Greenwich Council

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Committee.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Mehboob Khan, Denise Scott-McDonald and Aidan Smith.

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 33 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.

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Minutes:

Resolved –

 

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

4.

Zeytin Restaurant, 63 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, SE10 (17/0695/F) pdf icon PDF 56 KB

 

 

The Committee is requested to grant consent for the formation of outside seating area within the public footway consisting of 7 tables and 14 chairs subject to the Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

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Minutes:

The Chair advised Councillor Lloyd that, as he attended the meeting after the officers’ introduction he could comment on the application but take no part in the decision.

 

The Area Planning Manager (West) gave an illustrated presentation and summarised the report and in response to questions from the Committee Members advised that, in line with Condition 4 all the chairs and tables must be stored within the premises after 10pm.  That the one-year period of operation was from the date of implementation, i.e. the first day that the external seating was laid out.  That a new planning application would be required if the applicant wished to continue with the use of outdoor seating area at the end of the operation period. 

 

The Area Planning Committee accepted an address from a resident speaking in objection to the proposal.  She advised that Greenwich High Road was a main artery into Greenwich and was narrow and very busy at most times.  She was concerned that this application would set an unacceptable precedent for the area, with at least eight other establishments in the area who may wish to follow suite.  That the proposed seating area was between two pinch point; bus stop and a pedestrian crossing and the pavement was narrow.   She noted that the road was within a controlled parking zone and had double yellow lines with the limited parking fully used every night with arguments often breaking out and it would be dangerous, for pedestrians, to narrow the pavement at this point.

 

The Area Planning Committee accepted an address from the applicant who advised that they were seeking to enhance their offer and the vibrant street scene.  That another, nearby establishment had a larger street seating area than they were seeking agreement of.  That the TfL guidance was for a 2 meters’ pavement clearway to be retained but, at the request of Greenwich Officers, 2.4meters pavement clearway was being maintained.  They stated that they were confident that the seating area could be accommodated without any negative impact and the year would allow this to be proven.  They expressed disappointment that permission was to be limited to one year and felt that this was an overreaction by the Planning Department.

 

In response to a question from the Planning Committee the applicant confirmed that they would be happy to use a rope barrier around the seating area.

 

In consultation with the Assistant Director, Planning & Building Control, the Area Planning Manager (East) proposed that, should the Planning Committee be minded to agree the application, Condition 1, (Time Period) be amended to a limited period for operation of the outdoor dining area until 11 September 2018.

 

The Area Planning Manager (East) responded to Members questions advising that whilst this application would be taken into consideration any similar applications submitted by other premises would be determined on their individual merits.  That existing pavement furniture, such as bollards, street crossing and dropped curbs would need to be considered, depending on the location of further  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.