Agenda and draft minutes

Planning Sub Committee
Monday, 7th February, 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: George Meehan House, 194 High Road, London, N22 8JZ

Contact: Fiona Rae, Acting Committees Manager  3541, Email: fiona.rae@haringey.gov.uk

Note: To watch the meeting, click the link on the agenda frontsheet. 

Items
No. Item

1.

FILMING AT MEETINGS

Please note this meeting may be filmed or recorded by the Council for live or subsequent broadcast via the Council’s internet site or by anyone attending the meeting using any communication method.  Although we ask members of the public recording, filming or reporting on the meeting not to include the public seating areas, members of the public attending the meeting should be aware that we cannot guarantee that they will not be filmed or recorded by others attending the meeting.  Members of the public participating in the meeting (e.g. making deputations, asking questions, making oral protests) should be aware that they are likely to be filmed, recorded or reported on.  By entering the meeting room and using the public seating area, you are consenting to being filmed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings.

 

The Chair of the meeting has the discretion to terminate or suspend filming or recording, if in his or her opinion continuation of the filming, recording or reporting would disrupt or prejudice the proceedings, infringe the rights of any individual, or may lead to the breach of a legal obligation by the Council.

Minutes:

The Chair referred to the notice of filming at meetings and this information was noted.

2.

PLANNING PROTOCOL

The Planning Committee abides by the Council’s Planning Protocol 2017.  A factsheet covering some of the key points within the protocol as well as some of the context for Haringey’s planning process is provided alongside the agenda pack available to the public at each meeting as well as on the Haringey Planning Committee webpage.

 

The planning system manages the use and development of land and buildings.  The overall aim of the system is to ensure a balance between enabling development to take place and conserving and protecting the environment and local amenities.  Planning can also help tackle climate change and overall seeks to create better public places for people to live, work and play.  It is important that the public understand that the committee makes planning decisions in this context.  These decisions are rarely simple and often involve balancing competing priorities.  Councillors and officers have a duty to ensure that the public are consulted, involved and where possible, understand the decisions being made.

 

Neither the number of objectors or supporters nor the extent of their opposition or support are of themselves material planning considerations.

 

The Planning Committee is held as a meeting in public and not a public meeting.  The right to speak from the floor is agreed beforehand in consultation with officers and the Chair.  Any interruptions from the public may mean that the Chamber needs to be cleared.

Minutes:

The Chair referred to the planning protocol and this information was noted.

3.

APOLOGIES

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Sheila Peacock, Gina Adamou, Emine Ibrahim, and Yvonne Say.

4.

URGENT BUSINESS

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 at item 12 below.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

5.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a prejudicial interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered:

 

(i) must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent, and

(ii) may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must withdraw from the meeting room.

 

A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Register of Members’ Interests or the subject of a pending notification must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal interests and prejudicial interests are defined at Paragraphs 5-7 and Appendix A of the Members’ Code of Conduct

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

6.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 321 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the Planning Sub Committee held on 10 January 2022 as a correct record.

Minutes:

Cllr Mitchell drew attention to item 8, HGY/2021/2031 - Wood Green Social Club, 3 & 4 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ, on page 3 of the agenda pack. The minutes stated that ‘the Construction Management Plan did mention any protection for gardens and boundaries during demolition and construction or any responsibility for repairs necessary as a result’. It was noted that this should state that ‘the Construction Management Plan did not mention any protection for gardens and boundaries during demolition and construction or any responsibility for repairs necessary as a result’. This was agreed by the Committee.

 

RESOLVED

 

That, subject to the above amendment, the minutes of the Planning Sub-Committee held on 10 January 2022 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.

7.

PRE-APPLICATION BRIEFINGS

The following items are pre-application presentations to the Planning Sub-Committee and discussion of proposals.

 

Notwithstanding that this is a formal meeting of the Sub-Committee, no decision will be taken on the following items and any subsequent applications will be the subject of a report to a future meeting of the Sub-Committee in accordance with standard procedures.

 

The provisions of the Localism Act 2011 specifically provide that a Councillor should not be regarded as having a closed mind simply because they previously did or said something that, directly or indirectly, indicated what view they might take in relation to any particular matter.  Pre-application briefings provide the opportunity for Members to raise queries and identify any concerns about proposals.

 

The Members’ Code of Conduct and the Planning Protocol 2016 continue to apply for pre-application meeting proposals even though Members will not be exercising the statutory function of determining an application.  Members should nevertheless ensure that they are not seen to pre-determine or close their mind to any such proposal otherwise they will be precluded from participating in determining the application or leave any decision in which they have subsequently participated open to challenge.

Minutes:

The Chair referred to the note on pre-application briefings and this information was noted.

8.

PPA-2021-0010 - CAR PARK AND OPEN LAND TO THE REAR OF KERSWELL CLOSE AND 162 ST ANN'S ROAD, LONDON, N15 5HT pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Proposal: Demolition of existing retail unit and removal of existing car park and erection of a part 4, part 5 storey building plus a separate dwelling house comprising 26 new affordable homes for Council rent together with associated amenity space, two car parking spaces, secure cycle and refuse storage, landscaping, tree planting and other public realm works.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the pre-application briefing for the demolition of existing retail unit and removal of existing car park and erection of a part 4, part 5 storey building plus a separate dwelling house comprising 26 new affordable homes for Council rent together with associated amenity space, two car parking spaces, secure cycle and refuse storage, landscaping, tree planting and other public realm works.

 

The applicant team and officers responded to questions from the Committee:

·         It was clarified that the applicant team was no longer proposing to locate a house in the centre of the courtyard as, following discussions with the Planning Team, it was considered better to have an area of open space. It was explained that a four bed wheelchair unit was now proposed instead of a house.

·         Some members queried the accuracy of the diagrams provided in the report. The Planning Officer explained that the proposals were being developed and that there had been some changes since the diagram was circulated. It was noted that the only key difference was the introduction of a four bed wheelchair unit in place of the previously proposed house.

·         It was noted that a previous application for this site had been submitted by a different applicant and the current application had been submitted by the Council. The Planning Officer clarified that there was no relationship between the previous applicant and the Council.

·         The Committee enquired about the layout of the proposals and whether it would be possible to deliver additional units by amending the use of the space near Kerswell Close. The applicant team explained that this had been considered with the Quality Review Panel (QRP) and Planning Officers and that some useful feedback had been received. It was considered that any building on the northern frontage would negatively impact both the garden area and the service road. It was added that the current proposal felt more connected to the surroundings and that there would be an opportunity to enhance the area, including through co-production with residents.

·         In response to a query about the location of the site in a critical drainage area, the applicant team noted that there would be drainage, including sustainable drainage.

·         It was enquired whether the screening from trees would be effective during the winter. The applicant team noted that there would be some screening from trees in winter but that this was likely to be reduced. It was added that root preservation and the presence of birds on site would also need to be addressed.

·         The applicant team explained that all but one of the flats would be dual aspect and that daylight and sunlight consultants were looking at each flat.

·         It was clarified that family units would only be located on the ground and first floors. The taller blocks would have a lift and the four storey block would have stairs.

·         The Committee expressed some concerns that the lighter brickwork proposed for some areas of the building would be damaged by pollution and would have  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

PPA-2021-0017 - 313-315 THE ROUNDWAY AND 8-10 CHURCH LANE, LONDON, N17 7AB pdf icon PDF 954 KB

Proposal: Demolition of existing buildings and erection of a three to five storey building with new retail and workspace at ground floor and 76 dwellings plus new landscaping, car and cycle parking.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the pre-application briefing for the demolition of existing buildings and erection of a three to five storey building with new retail and workspace at ground floor and 76 dwellings plus new landscaping, car and cycle parking.

 

Christopher Smith, Planning Officer, highlighted that there had been an error in the report and it was clarified that the scheme was not an entirely rented development and would be available for sale with a proportion of the affordable housing being made available to rent.

 

The applicant team and officers responded to questions from the Committee:

·         It was noted that the Quality Review Panel (QRP) had expressed some concerns about long corridors and rooms with low light levels. The applicant team explained that the internal layout and sequencing was still being developed and was being considered alongside environmental testing for noise, air quality, and ventilation. It was added that the longer corridors had light and ventilation and it was not considered that the corridors were excessively long.

·         The Committee noted that the QRP had considered that there were too many single aspect flats and it was enquired whether the applicant would be making any adjustments. The applicant team noted that this element of the scheme had been improved and it was now proposed to have 74% of units with dual aspect. Where a unit was single aspect, it tended to be south facing with good access to light.

·         It was noted that there was a busy junction between the railway and Lordship Lane located near the site and it was enquired how traffic and other noise could be mitigated. The applicant team explained that air quality and noise had been tested and there was confidence that they could provide a high level of residential amenity. It was added that there would be different approaches to the balconies on each side of the proposal to mitigate issues.

·         The QRP had commented that the top floor of the proposals did not look as well protected from the sun. The applicant team noted that there had been some amendments to the design following QRP comments and that the corner of the proposal would now be set back, wrapped around, and more interesting.

·         In response to questions about the layout of the buildings and the site, the applicant team stated that the site was complicated and that, with advice, they had tried to bring forward a coherent scheme. It was noted that some previous attempts to develop the site had been unsuccessful as there had been insufficient land but that additional land had now been secured. It was explained that the proposals would have a route through the site and views to Bruce Castle. The applicant team noted that buildings would be set back in order to minimise the impact on Bruce Castle. There would be playspace, a garden, and areas where residents could have allotments. There would also be greening of the frontage and all roofs would have water storage. The applicant team  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

UPDATE ON MAJOR PROPOSALS pdf icon PDF 179 KB

To advise of major proposals in the pipeline including those awaiting the issue of the decision notice following a committee resolution and subsequent signature of the section 106 agreement; applications submitted and awaiting determination; and proposals being discussed at the pre-application stage.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

In response to a question about HGY/2021/2151 – 109 Fortis Green, it was noted that this was expected to be presented to the Committee in March 2022. It was also confirmed that the application for Banqueting Suite, 819-821 High Road (Printworks) had been agreed by the Committee in January 2022.

 

In relation to pre-applications, it was anticipated that Highgate School would be presented to the Committee in the summer of 2022. It was noted that the issue was currently being considered by the Quality Review Panel (QRP). As this was a major application, it was also expected that the applicant would be undertaking their own engagement, in addition to the statutory requirements.

 

Some members expressed concerns that the legal agreement for application HGY/2020/0847 – Lockkeepers Cottage, Ferry Lane had not yet been signed. The Head of Development Management explained that there had been some delays in transferring the land which were out of the council’s control. It was noted that officers would continue to liaise with the applicant.

 

In relation to HGY/2021/2727 – Cranwood House, Muswell Hill, Road/Woodside Ave, N10, it was noted that the applicant team was considering the position of the application.

 

It was noted that there were two major pre-applications with similar addresses on Tottenham Lane. The Head of Development Management explained that both pre-applications concerned the same site but that there were two pre-applications which related to a previous and current owner of the site.

 

The Chair noted that any further queries could be directed to the Head of Development Management.

 

RESOLVED

 

To note the report.

11.

APPLICATIONS DETERMINED UNDER DELEGATED POWERS pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To advise the Planning Committee of decisions on planning applications taken under delegated powers for the period 12 December 2021 to 21 January 2022.

Minutes:

There were no queries on the report. The Chair noted that any queries could be directed to the Head of Development Management.

 

RESOLVED

 

To note the report.

12.

NEW ITEMS OF URGENT BUSINESS

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

13.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To note the date of the next meeting as 10 February 2022.

Minutes:

It was noted that the date of the next meeting was 7 March 2022.