Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Monday, 18th December, 2017 6.30 pm

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

Contact: James Haywood
020 8726 6000 x63319  Email: james.haywood@croydon.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

A217/17

Minutes of Previous Meeting

The minutes of the meeting held on 7 December 2017 will be circulated prior to the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no minutes to consider under this item.

 

A218/17

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:

Councillor Brew disclosed that he lived within 400 yards of the road in which the application at 6.4 was situated.

 

A219/17

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.

A220/17

Development presentations pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To receive the following presentations on a proposed development:

Minutes:

There were none.

A221/17

17/02637/PRE Land To The East Of Grosvenor Road, South Norwood, London pdf icon PDF 450 KB

Erection of two five storey buildings (Blocks A and B) and a seventeen storey building (block C) to provide approximately 100 residential units with associated landscaping and public realm improvements; re-provision of pay and display parking.

Ward: South Norwood

Minutes:

Colm Lacey (Brick by Brick Croydon Ltd), Simon Toplis (HTA Design LLP) and Adam Conchie (Carter Jonas) were in attendance to deliver the presentation and respond to Members' questions and issues raised for

further consideration prior to submission of a planning application. Richard Freeman (Croydon Council) also updated Members on recent developments since the report had been published.

 

The main issues raised during the discussion were as follows:

·         The importance of the ongoing public consultation exercises and the need to respond to issues raised by residents.

·         The proposed Community Hub – which was identified as an important part of the development and should be accessible for local use.

·         The impact of the scheme to the amenity of existing towers

·         The conservation area and therefore the design and architecture of the development respecting this.

·         The public realm aspect, particularly in relation to communal areas such as outdoor play spaces.

·         Provision of car parking and the impact on green spaces.

·         The affordable housing offer

 

A222/17

Planning applications for decision pdf icon PDF 238 KB

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair moved the order for this item to ensure that applications with registered speakers were heard first.

A223/17

17/03916/FUL 54 Arkwright Road South Croydon CR2 0LL pdf icon PDF 284 KB

Demolition of existing building, erection of a two/three storey building with

accommodation in roof space comprising 6 x two bedroom and 1 x three bedroom flats, formation of vehicular access and provision of 7 parking spaces, cycle and refuse storage and landscaping

Ward: Selsdon and Ballards

Recommendation: Grant permission

Minutes:

Following the officers’ presentation, Committee Members asked questions related to the flood risk to the site and the nature of the consultation for the application. Officers responded that there were conditions in place to ensure necessary steps were taken to mitigate the flood risk. The Committee were assured that a public consultation had taken place and that the statutory requirements had been fulfilled.

 

Mara Sturt-Penrose, speaking against the application, made the following points:

·         The concerns raised by residents in the consultation had been dismissed.

·         The application did not demonstrate how local properties would be protected by the impact of the new property.

·         Granting of the application would open the floodgates for other such apartment developments in the area and some developers had begun approaching owners of nearby properties to build more flats in the area.

 

The applicant, Jorge Nash, speaking in favour of the applicant, made the following points:

·         Thanked officers for good engagement with the applicant regarding the proposals.

·         The external design retained the appearance of a single house and kept the property within the character of the area.

·         Balconies and private amenities were provided for each unit and there was provision provided for parking spaces.

·         The proposal included landscaping to the front and rear of the property in keeping with the street scheme.

·         Windows in the scheme had been designed ensuring privacy was retained.

 

The Director of Planning and Strategic Transport stated that the national framework required a presumption in favour of sustainable development. Officers were satisfied that the proposal was respectful of existing sight lines and the site was situated a good distance away from other properties.

 

 

Councillor Winborn moved to refuse the application, on the basis that the development was out of character with the area and would impact on neighbouring properties. Councillor Perry seconded the motion.

 

Councillor Khan moved to approve the application. Councillor Audsley seconded the motion.

 

The first motion was put to the vote and fell with 4 voting in favour and 5 against.

 

The second motion was put to the vote and was carried with 5 voting in favour and 4 against.

The Committee resolved to GRANT the application for development at 54 Arkwright Road CR2 0LL.

A224/17

17/05104/FUL 45 Old Lodge Lane, Purley CR8 4DL pdf icon PDF 255 KB

Alterations; Erection of a single/two storey side/rear and roof extensions including accommodation with roof space. Conversion to form 5 units including associated soft and hard landscaping, bicycle, refuse/recycling storage and offstreet parking

Ward: Kenley

Recommendation: Grant permission

Minutes:

Following the officers’ presentation, Committee Members asked questions on the provision of parking at the site and officers confirmed that four parking spaces would be provided.

 

Liz Marsden, speaking in objection, raised the following points:

·         There was a shortage of family homes.

·         The development would have a negative effect on the area.

 

 

Pradnya Vaidya, speaking in objection, raised the following points:

·         There would be a loss of privacy to local residents.

·         Noise nuisance would increase due to the location of the bins

·         There was already significant pressure on parking in the area

 

Roy Sawh, speaking in objection, raised the following points:

·         The application was not in keeping with the character of the area.

·         The parking provision created was insufficient.

·         The development would make the neighbourhood less desirable to live in.

 

Councillor O’Connell, speaking in objection as Ward Member, raised the following points:

·         The development was out of character as there were no flats in the locality.

·         Traffic was a problem in the area and there were three schools in the vicinity.

·         The access to public transport rating was low.

·         The development was too large for the area.

 

 

The Director of Planning and Strategic Transport responded with the following points:

·         There were additional family units within the development.

·         The proposed extensions had been kept within the character of the area – it retained the look of a detached dwelling.

·         The development was an adequate distance from neighbours and the plot boundary.

·         The parking provision provided for exit onto the highway in forward gear.

·         There was a bus stop in close proximity to the area.

 

 

Councillor Wright moved a motion of refusal, on the basis that it was an over-development of the site and out of character with the local area.

 

Councillor Brew seconded the motion for refusal.

 

Councillor Khan moved a motion of approval and Councillor Audsley seconded the motion.  

The motion for refusal was put to the vote and fell with four Members voting in favour and five Members voting against.

 

The motion for approval was put to the vote and was carried with five Members voting in favour and four Members voting against.

 

The Committee resolved to GRANT the application for development at 45 Old Lodge Lane, Purley CR8 4DL.

 

 

A225/17

17/02918/FUL Land Adjacent 2 West Hill South Croydon CR2 0SA pdf icon PDF 286 KB

Erection of part three/four storey buildings comprising 9 three bedroom flats with associated basement parking and cycle storage Formation of vehicular

access and provision of refuse storage.

Ward: Croham

Recommendation: Grant permission

Minutes:

Following the officers’ presentation, Committee Members asked questions on trees and road safety. Officers present responded that a condition could be added which would include details of the provision of trees as part of the development. The Highways team had been consulted on the development, and officers were satisfied that the development provided for safe access to the road.

 

At 20.32pm Councillor Chowdhury arrived, and was advised by the Chair that he could not vote on this item as the consideration of the application had already commenced.

 

 

 

The Applicant, Ian Coomber, speaking in favour of the application, made the following points:

·         There had been numerous amendments made to the development as part of the pre-application process.

·         The development was marketed at local residents looking to downsize, and thus would free up family properties in the area.

·         The development was close to Purley and Sanderstead stations and a local bus route.

·         Tree protection measures were in place.

 

 

Councillor Perry moved a motion that deferred decision of the application until further design work had been undertaken to make the development more within keeping of the surrounding area.

Councillor Wright seconded the motion for deferral.

 

Councillor Audsley moved a motion for approval of the application. Councillor Khan seconded the motion.

 

The motion for deferral was put to the vote and fell with four Members voting in favour and five voting against.

 

The motion for approval was put to the vote and was carried with five Members voting in favour and four voting against.

 

The Committee resolved to GRANT the application for development at 2 West Hill South Croydon CR2 0SA.

A226/17

17/03814/FUL Earl Of Eldon, 63 Brighton Road, South Croydon CR2 6ED pdf icon PDF 286 KB

Erection of a three storey building to rear of existing pub to create 6 x  bedroom flats (Class C3), landscaping and boundary treatments, erection of extension to rear of pub (Class A4), demolition of extension to side/rear of pub, alterations

Ward: Croham

Recommendation: Grant permission

Minutes:

Following the officers’ presentation, Members asked questions related to car parking and outside amenities. Officers present responded that there was informal parking provision that could accommodate between four to six cars. The access to public transport rating was very high for the site. Each ground floor property had outside amenity space, the upper floor units each had balcony provision and the unit at the top of the property included a roof terrace.

 

Councillor Perry moved a motion for refusal on the basis of over-development of the site and lack of parking provision.

 

Councillor Chowdhury moved a motion for approval, and Councillor Khan seconded the motion.

 

Councillor Wright seconded the motion for refusal.

 

 

The motion for approval was put to the vote with five Members voting in favour and five Members voting against. The Chair used his casting vote in favour of the motion, and therefore the motion was carried, causing the second motion to fall.

 

 

The Committee resolved to GRANT the application for development at Earl Of Eldon, 63 Brighton Road, South Croydon CR2 6ED.

 

 

A227/17

17/04917/FUL Land R/O 21 Beech Way, South Croydon CR2 8QR pdf icon PDF 583 KB

Erection of 3 four bedroom detached houses and 4 four bedroom semi detached houses with associated access and parking

Ward: Selsdon & Ballards

Recommendation: Grant permission

Minutes:

Following the officers’ presentation, Members asked questions related to an archaeological site in the area and waste collection plans. Officers present responded that the area was not an archaeological priority zone and therefore no survey was required at the site. The site had sufficient space for access to refuse vehicles.

 

During the debate an issue was raised regarding the ecological impact of the proposals. Officers present responded that the lawn was not a species-rich habitant and that most of the hedgerows and trees within the plot would be retained.

 

An issue regarding the archaeological status of the site was also raised during the debate. Officers present stated that the Historic England mapping software had been consulted and the site did not fall under a priority zone.

 

Councillor Wright moved a motion for approval with a condition that desktop research be undertaken on the archaeological status of the site.  

Councillor Chowdhury seconded the motion.

 

The motion was put to the vote and was carried with nine Members voting in favour and one against.

 

 

The Committee resolved to GRANT the application for development at 21 Beech Way, South Croydon CR2 8QR, subject to the following condition:

·         That desktop research be undertaken on the archaeological status of the site.

A228/17

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.

A229/17

Other planning matters

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

 

There are none.

Minutes:

There were none.