Greenwich Council

Agenda item

6 Mitre Passage, Greenwich Peninsula

To grant full planning permission for a change of use of part of the ground floor from retail (A1/A2/A3/A4/A5), offices and a community police office (B1) to D2 for a gym including installation of a new mezzanine floor, new entrance, curtain walling and an additional 160m² external exercise.

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Decision:

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That full planning permission be granted for a change of use of part of the ground floor from retail (A1/A2/A3/A4/A5), offices and a community police office (B1) to D2 for a gym including installation of a new mezzanine floor, new entrance, curtain walling and an additional 160m² external exercise area, subject to:

 

(i)          Conditions and Informatives set out in sections 3.2 and 3.3 of the report

(ii)         The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 15 of the report.

 

and a further requirement

 

·                    That the Local Authority negotiate with the developers via a Section 106 Legal Agreement, a management strategy to control how the development is operated.

Minutes:

The Planning Manager (Major Development) gave an illustrative presentation to the report, recommending to the Board to grant full planning permission for a change of use of the vacant part of the ground floor of 6 Mitre Passage to a gym facility.

 

The Board noted the report, and that the application site was located within an office development to the south east of Peninsula Square on the Greenwich Peninsula.  It was recognised that the proposal would amend a scheme that was approved on 23 December 2009 for the construction of retail and office spaces, and to that approved on 20 January 2010 in relation to a space for a community police office.

 

In response to an enquiry, the Officer confirmed to the Board that the proposed gym would comprise of new technologies, products and services to embrace the digital outlook of the Peninsula.  The arrangements were aimed at adding value to customers’ experience.  It was stated that no additional car or cycle parking would be erected at the site, and that the existing loading bay to the south of the site would be used for delivery vehicles.

 

A representative on behalf of the applicant, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), responded to questions raised at the meeting.  The Board was advised that out of the 100 electronic machines to be installed in the proposed gym, 60 would have touchable screens with lights and large fonts.  Thus, partially-sighted people would be able to program exercise activities and timings on the equipment.   The Board also received confirmation that seven full-time permanent job positions would be available once the facility becomes operational.  In addition to that, there would be several casual jobs.  Staff would be available at the facility during the opening hours. 

 

In light of a request by the Board to roll out the digital technology to be introduced in the proposed facility to other GLL leisure facilities in the borough, the GLL representative informed that the proposal was a joint submission.   Thus, any decision by GLL in relation to the application would have to be agreed with the other party.

 

The Board sought advice on whether the Council could negotiate with GLL as the sole operator on operational matters.  The Legal Officer stated that that could not be done.  However, the Council could control the arrangements via a management strategy. 

 

In considering submissions made at the meeting, Members expressed a view that the application had been recommended as acceptable in planning terms, and that there had been no objection to the proposal.  It was stated that consideration should be given to control operational matters via a management strategy.  It was

 

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That full planning permission be granted for a change of use of part of the ground floor from retail (A1/A2/A3/A4/A5), offices and a community police office (B1) to D2 for a gym including installation of a new mezzanine floor, new entrance, curtain walling and an additional 160m² external exercise area, subject to:

 

(i)          Conditions and Informatives set out in sections 3.2 and 3.3 of the report

(ii)         The satisfactory completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in section 15 of the report.

 

and a further requirement

 

·                    That the Local Authority negotiate with the developers via a Section 106 Legal Agreement, a Management Strategy to control how the development should be operated.

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