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37.

Question Time

A period of no more than 30 minutes for questions on issues unrelated to items on the agenda

Minutes:

A number of questions were raised by members of the public. A summary of these is attached but they do not form part of the minutes of the meeting.

38.

Petitions

To receive any petitions.

Minutes:

No petitions were submitted.

39.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Mark Beynon and Sharron Falchikov-Sumner.

40.

Declarations of interest

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

Minutes:

Councillor Malcolm Self declared a personal interest in item 9 (Planning consultation: Tolworth Tower, Tolworth Broadway, Tolworth, KT6 7EL 18/16764) and withdrew to the public gallery when the Committee considered this application and took no part in the discussion on this item.

 

Reason: Councillor Malcolm Self is a Member of the Council’s Development Control Committee that will ultimately determine this application.

 

Councillors Malcolm Self and Hilary Gander noted, in relation to item 11 (Review of the Vehicle Crossover Policy), that they are both Members of the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee that will ultimately determine whether the Council adopt the new policy.

41.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 6 November 2018.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 6 November 2018 were confirmed as a correct record.

42.

Presentation: Kingston Wellbeing Service

·         Maria O’Dwyer, Kingston Wellbeing Service

·         PS George Alleway, Kingston Safer Neighbourhood team.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from Maria O’Dwyer from the Kingston Wellbeing Service on the Substance Misuse Service which has been commissioned by the Council since April 2013. The Substance Misuse Service is a partnership arrangement between Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust and voluntary sector Westminster Drug Project.  The service is based at Surbiton Health Centre and it provides community support for residents of Kingston who are experiencing any drug or alcohol related issues.

 

The service offers community assessments to assess need and risk and the service is user focused and includes both group work and key working sessions. The service also offers medical assessments, regular reviews, treatment options, social worker support, peer support and social activities.

 

The service’s work includes:

 

·         Regular sessions with a named keyworker lasting from 30mins – 1hr per session.

·         Regular reviews of care plans & treatment goals.

·         Harm minimization interventions and relapse prevention.

·         Support to address social problems (e.g housing).

·         A group timetable to deliver psychosocial interventions and opportunities to get reconnected in the community.

·         Gender specific groups to allow service users to address gender specific issues.

 

The service offers substitute prescribing that includes methadone, buprenorphine maintenance or detox for those who are opiate dependant. Librium detox is offered for alcohol dependency to reduce or prevent withdrawal symptoms. The service offers opportunities to stabilise drug intake and lifestyle whilst breaking with illicit or dangerous use and associate risk behaviours. Some service users access Tier 4 residential rehabilitation, these are service users who find it difficult to achieve treatment goals in the community. Kingston Wellbeing Service has a success rate of over 90% for service users who are offered treatment through this pathway.

 

Individuals can be referred to the service for assessment provided that they are over 18 and either live and/ or have a GP within the borough. The service can be contacted securely by emailing cim-tr.kws.drug.alcohol@nhs.net   

43.

Neighbourhood Manager's Report

Minutes:

The Committee were updated on a number of local issues and upcoming events within the Neighbourhood. Two new Neighbourhood Managers have been recruited bringing the total to four, one for each of the Borough’s Neighbourhoods.    

 

The Heathrow Expansion Consultation began on the 8 January and it is due to run until the 4 March 2019. The online consultation can be found at www.heathrowconsultation.com. There are also a number of community consultation events being held and a Kingston event is due to take place on 14 February between 14:00 – 20:00 at Kingston University on the Penrhyn Road site. The Kingston ‘Let’s Talk’ events are continuing, details can be found on the Council’s website at www.kingston.gov.uk/lets-talk

44.

Planning Application: 319-321 Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 7BX (18/167649) pdf icon PDF 174 KB

Decision:

The planning application was permitted. The full decision will be published within the minutes of the meeting. Please note that planning applications are not subject to the Community Call In Procedure rules.

Minutes:

The Committee considered an application for the demolition of the existing semi-detached hotel buildings and the erection of a three storey residential building providing 2x 1 bed, 4x 2 bed and 2x 3 bed flats with associated parking, landscaping, bins and cycle provision.

 

Speakers on the application

 

Objector

Applicant

Ms Bridget Walker

Mr Patel (Agent)

 

Permit subject to the following amended condition, additional conditions and additional informatives.

 

Amended condition

 

5          The development hereby permitted shall not be occupied until details of secure cycle parking facilities for 14 bicycles have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. These facilities shall be fully implemented and made available for use by the occupants of the development and visitors to it and thereafter shall be retained for such use at all times.

 

Reason: To ensure the provision of satisfactory cycle storage facilities and in the interests of highway safety in accordance with Policy DM8 (Sustainable Transport for New Developments) of the LDF Core Strategy Adopted April 2012.

 

Additional conditions

 

10        The development shall not be occupied until a hard and soft landscaping scheme for the landscaped area to the front of the dwelling (the scheme shall include details of a boundary treatment/means of enclosure for example a dwarf wall), and to the rear private amenity areas, has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved soft landscaping shall be implemented within the first planting season following the completion of the development and the hard landscaping shall thereafter be retained as approved thereafter.  Any trees or shrubs which die during the first five years shall be replaced in the first available planting season, and the area shown to be landscaped shall be permanently retained for that purpose only.  The hard landscaping shall be provided prior to the occupation of the development hereby approved, and thereafter retained.

 

Reason: In the interests of visual amenity and also that the Local Planning Authority shall be satisfied as to the details of the development in accordance with Policy DM10 (Design Requirements for New Developments including House Extensions) of the LDF Core Strategy Adopted April 2012.

 

11        No above ground works shall commence on the approved development until additional architectural plans/details showing the proposed window and door reveals, roof detailing and overhang have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall thereafter be carried out and retained in accordance with these approved details.

 

Reason: To ensure a satisfactory appearance on completion of the development in accordance with Policy DM10 (Design Requirements for New Developments including House Extensions) of the LDF Core Strategy Adopted April 2012.

 

12        Prior to the occupation of the approved development, a refuse management plan shall be to be submitted and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall thereafter operate in accordance with the approved management plan for the lifetime of the approved development.

 

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Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
To permit (18/167649) 319-321 Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 7BX Motion Carried
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  • 45.

    Planning Consultation: Tolworth Tower, Tolworth Broadway, Tolworth, KT6 7EL (18/16764) pdf icon PDF 113 KB

    This planning application has been brought to the Neighbourhood Committee for comment. The application for the abovementioned development will be determined at the Development Control Committee in accordance with the Council’s Scheme of Delegation.

    Minutes:

    The Committee were consulted on planning application 18/16764/FUL (Tolworth Tower, Tolworth Broadway, Tolworth, KT6 7EL) ahead of its consideration by the Council’s Development Control Committee. The application is for the change of use of the existing 3rd – 22nd floors from office (Use Class B1) to residential (Use Class C3) to create 240 residential units, change of use of the existing 2nd floor from office (Use Class B1) to ancillary amenity space that includes a gymnasium (Dual Use Class C3/D2), change of use of the existing 1st floor Car Park (sui generis) to create a flexible workspace unit (Dual Use Class C3/B1a), creation of a two-storey (ground and first) infill extension and associated change of use of the existing undercroft of Tolworth Tower from office (Use Class B1) to create a ground floor retail unit (Use Classes A1-A3) and 2nd floor gym reception area (Dula Use Class C3/D2), associated external façade alterations and internal refurbishment works to Tolworth Tower associated with the proposed residential use, reconfiguration of the existing multi-storey car park, vehicle parking and servicing, associated cycle parking, refuse storage, amenity floorspace and landscaping and public realm works and installation of plant screen and canopy at 2nd floor level and reconsolidation and installation of plant machinery at roof level including installation of a plant screen. The applicant, Meadow Partners, introduced themselves and an outline of the application.

     

    Having considered the report, the presentation from the applicant and contributions from residents Members made the following comments:

     

    ·         It’s important that new applications embrace Tolworth’s culture and sense of nostalgia.

    ·         The way in which affordable homes are spread across the proposed scheme is to be welcomed but the provision of only 10% affordable homes seems too low.

    ·         The number of 3 bed units proposed is too low.

    ·         The scheme needs to recognise that Tolworth is an area that is still heavily reliant on residents using cars and the scheme’s parking provision will need to reflect this.

    ·         Members world welcome further details about the proposed flexible use space for local businesses and what opportunities the scheme will offer to existing local businesses and contractors

    ·         Members are keen to see how Meadow Partners intend to work with the local community while respecting community assets.

    ·         Some Members welcomed the new design of the external façade and the materials proposed.

    ·         Some Members have reservations about the planned removal of all the office space but this is likely to be outweighed by the benefits of the scheme.

    ·         Members would welcome more electric vehicle charging points.

    ·         With the scheme proposing that 10% of units be wheelchair accessible then consideration should also be given to increasing the number of oversized parking spaces provided/

    ·         Members would welcome consideration being given to air pollution during the design of the landscaping of the outside amenity space on the ground floor given the close proximity of the A3.

    ·         Members welcomed the fact that the building’s blinds will be of uniform design and colour.

     

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    46.

    King Charles Road - Consultation Results pdf icon PDF 83 KB

    This report outlines the results of a local consultation on the introduction of new traffic management measures in King Charles Road, and seeks Members views on the way forward.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Resolved that the Committee –

     

    1.    notes the results of the consultation as set out in Annex 2 of the report; and,

     

    2.    approves the implementation of the proposed schemes, as set out in Annex 1 of the report, in line with the consideration provided in paragraphs 14 – 16 of the report.  

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered the results of a local consultation on the introduction of new traffic management measures in King Charles Road. King Charles Road has a 20mph speed limit and a number of traffic calming measures. However, despite these measures, residents report that drivers still regularly drive above 20mph. A recent speed survey has shown that although the mean traffic speed is under 20mph there are some drivers travelling in excess of 20mph on certain sections of the road. According to the collision data for the road, collected in the five years up to March 2018, there have been 12 collisions, 10 slight and 2 serious.

     

    Having examined the results of the speed survey and the pattern of the collisions officers developed the proposed scheme, as set out in Annex 1 of the report, to address residents’ concerns. It is proposed to raise the existing crossing area near the entrance to Alexandra Park by the Ewell Road Junction. This will provide more safety for pedestrians at the existing uncontrolled crossing point and reduce traffic speed. At the existing uncontrolled crossing near the junction with Derby Road, where two collisions took place close to the nearby junction with Broomfield Road, a pedestrian refuge is proposed. Near the junction with The Retreat it is proposed to introduce a speed table to replace the existing width restriction. It is proposed to remove the existing chicanes and replace them with a new road table at the junction with Berrylands and a new pedestrian refuge at the junction with Smith street in order to reduce the risk of collisions. A raised overrun island (a solid or painted feature in the road that channels traffic) is proposed at the junction of Berrylands Road, where the road is not wide enough to accommodate a pedestrian refuge, to fit the existing road width and to segregate different traffic movements safely. 

     

    As part of the consultation 520 letters were delivered to residents including all the properties on King Charles Road and the closest households on the following cross streets: Lamberts Road, Villiers Avenue, Surbiton Hill Park, Berrylands Road, Smith Street, Berrylands, The Retreat, Britannia Road, Christ Church Road, Avenue Street, Hollyfield Road, Alexandra Drive, Beaconsfield Road, Broomfield Road, Derby Road and Tolworth Main Allotments. Additionally information notice signs were put up at two locations in Charles Road. Residents were given the opportunity of submitting their views by either returning the letter or by completing the consultation online. The deadline for consultation responses was 30 November 2018 and 44 responses were received. The full results to the consultation were set out in Annex 2 of the report. Overall the majority of respondents are in in favour of the proposed measures. 

     

    Resolved that the Committee –

     

    1.    notes the results of the consultation as set out in Annex 2 of the report; and,

     

    2.    approves the implementation of the proposed schemes, as set out in Annex 1 of the report, in line with the consideration provided in paragraphs 14 –  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46.

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  • 47.

    Review of the Vehicle Crossover Policy pdf icon PDF 87 KB

    To seek Neighbourhood Committee comments on a review of the boroughwide Vehicle Crossover Policy.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee were consulted on a review of the Council’s borough-wide Vehicle Crossover Policy. The Council’s current policy (The Policy) was adopted in 2008 and needs to be revised. The proposed revised policy (The Revised Policy), as set out in Annex 1 of the report, is more detailed and provides comprehensive information for applicants. The Council’s Neighbourhood Committees are being consulted on the Revised Policy prior to its submission to the Council’s Environment and Sustainable Transport committee on 12 February 2019.

    48.

    Urgent Items Authorised by the Chair

    To consider any urgent items authorised by the Chair.

    Minutes:

    There were no urgent items authorised by the Chair.

    Question Time

    Mrs Carol Buchanan asked the Committee about the progress of the Beaconsfield Road ‘Parking Beats’ survey, its risk assessment and the proposed working group.  The Committee were informed by officers that the ‘Parking Beats’ survey has been scheduled for 22 January. The main risk posed by the introduction of a new parking scheme is the displacement of vehicles, particularly commuter parking, onto surrounding roads. The results of the ‘Parking Beats’ survey will be presented to the Committee at its meeting on 20 March 2019. If Members then decide to proceed with a scheme then a working group can be formed at that stage in the process.

     

    Ms Victoria Fitz-Gerald, alongside a number of residents from Alpha Road, asked the Committee a number of questions about the recently agreed Parking Permit Area (PPA) for the Browns Road Area. Noting that Alpha Road is not included in the Browns Road Area PPA scheme Ms Fitz-Gerald informed the Committee that residents already frequently struggle to park on Alpha Road and that these parking issues will be exacerbated following the completion of the proposed development at Newent House and the displacement of parking following the introduction of the Browns Road PPA scheme. Given these issues Ms Fitz-Gerald asked the Committee why Alpha Road had not been included in the Browns Road PPA scheme. The Committee thanked Ms Fitz-Gerald for her question. When the consultation results returned to the Committee when it considered the Browns Road Area PPA the results showed that the majority of residents who responded to the survey in Alpha Road were not in favour of introducing the scheme however the Committee noted that since the decision had been made a number of residents of Alpha Road had subsequently asked for the road to be included. Given these new concerns the Committee heard from officers that they will be writing to the residents of 52-59 Alpha Road to see if they would like to reconsider participation in the wider scheme and that the results of this second consultation will be presented to the Committee at its meeting on 20 March in order to give the Committee the opportunity to include Alpha Road in the wider Browns Road Area PPA scheme.

     

    Mr Bob Tyler asked the Committee about a recently installed illuminated advertising hoarding on Surbiton Hill Road. Mr Tyler asked whether the hoarding has an advertising guidance notification and/or a site specific analysis showing accident data and asked for clarification on how this hoarding was granted planning permission. Seeking advice from officers the Committee heard how the application was dealt with in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The officer report on this application identifies the Transport for London (TfL) document ‘Guidance for Digital Roadside Advertisements and proposed best practice’ and it sets out how the scheme complies with these guidelines. The Council’s highway engineer was consulted on the application and they raised no concerns about highway safety. TfL were not consulted on this application as it is not a TfL road.

     

    Mr Andrew Platt asked if residents could submit additional information, such as photographs, to the Council to compliment the findings of the forthcoming Parking Beats Survey of Beaconsfield Road. The Committee noted that officers will consider additional evidence but that the Parking Beat Survey is an important factor as it this data that will identify whether there is any parking capacity on the road during the day.        

     

    Mr Ernie Allen informed the Committee that the drains on Ellerton Road are in urgent need of cleaning and that the road markings, in particular the 20mph speed limit sign, are badly fading. The Committee thanked Mr Allen for informing the Committee of these issues. The Committee noted that in previous years parking had been suspended on the road to allow for a deep clean, the Committee will ask officers if this needs to be redone in order to prevent the drains from becoming blocked and it will also ask officers to investigate when the road markings are due to be repainted.

     

    Mr Derek Underwood informed the Committee about ongoing anti-social behaviour in Green Lane Recreation Ground, particularly on Saturday nights, which has resulted in an increase in vandalism, an increase in litter and broken glass being left around the memorial bench. Having exhausted the 30 minutes allocated for public questions the Committee thanked Mr Underwood for his question and asked officers to respond to Mr Underwood in writing.