Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Joe Kwateng, Governance Officer  Email: joe.kwateng@brent.gov.uk; 020 8937 1354

Note: Virtual Pre-meeting at 5.00pm 

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Declarations of interests

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, the nature and existence of any relevant disclosable pecuniary, personal or prejudicial interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

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Approaches.

All Members declared that they had received emails relating to the planning applications for Lowther Road and Aneurin Bevan Court.

 

Councillor Denselow declared that he had attended a meeting of QPARA that discussed Ark Franklin Academy School. 

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Minutes of the meeting held on10th June 2020 pdf icon PDF 126 KB

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RESOLVED:-

 

that the minutes of the previous meeting held on 10th June 2020 be approved as an accurate record of the meeting.

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Minutes of the last meeting held on 24th June 2020 pdf icon PDF 101 KB

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RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 24th June 2020 be approved as an accurate record of the meeting.

 

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20/0762 Ex Marylebone Boy's School, 60 Christchurch Avenue, London, NW6 7BH pdf icon PDF 1007 KB

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PROPOSAL:

Erection of a four storey SEN school (Use Class D1); creation of external playspace, provision of waste storage; creation of a new vehicular crossover from Christchurch Avenue; alterations to boundary treatment with associated landscaping

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Grant planning permission subject to the completion of a satisfactory Section 106 or other legal agreement and delegate authority to the Head of Area Planning or other duly authorised person to agree the exact terms thereof on advice from the Director of Legal Services and Human Resources.

 

To GRANT planning permission subject to the prior completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out within the report.

 

That the Head of Planning is delegated authority to negotiate the legal agreement indicated above.

 

To grant planning permission subject to conditions and informatives set out within the Committee report.

 

That the Head of Planning be granted delegated authority to issue the planning permission and impose conditions and informatives to secure the matters set out within the report.

 

That the Head of Planning and Development Services be granted delegated authority to make changes to the wording of the committee's decision (such as to delete, vary or add conditions, informatives, planning obligations or reasons for the decision) prior to the decision being actioned, provided that the Head of Planning is satisfied that any such changes could not reasonably be regarded as deviating from the overall principle of the decision reached by the committee nor that such change(s) could reasonably have led to a different decision having been reached by the committee.

 

Ms Paige Ireland (Planning Officer) introduced the report setting out the key issues and answered members’ questions.

 

Mrs Hilary Collard (in remote attendance) objected to the proposed development for several reasons including the following:

·         Too many schools already in the area

·         Illegal parking and traffic infringements, congestion and inadequate on-site parking.

·         Impact on road and pedestrian safety.

·         A four-storey development could not be substantiated as the school was situated on a smaller plot area with a restricted access which would cause blockages as children entered and exited the main gate.

·         Unreasonable noise nuisance, disrespectful to the area’s residents.

·         Insufficient trees

 

 

Mrs Janine Jardin (applicant in remote attendance) spoke in support of the application and answered Members’ questions. She highlighted the following:

 

·         The Trust was asked by Brent local authority to open The Avenue Special school to support Brent's increasing need for special school places. This would be both cost effective and environmentally sound as pupils would not have to be transported out of Brent to another borough.

·         The Avenue school would be for a maximum of 104 pupils with Autism and complex learning difficulties who would receive high levels of support and care. 

·         The use of the outside spaces in small groups with a high ratio of pupils to teaching staff would reduce impacts of noise during the day.

·         Most of the pupils would be dropped off by LA transport each morning and picked up at the end of the day within  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

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19/4444 Unit 2, 2 Lowther Road and Units 3, 4 & 4A Lowther Road, Stanmore, HA7 1EP pdf icon PDF 390 KB

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PROPOSAL: Demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site to provide a part -2, part-4 and part-6 storey plus basement development comprising self-contained residential units (use class C3) and commercial floor space (Use class B1c) together with associated private and communal space, car parking and cycle storage and public realm improvements (amended description) subject to Deed of Agreement dated xx xx 2020 under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

That the Committee resolve to GRANT planning permission subject to:

1. Any direction by the Secretary of State pursuant to the Consultation Direction

2. The prior completion of a legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out within the report.

 

That the Head of Planning be granted delegated authority to issue the planning permission and impose conditions and informatives to secure the matters set out within the report.

 

That the Head of Planning be granted delegated authority to make changes to the wording of the Committee’s decision (such as to delete, vary or add conditions, informatives, planning obligations or reasons for the decision) prior to the decision being actioned, provided that the Head of Planning is satisfied that any such changes could not reasonably be regarded as deviating from the overall principle of the decision reached by the Committee nor that such change(s) could reasonably have led to a different decision having been reached by the Committee.

 

That, if by the expiry date of this application (subject to any amendments/extensions to the expiry date agreed by both parties) the legal agreement has not been completed, the Head of Planning be granted delegated

authority to refuse planning permission.

 

That the Committee confirms that adequate provision has been made, by the imposition of conditions, for the preservation or planting of trees as required by Section 197 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.12

 

Ms June Taylor (Principal Planning Officer) introduced the report setting out the key issues and answered Members’ questions.  She referenced the supplementary report which corrected the figures for employment floorspace and provided further context for the level of affordable housing proposed.

 

Ms Susanne Boodram (in remote attendance) objected to the proposed development on several grounds including the following:

 

·         Detrimental effect on the character of the neighbourhood.

·         Over-development of the site without adequate infrastructure.

·         Potential for noise and disturbance.

·         Overlooking to other properties.

·         Loss of privacy.

·         Obstruction to sunlight from garden and home.

Mr Giuseppe Cifaldi (agent, in remote attendance) addressed the Committee and answered Members’ questions.  Members noted the following submissions:

 

·         The proposals would deliver a range of benefits; including design-led, high quality homes, and new workspace that would enhance both the employment and industrial capacity of the site.

·         The site was located within an area designated within the new Local Plan for co-location of both industrial and residential uses.

·         The existing units would be redeveloped to deliver more and better employment floor space with an enhanced industrial capacity resulting in the potential for more jobs from the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

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20/0568 Aneurin Bevan Court Garages, Coles Green Road, London pdf icon PDF 351 KB

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PROPOSAL:

Demolition of garages and erection of a three storey building comprising 9 self-contained flats; provision of waste storage, car and cycle parking with amenity space and associated landscaping

 

RECOMMENDATION:

To grant planning permission subject to conditions and informatives.

 

That the Head of Planning be granted delegated authority to issue the planning permission and impose conditions and informatives to secure the matters set out within the Committee reports.

 

That the Head of Planning be granted delegated authority to make changes to the wording of the Committee's decision (such as to delete, vary or add conditions, informatives, planning obligations or reasons for the decision) prior to the decision being actioned, provided that the Head of Planning is satisfied that any such changes could not reasonably be regarded as deviating from the overall principle of the decision reached by the Committee nor that such change(s) could reasonably have led to a different decision having been reached by the Committee.

 

Ms Paige Ireland (Planning Officer) introduced the report, setting out the key issues and answered Members’ questions.  She drew Members’ attention to an amendment to condition 2 as set out within the supplementary report.

 

Mrs Neela Goyal (objector, in remote attendance) raised a number of issues and answered Members’ questions, including the following:

·         The current drying area was a hotspot for anti-social activity as it was being used to store stolen scooters, bikes, drinking, fly tipping and rubbish disposal.

·         Loss of privacy and overlooking to her kitchen area and she requested additional hedge planting.

·         Requested a gate on the exit leading to Coles green road to prevent non residents walking through the area and to prevent thoroughfare.

·         Requested scooter parking spaces with one for her husband.

 

Mr Ranjith Wijesinghe (objector, in remote attendance) raised several issues including the following:

·         Health and safety concerns and lack of a number of environmental and health and safety report as listed in his submitted statement.

·         Lack of adequate infrastructure relating to the existing sewer system and highways for safe habitable environment to the existing occupants.

·         The proposal would contravene a number of planning policies as set out in his statement.

·         The proposal would affect the value of existing houses in the area.

 

In responding to issues raised above, Mr Gerry Ansell (Head of Planning) advised the Committee that adequate environmental controls were in place to address the planning related matters raised.  As most of the issues were outside of the planning regime officers offered to signpost the objector to the appropriate departments.

 

 

Kerry Csuka(agent, in remote attendance) submitted the following in support of the application:

·         The redevelopment of the under-utilised brownfield site would provide 9 new homes for genuinely affordable London Affordable Rent, significantly exceeding policy requirements homes and supported by planning policy.

·         The design of the proposed 3-storey building with flat roof and projected balconies would respect the scale of the existing Aneurin Bevan Court buildings.

·         The proposal would protect the privacy and amenity of neighbouring properties with an 18-metre separation distance between  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

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20/1188 Ark Franklin Primary Academy, Harvist Road, London, NW6 6HJ pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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PROPOSAL:

Erection of single storey art studio building

 

RECOMMENDATION:

To grant planning permission subject to conditions.

 

That the Head of Planning be granted delegated authority to issue the planning permission and impose conditions and informatives to secure the matters set out within the Committee report.

 

That the Head of Planning and Development Services be granted delegated authority to make changes to the wording of the Committee's decision (such as to delete, vary or add conditions, informatives, planning obligations or reasons for the decision) prior to the decision being actioned, provided that the Head of Planning is satisfied that any such changes could not reasonably be regarded as deviating from the overall principle of the decision reached by the Committee nor that such change(s) could reasonably have led to a different decision having been reached by the Committee.

 

Mr Damian Manhertz (Development Management Area Team Leader) introduced the report, highlighting the key issues and answered Members’ questions.

 

Councillor Nerva (ward member, in remote attendance) spoke in support of the application adding that it would greatly benefit the community, but expressed concern regarding the lack of pre-application consultation.

 

Mr Richard Johnson (objector, in remote attendance) spoke on behalf of Queens Park Area Residents’ Association (QPARA) and whilst he acknowledged the need for an art studio raised several concerns including the following:

·         The appropriateness of the construction materials to withstand the weather over time so that it would detract from the character of Queens Park Conservation Area.

·         The height and position of the proposed building could adversely impact the conservation area and vistas to the school.

·         Inadequate location for the proposed building.

 

Ms Janine Ryan (Executive Head) and Mr Andy Martin (Agent) in remote attendance addressed the Committee. Members noted the following from Ms Ryan’s statement read out to the meeting:

·         The studio would be located in the playground adjacent to the gate on Harvist Road, allowing ease of access after-hours to community groups.

·         The construction materials and the design would preserve and enhance the Conservation Area status.

·         Additional planting was proposed to enhance the area.

 

In response to Members’ questions, Mr Martin stated that 345 of Franklin’s parents and local residents completed a survey in support of the art studio and that the proposal followed the feedback received at the pre-application stage.

 

Following Members’ questioning, officers submitted that the Council’s own consultation complied with legislation and its Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) and that information supplied had indicated that the construction materials would be weather resistant, given normal maintenance to resolve any wear and tear.   Officers added that although they could not recommend a condition on maintenance, the Council had enforcement powers if the look of the proposed building became unsightly.  Officers highlighted the importance of the quality of the materials and highlighted that details would be secured through condition.

 

DECISION: Granted planning permission as recommended.

(Voting on the recommendation was unanimous).

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19/1388 Claremont High School, Claremont Avenue, Harrow, HA3 0UH pdf icon PDF 365 KB

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PROPOSAL:

Construction of an additional floodlit artificial grass sports pitch and cricket practice facility with incorporated batting cages, installation of 12 floodlights, erection of high boundary fences with associated gates, formation of pedestrian

access stairs and ramp.

 

RECOMMENDATION:

To defer the application to a later planning committee meeting.

 

Officers informed the Committee that it had come to light that some of the supporting documents were not available to view on the public web site. The deferral would therefore allow re-consultation to be undertaken and any further comments to be considered.

 

DECISION: Deferred to a later planning committee meeting.

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Any Other Urgent Business

Notice of items to be raised under this heading must be given in writing to the Head of Executive and Member Services or his representative before the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 60.

 

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