Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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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 Councillor John Hills.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There were no urgent items 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:

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 70 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 27 September 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 Woolwich and Thamesmead Area Planning Committee held on 27 September 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

2-4 Majendie Road, Plumstead, London, SE18 7QB - 17/1000/F pdf icon PDF 41 KB

The committee is requested to grant Planning Permission for the redevelopment of the current disused car breakers yard with three low profile low-energy 2-bedroom family homes.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Granted planning consent for the redevelopment of the current disused car breakers yard with three low profile low-energy 2-bedroom family homes, subject;

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

·       An additional Condition that states the following:

Notwithstanding the details approved in Condition 1, this consent does not grant permission for any form of gate across the vehicle entrance to the application site. 

Reason: In order to ensure that the development does not become a gated community and ensure compliance with policy 3.5 of the London Plan (2016) and The Mayor’s Housing SPG (2016).

Minutes:

The Area Planning Manager (East) gave an illustrative presentation on the application summarising the main report and drawing the Committees attention to further information as set out in the Addendum report.   He advised that a previous application for the site for 2 dwellings had been dismissed at appeal, on the basis of negative impact on the amenities of two properties.  Officers felt that the application before the Committee resolved these issues and recommended approval.

 

Members had visited the site and were familiar with the location and setting.

 

The Committee noted that there was a discrepancy between the development plan and the submitted design and access statement in that the latter showed a gate to be fitted across the vehicle entrance to the site, which was counter to the London Plan and Councils policies on the creation of gated communities.

 

The Area Planning Manager (East) advised the Committee that, should they be minded to agree approval they could Condition that permission should not be granted for the fitting a gate.  Further, that the applicant could make a separate application for the fitting of a gate, in due course.

 

Members noted that there had been previous concerns at the height of the proposed properties and overlooking and sought assurance that these issues had been addressed and that local residents had been made aware of the changes in the application, at the consultation stage.

 

The Area Planning Manager (East) confirmed that this was the case, though some similar concerns had been raised but Officers considered that the application before Members would present no negative impact on the amenities of existing residents.

 

The Planning Committee accepted an address from the applicant who stated that, upon checking the history of the site it transpired that there had been 3 cottages on the site and it was intended that the new development would create a neighbourly feel.  That it was a compact site and a lot of work had been undertaken, with Council Officers and neighbours, to bring the proposal forward.  He added that there were still some issues around party-walls, which would be addressed accordingly.

 

The applicant noted that the main concerns raised by residents was the height of the boundary wall and he advised that the properties and garden walls were designed to step down, reflecting the change in the height of the site. Further, the existing wall, adjacent to properties in Majendine Road, would be reduced in height which would increase the light to these properties.  He stated that an initial sun and daylight assessment showed there would be no negative impact as a result of the three properties.

 

In response to questions from the Committee the applicant responded that he was happy not to fit a gate to the vehicle entrance and accepted this this was Conditioned.  However, he noted that the access road led only onto the development site and was not a through road and felt that the legislation may not apply.

 

In determining the application before them Members felt  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.