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144 Forest Hill Road, SE23 3QR

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

That it be noted that the Committee agreed to:

 

GRANT planning permission for alterations and conversion of existing dwelling house at 144 Forest Hill Road SE23, together with the construction of a two storey plus roof space extension at the side incorporating a roof terrace to provide 6 self-contained flats (2 x 1, 3 x 2 and 1 x 3) with private amenity space, landscaping, cycle and bin storage and associated works.

 

Subject to conditions and informatives outlined in the report and,

 

  • A condition be added to the Planning Decision Notice addressing privacy screening to the roof terrace of the existing building, with the wording of the condition delegated to Officers and agreed with the Chair before the issue of decision.

 

  • A condition be added to the Planning Decision Notice addressing acoustic insulation between the approved units and No 146 Forrest Hill Road with the wording of the condition delegated to Officers and agreed with the Chair before the issue of decision.

 

Minutes:

The Planning Officer, gave an illustrative presentation recommending the grant of planning permission for alterations and conversion of existing dwelling house at 144 Forest Hill Road SE23, together with the construction of a two storey plus roof space extension at the side incorporating a roof terrace to provide:

 

·       6 self-contained flats (2 x 1, 3 x 2 and 1 x 3) with private amenity space, landscaping, cycle and bin storage and associated works.

 

The Committee noted the report.

 

The following members’ question related to the external space,

The Officer referred to their presentation and provided further clarification of external space as outlined in the officer report.

The applicant addressed the Committee, advising that the application site was compliant with the local authority’s planning policy. Members were advised the proposed conversion would prevent ‘substandard’ housing. The applicant described the development noting the proposed units were ‘better quality’, with direct access to external amenities. The features of the development would be ‘reinterpreted’ into a contemporary design. The Committee were advised that officers consulted, felt it was a ‘high quality design ’. The applicant stated that it was felt objectors were adverse to a change in the ‘status quo’.

The enquiries from members that followed, related to design, plans and materials used.

The applicant reiterated the features of the development would be reinterpreted in a contemporary way and would not be a pastiche.

The Team Leader noted the requests from members for improved plans and sample materials, to be included in Planning Committee meetings going forwarded.

Clarification was also provided by the Team Leader regarding the planning officers’ role, in ensuring applications met the criteria as set out in planning policy.

A resident addressed the Committee with concerns regarding privacy overlooking and noise.

Afterwards, the Chair requested further clarification regarding the officer report definition of ‘single family dwelling’.

The Officer provided further clarification, advising there was no conflict with DM Policy 3.

Enquiries from members related to privacy, noise and legal advice sought regarding DM Policy 3.

The Officer confirmed that a condition regarding privacy screening to the roof terrace of the existing building, could be included.

It was also confirmed by the Officer that a condition regarding acoustic insulation between the approved units and No 146 Forrest Hill Road could be agreed.

The Legal Representative provided advice regarding DM Policy 3, reiterating the advice of the Officer: that there was no conflict.

During the course of the meeting several members emphasised their concerns regarding overlooking, privacy and noise. A member raised concern regarding the officer’s interpretation of DM Policy 3 in relation to the application under consideration. The Legal Representatives advice was reiterated and supported by the Team Leader. A member advised that if members of the Committee were concerned about legal advice provided, the matter should be addressed to the local authority’s CEO. A briefing on DM Policy 3 was offered to members by the Team Leader and was welcomed by members.

Members voted on the recommendation in the report with a result of 5 in favour of the proposal and 2 against. It was

 

RESOLVED

 

That it be noted that the Committee agreed to:

 

GRANT planning permission for GRANT planning permission for alterations and conversion of existing dwelling house at 144 Forest Hill Road SE23, together with the construction of a two storey plus roof space extension at the side incorporating a roof terrace to provide 6 self-contained flats (2 x 1, 3 x 2 and 1 x 3) with private amenity space, landscaping, cycle and bin storage and associated works.

 

Subject to conditions and informatives outlined in the report and,

 

·       A condition be added to the Planning Decision Notice addressing privacy screening to the roof terrace of the existing building, with the wording of the condition delegated to Officers and agreed with the Chair before the issue of decision.

 

·       A condition be added to the Planning Decision Notice addressing acoustic insulation between the approved units and No 146 Forrest Hill Road with the wording of the condition delegated to Officers and agreed with the Chair before the issue of decision.

 

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