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Members approved the minutes for Planning Committee (C) held on 23rd November 2017.
The Presenting Officer outlined the details of the proposal and that the application was originally presented at Planning Committee C on the 23 November 2017, members resolved that the decision be deferred pending the submission of further information. The further information supplied was in regards to the non-opening blank opaque recesses on the south elevation facing towards the garden of 161 Upper Brockley Road. Specifically information regarding the definition of opaqueness, whether an opening mechanism is in place or not and whether the previous proposal allowed for an opening window in the third bedroom and whether it would comply with building regulations.
A new condition relating to the glazed panels/windows was also proposed by the Presenting Officer to be attached to a permission if approved.
The Presenting Officer answered questions from Councillors Clarke and Hooks in regards whether the proposed condition can be amended to include levels 4-5 of opaqueness, the presenting officer explained that the proposed condition could be amended.
The Committee received verbal representation from David Alabi from AATP on behalf of the applicants and highlighted that he believes the application now addresses the concerns raised.
The Committee received verbal representations from James Titley a resident and Chris Johnson from the Brockley Society who handed out a print out to members containing his objection and fire safety documentation. James Titley outlined the history of the application site and states the south elevation should be as approved on the original application. Chris Johnson raised concerns over whether the proposed glazing would pass building regulations.
Members asked for clarification on whether the proposal would comply with building regulations. The Presenting Officer stated the passing of planning permission does not overcome the requirement for building regulations consent.
Members asked Mr Titley about the building not being built to plan and difficulties with Thames Water. Councillor Clarke explained that these questions do not relate to the current application and that there are other courses of action available to Mr Titley if the application has been built in accordance with the plans.
Councillor Sophie McGeevor spoke under standing orders, questioning that if the building had not already been built she doubts that it would be approved. Councillor McGeevor also explained the impact of the building on the Brockley Conservation Area and that the south elevation is contrary to what was originally approved. Councillor McGeevor asked for the condition to be strengthened.
Councillor Hooks moved a motion to accept the officer’s recommendation with the additional condition being amended, it was seconded by Councillor Jacca.
Members voted as follows:
FOR: Councillors Hooks, Jacca, Clarke, Bernards, Paschoud, Hordijenko and Sorba.
RESOLVED: That the application DC/17/103945 be accepted with the additional condition to be amended to include level of glazing.
Planning Officer Richard McEllistrum left the committee.
The Presenting Officer outlined the details of the proposal for the alteration and conversion of six vacant commercial units (Use Class B1) into 1 x one bedroom, 6 x two bedroom and 1 x three bedroom self-contained flats, together with the provision of 4 car parking spaces and 17 cycle spaces. It was highlighted that there is no policy site designation, although noted that previously as part of the UDP there was a designation as an employment site, but the site has since been de-designated.
The Presenting Officer detailed the consultation that had been undertaken and that this had resulted in four objections being received. The objections were outlined to members. The Planning Officer also detailed the comments received as outlined in section 4.5 of the report.
The Presenting Officer noted that they received correspondence from an individual on the 22nd February 2018 stating that they were seeking to buy the units. It was explained by the Presenting Officer that as this email was only received on the 22nd February no consideration of these comments had been given in the report, but that the submitted marketing report had been used in the assessment of the application. The Presenting Officer also highlighted that alternative commercial uses for the units cannot be considered as they do not form part of the application proposal.
The Planning Officer stated that as documentation has been submitted to address specific conditions proposed and as such pre-commencement conditions would be amended to compliance conditions if permission were to be granted.
The Presenting Officer answered questions from Councillors Sorba and Jacca in regards to the de-designation of the site and whether the site can be re-designated and how long the process would take. The Planning Officer stated that it can take several years and that the application must be considered against current policy.
The Presenting Officer answered questions from Councillor Paschoud in regards to why the scheme was approved with B1 units in the first place, and whether the proposed accommodation would be of an acceptable standard and also raised concern about units fronting the street and the amenity space. It was stated by the planning officer the proposed units would exceed floor to ceiling height standards, some units are 10-20sqm larger than the requirements and that proposed additional openings would improve light and outlook. The Planning Officer explained that as the street is residential in nature so is not a hostile environment and the appropriate materials can soften the façade.
Councillor Hooks asked if the units can only be marketed as B1. The Presenting Officer stated that the units have only be marketed as B1 as that is what they have consent for and there is no requirement to market them for none B1 uses.
The Presenting Officer answered questions from Councillor Clarke in regards to whether residential units are proposed in block two and whether a plan of the proposed frontage is available. It was confirmed by the Planning Officer that residential units are not proposed ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
The Presenting Officer outlined the application for the construction of a two storey infill extension to the rear of 34 Southbrook Road. It was explained that the ground floor extension already has planning permission and that the proposal would not be visible from the street scene. It was explained that an objection was received from the Lee Manor Society.
No questions were put to the Presenting Officer by members.
The Committee received verbal representations from Lee Turner of LJT Architects Ltd on behalf of the applicants. Lee Turner outlined that the owners are conscious of preserving the existing building but wish to extend the property to serve growing family. It was also stated the proposal is modest and sensitive to the existing building.
No questions were put to Lee Turner by members.
Councillor Paschoud asked what trigged the application to committee and the Presenting Officer stated that the Statement of Community Involvement detailed that if an objection is received from a registered amenity society then the application is required to be determined by a Committee.
Councillor Paschoud moved a motion to accept the officer’s recommendation, it was seconded by Councillor Sorba.
Members voted as follows:
FOR: Councillors Paschoud, Sorba, Clarke, Hooks, Bernards, Hordijenko and Jacca.
RESOLVED: That the application DC/17/104679 be approved.
The meeting ended at 9.40pm. Chair
22nd February 2018