Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Thursday, 10th October, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

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

Items
No. Item

225/19

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 26 September 2019 as an accurate record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 26 September 2019 be signed as a correct record.

 

226/19

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.

 

227/19

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.

228/19

Development presentations pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To receive the following presentations on a proposed development:

229/19

19/02317/PRE Part of College Road Car Park Adjacent Croydon College, College Road, Croydon, CR0 1PF pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Erection of part 33 part 48 storey building comprising approximately 836 co-living units (Use Class sui generis) and approx. 120 residential units (Use Class C3), and associated parking, servicing, landscaping and public realm works.

 

Ward: Fairfield

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Erection of part 33 part 48 storey building comprising approximately 836 co-living units (Use Class sui generis) and approx. 120 residential units (Use Class C3), and associated parking, servicing, landscaping and public realm works.

 

Ward: Fairfield

 

Simon Bayliss and Simon Toplis from HTA Design attended 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:

 

Height of buildings:

Members had differing views with regards to the height of the towers.

Some Members raised concern about the heights, clustering and the daylight/sunlight impact on the surrounding area.

Some Members welcomed the height, but only if the two towers had their own identity.

Some Members support a tiered approach, stepping down from 101 George Street to College Green.

 

Affordable Housing:

100% of Tower B proposed as shared ownership; Members welcomed the principle of C3 affordable housing delivery. 

However there is a need for  affordable rented accommodation provision within the scheme, either as affordable rent within Tower B (involving conversion of shared ownership) or consideration of discounted rented accommodation within the co-living Tower A.

Members questioned how the developer will calculate the rental values of the co-living units and whether all services within the building would be included within the rent.

 

Co-Living:

Whilst there was general support for the principle of co-living, Members were clear that they needed further assurance/justification – they requested to visit a co-living scheme to gain a better understanding of how they operate, management and safety of them as a living alternative.

Members challenged what would happen if co-living did not work – would need to be conditioned that the scheme could be retrofitted to C3.

There was general consensus from Members that communal space at top and bottom was appropriate.

The variety of finishes on each floor to give them uniqueness was positively received.

Some Members were concerned that the scheme does not provide accommodation for families.

Members challenged the applicant to demonstrate safety of all users within the scheme, for example in the corridor spaces.

 

Design approach:

There were mixed views on the design of the building.

Members discussed the geometry of the building and the awkward points where the façade is stretched, particularly on the corners – this needs further work.

Members want to see individuality in the towers – not to have the same cladding approach on both which exacerbates the potential for coalescence.

 

Colonnades:

Members reiterated the importance of the link between East Croydon rail station and the Fairfield Halls.

Members indicated the colonnade looked positive, but challenged the applicant to ensure the space was as safe, active and well-lit as possible.

There were further suggestions for the applicant to work further with the neighbouring applicants for elements of Fairfield to be brought through into this scheme.

 

Parking:

Given the sustainable location, there was request for provision of blue badge spaces and mobility scooters.

 

Other Matters:

Daylight and sunlight impact on the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 229/19

230/19

Planning applications for decision pdf icon PDF 86 KB

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

 

231/19

19/02132/FUL 32 Woodcrest Road, Purley, CR8 4JB pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Demolition of existing house; erection of a four/five storey building including accommodation in the roofspace to provide 8 apartments; provision of 3 car parking spaces, refuse store and new landscaping.

 

Ward: Purley and Woodcote

Recommendation: Grant permission

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Demolition of existing house; erection of a four/five storey building including accommodation in the roof space to provide 8 apartments; provision of 3 car parking spaces, refuse store and new landscaping.

 

Ward: Purley and Woodcote

 

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

 

Mr Richard Bartlett spoke against the application.

 

Mr Sam Carr, on behalf of the Applicant, spoke in support of the application.

 

Councillor Perry proposed a motion for REFUSAL of the application on the grounds of over development of site, dense of size and massing and the impact on the street scene, loss of amenity for adjoining occupants, and insufficient parking contrary to DM 10.1 and DM10.6, and the London Plan 6.2. Councillor Streeter seconded the motion.

 

Councillor Scott proposed a motion for APPROVAL of the application based on the officer’s recommendation. Councillor Pelling seconded the motion.

 

The motion to refuse was put forward to the vote and fell with four Members voting in favour and six Members voting against.

 

The motion to approve was put forward to the vote and carried with six

Members voting in favour and four Members voting against.

 

The Committee therefore RESOLVED to GRANT the application for the development of 32 Woodcrest Road, Purley, CR8 4JB.

 

232/19

19/03621/FUL Garages to the Rear of 19 Burlington Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 8PG pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Demolition of existing garages. Erection of a two storey residential terrace comprising 4 x 3 bedroom dwellings and 2 x 2 bedroom flats with associated amenity space, parking and landscaping.

 

Ward: Thornton Heath

Recommendation: Grant permission

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Demolition of existing garages. Erection of a two storey residential terrace comprising 4 x 3 bedroom dwellings and 2 x 2 bedroom flats with associated amenity space, parking and landscaping.

 

Ward: Thornton Heath

 

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

 

Mr Don White and Ms Bronwen Thompson spoke against the application.

 

Mr James Hodgkins the Applicant’s Agent, spoke in support of the application.

 

Councillor Pelling proposed a motion for APPROVAL of the application based on the officer’s recommendation. Councillor Scott seconded the motion.

 

The motion to refuse was put forward to the vote and carried with seven Members voting in favour, two Members voting against and one Member abstaining their vote.

 

The Committee therefore RESOLVED to GRANT the application for the development of the Garages to the Rear of 19 Burlington Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 8PG.

233/19

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.

234/19

Other planning matters pdf icon PDF 104 KB

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

235/19

Weekly Planning Decisions and Performance pdf icon PDF 379 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.

 

236/19

Planning Appeal Decisions (September 2019) pdf icon PDF 93 KB

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

Minutes:

The report was received for information.