Decision details

19/4351 62 Dunster Drive, London, NW9 8EL

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


PROPOSAL: Retrospective planning application for a two storey building and proposed conversion into a residential development comprising 2 self-contained flats, including the creation of a side entrance, rear amenity space, cycle storage, 2 car parking spaces and associated soft landscaping; removal of boundary fence.


RECOMMENDATION: To GRANT planning permission.


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.


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 ountry Planning Act 1990.


Ms Victoria McDonagh (Development Management Team Leader) introduced the report summarising the key aspects of the application as set out within the main report and answered Members’ questions.  Members heard that without planning permission, the applicant carried out alterations and partial demolition of a dwellinghouse and its conversion to 3 flats, resulting in an enforcement notice being served.  The Planning Inspector dismissed the applicant’s appeal and the enforcement notice was upheld with variation to the steps to comply with the enforcement notice.   Ms McDonagh highlighted that during the course of the enforcement appeal, the applicant had carried out amendments to the design and appearance of the property which was considered to be acceptable by the Inspector, with no resulting undue impact on the amenity of neighbouring occupiers.


Mr Ali Khalifa (applicant, in remote attendance) referenced the background to the enforcement notice and added that he had since taken specific measures to address the issues raised including height and internal layout to comply with relevant policies.  He continued that he would use the house for his family occupation rather than a house in multiple occupation (HMO) and that the immediate neighbours had not raised objections to the application.


Mr Gerry Ansell (Head of Planning) informed Members that officers had brought the application before the Committee because of its history rather than objections to it.  The Team Leader added that the scheme now accorded with guidance and policies.


With no further issues raised and having established that all members had followed the discussions, the Chair asked members to vote on the recommendation.  Members voted unanimously to approve the application subject to the amendments set out within the supplementary report.


DECISION: Granted planning permission as recommended.

(Voting on the recommendation was unanimous; For 8; Against 0)

Wards Affected: Barnhill;

Publication date: 23/07/2020

Date of decision: 24/06/2020

Decided at meeting: 24/06/2020 - Planning Committee

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