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265.

Attendance by Reserve Members

To note the attendance at this meeting of any duly appointed Reserve Members.

 

Reserve Members may attend meetings:-

 

(i)                 to take the place of an ordinary Member for whom they are a reserve;

(ii)               where the ordinary Member will be absent for the whole of the meeting; and

(iii)             the meeting notes at the start of the meeting at the item ‘Reserves’ that the Reserve Member is or will be attending as a reserve;

(iv)              if a Reserve Member whose intention to attend has been noted arrives after the commencement of the meeting, then that Reserve Member can only act as a Member from the start of the next item of business on the agenda after his/her arrival.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note the attendance at this meeting of the following duly appointed Reserve Members:-

 

Ordinary Member

 

Reserve Member

 

Councillor Christine Robson

Councillor Simon Brown

Councillor Anne Whitehead

Councillor Ghazanfar Ali

 

266.

Right of Members to Speak

To agree requests to speak from Councillors who are not Members of the Committee, in accordance with Committee Procedure 4.1.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That no Members, who were not members of the Committee, had indicated that they wished to speak at the meeting.

267.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:

 

(a)               all Members of the Committee;

(b)               all other Members present.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that the following interests were declared:

 

Agenda Item 10 – Planning Applications Received (items 2/04 & 2/05)

 

Councillor Keith Ferry declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a trustee of the West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust.  He would remain in the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.

 

Agenda Item 10 – Planning Applications Received (item 2/01)

 

Councillor Barry Kendler declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was acquainted with the objector to this application.  He would remain in the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.

 

Agenda Item 10 – Planning Applications Received (item 2/07)

 

Councillor Barry Kendler declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was Ward Councillor for Edgware where Stag Lane School was located.  He would remain in the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.

268.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 73 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2016 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2016 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

269.

Public Questions

To receive any public questions received in accordance with Committee Procedure Rule 17 (Part 4B of the Constitution).

 

Questions will be asked in the order notice of them was received and there be a time limit of 15 minutes.

 

[The deadline for receipt of public questions is 3.00 pm, Friday 2 September 2016.  Questions should be sent to publicquestions@harrow.gov.uk  

No person may submit more than one question].

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that no public questions were put, or petitions or deputations received.

270.

References from Council and other Committees/Panels

To receive references from Council and any other Committees or Panels (if any).

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that there were none.

RESOLVED ITEMS

271.

Representations on Planning Applications

To confirm whether representations are to be received, under Committee Procedure Rule 29 (Part 4B of the Constitution), from objectors and applicants regarding planning applications on the agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That in accordance with the provisions of Committee Procedure Rule 30 (Part 4B of the Constitution), representations be received in respect of items 2/01, 2/03, 2/04, 2/05 on the list of planning applications.

RECOMMENDED FOR GRANT

272.

2/01 & 2/02: Cowmans Cottage, OLD CHURCH LANE, STANMORE - REFERENCE: P/2866/16 & REFERENCE: P/3122/16 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

REFERENCE:  P/2866/16

 

PROPOSAL:  Single storey side extension; replacement windows to side elevation; installation of 1.8M high railings and fence to side and rear boundary; lowering courtyard and new retaining walls; external alterations (demolition of cowshed).

 

REFERENCE:  P/3122/16

 

PROPOSAL:  Replacement single storey side extension including an increase in height; extension and alteration to the scullery to become the link; alteration to north lobby of the cottage to remove windows and door to be set aside for reuse and removal of brick and plaster infill; installation of 1.8m high railings and fence to side and rear boundary; lowering courtyard and new retaining walls; repairs to the existing garden wall.

 

Following a brief introduction to the reports, officers responded to Members’ questions and comments as follows:

 

·                     the proposed glazing, was not inconsistent with a historic building, would maintain the existing open design of the cowshed and the degree of overlooking would be offset by the likely limited occupation.  The architects had opted for glazing to the elevation of the new cowsheds following guidance and advice from both English Heritage and the Local Planning Authority;

 

·                     the details of the sale agreement of Cowmans Cottage (which had been sold by Harrow Council in 2012), were not available at the meeting and in any case, they were not a material planning consideration and therefore had not been included in the planning assessment.  It was important to note that the original sale conditions allowed for far more extensive changes to the property than was currently proposed in the application;

 

·                     there was insufficient space in the current layout of the cowsheds for the new proposed use and the proposed extension would therefore have an increased height of 500mm above the existing ridge line.  This increase in height had been decided following consideration of all other possible alternatives and was the best possible option under the circumstances.  It was important to note that the building was affected by subsidence, which meant that the current roofline was lower than previously; 

 

·                     a S.215 enforcement notice or an urgent works notice could be served on the property, however the first would require minimal works to be carried and neither type of enforcement action would resolve the issue of extensive dilapidation of the property.  Furthermore, there were no obvious sources of finance available to fully restore the buildings;

 

·                     the Network Team, who were responsible for dealing with any traffic and parking related issues during the building works, (which were covered by the Construction Method Statement), would be consulted;

 

·                     supporting documents to the application showed that historic materials would be re-used where possible. However, estimates of what proportion of materials used would be historic could only be made once the site had been deconstructed. Under condition 8, these materials would need to be made available for on-site inspection by the Council’s Conservation Team;

 

·                     the Heritage Impact Assessment indicated that excavations at the site would not cause harm to the listed wall or its foundations.

 

a Member proposed a motion for refusal, which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 272.

RECOMMENDED FOR GRANT

273.

2/03: Shaftesbury Playing Field, GRIMSDYKE ROAD, HATCH END - REFERENCE: P/2872/16 pdf icon PDF 5 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  Installation of Six 12.0m High Floodlight Columns

 

Following a brief introduction to the report, officers responded to Members questions and comments as follows:

 

·                     the playing fields were used for both training and matches;

 

·                     the previous application had been refused and under the current application, the height of proposed floodlights had been reduced by 3m and would be fitted with rear louvres.  This would mitigate any undue harm to the adjacent Pinnerwood Park Estate Conservation Area.

 

Members agreed that the following additional condition requiring details of the proposed electronic cabinet, including proposed plans and elevations be submitted to, and approved by the local planning authority, be included in the list of conditions.

 

The Committee received representations from an objector, Sharon Edwards and from the applicant, Robin Greenwood.

 

DECISION:  The Committee agreed the reasons for approval as set out in the officer report and granted planning permission subject to the Conditions listed in Appendix 1, of the officer report, and the additional condition above, agreed at the meeting.

 

The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to grant the application was unanimous.

 

RECOMMENDED FOR GRANT

274.

2/04 & 2/05 West House Cafe, WEST HOUSE, WEST END LANE, PINNER - REFERENCE: P/1792/16 & P/1796/16 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSALS:

P/1792/16: Extension of Paved Terrace with Low Timber Post and Rail Fence

P/1796/16:  Retention of Existing Terrace

 

The Chair advised that the above applications had been deferred from the previous meeting pending a site visit, which had since been undertaken.  He also advised that the officer report confirmed that the pathway in front of West House was not a Public Right of Way.

 

Officers responded to Members questions and comments as follows:

 

·                     the proposed fence on the west, south and east side of the terrace, would be a low post and rail fence, which would ensure that the character of the area was preserved;

 

·                     the existing terrace and proposed extension to it would not seek to change the existing pathway around West House.

 

Members expressed concern regarding reduced accessibility for the public to the thoroughfare in front of the café and possible health and safety issues arising from this.  The Chair stated that as this was an open public space, it would be difficult to place restrictions on people’s freedom of movement.

 

Following a proposal from a Member, it was agreed that an additional condition requiring the installation of directional signage for pathways adjacent to the proposed terrace, be added to the list of conditions.

 

a Member proposed refusal of item 2/04 - P/1792/16, on the following grounds:

 

‘The proposal would fail to contribute positively to the setting and quality of the Designated Open Space and it has not been demonstrated that there are any wider benefits which would outweigh the loss of Open Space, contrary to Policies DM1 and DM18 of the Development Management Policies Local Plan (2013).’

 

The motion was seconded, put to the vote and lost.

 

The Committee received representations from an objector, Jackie Lindop and from a representative of the applicant, Cliff Lichfield.

 

DECISION:

 

2/04 The Committee agreed the reasons for approval as set out in the officer report and granted planning permission subject to the Conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the officer report, the additional condition listed above agreed at the meeting and as amended by the Addendum.

 

The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to grant application 2/04 was by a majority of votes.

 

Councillors Ghazanfar Ali, Simon Brown, Keith Ferry and Barry Kendler voted for the application.

 

Councillors June Baxter, Stephen Greek and Pritesh Patel voted against the application.

 

2/05 The Committee agreed the reasons for approval as set out in the officer report and granted planning permission subject to the Conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the officer report and as amended by the Addendum.

 

The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to grant the application was unanimous.

 

RECOMMENDED FOR GRANT

275.

2/06: 20 Waverley Road, HARROW - REFERENCE: P/1808/16 pdf icon PDF 546 KB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  Demolition of garage and erection of a single storey side to rear extension, to convert dwelling into 3 flats, including the installation of new access ramps to the front and side entrances, bin stores and off-street car parking spaces.

 

Following a brief introduction to the report, officers responded to Members questions and comments as follows:

 

·                     the two ground floor flats would have direct access to the gardens, while access for the upper floor flat would be along a narrow pathway at the side;

 

·                     only two off-street parking spaces were proposed as this would allow an area of soft landscaping at the front.  There was sufficient on-street parking and there was currently no CPZ in the area and none was planned in the near future.

 

a Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:

‘This proposal is an overdevelopment, with excessive scale and insufficient parking provision, which will harm the character of the street and the amenity of neighbouring occupiers, contrary to policies DM1 and DM26 of the Local Plan (2013), CS1 of the Core Strategy (2012) and 7.4 and 7.6 of The London Plan (2016).’

The motion was seconded, put to the vote and won.

 

DECISION:  REFUSED

 

The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to Refuse the application was by a majority of votes.

 

Councillors June Baxter, Stephen Greek, Barry Kendler and Pritesh Patel voted to refuse the application.

 

Councillors Keith Ferry and Simon Brown voted against the motion to refuse.

 

Councillor Ghazanfar Ali abstained from voting.

 

RECOMMENDED FOR GRANT

276.

2/07: Stag Lane Infant and Junior School, COLLIER DRIVE, EDGWARE - REFERENCE: P/2840/16 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  Three single storey modular buildings to provide five classrooms for a temporary period of 24 months (Demolition of existing two linked modular four classroom buildings)

 

DECISION:  The Committee agreed the reasons for approval as set out in the officer report and granted planning permission subject to the Conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the officer report.

 

The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to grant the application was unanimous.

 

RECOMMENDED FOR GRANT

277.

2/08: 29-46 Cowen Avenue, SOUTH HARROW - REFERENCE: P/2034/16 pdf icon PDF 5 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  Conversion And Change Of Use of Storage Area On Ground Floor To Create One Additional Flat; External Alterations

 

DECISION:  The Committee agreed the reasons for approval as set out in the officer report and granted planning permission subject to the Conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the officer report.

 

The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to grant the application was unanimous.

 

RECOMMENDED FOR GRANT

278.

2/09: 1-46 Cowen Avenue, SOUTH HARROW - REFERENCE: P/2791/16 pdf icon PDF 843 KB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  External alterations to include replacement roof tiles; replacement of steel balcony and walkway railings; replacement of external communal doors and external wall insulation

 

DECISION:  The Committee agreed the reasons for approval as set out in the officer report and granted planning permission subject to the Conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the officer report.

 

The Committee wished it to be recorded that the decision to grant the application was unanimous.

 

279.

Member Site Visits

To arrange dates for Member site visits that have been agreed during the course of the meeting (if any).

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that there were no site visits to be arranged.

280.

Any Other Urgent Business

Which cannot otherwise be dealt with.

Minutes:

None.