Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 21st May, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: This meeting will be held remotely; to view the meeting, please click here.

Contact: Michelle Ossei-Gerning
020 8726 6000 x84246  Email: michelle.gerning@croydon.gov.uk

Items
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Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 211 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 7 May 2020 as an accurate record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 7 May 2020 be signed as a correct record.

 

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Disclosure of Interest

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of a pecuniary interest not already registered.

 

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Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There was none.

93/20

Development presentations pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To receive the following presentations on a proposed development:

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19/05282/PRE The Fair Field (College Green), Park Lane, Croydon pdf icon PDF 223 KB

Public Realm scheme to transform the Fair Field (also known as College Green and Fairfield Gardens) into a world class public space.

 

Ward: Fairfield

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Public Realm scheme to transform the Fair Field (also known as College Green and Fairfield Gardens) into a world class public space

 

Ward: Fairfield

 

Stuart Cade from MICA Architects Ltd and Charles Holland from Charles Holland Architects representing the applicant attended the virtual meeting to give a presentation and respond to Members' questions and issues raised for further consideration prior to submission of a planning application.

 

The main issues raised at this meeting were as follows:

 

Overall design intent and approach:

§  There was general support for the scheme and consensus that it is an exciting project.

 

§  There was discussion around the visual connection to the area with Members suggesting that the scheme should have a more visual connection to the wider history and culture of Croydon.

 

§  There was a suggestion that the flags shown in the scheme could be redesigned to celebrate the multicultural heritage of Croydon and a suggestion of incorporating a peace garden or equivalent.

 

§  Questions were raised around the maintenance of the scheme, and the team advised that a budget has been set aside for the scheme and it has been designed to be of low-maintenance.

 

Water field area and soft landscaping:

§  The waterfront feature was welcomed and Members heard that water jets will be part of the water field.

 

§  There were questions around the seasonality and use of the water feature.

 

Park Lane frontage and Fairfield Halls forecourt:

§  There was discussion around the space for drop off for Fairfield Halls and the applicant confirmed that this was not due to change. There was general consensus that the scheme is not making the most of the forecourt area and more could be done with further trees suggested to make the most of this space.

 

§  Members also questioned the design of paving across Wellesley Road.

 

§  There was a question about the design of the wayfinding structures and how the design reflects Croydon.

 

Play field area:

§  There were questions around the balance of the green space for the college students and whether there needed to be a more structured area for this use. Members were advised that the play space area has space for football, basketball and skateboarding use.

 

Kiosk structures:

§  There were discussions around the design of the kiosks which members felt could be more inspiring and have wider connection to Croydon. Members questioned whether these could be designed to reflect historic structures in Croydon and it was suggested that the design could reflect landmarks from other parts of the borough which are not visible from the site.

 

There were questions around the use, and whether it could be structured as play structures, or peace garden or equivalent. Members suggested it was key to ensure adaptability to a range of users.

 

George Street step free route:

§  Members heard that the scheme has been designed to provide a step free level access from Fairfield Halls connecting to George Street.

 

 

At 8:00pm the planning committee adjoined for a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 94/20

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Planning applications for decision pdf icon PDF 148 KB

To consider the accompanying reports by the Director of Planning & Strategic Transport:

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair announced that the agenda application items would be heard in the following order: 18/06069/FUL 4-20 Edridge Road, Croydon, CR0 1EE; 19/04500/FUL 1 Smitham Downs Road, Purley, CR8 4NH; 19/06036/FUL 41 Woodcrest Road, Purley, CR8 4JD and 18/04811/FUL 216-220 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7JD

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18/06069/FUL 4-20 Edridge Road, Croydon, CR0 1EE pdf icon PDF 300 KB

The erection of a part 33 storey, part 11 storey building providing 230 residential units (Use Class C3).

 

Ward: Fairfield

Recommendation: Grant permission

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The erection of a part 33 storey, part 11 storey building providing 230 residential units (Use Class C3).

 

Ward: Fairfield

 

The officers presented details of the planning application and responded to questions for clarification.

 

Mr Ash Kumar, the applicant’s agent, provided a written statement in support of the application. This was read out by the committee clerk.

 

The Committee deliberated on the application presentation heard before them having heard all the speakers who addressed the Committee, and in turn addressed their view on the matter.

 

The substantive motion to APPROVE the application based on the officer’s recommendation was taken to the vote having been proposed by Councillor Paul Scott. This was seconded by Councillor Toni Letts.

 

The substantive motion was carried with four Members voting in favour and one Member abstained their vote.

 

The Committee therefore RESOLVED to GRANT the application for the development of 4-20 Edridge Road, Croydon, CR0 1EE.

 

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19/04500/FUL 1 Smitham Downs Road, Purley, CR8 4NH pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Demolition of existing three storey house and detached garage and erection of a five storey building (including basement and accommodation within the roof space) to provide 9 units as well as associated new vehicular access, car parking, cycle/refuse storage and soft/hard landscaping.

 

Ward:Coulsdon Town

Recommendation: Grant permission

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Demolition of existing three storey house and detached garage and erection of a five storey building (including basement and accommodation within the roof space) to provide 9 units as well as associated new vehicular access, car parking, cycle/refuse storage and soft/hard landscaping.

 

Ward: Coulsdon Town

 

The officers presented details of the planning application and responded to questions for clarification.

 

Councillor Luke Clancy provided a written statement in objection to the application. This was read out by the committee clerk.

 

Ms Neal Thompson, the applicant’s agent, provided a written statement in support of the application. This was read out by the committee clerk.

 

The Committee deliberated on the application presentation heard before them having heard all the speakers who addressed the Committee, and in turn addressed their view on the matter.

 

The substantive motion to APPROVE the application based on the officer’s recommendation was taken to the vote having been proposed by Councillor Paul Scott. This was seconded by Councillor Toni Letts.

 

The substantive motion was carried with four Members voting in favour and one Member abstained their vote.

 

The Committee therefore RESOLVED to GRANT the application for the development of 1 Smitham Downs Road, Purley, CR8 4NH.

 

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19/06036/FUL 41 Woodcrest Road, Purley, CR8 4JD pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Demolition and erection of a three storey building with accommodation in the roof, comprising of 8 units, with associated car parking, removal and installation of a crossover, cycle parking, refuse storage and landscaping.

 

Ward:Coulsdon West

Recommendation: Grant permission

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Demolition and erection of a three storey building with accommodation in the roof, comprising of 8 units, with associated car parking, removal and installation of a crossover, cycle parking, refuse storage and landscaping.

 

Ward: Coulsdon West

 

The officers presented details of the planning application with no questions for clarification.

 

Mr and Mrs Peter Gee and Mr and Mrs Ronald Standen provided a joint written statement in objection to the application. This was read out by the committee clerk.

 

Mr Tim Humphries, the applicant’s agent, provided a written statement in support of the application. This was read out by the committee clerk.

 

The Committee deliberated on the application presentation heard before them having heard all the speakers who addressed the Committee, and in turn addressed their view on the matter.

 

The substantive motion to APPROVE the application based on the officer’s recommendation was not supported.

 

Councillor Scott proposed a motion to REFUSE this application for further development on the grounds that the scheme has taken the wrong approach in excavating the frontage to match the adjacent roof height; the scheme is out of character; the design is not in the spirit of the SDG resulting in over development of the site; it has a poor quality design in reference to the gable roof being too big and the balcony openings being too small. The design is too wide within the site and the depth of excavation and the retaining walls is out of character. This was seconded by Councillor Letts.

 

The motion to refuse was put to the vote carried with all five Members unanimously voting in favour.

 

The Committee therefore RESOLVED to REFUSE the application for the development of 41 Woodcrest Road, Purley, CR8 4JD.

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18/04811/FUL 216-220 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7JD pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Removal of existing structures, demolition of existing building, alterations erection of part three storey / part four storey building, provision of retail use (A1 Use Class) at lower ground floor and ground floor, provision of 8 flats comprising 1 x 1 bedroom flat at rear lower ground floor, 2 x 1 bedroom flats at rear ground floor, 2 x 1 bedroom flats, 1 studio flat, and 1 x 3 bedroom flat at first floor, and 1 x 3 bedroom flat at second floor (in roof space), provision of associated refuse storage and cycle storage, provision of one off-street parking space at rear.

 

Ward:Bensham Manor

Recommendation: Grant permission

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Removal of existing structures, demolition of existing building, alterations erection of part three storey / part four storey building, provision of retail use (A1 Use Class) at lower ground floor and ground floor, provision of 8 flats comprising 1 x 1 bedroom flat at rear lower ground floor, 2 x 1 bedroom flats at rear ground floor, 2 x 1 bedroom flats, 1 studio flat, and 1 x 3 bedroom flat at first floor, and 1 x 3 bedroom flat at second floor (in roof space), provision of associated refuse storage and cycle storage, provision of one off-street parking space at rear.

 

Ward: Bensham Manor

 

The officers presented details of the planning application and officers responded to questions for clarification.

 

The Committee deliberated on the application presentation heard before them having heard all the speakers who addressed the Committee, and in turn addressed their view on the matter.

 

The substantive motion to APPROVE the application based on the officer’s recommendation was taken to the vote having been proposed by Councillor Paul Scott. This was seconded by Councillor Jason Perry.

 

The substantive motion was carried with all five Members unanimously voting in favour.

 

The Committee therefore RESOLVED to GRANT the application for the development of 216-220 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7JD.

 

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Items referred by Planning Sub-Committee

To consider any item(s) referred by a previous meeting of the Planning Sub-Committee to this Committee for consideration and determination:

 

There are none.

Minutes:

There were none.

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Other planning matters pdf icon PDF 104 KB

To consider the accompanying report by the Director of Planning & Strategic Transport:

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Weekly Planning Decisions pdf icon PDF 72 KB

This report provides a list of cases determined (since the last Planning Committee) providing details of the site and description of development (by Ward), whether the case was determined by officers under delegated powers or by Planning Committee/Sub Committee and the outcome (refusal/approval).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report was received for information.

 

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Planning Appeal Decisions (April 2020) pdf icon PDF 100 KB

This report provides details of town planning appeal outcomes and the range of planning considerations that are being taken into account by the Planning Inspectors, appointed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Minutes:

The report was received for information.