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27.

Declarations of interest

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests and any other non-pecuniary interests (personal interests) relevant to items on this agenda.

Minutes:

No interests were declared.

28.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 5 December 2018.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 5 December 2018 were confirmed as a correct record.

29.

Planning Applications

Minutes:

A summary of the reasons for granting planning permission and of any relevant development plan policies is included in the report of the Corporate Head of Planning on each application where permission is recommended. Permitted applications are subject to the conditions, legal agreements and informatives set out in the report and any late material together with any other details on late response to consultations or comments received since the agenda was printed, revised drawings circulated at the meeting and any recommendations, additional conditions and informatives set out below.

 

Resolved that the following applications are permitted or refused as indicated.

 

29a

18/12119/FUL - 34 Surrey House, Eden Street

Minutes:

Demolition of existing buildings to provide 2,072sqm commercial floorspace (Flexible Use Class A/D1/D2) & 311 residential units, along with associated communal amenity space, public realm improvements, servicing, plant areas & extended car park to provide 4 additional half decks. This application is accompanied by an Environmental Statement.

 

Speakers on the application

 

Anthony Evans        Kingston upon Thames Society

Toby Hiscock            Kingston Town Conservation Area Advisory Committee

 

In their consideration of the report and the points made by the speakers, the Committee considered whether the proposed design would realise the potential of the site and the opportunities for contributing to the character and quality of the area.

The concerns expressed related to:

  • the height, bulk, scale and mass of the development;
  • the design quality;
  • the impact on the Old Town Conservation Area and the degree of harm to the setting of the Old Post Office and the United Reformed Church;
  • the significant shortfall in providing 30% of housing units which are family sized without adequately demonstrating that this is not financially viable;
  • The proposed improvements to the public realm not reflect the aims of the Eden Quarter SPD 2015; and,
  • the detrimental impact on the night time economy due to the loss of the Hippodrome nightclub is not outweighed by the proposed mitigation and financial contribution.

The independent specialist heritage advice on the potential harm to each of the heritage assets was considered carefully and whilst recognising the tests of harm in legislation relating to listed buildings and conservation, it was felt that there may be a case for reviewing the judgement of ‘less than substantial harm’ to the Old Post Office.

Taking account of the officer report, the policies applying to the site and the views of an independent design panel it was resolved that:

Recommendation 1:

The Committee agrees that, had the application been before the Committee as the decision maker, they would have resolved to REFUSE planning permission for the following Reasons:    

 

1.     The built form by reason of its form, bulk, scale, detailing, mass, and materials is of a poor design and fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of the area and the way it functions. As such the development is contrary to Paragraph 124 of the NPPF, 2019, policies 3.5, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6 and 7.7 of the London Plan, 2016, policies CS3, DM10 and DM11 of the Core Strategy, 2012.

 

2.     The public realm has not taken the opportunity to secure maximum urban greening and the built form does not activate and appropriately frame the public realm. As such, it is considered that the development fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of the area and the way it functions.  As such the development is contrary to Paragraph 124 of the NPPF, 2019, policies 3.5, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6 and 7.7 of the London Plan, 2016, policies CS3, DM10 and DM11 of the Core Strategy, 2012.

 

3.     The proposed development would result in less than substantial harm to the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29a

29b

18/115124/FUL - Former BBC Sports Ground pdf icon PDF 501 KB

Minutes:

Demolition of existing derelict buildings, erection of a two storey building to provide essential welfare, changing, sports science and ancillary office facilities (Class D2). Erection of a single storey security building, security gate cabin and alterations to existing buildings to allow use for storage of groundsman's equipment (Class D2). Provision of CCTV, floodlighting, refurbishment/repair works to internal access roads, reconfiguration of car park and service layout. Pitch enhancement works consisting of 5no. full sized football pitches, 2no. goalkeeping training areas and 3no. fast feet training areas, including alterations to levels, pitch construction and subsoil, replacement drainage, ducting for services including under soil heating, pitch irrigation, associated fencing and ball stop netting, boundary treatments and hard and soft landscaping. All works are associated with the continued use of the site for sporting purposes (Use Class D2).

 

The proposed development is in Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) on which, as with the Green Belt, the London Plan stipulates development should be refused except in very special circumstances.  These must demonstrate that potential harm to MOL is outweighed by other considerations.

 

In weighing the considerations officers have taken account of the views of the GLA, the special circumstances relate to sporting need – existing facilities at Motspur Park are no longer capable of meeting the intensity of use required by a professional club;significant community benefits – the consolidation of professional sports activities on the site frees up use of the Motspur Park facilities for community use by an additional 400 hours a year  lack of an alternative site – 17 surrounding sites have been considered and discounted for a range of reasons – size; lack of availability and existing uses.

 

The building design is of high quality, with muted colours to blend into the MOL, it is set back further and is lower than the original pavilion.  Sustainability and carbon reduction are integral to the design. The proposal also supports biodiversity; measures are proposed to mitigate disturbance to bats and reptiles.  Tree and hedgerow cover will be maintained, the majority of perimeter trees will remain, supplemented by additional planting and tree protection measures will be in place. It was noted that parts of the site are within areas of flood risk but officers consider that the proposed mitigation measures overcome this risk.  The views of the GLA are not yet known.

 

Late Material included an amendment to Condition 10 to include hours of lighting, and to Condition 11 on turning off floodlighting within 15 minutes of a session end, included in Condition 27 the ball stop nets as one of the details to be approved before the start of development.

 

The Committee were supportive of the application, taking account of the very special circumstances and the conditions proposed, including the permission being personal to Fulham Football Leisure Ltd.

 

Resolved that the application be permitted subject to

 

1.    the applicant entering into a legal agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, to secure a Community Use Agreement, a Car  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29b