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To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on Wednesday 10 March 2021 as a correct record.
The minutes of the previous meeting held on 10 March 2021 were approved as an accurate record.
that the minutes of the previous meeting held on 10 March 2021 be approved as an accurate record of the meeting.
Granted planning permission subject to Stage 2 referral to the Mayor of London, s106 agreement and conditions and informatives as set out in the report.
Outline planning permission (with all matters reserved apart from the means of access) for demolition of existing buildings on site and provision of up to 1,600 homes and up to 51,749 sqm (GIA) of new land use floorspace within a series of buildings, with the maximum quantum as follows:
· (Use Class C3) Residential: up to 1,600 homes
· Up to 50,150m2 floor space (GIA) of new student facilities including Student Accommodation, Teaching facilities, Sports facilities, and ancillary retail and commercial (Use Class A1, A2, A3)
· Up to 412sqm floorspace (GIA) of a replacement nursery (Use Class D1)
· Up to 1187sqm (GIA) of flexible new retail space (Use Class A1, A2, A3).
Together with an energy centre, hard and soft landscaping, open space and associated highways improvements and infrastructure works.
This application is
subject to an Environmental Statement.
That the Committee resolve to GRANT planning permission subject to stage 2 referral to the Mayor of London and 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 as set out in the report.
That the Head of Planning is delegated authority to issue the planning permission and impose the conditions and informatives to secure the matters set out within the report.
June Taylor, Principal Planning Officer introduced the report, set out the key issues and answered members’ questions. She highlighted that the application was made on behalf of Northwick Park Partnership, which comprised Network Homes, the University of Westminster, Brent Council and the NHS Trust who were working together to redevelop the site. The application related to the overall masterplan for this site but there were a number of other applications that were complementary to the site and would be linked together through s106 agreements.
In reference to the supplementary report, the Principal Planning Officer drew members’ attention to the following points:
· Planning obligation no 10 had been removed from the Heads of Terms.
· Further representations had been received from Sudbury Court Residents Association since the publication of the main report.
· There had been a point of clarification regarding affordable housing and housing mix on paragraph 76 of the main report.
· Further representations had been received from Brent Cycling Campaign and Harrow Cyclists since the publication of the supplementary report regarding sustainable transport and cycling layouts.
Mark Connell, the agent, then addressed the Committee and made the following points:
· The application was for up to 1,600 homes and over 50,000 square metres of facilities for the expansion of the University of Westminster all set within new areas of open spaces, public realm and improved infrastructure.
· A design code had been submitted to ensure a high standard of future reserved matters submissions, and all homes meet or exceed space standards.
· The parameters of the outline application ensured no less than 40% affordable housing would be delivered across the site.
· The construction phase would directly support 635 jobs and once operational the ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
Granted planning permission subject to conditions and informatives as set out in the main report, including an additional condition and revisions to the conditions as set out in the supplementary report and a planning obligation for the applicant to carry out a traffic safety assessment for on-street servicing and to fund the provision of an on-street loading bay if subsequently deemed necessary.
Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) to allow for:
· Internal alterations to facilitate the creation of six additional residential units
· External alterations to include additional windows, winter gardens and roof
· Reduction in size of basement and repositioned ramp
well as Variation of Condition 17 (Mix) of full planning
application 17/5291, allowed on appeal dated 17 December 2019
(amended under non-material amendment application 20/1873) for
Demolition of MOT garage and erection of a part seven-storey and
part four storey building with basement level to provide
residential units with ground, third and fourth floor amenity
spaces and ground floor play area, provision of basement car
parking, cycle and refuse storage, alterations to vehicular
accesses and associated landscaping
That the Committee resolve to GRANT planning permission subject to the prior completion of an appropriate legal agreement to secure the planning obligations set out in the report.
That the Head of Planning is 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 is 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.
Paige Ireland, Principal Planning Officer introduced the report, set out the key issues and answered members’ questions. She advised members that the extant scheme had been refused by the Committee but later allowed on appeal. She highlighted an omission on paragraph 36 of the main report which should refer to 51 single aspect units and an error on paragraph 30 of the main report which referred to 76 St. Paul’s Avenue but instead should refer to 75 St. Paul’s Avenue. In response to a member question, she advised that the nature of the external alterations would unlikely result in any material reduction in light to neighbouring properties over that which had already been deemed acceptable.
In reference to the supplementary report, the Planning Officer drew members’ attention to the following points:
· Further representations had been received since the publication of the main report regarding transport and the external appearance/landscape.
· An additional condition and revisions to the conditions and informatives had been proposed.
Peter Hale, objector, raised several concerns including:
· The positioning of the blocks and the height of the walls of the frontage of the ground floor units would have a negative impact on the street scene.
· The insufficient provision of family sized units and the reduction in the size of some units.
· The traffic safety of the basement layout, particularly the ascension to the basement.
· The excessiveness of the increase in units, which were ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
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