Agenda, decisions and minutes

Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhood
Thursday 24 June 2021 7:30 pm

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No. Item

40.

Appointment of the Chair and Vice-Chair

To appoint the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhood Committee and its Planning Sub-Committees for the Municipal Year 2021-22.

Decision:

RESOLVED that Councillor Simon Edwards be appointed Chair and Councillor Lesley Heap be appointed Vice-Chair for the Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhood Committee and Planning Sub-Committee for the municipal year 2021-22.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that Councillor Simon Edwards be appointed Chair and Councillor Lesley Heap be appointed Vice-Chair for the Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhood Committee and Planning Sub-Committee for the municipal year 2021-22.

41.

Public Questions

A period of up to 30 minutes during which any resident of the Borough or representative of organisations operating within the Borough (other than members of the Council) may ask questions on matters relevant to the Committee.

 

Questions must be submitted in writing to democratic.services@kingston.gov.uk by 10am on the working day prior to the meeting (Wednesday 23 June 2021)

 

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

42.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Kevin Davis, Ed Fram, Jason Hughes and Nicola Sheppard.

43.

Declarations of Interest

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

 

Minutes:

Members of this Committee who were also Members of the Development Control Committee, including Councillors Edwards, Arora, Bailey and Heap declared that they would not be able to take part in the discussion of the item or make comments on the item but were able to ask factual questions.

 

44.

Minutes

To confirm that the minutes of the meeting held on 24 March 2021 are a correct record.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 24 March 2021 were approved as a correct record.

45.

Petitions

To receive petitions submitted by Councillors or members of the public who live, work or study in the Borough. The petition must contains 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.

46.

Neighbourhood Managers Report

Minutes:

The Neighbourhood and Community Manager, Megan Mellor addressed the Committee on the following matters:

 

·         Local Plan

 

The next phase of engagement on Kingston’s new Local Plan was being launched during the week commencing 28 June. The team would be adding to the views heard in 2019. There had been an unprecedented amount of change since then - the London Plan had come into force, Covid, changed planning rules, Brexit, and the Council had declared a climate emergency.

 

It covered a range of topics and was the final step before creating the draft plan. Residents and stakeholders would also have the chance to review sites that had been submitted to the council as potential future development opportunities. The key message was- it’s our Local Plan

 

·         Covid

 

More than 100,000 PCR test kits had been distributed during the programme of surge testing and vaccinations across the borough. The number of completed tests already returned for processing was over 36,000. Kingston’s rates remained at above 70 per 100,000 population per week, with a much higher concentration of rates among our young people.

 

·         Kingston Community Lottery

 

Members noted that the launch of the Kingston Community Lottery was imminent, and the aim was to support and raise funds for good causes in the borough.

47.

Planning Consultation item: 21/00880/FUL - 53-59 High Street New Malden KT3 4BU pdf icon PDF 277 KB

To receive a presentation on planning application 21/00880/FUL - 53-59 High Street New Malden KT3 4BU.

Minutes:

Members considered a planning consultation item of application 21/00880/FUL - 53-59 High Street New Malden KT3 4BU. It was noted that the planning application had been brought to the Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhood Committee for comment. The application would be determined at the Planning Committee (if the Officer recommendation was for approval) in accordance with the Council’s Scheme of Delegation.

 

The developer consultants team explained that the application was for the demolition of the existing building and erection of a new part 9, part 5 storey building plus basement to provide residential units (Class C3) and flexible ground floor mixed-use commercial, business and service space (Class E) ancillary plant, servicing and blue badge parking, landscaping and associated works (for information purposes this includes 49 dwellings and 592 sqm of flexible commercial, business and service space floorspace (GIA).

 

A number of residents addressed the Committee to raise concern with the proposed development which included:

 

·         Principle of the Proposed Development;

·         Retail, Employment and Commercial Floorspace

·         Impact on the Character of the Area/Impact on Designated & Non-Designated

·         Heritage Assets;

·         Impact on Neighbour’s Residential Amenity;

·         Flood Risk & Drainage;

·         Air Quality & Noise;

·         Standard of Accommodation;

·         Housing mix;

·         Affordable Housing;

·         Highways and Parking;

·         Trees;

·         Fire Safety

·         Standard and Mix of Accommodation

·         Microclimate (wind, glare, noise)

·         Biodiversity; and,

·         Sustainability.

48.

Coombe Estate Highways Estimates 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To comply with the requirements of the Maldens and Coombe Urban District

Council Act 1933 to enable the level of Coombe Estate Maintenance to be determined for recovery of costs in June 2021.

Decision:

RESOLVED that the maintenance estimates for the Coombe Estate Roads, as set out in the Annex 1 to the agenda report, be approved.

Minutes:

Members considered a report outlining the maintenance estimates for the Coombe Estate roads in order to comply with the requirements of the Maldens and Coombe Urban District Council Act 1933.  This was to enable the level of Coombe Estate maintenance to be determined for recovery of costs in June 2021.

 

The Committee noted that the Council, as owner of a number of roads (the Scheduled Roads) within the Coombe Estate, was required by provisions the of the Act to report to the Committee, on an annual basis, the estimated sums deemed appropriate to keep these roads in a satisfactory condition. The estimate covered routine works (including street and gully cleansing, grass cutting, shrubs and trees), ad hoc wors (including repairs to carriageway, footway, kerbing, drainage, street furniture), planned works, (including footway reconstruction carriageway resurfacing, tree removal) and access management (e.g. gate persons).

 

RESOLVED that the maintenance estimates for the Coombe Estate Roads, as set out in the Annex 1 to the agenda report, be approved.

 

Voting: Unanimous

49.

20mph Zone Consultation pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To comment on the results of the various streams of engagement undertaken on proposals to introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential roads across the borough, and the officers recommended proposals which will be reported to the Place Committee on 9 July 2021.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that the views of residents in certain roads be sought with a view to introducing a 20 mph limit where specific safety issues would be addressed by so doing, and where such roads are boundary roads with adjacent neighbourhoods, subject to their agreement.

Minutes:

Members considered a report with recommendations following various streams of engagement undertaken on proposals to introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential roads across the borough. It was noted that a consultation had taken place in January and February 2020 and the data and feedback were due to be reported to Committee in March 2020. However due to the COVID 19 pandemic this report was delayed.

 

The Committee noted that the results of the consultation were inconclusive when considered on a general basis and across the whole borough, and whilst there were some elements which showed positive support, there were also those where there was negative feedback.

 

It was reported that residents in the Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhood indicated that they were less supportive of the measures, with 161 who agreed and 228 who disagreed with the proposals. As such the recommendation was for no further action at this time, but rather to review the consultation roads and engage with those roads and areas where there was support.

 

RESOLVED that the views of residents in certain roads be sought with a view to introducing a 20 mph limit where specific safety issues would be addressed by so doing, and where such roads are boundary roads with adjacent neighbourhoods, subject to their agreement.

 

For:                             Councillors

 

Against:                     None (0)

 

Abstentions:              Councillors Roy Arora, Rowena Bass and Ian George (3)

50.

Community Grants pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To consider applications for Neighbourhood Community Grant (NCG) and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding. To also agree the Committee’s Councillor Ward funding arrangements for the 2021/22 municipal year.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that the -

 

1.    allocation of £2,500 of Neighbourhood Community Grant funding to Achieving for Children for a Garden project to enhance the garden of Dukes Avenue in New Malden that provides supported accommodation for up to 7 young people at one time who are care leavers or homeless and aged 16-25, be approved;

 

2.    allocation of £168 of Neighbourhood Community Grant funding to the Kingston Tour Guides/ Kingston Heritage Service Postcard Competition, be approved;

 

3.    the existing allocation of £2,000 per Councillor as set out in the Neighbourhood’s Councillor Ward Funding Scheme, be retained;

 

4.    allocation of £50,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding to fund a childrens playground in Manor Park, be approved;

 

5.    allocation of £35,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding to procure a landscape designer/architect and quantity surveyor to design a scheme up to a RIBA Stage 3 to improve the existing pocket park and fountain roundabout in New Malden, be approved.

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on applications for Neighbourhood Community Grant (NCG) and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding and proposals to continue with the existing Councillor Ward funding arrangements for the 2021/22 municipal year.

 

Achieving for Children had applied for £2,500 to enhance the garden of Dukes Avenue in New Malden. It was envisaged that this would help to improve mental health of residents through activities such as writing, art therapy and gardening.

 

Kingston Tour Guides had applied for funding shared across all neighbourhood Committees, which totalled £673 to support their inaugural Kingston Schools Postcard Competition. It was highlighted that this would encourage pupils to take an active interest in the borough's heritage and to promote all four neighbourhoods' heritage sites through the creation and sending of postcards.

 

The Committee considered the two applications for Community Infrastructure Levy including the allocation of £50,000 to fund a children’s playground in Manor Park and an allocation of £35,000 to procure a landscape designer and quantity surveyor to design a scheme up to improve the existing pocket park and fountain roundabout in New Malden.

 

It was noted that for the Children’s playground, if planning permission was separately granted, would benefit children, young people, parents and carers by bringing aesthetic improvements to the existing site of the playground at Manor Park. It was determined that the separate proposal for the pocket park and fountain roundabout would enhance the public realm at New Malden Town Centre and increase activity to the existing site.

 

RESOLVED that the -

 

1.    allocation of £2,500 of Neighbourhood Community Grant funding to Achieving for Children for a Garden project to enhance the garden of Dukes Avenue in New Malden that provides supported accommodation for up to 7 young people at one time who are care leavers or homeless and aged 16-25, be approved;

 

2.    allocation of £168 of Neighbourhood Community Grant funding to the Kingston Tour Guides/ Kingston Heritage Service Postcard Competition, be approved;

 

3.    the existing allocation of £2,000 per Councillor as set out in the Neighbourhood’s Councillor Ward Funding Scheme, be retained;

 

4.    allocation of £50,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding to fund a childrens playground in Manor Park, be approved;

 

5.    allocation of £35,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding to procure a landscape designer/architect and quantity surveyor to design a scheme up to a RIBA Stage 3 to improve the existing pocket park and fountain roundabout in New Malden, be approved.

 

Voting: Unanimous

51.

Urgent Items Authorised by the Chair

Minutes:

There were no urgent items authorised by the Chair.