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 Hisbani, Offord, Singh and Walker.

 

Apologies for lateness were received for Councillors Davis, Hyland and Merrill.

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 three items on the Agenda which were provided on a Supplementary Agenda.

 

Further, that public submissions relating to Item 5 – Fred Styles House, and been emailed to Members, in advance of the meeting, and were tabled at 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 declared a personal interest as an employee of Transport for London (TfL) in relation to the items on the agenda. 

 

Resolved –

 

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

 

2.     That Councillor James declaration be noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 102 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 1 August 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 1 August 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Fred Styles House and Adjacent Garages, 20 Fletching Road, Charlton, SE7 . (17/1460/F) pdf icon PDF 57 KB

The Board is requested to grant planning permissionfor the demolition of existing block and garages and construction of 37 residential units, comprising 3 x 1-bed, 5 x 2-bed flats and 16 x 1-bed, 7 x 2-bed, 6 x 3-bed houses, with associated landscaping, parking and refuse.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Granted planning permissionfor the demolition of existing block and garages and construction of 37 residential units, comprising 3 x 1-bed, 5 x 2-bed flats and 16 x 1-bed, 7 x 2-bed, 6 x 3-bed houses, with associated landscaping, parking and refuse.

 

Subject to:

·       The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (Heads of terms set out in section 23 of the report); and

·       The Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and 2nd Addendum Report.

Minutes:

The Board Members attention was drawn to an Officers addendum report and additional documents submitted by the public, which had been provided to them in advance of the meeting and were tabled.

 

The Area Planning Manager (East) gave an illustrated presentation and in summarising the report advised that the development would be provided at 100% affordable accommodation.  Following public consultation, the applicant had identified one additional designated disabled parking space would be provided for an existing resident.  Further, the elevation to the garage facing aspect of the development had been revised by reduction of a single story.  

 

The Board Members accepted an addresses from 4 residents speaking in objection to the application and raised the following concerns.

 

That a communal pathway, giving access to residents back gardens, would disappear as the development would be built to the boundary with the end property. The speaker expressed surprise that building onto the boundary was acceptable and, as being directly affected by the development, that no one had directly contacted her regarding this and its implications. 

 

A speaker noted that Fred Styles was only 35 years old, costly to build and offered accommodation to, mainly, residents over 40 some of whom needed support, but the new build only offered 4 disabled units.  That a number of residents in Fletching Road were disabled and, whilst not necessarily registered as such, found it difficult to walk more than 200 yards.  Whilst a designated disabled parking space was being provided for one resident, there appeared to be no accommodation for other resident’s needs.

 

Concern was raised, at the provisions for the existing residents’ health and safety during demolition and construction, with many residents’ concerns not being allayed at a recent meeting where they felt they received stock answers and promised telephone call backs, which they never received.

 

A speaker advised that although it would be a three story building, due to the change in land height, the new build would appear as if it were a four story building and three existing homes would be enclosed by walls to a height of their upper windows with terraces within arm’s length.   A number of the speakers expressed concern at the loss of light and sunlight to their homes and gardens and despite a reduction in height the effect on some properties would exceed the maximum light loss of 20% at a light loss of 23%.  There was concern at that the Planning Officer indicating that this was an acceptable level of light loss, but this did meet the requirement to preserve existing residents’ amenities.

 

A speaker advised that the distance between residents’ gardens and the new building would be less than 2 metres which reduced pathways and would add to the sense of enclosure.

 

In response to Members questions the speaker advised that the alleyway to residents rear gardens was approximately 2.2 meters wide and used by residents to take their waste bins to the collection point, rather than pull them through their homes.  She confirmed she  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Land at Felixstowe Road, Abbey Wood, SE2 9SG (16/2878) pdf icon PDF 456 KB

The Board is asked to consider agreement of consent for the erection of two buildings comprising 245 residential units (Use Class C3), 882 sqm of flexible commercial space (Use Classes A1-A5/B1/D1), associated works including access, parking, landscaping and public realm.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Granted full planning permission for the erection of two buildings comprising 245 residential units (Use Class C3), 882 sqm of flexible commercial space (Use Classes A1-A5/B1/D1), associated works including access, parking, landscaping and public realm.

 

Subject to:

·       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;

·       The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 27) as amended by the Addendum Report; and

·       The Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the Main Report and Addendum Report.

Minutes:

The Board Members attention was drawn to an Officers addendum report, which had been provided to them in advance of the meeting and was tabled.

 

The Principal Planner (Major Projects Team) drew Members attention to the circulated addendum report which proposed changes to Conditions 1 and 2, an additional informative and advised on revisions to elements of the original report including an amendment to the S106 clause. 

 

The Principal Planner continued with an illustrated presentation of the report highlighting that permission had been granted for a substantial new development on the opposite side of Harrow Manor Way, within the London Borough of Bexley.  That English Heritage had noted that there would be an effect on the setting of the Scheduled Monument at Lesnes Abbey but this was less than substantial and could be balanced against the public benefit of the proposal.  She advised that sunlight and daylight levels to some properties in Felixstowe Road would be significantly impacted, the details of which were set out in report, but balanced against the regeneration of area were deemed to be acceptable and officers recommended approval of the scheme.

 

In response to questions from Board Members the Principal Planner clarified that the development would provide privately rented apartments, which was a recognised method of delivering housing.  24 apartments would be offered at Discount Market Rent with rent levels set at 70% of the market rent.

 

She confirmed that Bexley Borough had accepted proposal for building up to 15 storeys and, whilst this block would be taller, it was considered as acceptable for the location.  She assured the Board that this would be the tallest tower block proposed for the area and would act as a marker for the train station.  She confirmed that the Abbey Wood Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) proposed the tallest buildings in Abbey Wood should be no more than 10 storeys however, the SPD has yet to be confirmed and implemented.  She noted that this should be the tallest building in the area.

 

In respect of car parking the Principal Planner responded that the existing 19 spaces associated with the current tower would be retained and an additional 3 general use spaces and 6 disabled access spaces were to be provided.

 

The Principal Planner confirmed that there would be an affordability review in relation to the S106 agreement at an early stage of the development (if not commenced within two years) with an additional late stage review (following the completion of 75% of the units).   

 

The Planning Board noted that, in respect of the Heritage setting and view from Lesnes Abbey, Heritage England had been consulted and their assessment was that there was a level of harm but it was considered less than substantial.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the developer’s representative who advised that the proposal was the culmination of 18months work and consultation with Planning Officers as well as residents, which had resulted in a change in form and massing from that originally considered design.  That  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Island Site, Wellington Street, Woolwich London SE18 (16/2480/F & 16/2481/L) pdf icon PDF 898 KB

The Board is requested to grant planning permission and Listed Building Consent for the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Island site to provide 300 dwellings, a leisure and entertainment (Class D2), a dance school Class D1) and a mix of shops (Class A1), restaurants (Class A3) and office (Class B1) uses, with associated parking and servicing arrangements, amenity and open space.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Granted planning permission and Listed Building Consent for the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Island site to provide 300 dwellings, a leisure and entertainment (Class D2), a dance school Class D1) and a mix of shops (Class A1), restaurants (Class A3) and office (Class B1) uses, with associated parking and servicing arrangements, amenity and open space.

 

Subject to:

·       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;

·       The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement as set out in Section 24 of the report with the review mechanism for the affordable housing being a two stage review;

·       Conditions as set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and the addendum report;

·       Members confirming in their decision that account has been taken of environmental information, as required by the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 (As Amended); and

·       A statement being placed on the statutory Register confirming the main reasons and consideration of 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 the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 (As Amended).

Minutes:

Councillor Hyland did not take part in the vote as she was not present for the entirety of the presentation on this item.

 

The Area Planning Manager (West) gave an illustrated presentation and summarised the report drawing the Committees attention to an Officers addendum report, which had been provided to them in advance of the meeting and was tabled.  He advised that one objection had been received from Heritage England regarding the 10 story buildings impact on the Town Hall Clock Tower.  However, at 94 meters from the Clock Tower it was felt that any harm would be less than substantive.  That the proposed new buildings would not negatively impact listed buildings, which were to be retained.

 

In response to Board Members questions the Area Planning Manager (West) advised that a viability appraisal had been submitted as part of the application, which had been assessed on behalf of the Council by an independent assessor.  The affordable housing offer had originally been 32 units, but this had increased to 40 units as a result of negotiations based on the viability appraisal.  Whilst the level of affordable housing being delivered was below the 35% required by policy it was acknowledged that the number of listed buildings located within and in proximity to the application site constrained the extent of development possible and therefore the level of affordable housing that could be delivered. The level of affordable housing secured by the development would be subject to a 2 stage review mechanism as part of the S106 Legal Agreement.

 

In response to Board Members questions the Area Planning Manager (West) advised that the viability study had been undertaken by an independent assessor. which indicated a viability of 32 units, noting the applicant was offering 40 affordable units, and a review mechanism was in place.  Further, the affordable offer was across a range of units, including 3 affordable family units.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from one member of the public who welcomed the 300 homes being provided but was concerned that only 10 would be wheelchair accessible and that larger homes were needed which allowed wheelchair access.  Also, clarity was needed in respect of the number, location and size of disabled parking bays and adapted / mobility vehicle storage.

 

The Planning Board accepted an address from the agent who stated that the importance of the site and its position within Woolwich Town Centre was recognised and was a key part of the consideration in the design of the redevelopment.  It would offer a traffic free public area and improve the setting for the listed buildings.

 

He advised that there had been exhaustive consultation, which had resulted in changes in proposed layout of the development; retention of non-listed buildings and designated public access points. 

 

In response to the concerns raised by the member of public he confirmed that there would be level access across the site, with all the adapted units on the ground floor and all the units, within the development, would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.