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311.

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 Anne Whitehead

Councillor Simon Brown

 

312.

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, in accordance with Committee Procedure Rule 4.1, the following Councillors, who were not Members of the Committee, be allowed to speak on the agenda item indicated:

 

Councillor

 

Ameet Jogia

 

Barry Macleod-Cullinane

 

David Perry

Planning Application

 

1/04, 2/03

 

1/03, 1/05

 

1/05

 

313.

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 1/02 & 1/02

 

Councillor Simon Brown declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he lived in the vicinity of the application site and he was a Local Ward Councillor there.  He would remain in the room whilst the matter was considered and voted upon.

314.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 65 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 October 2016 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 October 2016 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

315.

Public Questions & Deputations

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 11 November 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 deputations received.

316.

Petitions

To receive petitions (if any) submitted by members of the public/Councillors under the provisions of Committee Procedure Rule 15 (Part 4B of the Constitution).

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note the receipt of the following petition, containing 1,480 signatures, which was referred to the Corporate Director of Community for consideration.

 

‘Quality open Metropolitand Lan (MOL) will be lost if the Harrow School replacement Sports Hall is relocated, and enlarged to include a conference suite, as proposed.  Residents and visitors access to appreciate the current wonderful views is restricted to footpaths and London’s Capital Ring walking route and they will be blocked or blighted by the proposed positioning.  This includes the views of our only Grade II Listed Park which was set out by Capability Brown in 1768.

 

The solution is to redevelop the existing brown field site, use more subterranean construction and a green roof/walls.  Also to use a temporary sports ‘Bubble’ and the nearby John Lyon swimming pool, during construction.

 

The conditions for developing on MOL have not been met and the public have not been consulted on the MOL aspects.  If we can’t protect a site which is MOL, in a Conservation Area, an Area of Special Character and alongside a Grade II listed Park then what can we protect?’

317.

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

318.

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 1/03, 1/04, 1/05 and 2/03 on the list of planning applications.

1/01 APPROVE 1/02 GRANT SUBJECT TO MODIFICATION OF LEGAL AGREEMENT

319.

1/01 & 1/02: St Georges Church Field, Pinner View, Harrow - P/3673/16 & P/3882/16 pdf icon PDF 754 KB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:

 

P/3673/16:  Minor Material Amendment to Vary Condition 1 (Approved Plans) of Planning Permission P/0479/15 dated 04/09/2015 to Allow Alterations to 8 of the residential units to Provide 3 Bedroom Units in place of the Approved 4 Bedroom Units; Alteration to Siting and Scale of the Turning Area For Refuse and Emergency Vehicles; Minor Changes to the Porches on 14 units.

 

P/3882/16:  Modification to Section 106 Agreement relating to Planning Permission P/2336/11 dated 10/02/2012 to allow amendment of 8 of the residential units from 4 bed houses to 3 bed houses with authority to be given to the Divisional Director of Planning in consultation with the Director of Legal and Governance Services for the sealing of the Section 106 agreement and to agree any minor amendments to the conditions or the legal agreement.

 

An officer advised that item 1/02 - P/3882/16had been withdrawn as under law, planning applications to modify Section 106 agreements may not be determined until five years after they have been originally signed, which was the case in this instance.  The Council could, however, modify a planning obligation by agreement at any time and a new recommendation (as below) was proposed.

 

An officer advised that committee approval would be sought to allow delegated authority to the Director of Planning and Regeneration to allow a deed of variation to the section 106 should such a proposal be submitted in the future.

 

Following a question from a Member, an officer advised that the increase in the size of the turning space for refuse and emergency vehicles was minimal, 0.3%.

 

DECISION:

 

P/3673/16:  GRANTED, planning permissions subject to the conditions listed in appendix 1 of the officer report, and as amended by the Addendum.

 

P/3882/16:  WITHDRAWN.  It was agreed that delegated authority would be granted to the Director of Planning and Regeneration to agree any future Deed of Variation to the S106.

 

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

 

Councillors Simon Brown, Keith Ferry, Barry Kendler and Christine Robson voted to grant the application.

 

Councillors June Baxter, Stephen Greek and Pritesh Patel abstained from voting.

GRANT SUBJECT TO REFERRAL TO:

320.

1/03: Harrow School Sports and Science Buildings, off Football Lane, Harrow - P/1940/16 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  Demolition Of Existing Buildings: Existing Sports Building, Peel House, Museum Cottage, Gardeners Compound, Boyer Webb Pavilion, Pavilion Next To The Athletics Track; Construction Of New Sports Building Over 3 Levels (7307 Sqm); New Science Building Over 3 Levels (3675 Sqm); New Landscaping Core From Existing Chapel Terrace To The Athletics Track At The Base Of Hill; New Visitors Car Parking On Football Lane Adjacent To Maths And Physics School Buildings; Re-Routing And Re-Grading Of Private Access Road; Alterations To Landscaping And Servicing For Dining Hall; Relocation Of Multi Use Games Area For Moretons Boarding House To South West Of Dining Hall

 

Following questions from Members, an officer advised that:

 

·                     the current site could not accommodate the additional sports facilities required by the school.  In planning terms, officers and the committee were obliged to assess the application before them rather than look at possible alternative siting for the proposed buildings.  A Sequential Test would not apply in this case;

 

·                     due to the school’s specific requirements with regard to the proposed new sporting facilities, the school had indicated that it would not be able to use sporting facilities outside the school location;

 

·                     the Community Use Agreement (CAS) would be finalised in January 2017.  It would be valid for a period of 10 years, the details of which would be agreed on an annual basis and the CAS could be further extended after the initial 10-year period had lapsed;

 

·                     GLA considered the CAS to be compliant with policy 3.19 of the London Plan.  The CAS had been assessed by the Greater London Authority (GLA), which was the body that administered the London Plan.  Under the CAS, 1300 hours of free access to the school’s sporting facilities would be made available to local schools.  This would be managed by senior officers from the Council’s education department, who would decide how the 1300 hours were allocated;

 

·                     the science building would be located 112m away from Vaughan Library and there would be clear space between the heritage buildings.  The proposed new buildings would be camouflaged and the new landscape would replicate the current one;

 

·                     materials to be used on external surfaces would be finalised following consultation with Heritage England and the Council’s Conservation Officer;

 

·                     the school had submitted an SPD (supplementary planning document).  The proposal successfully met the tests of the MOL (Metropolitan Open Land) swap as set out in the SPD, namely, there was no net loss of MOL.  The SPD had been undertaken in consultation with the GLA, which was the gatekeeper of the MOL.  The GLA had agreed that the MOL swap could be done, and the decision to allow this was therefore legally sound;

 

·                     a detailed construction timetable had yet to be received.  This could be further discussed with the applicant.

 

A letter received by the Planning Authority from Gareth Thomas, MP, objecting to the application was read out to the Committee.

 

a Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:

 

1.            The proposal would cause unacceptable harm  ...  view the full minutes text for item 320.

GRANT SUBJECT TO REFERRAL TO:

321.

1/04: Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore - P/1320/16 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  Demolition of existing office building and two pairs of (four) semi-detached houses and comprehensive redevelopment of the site to provide a mixed use development of 102 residential assisted/independent living units (Class C2) within a building of five to eight storeys and 70 residential units (Class C3) within a building of three to six storeys; with associated landscaping, basement and surface level parking; new vehicle access from Merrion Avenue.

 

Following questions from Members, an officer advised that:

 

·                     the lift at Stanmore Tube station would require an additional contribution from the Council in order to be built as there remained a significant funding gap;

 

·                     the Council’s stated priority to ensure that lifts were introduced at Harrow on the Hill station was not a planning matter and could not be taken into consideration when judging the merits of the application;

 

·                     the proposed development would be visible from the Conservation area.  However, this would be mitigated by the high quality of the architecture for the proposed development and in view of the low quality and dated design of the current buildings on the application site;

 

·                     TfL had indicated support for the installation of the lift at Stanmore tube Station on the proviso that delivery of the lift was reliant on funding being made available from the development and/or other Council contributions and this was subject to TfL’s approval of the design and contractors involved, and having an overseeing role during the construction.

 

a Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:

 

1.            The proposed application is an overdevelopment, with excessive height, scale, bulk and insufficient parking. It would therefore cause harm to local character and amenity, including the nearby Kerry Avenue Conservation Area, contrary to policies DM1, DM7 and DM42 of the Local Plan, CS1 and CS7 of the Core Strategy, and 7.4, 7.6 and 7.8 of the London Plan.

 

2.            The proposal would constitute an unacceptable loss of garden land, contrary to policies CS1 of the Core Strategy and 3.5 of the London Plan.

 

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

 

The Chairman advised that the application site was subject to prior approval which meant that the applicant could convert the site from office to residential use without submitting formal plans to the Local Planning Authority.  In such cases, the Planning Authority would have no say or control over such a development.

 

A Member proposed deferring the application on the following grounds:

 

1.            There is an issue regarding the topography of the site and that the developer has not taken into account that the site slopes down resulting in a flaw in the development’s design, which makes it more intrusive to neighbouring occupiers.  The applicant is requested to re-consider the development’s design to overcome this; and

 

2.            There are local highway traffic and parking problems due to the occupancy of Wembley Stadium by Tottenham Hotspurs football team.  The applicant should carry out a car parking review in conjunction with Council’s highways officers and consider parking and traffic conditions on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 321.

GRANT SUBJECT TO REFERRAL TO:

322.

1/05: 5-11 & 37-41 Palmerston Road & 27-33 Masons Avenue and Land Adjacent to 47 Masons Avenue, Harrow - P/1619/16 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  Redevelopment of the site to provide 186 residential units (Use Class C3); 1165sqm office floorspace (Use Class B1) and 695sqm flexible commercial and community floorspace (Use Classes A1, B1, D1, D2) in buildings between 1 and 17 storeys in height; Basement to provide carparking and cycle parking spaces; One vehicle access from Palmerston Road and one vehicle access from Masons Avenue; Refuse storage; Entrance gates; Public realm and landscaping; Photo-voltaic panels; Demolition of existing buildings.

 

Following questions from Members, an officer advised that:

 

·                     the proposal had been assessed against the tall buildings policy.  Although it was over the 6 storeys advised by the policy, the increase in the number of floors was mitigated by the high quality of the architecture under AAP4, paragraph 6c and paragraph 7.7 of the London Plan, and the fact that the development would bring into use redundant space on either side of the flyover;

 

·                     officers considered that the proposed development, its design and layout would respond well to the site context.  Any changes to the highway network in the future would have to take into consideration the development;

 

·                     the proposal had been fully assessed in relation to planning policy.  However, Planning policy did not have a say over whether the units could be ‘buy to let’ properties and there was no way of predicting or controlling this under planning legislation;

 

·                     a Transport Assessment, a Travel Plan and a Delivery and Servicing Plan (DSP) had been submitted in support of the application.  It was considered that 3 loading bays were sufficient for a scheme of this size.  Parking enforcement would apply in the inset bays and the bays would allow the continued free flow of traffic on Masons Avenue and Palmerston Avenue;

 

·                     each commercial unit would have its own bin and appropriate refuse storage solution on site;

 

·                     74 of the 186 units would be designated affordable housing.  Of these, 46 units  would be shared ownership and 28 units would have affordable rents;

 

·                     the application had been fully assessed by the Design Review Panel and;

 

·                     31 of the 69 proposed car-parking spaces would be in the form of ‘stackers’;

 

·                     there would be a right turn ban on the car park exit and additional traffic calming measures could be imposed in the area in the future, if required.  The Highways authority had requested a raised table crossing point at Palmerston Road;

 

·                     Thames Water had agreed to an additional condition requiring a drainage strategy to be submitted;

 

·                     the Section 106 agreement would ensure access for the Highways Authority to the flyover for inspections and maintenance;

 

·                     the planning conditions and the S.106 Planning obligation would address any concerns regarding the integrity of the highways infrastructure and the development would have to comply with building regulations regarding fire safety, etc.

 

a Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:

 

1.            The proposal would be an overdevelopment, with excessive and overbearing height, bulk, mass, scale and intensity, to the detriment of local character and amenity, contrary to policies DM1 of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 322.

GRANT

323.

2/01: Cowmans Cottage, Old Church Lane, Stanmore - P/4779/16 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

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)

 

DECISION:  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.

GRANT

324.

2/02: Cowmans Cottage, Old Church Lane, Stanmore - P/4793/16 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  Internal and external alterations including: removal of existing cowsheds and 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

 

DECISION:  GRANTED, Listed Building Consent subject to the Conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the officer report, subject to receipt of confirmation from Historic England that they do not object and receipt of confirmation from the Secretary of State that they do not wish the application to be referred to them, and as amended by the Addendum.

 

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

GRANT

325.

2-03: 1 Canons Close - P4221/16 pdf icon PDF 819 KB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL: First floor rear extension; external alterations (addition of window in first floor side elevation)

 

The Chair advised that the application was located in a Conservation Area and had been called in by a Member.

 

a Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:

 

‘The proposed first floor rear extension by reason of excessive depth, width and lack of setback from the side elevation would give rise to a bulky, obtrusive and prominent form of development, and would fail to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of this part of the Canons Park Conservation Area contrary to The National Planning Policy Framework (2012), Policies 7.4B, 7.6B, 7.8 C and 7.8D of The London Plan (2016), Core Policies CS1.B and CS1.D of the Harrow Core Strategy (2012), Policies DM1 and DM7 of the Harrow Development Management Policies Local Plan (2013), the guidance contained in the adopted Supplementary Planning Document: Residential Design Guide (2010) and the Canons Park Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy (2013).’

 

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

 

The Committee received representations from Councillor Ameet Jogia.

 

DECISION:  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 by a majority of votes.

 

Councillors Simon Brown, Barry Kendler, Keith Ferry and Christine Robson voted for the application.

 

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

GRANT SUBJECT TO LEGAL AGREEMENT

326.

2/04: Public Conveniences, Greenhill Way - P/4221/16 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  An extension to the deadline for the completion of the s. 106 Planning Obligation.

 

An officer advised that the deadline for signing the S.106 planning obligation had been listed as 20 December 2016 in error.  The Committee agreed that this date should be amended to read 15 January 2017.

 

DECISION:  APPROVED, an extension to the deadline for the completion of the s.106 Planning Obligation to 15 January 2017, or such extended period as may be agreed in writing by the Divisional Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Planning.

 

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

Grant

327.

2/05: Land Rear of 209 Harrow View, Harrow - P/2516/16 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:  Redevelopment to provide seven two storey dwellings with habitable roofspace parking bin / cycle storage and landscaping

 

Following a question from a Member, an officer advised that the refuse storage area would be sited adjacent to the car park.

 

DECISION:  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.

328.

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.

329.

Termination of Meeting

Minutes:

In accordance with the provisions of Committee Procedure Rule 14.2 (Part 4B) of the Constitution:

 

RESOLVED:  At 9.59 pm to continue until 10.30 pm.