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RESOLVED that the minutes of the Planning Committee A meeting held on 27 August 2020 be agreed.
RESOLVED - unanimously
That it be noted that the Committee agreed to:
GRANT planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings on site and the construction of a 5-storey building (plus basement for parking) consisting of:
· 7x three bedroom and 3 x two bedroom self-contained dwellings at the site known as Hesper House, Wells Park Road, SE26, incorporating 10 off-street parking spaces, together with associated landscaping and refuse and cycle parking facilities.
Subject to a Section 106 Legal Agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in the report and subject to the planning conditions and informatives outlined in the report with:
· an additional informative advising the applicant that any works affecting the public highway and in particular the pavement should not hinder the movement of mobility scooters*.
*Sentence amended on 12/01/2021, following consultation between Lewisham Councils Planning department and Governance Support.
The Planning Officer, gave an illustrative presentation recommending the grant of planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings on site and the construction of a 5-storey building (plus basement for parking) consisting of:
· 7x three bedroom and 3 x two bedroom self-contained dwellings at the site known as Hesper House, Wells Park Road, SE26, incorporating 10 off-street parking spaces,
together with associated landscaping and refuse and cycle parking facilities.
The Committee noted the report and that the main issues were:
· Principle of Development
· Urban Design
· Impact on Adjoining Properties
· Sustainable Development
· Natural Environment
· Planning Obligations
Questions were raised by Members relating to: visuals of the scheme, disabled parking accessibility, mobility scooter movement on the adjacent pavement, viability, character and density.
The Officer referred to the presentation slides to convey the visuals of the scheme in context to its surrounding environment.
The Officer advised Members that detailed highways matters such as tactile paving, would be covered in a Section 278 Agreement with the Highway Authority. It was confirmed an informative would be added to any grant of planning permission, advising that any works affecting the public highway should not hinder the movement of mobility scooters. The Officer confirmed there would also be 1 disabled and 1 wheelchair accessible parking space.
The SGM clarified to Members that the viability of the scheme was unknown, as it could not be forecasted. It was confirmed that the scheme was running a deficit and it would not be possible to viably deliver affordable housing on the application site. The SGM advised the Committee that early and late stage review mechanisms would allow any un-forecasted additional profit, to be clawed back from the developer. It was noted that safeguards were built into the Section 106 Legal Agreement, to support the review stage mechanisms. It was advised that from experience, the mechanisms were effective.
The Officer advised Members that an Addendum to the report had been published, to address character and density concerns raised by the Chair, on behalf of a Member unable to attend the meeting.
The agent addressed the Committee. The agent described the development, covering areas such as: location, age, materials and the design approach. The agent advised Members that the intention to correct irregularities of the existing plot layout in relation to its context, would be an ‘enrichment to the street’. The agent confirmed the development was not higher than the surrounding buildings. Members were advised by the agent that ‘robust natural materials’ were being used to build the development, such as handmade high quality bricks.
The agent stated the development was fully compliant with all regulatory standards. The development was also responsive to the Covid-19 pandemic, via the provision of sufficient homeworking spaces to accommodate lockdown measures imposed on workers. The agent informed the Committee that attention had also been given to the ecology relating to the application site. The agent concluded the address by advising Members that the London housing demands would be addressed by the development and, ... view the full minutes text for item 3.