Agenda, decisions and minutes

Online Meeting, Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee
Thursday 11 March 2021 7:30 pm

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73.

Public Questions

A period of no more than 30 minutes for questions on issues unrelated to items on the agenda (please refer to the ‘Welcome’ Information pages).

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

74.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were apologies for lateness from Councillor Falchikov-Sumner.

75.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

Councillors Beynon and Self declared an interest in the planning consultation item on Tolworth Tower (item 7), insofar as they were members of the Development Control Committee, and stated that they would take no part in any questions, comments or discussion on that item.

76.

Minutes of Previous Meeting

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 23 February 2021.

Minutes:

Resolved, that the minutes of the previous meeting of the Committee on 23 February 2021 be confirmed and signed as correct.

77.

Petitions

To receive petitions submitted by Councillors or members of the public who live, work or study in the Borough.  The petition must contain at least 20 signatures*, and notice of the intention to submit the petition is given in writing to democratic.services@kingston.gov.uk by 10am on the last working day prior to the meeting. *The Chair may waive the 20 signature threshold where the petition relates to a community or geographical area with a limited number of residents.

 

Minutes:

There were no petitions submitted.

78.

Verbal Update on Go Cycle

Verbal update by Assistant Director, Highways and Regulatory on Go Cycle.

Minutes:

Members received a verbal update on the Go Cycle Scheme from the Programme Director and the Project Manager. The Committee were reminded that the Ewell Road Go Cycle Scheme was approved in 2018, with construction starting in January 2020. Although impacted by Covid, Phase 1 had been largely completed in the northern section of the scheme.  Work had now started on phase 2 at the Tolworth end.  Phases 2 and 3 are planned to run north from Tolworth to join up with phase 1, with completion of the overall project expected during the winter of 2021/22.  The works to construct phases 2 and 3 will be undertaken by the Council’s new contractors, FM Conway.

 

A 2-way traffic flow would be maintained during works, with temporary traffic lights sometimes used, and evening/night works taking place on some sections where necessary. Resident communications would be an important part of the procedures.

 

Discussion ensued, and in response to a question from a member about concerns from businesses and a petition, officers confirmed that parking provision had been looked into and would be maximised where possible as the need to help support businesses was recognised. The Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport also commented that businesses may also find that when fully operational the cycle scheme may benefit the businesses and that she had contacted the lead petitioner on this issue. She emphasised that the Council was keen to hear from residents and businesses and would engage on these matters to look for any solutions.

 

79.

Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 941 KB

Report by Assistant Director of Strategic Planning and Infrastructure on applications for development.

Additional documents:

Decision:

20/01105/FUL  6 Lovelace Gardens, Surbiton, KT6 6SD

Demolition of part existing dwelling (extension) to create access to rear and erection of 2 x five bed dwellings including parking and associated works (revised design details).

 

Permitted, subject to legal agreement and the conditions and informatives set out in the report and late material, subject to amendment to condition 9 in relation to maximisation of cycle storage in line with the London Plan; and to condition 19 in relation to provision of details of pedestrian access.

 

 

21/00044/FUL  Tolworth Tower, Tolworth Broadway, Tolworth, KT6 7EL 

Partial change of use of the existing Tolworth Tower to 261 residential units; the demolition of the existing retail units fronting Tolworth Broadway and the erection of two additional buildings (T2 up to 19 storeys; and T3 up to 15 storeys in height) to provide 238 residential units and ground floor commercial floorspace.

 

Comments put forward by residents and Committee members on consultation item to be forwarded to Development Control Committee.

 

 

Minutes:

Members had before them the report by the Assistant Director of Strategic Planning and Infrastructure on applications for development in the Borough.

A summary of the reasons for granting planning permission and of any relevant development plan policies and proposals is included in the report of the Assistant Director of Strategic Planning and Infrastructure for each application where permission is recommended. Permitted applications are subject to the conditions, legal agreements and informatives set out in the report and late material 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 any recommendations, additional conditions and informatives set out below.

 

20/01105/FUL  6 Lovelace Gardens, Surbiton, KT6 6SD

Demolition of part existing dwelling (extension) to create access to rear and erection of 2 x five bed dwellings including parking and associated works (revised design details).

 

Public Speakers: None

 

Permitted, subject to legal agreement and the conditions and informatives set out in the report and late material, subject to amendment to condition 9 in relation to maximisation of cycle storage in line with the London Plan; and to condition 19 in relation to provision of details of pedestrian access, as set out below.

 

Amended Condition 19


Prior to any above ground level development detailed design details of the proposed vehicular access to the new dwellings, to include details of access width, levels, finishes (including the clear delineation of the pedestrian access) and drainage (to include provision of channel drain), shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.  The development shall be implemented and retained in accordance with the approved details and kept free from obstruction thereafter.

 

Reason:  To ensure proper vehicular and pedestrian access to the site and to avoid draining onto the highway, in the interests of the safety and operation of the highway network in accordance with Policy T6 of the London Plan (March 2021) and policies CS6 and DM8 of the LDF Core Strategy (2012).

 

 

Voting

 

Unanimous

 

 

21/00044/FUL  Tolworth Tower, Tolworth Broadway, Tolworth, KT6 7EL 

Partial change of use of the existing Tolworth Tower to 261 residential units; the demolition of the existing retail units fronting Tolworth Broadway and the erection of two additional buildings (T2 up to 19 storeys; and T3 up to 15 storeys in height) to provide 238 residential units and ground floor commercial floorspace.

 

Public Speakers: Terezie Wickenden and Joanna Johnson spoke in objection to the proposals and Bob McCurry, Carl Dawson, Simon Brambles and Lloyd Bush spoke on behalf of the applicant.

 

The Committee noted the circulated late material relating to the application.

 

In summary, the following points were raised:-

 

Questions from residents speaking in the meeting

 

1.Terezie Wickenden (Victoria Avenue)

 

The parliament of this country, as well as Kingston Council, have declared a climate emergency and proposed developments need to align with this context to be viable. This is not only a requirement of the new London Plan and Sl 2, but a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 79.

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  • 80.

    LIP Programme pdf icon PDF 82 KB

    Report by Executive Director, Corporate and Communities on the LIP Programme 2021/22.

     

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Resolved, that

     

    1.    the proposed schemes as listed in the table in Annex 1 be endorsed and included in the indicative submission to TfL; and

    2.    it be noted that any adjustments required to Annex 1, should funding levels be reduced by TfL, will be delegated to the Executive Director of Corporate and Communities in consultation with Portfolio Holder.

     

    Officers undertook to look into matters raised on i) current one way arrangements and repairs to Tolworth Close; ii) review of cycling signage; and iii) exit arrangements at Surbiton Health Centre. 

     

    Minutes:

    The Committeehad before them the report by the Assistant Director, Highways, Transport, and Regulatory Services on the LIP Programme 2021/22, along with the schedule of planned highway maintenance for the Borough circulated as late material.

     

    TfL funding was provided to London boroughs to support local transport improvements that accord with the latest Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) goals, as set out in the Greater London Authority (GLA) Act 1999. The mechanism for delivering those improvements was through the LIP, which is the Borough’s strategic highway policy.

    In order to obtain funding, the Council must show how each scheme submitted will support the MTS goals; with the recently published MTS, this means that boroughs must demonstrate how proposals will support the vision to transform London streets, improve public transport and create more opportunities for new homes and jobs.

    TfL wrote to boroughs in May 2020 advising that all work on LIP programmes should be paused, due to the vast reduction in fare revenues the Coronavirus pandemic had caused, where demand for services decreased. Since that time TfL successfully agreed two interim funding packages with the Government to cover costs up until 31 March 2021, known as the Extraordinary Funding and Financing Agreement.

    Given the current financial uncertainties beyond March 2021, certain working assumptions had been necessary, but boroughs would need to consider uncertainties both about the quantum of funding in budgets in 2021/22 and the timing of the confirmation of that funding.

    The current Extraordinary Funding and Financing Agreement between DfT/TfL runs until 31 March 2021. Beyond this point a further settlement was required, and discussions between DfT/TfL were ongoing and would hopefully conclude before the new financial year. This means that TfL were currently unable to confirm how much funding would be provided to boroughs in the next financial year 2021/22.

    TfL had advised boroughs to prepare an outline list of proposals spanning all borough programmes for 2021/2 and submit them to TfL by 1 March 2021. The list should prioritise proposals up to the value of the borough’s annual allocation based on what it was due to receive in 2020/21. Officers had indicated to TfL that Kingston’s submission would be after strategic committee approval on 17 March.

    The list of schemes at Annex 1 had been prioritised accordingly, and it was highlighted that the project list included a combination of continuation schemes carried over from 20/21, as well as new schemes.

    In view of the financial situation, TfL had yet to confirm allocations to boroughs for the development of discretionary funded items in 2021/22 under the programmes of LIP Major Schemes, Liveable Neighbourhoods, Cycleway Network Development (previously known as Quietways), and Bus Priority. TfL hoped to provide clarity on this once the financial position was understood.

     

    During discussion, members highlighted some matters for further consideration and officers undertook to look into issues raised on i) current one way arrangements and repairs to Tolworth Close; ii) a review of cycling signage; and iii) the exit  ...  view the full minutes text for item 80.

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  • 81.

    Objections to Disabled Bays - Various Locations pdf icon PDF 96 KB

    Report by Assistant Director, Highways & Regulatory on objections to disabled bays in various locations.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Resolved, that

    1.     the comments and objections received, summarised in paragraphs 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 11 & 12, and officer comments in paragraphs 5, 8 & 14, be noted;

    2.     the objections received on the Douglas Road and Victoria Avenue applications be set aside, and the implementation of the TMO for the introduction of new disabled bays in those roads be approved;

    3.     the current Parking Places TMO for Victoria Avenue be amended to convert a pay and display space to a resident bay to offset any loss as set out in paragraph 7; and

    4.     the objections received on Alexandra Drive be upheld and the application for a disabled parking bay be refused, with objectors and applicant informed of the Committee’s decision.

    Minutes:

    Members considered the report by the Assistant Director - Highways, Transport, and Regulatory Services on objections to Traffic Management Orders relating to disabled parking bays in various locations.

     

    TMOs were published in November 2019, October 2020 and November 2020 to introduce new disabled bays outside number 6 Victoria Avenue, outside 167 Douglas Road, and outside 19 Alexandra Drive. During the statutory consultation periods, the Council received one objection in Douglas Road, two objections in Victoria Avenue and three objections in Alexandra Drive.

     

    In relation to the objections on 6 Victoria Avenue, officers considered that there was a need to provide a bay within a reasonable distance to where it was needed and the suggested alternatives would not meet that need.  It was considered that the proposed location was the most suitable location, but it was acknowledged that there were existing parking pressures in the area. Giving due consideration to the Council’s duties under the Equality Act, it was recommended that the disabled bay should be installed as proposed, and to offset the loss here, one pay and display bay from outside 3 Victoria Avenue should be converted into a resident bay.

     

    On 167 Douglas Road, officers confirmed they were aware of the points raised in the objection, but considered that it was unreasonable to force the applicant to use an existing disabled bay that is further away than might be appropriate, especially as there is no guarantee that the bay would be vacant.  Furthermore, that bay may have been provided to meet the needs of others in the vicinity. Taking those points into consideration as well as considering the Council’s duties under the Equality Act, it was recommended that the bay should be installed.

     

    With regard to 19 Alexandra Drive, and giving due consideration to the Council’s duties under the Equality Act, officers considered that the proposed disabled bay would impact on road safety and it was recommended to uphold objections received, and to work with the applicant on improving their current crossover to allow a disabled vehicle to park safely within their forecourt. 

     

    It was then


    Resolved, that

    a)    the comments and objections received, summarised in paragraphs 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 11 & 12, and officer comments in paragraphs 5, 8 & 14, be noted;

     

    b)    the objections received on the Douglas Road and Victoria Avenue applications be set aside, and the implementation of the TMO for the introduction of new disabled bays in those roads be approved;

     

    c)    the current Parking Places TMO for Victoria Avenue be amended to convert a pay and display space to a resident bay to offset any loss as set out in paragraph 7; and

    d)    the objections received on Alexandra Drive be upheld and the application for a disabled parking bay be refused, with objectors and applicant informed of the Committee’s decision.

     

     

    Voting

     

    Unanimous

     

    Recorded Vote
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    Objections to Disabled Bays in Various Locations Motion Carried
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  • 82.

    Work Programme pdf icon PDF 55 KB

    Minutes:

    Received as information.

    83.

    Urgent Items Authorised by the Chair

    Minutes:

    There were no urgent items.

    84.

    Exclusion of the Press and Public

    The following resolution is included as a standard item which will only be relevant if any exempt matter is to be considered at the meeting for which the Committee wish to resolve to exclude the press and public:

     

    To exclude the public from the meeting under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that it is likely that exempt information, as defined in paragraph x of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act, would be disclosed and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

     

    Minutes:

    The motion to exclude press and public was not required.