Agenda item

18/2183 Car Park North East of Morrisons, Honeypot Lane, NW9 & Vacant Land at the junction of Westmoreland Road, NW9 and Cumberland Road, Stanmore, HA7

Minutes:

PROPOSAL: Erection of three buildings at 4, 5, and 7 storeys providing 194 residential units (76 x 1 bed, 75 x 2 bed and 43 x 3 bed), 60 car parking spaces (including disabled parking spaces), private and communal landscaped amenity areas, landscaped podium deck, secure cycle parking, recycling and refuse stores, access improvement and other associated developments.

 

RECOMMENDATION: To GRANT planning permission subject to:

A. Referral to the Mayor of London (stage 2 referral)

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

C. The conditions and informatives recommended in the Committee report and supplementary

 

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 3 months of the Committee date 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.

 

Ms Victoria McDonagh (Team Leader, North) introduced the report and answered members’ questions. She clarified that the proposal would deliver 194 dwelling units, 35.1% of which would be affordable housing by habitable room. With reference to the supplementary report, she explained the discrepancies on car parking facilities, the proposed habitable room numbers and the applicant’s redesign of the habitable room windows to protect outlook to Morrisons site .  In view of the latter, Ms McDonagh recommended an amendment to condition 3 to enable both the obscure glazing of secondary windows and the submission and approval of revised details showing suitable projecting (oriel) window arrangements of the primary habitable room windows along the façade.

 

Mr Robert Dunwell spoke in objection on behalf of Queensbury Area Residents’ Association (QARA)  on the following grounds;

a.    Excessive housing density

b.    Overlooking to properties in Winchester Avenue.

c.    Gross reduction in the number of car parking spaces

d.    Lack of report from the Metropolitan Police on potential crime increase.

e.    No quantification of the impact of the proposed CPZ.

f.     Lack of local amenity access report

g.    Lack of assessment against the Public Sector Equality Duty and consequent threat of a judicial review.

 

Mr Mark Jackson (applicant) stated that the proposed development would deliver 194 new dwelling units and affordable housing and about 10% designed in accordance with the London Plan accessibility standards for people with disabilities.  He added that the development which would be permit free, would maintain clear distance to Winchester Avenue and deliver highways improvements to the area. He referenced the positive feedback from the exhibitions held prior to submission. In response to a Member’s enquiry on travel plan, Mr Jackson stated that Fairview Homes would promote travel by public transport and cycling and in addition, there would be a 3 year free membership for Car Club.

 

In responding to issues raised by the objector, Ms McDonagh advised that the density of the scheme had been reviewed by GLA officers and considered to offer high quality homes with good space standards, close to public transport on a brownfield site.  She added that the distance to Winchester Avenue of 78metres would be in excess of SPG standards and prevent any severe overlooking.  Members were advised that the residential units would afford natural surveillance onto Westmoreland Road and enhance the residential feel of the area, hence there was no requirement for Metropolitan Police assessment report.  She reiterated the highways impact which had been robustly assessed by Highways officers in respect of improvements, encouragement for modal change to public transport use, permit free scheme and a Car Club.  Ms McDonagh advised that the scheme complied with the Equality Act as it would not adversely impact on or prejudice any particular group.

 

DECISION: Granted planning permission, subject to planning obligations set out in the committee report and the additional condition and alteration to the heads of terms specified within the supplementary report.

(Voting on the recommendation was unanimous: For 7, Against 0)

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