Greenwich Council

Agenda item

Land adjacent to and to the south west of The 02 (Known as Plot N0201), Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10. (15/3552/F)

Planning Board is requested to grant full planning permission for the construction of a 36 storey tower (120 metres AOD) comprising of 262 residential units, 2,213 sq.m (GEA) of retail floorspace (Use Classes A1 to A5) and 189 sq.m flexible floorspace (Use classes A1 to A5, ancillary C3, or D2 for a commercial gym) and associated landscaping, plant, servicing and parking, subject to the condition outlined in the report and Appendinx 2.

Decision:

Granted full planning permission for the construction of a 36 storey tower (120 metres AOD) comprising of 262 residential units, 2,213 sqm (GEA) of retail floorspace (Use Classes A1 to A5) and 189 sqm flexible floorspace (Use classes A1 to A5, ancillary C3, or D2 for a commercial gym) and associated landscaping, plant, servicing and parking.

 

Subject to:

(i)     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;

(ii)    The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 25);

(iii)   Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and addendum; and

(iv)   The Late stage review be conducted following the sale of 65% of units, not 75%.

Minutes:

The Planning Board received an illustrative presentation on the proposal from the Principal Planning Officer who also drew Members attention to the addendum report. The Principal Planning Officer also gave a verbal update reporting that further comments had been received from the GLA in relation to viability. The independent viability advisor had reviewed the GLA’s comments but remained of the view that the viability assessment was sound. It was explained that the GLA would have the opportunity to examine the viability of the scheme in more detail as part of the Stage II referral. It was also noted that the S106 contributions in respect of local education and healthcare were likely to be directed to specific projects in the local area.

 

In response to questions from the Board the Principal Planning Officer advised that an application review would be conducted at 75% of completed sales in line with the London Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) recommendations.  The height and scale of the development was in line with Peninsula Masterplan.  The applicant had indicated that the internal alterations in order to provide more social rented units were not viable; the review mechanism was to be included in the S106 agreement.  She confirmed that this was a GLA referable scheme and they could further scrutinise the viability.    The Assistant Director, Planning & Building Control, confirmed that the Viability Assessors engaged by Greenwich were independent of the authority.

 

The Principal Planning Officer confirmed that the Environmental Health Department would consider the details on noise reduction materials to be provided to Officers, prior to commencement of works.  TfL had been, and would be kept, appraised of the construction logistics and pedestrian flow, both in respect of the residents and visitors to the O2. This was being kept under review, as a number of changes were proposed to the area as a whole.

 

The Planning Board was addressed by a representative of the Greenwich Conservation Group who spoke in objection to the application as it was felt the proposal was a gross overdevelopment.  The Group did not object to the originally proposed 8 storey building, but the proposed 36 stories, housing 262 residential units would be over the density recommendation of the London Plan’s habitable rooms per hectare. Further, it was felt that in was not possible to consider this application in comparison with further development proposals which had yet to be submitted.  As only 9% of the development would be family homes, below 20% of the original Masterplan, there was a failure to meet the requirement for a mixed and balanced community.

 

The Planning Board was addressed by the applicants’ representative who advised that they were confident that the proposal offered a balance of high quality design and viability.  The building was in keeping with the Masterplan and suitable for the site.  The noise insulation included both double and triple glazing.  Construction traffic would access the site via existing routs to the rear of the site adjacent to the O2.  There would be one common residents entrance to the south of the building.

 

The applicants’ agent added that due to collaborative work in the area there would be substantial changes to the open spaces and podium area, which fitted in with the proposal.

 

In response to questions for the Planning Board the applicants’ representative confirmed that the, social rent, affordable rent and intermediate properties would be sold to a Registered Provider (RP) at a market rate and it would be the RP to define and manage the percentage of service charge they would assign to each occupancy type.   He confirmed that they were confident that the noise mitigation solutions would be effective on this site, as it was in other similar developments.

   

In determining the application concern was expressed by the Members at the low level of affordable housing being offered given the scale of the development.  It was understood that the application was in keeping with the context of the principle of development of the area and the Masterplan.  There was concern that the GLA had only just issued its comments on the viability of the proposal. 

 

Councillor Thorpe proposed that the late stage review be conducted following the sale of 65% of units, not 75%.  The proposal was seconded by Councillor Offord and agreed by the Board.

 

With the agreed amendment the proposal was put to the vote with 7 Members in favour; and 1 Member abstaining.  Councillor Adams declined from participating in the vote as he had not been present for the officer’s presentation.

 

Resolved –

 

That full planning permission be granted for the construction of a 36 storey tower (120 metres AOD) comprising of 262 residential units, 2,213 sqm (GEA) of retail floor space (Use Classes A1 to A5) and 189 sqm flexible floor space (Use classes A1 to A5, ancillary C3, or D2 for a commercial gym) and associated landscaping, plant, servicing and parking.

 

Subject to:

(i)     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;

(ii)    The satisfactory completion of a Section 106 (S106) Legal Agreement (obligations set out in Section 25);

(iii)   Conditions set out in Appendix 2 of the main report and addendum; and

(iv)   The late stage review be conducted following the sale of 65% of units, not 75%.

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