Agenda and minutes

Strategic Planning Committee
Monday, 31st January, 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: George Meehan House, 294 High Road, N22 8JZ

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To receive any apologies for absence.


Councillor Gina Adamou, Councillor Luke Cawley-Harrison, and Councillor Yvonne Say.



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There were no declarations of interest.



The Chair will consider the admission of any late items of urgent business. (Late items will be considered under the agenda item where they appear. New items will be dealt with under item 8 below).


There were no items of urgent business.



To consider any requests received in accordance with Part 4, Section B, paragraph 29 of the Council’s constitution


There were no deputations / petitions / presentations / questions.


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To confirm and sign the minutes of the Strategic Planning Committee meeting held on 25 October 2021as a correct record.




To confirm and sign the minutes of the Strategic Planning Committee meeting held on 25 October 2021 as a correct record.



To consider a report on the work of the Planning Service for Quarter 3.


The Assistant Director of Planning, Building Standards, and Sustainability introduced the report which provided an update on the work of the Planning Service for Quarter 3.


The Head of Development Management provided an update in relation to development management as set out in the report. It was noted that applications had increased by approximately 10% and performance rates were 100% for majors, 91% for minors, 91% for other applications, and 91% for PS0s.


It was highlighted, as set out in paragraph 5.9 of the report, that there had been an increase in pre-application meetings which had resulted in increased income of £30,000, which compared to £19,000 during the same period last year. It was explained that new fast track services for householder written advice and certificates of lawfulness had been introduced in April 2021 and had been popular as well as generating additional income.


It was noted that another major application had been lost at appeal and this had taken the Council over the threshold of 10%, above which an authority was eligible for designation. It was explained that this would not automatically result in designation as the authority’s overall performance and other statistics were strong.


In relation to planning enforcement, it was reported that there had been an increase in complaints and that notices remained high at 56. It was added that there would also be some significant income from a confiscation order against a landlord who had refused to comply with enforcement notices.


In response to questions from the Committee, it was noted:

·         There were approximately 124 applications that had taken longer than 26 weeks. The Head of Development Management explained that a number of these applications had been decided but were awaiting finalised section 106 agreements. It was explained that officers worked to finalise the outstanding applications as much as possible.

·         There was a reference to hybrid committee meetings in paragraph 5.12 of the report but it was noted that members of the Committee were required to attend meetings in person in order to vote.

·         It was noted that it was unfortunate that one that one of the recent appeal losses for Guildens, Courtenay Avenue was allowed following a challenge to the original inspector’s decision to dismiss the appeal.

·         It was noted that the average decision day for applications had increased from 83 to 85 days. It was explained that caseloads had increased; recruitment was underway for two vacancies and the interview process was due to complete in the next few weeks.


In relation to Planning Policy and Infrastructure, the Head of Policy, Transport and Infrastructure Planning provided an update on the new Local Plan. It was noted that there was a working group to inform the emerging Local Plan, which had met four times in 2021 and planned to meet again in 2022. In addition, an evidence base was being collected to inform the plan; details of the evidence base were provided in the report. It was aimed to consult on the draft Local Plan  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.




There were no items of urgent business.