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Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Venue: Council chamber - Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX. View directions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Russell Makin.

Councillor David Chung attended as substitute

2.

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of pecuniary interest.

 

Councillor Linda Kirby made a statement to inform the Committee that she and Councillor Najeeb Latif had both Chaired recent Design Review Panel meetings. At these meetings neither take any part in the debate or vote on the proposal.

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2019 are agreed as an accurate record.

4.

Town Planning Applications

The Chair will announce the order of Items at the beginning of the Meeting.

A Supplementary Agenda with any modifications will be published on the day of the meeting.

Note: there is no written report for this item

Minutes:

Supplementary Agenda: Amendments and modifications to the Officer’s report were published in a Supplementary Agenda. This applied to items 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 15.

Order of the meeting – The Chair announced that the items would be taken in the following order 14, 7, 9, 12, 5, 10, 15, 6, 8, 11, 13, 16 and 17.

5.

61 Approach Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8BA pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Application Number: 19/P2168      Ward: Dundonald

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

PAC Resolved that Application 19/P2168 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions in the Officer’s report and additional condition to be detailed in the minutes.

Minutes:

Proposal: Application for change of use from A1(retail)  to A5 and A3 (restaurant and takeaway)

 

The Committee noted the officers report and presentation

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from a resident who made objections including:

·         This change will have a negative effect on neighbours

·         There are already 10 takeaway units in Raynes Park, and this unit is only 100m from the centre. Current takeaways already struggle

·         There is no need for more Takeaways in the area, they detract from a healthy lifestyle

·         The drawings are inaccurate, they do not show a dormer or a Velux

·         The Report says that the existing flue is taller than the Ridge Height, but photo evidence shows that it is not

·         The applicant has no consideration for neighbours who will be subject to noise and smells

 

In reply to Members questions Officers made comments including:

 

·         Officers have worked with Environmental Health colleagues who have submitted conditions on noise and smell mitigation

·         The photo does appear to show that the existing flue ends below ridge height. It can be conditioned to ensure that new flue is above ridge height

·         The neighbouring Fish and Chip shop has opening hours which vary during the week. The latest it opens is to 11pm on a Thursday and Friday. It would be unreasonable to limit the proposal’s opening hours, with the exception of the Sunday hours, to the same as the neighbour without good planning reason.

·         There are two flats above

·         There are Public Health concerns with takeaways that are sited near to Schools, but that does not apply in this case

 

Officers confirmed that they could add a condition requiring the new flue to be taller than ridge height and they could amend the opening times to a 10.30pm close on Sunday

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions in the officers report, a change to 10.30pm for the end of opening hours on a Sunday and an additional condition regarding the height of the exhaust flue

 

The wording of the additional condition is delegated to the Director of Environment and Regeneration

6.

SMART Centre, Canterbury Road, SM4 6PT pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Application Number: 19/P2421      Ward: St Helier

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that Application 19/P2421 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions

Minutes:

Proposal: Installation of a multi-use games area with erection of perimeter fencing and roof net

 

The Committee noted the officers report, presentation and additional information in the Supplementary Agenda - Modifications

 

In reply to Members questions the Planning Team Leader South explained that there was a condition for replacement trees to be planted, and Officers will seek to link this to the use of a spare piece of land on the site.

 

Officers are not aware of any CCTV for this multi-use games area

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted unanimously to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

7.

Land Adj to 57 Gore Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8JN pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Application Number: 19/P2885      Ward: Dundonald

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant Planning Permission subject to conditions and S106 Agreement

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that Application 19/P2885 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions and S106 Agreement

Minutes:

Proposal: Demolition of garage and erection of a one bedroom 2 storey detached house

 

The Committee noted the officers report,  presentation and additional information in the Supplementary Agenda – Modifications. Officers acknowledged that recent information had been received that suggested that the application had floor area of less than the required 58m2 but this was the case it was only slightly less and Officers still regarded the scheme as acceptable.

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from two objectors  who made points including:

·         There are already problems with parking and dangerous turning vehicles – this proposal will make both worse and reduce pedestrian safety further

·         The property is not big enough, there must be a reason for the setting of minimum space standards

·         The proposal does not have enough outdoor space and overlooks a main road

·         The proposal will block sunlight to its neighbour

·         The proposal will cause security issues by creating a narrow side entrance.

·         It is not logical to replace a garage with a house

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from the applicant’s agent who made points including:

·         The Garage is no longer fit for use

·         A recent application was refused, but this proposal does compliment Gore Road

·         It would provide adequate internal and amenity space

·         4 out of 5 adjacent roads are of the same width and have the same issues. This site has a dropped kerb but other kerbs could be used

·         The main habitable rooms have windows facing east.

 

The Ward Councillor, Anthony Fairclough, made a verbal representation including points:

·         Amplify resident’s concerns

·         This application will make the turning circle more difficult and dangerous

·         The proposal will affect neighbour amenity

·         The standard of accommodation is not policy compliant; it is too small and does not meet the minimum outdoor space standards

·         It is not acceptable to suggest that the future occupants can take out a gym membership

 

The Planning Team Leader North addressed issues raised by objectors:

·         Regarding  the turning circle in Gore Road, he explained that issues with vehicle turning cannot be considered as a reason to withhold planning permission as the applicant is perfectly entitled to erect a 1m fence on their boundary, tomorrow, without any permission required. If this was done it would have the same effect on the turning circle as the proposal.

·         The site is in a CPZ and the proposal is permit free and so will not impact on parking.

·         Any effect on light is in non-habitable rooms

·         The previous  application was not refused on highway grounds

 

In reply to Members’ questions Officer made comments including:

·         Thames Water were consulted, but choose not to reply, which indicates that they had no issue with the application

·         The amenity space is less than would normally expect, but as the house is only one bedroomed Officers have taken a balanced view and believe that the proposal would work.

·         It is possible to ask the applicant for a construction logistic plan regarding vehicle turning

·         Issues with vehicle turning cannot be considered  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

14 Grosvenor Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4SA pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Application Number: 19/P3219      Ward: Village

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that Application 19/P3219 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions

Minutes:

Proposal: Erection of a two storey dwelling house (with accommodation at basement level and within the roof space) together with provision of off-street parking and associated landscaping

 

The Committee noted the officers report and presentation and additional information in the Supplementary Agenda – Modification. Members noted that the height of the proposal is the same as that previously allowed

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted unanimously to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

9.

Oakleigh, Herbert Road, Wimbledon, SW19 3SH pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Application Number: 19/P1799      Ward: Dundonald

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant Planning Permission subject to conditions and S106 Agreement

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that application 19/P1799 is:

Refused, the reasons will be detailed in the minutes

Minutes:

Proposal: Two storey rear extension and change of use to facilitate 15 bedroom, house in multiple occupation (HMO)

 

The Committee noted the officers report and presentation, and noted that Condition 10 had been amended so that there were now only 11 occupants allowed.

 

The Committee received verbal representations from two residents, who raised objections including:

·         Bedroom 10, does not have any natural light, neither does the passageways, Staircases, ground floor bathroom

·         The proposal is not policy compliant as it only has 2 kitchens, and these have no cookers and insufficient counters

·         The proposal does not meet the minimum standard for bathrooms

·         The plans submitted are incorrect and misleading

·         In some rooms the ceiling height is less than 1.5 and this reduces the floor area

·         There is an error in the Planning Officers Report – Oakleigh is not an existing HMO

·         62 Local residents have opposed as this will have an unacceptable impact on the area and is a flawed and misleading application that fails to meet Merton Standards

·         Neighbours were not consulted, and the application is of a low standard

·         The area is predominantly family homes

·         The Reduced proposal is still too big

·         The Metropolitan Police are concerned, and there are concerns about safety

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from the Applicant’s Agent, who made points including:

·         Although this property does not currently have HMO use, it has been used as an HMO for the last 8 years. This application seeks to regulate this usage whilst creating higher quality accommodation.

·         We have worked closely with Planning Officers, who contest that this proposal does meet standards

·         The property already has 11 bedrooms

 

The Ward Councillor, Anthony Fairclough, addressed the Committee, and made points including:

·         The House is currently used as an HMO by a religious community

·         Standards of accommodation proposed do not meet Merton Policy or minimum space standards

·         Bedrooms do not all have windows

·         Kitchens are not of a suitable size or standard

·         The development will cause the loss of a family home

 

The Planning Team Leader North replied to points raised by the speakers:

·         The property is still considered to be a C3 Dwelling House

·         To operate as an HMO the Property will need to get an HMO License from the HMO Licensing Team

·         There are conditions to limit the number of bedrooms and number of occupants

·         There are conditions on security measures

·         The roof design and room sizes have been taken into account and all bedrooms meet HMO minimum standards

 

In reply to Members’ questions The Planning Team Leader made Points including:

·         Confirm that it is not currently a licensed HMO, it has no HMO Licence and is still classed as a C3 Dwelling House. The application includes the change of use

·         Bedroom 9 does have a roof light, so all other bedrooms have natural light  From a planning perspective hallways do not have to have natural light

·         The Guidance says 5 occupant per kitchen, this proposal has 11 occupants with 2 kitchens – Officers consider this  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Land RO 111 Kenilworth Avenue, Wimbledon, SW19 7LP pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Application Number: 19/P1173      Ward: Wimbledon Park

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant Planning Permission subject to conditions and S106 Agreement

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that Application 19/P1173 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions and S106 Agreement

Minutes:

Proposal: Erection of a two bed dwelling house with basement.

 

The Committee noted the officers report, presentation and additional information in the Supplementary Agenda - Modifications

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from a resident who raised objections including:

·         All neighbours have objected

·         Previous application on this site was rejected

·         This is a big project on a small plot, the outdoor space will only be 30m2 , when it should be 50m2 .

·         The basement is very large and its construction will cause a lot of disturbance for neighbours

·         The proposal, when built, will not be in keeping with the neighbourhood and will cause noise disturbance and a loss of privacy for neighbours

·         There are already considerable problems with sewers and flooding in the area – this will be a further burden

 

In reply to Members Questions Officers replied:

·         The separation distances are 12m at ground floor but 18m at first floor

·         Obscure glazing is not proposed because the proposal will have a similar relationship to neighbours as existing properties

·         Thames Water have been consulted, there are conditions on flood risk and further details are to be submitted.

 

Members made comments including:

·         This road is too narrow for this proposal

·         The separation distance are too small

·         The amenity Space is not adequate and is below standard

·         The Ptal rating is only 2 but the proposal will be permit free

 

A motion to refuse was proposed and seconded for the following reasons:

1.    Inadequate Separation distances

2.    Amenity Space of 30m2 is below standard

3.    There is a very poor Ptal rating but the proposal is also permit free

 

This refusal was put to the vote but not carried. The Committee continued by voting on the Officers recommendation to approve.

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions and S106 Agreement

 

11.

186 Martin Way, Morden, SM4 4AJ pdf icon PDF 170 KB

Application Number: 19/P2612      Ward: Cannon Hill

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that Application 19/P2612 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions

Minutes:

Proposal: Erection of a 1 storey dwellinghouse to rear, with associated refuse storage and cycle and vehicle parking.

 

The Committee noted the officers report and presentation

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

12.

33 Queens Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8NP pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Application Number: 19/P1981      Ward: Trinity

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant Planning Permission subject to conditions and completion of S106 Agreement

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that Application 19/P1981 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions in the Officer’s report and additional condition to be detailed in the minutes.

Minutes:

Proposal: Demolition of garage and erection of a 3 storey side extension and two storey rear extension in connection with the refurbishment/conversion of the property (containing 4 existing flats) to provide 3 additional flats (Total 7 flats).

 

The Committee noted the officers report, presentation and additional information in the Supplementary Agenda-Modifications.

 

The Committee received verbal representations from two residents objecting to the application, who made points including:

·         The proposal is overbearing and will lead to a loss of light and privacy foe neighbours.

·         It will increase noise and disturbance, particularly for neighbours overlooking the entrance

·         The proposal will put additional strain on the foul water waste system

·         The development is not sympathetic to the Conservation Area and will cause harm to the conservation area.

·         Loss of a family home, setting a precedent in the area

·         Planning Permission for a smaller scheme on this site was refused in 2007 for reasons including harm to the Conservation Area

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from Applicant’s Agent who made points including:

·         The property is already divided into flats but of a poor standard

·         Trees have been left unchecked and are now causing subsidence

·         Taking this opportunity to provide high quality accommodation in a sustainable location

·         We have taken account of the Conservation Area by providing architectural detail in the front brickwork which reflects the original brickwork

·         Building Gaps are maintained and landscaping introduced

·         The proposal does not set a precedent because the property is already flats

 

The Ward Councillor, James Holmes, addressed the Committee and made points including:

·         The refused application in 2007 was a smaller footprint

·         This will set a precedent as there’re are few flats in the area

·         In the Conservation Area Appraisal this building is picked out as making a positive contribution to the Conservation Area

·         The current Landscaping is better than that proposed

·         There will be a loss of light and privacy for neighbours

·         The proposal for 3 parking spaces is not enough, really need 7 or 8

 

In reply to Members’ Questions the Planning Team Leader North made comments including:

·         There were originally concerns about the symmetry of the building but this has been addressed by amending the design. The side extension has been moved away from the boundary and from the front.

·         The previous scheme in 2007 was different to this design, it contained a lot of windows staircase at the back. This scheme is only slightly wider, and we have to balance this against the need for new homes in the borough

·         At the moment this block has 1 parking space and a garage The proposal would include 2 on-site parking spaces and will be permit free. If this block was a new build it would also be permit free but with no on-site parking.

·         The trees to be removed will be replacedat6 the front and rear

 

Members made  comments including:

·         The hard landscaping is an unattractive treatment of the frontage, the property should look like its neighbours

·         It is overdevelopment in the Conservation Area,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

41 Quintin Avenue, Wimbledon Chase SW20 8LD pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Application Number: 19/P3003      Ward: Merton Park

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that Application 19/P3003 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions

Minutes:

Proposal: Erection of a single storey side extension with balconied roof terrace above, alterations to elevations and rear extension roof and erection of detached garden shed.

 

The Committee noted the officers report and that this application has been brought to the Planning Applications Committee as the applicant is a Council employee.

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

14.

Ravensbury Estate, Morden, CR4 4DT pdf icon PDF 256 KB

Application Number: 19/P1845      Ward: Ravensbury

 

Officer Recommendation: Grant Approval of Reserved Matters and conditions

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that Application 19/P1845 is:

Granted Approval of Reserved Matters and conditions

Minutes:

Proposal: Application for approval of reserved matters (appearance & landscaping) for Phases 2 to 4 following outline permission 17/P1718 for the regeneration of the Ravensbury Estate (on land to the west of Ravensbury Grove) comprising the demolition of all existing buildings and structures; erection of new buildings ranging from 2 to 4 storeys providing up to 180 residential units (c3 use class); provision of replacement community centre (up to 160 sqm of use class d1 floorspace); provision of new public realm, landscaping works and new lighting; cycle parking spaces (including new visitor cycle parking) and car parking spaces, together with associated highways and utilities works. Landscaping works are also proposed to the east of Ravensbury grove and along Hengelo Gardens.

 

The Committee noted the officers report and presentation and additional information in the Supplementary Agenda – Modifications. The Committee noted that the proposal before them was for  reserved matters and conditions.

 

The Committee received a verbal Representation from a Resident who made objections, on behalf of the Resident’s Association, including:

·         We are unhappy with the Tree Survey, not all areas were checked, the proposed loss of mature trees is wrong especially during a Climate Emergency

·         Unhappy with lack of representation by Ward Councillors, and political nature of this committee

·         Clarion has a poor record of Tree and hedge management, and we are worried

·         Unhappy with the height and massing of the proposal

·         The density of building in a flood zone is ridiculous

·         89% of residents are unhappy

·         Bathroom provision is not adequate in larger properties

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from the Applicant, who made points including:

·         The first phase on the estate is already under construction, this proposal will add 179 new homes with 59% social and affordable housing. The estate will be tenure blind and all properties meet or exceed London Standards. The Properties are all built to excellent environmental standards

·         All category A trees will  remain. The removed trees are to be replaced by semi-mature trees

·         The Environment Agency have been consulted with regard to flood issues

·         The development will provide a community Rose Garden and a larger Community Room

·         There has been Community Engagement throughout  the design process

 

In reply to the Objectors comments the Senior Estate Planning Officer made

comments including:

·         The applicant has engaged with the Council’s tree officer regarding the removal of the mature trees on Morden Road. They are to be replaced with semi-mature trees and additional trees are to be planted to increase the total number of trees by 68, and so is considered acceptable

·         The Density and Massing of the Proposal was previously accepted in the outline application

·         There were conditions in the outline application, previously allowed, to mitigate flood risk

·         There was initial concern from the Environment Agency, but floor plans were amended to meet their requirements

 

The Chair made the point that the Planning Committee was Quasi-Judicial and that Committee members were not politically whipped, it was for each Member to make their own decision on each  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

129 Worple Road, Wimbledon SW20 8RQ pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Application Number: 19/P2936      Ward: Raynes Park

 

Recommendation: Grant Planning Permission subject to conditions and S106 agreement

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that Application 19/P2936 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions and S106 Agreement

Minutes:

Proposal: Demolition and replacement of semi-detached building to form 3 x self-contained flats

 

The Committee noted the officers report, presentation and additional information in the Supplementary Agenda-Modifications.

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from a resident who made objections including:

·         Neighbours have objected to this large extension

·         The terraces will cause a loss of privacy and lack of light for neighbours

·         Separation distances are not very big

·         The glazed extension will be damaged by trees

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from the Applicant’s Agent who made comments including:

·         The case officer has judged the application to be acceptable in its impact on neighbour daylight and sunlight as separation distances are adequate and the rear extension steps down

·         The privacy issue has been dealt with by glass screens

·         The Applicant owns the attached neighbouring property as a private owner

·         This proposal will replace an out-dated building with 3 high quality flats

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions and S106 Agreement.

 

16.

Planning Appeal Decisions pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Minutes:

The Planning Applications Committee noted the report on planning appeal decisions

17.

Planning Enforcement - Summary of Current Cases pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Minutes:

The Planning Applications Committee noted the report on current enforcement cases