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Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors: Najeeb Latif, Simon McGrath, Peter Southgate, Billy Christie and Dave Ward.

 

The Chair thanked the Councillors attending as substitutes

2.

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of pecuniary interest.

 

However Councillor David Dean declared, in the interest of openness and transparency that his son attended sporting events at the application site of Item 12. He choose to leave the Chamber for the duration of the item, taking no part in the discussion or vote.

 

Councillor Russell Makin declared, in the interest of openness and transparency, that he may attend a sporting event at the application site of Item 12 in the future. However this did not prevent him from taking part in the decision.

3.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 25 April 2019 were 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, 8, 9, 10, 11,  and 12.

 

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

5.

13-24 Alwyne Mansions, Alwyne Road, Wimbledon SW19 7AD pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Application Number: 19/P1006      Ward: Hillside

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Variation of Condition subject to conditions

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that application 19/P1006 is:

Granted Variation of Conditions subject to Conditions.

Minutes:

Proposal: Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) attached to LBM Planning Permission 17/P2397 relating to the conversion of roofspace into 4 x self-contained flats, involving the erection of rear dormer roof extensions and front facing rooflights (Scheme 2)

 

The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from Ward Councillor Daniel Holden who raised residents’ concerns including:

·         Application is using elements of the two previous schemes, and this combination of raising the roof and extending the dormers is overdevelopment

·         There are inconsistencies in the application

·         The application does not consider loss of daylight and sunlight to local residents

·         Compton Road residents will be most affected by this proposal

 

Members asked officers about the applications allowed on Appeal and how this application relates and noted that this application is to amend the approved plans associated to 17/P2397 (Scheme 2) and therefore the main consideration relates to the increased depth of the rear dormers by 0.51m. Scheme 2 has a 0.4m higher ridge height than Scheme 1 (17/17/2396)

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted to GRANT Variation of Condition subject to conditions

 

6.

Land to the Rear of 2A Amity Grove, Raynes Park, SW20 0LJ pdf icon PDF 167 KB

                       

Application Number: 18/P4148                  Ward: Raynes Park

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions and a Section 106 agreement

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that application 18/P4148 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions and a S106 agreement

Minutes:

Proposal: Erection of a two storey building comprising of 3 x residential units with associated landscaping and cycle parking.

 

The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation and additional information in the Supplementary Agenda.

 

In reply to Members’ questions, officers made points including:

·         The site is not on contaminated land, it is many years since it was a petrol station

·         Concerns regarding daylight and sunlight informed the design, hence the sloping roof and set back. There will be very little impact on daylight or sunlight. There are already tall buildings in the vicinity

·         small gardens and small patios are proposed – these meet policy requirements

·         Condition 6 requires the refuse storage to implemented and available for use prior to occupation of the development

 

Members made comments including:

·         Proposal is too big, is overdevelopment and will have problems with waste

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions and a Section 106 agreement.

 

7.

36 Grenfell Road, Mitcham, CR4 2BY pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Application Number: 18/P4483                  Ward: Graveney

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Planning Permission subject to relevant conditions and legal agreement.

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that application 18/P4483 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions and legal agreement

Minutes:

Proposal: Demolition of residential block and erection of a replacement building comprising 3 x self-contained flats across two floors, roofspace and basement level.

 

The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation.

 

In reply to Members’ questions, Officers made points including:

·         The development is policy compliant

·         The lower floor not quite a basement, it creates a light-well  that is open to the elements and so is a sunken garden.

·         The conditions cover issues of groundwater

·         The Council’s engineers have assessed the site and are content with the application. Building Control will cover issues related to the construction process and neighbouring properties. Party Wall agreements are not a Planning matter

·         The proposed development matches its neighbours in terms of bulk and scale.

 

Members made comments including:

·         Understand that it is policy compliant but don’t like the bulk, scale or sunken garden.

·         It is a very complicated construction on a small site

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions and legal agreement

 

8.

14 Highbury Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7PR pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Application Number: 18/P4442                  Ward: Village

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC resolved to Refuse Planning Permission for 18/P4442

The reasons for refusal will be detailed in the Minutes of the Meeting

Minutes:

Proposal: Removal of existing garage extension, erection of a single storey rear extension; alterations to existing first floor balcony and balustrade; replacement of existing rear dormer window with two dormer windows, associated internal alterations and construction of a basement beneath part of rear garden.

 

The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation and additional information in the Supplementary agenda

 

The Committee Received verbal representations from two objectors to the application who made points including:

 

·         This application is in a Conservation Area and it is still too large and unneighbourly

·         Nothing has changed  - this is a huge underground development

·         The Planning Inspectors report incorrectly states that the basement was size was reduced to address the concerns of neighbours

·         This is a very un-green application, consider the thousands of tons of cement to construct it and the ongoing water and heating requirements of the pool

·         The garden will be decimated and trees lost, including a magnificent magnolia tree.

·         The Officers report does not consider the large number of underground streams in the area. There are warnings that the development will act as a dam, re-routing large amounts of water to neighbouring properties

·         The Councils Flood Risk Officer has concerns

·         The development will cause ecological damage, no ecological appraisal has been carried out contrary to CS13

·          The basement construction method statement warns that the vast excavation will create so much waste water that it will need to be removed in a tanker

·         This report also says that Ground conditions may be unstable during excavation which is terrifying for close neighbours

 

The Committee Received verbal representations from the Applicant and their Agent who made points including:

·         Applicants want to restore this locally listed building

·         The Planning Inspector had concerns with the first floor extension on the previous application

·         With all the information available to him, The Planning Inspector did not refuse the appeal for the previous application on the basement

·         The basement in this application is 39% of the garden size and is therefore policy compliant

·         The application is supported by the Council’s Tree Officer

·         The Environment Agency classify the area as low flood risk

·         Thames Water say that the waste water can be discharged into the foul water mains

·         No development can take place until the Flood Risk survey is approved?

·         Only one tree will be removed – the Magnolia tree. All trees are set within the boundaries

·         The Applicant said that her son was a very promising swimmer and having a 25m pool would enable him to train twice a day and help him reach his potential.

 

The Committee Received verbal representations from Ward Councillor Andrew Howard who made points including:

·         This application is still unacceptable – it has not changed from last time

·         Residents’ concerns are still not given due respect

·         Residents have raised the same objections as for the previous application

 

In reply to Members’ Questions, Officers made points including:

·         The Planning Inspectors report on the previous application can be challenged regarding statements of fact. Planning Officers have to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Garages R/O 38 Inglemere Road, Mitcham, CR4 2BT pdf icon PDF 134 KB

 

Application Number: 19/P0498                  Ward: Graveney

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Planning Permission subject  to a S106 agreement and relevant conditions

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that application 19/P0498is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions and S106 agreement

Minutes:

Proposal: Demolition of garages and erection of 4 x 3 bed dwellinghouses with associated parking and landscaping.

 

The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation

 

In reply to Members’ questions officers said:

·         It is not known if the garages ever belonged to the existing houses. The parking survey showed that there are 48 spaces in the area, so even if the garages are currently used for parking cars, the loss of the garages would not create a parking issue.

·         An ‘Angled Privacy Screen’ is a mechanism to prevent direct overlooking of neighbours whilst still allowing light into the propery

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted unanimously to GRANT Planning Permission subject to a S106 agreement and relevant conditions

 

10.

3 Lincoln Avenue, Wimbledon Park, SW19 5JT pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Application Number: 19/P0558                  Ward: Village

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions and Section 106 Agreement

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that application 19/P0558 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions and S106 Agreement

Minutes:

Proposal: Erection of 3 x six bedroom detached houses with basements

 

The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation and additional information in the Supplementary Agenda including corrections to the number of bedrooms of each proposed unit.

 

Members noted that there was already an approved scheme for this site, and that this new scheme proposed a more modern design.

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

and Section 106 Agreement

 

11.

Merton Hall, Kingston Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1LA pdf icon PDF 123 KB

 

 

Application Number:19/P0205                  Ward: Abbey

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Variation of condition

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved to Refuse the Variation in Conditions for 19/P0205.

The reasons for refusal will be detailed in the Minutes of the Meeting

Minutes:

Proposal: Application To Vary Condition 8 (Hours Of Operation) In LBM Planning Permission 17/P2668, Relating to alterations and extensions to existing Merton Hall building including partial demolition of the single storey hall, and alterations and refurbishment to the retained main two storey building and erection of a new worship hall, cafe, foyer and meeting/group rooms for use of by Elim Pentecostal Church.

 

Variation proposed To Condition 8: To (Extend use of Church beyond 10pm to 10.30pm Monday to Sunday and beyond that time on no more than 10 separate occasions a year. No Church service or similar activity shall take place after 10pm Mondays To Sundays. These restrictions would not apply to administrative use including small meetings of no more than 15 Persons)

 

The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation and additional information in the Supplementary agenda.

 

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

·         The current opening hours are a vital safeguard to residents

·         Merton Hall is surrounded by family homes, it is 15m away from children’s’ bedrooms.

·         The roof  ventilation system will generate noise.

·         Elim Church has been gifted the freehold of Merton Hall

·         It is unreasonable that Elim Church have made this application before they have even taken possession of the new building. The extra noise levels, sound protection, disturbance and pollution have not been tested.

·         Police have been called 18 times in a year to Elim Church at the current site in High Path

·         If Elim had any respect for local residents they would stick to a 9pm finish time

 

The Committee received a verbal presentation from the Applicant’s representative who made points including:

·         I am a Church Elder, I am responsible for the music in the Church and I live very close to Merton Hall. I would not be happy to think that children were having their sleep disturbed.

·         It is common practice to turn off mechanical plant so that it does not cause a disturbance

·         This application is about the Logistics of living in London. The Church needs to open at times suitable for us to attend after work, and to fit in the additional use of the building by other the Sri Lankan and Brazilian congregations we host. The building will also be used by the Pelham School Community Choir, and Merton’s food bank

·         The building will be available for the use of other community groups – its value as an asset is only limited by what people ask for.

·         The building cannot brought into operation without sensible functioning arrangements that allow for sensible practical logistics

 

The Committee received a verbal presentation from Ward Councillor Nigel Benbow who made points including:

·         I am calling for this application to be rejected

·         The Voices of Abbey Ward residents must be heard. Over 200 objections have been made to this application

·         The local police are opposed to this application

·         This is a quiet residential area, there are no other noisy buildings on this part of Kingston Road that are open seven  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Old Rutlishians Association Sports Ground, Poplar Road, Merton Park pdf icon PDF 105 KB

 

Application Number: 19/P0824      Ward: Merton Park

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that application 19/P0824 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions.

Minutes:

Proposal: Installation of new cricket nets to replace existing, erection of new storage shed & erection of mesh-wire fencing along western and eastern boundaries to height of 1.8m.

 

The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation and additional information in the Supplementary agenda

 

The Committee received a verbal representation from one objector who made points including:

·         Nets have already been erected, and the planning application is incomplete

·         These nets are only 6.5m from houses, they used to be 30m away

·         The nets are used up until 9.30pm in the evenings and every weekend from 8.30am to 9pm. Residents are woken up every weekend at 8.30am. In the Summer holidays there will be Summer camps in addition

·         Even when not in use the nets attract children

·         The bowling machines make even more noise, and the whole application has a huge impact on local residents quality of life

 

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

·         I am a volunteer on this site where 1000 people play sport

·         This application is exactly the same size as the previously allowed scheme, but it is in a different location to allow us to make better economical use of the Land

·         We have not seen any complaints

·         Since the build we recognise that

o    there needs to changes to the curtains.

o   That early morning use must stop – we have already changed the start time to 9am

o   We recognise that the bowling machines are noisy and we will listen to the neighbours and make changes

·         We want the hedge to grow to help prevent vandalism

 

In reply to Members Questions, The Development and Planning Manager made points including:

·         The structure is not permanent so we cannot put hours of use restrictions on it

·         The hours of use are restricted by daylight

·         The nets have been positioned to accommodate other sports pitches on site

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

13.

72 Southdown Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8PX pdf icon PDF 101 KB

Application Number: 19/P0807      Ward: Hillside

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions and Section 106 Agreement

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that application 19/P0807 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions and S106 Agreement

Minutes:

Proposal: Conversion of single storey dwellinghouse to create 1 x three bedroom flat and 1 x two bedroom flat

 

The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation

 

Officer replied to members’ questions:

·         Permit Parking is allowed for the current house. This application does not increase this; so there is a condition limiting permit parking to one of the new properties.

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted unanimously to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions and Section 106 Agreement

 

14.

7 Sunnyside Place, Wimbledon SW19 4SJ pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Application Number: 19/P0132      Ward: Hillside

 

Officer Recommendation: GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that application 19/P0132 is:

Granted Planning Permission subject to Conditions.

Minutes:

Proposal: Erection of a three storey rear extension and installation of new balustrade to existing front roof terrace and alterations to façade.

 

The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation

 

RESOLVED

 

The Committee voted unanimously to GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions

 

15.

Tree Preservation Order (No.738) at 5 Highbury Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7PR pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Ward: Village

 

Officer Recommendation: That the Merton (No.738) Tree Preservation Order 2019 be confirmed, without modification.

Additional documents:

Decision:

PAC Resolved that:

Merton (no.738) Tree Preservation Order 2019 is confirmed without modification

Minutes:

The Committee noted the officers report and presentation.

 

The Ward Councillor, Thomas Barlow, spoke and raised points including:

·         Speaking on behalf of the residents of 5 Highbury Road

·         They have had technical surveys done, to industry standards by structural engineers and arboricultural experts , that recommend the removal of the trees

·         The trees are causing lifting and cracking to drives and pavements

·         The trees cause shadowing all day

·         The residents would plant younger trees in slightly different location if they could remove the application trees

 

The Planning development Manager informed the Committee that:

·         The Council’s tree officer says that these trees are worthy of protection, and should not be removed

·         Tree Officers do allow trees to be removed if the evidence suggests that it is necessary. If the applicant has further evidence this should be resubmitted for reconsideration

·         A minor crack in the pavement does not mean that a tree has to be removed

·         If the TPO is not confirmed then the trees can be removed

 

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Merton (No.738) Tree Preservation Order 2019 be confirmed, without modification.

 

16.

Planning Appeal Decisions pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: The Committee noted the report on Planning Appeal Decisions

17.

Planning Enforcement - Summary of Current Cases pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Minutes:

The Chair reminded Members that they should talk to Officers if they have any enforcement issues in their ward.

RESOLVED: The Committee noted the report on Current Enforcement Cases.