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Venue: Guildhall, Kingston upon Thames

Contact: Marian Morrison 020 8547 4623  email:  marian.morrison@kingston.gov.uk

Items
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40.

Questions

To consider questions from the gallery on items not on the agenda

Minutes:

A question was asked by Mr Tony Hiscock concerning whether it would be possible to apply for a grant from the Council to support CAAC which has incurred costs for IT development of the order of £500 to support the organisation’s role in the Borough’s nine conservation areas. A request was also made for a small annual contribution to maintain the app.

 

The Neighbourhood Manager agreed to discuss the matter with Mr Hiscock and added that as part of the recent Neighbourhood review, consideration is being given to how small neighbourhood and councillor grants will be taken forward.  The Planning Officer added that the planning database is in transition and he offered to meet with CAAC to ensure the app works with new database to ensure optimal operation.

 

A written question was received from Juliet Levy concerning the recent planting of two Caucasian lime trees in Anglesea Road which were felt to be inappropriate because of their eventual size on maturity and the positioning close to the kerb.  It was suggested that silver birches would be more appropriate.

 

A response was given that Kingston Council has over 900 Lime trees in footways that are narrower without causing any problems or need for removal.  In the opinion of the Tree Officer the road is suited to the species choice.  Whilst Birch trees have a narrower trunk compared to Lime trees, Birch trees are short-lived and can cause footway disturbances due to shallow roots.

41.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Fiona Boult.

42.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests and any other personal interests relevant to items on this agenda.

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were made:

 

Item 7 Planning Application A1 2 Portsmouth Road, KT1 2LU

 

Councillor Katrina Lidbetter knows the individual who runs the Hermes Hotel next door to the application site.

 

Item 9 Gloucester Road/Cambridge Road Junction

 

Councillor Olly Wehring who lives on the junction.  He took no part in the discussion and withdrew from the room.

43.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 1 November 2018

Minutes:

RESOLVED that:

 

The minutes of the meeting held on 1 November 2018 were confirmed as a correct record.

44.

Petitions

To receive any petitions from residents. 

Minutes:

Councillor Katrina Lidbetter presented a petition from the residents of Latchmere Lane requesting the introduction of controlled parking in Latchmere Lane between Latchmere Road and Tudor Drive.  The reasons for the request were commuter and trade parking, the difficulty with limited passing places and the danger presented to pedestrians including school children.

 

The Highways Officer confirmed that a parking beat survey had been undertaken today and a report would be presented to a future meeting.

45.

Neighbourhood Manager's Report

The Neighbourhood Manager will report on current Kingston Town Neighbourhood issues and topics. 

Minutes:

The Neighbourhood Manager drew the Committee’s attention to Heathrow Airport consultation concerning use of airspace and the future operations for the two runway airport which began on 8 January and runs until 4 March.

 

The Chair announced that following the recent Neighbourhood review Neville Rainford had been appointed as the Neighbourhood Manager for Maldens and Coombe (he has recently managed both Kingston and Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhoods).  She thanked him for his support both to her as Chair and for the Kingston Town Neighbourhood.

 

 

46.

Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 852 KB

To determine the planning applications

Decision:

 

1.    2 Portsmouth Road, KT1 2LU (18/12290)

Resolved that:  the application is permitted with additional conditions.

 

2.    197 Park Road, KT2 5JY (18/12413)

Resolved that:  the application is permitted.

 

3.    197 Park Road, KT2 5JY (18/12788)

Resolved that:  the application is permitted.

 

4.    197 Park Road, KT2 5JY (18/12790)

Resolved that:  the application is permitted.

 

5.    16 & 18 Bellevue Road, KT1 2UD (18/12725)

Resolved that:  the application is permitted with an additional informative.

 

 

 

Minutes:

A summary of the reasons for granting permission and of any relevant development planning policies and proposals is included in the report of the Assistant Director of Strategic Planning and Infrastructure on each application where permission is recommended.

 

Permitted applications are subject to the conditions, informatives and other requirements set out in the report together with any other details on late responses to consultations or comments received since the agenda was printed, revised drawings circulated at the meeting and amended recommendations, additional conditions and informatives set out below.

 

Applications refused are for the reasons set out in the report by the Assistant Director of Strategic Planning and Infrastructure and any amended reasons set out below.

 

The following spoke on planning applications:

 

·         2 Portsmouth Road, KT1 2LU

 

Objector – Neil Davis and Toby Hiscock

 

Applicant – David Gurtler and Paul Cattermole

 

·         197 Park Road, KT2 5JY (18/12290 and 18/12413)

 

Objectors – Caroline Scott and Rachel Vickers

 

Applicant – Mark Fox

 

·         16 & 18 Bellevue Road, KT1 2UD

 

Objectors – Toby Hiscock and Joan McConn

 

Applicant – Paul Harvey

46a

2 Portsmouth Road KT1 2LU (18/12290)

Minutes:

Alterations and extensions to create a basement and an additional floor (second floor), front extension, new balconies at first, second and third floors and installation of photovoltaic panels

 

The committee considered concerns about overlooking and Councillor Rebekah Moll proposed additional conditions that windows overlooking the Hermes Hotel be fitted with obscured glazing and louvres are fixed.  This was seconded by Councillor Zain Abbas.

 

PERMIT with additional conditions:

 

Condition 8 - The windows in the elevation facing South Lane, above the first floor (there are existing first floor windows), shall be obscurely glazed below 1.7 m measured from finished floor level, and shall be non-openable, and

 

Condition 9 - the louvres hereby approved shall be fixed in accordance with a scheme which has been previously submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority.

 

 

Voting:

For – Councillors Zain Abbas, Olivia Boult, David Cunningham, Emily Davey, Caroline Kerr, Katrina Lidbetter, Rebekah Moll, Maria Netley, Dave Ryder-Mills

 

Against – Councillors Jon Tolley, Olly Wehring

 

Abstain - none

 

 

Councillor Katrina Lidbetter declared an interest in this item as she knows the individual who runs the Hermes Hotel next door to the application site.

Recorded Vote
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2 Portsmouth Road KT1 2LU (18/1290) Motion Carried
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  • 46b

    16 & 18 Bellevue Road KT1 2UD (18/12725)

    Minutes:

    Erection of rear roof extensions to Nos. 16 and 18 Bellevue Road

     

    The committee expressed concerns about overlooking and proposed an additional informative to obscure the lower part of windows.  This was proposed by Councillor Olly Wehring and seconded by Councillor David Cunningham.  The applicant agreed to comply with the additional informative.  Councillors were informed by Officers of the difference between a planning condition and an informative.

     

    PERMIT with additional informative 5the applicant is encouraged that the new windows in the elevation facing south shall be obscurely glazed below 1.7m measured from finished floor level, and shall be non-openable.

     

    Voting:

     

    For  - Councillors Zain Abbas, Olivia Boult, David Cunningham, Emily Davey, Caroline Kerr, Katrina Lidbetter, Maria Netley, Dave Ryder-Mills, Jon Tolley, Olly Wehring

     

    Against – Councillor Rebekah Moll,

     

    Abstain – none

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    16 & 18 Bellvue Road KT1 2UD Motion Carried
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  • 46c

    197 Park Road KT2 5JY (18/12413)

    Minutes:

    Erection of two storey side extension, installation of rear bay windows and balconies at ground and first floor, enlargement of basement and erection of front lightwell

     

    PERMIT

     

     

    Voting:

     

    For – Councillors Olivia Boult, David Cunningham, Emily Davey, Caroline Kerr, Katrina Lidbetter, Rebekah Moll, Maria Netley, Dave Ryder-Mills, Jon Tolley, Olly Wehring

     

    Against – Councillor Zain Abbas

     

    Abstain - none

     

     

     

    Recorded Vote
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    197 Park Road KT2 5JY (18/12413) Motion Carried
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  • 46d

    197 Park Road KT2 5JY (181288)

    Minutes:

    Erection of two storey side extension

     

    PERMIT

     

     

    Voting:

     

    For – Councillors Olivia Boult, David Cunningham, Emily Davey, Caroline Kerr, Katrina Lidbetter, Rebekah Moll, Maria Netley, Dave Ryder-Mills, Jon Tolley, Olly Wehring

     

    Against – Councillor Zain Abbas

     

    Abstain - none

     

     

     

     

     

    Recorded Vote
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    197 Park Road KT2 5JT (18/12790) Motion Carried
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  • 46e

    197 Park Road KT2 5JY (18/12790)

    Minutes:

    18/12790 – Enlargement of existing basement space

     

    PERMIT

     

     

    Voting: unanimously in favour

     

     

    Recorded Vote
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    197 Park Road (18/12790) Motion Carried
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  • 47.

    King's Road Options for consultation pdf icon PDF 97 KB

    To approve consultation on the proposed options

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    RESOLVED that:  Consultation is undertaken on the proposal set out in Annex 1 to make King’s Road, New Road and Tudor Road one way and the consultation results are brought to the next meeting.

    Minutes:

    The report outlined a proposal for consultation which would address the issues raised by residents for the section of King’s Road between Park Road and Queen’s Road and the committee’s approval was sought.    The proposal is to make King’s Road, Tudor Road and New Road one way as shown at Annex 1.  Consultation results would be brought to the next meeting on 27 March 2019.

     

    Two interventions had been introduced previously i.e. a Heavy Good Vehicle ban in the north Kingston area which included King’s Road and an extension of the Canbury 20mph zone which included a further section of King’s Road between Park Road and Queen’s Road.

     

    Following petitions received in March 2010 and February 2017, and a meeting with local residents, proposals were considered by the committee on 24 January 2018.  Two further meetings with residents were subsequently held.  Revised proposals were considered by both Maldens and Coombe and Kingston Town Neighbourhoods in October/November 2018.  Kingston Town Neighbourhood agree to look again at options leading to the proposal before the Committee at this meeting. Additional information on collision data and speed survey results was appended to the report.

     

    Questions were asked by Adrian Braun and Collette Martin Godwin provided information about the congestion and safety aspects for pedestrians and cyclists as well as the numerous occurrences of damage to residents’ vehicles in King’s Road.  Views of the Kingston Cycling Campaign were heard.  The representative suggested that the best solution would be to close off one end of King’s Road which would reduce traffic and encourage sustainable transport which would lead to reductions in nearby roads.

     

    The Highways Officer responded to questions about the collisions data in the report, and that on-pavement parking and pavement widths were not covered.  He suggested that if residents have concerns about issues in the lower part of King’s Road then they should lodge a petition.  He added that if the consultation were approved then all comments received would be considered.

     

    Members made the following points:

    ·         A consultation on the introduction of 20mph will happen during the year as a way of encouraging sustainable transport.

    ·         In response to a question about impacts on Tudor Road and Alexander Road, the Highways officer confirmed that monitoring would be in place if the scheme were implemented.

    ·         A request was made to include Alexandra Road in the consultation.

    ·         A suggestion was made that “SatNav” manufacturers are requested to update software to indicate that King’s Road is identified unsuitable to HGVs.

    ·         It was noted that cycling contraflow has slowed traffic elsewhere in the borough.

    ·         In response to discussion by members on the consultation results road by road, the Highways officer advised that the final decision needed to consider the overall benefit of the scheme rather than results from particular roads.

     

    RESOLVED that:  Consultation is undertaken on the proposal set out in Annex 1 to make King’s Road, New Road and Tudor Road one way and the consultation results are brought to the next meeting.

     

     

    Voting: Unanimously in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 47.

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  • 48.

    Gloucester Road/Cambridge Road Junction pdf icon PDF 87 KB

    To approve the proposed scheme

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    RESOLVED that:  the existing priority junction is converted into a traffic signal controlled junction as shown in Annex 1 subject to no significant objections being received during the public consultation.

    Minutes:

    The report proposed the introduction of a traffic signal controlled junction, to replace the current priority junction of Gloucester Road with Cambridge Road and sought the approval of the committee to implement the proposed scheme as set out in Annex 2, subject to there being no significant objections during the public consultation.   The proposal will introduce a controlled pedestrian crossing on the Gloucester Road arm and retain the controlled crossing on the Cambridge Road arm.  The full detailed feasibility assessment was attached at Annex 1. The proposal aims to reduce accidents, manage speeds on the A2043, reduce traffic on Gloucester Road and encourage walking and cycling.

     

    A representative from the Kingston Cycling Campaign gave views on the scheme ie that it does not do enough to protect cyclists, there are gaps in the Go cycle routes and there is no lead in to the cycle lane in Gloucester Road.  The Highways Officer confirmed the consultation would be on the concept of the scheme not the detail of the design.  All comments responding to the consultation would be considered and further discussions would take place with the Chair and Vice Chair and the Chair of the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee.  The fine detail of scheme could be adjusted in the light of these and the consultation itself could make reference to possible changes.

     

    The following questions and comments were made by the committee:


    A question was asked about whether there would be room for a roundabout instead of traffic lights.  The officer responded that that option had not been explored, however, as there is a lot of traffic on Cambridge Road, a roundabout could present difficulties for turning out of Gloucester Road.

     

    A request was made for yellow box protection at Hamden Road and at Cambridge Gardens into Cambridge Road, plus double yellow lines on the odd side of Gloucester Road.  In response the Highways Officer explained that the scheme is about the Gloucester Road junction, not the wider issues in Gloucester Road. 

     

    In response to a question about how wide the consultation would be as the junction is used by many local residents, the Officer confirmed that this would be discussed with ward members.


    RESOLVED that:  the existing priority junction is converted into a traffic signal controlled junction as shown in Annex 1 subject to no significant objections being received during the public consultation.

     

     

    Voting:  unanimously in favour

     

    Councillor Olly Wehring declared an interest in this item as he lives on the junction.  He withdrew from the room for the duration of the discussion, took no part and did not vote.

     

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  • 49.

    Review of the Vehicle Crossover Policy pdf icon PDF 79 KB

    To comment on the proposed policy prior to adoption by Environment and Sustainability Committee on 12 February 2019

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The report sought the views of Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee on the proposed revised Vehicle Crossover Policy set out at Annex 1.  Comments will be considered by the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee who will approve the Policy at its meeting on 12 February 2019.  The new policy will be implemented on 1 April 2019.

     

    The new policy introduces minimum standards which must be met for an application for a crossover to be approved, such as the minimum size of the off-street parking area criteria and a greater emphasis on the consideration of factors affecting highway safety and access particularly for pedestrians, including the young, elderly, disabled and infirm. A similar policy was introduced in the London Borough of Sutton in October 2017.

     

    The key modifications are:

     

    ·         A change in the minimum front garden depth from 4.57m to 4.8m to ensure that there is sufficient space for parking

    ·         To remove the provision relating to short frontage agreements to avoid vehicles overhanging footways, which has become an issue and there are  insufficient resources to “police” the non-compliance

    ·         Officers’ decisions made under delegated powers in accordance with the Revised Policy will only be reviewable if there are exceptional circumstances

    ·         An opportunity for applicants to request white bar markings at a cost of £100.

     

    The existing policy which was adopted in 2008 was reproduced at Annex 2.

     

    The committee made the following comments:

     

    The committee agreed with the removal of short-frontage crossovers from the proposed new policy.

     

    It was suggested that increasing the frontage depth to 4.8m does not guarantee no overhanging, especially where bay windows project at a distance above ground level. Clarity is required about how measurements are taken in such situations.  The officer agreed to take this point back.  Overhanging vehicles can present problems for blind people, especially where footpaths are narrow. 

     

    Concern was expressed about members no longer being able to have input into crossover decisions and it was suggested that it would be desirable for members to have involvement when applications for crossovers progress to the design stage. 

     

    A request was made for member involvement in exceptional circumstances.

     

    Specific problems in Tudor were highlighted as several roads have grass verges and these need to be protected.  Other areas in the borough eg Alexander ward also have verges.  A request was made that the Council takes a view on this question. 

     

    It was pointed out that crossovers impact on areas where there are parking controls but the proposed policy does not takes account of parking controls. 

     

    A comment was made about the reference to the Highways Act 1980 in the Legal Implications section of the report. Section 5 of the Act provides for rights of appeal which are absent from the proposed Policy.  The Policy needs to make provision for decisions to be appealed.

     

    A request was made for a meeting with officers ahead of the Environment and Sustainable Transport meeting to discuss some of these points, notably protection of grass verges.

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

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    Comments on the Crossover Policy Motion Carried
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  • 50.

    Work Programme

    To note the items scheduled for the next meeting on 27 March 2019

     

    ·         Road Safety in Kingston

    ·         Richmond Road/Bank Lane Junction

    ·         Albany Park Road CPZ

    ·         Neighbourhood Working Arrangements

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED that:  the work programme is noted.