Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Eltham Centre, 2 Archery Road, Eltham, SE9

Contact: Robert Sutton  Email: robert.sutton@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5134

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Committee.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillor Linda Bird.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

 

The Chair, Councillor Mark James, informed the Committee that Officers had requested that consideration of item 8, New Eltham Day Nursery, be deferred in order to enable a number of land ownership issues to be addressed.  This was put to the vote and agreed without discussion.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 38 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.

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 43 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 January 2016.

 

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 Eltham and Kidbrooke Area Planning Committee held on 19 January 2016 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

157 Bexley Road, Eltham, SE9 pdf icon PDF 343 KB

The Committee is requested to consider granting planning permission for the construction of a 2-storey detached building to provide 2x2-bed dwellings with associated access and parking (Reconsultation - Revised Plans) subject to the satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement  (obligations set out in section 21 of this report); and Conditions set out in Section 4.2 of this report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That consideration of the application for the construction of a 2-storey detached building to provide 2 x 2-bed dwellings with associated access and parking be deferred to allow for the Committee to undertake a site visit.

Minutes:

Prior to the item being considered Councillor Freeman proposed, and Councillor Davies seconded, that consideration of the of the application relating to 157, Bexley Road be deferred to allow for the Committee to hold a site visit.   This was put to the vote without discussion and agreed.

 

In response to a question, the Chair, Councillor Mark James, clarified that local residents who had submitted comments on the application, together with the applicant, would be invited to attend the site visit.  The Chair reminded all parties that the site visit was not an opportunity to lobby Members but provided an opportunity to see the application site and the likely impact on neighbouring properties.

 

Resolved –

 

That consideration of the application for the construction of a 2-storey detached building to provide 2 x 2-bed dwellings with associated access and parking be deferred to allow for the Committee to undertake a site visit.

6.

7 Hill End
Plumstead
SE18 3NH
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The Committee is requested to grant planning permission for the demolition of the existing side extension and construction of a new two-storey side and single-storey rear extension subject to the conditions and informatives detailed in Sections 5.2 and 5.3 of the report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That consideration of planning permission for the demolition of the existing side extension and construction of a new two-storey side and single-storey rear extension be deferred to allow for the Committee to undertake a site visit.

 

Minutes:

Prior to the item being considered Councillor May proposed, and Councillor Merill seconded, that consideration of the application relating to 7, Hill End be deferred to allow for the Committee to hold a site visit.   This was put to the vote without discussion and agreed.

 

Resolved –

 

That consideration of planning permission for the demolition of the existing side extension and construction of a new two-storey side and single-storey rear extension be deferred to allow for the Committee to undertake a site visit.

 

7.

125 to 129 Eltham High Street, Eltham, SE9 1TQ pdf icon PDF 110 KB

The Committee is requested to grant permission for a change of use from mixed retail shop and café uses (Class A1 and Class A3) to a restaurant and takeaway (Class A3 and A5), with proposed operating hours would be between 08.00 hours and 23.00 hours on Monday to Sunday, subject to the conditions and informative set out in sections 5.2 and 5.3 of the report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

a.            That planning permission be granted for a change of use from mixed retail shop and café uses (Class A1 and Class A3) to a restaurant and takeaway (Class A3 and A5), with the proposed operating hours of between 08.00 hours and 23.00 hours on Monday to Sunday subject to the conditions and informative detailed in sections 5.2 and 5.2 of the report as amended below:

 

Condition 4 - Odour from Fixed plant & Equipment

 

‘Prior to the commencement of works on the development hereby permitted, full details of any mechanical ventilation or other plant [associated with the commercial operation of the building] (delete where appropriate) shall be submitted to and approved by the Eltham and Kidbrooke Area Planning Committee.  Details should include full specifications …’

 

Condition 5 - Refuse and Recycling

 

‘Full details of the waste and recycling facilities shall be submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Eltham and Kidbrooke Area Planning Committee prior to the commencement of the use. The scheme shall thereafter …’

 

Condition 6 – Clock

 

The clock on the frontage of 129 Eltham High Street shall be retained in situ unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

 

Reason: In order to maintain the character and appearance of the property and ensure compliance with Policy DH1 of the Core Strategy with Detailed Policies (Adopted July 2014).

 

Condition 7 – Details of Deliveries

 

Prior to the commencement of development, full details of the delivery arrangements, including the size of vehicles, serving and delivery hours shall be submitted to, and approved by the Local Planning Authority and the scheme shall thereafter be implemented in accordance with the approved details. 

 

Reason: In order to safeguard residential amenity and pedestrian and traffic safety and ensure compliance with Policies DH1, IM(b) and IM(c) of the Core Strategy with Detailed Policies (Adopted July 2014).

 

b.       That it be noted that the proposed development would provide 14 full-time and 13 part-time jobs.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Davies clarified that he had called this application in for consideration by the Committee but that he had not expressed an opinion on the merits of the proposals.

 

The report was introduced by the Principal Planning Officer who with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation informed the Committee of the details of the application.  It was clarified that the application site address was 125 to 129 Eltham High Street and not 125 to 159 as stated in the report.

 

In response to Members’ questions the Principal Planning Officer stated that there was no off street parking provision for deliveries to the property and this was a similar situation to other units on the High Street.  The Officer stated that it would be possible for the Committee to agree an additional condition to control the location of deliveries and the timing.

 

The Principal Planning Officer clarified that the Council’s Core Strategy required a minimum of 70 % of primary shopping frontage, such as Eltham High Street, to be retail.  It was stated that this was based on designated blocks of units and in relation to the application site over 80% of the relevant frontage was retail.  The Principal Planning Officer confirmed that the granting of planning permission would be consistent with Core Strategy Policy TC(b) which sought to protect the vitality and viability of shopping frontage.

 

In response to a question the Area Planning Manager (East) stated that proposed use of 125 to 129 Eltham High Street could impact positively on the night time economy and other developments planned for the Town Centre.  It was also stated that in relation to food outlets the Core Strategy referred to shop frontages and not units inside shops.

 

The Committee was addressed by a representative of OPERA (Old Page Estate Residents Association) who expressed concern regarding the proliferation of A3 units on the High Street.  It was stated that notwithstanding the issue regarding the percentage of the High Street’s frontages given over to A3 use the Officers report did not take account of cafes and eateries inside some of the larger shops, e.g. Marks and Spencers, which resulted in an overall loss of retail space.  The representative stated that should the Committee be minded to grant planning permission then a condition should be added to ensure that the current clock on the front of the existing building was retained; and, that issues relating to ventilation and refuse should be submitted to the Committee for determination rather than being resolved via conditions.

 

The Committee was also addressed by a representative of the Eltham Society who also expressed concern at the proliferation of cafes and restaurants along the High Street.  It was stated that the Society had concerns regarding the positioning of the ventilation for the unit; the positioning of refuse bins outside the unit and arrangements for the removal of rubbish; and the shop’s extractor units given the new residential build to the side and rear of the site.  The Committee was informed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

New Eltham Day Nursery, 699 Sidcup Road, Eltham, London, SE9 3AQ pdf icon PDF 160 KB

The Committee is requested to consider granting planning permission for the construction of a new nursery building, nature trail and associated parking to existing nursery subject to the conditions and informatives detailed in section 5 of the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

That consideration of the application for the construction of a new nursery building, nature trail and associated parking to existing nursery be deferred to enable a number of issues to be clarified.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That consideration of the application for the construction of a new nursery building, nature trail and associated parking to existing nursery be deferred to enable a number of issues to be clarified.

9.

Car Dealership, 43-53 Eltham High Street, Eltham, London, SE9 1DH pdf icon PDF 151 KB

The Committee is requested to consider granting planning permission for the demolition of motor vehicle dealership and workshop buildings and construction of a three storey car dealership for sale, servicing and MOT testing of motor vehicles together with the erection of a single storey valet building subject to the conditions and informative in Section 5 of the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

a.            That planning permission be granted for the demolition of the motor vehicle dealership and workshop buildings and construction of a three storey car dealership building for the sale, servicing and MOT testing of motor vehicles together with the erection of a single storey valet building subject to (i) the satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement with the obligations set out in section 18 of the report;  and (ii) the conditions and informatives detailed in Sections 5.2 and 5.3 of the report with the following additional condition:

 

Delivery and Servicing Plan

Condition 17

 

The development shall not be occupied until a detailed Delivery and Servicing Plan (DSP) has been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority. The DSP shall:

 

1)   provide full details of how the new development shall be accessed or otherwise attended by car transporters;

2)   endeavour to ensure that deliveries are carried out outside of peak hours and shall in all respects be implemented in accordance with the details approved pursuant to this condition.

 

Reason: In order to ensure the safety of all road users, maintain the free flow of traffic in the locality and to ensure compliance with Policy 6.3 of the London Plan (March 2015) and DH1 of the Royal Greenwich Local Plan: Core Strategy with Detailed Policies (July 2014).

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Area Planning Manager (East) who, with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation, informed the Committee of the details of the application. 

 

The meeting was addressed by a representative of the Eltham Society who expressed his disappointment that the Society’s proposal for the building to be set back further from the wall had not been agreed.  It was stated that some of the CGI pictures were not representative of the development site as they did not show the cars parked at the front of the building.

 

The Committee was informed that the Society had issues regarding the placement of any extractor fans and drainage pipes and the overall lack of details associated with the application.  Concerns regarding the arrangements for car transporters and where they would park to deliver new vehicles to the site and the impact on the cycle lane were also raised.  It was proposed that Members should consider an additional condition to control ingress and egress to the site.

 

The Committee was also addressed by a representative of the Old Page Estate Residents Association (OPERA) who expressed concerns regarding the bland walls and agreeing that the building should be set further back from the pavement.  Furthermore, the application did not appear to have a Design or Access Statement.

 

In response the Area Planning Manager (East) stated that the proposals had been considered by the Council’s Highways Officers and they had raised no concerns.  With regard to the Design Statement it was clarified that this was a requirement of the application and that it would be checked whether it had been published.  In relation to the physical siting of the building Members were informed that the application was acceptable in planning terms and that it could only be suggested to the applicant that they may wish to move the footprint back from the pavement rather than requiring them.

 

In discussion the Committee noted that the proposed Condition 12 required the applicant to submit the full details of all facing material and finishes prior to any work commencing on site.  It was recognised that this could be used to address concerns raised regarding the attractiveness of the walls.  The Committee agreed, in recognition of the concerns raised, that an additional condition should be included to ensure that the details of how the new development would be accessed or otherwise attended by car transporters and how it was proposed to to ensure that deliveries were carried out outside of peak hour had to be submitted and approved by the Local Planning Authority.

 

Resolved –

 

a.            That planning permission be granted for the demolition of the motor vehicle dealership and workshop buildings and construction of a three storey car dealership building for the sale, servicing and MOT testing of motor vehicles together with the erection of a single storey valet building subject to (i) the satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement with the obligations set out in section 18 of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.