Agenda and draft minutes

Planning (Major Applications) Sub-Committee - Tuesday 11th February, 2020 6.30 pm

Venue: Rooms 18.01 & 18.03, 18th Floor, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP. View directions

Contact: Georgina Wills: Committee and Governance Officer  Tel: 07870 548348; Email:  gwills@westminster.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Membership

To note that Councillor James Spencer had replaced Councillor Melvyn Caplan and that Councillor Eoghain Murphy had replaced Councillor Louise Hyams.

 

To note any further changes to the membership.

Minutes:

1.1       It was noted that Councillor James Spencer had replaced Councillor Melvyn         Caplan and that Councillor Eoghain Murphy had replaced Councillor Louise Hyams.

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members and Officers of the existence and nature of any pecuniary interests or any other significant interest in matters on this agenda.

Minutes:

2.1       The Chairmen explained that a week before the meeting, all six Members of         the Sub-Committee were provided with a full set of papers including a       detailed officer’s report; together with bundles of the letters or e-mails         received in respect of this application containing objections or giving support.            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       Sub-Committee, it did not mean that the issue has been ignored.

 

2.2       Councillor Jim Glen declared that in respect of Item 1 he was a Trustee of the           Westminster Tree Trust and advised that he had not discussed the             Application with members.

 

2.3       Councillor Geoff Barraclough declared that, in respect of Item 1, he was a    member of the Westminster Labour Group and advised that the Body had      made submissions about the proposals and stated that he had not been    involved in this process or discussed the application with colleagues.

 

2.4       Councillor Boothroyd declared that he was the Head of Research and           Psephology for Thorncliffe, whose clients were companies applying for        planning permission from various local authorities. He advised that some      Thorncliffe clients had engaged DP9 as planning consultants, who were             separately representing the applicants at the Sub-Committee. However, he            did not deal directly with clients or other members of project teams, and      planning consultants were not themselves clients.

 

2.5       Councillor Boothroyd declared that he was a member of a PlanningApplications Sub-Committee who met in March 2014 and which decided an             application for various upgrade works in Victoria Tower Gardens.

 

2.6       Councillor Boothroyd further declared that he was a member of the Westminster Labour Group but had no input into its representation for Item 1.

           

3.

Planning Applications

Applications for decision

1.

The Victoria Tower Gardens, Millbank, London SW1P 3YB pdf icon PDF 5 MB

Minutes:

Installation of the United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre including excavation to provide a basement and basement mezzanine for the learning centre (Class D1); erection of a single storey entrance pavilion; re-provision of the Horseferry Playground and refreshments kiosk (Class A1); repositioning of the Spicer Memorial; new hard and soft landscaping and lighting around the site; and all ancillary and associated works.

 

Late representations were received from DP9 (10.02.20), Board of Deputies of British Jews dated (10.02.20), Save Victoria Tower Gardens & The Thorney Island Society (10.02.20),Cathedral Area Residents Group (07.02.20), Jeremy Barrell (11.02.20),  Dr Irene Lancaster received (03.02.20), W.H. Fullerton (02.02.20), John Hesse-Architect (07.02.20), Mrs G P Hale (05.02.20), Gita Conn (10.02.20) and

Ruth Hilton (03.02.20).

 

Ms Karen Pollock MBE, representing the Holocaust Educational Trust addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the Application.

 

Ms Mala Tribitch MBE, representing the Holocaust Educational Trust addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the Application.

 

Ms Lucy Tilley of Adjaye Associates (Architect) addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the Application.

 

Ms Barbara Dingle addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the Application.

 

Mr David Cooper, representing sponsors addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the Application.

 

Dr Stephen G Frankiss addressed the Sub-Committee in support of the Application.

 

Mr Alan Leibowitz representing Save Victoria Tower Gardens addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.

 

Ms Nina Grunfeld representing Save Victoria Tower Gardens addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.

 

Mr Jeremy Barrell addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.

 

Dr Louise Read addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.

 

Mr Nicholas Hales addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.

 

Mr Robert Lindsey addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.

 

Mr Robert Nagle addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.

 

Ms Trudy Gold on behalf of Baroness Ruth Deech addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.     

 

Ms Sally Prothero representing London Parks and Gardens Trust (Planning and Conservation Group) addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.     

Ms Clare Annamalai representing Thorney Island Society addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.

 

Ms Barbara Weiss representing Westminster Society addressed the Sub-Committee in objection to the Application.

 

Councillor Mark Shearer addressed the Sub-Committee in his capacity as Ward Councillor in objection to the Application.

 

Council David Harvey addressed the Sub-Committee in his capacity as Ward Councillor in objection to the Application.

 

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY:

 

A         That had the application not been called in by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Committee agreed that, although the principle of a national memorial and learning centre to the Holocaust was supported, the proposed memorial and learning centre, was, because of its size,            design, location and associated activity, an inappropriate form of development for the following reasons:

 

i.                 Heritage:

 

                        Because of its location, size and design, the Holocaust Memorial and              Learning Centre would cause harm, which was less than substantial,                  to the significance of Victoria Tower Gardens, the Westminster Abbey                   and Parliament Square Conservation Area, the setting and                              significance of Buxton  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.