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39.

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 Keith Ferry

Councillor Ajay Maru

Councillor Christine Robson

Councillor Sachin Shah

 

40.

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

 

Planning Application

Marilyn Ashton

 

2/02, 2/04 & 2/07

Honey Jamie

2/04 & 2/07

 

41.

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 there were no declarations of interests made by Members.

42.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 129 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2018 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 June 2018 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

43.

Public Questions, Petitions & 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 in which they were received.  There will be a time limit of 15 minutes for the asking and answering of public questions.

 

[The deadline for receipt of public questions is 3.00 pm, Friday 20 July 2018.  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.

44.

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

45.

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 2/02, 2/04 & 2/07 on the list of planning applications.

46.

Addendum pdf icon PDF 893 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To accept the Addendums.

GRANT SUBJECT TO LEGAL AGREEMENT

47.

1/01: Middlesex House, 29-45 High Street - P/0178/18 pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL: Redevelopment to Provide Two And Three Storey Extensions; Recladding of Existing Building and External Alterations; Change Of Use Of Part Raised Ground Floor and Above From B1 Office to Residential Use Class C3; Creation of 111 Residential Units; Retention of 338.6 sq m of Existing B1 Office Accommodation on Part Raised Ground Floor; Creation of Internal Courtyard; Car and Cycle Parking; Landscaping; Refuse Storage.

 

DECISION:  GRANTED

 

RECOMMENDATION A

 

Granted planning permission subject to authority being delegated to the Divisional Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Planning in consultation with the Director of Legal and Governance Services for the completion of the Section 106 legal agreement and other enabling legislation and issue of the planning permission and subject to minor amendments to the conditions (set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report) or the legal agreement, and as amended by the Addendums.

 

RECOMMENDATION B

 

That if, by 25th October 2018 or as such extended period as may be agreed by the Divisional Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Planning in consultation with the Chair of the Planning Committee, then it is recommended to delegate the decision to REFUSE planning permission to 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

48.

2/01: Harrow College, Lowlands Road - P/1375/18 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:Partial demolition and single storey front to side extension to the Armstrong building to create an entrance foyer; external alterations including overcladding to the Armstrong building; single storey side extension and three storey aluminium framed lift core with glazed panels to Brunel building; metal railings to southern boundary (Lowlands Road); alterations to parking layout and landscaping (revised proposal)

 

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.

GRANT

49.

2/02: 'Glencara', Royston Grove - P/1110/18 pdf icon PDF 982 KB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL: Redevelopment to provide a three storey building comprising three flats; Parking, Bin and Cycle stores.

 

a Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:

 

‘The proposal is an overdevelopment and would harm local character, amenity and the setting of a scheduled ancient monument, contrary to policies DM1 and DM7 of the Local Plan, CS1 of the Core Strategy, and 7.4, 7.6 and 7.8 of the London Plan.’

 

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

 

The Committee received representations from an objector, Mr Cobb, from a representative of the applicant, Mr Tarzaey, and Councillor Marilyn Ashton.

 

DECISION:  GRANTED, planning permission subject to the Conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the officer report,  and as amended by the Addendums.

 

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

 

Councillors Ghazanfar Ali, Graham Henson, Ajay Maru & Sachin Shah voted for the application.

 

Councillors Stephen Greek, Anjana Patel & Bharat Thakker  voted against the application.

GRANT

50.

2/03: 1 Wynlie Gardens, Pinner - P/2297/18 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:Front porch; Single storey and first floor rear extensions; Side dormers; External alterations

 

Following questions and comments from Members, an officer advised that under permitted development, this householder planning application, could be changed from a C3 use to a C4 use without planning permission.  However, there was no evidence suggesting that the house would be used as an HMO and as such officers considered it unreasonable at this stage to impose such a condition. Notwithstanding this, if the property were changed into a large HMO (over 6 persons) then this would require planning permission in its own right for a change of use.

 

a Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:

 

‘The proposal, by reason of excessive scale and bulk, would harm local character and amenity, contrary to policies DM1 of the Local Plan, CS1 of the Core Strategy, and 7.4 and 7.6 of the London Plan.’

 

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

 

DECISION:  GRANTED, planning permission subject to the Conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the officer report, and as amended by the Addendums.

 

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

 

Councillors Ghazanfar Ali, Graham Henson, Ajay Maru & Sachin Shah voted for the application.

 

Councillors Stephen Greek, Anjana Patel & Bharat Thakker voted against the application.

GRANT

51.

2/04: The Powerhouse, 87 West Street, Harrow on the Hill - P/1604/18 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:Creation of second floor to provide two flats (retrospective); changes to the fenestration comprising alterations to existing windows and doors, introduction of new windows and doors and part replacement of gabled roof to north east of the building (retrospective); Proposed Detached Single storey building to provide two cottages; external alterations; associated landscaping and parking; Refuse and cycle storage

 

Following questions and comments from Members, an officer advised that:

 

·                     the condition relating to the use of the balcony for maintenance purposes only would be enforceable.  Another officer added that if there was evidence to show that this condition had been breached, then an enforcement notice, (which would require any further use of the balcony to cease), could be issued.  Enforcement notices were not designed to be punitive but rather, in accordance with good practice, were intended ‘to remedy the harm’ caused.  A breach of planning conditions could lead to prosecution, a fine and possibly a criminal record.  Officers considered that the changes proposed to the balcony, for example, the removal of access doors to them would be sufficient to deter residents from using them;

 

·                     from a planning perspective, the applicant was not obliged to provide a lift.  However, from an accessibility point of view, having a lift would be  useful.  The parking spaces to the rear of the building were located at an angle to the building;

 

  • there was no formally adopted Right of Way within the application site, although neighbouring residents had enjoyed informal access over time.  An application for a Right of Way would take several months to complete. Nonetheless, this was under separate legislation and therefore outside the remit of the application. The residents of Nelson Way and West Street had been allowed access on an informal basis and tended to park in the same location and in the same manner as the proposed parking indicated along the rear boundary of Nelson Road properties. There were no changes planned to the current parking layout;

 

  • the fact that the proposed north facing elevations of the cottages would only be sited some 4m away from the south facing windows of the Powerhouse, though not ideal, was deemed acceptable by officers, particularly since the ground floor flats were already overlooked as the cottages had dual aspect.  The Harrow SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) was a guidance and not a policy document and officers had assessed all material site considerations and provided a balanced judgement of the application.  Officers considered that the impact of the proposed cottages would be acceptable and would not have an unduly detrimental impact on the Heritage assets;

 

a Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:

 

‘The proposal is an overdevelopment, visually obtrusive, excessive in scale, bulk and height, and out of keeping with the surrounding Conservation Area, Area of Special Character, listed buildings, Metropolitan Open Land, protected views and other heritage assets, including the Old Pye House, Church Fields and St Mary’s Church.  It would therefore cause significant harm to local character, amenity, heritage assets, and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.

GRANT SUBJECT TO LEGAL AGREEMENT

52.

2/05: Trinity House, 326 Station Road - P/1342/18 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:Change of use of offices and non-residential institution use on the 1st floor (Use class B1/D1) to twenty room house of multiple occupancy with shared kitchen facilities and lounger (HMO) (Sui Generis)

 

Following questions and comments from Members, an officer advised that that the bin storage area would be located in the basement, as indicated in the approved plans.

 

DECISION:  GRANTED

 

RECOMMENDATION A

 

grant planning permission subject to authority being delegated to the Divisional Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Planning in consultation with the Director of Legal and Governance Services for the completion of the Section 106 legal agreement and other enabling legislation and issue of the planning permission and subject to minor amendments to the conditions (set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report), and as amended by the Addendums.

 

RECOMMENDATION B

 

That if, by 24th August 2018 or such extended period as may be agreed in writing by the Divisional Director of Planning, the section 106 Planning Obligation is not completed, then delegate the decision to the Divisional Director of Planning to REFUSE planning permission for the appropriate reason.

 

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

GRANT

53.

2/06: Garages Rear of 16 to 22 Buckingham Road - P/3657/17 pdf icon PDF 1012 KB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:Redevelopment of 34 single storey lock up garages to create five three storey terraced dwellinghouses; amenity space and refuse storage to rear; cycle storage; detached garage block; landscaping; re-provision of surface level parking spaces to include 16 new dedicated spaces for Holly and Miles Lodge

 

Following questions and comments from Members, an officer advised that there was a condition requiring the proposal to achieve Secured by Design certification (silver or gold) from the MET Police, prior to the occupation of the development.  Condition 14 dealt with the external lighting strategy and condition 10 required the submission of a landscape management strategy which could be extended to include the alleyway.  This amendment to condition to 10 to include the alleyway was agreed.  The applicant would also be required to submit a construction management plan.

 

DECISION:  GRANTED, planning permission subject to the conditions listed in Appendix 1 of the officer report, and as amended by the Addendums and as amended at Committee.

 

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

APPROVE

54.

2/07: The Powerhouse, 87 West Street, Harrow on the Hill - P/1516/18 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL: A non-material amendment application for proposed amended layouts for 13 of the 14 flats on the ground and first floors of the main building (excluding the stand?alone structure referred to as the “Cottage”). Two of the amended flats are changed from studio to 1-bedroom flats.    

 

Following questions and comments from Members, an officer advised that:

 

 

·                     the changes which had been implemented at the site related to an earlier application and pre-dated the prior approval.  Prior approval by its very nature disallowed external alternation and only allowed internal alterations to be made.  Internal and external alterations could therefore take place independently of each other.  Officers had had to consider whether there had been a breach of the prior approval and in their view there had not.  Nevertheless, the Committee could take the view that the prior approval was not valid and a breach had taken place.  She added that this was an evolving area of case law, and the Committee could choose to defer the application pending further legal advice being sought;

 

·                     the prior approval application for which a potential issue with a single building operation was captured within a larger reason for refusal, was a different application to the one for which amendments were being sought in this case, with different circumstances.  Prior approval by its very nature disallowed external alternations and only allowed internal alterations to be made. Internal and external alterations could therefore potentially take place independently of each other, dependant on the specifics of the case. Examples had been provided in the addendum. Officers had had to consider whether there had been a breach of the prior approval and in their view there had not. Nevertheless, the Committee could take the view that the prior approval was not valid and a breach had taken place provided they had an adequate rationale for their position.

 

·                     regardless, this question was not part of the considerations for this application. Members were advised it would need to be pursued separately as an enforcement issue, and could not be dealt with as part of the non-material amendment application which was before the committee.

 

Members agreed unanimously to defer the item.

 

The Committee received representations from an objector, Mr Lamb, from a representative of the applicant, Mr Peirson, & Councillors Marilyn Ashton & Honey Jamie.

 

DECISION: Deferred, pending legal advice regarding the validity of the alterations made under ‘prior approval’.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

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

GRANT SUBJECT TO LEGAL AGREEMENT

55.

2/08: Garages Adjacent & Dwelling Rear of 4 Elm Park - P/2003/18 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:Re-development to provide one two storey building for four flats; landscaping; separate and communal amenity space; bin / cycle storage

 

a Member proposed deferring the application subject to a site visit.  This was agreed unanimously.

 

DECISION:  Deferred, subject to a site visit.

GRANT SUBJECT TO LEGAL AGREEMENT

56.

2/09: 29 Marlborough Hill - P/1858/18 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL:Re-Development To Provide A Two Storey Building To Create Four Flats; Parking; Separate Amenity Space; Widening Of Vehicle Access; Landscaping; Bin / Cycle Storage

 

DECISION:  GRANTED, planning permission subject to authority being delegated to the Divisional Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Planning in consultation with the Director of Legal and Governance Services for the completion of the Section 106 legal agreement and other enabling legislation and issue of the planning permission and subject to minor amendments to the conditions (set out in Appendix 1 of the officer report) or the legal agreement, and as amended by the Addendums

 

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

GRANT

57.

2/10: 565 Rayners Lane - P/0789/18 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

PROPOSAL: Single and two storey side extension; single storey rear extension; alterations to roof; rooflights in front and side roofslopes; external alterations (demolition of detached garage and rear extension)

 

Following questions and comments from Members, an officer advised that:

 

·                     this was a typical extension to a 1930’s dwelling house.  Officers had assessed the site circumstances and found the proposed side extension acceptable.  The first floor was set back and therefore the prevailing pattern of the houses the street would be maintained.  Nevertheless, it could be argued that the proposed extension would do better to mirror the other properties on the street.  The design of side extensions had been described in the SPD since 1992 and the application did not significantly vary from this. It should be noted that hipped roofs were not an original feature of properties on this street.  Officers had requested the applicant to amend the plans so that the side extension would not be abutting a gable.

 

a Member proposed refusal on the following grounds:

 

‘The proposal, by reason of excessive scale, height and bulk, would harm local character and amenity, contrary to policies DM1 of the Local Plan, CS1 of the Core Strategy, and 7.4 and 7.6 of the Local Plan.’

 

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

 

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 Ghazanfar Ali, Graham Henson, Ajay Maru & Sachin Shah voted for the application.

 

Councillors Stephen Greek, Anjana Patel & Bharat Thakker  voted against the application.

58.

Any Other Urgent Business

Which cannot otherwise be dealt with.

Minutes:

In accordance with the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, the following item was included late on the agenda for the reasons set out below:

 

It was reported that the minutes of 30 May 2018 Planning Committee, which were agreed and signed as a correct record at the 13 June 2018 meeting of the Committee contained an error.

 

Application P/4427/17 - 1A Cunningham Park - voting on this item was incorrectly recorded in the Planning Committee minutes of 30 May 2018.  The minutes should have stated that the application was refused by a majority of votes 4:3 (and not unanimously as stated in the minutes).

 

RESOLVED:  That the additional amendment to the minutes of 30 May 2018, be noted.