undertaken.

 

The matter was put to the vote with 8 Members in favour of the application; 0 Members opposed to granting the application and 1 abstention.

 

Resolved -

 

That Planning Permissionbe granted or the erection of 252 residential units (use class C3) with associated landscaping and on-street car and cycle parking, together with 323m2 commercial floor space (use class A1-A5/D1) [excluding basement].

 

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)        The satisfactory completion of a Consolidated Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 25); and

(iii)      Conditions set out in Appendix 2 and addendum report.

7.

J MUIR & CO (Bookbinders) Ltd, 64-68 Blackheath Road, Greenwich, SE10 8DA (16/1010/F) pdf icon PDF 381 KB

To consider the application as set out in the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted that the application was subject to an appeal for non-determination.  That the case officer had since completed the assessment of the application and would have recommended it forward for approval; however due to the Council’s scheme of delegation, the determination of the application would have been required to be made by Members. 

 

Did note agreed that the Council’s position on the application, had it not been appealed for non-determination, would have been:

 

·       Demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment of the site providing 117sqm of flexible commercial floor space (Use Classes B1/A1/A2) and 27 residential units (9x1-bed, 8x2-bed, 6x3-bed, 4xStudio).

 

Noted that, had the application been determined by the Council, the officer would have recommended it for approval subject to:

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

(ii)   Conditions set out in Appendix 2.

 

Agreed to recommend to the Planning Inspector that, should they be minded to allow the appeal, the following conditions be imposed;

1)    That a full affordable housing review be conducted in 18 months from the date of the permission, if development has not commenced.

2)    That a second, full valuation review also be undertaken at the point of 65% unit sales.

3)    That a comprehensive transport plan be submitted, clearly indicating that access to the site for construction and habitation be only via Blackheath Road, prior to commencement of development.

Minutes:

The Planning Board received an illustrative presentation on the proposal from the Senior Principal Planner who also drew Members attention to the addendum report and Appendix.

 

In response to Member questions the Senior Principal Planner confirmed that the appeal for non-determination was lodged by the applicant due to the length of time taken to receive the viability assessment commissioned by the Council from an independent assessor.  The applicants’ viability assessment indicated that providing affordable housing would make the development unviable, and this was confirmed by independent assessment and a review mechanism was proposed.

 

The Senior Principal Planner advised that a daylight and sunlight assessment had been conducted and the development would be within BREEM guidance and properties would continue to receive acceptable levels of light. He confirmed that 280 metres away from the development was located a 25 storey development as well as a number of properties greater in height than the proposed development to the west of the site.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from a representative of the Management Company for Crosslet Vale who advised the Board of a dispute between the Management Company and the developer, concerning a strip of land which formed part of the proposal.  He stated that it would be improper for the developer to commence work until the dispute would be resolved and asked that the matter be deferred.  If this was not possible he requested that conditions be added that access to the site, for construction and residents access and egress be by Blackheath Road only and not Crosslet Vale.

 

The Chair advised that the Planning Board was not determining the application as this would now be decided by the Planning Inspector who would consider the comments of the Planning Board.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from Councillor Khan, Ward Councillor, who advised that he was representing the three Ward Members whose consensus was that the Council propose refusal of the application on the basis that;

·       The application was on the edge of a Conservation area and adjacent to a Grade 2 Listed Buildings and was not in keeping with the area and the design was detrimental to the location;

·       Whilst to public transport there is no provision for residents or visitor parking and as people do use vehicles as well as e public transport there was a likelihood of increased parking on the A2 and Crosslet Vale private road;

·       There was no offer or provision for affordable housing and the applicants’ assessment and duty, in this area, was below that required by the Council;

·       Whilst the applicant held the freehold of the land they appear to have failed to serve the correct notice on the Crosslet Vale Management Company as leaseholders with an interest greater than 7 years and permission cannot be lawfully implemented should the Planning Inspector determine approval.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from a resident of Crosslet Vale who felt that the developer should have measures in place to ensure that parking on Crosslet Vale  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.