Agenda for Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee on Tuesday 22nd January, 2019, 6.30 pm | Westminster City Council
Agenda and minutes

Agenda for Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee on Tuesday 22nd January, 2019, 6.30 pm

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Room 3.1, 3rd Floor, 5 Strand, London, WC2 5HR

Contact: Georgina Wills: Committee and Governance Officer  Tel: 020 7641 7513; Email:  gwills@westminster.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Membership

To note any changes to the membership.

Minutes:

1.1      There were no changes to the membership.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by members and officers of the existence and nature of any personal or prejudicial interests in matters on this agenda.

Minutes:

2.1      The Chairman explained that a week before the meeting, all seven Members of the Committee were provided with a full set of papers including a detailed officer’s report on each application; together with bundles of every single letter or e-mail received in respect of every application, including all letters and emails containing objections or giving support. Members of the Committee read through everything in detail prior to the meeting. Accordingly, if an issue or comment made by a correspondent was not specifically mentioned at this meeting in the officers’ presentation or by Members of the Committee, it did not mean that the issue had been ignored. Members will have read about the issue and comments made by correspondents in the papers read prior to the meeting.

 

2.2       Councillor Boothroyd declared that he was Head of Research and Psephology for Thorncliffe, whose clients were companies applying for planning permission from various local authorities. No current schemes were in Westminster; if there were he would be precluded from working on them under the company’s code of conduct.

 

Some Thorncliffe clients had engaged JLL and Turleys as planning consultants, and they were also representing the applicants on items 1 and 2 respectively. However he did not deal directly with clients or other members of project teams, and planning consultants were not themselves clients.

 

In respect of Item 1, the applicants were part of the Freshwater Group, who had also been clients of Thorncliffe in respect of development schemes in Lambeth and Tower Hamlets, most recently in 2014. Other companies in the Freshwater Group were also lessors of his home in Paddington, and managing agents of the block. One of the objectors was David Bieda who was a friend.

 

In respect of Item 2, he was a member of several previous committees dealing with applications connected with this development.

 

2.3       Councillor Bush declared she was a Trustee of the Westminster Tree Trust. In respect of Item 1, an objector to the application was considered a friend; however, she had not discussed the item with them. In respect of Item 2, she had sat on a previous Sub-Committee that had considered an application on the same site.

 

2.4       Councillor Mohindra declared that in respect of Item 1 he had attended a meeting with the applicant during which a Westminster City Council Planning Officer had been in attendance.

3.

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To sign the minutes of the last meeting as a correct record of proceedings.

Minutes:

3.1      RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 27 November 2018 be signed by the Chairman as a correct record of proceedings.

4.

Planning Applications

Applications for decision

1.

Development Site At 127-143 Oxford Street, 53-55 Berwick Street And 201-205 Wardour Street, London pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Minutes:

Demolition of 127 Oxford Street and 205 Wardour Street, 129-131 Oxford Street, 133-135 Oxford Street (including 53-54 Berwick Street and 201 Wardour Street) (behind retained Oxford, Wardour and Berwick Street facades and partially retained interior), 137 Oxford Street, 139-143 Oxford Street (behind retained façade) and 55 Berwick Street. Excavation to provide new Basement 02 and Basement 03 levels. Redevelopment of site to provide ancillary plant and facilities at Basement 03 and part Basement 02 level; nightclub (sui generis) at part Basement 02 and part Basement 01 level (with ground floor entrance at No. 55 Berwick Street); retail (Class A1) floorspace at part Basement 01, part ground and part first floor levels; and office (Class B1) at part ground, part first and second to sixth floor levels, and roof top plant.

 

Additional representations were received from Daejan Investments Ltd (16/01/19) and Historic England (26/11/18).

 

A late representation was received from the Soho Society Planning Committee (22.01.19).

 

The Presenting Officer tabled the following amendments:

 

Planning Application (Ref: 18/00175/FULL)

 

Amended Condition 28

 

The retail floorspace (Class A1) hereby approved shall not be used as food retailing.Notwithstanding the provisions of Class A1 of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 as amended April 2005 (or any equivalent class in any order that may replace it) the Class A1 retail accommodation hereby approved shall not be used as a food retail supermarket outlet or similar.

 

No change to reason.

 

Additional Condition 31

 

There shall be no primary cooking on site such that you must not cook raw or fresh food on the premises.

 

Reason:

We do not have enough information to decide whether it would be possible to provide extractor equipment that would deal properly with cooking smells and look suitable. This is as set out in S24, S29 and S32 of Westminster’s City Plan (November 2016) and ENV 5 and ENV 6 of our Unitary Development Plan that we adopted in January 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listed Building Consent Application (Ref: 18/00176/LBC)

 

Delete Condition 5

 

You must apply to us for approval of a comprehensive method statement and drawings of the following parts of the development.

 

Proposals for jacking up and modifying the retained street facades of 134-143 Oxford Street.

 

You must not start any work on these parts of the development until we have approved what you have sent us. You must then carry out the work according to these documents.

 

Amend Condition 6

 

You must apply to us for approval of a comprehensive method statement and drawings of the following parts of the development.

 

Proposals for the reuse of existing internal features, including the main staircase.

 

You must not start any work on these parts of the development demolition of Ilford House (133-135 Oxford Street (including 53-54 Berwick Street and 201 Wardour Street)) until we have approved what you have sent us. You must then carry out the work according to these documents.

 

No change to reason.

 

RESOLVED: Grant: Councillors Mohindra, Freeman, Gassanly, Glen and Hitchcock; Refuse: Councillors Boothroyd and Bush

 

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2.

Development Site At 14 To 17 Paddington Green, London pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Minutes:

Variation of condition 1 of planning permission and listed building consent dated 21 December 2017 (RN: 16/11562/FULL and 16/11563/LBC) for the Demolition and redevelopment of 14-16 Paddington Green; alteration and partial demolition of 17 Paddington Green; development of land to the east and south of 14-17 Paddington Green (part of site known as 'West End Green') to provide buildings ranging between 4 and 14 upper storeys to provide up to 200 residential units, with associated landscaping, basement car and cycle parking and servicing provision. NAMELY, to allow addition of one floor of residential accommodation to Block G and to parts of Block H to add 16 residential units and to reduce carbon offset payment to allow connection to Church Street District Heating Scheme.

 

The following minor amendments were circulated by the Planning Officer to the Sub-Committee (17.01.19):

 

1.            ADD the following to section 6.2.2 on page 76:

 

“16/11563/LBC

 

Demolition and redevelopment of 14-16 Paddington Green; alteration and partial demolition of 17 Paddington Green; development of land to the east and south of 14-17 Paddington Green (part of site known as 'West End Green') to provide buildings ranging between 4 and 14 upper storeys to provide up to 200 residential units, with associated landscaping, basement car and cycle parking and servicing provision.This application is accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment (Linked to application RN: 16/11562/FULL)

 

Application Permitted          21 December 2017

 

Application RN’s 16/11562/FULL and 16/11563/LBC were implemented in December 2018.”

 

REASON FOR AMENDMENT:

The above approval is the subject of this application and was left out of the site history section in error. The fact that both applications have been recently implemented was also omitted.

 

2.            AMEND the first paragraph of section 8 on page 78 as follows (amendments in bold):

 

“The development approved under application RN: 16/11562/FULL and 16/11563/LBC remains extant and is a material consideration when assessing the subject application. There have also been no significant policy changes since those applications were decided and that relate specifically to the changes proposed by the applicant. The applicant has also implemented these permissions. The extant permissions are therefore a viable fallback position and it is considered appropriate in this instance to consider only the impact of the changes proposed.”

 

REASONS FOR AMENDMENT:

The draft report contained incorrect application numbers. The fact that the applicant has also implemented the extant permissions adds further weight to officer’s view that these permissions are a viable fallback position.

 

3.            DELETE condition 3 on page 114.

 

REASON FOR AMENDMENT:

This condition was added in error as it was not attached to the original permission. 

 

4.            AMEND condition 9 on page 116 as follows (amendments in bold):

 

“You must put up the plant screens shown on the approved drawings as amended by the drawings as secured by condition 8 to main roof level of each of the relevant buildings before you use the machinery within. You must then maintain them in the form shown for as long as the machinery remains in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.